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Obras defeats Uniceub/BRB 73-51, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-51

Obras handed 73-51 loss to Uniceub/BRB on Friday winning the Group B of Liga Sudamericana hexagonal finals. Obras ended this stage with 2-0, while Uniceub/BRB has 1-1. Both teams advanced to the Semifinals, where Obras will meet Atenas. The defending champion will play against Pinheiros/Sky. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) (6 rebs) and Alejandro Konsztatd (190-G-89) helped their team with 7 points each. Uniceub/BRB didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best players were Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) with 8 points each. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Bruninho Langsdorff (188-G-85) stopped to 7 points apiece. Quarters: 18-14, 22-17, 11-15, 22-5. Both Semifinals games will be played today.

Obras: Tyler Field 18, Pablo Espinoza 14+7 boards, Alexis Elsener 7+6 boards, Alejandro Konsztatd 7
Uniceub/BRB: Alex Ribeiro 8+5 boards, Arthur Silva 8, Guilherme Giovannoni 7, Bruninho Langsdorff 7


LigaA: Round 19 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game between third ranked Libertad Sunchales (13-6) and ninth ranked La Union (9-10) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Libertad Sunchales was edged by La Union in a tough game in Sunchales 73-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. La Union moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Sionista. La Union is looking forward to face Quimsa (#9) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Fourteenth-ranked Quilmes MP (5-14) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Sionista (13-6) in Parana. Sionista managed to secure only seven-point victory 89-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quilmes MP. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Hakeem Rollins accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) came up with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Quilmes MP in the defeat. Sionista moved-up to third place, which they share with Libertad S. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with San Mart.C.. Sionista will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Quilmes MP will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Regatas Corrientes (10-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Quimsa (9-10). Quimsa managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Friday. Diego Lo Grippo fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Diego Cavaco produced 20 points for lost side. Quimsa maintains eighth place with 9-10 record, which they share with La Union. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Quimsa will meet at home La Union (#8) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Libertad Sunchales and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Rio Tercero where 10th ranked Boca Juniors (8-11) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Club 9 (7-12) 83-79. Worth to mention a great performance of Josimar Ayarza who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. Club 9 maintains thirteenth place with 7-12 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Second ranked Penarol (15-4) crushed at home 16th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-14) by 56 points 108-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Martin Leiva who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Obras. Loser Olimpico de La Banda stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Penarol will face Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca.

In the last game of round 19 Lanus won against San Mart.C. on the opponent's court 80-66.


Penarol - Olimpico LB 108-52
Second ranked Penarol (15-4) crushed at home 16th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-14) by 56 points 108-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game without a history. Penarol 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 Olimpico de La Banda's 26 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 39-24 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Penarol looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Olimpico de La Banda's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) helped adding 16 points. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Albert Jackson (211-88, college: Georgia) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Obras. Loser Olimpico de La Banda stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Penarol will face Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: E.Villares 14+1reb, A.Jackson 10+5reb, C.Amicucci 8+5reb, J.Machuca 7+1reb+2ast, G.Grays 7+1ast, P.Moldu 4+4reb
Penarol: M.Leiva 16+6reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 16+3reb+3ast, M.Mata 14+5reb, K.Lamonte 12+2reb+4ast, A.Reinick 11+5reb, F.Campazzo 9+9ast
gschID: 141293


Libertad S. - La Union 73-75
The game between third ranked Libertad Sunchales (13-6) and ninth ranked La Union (9-10) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Libertad Sunchales was edged by La Union in a tough game in Sunchales 73-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Sionista. La Union is looking forward to face Quimsa (#9) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Battle 20+10reb+1ast, J.Treise 17+2reb+3ast, J.Pittman 14+5reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 10+6reb+2ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 7+2reb, M.Saglietti 4+1reb+2ast
La Union: G.Mikulas 21+5reb, G.Lewis 17+14reb+1ast, J.Smith 16+4reb+2ast, R.Wolkowyski 10+8reb+1ast, A.Pau 6+2reb+1ast, A.Marin 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141294


Quimsa - Regatas C. 74-67
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Regatas Corrientes (10-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Quimsa (9-10). Quimsa managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Friday. Regatas Corrientes trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 21-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. Quimsa outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 41-29 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Bernard Robinson (198-81, college: Michigan) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) produced 20 points and American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Quimsa maintains eighth place with 9-10 record, which they share with La Union. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Quimsa will meet at home La Union (#8) in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play against Libertad Sunchales and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Cavaco 20+2reb, N.Romano 11+1reb+1ast, D.Kante 10+7reb+2ast, L.Roe 9+3reb, J.Martinez 6+2ast, N.De los Santos 5+3reb+5ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 24+9reb+1ast, B.Robinson 17+5reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 12+3reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+8reb, S.Vega 7+4reb, D.Tintorelli 2+2reb
gschID: 141290


San Mart.C. - Lanus 66-80
Very expected game when 15th ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-14) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Lanus (11-8) 80-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. San Martin Corrientes was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 17 points. Lanus maintains sixth place with 11-8 record. San Martin Corrientes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Lanus will face higher ranked Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Quilmes MP (#14) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: J.Michael Martinez 17+16reb+4ast, W.McFarlan 17+4reb+1ast, F.Elias Saad 10+3reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 8+3reb+3ast, L.Victoriano 4+3ast, A.Eslava 4+2reb+1ast
Lanus: T.Taylor 18+5reb+1ast, M.Byro 18+3reb+1ast, A.Boccia 15+7reb+2ast, D.Roland 9+3reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 9+4reb+8ast, J.Levy 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141291


Sionista - Quilmes MP 89-82 OT
Fourteenth-ranked Quilmes MP (5-14) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Sionista (13-6) in Parana. Sionista managed to secure only seven-point victory 89-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quilmes MP. Quilmes MP was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-20 third quarter run of Sionista. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-4. Sionista forced 20 Quilmes MP turnovers. Quilmes MP was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) came up with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) added 14 points respectively for Quilmes MP in the defeat. Five Sionista and four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Sionista moved-up to third place, which they share with Libertad S. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with San Mart.C.. Sionista will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Quilmes MP will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 19+4reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 14+3reb+1ast, C.Matthews 14+4reb, L.Truscott 12+4reb+1ast, F.Pinero 9+2reb+1ast, A.Weigand 8+4reb
Sionista: J.Villegas 26+5reb, F.Ferrini 15+1ast, H.Rollins 13+10reb, A.Zilli 12+3reb+1ast, M.Sandes 11+4reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 141287


Club 9 - Boca Jrs 83-79
An interesting game took place in Rio Tercero where 10th ranked Boca Juniors (8-11) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Club 9 (7-12) 83-79. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Boca Juniors won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Club 9 forced 20 Boca Juniors turnovers. Strangely Boca Juniors outrebounded Club 9 42-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Boca Juniors helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-89) contributed with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Club 9 maintains thirteenth place with 7-12 record. Boca Juniors at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Club 9's next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: M.Stanic 16+8reb+1ast, D.Alston 15+12reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 14+3reb+2ast, W.Graves 10+7reb, M.Nocedal 9, F.Martina 6+3reb
Club 9: J.Ayarza 28+6reb, J.Cowan 19+3reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 16+3reb+6ast, S.Clancy 8+4reb+1ast, G.Luchino 4+3reb+2ast, G.Torre 4+2reb
gschID: 141288




Atenas beats Flamengo, but fails to reach Liga Sudamericana Semis - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Flamengo 68-71

Flamengo was better than Atenas, but that was not enough for Liga Sudamericana Semifinals. Flamengo celebrated 68-71 win joining Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky with 1-1 record in Group A. However, Pinheiros/Sky has the best points difference in this three-way tie, while Atenas is No.2. These two teams advanced to the Semis. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) led Flamengo with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) followed with 15 and 14 points respectively. In Atenas, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored with 22 points. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) had 17 and Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) added 13 pts, plus 10 boards. Quarters: 13-18, 14-13, 17-23, 24-17. Atenas will meet Obras in the Semis. The game will start today at 21h.

Atenas: Marcus Melvin 22, Jose Lloreda 17, Miguel Gerlero 13+10 boards
Flamengo: Guillermo Kammerichs 20+11 boards+5 as, Eduardo Machado 15, David Jackson 14


Argentinian LigaA round 19 (Second Stage) best performance: Diego Lo Grippo - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Quimsa, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19 (Second Stage).
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Regatas C. (#7, 10-9) 74-67. Thanks to this victory Quimsa moved-up to the 9th position in the Italian LigaA. Quimsa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 19 games. In the team's last game Lo Grippo had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Quimsa and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Diego Lo Grippo averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Dominican Rep. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of San Mart.C.. Martinez had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as San Mart.C. lost that game 66-80 to the higher-ranked Lanus (#6, 11-8). San Mart.C. is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories San Mart.C. managed to get this Second Stage. Martinez is one of the most experienced players at San Mart.C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Italian guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) of Club 9 (#13). Gerbaudo scored 16 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Club 9, leading his team to a 83-79 win against the higher-ranked Boca Jrs (#10, 8-11). The chances of Club 9 not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gerbaudo could try to bring Club 9's a little bit higher in the standings. Gerbaudo has a very solid season. In 26 games in Argentina he scored 9.0ppg. Diego Gerbaudo has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of La Union - 17 points and 14 rebounds
5. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Club 9 - 28 points and 6 rebounds
7. Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83) of Sionista - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Sionista - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Penarol - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 12-1
 2. Mattersb.R. 11-2
 3. Dornbirn 10-2
 4. BC Vienna jrs 9-5
 5. Schwaz 7-6
 6. Danube City 6-8
 7. Falcons 4-7
 8. Klagenfurt 3-10
 9. Salzburg 3-10
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 1. Fighters 0-14


Panthers part ways with Gaines, Dill & Matthews - by Stefan Prager
The Furstenfeld Panthers reacted on their teams bad performance at the Cup FInal Four in Gussing and didn't extend the try- out contracts of Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) and Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Texas St.). Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) who had to make space for Dill a few days before was also sent home. Matthews appeared in 18 games for the Panthers this season averaging 11.6ppg along with 5.7rpg. While shooting over 50% from the field Matthews had to deal with 3.3 turnovers per game as well. Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Texas St.) just played one game for the club in which he managed to score 3 points grabbing just 2 rebounds in 16 minutes in a loss against UBSC Graz. Former NBA player Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) never met the expectations. In three games with the Panthers he averaged 10.7 ppg along with 3.7 rpg. The club announced that they will finish the season with just three imports.

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Snowed IN!!!!! - by Marcel Jones
It has not snowed in Mostar, Bosnia& Herzegovina (the city Im currently playing in) in 4 years. This city is by the coast so the weather here is Mediterranean which means snow is very rare and rain is more common. But for the past 3 days, Mother Nature has called and snow has been falling rapidly and we are currently 3 ft deep and counting. That might not sound like a lot but I am not talking about inches, Im talking about when I walk Im taking steps and the snow is up to my knee. I have never seen anything like this so besides being a bit cold and literally snowed in the apartment its beautiful to watch.

On the first day it snowed, Megan said we should go to the supermarket and stock up with food because it could be a long couple of days inside the house. Mind you that the snow was about a foot high and falling, so walking to the store and walking back with groceries in hand wasnt ideal. But women know best and Im glad I listened to her because we would both be hungry right now. Cold and hungry is not a good combination.

On the basketball side of things, we are limited in our practice time and we actually had to reschedule our game that was originally set for tonight. The game was away and even though the city is only a 30 minute drive, it just wouldnt be safe to take the drive. So it looks like I am inside for the weekend with the snow not letting up anytime soon. Im sure other teams around the globe have been affected by the snow or other weather conditions, but when we do get back on the court, we have to make sure we concentrate and focus. Even though I wont be on the court this weekend, I will be in my apartment stretching and staying loose because cold weather makes injuries happen easier. I know its cold because when I wake up, my muscles and joints are a little sore and I would like to think Im still pretty young so I am just going to blame it on the cold weather.
Until Next time,

Everyday is another opportunity to reach that Goal..

Marcel



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Atenas beats Flamengo, but fails to reach Liga Sudamericana Semis - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Flamengo 68-71

Flamengo was better than Atenas, but that was not enough for Liga Sudamericana Semifinals. Flamengo celebrated 68-71 win joining Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky with 1-1 record in Group A. However, Pinheiros/Sky has the best points difference in this three-way tie, while Atenas is No.2. These two teams advanced to the Semis. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) led Flamengo with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) followed with 15 and 14 points respectively. In Atenas, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored with 22 points. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) had 17 and Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) added 13 pts, plus 10 boards. Quarters: 13-18, 14-13, 17-23, 24-17. Atenas will meet Obras in the Semis. The game will start today at 21h.

Atenas: Marcus Melvin 22, Jose Lloreda 17, Miguel Gerlero 13+10 boards
Flamengo: Guillermo Kammerichs 20+11 boards+5 as, Eduardo Machado 15, David Jackson 14


Obras defeats Uniceub/BRB 73-51, wins Group B - by Eurobasket News
Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-51

Obras handed 73-51 loss to Uniceub/BRB on Friday winning the Group B of Liga Sudamericana hexagonal finals. Obras ended this stage with 2-0, while Uniceub/BRB has 1-1. Both teams advanced to the Semifinals, where Obras will meet Atenas. The defending champion will play against Pinheiros/Sky. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) (6 rebs) and Alejandro Konsztatd (190-G-89) helped their team with 7 points each. Uniceub/BRB didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best players were Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) with 8 points each. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Bruninho Langsdorff (188-G-85) stopped to 7 points apiece. Quarters: 18-14, 22-17, 11-15, 22-5. Both Semifinals games will be played today.

Obras: Tyler Field 18, Pablo Espinoza 14+7 boards, Alexis Elsener 7+6 boards, Alejandro Konsztatd 7
Uniceub/BRB: Alex Ribeiro 8+5 boards, Arthur Silva 8, Guilherme Giovannoni 7, Bruninho Langsdorff 7


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Bulgaria comes back from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria comes back from Turkey after the Turk Telecom International Tournament for U16 teams. The team lost all the games and finished on the 12th spot
Slovenia U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 72:63. It was a slow start for the winners that trailed 11 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to Slovenia. They won the third period 24-10 and added 20-14 in the last stanza. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) netted 17. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.
Tonight Latvia U16 edged Bulgaria U16 77:52. The Baltic team took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They won all the quarters of the game and finish one step higher than the opponents. Gustavs Treimanis (187-G-96) paced all the winners with 16 points and 10 caroms and Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) netted 13. Rumen Vasilev delivered 26 points in the losing effort.



Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 16-1 
 2. Levski Sofia 14-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 10-7 
 4. Tundja Yambol 9-8 
 5. Cherno More 9-8 
 6. Balkan 5-12 
 7. Spartak Pleven 3-14 
 8. Chernomorets 2-15 


NBL Round 17: Euroins Cherno More beats Tundja Yambol by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Varna. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Tundja Yambol (9-8) to fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-8) 85-83 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Euroins Cherno More's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tundja Yambol will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (16-1) which played road game in Samokov against 3rd placed Rilski Sportist (10-7). First ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 80-53. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Lamont Mack chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) responded with 10 points and 5 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. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena .
Bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Chernomorets 102-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Spartak Pleven is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Ilia Stankov nailed 27 points (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for the winning side. Kiril Pavlovski came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds for Chernomorets in the defeat. Spartak Pleven (3-14) moved-up to seventh place. Chernomorets lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Spartak Pleven will meet at home league's second-placed Levski Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chernomorets will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 17 Balkan was smashed by Levski Sofia on the road 90-65.



Spartak Pleven - Chernomorets 102-78

Bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Chernomorets 102-78. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that Spartak Pleven is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak Pleven. Chernomorets managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Pleven shot 62.1 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 55.9 percentage. Spartak Pleven looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Chernomorets' players. The former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) nailed 27 points (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for the winning side and forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) accounted for 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds and forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) added 18 points respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Spartak Pleven (3-14) moved-up to seventh place. Chernomorets lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Spartak Pleven will meet at home league's second-placed Levski Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chernomorets will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 27+4reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 19+5reb+6ast, A.Dyakovski 16+1reb+7ast, R.Sofroniev 12+1reb+3ast, T.Todorov 11+2reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 11+4reb+2ast
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 28+17reb, K.Koev 18+3reb+1ast, D.Dunovic 12+4reb+4ast, D.Roshmanov 9+4reb+2ast, A.Penev 7+1ast, I.Slavchev 4+2reb
gschID: 139995


Cherno More - Tundja Yambol 85-83

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Varna. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Tundja Yambol (9-8) to fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-8) 85-83 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 25-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tundja Yambol will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 16+7reb, N.Kolev 14+10reb+1ast, J.Hunt 13+2reb+3ast, T.Zhelev 12+3reb+2ast, S.Iliev 11+8reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 10+1reb+5ast
Tundja Yambol: J.Ofoegbu 23+8reb+1ast, M.Durchev 20+5reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 18+1reb+5ast, S.Petkov 9+6reb+1ast, J.Radionov 7+5reb+7ast, T.Gugino 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 139996


Levski Sofia - Balkan 90-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Levski Sofia (14-3) crushed at home 6th ranked Balkan (5-12) 90-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) nailed 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Balkan in the defeat. Levski Sofia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home Euroins Cherno More (#5) in the next round. Balkan will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 18+5reb+1ast, M.Hall 13+3reb+2ast, J.Howell 12+3reb+5ast, H.Dimitrov 12+3reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 11+8reb+2ast, V.Evtimov 8+8reb+5ast
Balkan: D.Marintchechki 15+11reb, S.Marinov 15+13reb+8ast, D.Marojevic 12+7reb+1ast, L.Lilov 6+1reb+1ast, D.Filipov 6+3reb+4ast, I.Kasabov 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 139997


Rilski Sportist - Lukoil Academik 53-80

An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (16-1) which played road game in Samokov against 3rd placed Rilski Sportist (10-7). First ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 80-53. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rilski Sportist to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 30. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) responded with 10 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena .
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.Owens 16+4reb+2ast, L.Mack 15+7reb+1ast, B.Sundov 14+6reb+3ast, B.Heath 8+3reb+4ast, V.Veselinov 8+2reb, B.Avramov 6+1reb+4ast
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 12+3reb, H.Zahariev 10+3reb+5ast, M.Marinov 8+4reb, A.Velikov 6+2reb+2ast, S.Mijajlovic 6+1reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 139998




Pavlovski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an amazing game in the last round for Chernomorets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Spartak Pleven (#7, 3-14) 78-102. Chernomorets moved-up to the 8th position in the Bulgarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 15 games and recorded just two victories. Pavlovski turned to be Chernomorets' top player in his first season with the team. Pavlovski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) of Spartak Pleven. He is former international forward in his 12th season at Spartak Pleven. In the last game Stankov recorded impressive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Spartak Pleven to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 2-15) 102-78. This victory allowed Spartak Pleven to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Spartak Pleven managed to get this year. Stankov is one of the most experienced players at Spartak Pleven and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#8). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center John Ofoegbu (206-C-84) of Tundja Yambol (#4). Ofoegbu scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Ofoegbu's great performance Tundja Yambol lost 83-85 to Cherno More (9-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Tundja Yambol needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Ofoegbu has a great season in Bulgaria. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Balkan - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) of Cherno More - 14 points and 10 rebounds
7. Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86) of Spartak Pleven - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Andre Owens (193-G-80) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


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CIS Round 24: Golden Hawks beat Lancers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 24 in the CIS took place in Windsor, ON. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Lancers (11-6) to second ranked Golden Hawks (15-2) 79-77 in the game for the first place. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 30-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Hawks outrebounded Lancers 55-42 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Maxwell Allin (193) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Matthew Buckley (215) contributed with 12 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Josh Collins (186-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for Lancers. Golden Hawks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Lancers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Ottawa. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Halifax, NS. Fourth ranked Axemen (8-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Huskies (6-8) 76-75 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and Anthony Sears who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Tory Fassett with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Axemen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Huskies at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Guelph, ON between Mustangs and Gryphons. Seventh ranked Mustangs (6-11) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Gryphons (8-9). Mustangs managed to escape with a 3-point win 69-66 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by Ryan Barbeau who scored that evening 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by Kareem Malcolm did not help to save the game for Gryphons. Gryphons' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs maintains seventh position with 6-11 record. Gryphons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Manitoba and Laurentian. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between fourth ranked Marauders (12-5) and 5th ranked Badgers (9-8) in Hamilton, ON ended with biggest points difference. Marauders outscored guests from St.Catharines, ON 104-60. The best player for the winners was Victor Raso who scored 18 points and 5 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. Marauders have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Badgers. Badgers at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 24 Calgary beat Manitoba on the road 87-79.



Guelph - Western 66-69

A very close game took place in Guelph, ON between Mustangs and Gryphons. Seventh ranked Mustangs (6-11) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Gryphons (8-9). Mustangs managed to escape with a 3-point win 69-66 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mustangs made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Gryphons outrebounded Mustangs 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by guard Ryan Barbeau (178) who scored that evening 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Ryan Higgins supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by guard Kareem Malcolm (183) did not help to save the game for Gryphons. Guard Zachary Angus (186) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gryphons' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs maintains seventh position with 6-11 record. Gryphons lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Manitoba and Laurentian. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guelph: K.Malcolm 18+9reb+1ast, Z.Angus 15+5reb+4ast, D.McCarthy 13+8reb+1ast, A.Bering 9+7reb, E.McDonald 8+5reb, D.Morris 3+6reb
Western: R.Barbeau 27+7reb+7ast, R.Higgins 12+5reb+1ast, C.Drouin 8+2reb, P.Scholtes 8+2reb+3ast, G.Morrow 5+2reb, Q.Henderson 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 155870


McMaster - Brock 104-60

The game between fourth ranked Marauders (12-5) and 5th ranked Badgers (9-8) in Hamilton, ON ended with biggest points difference. Marauders outscored guests from St.Catharines, ON 104-60. The game without a history. Marauders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Badgers' 28. Marauders forced 25 Badgers turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Victor Raso (193) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. Forward Cam Michaud (198) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Marauders players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and forward Brian Nahimana (206) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marauders have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Badgers. Badgers at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: A.Kraus 15+5ast, M.Williams 8+3reb, T.Kasamba 8+3reb+1ast, D.Mukendi 8+5reb, A.Ferguson 7+2reb, B.Nahimana 6+8reb
McMaster: V.Raso 18+1reb+5ast, J.Rocca 15+4reb+2ast, A.Presutti 14+2reb+4ast, C.Michaud 14+6reb+3ast, N.Mccarthy 11+9reb, A.Redpath 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 155871


Manitoba - Calgary 79-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Dinos (7-10) beat 8th ranked Bisons (8-9) in Winnipeg, MB 87-79. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 Bisons' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-79 at the end of the game. Dinos made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Jarred Ogungbemi (175-91) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Four Dinos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kevin Oliver (198) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Kurtis Sansregret added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Dinos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toronto Univ. Bisons lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Dinos will have a break next round. Bisons will play again at home against Dinos (#9) in Calgary, AB.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: K.Sansregret 18+5reb+4ast, X.Smith 13+1reb, K.Oliver 11+12reb+4ast, S.Walton 9+4reb+6ast, B.Speer 8+4reb, J.Huertas 7+3reb+1ast
Calgary: B.Bakovic 21+8reb+2ast, J.Ogungbemi 18+11reb+4ast, T.Fidler 14+6reb, J.Owen-Thomas 13+5reb+2ast, J.Wolfram 9+5reb, K.Milburn 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 155872


St.Mary's - Acadia 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Halifax, NS. Fourth ranked Axemen (8-4) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Huskies (6-8) 76-75 on Wednesday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Axemen forced 19 Huskies turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Anthony Sears (193) who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Tory Fassett with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Brian Rouse produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Axemen and four Huskies players scored in double figures. Axemen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Huskies at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Mary's: T.Fassett 28+11reb+5ast, M.Pink 14+6reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+2ast, B.Rouse 10+11reb+4ast, R.Halpin 7+3reb+1ast, H.Ezenibe 2+4reb+1ast
Acadia: A.Sears 22+4reb+3ast, S.Stoqua 16+1reb+4ast, O.Klassen 16+13reb+3ast, J.Tull 10+5reb, A.Ashe 10+4reb, B.States 2+5reb
gschID: 155868


Windsor - Laurier 77-79

The most exciting game of round 24 in the CIS took place in Windsor, ON. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Lancers (11-6) to second ranked Golden Hawks (15-2) 79-77 in the game for the first place. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 30-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Hawks outrebounded Lancers 55-42 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Maxwell Allin (193) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Matthew Buckley (215) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Josh Collins (186-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals and guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) added 23 points in the effort for Lancers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Golden Hawks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Lancers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Ottawa. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Windsor: E.Diloreto 23+4reb, E.Matthews 13+8reb, J.Collins 13+5reb+12ast, L.Phillip 11+14reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 8+3reb+1ast, J.McQueen 7+7reb
Laurier: M.Allin 21+10reb+9ast, K.Harrison 18+7reb+2ast, M.Buckley 12+18reb+2ast, P.Donnelly 11+13reb+1ast, K.Enright 7, W.Coulthard 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 155869




CIS Round 25: Carleton improve to 18-0 record - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderwolves as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderwolves defeated 8th ranked Warriors in Thunder Bay, ON 84-74. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Warriors managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Adam Johnson (, college: Georgetown, KY) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) contributed with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Andrew Melbourne (188-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Warriors. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves (15-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Laurier. Warriors lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Winnipeg. Warriors will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Thunderwolves will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Warriors in Waterloo, ON.
Leading Thunderbirds (12-3) recorded its third loss in Abbotsford, BC. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Cascades (11-5) 77-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Thunderbirds. Forward Jasper Moedt (203) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Joel Friesen chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side international point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Thunderbirds' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cascades. They maintain fourth place with 11-5 record. Thunderbirds at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Victoria. Cascades will again play against league's leader Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Thunderbirds will have a break next round.
Important to mention another loss for outsider RMC, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game in Kingston, ON versus seventh ranked Golden Gaels 84-43. Alex Weatherill nailed 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Golden Gaels' coach Stephan Barrie felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Connor Duke came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds for RMC in the defeat. Golden Gaels maintains seventh place with 1-16 record. It was RMC's seventeenth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with 17 games lost. Golden Gaels will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RMC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kingston, ON to the arena Golden Gaels.
A very interesting game took place in Fredericton, NB. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked X-Men (9-4) to seventh ranked Varsity Reds (5-9) 67-66 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Alex Desroches fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. X-Men's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Varsity Reds maintains seventh place with 5-9 record. X-Men at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Varsity Reds' next round opponent will be again league's second-placed X-Men in Antigonish, NS and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Rams (#3) and Blues (#5). Rams (10-8) won against visiting Blues (7-11) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blues. It was a very good performance for Jordon Gauthier who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. Blues' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rams. They maintain third place with 10-8 record having eight points less than leader UBC. Loser Blues keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. TRU were beaten by TWU on the road 89-77. Manitoba lost to Calgary on its own court 89-98. Lethbridge unfortunately lost to Brandon in Brandon, MB 87-92. UBC Okanagan was rolled over Victoria at home 49-76. McGill defeated Bishop's on the opponent's court 61-44. Winnipeg were smashed by Saskatchewan in a home game 61-91. Alberta won against Regina on the road 81-69. Concordia outscored Laval on its own court 80-59. Ottawa lost to undefeated Carleton in Ottawa, ON 57-86. York was crushed by Laurentian at home 78-108.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 28 points and 15 rebounds by Sean Peter of TWU.


TWU - TRU 89-77

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Spartans (9-7) beat 10th ranked Wolfpack (5-10) in Langley, BC 89-77 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Spartans outrebounded Wolfpack 44-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for guard Sean Peter (191) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Calvin Westbrook (193-88, college: CS Stanislaus) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Spartans players scored in double figures. Spartans' coach Scott Allen used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Chas Kok (196) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Justin King added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Wolfpack. Spartans moved-up to sixth place. Wolfpack lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Spartans will face again Wolfpack (#11) in Kamloops, BC in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
TRU: C.Kok 22+8reb+1ast, J.King 16+10reb+3ast, A.Pierre 16+2reb+2ast, K.Pribilsky 9+2reb+4ast, W.Ondrik 9+2reb+3ast, B.Parker 3+2reb
TWU: S.Peter 28+15reb+3ast, C.Westbrook 20+6reb+1ast, T.Smith 15+3reb+5ast, K.Osborne 11+8reb+2ast, J.Bakuteka 4+1reb, N.Monachini 4+2reb
gschID: 155887


Manitoba - Calgary 89-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Bisons (8-10) lost to ninth ranked Dinos (8-10) in Winnipeg, MB 89-98 on Friday. Bisons trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 27-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 89-98 at the end of the game. Dinos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bisons' 32 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Bisons were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Stephan Walton (175-87, college: Valdosta St.) answered with 25 points and guard Kevin Oliver (198) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Bisons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bisons' coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dinos. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Manitoba. Bisons lost their sixth game in a row. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: S.Walton 25+1reb+3ast, K.Oliver 15+9reb+3ast, X.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, J.Huertas 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Ozsayiner 5+7reb+2ast, K.Sansregret 5+3reb+1ast
Calgary: T.Fidler 27+13reb+2ast, B.Bakovic 22+7reb+4ast, J.Ogungbemi 21+9reb+3ast, K.Milburn 16+4reb+4ast, J.Owen-Thomas 7+3reb+2ast, A.McGuinness 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155883


Brandon - Lethbridge 92-87

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Bobcats (6-11) won against higher ranked Pronghorn (9-8) in Brandon, MB 92-87 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-87. Pronghorn was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Ilarion Bonhomme who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Ali Mounir contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Derek Waldner (201) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Dominyc Coward (198) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Pronghorn. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bobcats moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Western. Loser Pronghorn dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Bobcats will face again Pronghorn (#7) in Lethbridge, AB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: D.Cooper 22+5ast, D.Waldner 18+12reb+2ast, D.Coward 18+12reb+1ast, M.Duce 9+3reb+2ast, L.Reiter 7, N.Kovac 4+4reb
Brandon: A.Mounir 24+9reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 21+6reb+9ast, K.Vince 16+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 8+1reb+1ast, J.Reaves 7+7reb+2ast, E.Schippers 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155884


UBC Okanagan - Victoria 49-76

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Heat (2-13) was outscored by second ranked Vikies (12-3) in Kelowna, BC 76-49 on Friday. The game without a history. Vikies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Vikies outrebounded Heat 45-23 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Terrell Evans contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Yassine Ghomari answered with 10 points and Bret Macdonald added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Heat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vikies used an opportunity after UBC lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Heat lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. Vikies will have a break next round. Heat will play again at home against the league's second-placed Vikies (#2) in Victoria, BC.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 10+3reb+3ast, S.Morrison 10+4reb, B.Macdonald 9+5reb+2ast, S.Pelland 8+3reb, E.Dane Medi 6+6reb+2ast, B.Quevillon 4
Victoria: R.Mackinnon 21+2reb+2ast, T.Evans 13+11reb, P.Anderson 12+8reb, M.Acheampong 9+1reb, Z.Andrus 8+3reb, C.McLaughlin 7+6reb
gschID: 155885


UFV - UBC 77-72

Leading Thunderbirds (12-3) recorded its third loss in Abbotsford, BC. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Cascades (11-5) 77-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Thunderbirds. It looked good early as Thunderbirds took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cascades took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Cascades outrebounded Thunderbirds 41-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Thunderbirds were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jasper Moedt (203) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Joel Friesen (193) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Cascades players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Thunderbirds' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cascades. They maintain fourth place with 11-5 record. Thunderbirds at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Victoria. Cascades will again play against league's leader Thunderbirds in Vancouver, BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Thunderbirds will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UBC: N.Yu 24+5reb+2ast, D.Plumb 15+1reb+4ast, G.Bath 11+5reb+1ast, B.Bains 7+2reb, K.Burke 6+7reb+2ast, T.Nixon 4+2reb+1ast
UFV: J.Friesen 18+6reb+3ast, K.Grewal 13+8reb, J.Blackman 12+3reb, S.Freeman 12+2reb, J.Moedt 10+17reb+2ast, J.York 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 155886


Bishop's - McGill 44-61

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Redmen (7-4) defeated 5th ranked Gaiters (1-9) in Lennoxville, QC 61-44 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Redmen. Gaiters was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gaiters to just 6 points in first quarter. Redmen forced 20 Gaiters turnovers and outrebounded them 43-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Vincent Dufort who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Winn Clark contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Redmen players scored in double figures. Forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193) answered with 16 points and 4 steals and guard Mukiya Post (193) added 13 points in the effort for Gaiters. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Redmen. They maintain second place with 7-4 record having eighteen points less than leader UBC. Loser Gaiters keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Redmen will face Rouge et Or (#4) in Quebec City, QC in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: J.Leonard-Smith 16+2reb+1ast, M.Post 13, R.Aristil 5, M.Andrews 3+8reb, A.Spurrell 2+2ast, M.McLean 2+1reb
McGill: V.Dufort 16+5reb+3ast, W.Clark 12+10reb+2ast, A.Mitrovic 11+6reb, N.Langley 10+4reb, K.Sy-Morissette 5+3reb+5ast, N.Yantzi 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 155880


Winnipeg - Saskatchewan 61-91

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Wesmen (4-13) was outleveled by third ranked Huskies (12-4) in Winnipeg, MB 91-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Wesmen was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Wesmen's 28. They outrebounded Wesmen 44-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for international forward Michael Lieffers (203-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Huskies players scored in double figures. Guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) answered with 10 points and 8 assists and point guard Travis Krahn (183) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Wesmen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Huskies. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having eight points less than leader UBC. Wesmen lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Huskies will have a break next round. Wesmen will play again at home against Huskies (#3) in Saskatoon, SK.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: T.Krahn 15+5reb, A.Cunningham 10+4reb+8ast, B.Duff 8+5reb, B.Iko 7+3reb, J.Horaska 5+1reb, M.McNee 4+4reb+2ast
Saskatchewan: P.Lomuro 18+4reb, J.Barrett 16+4reb+8ast, C.Unsworth 13+4reb+1ast, M.Lieffers 12+15reb+2ast, M.Forbes 11+6reb+1ast, B.Baker 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155881


Regina - Alberta 69-81

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Golden Bears (11-6) beat 11th ranked Cougars (5-11) in Regina, SK 81-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Golden Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Golden Bears forced 19 Cougars turnovers. It was a very good performance for international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. Golden Bears' coach Greg Francis let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Connor Burns (201) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Paul Gareau (201) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Cougars. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. Golden Bears moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Windsor. Loser Cougars dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Golden Bears will have a break next round. Cougars will play again at home against Golden Bears (#5) in Edmonton, AB.
Top scorers:
Regina: C.Burns 23+13reb+4ast, P.Gareau 11+12reb+2ast, G.Childerhose 11+5reb+2ast, B.Hebert 10+1reb+4ast, S.Nostedt 7+2reb, A.Tate 4+1ast
Alberta: D.Ferguson 26+2reb+4ast, J.Baker 21+17reb+3ast, A.Bates 9+5reb, S.Saffa 8+3reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 7+4reb, R.Dewar 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155882


Lakehead - Waterloo 84-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderwolves as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderwolves defeated 8th ranked Warriors in Thunder Bay, ON 84-74. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Warriors managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Adam Johnson (, college: Georgetown, KY) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) contributed with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Andrew Melbourne (188-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Zach Angelini (188-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Warriors. Four Warriors players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves (15-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Laurier. Warriors lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Winnipeg. Warriors will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Thunderwolves will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Warriors in Waterloo, ON.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: M.Wright 19+2ast, A.Melbourne 14+11reb+4ast, Z.Angelini 13+5reb+6ast, T.Stevenson 12+2reb+5ast, W.Bridge 6+5reb+4ast, S.Pejicic 4+3reb+1ast
Lakehead: A.Johnson 26+9reb+2ast, N.Wainwright 12+3ast, B.Johnson 11+1reb+3ast, M.Schmidt 9+1reb+2ast, G.Carter 7+7reb+7ast, R.Thomson 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 155877


RMC - Queen's 43-84

Important to mention another loss for outsider RMC, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game in Kingston, ON versus seventh ranked Golden Gaels 84-43. The game without a history. Golden Gaels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 5 points in first quarter. Golden Gaels dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 24. They outrebounded RMC 44-25 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Golden Gaels looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by RMC's players. Forward Alex Weatherill (196) nailed 16 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Matthew Baker (193) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Golden Gaels players scored in double figures. Golden Gaels' coach Stephan Barrie felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Connor Duke (191) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Alexandre Lavoie added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for RMC in the defeat. Golden Gaels maintains seventh place with 1-16 record. It was RMC's seventeenth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with 17 games lost. Golden Gaels will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RMC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kingston, ON to the arena Golden Gaels.
Top scorers:
RMC: C.Duke 12+6reb+2ast, A.Lavoie 11+5reb+1ast, M.Buss 7+4reb, J.Byun 7+3reb+3ast, T.Boettcher 4+2reb, S.Hui 2+2reb+1ast
Queen's: A.Weatherill 16+4reb+1ast, N.Misljencevic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Baker 13+5reb+2ast, M.Simpson 11+2reb+2ast, B.Burgesson 6+2reb+2ast, M.Farine 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 155878


Concordia - Laval 80-59

Rather expected game when 4th placed Rouge et Or (3-7) was smashed by first ranked Stingers (9-1) in Montreal, QC 80-59 on Friday. The game without a history. Stingers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stingers forced 21 Rouge et Or turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. Rouge et Or was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 assists. Forward Evens Laroche (193) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Stingers players scored in double figures. Coach John Dore's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Etienne Labrecque (196-86, college: Quinnipiac) answered with 15 points and naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rouge et Or. Stingers maintains first place with 9-1 record. Rouge et Or lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Stingers will face Citadines (#3) in Montreal, QC in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rouge et Or will play on the road against the league's second-placed Redmen in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laval: E.Labrecque 15+4reb+2ast, T.Dezutter 11+4reb, B.Hadzimuratovic 10+7reb, H.Ryan 8+7reb+1ast, X.Baribeau 7+2ast, S.Mercier 4+4reb+1ast
Concordia: K.Desmarais 18+4reb+7ast, Z.Brisebois 11+6reb+1ast, E.Laroche 11+10reb+1ast, F.Fiola 10+1reb+2ast, D.Krah 9+6reb+3ast, T.Garner 8+2reb
gschID: 155879


New Brunsw. - St.Francis X. 67-66

A very interesting game took place in Fredericton, NB. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked X-Men (9-4) to seventh ranked Varsity Reds (5-9) 67-66 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. X-Men was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Varsity Reds, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Alex Desroches (193) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Daniel Quirion (183) chipped in 23 points. Forward Jeremy Dunn (198) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Terry Thomas (193) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. X-Men's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Varsity Reds maintains seventh place with 5-9 record. X-Men at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Varsity Reds' next round opponent will be again league's second-placed X-Men in Antigonish, NS and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 24+10reb+2ast, T.Thomas 17+12reb+1ast, S.Coupland 9+2reb+1ast, B.Kong 7+7reb, T.Vernon 5+3reb+3ast, R.Madera 2+1ast
New Brunsw.: D.Quirion 23+2reb+1ast, A.Desroches 16+10reb+4ast, S.Amoah 14+3reb+2ast, M.Fosu 6+9reb+5ast, D.Anthony 4+2reb+1ast, A.O'Brien 2
gschID: 155873


Ryerson - Toronto Univ. 89-85

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Toronto, ON: Rams (#3) and Blues (#5). Rams (10-8) won against visiting Blues (7-11) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blues. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Rams especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a very good performance for Jordon Gauthier who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) contributed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Center Andrew Wasik (201) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) added 23 points in the effort for Blues. Blues' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rams. They maintain third place with 10-8 record having eight points less than leader UBC. Loser Blues keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Wasik 25+8reb, A.Hill 23+3reb+2ast, D.Glisic 13+9reb+1ast, B.Garvin 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kumar 6+3reb+1ast, S.Nickel 6+1reb+2ast
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 26+6reb+3ast, J.Jones 23+6reb+5ast, A.Best 12+2reb, O.Adegboruwa 11+6reb+3ast, B.Michaelsen 9+7reb, N.Stankovic 4
gschID: 155874


Carleton - Ottawa 86-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with leader Ravens' (18-0) home victory over their biggest opponent Gee-Gees (11-7) in Ottawa, ON 86-57 on Friday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ravens outrebounded Gee-Gees 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Gee-Gees' players. Quite impressive performance for international guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Willy Manigat (180) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Coach Dave Smart's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. Michael L'Africain answered with 17 points and guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Gee-Gees. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain first place with 18-0 record. Loser Gee-Gees keep the second position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: M.L'Africain 17+4reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 12+7reb+3ast, C.Anderson 8+2reb, G.Gonthier-Dubue 7+1ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 5+2ast, V.Gill 3+3reb
Carleton: P.Scrubb 30+5reb+3ast, W.Manigat 18+5reb+2ast, K.Churchill 12+6reb+1ast, K.Smendziuk 9+4reb+3ast, T.Scrubb 7+5reb+2ast, T.Hinz 3+2reb+8ast
gschID: 155875


York - Laurentian 78-108

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Lions (3-15) were outscored by fourth ranked Voyageurs (9-9) in Toronto, ON 108-78 on Friday. The game without a history. Voyageurs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Lions' 32. They outrebounded Lions 38-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for guard Manny Pasquale (183) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Guard Isiah Pasquale (191) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Coach Shawn Swords's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Guard David Tyndale (180) answered with 26 points and forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Voyageurs maintains fourth place with 9-9 record. Lions lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
York: D.Tyndale 26+3reb+2ast, A.Rados 17+4reb+1ast, J.Bell 14+2reb+1ast, N.Tufegdzich 11+9reb+4ast, K.Buchanan 6+1reb+1ast, D.Watt 4+2reb+5ast
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 26+1reb+1ast, A.Ratte 17+1reb+5ast, I.Pasquale 16+4reb+3ast, G.Serresse 12+5reb, N.Yengue 9+5reb+1ast, M.Ramalho 9+3ast
gschID: 155876




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KK Borik Puntamika Zadar adds Drezga to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
KK Borik Puntamika Zadar agreed terms with 25-year old guard Luka Drezga (196-G-87). In his first game he scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Zabok 68-78. Drezga played most recently at GKK Sibenik (A2). He is a very experienced player. Drezga played also pro basketball in Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center


A1 Round 16: Svjetlost easily beats Dubrovnik by 16 points - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dubrovnik. Local Dubrovnik (3-12) lost to fifth ranked Svjetlost (7-7) 82-66 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dubrovnik. The game was mostly controlled by Svjetlost. Dubrovnik managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dubrovnik 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Svjetlost's coach Mladen Erjavec used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ivan Begic produced 15 points for lost side. Svjetlost maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Svjetlost are looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round. Dubrovnik will play on the road against Alkar Sinj (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Krizevci was defeated by Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka 82-67. Jolly beat Darda at home 90-76. Borik lost to Zabok on the opponent's court 68-78.


Kvarner 2010 - Krizevci 82-67
There was no surprise in Rijeka where 10th ranked Krizevci (5-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-8) 82-67 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 82-67. Kvarner 2010 dominated on the defensive end, holding Krizevci to just 6 points in third quarter. Naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) fired 26 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Power forward Mladen Gligora (204-82, agency: Court Side) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to sixth place. Krizevci lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Kvarner 2010 are looking forward to face higher ranked Svjetlost (#5) in Slavonski Brod in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Krizevci will play at home against Borik Puntamika (#7) in Zadar and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: M.Ceskovic 26+3reb+5ast, J.Blajic 15+2reb+7ast, D.Cinac 12+3reb, T.Simovic 10+11reb, M.Juricic 8+1reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 5+5reb+1ast
Krizevci: I.Grgat 17+4reb, L.Zitko 15+3reb+4ast, M.Gligora 13+9reb+2ast, I.Buva 7+1reb, I.Svoboda 6+1ast, J.Glavinic 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149465


Dubrovnik - Svjetlost 66-82
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dubrovnik. Local Dubrovnik (3-12) lost to fifth ranked Svjetlost (7-7) 82-66 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dubrovnik. The game was mostly controlled by Svjetlost. Dubrovnik managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dubrovnik 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Svjetlost's coach Mladen Erjavec used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ivan Begic produced 15 points and forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Svjetlost maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Dubrovnik at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Svjetlost are looking forward to face Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round. Dubrovnik will play on the road against Alkar Sinj (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: A.Stimac 24+8reb+3ast, M.Batina 18+2reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 12+7reb+4ast, L.Samadan 9+7reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 7+3reb, P.Matusko 4+1reb
Dubrovnik: I.Begic 15+2reb+1ast, R.Ciklic 11+4reb, M.Peric 10+2reb+1ast, M.Diminic 7+4reb, M.Lucic 7+4reb+2ast, F.Karac 6+4reb
gschID: 149466


Jolly - Darda 90-76
No shocking result in a game in Sibenik where second ranked Jolly (11-4) defeated 9th ranked Vrijednosnice OS (5-9) 90-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. Vrijednosnice OS managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly forced 21 Vrijednosnice OS turnovers. Forward Ivo Josipovic (205-75, agency: Court Side) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) chipped in 28 points. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Vrijednosnice OS's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jolly have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Zadar. Vrijednosnice OS lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. Jolly will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vrijednosnice OS will play at home against KK Split (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Jolly: H.Puljko 28+1reb+3ast, I.Josipovic 27+5reb+1ast, R.Ross 12+2reb+7ast, S.Rezic 9+4reb+3ast, L.Katura 7, M.Mrva 5+4reb+1ast
Darda: M.Peraica 21+6reb+3ast, A.Bicvic 14+4reb+1ast, V.Budimir 11+3reb, I.Milenkovic 10+2reb, L.Panduric 8+5reb+4ast, D.Meznaric 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 149468


Zabok - Borik 78-68
Rather expected game when 6th ranked Borik Puntamika (6-9) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Zabok (9-5) 78-68 on Saturday. Borik Puntamika was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Tomislav Ramljak (204-85, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zabok have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-5 record. Loser Borik Puntamika dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Zabok are looking forward to face league's leader Zadar on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play against Krizevci (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Kruslin 23+4reb+6ast, I.Tomas 12+1reb+1ast, S.Zadravec 10+4ast, D.Bubalo 9+6reb, F.Kraljevic 6+3reb, D.Basic 5+2reb+1ast
Borik: P.Maric 24+5reb, T.Ramljak 12+8reb+3ast, L.Drezga 11+5reb, M.Cakarun 5+6reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 5+2reb, T.Drazovic 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 149464


Split - Alkar
POSTPONED


Tomas comes back to KK Zabok - by Eurobasket Center
KK Zabok strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old guard Ivan Tomas (193-G-81). It's actually Tomas comeback to Zabok as he played here before. In his first game he scored 12 points helping his new team beat Borik 78-68. Tomas played most recently at Aris Thessaloniki (Greece). He is a very experienced player. Tomas played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Greece, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia and Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Cyprus Cup: Keravnos and ENAD in the semi finals - by Chris Mammides
After the team of APOEL another two teams qualified for the semi finals after the today's games. ENAD with the newcomer Tyler Tyler Laser (185-PG-88, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Illinois) being the man of the match beat Omonoia with 95-90 and will be present in the semi-finals. At the same time the top seated and without loss, team of Coach Yiannaras, Keravnos Strovolou had no troubles against the team of AEL Limassol at Melford Arena and with 75-89 proceeded also in the semi-finals.

About the games now, the derby between ENAD and Omonoia needed the overtime and was trully amazing with both the teams passionated for the victory and the qualification in the next round. This season's Cyprus Cup is really a Mini Cup as with three victories and qualifications one team can win the cup so is a targeted task for all the teams.
Omonoia started the game a bit more aggressively than the home team of Coach Argyrou and just after 3.5' minutes was leading the score with 2-11 with the two Americans Bostic and Goode scoring 4 points each, ENAD balanced the game and in 3 minutes balance it to 11-11 with Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) and Damjanovic leading the way. Souflias and Bostic reshape the score to 17-21 by the end of the first period showing to their opponents that it will be a tough game.

The 2nd period begun with Dewayne Reed, Damjanovic and Tyler Laser leading their team and bringing the score to 31-26 with less than 6 minuts to the end of the first half. Omonoia reacted and with Souflias, Trifunovic and Bostic ended the first half with 38-39 in an amazing 5.30' where the greens overscored their opponents with 7-13!

The 3rd period went basket to basket but 4 minutes before the end of the perios ENAD took a lead of seven with Tyler Laser scoring his 3rd three pointer and a total of 14 points. Omonoia reacted once more and with Bostic in the leading role by scoring his 22nd point cut the deficit to 61-57 with 1.18' before the end of the game. ENAD with Dewayne Reed increase the defiicit by the end of the 3rd period to 65-58 with 5 personal points and a total of 18.

The 4th period and 3 minutes after the begginig of it Nikos Papadopoulos (197-G/F-81) cut the deficit to just a basket 70-68 at first and then gave the leading position to his team with his 2nd three pointer to reshape the score and the momentum to 75-76, with 3.10' to the end. From then and on the game went basket to basket to end the regular time to 83-83 and the two teams to need the extra decisive five minutes. In the overtime, Dewayne Reed and Tyler Laser ended the dreams of Omonoia as they were better and with their personal points did the 12-7 and the final 95-90
Top scorers:

ENAD: Dewayne Reed 23 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, Tyler Laser 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals, Damjanovic 16 points, and Matic 14 points and 5 rebounds

Omonoia: Devron Bostick (196-G-88, college: Minnesota) 26 points and 9 rebounds, Nikos Papadopoulos 16 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists, Trifunovic and Goode 15 per head.

The other game needs not so many words as Keravnos who was the favorite team before the game starts proved to be so as with simple basketball in the second half and especially in the fourth period left no place for dreams for AEL who had this time other than Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) and Alexandros Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) in its roster the American Paul Carter who had in its roster like 3 months ago...
The first period belonged to AEL as with Georgios Palalas in the main role followed by Alexandros Liatsos took an early lead with 25-21, Keravnos balanced the game in the second period with the usual suspect Marcus Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.), a player who is doing a bit of everything with the assistance of the very good the last month Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill) balance the game and the two teams went to the first half's break with the minimum deficit for the visitors with 40-41. The 3rd period was also interseting as Christos Loizidis (207-C-91) became the third player from AEL to assist in both points and rebounds so the score by the end of the 3rd period remain in low difference with 57-62. On behalf of Keravnos, Frazier and Dragicevic were helping in teh areas of scoring. The 4th and final period was a continouous monologue for the top seated team of Keravnos and with 17-27 ended the game with 75-89.
Top scorers:
AEL: Georgios Palalas 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists (just 1 assist for a unique triple double figures), Alexandros Liatsos 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists, and Christos Loizidis 18 points and 4 rebounds with 7 turnovers

Keravnos: Marcus Moore 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, Ales Chan 17 points and 6 rebounds, Frazier 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Dragicevic 12 points and rebounds.







Cytavision APOEL makes it through the semi finals - by Michael Aristidou

In a dramatic game Cytavision Apoel Nicosia won Petrolina AEK Larnaca in a single cup game and now they wait for opponent in the semi finals.

The game was closed and neither team could build a significant difference. The first three periods we had several changes in the lead and only in the last minutes Cytavision Apoel Nicosia took the lead and never looked back.

For the home team Lamar Karim (178-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: So.Poly State) and Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) tried harder along with the Cypriot guard Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85). Cytavision Apoel Nicosia had newcomer Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, college: Kentucky), Myles McKay (193-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) and Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) in a good scoring night.

Quarters: 18-19, 36-34, 50-49, 66-71
AEK: Garcia 10, Fantousis, Iakovos Panteli 7 (1), Xart, Karim 12, Harrison 6, Kandic, Subotic 14, Makanda 6, Fisher 11
APOEL: Cliff Hawkins 13 (4), Adegboye 10 (2), Vukasin Mandic 14 (1), Neophytou 4 (1), Radojevic, Johnson, Cuffee 6 (1), Kaskiris 3, Myles McKay 13 (1), Jovanovic, Sims 8

Today we have another two single games for the quarter finals
Proteas Danoi AEL-Keravnos
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD-Papa Johns Omonia
Intercollege Etha-Pizza Express Apollon (6/2)




Apoel advances to the Cup Semis - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Huge victory for Apoel that won Aek in Larnaka 71-66 and advanced to the cup semi-finals. It was a closes game with the half closing 36-34. Apoel was more concentrated and decisive and won an important victory.

'It is an extremely important victory for us not only because we have advanced to the cup semi-final but also because we haven't been long enough together as a team. Have in mind that we have been working together as a team only for about a month. Add to that the fact that we have added 3 new players in the team. These players definitely need an adjustment period. So, most of our opponents who have been playing together since the beginning of the season have an advantage over us. Therefore, after 3 consecutive losses I also consider this a great psychological push' Linos Gavriel, teams coach said to us.

For Apoel Mandic had 14 points, Cliff Hawkins and Mckay had 13 pts each. Adeqboye added another 10 and Lewis the 'Dragon' Sims had 8.

In the loosing squad, Subotic finished with 14.



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CEZ Basketball Nymburk wins the Regular Season with 25-1 record - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Decin between third ranked BK Pardubice (19-7) and fourth ranked BK Decin (19-7) on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Decin on the road 82-92. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. BK Pardubice managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 36-19 including a 17-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. BK Decin's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for BK Pardubice. BK Decin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated BK Pardubice.



Bottom-ranked BK Loko Plzen managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem 75-68. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ladislav Toth chipped in 22 points during the contest. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) responded with 21 points. BK Loko Plzen (6-20) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.



NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (25-1) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked NH Ostrava (13-13) 90-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. Lukas Palyza notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. CEZ Nymburk's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Riley Luettgerodt did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 24-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost.



Tenth-ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-18) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked USK Praha (15-11). The visitors from Praha managed to secure only ten-point victory 92-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Stanislav Votroubek who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 20 rebounds. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. USK Praha maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Levharti Chomutov lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost.


Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BC Kolin (17-9) and Basketbal Svitavy (10-16), which took place in Svitavy. Higher ranked BC Kolin lost to ninth ranked Basketbal Svitavy in a road game 79-85 on Saturday. Michael Deloach orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basketbal Svitavy maintains ninth position with 10-16 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.



In the last two games of round 26 Inter Bratislava was beaten by Levice on the road 76-66. B&W Opava lost to BK Prostejov on its own court 67-82.


BK Decin - BK Pardubice 92-82

The most important game in the last round took place in Decin between third ranked BK Pardubice (19-7) and fourth ranked BK Decin (19-7) on Saturday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Decin on the road 82-92. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. BK Pardubice managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 36-19 including a 17-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. BK Decin's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Michal Carnecky (184-85) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Decin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated BK Pardubice.


Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 19+7reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 15+5ast, M.Hampton 13+1ast, M.Arnold 12+5reb, O.Peterka 9+1reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 7+1reb+2ast
BK Decin: L.Sanders 18+1reb+5ast, P.Houska 17+15reb+5ast, T.Pomikalek 14+6reb, D.Burke 10+8reb+1ast, A.Alic 9+1reb+3ast, J.Boyer 9+3ast


gschID: 136748


Chomutov - USK Praha 82-92 OT

Tenth-ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-18) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked USK Praha (15-11). The visitors from Praha managed to secure only ten-point victory 92-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 20 rebounds. The former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) chipped in 22 points. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) added 9 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the hosts. USK Praha maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Levharti Chomutov lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost.


Chomutov: P.Pope 30+9reb+2ast, R.Lowery 16+4reb, J.Krakovic 9+15reb+2ast, Z.Hanzlik 7+4reb, P.Hemmy 6+1reb, J.Jones 5+1reb
USK Praha: V.Hruban 22+4reb, M.Sotnar 13+3reb+2ast, J.Slavik 13+6reb, V.Cvek 12+2reb, T.Kyzlink 11+2reb, S.Votroubek 11+20reb


gschID: 136749


NH Ostrava - CEZ Nymburk 82-90

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (25-1) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked NH Ostrava (13-13) 90-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of NH Ostrava. NH Ostrava trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 16-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-90 at the end of the game. CEZ Nymburk made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) supported him with 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). CEZ Nymburk's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. His fellow American import guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) added 17 points for the hosts. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 24-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost.


NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 25+2reb+1ast, D.Wright 17+4reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 13+8reb+1ast, J.Hughes 10+8reb+1ast, M.Stuchly 5, S.Manousos 5+2reb+4ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 16+3reb+1ast, L.Palyza 14+5reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 13+4reb+2ast, L.Wilson 10+3reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 9+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 8+3reb


gschID: 136750


Svitavy - BC Kolin 85-79

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BC Kolin (17-9) and Basketbal Svitavy (10-16), which took place in Svitavy. Higher ranked BC Kolin lost to ninth ranked Basketbal Svitavy in a road game 79-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-79. Basketbal Svitavy made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. BC Kolin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pavel Milos (200-79) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward David Machac (204-80) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Kolin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basketbal Svitavy maintains ninth position with 10-16 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.


Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 22+8reb+2ast, R.Ames 18+5reb+3ast, R.Field 14+9reb+2ast, R.Marko 12+1reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 7+3reb+1ast, M.Hubalek 2+1reb
Svitavy: P.Milos 20+2reb+1ast, L.Horak 15+5reb+2ast, M.Deloach 15+8reb+4ast, J.Spacek 10+8reb+1ast, T.Teply 9+4reb+1ast, B.Meno 8+9reb+2ast


gschID: 136744


Plzen - Usti n/Labem 75-68

Bottom-ranked BK Loko Plzen managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the eleven-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem 75-68. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. BK Loko Plzen had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) chipped in 22 points during the contest. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) responded with 21 points and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. BK Loko Plzen (6-20) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost.


Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 21+2reb+3ast, J.Holanda 12+3reb, T.Gottselig 9+9reb, A.Pistecky 8+1reb, B.Reese 7+5reb, J.Fohler 4+6reb+3ast
Plzen: L.Toth 22+4reb+1ast, L.Pecka 18+13reb, M.Kozlik 8+3reb+4ast, J.Kovanda 8+8reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 6+5reb+7ast, M.Norwa 6+5reb


gschID: 136745


Levice - Inter Bratislava 76-66

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Levice (11-15) beat at home 12th ranked Inter Bratislava (6-20) 76-66 on Wednesday. Levice forced 20 Inter Bratislava turnovers. Inter Bratislava was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Spanish point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with 21 points and 7 assists and Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Inter Bratislava. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levice maintains eighth position with 11-15 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the twelfth place with 20 games lost.

Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: E.Ubilla 21+4reb+7ast, S.Gavran 17+5reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 9+1reb+1ast, M.Luley 5, M.Trivunovic 4+2reb, T.Durana 4+3reb+1ast
Levice: S.Stemberger 26+8reb+2ast, E.Sanchez 17+4reb+4ast, D.Lowhorn 12+9reb+1ast, D.Marek 7+2reb+1ast, K.Grant 5, J.Moravek 5


gschID: 136746


B&W Opava - BK Prostejov 67-82

Very expected game when 13th ranked B&W Opava (5-21) lost at home to second ranked BK Prostejov (21-5) 82-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. BK Prostejov forced 21 B&W Opava turnovers. American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian power forward Milan Kolovrat (207-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Slovakian center Martin Miklosik (226-86, agency: JEMsports) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for B&W Opava. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov maintains second position with 21-5 record having four points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser B&W Opava dropped to the bottom.

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Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 16+2reb+3ast, M.Kolovrat 15+10reb, P.Dokoupil 13+4reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 12+11reb+1ast, J.Sirina 4+3reb+5ast, R.Klecka 3+2reb
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 16+2reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 14+6reb+1ast, T.Peterson 13+10reb+7ast, J.Prasil 9+2reb, K.Svrdlik 8+4reb, A.Eitutavicius 7+2ast


gschID: 136747




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  DENMARK   


Jordan Glynn claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jordan Glynn (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) had an amazing evening in the last round for Naestved and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed SISU (#4, 9-13) with 24-point margin 86-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Naestved maintains the 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Glynn turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Stephen F. Austin State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glynn is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American point guard Ryan White (177-PG-88) of Aalborg. White impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Aalborg was edged by the higher-ranked Horsholm (#5, 9-13) 72-70. Aalborg is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. White is a newcomer at Aalborg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 4.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86) of second-ranked Svendborg. Kingsley scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Svendborg, leading his team to a 81-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#7, 8-14). Many experts and fans count Svendborg as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 20 victories and only two lost games.. Kingsley has a great season in Denmark. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corin Henry (180-PG-88) of Naestved - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Durell Vinson (201-F-85) of Svendborg - 14 points and 16 rebounds
6. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC - 14 points and 10 rebounds
7. Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83) of Horsholm - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Andreas Jakobsen (187-PG-83) of Bakken - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Horsholm - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Rafer Alston signs with Los Angeles D-Fenders in D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired guard Alston Rafer (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.), it was announced today. The acquisition comes one day after Ishmael Smith signed with the Orlando Magic to become the D-Fenders fourth NBA Call-Up of the season and the seventh Call-Up in franchise history.

InsideHoops.com first-reported this news late last night on Twitter.

Were excited to add a player with as much experience as Rafer to the D-Fenders backcourt and believe he will undoubtedly help us continue towards our ultimate goal of an NBA Development League Championship, D-Fenders Head Coach Eric Musselman said.

Alston, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (39th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft, has played in a total of 671 career NBA games with Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Houston, Orlando and New Jersey, averaging 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 28.9 minutes.

Additionally, the 6-2, 175-pound guard has appeared in 51 career NBA playoff games (34 starts) combined with Milwaukee, Miami, Houston and Orlando, averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 29.1 minutes. Appearing in all five games during the 2009 NBA Finals with the Magic, Alston averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.4 minutes.

Alston most recently played in China for Zhejiang Guangsha during the 2010-11 season where he averaged 19.6 points and 3.8 assists in eight games.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Sacramento Kings recall Hassan Whiteside - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings have recalled second-year center Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C/F-89, college: Marshall) from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Whiteside was assigned to the Bighorns on January 1, playing 11 games with the team with averages of 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 18.9 minutes per game. His time with the Bighorns was highlighted by his game on January 13 against the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he posted 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two games where he recorded a Bighorns season-high six blocks.

Whiteside was drafted by the Kings in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Marshall. This was Whiteside's second assignment to the Bighorns. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 14 games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Rockets re-assign Marcus Morris to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that forward Marcus Morris (6'8''-F-89, college: Kansas) will be re-joining Houstons single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Marcus ankle has healed and he has been cleared to practice and play, said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. With limited practice time available, we have decided to send Marcus to Rio Grande Valley to give him an opportunity to play and recondition his ankle.

Morris (6-9, 235, Kansas), who was selected by Houston with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has averaged 22.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four starts with Rio Grande Valley this season. He made his debut with the Vipers by posting 33 points (13-24 FG), 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals vs. Dakota (1/6/12).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Tulsa 66ers re-acquire Larry Owens - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers, proud affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, announced today they have re-acquired forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU).

Owens earned a GATORADE Call-Up earlier this season after being signed by the New Jersey Nets on Jan. 18. In seven games, Owens averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.7 minutes.

Prior to the Nets, Owens was averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 assists through 10 games (seven starts) in his third season with the 66ers.

Owens participated in training camp and appeared in one preseason game with the Washington Wizards this past December. Last season, the Oral Roberts product earned two GATORADE Call-ups with the San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.

Owens will be in uniform tonight wearing No. 32 when the Tulsa 66ers host the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Dakota W. 125-114
The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy never trailed as they rolled past the Dakota Wizards 125-114 Friday night in Des Moines. The win moves Iowa to 18-7 on the season, while Dakota falls to 11-13 on the year. Iowa jumped out to a commanding 67-48 lead at halftime behind big efforts from guard Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) and reserve Nick Murphy (6'4''-G/F-88, college: Jacksonville St.). The Energy duo combined for 36 points before the break to push Iowa ahead of their Eastern Conference rivals. Dakota showed some life in the 3rd quarter as a buzzer beating jumper by Shy Ely brought Dakota to within 92-78 heading into the final twelve minutes. Dakota would cut the lead to 110-99 in the 4th quarter, but an 8-0 Energy run, capped by an Andrew Drevo layup, put the game out of reach. Efevberha led all scorers with 28 points while Murphy added 23 points and 10 rebounds. The win, coupled with Austin's loss to Canton, give the Energy the NBA D-League top overall record. Edwin Ubiles and Chris Wright each scored 19 points for Dakota. The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Wells Fargo Arena at 7pm. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Idaho S. - Rio Grande VV 99-94
Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) made a pair of clutch free throws to give the Stampede the lead with under a minute to go as Idaho beat Rio Grande Valley 99-94 at CenturyLink Arena Friday night. The Stampede (9-16) were led by Terrico White (6'5''-G-90, college: Mississippi), who had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tony Bobbitt and Moore (13 rebounds) each chipped in with 13 points. David Bailey added five points, 10 assists and four steals. Idaho got out to a 30-17 lead after the first quarter, and led by as many as 15 before the Vipers were able to tie the game at 94. The Stampede out-rebounded Rio Grande Valley 47-34, picked up 12 steals and shot 50 percent or higher in three of four quarters. The Vipers (19-11) were led by Greg Smith's 24 points, while Ben Uzoh added 14. Will Conroy had nine points, 10 assists and five rebounds off the bench. Idaho plays Rio Grande Valley again tomorrow night, with the Stampede again donning pink jerseys that are up for auction on idahostampede.afrogs.org with proceeds going to the St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute. *Courtesy of www.ktvb.com

Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 117-99
The Springfield Armor (15-13) roared out of the gate to a 38-12 lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 117-99 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce (7-21) tonight inside the MassMutual Center. One night after picking up a wire-to-wire victory over the Skyforce, the Armor played arguably their best quarter of the season in the first, shooting 14-23 (.623) from the field and holding Sioux Falls to 4-20 (.20). Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) led the early charge for Springfield, scoring 14 first-quarter points, grabbing 4 rebounds and handing out 3 assists. The Skyforce, who only dressed eight players tonight, were down to seven midway through the second quarter after forward Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) picked up his second technical foul of the evening and was ejected. The Armor stretched the lead to as many as 29 points in the second and cruised into halftime with a 65-37 lead, the Armor's largest halftime advantage of the season. Smith (19 points), Lance Hurdle (13 points) and Dennis Horner (11 points) all scored in double figures in the opening half. Although the Armor pushed the lead to a game-high 32 points at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter, the Skyforce methodically chipped away at the advantage and outscored the Armor 31-23 in the period to cut the deficit to 88-68. In the fourth, the Skyforce hung tough despite being undermanned and got within 16 points late, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Armor rolled to their fourth win in their last five games. For the second consecutive night, Smith was tremendous for the Armor, posting his second straight double-double and third of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Smith added 5 assists and 3 steals to his final line. Horner registered a double-double of his own with 17 points and 11 rebounds, one night after being plagued by foul trouble and failing to score. Hurdle added 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists off the Armor bench and JamesOn Curry helped out with 13 points and 6 assists. The Armor pounded Sioux Falls on the glass, out-rebounding the Skyforce 48-28 and posting 20 second chance points to Sioux Falls' 5. The Armor will return to action on Thursday when they host the Texas Legends for the first time in franchise history at 7:00 PM inside the MassMutual Center. The Armor will host the Legends again on Saturday, Feb. 11. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 97-109
The Maine Red Claws dealt the Mad Ants a loss for the second sxtraight night Friday 109-97. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) led all scorers with 26 points for the Red Claws. Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) added 20 points and 8 assists and Lawrence Hill finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Lazare paced the Mad Ants with 20 points. Mike Tisdale contributed 12 points and 10 boards and Travis Walton added 12 points and 9 assists. *Courtesy of www.indianasnewscenter.com




Rio Grande Valley Acquires Will Foster - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 19-11 on the season, have acquired 7-5 center Will Foster (7'5''-C-88, college: Gonzaga) from the available player pool. Foster, a graduate of Gonzaga, began this season with the Idaho Stampede where in 18 games (4 starts) he averaged 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks while playing nearly 17 minutes a contest.
Foster appeared in 29 games during his senior season for the Zags, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds as a reserve.


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  EGYPT   


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt clinched the Final spot - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Russia U16 68:58

Egypt clinched the Final spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The African team continued their winning streak and rightfully beat Russia U16 68:58 in the Semifinal game.
Russia started better and reached 18-15 after the first period. Egypt tied the game at the halftime and then erupted with 21-9 in the last stanza.
Ehab Saleh paced all the winners with 22 points and Ahmet Mahran nailed 13. Wessam Shafik followed them with 11 points. Andrey Korolyatin (200-PF-96) collected 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Vladimir Ivanov (190-SF-96) netted 9.
Tomorrow Egypt will face Poland in the Final. Poland U16 advanced to the Final of the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The Polish side overcame Germany U16 61:48 in the Semifinal clash.

Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 22, Ahmet Mahran 13, Wessam Shafik 11
Russia U16: Andrey Korolyatin 20+9 rebs, Vladimir Ivanov 9, Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) 8


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  ESTONIA   


Rain Veideman joins Bayreuth, Siim-Sander Vene moves to VEF - by Janar
Two Estonian National team members have changed clubs this week. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) will move to Germany and join Bundesliga club BBC Bayreuth on loan agreement. He played for Tartu Ulikool for last one and half seasons. He averaged 12.7 points per game last summer, playing for Estonian NT in EuroBasket division B and 17.2 ppg in European U20 championships B division tournament. This season, he averaged 15.6 ppg in Estonian championships, being the best scorer in his team. In Baltic League, he averaged 14.3 ppg.

Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) joined VEF Riga from Baltai Kaunas. Vene averaged 11.8 ppg and 4.8 rbs in Baltic League and 8.0 ppg in Lithuanian league this season. He has already made a debut for his new team, scoring 8 points against BC Astana in VTB League.


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 30: #1 Joensuun Kataja is defeated by Tampereen Pyrinto - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Joensuun Kataja (22-5) on the court of fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Tampereen Pyrinto 66-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (7-21) by 24 points 109-85, which is the biggest margin this round. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) notched 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Vesa Makalainen supported him with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Namika Lahti. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will have a break next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: LrNMKY lost to ToPo on the opponent's court 72-80. KTP outscored Salon Vilpas in a home game 90-69. Kouvot was rolled over Nilan Bisons on the road 61-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 13 rebounds by Tim Blue of KTP.



Kauhajoki - Namika Lahti 109-85

Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (7-21) by 24 points 109-85, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) notched 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) supported him with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Namika Lahti. Forward Sami Pekkola (200-83) added 23 points. Five Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 28+5reb+1ast, C.Hannah 24+8ast, V.Makalainen 21+12reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 9+1ast, A.Huuskonen 9+1reb+1ast, T.Hendley 8+4reb+5ast
Namika Lahti: S.Pekkola 23+4reb+1ast, R.Brooks 19+7reb+3ast, B.Bailey 13+6reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 12+6reb+2ast, M.Moore 11+2reb, R.Suonio 5+2reb
gschID: 141773


Pyrinto - Kataja 66-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Joensuun Kataja (22-5) on the court of fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Tampereen Pyrinto 66-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 13+12reb+6ast, A.Nikkila 11+6reb, K.Lowe 9+7reb+2ast, A.Williams 9+1reb+2ast, A.Lehto 8+1reb, O.Heinonen 7+2reb+1ast
Kataja: J.Newson 20+9reb+1ast, B.Walker 11+6reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 10+7reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 10+6reb+1ast, J.Price 7+4reb, S.Haanpaa 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141769


ToPo - LrNMKY 80-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked LrNMKY's (11-16) road loss to fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (14-13) 72-80. LrNMKY was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely LrNMKY outrebounded Torpan Pojat 47-27 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. LrNMKY was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) notched 30 points to lead the effort and American point guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Hightower Law Firm) supported him with 17 points. Wilson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists by American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for LrNMKY. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth position with 14-13 record. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 16 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Heinonen 30+4reb+1ast, J.Wilson 17+4reb+3ast, K.Muurinen 9+2reb, C.Griffin 7+3reb+3ast, C.Lindbom 7+7reb, T.Iisalo 5+3reb+4ast
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 19+9reb+9ast, L.Hamm 15+11reb, T.Tiedeman 12+9reb, M.Ojala 10+4reb, J.Jarvinen 7+6reb, H.Valimaa 5+2reb
gschID: 141770


KTP - Salon Vilpas 90-69

Everything could happen in Kotka at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked KTP-Basket and 8th ranked Salon Vilpas had identical 11-16 record. This time KTP-Basket used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Salon 90-69. Salon Vilpas was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 56-30 second half run of KTP-Basket. They also forced 22 Salon Vilpas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for KTP-Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) supported him with 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) added 10 points and 9 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. KTP-Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 26+13reb+3ast, T.Crocker 25+3ast, J.Williams 10+2reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 10+3reb, J.Matinen 8+1reb, J.Lehtoranta 5
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 23+4reb+2ast, R.Ahonen 12+1reb+1ast, A.Durham 10+9reb+1ast, J.Fields 7+6reb, J.Kataja 5+4reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+1reb
gschID: 141771


Nilan Bisons - Kouvot 80-61

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Kouvot (10-17) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (19-6) 80-61. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) notched 17 points to lead the effort and American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Teemu Rintala (203-88) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. American guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 19-6 record having five points less than leader Kataja. Kouvot lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Salon Vilpas (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Nuutinen 17+4reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 15+1reb+1ast, R.McDade 13+7reb+1ast, M.Zeno 10+5reb+6ast, J.Ivey 10+2reb+2ast, E.Aaltonen 8+6reb
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 13+3reb+2ast, T.Rintala 13+9reb, A.Jordan 11+8reb+1ast, A.Brown 9+5reb, A.Perttu 7+3reb+2ast, A.Akpaso 5+1ast
gschID: 141772




KORISLIIGA: Karhu scored 109 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 28: Karhu (Kauhajoki) scored tonight 109 points and crushed YMCA Lahti 109-85 (53-35). Karhu (17-10) has still a lot to say in the play-off-games this season, but YMCA Lahti will probably stay on the bottom of the league. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Karhu with 28 pts. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) added 24 pts and gave eight assists. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) had a double-double 21pts/12rbs. Sami Pekkola (200-F-83) netted 23 pts for the visitors. Bisons (Loimaa) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 80-61 (45-34). Bisons won all four quarters. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) (17 pts) and Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) (15) led Bisons in points. Teemu Rintala (203-F/C-88) (13/9) and Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) (13 pts) led Kouvot...Finnish players this contest key players!
Karhu, Kauhajoki - YMCA Lahti 109-85 (53-35). (Kelly Beidler 28, Clevin Hannah 24/8a, Vesa Makalainen 21/12 - Sami Pekkola 23, Ryan Brooks 19, Brant Bailey 13. A: 620).
Bisons, Loimaa - Kouvot 80-61 (45-34). (Matti Nuutinen 17, Mikko Koivisto 15, Ryan McDade 13 - Teemu Rintala 13/9, Antto Nikkarinen 13, Antoine Jordan 11. A: 637).

1.Division:
Tarmo, Porvoo - YMCA Oulu 89-81 (43-36). (Benzor Simmons 25, Shawn Henderson 16/6a, Kasimir Hytonen 15 - Brian Moultrie 27/9, Lloyd Phillips 17/7a, Josh Nofflet 15).



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ProB Round 20: No surprise as #1 Boulazac Basket defeats Nantes - by Eurobasket News
ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (17-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Nantes (9-11) 72-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 34-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Boulazac Basket have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Evreux. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nantes will play against JA Vichy (#18) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Denain. Fifteenth ranked Le Portel (8-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Denain Voltaire (8-12) 88-87 in the fight for the thirteenth place. The winners were led by American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and Nigel Wyatte supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds by American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Le Portel moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Denain. Le Portel will play against Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round. Denain Voltaire will play against Chalons-Reims (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Saint Vallier where higher ranked Saint Vallier (10-10) was upset on its own court by sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (7-13) 88-81 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Jason Siggers who scored 26 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). David Denave produced 21 points and 5 assists for the hosts. SPO Rouen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Saint Vallier lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Bourg and Boulogne. SPO Rouen will meet higher ranked Lille Metropole (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against JL Bourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Evreux where higher ranked Lille Metropole (11-9) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked ALM Evreux (9-11) 82-78. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. Austen Rowland orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Nantes. Lille Metropole at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#16) at home where they are favorite.
Second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (16-4) crushed at home 5th ranked Bordeaux (11-9) by 25 points 79-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Christophe Massie who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader Boulazac. Newly promoted Bordeaux dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face league's leader Boulazac Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bordeaux will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#10).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Bourg won against Quimper on the opponent's court 83-78. Vichy unfortunately lost to Maurienne in a home game 70-80. Chalons-Reims managed to beat Antibes on the road 83-72. Boulogne was defeated by Fos Ouest on its own court 62-78.



Limoges - Bordeaux 79-54

Second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (16-4) crushed at home 5th ranked Bordeaux (11-9) by 25 points 79-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Bordeaux was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bordeaux 35-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Mali Sambou Traore (199-79) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Christopher Dunn (190-83, college: W.Virginia St.) responded with 15 points and 5 steals and Romain Dardaine (201-88) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-4 record behind leader Boulazac. Newly promoted Bordeaux dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face league's leader Boulazac Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bordeaux will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#10).
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: C.Dunn 15+1reb+3ast, J.Ford 10+4reb, R.Dardaine 7+9reb+2ast, M.Diaw 6+2reb, S.Driss 6+2reb+1ast, M.Doubal 5+1reb
Limoges: C.Massie 18+13reb+2ast, S.Traore 11+6reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 10+1reb+2ast, J.Gomis 9+4ast, L.Milbourne 9+1reb+3ast, J.Mipoka 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139907


St Vallier - Rouen 81-88

An interesting game took place in Saint Vallier where higher ranked Saint Vallier (10-10) was upset on its own court by sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (7-13) 88-81 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) who scored 26 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. David Denave (195-85) produced 21 points and 5 assists and Florent Tortosa (196-89) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. SPO Rouen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Saint Vallier lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Bourg and Boulogne. SPO Rouen will meet higher ranked Lille Metropole (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against JL Bourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: D.Denave 21+4reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 17+3reb, S.Barrett 14+4reb, K.Shiloh 10+5reb+3ast, L.Prowell 9+5reb+1ast, H.Disy 4+2reb+1ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 26+4reb+2ast, A.Dunn 17+13reb, S.Dia 12+1reb, P.Poupet 12+2reb+5ast, C.Bronchard 8+6reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 139908


Quimper - Bourg 78-83

Very expected game when 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (4-16) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked JL Bourg (10-10) 83-78 on Saturday. Quimper UJAP was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. JL Bourg made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Gregory Lessort (197-85) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. JL Bourg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with St Vallier and Boulogne. Quimper UJAP lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. JL Bourg will face Saint Vallier (#8) at home in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against Le Portel (#13).
Top scorers:
Quimper: A.McCoy 17+7reb+2ast, V.Mouillard 13+1reb+9ast, W.Molas 12+4reb, G.Lessort 12+13reb, A.Salmon 12+1ast, F.Thibedore 7+4reb
Bourg: J.Cornley 27+7reb+3ast, O.Barro 17+9reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 15+2ast, C.Ferchaud 7+2reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 7+1reb+3ast, D.Copeland 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 139909


Vichy - Maurienne 70-80

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-8) defeated on the road 18th ranked JA Vichy (3-17) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. JA Vichy was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Four Aix-Maurienne and five JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to fifth place. Loser JA Vichy keeps the eighteenth position with 17 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JA Vichy will play against Nantes (#12) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Vichy: M.Jefferson 15+11reb, A.Eito 15+1reb+6ast, W.Aka 11+4reb, M.Guichard 11+5reb+4ast, J.Djimrabaye 10+2reb, E.Craven 6+2reb+1ast
Maurienne: S.Darnauzan 19+3reb+3ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 19+5reb+2ast, B.Osby 10+5reb, W.Brown 10+16reb+2ast, A.Gomisz 9+2reb, G.Clerc 9
gschID: 139910


Denain - Le Portel 87-88

Important game to mention about took place in Denain. Fifteenth ranked Le Portel (8-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Denain Voltaire (8-12) 88-87 in the fight for the thirteenth place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Denain Voltaire won second period 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Denain Voltaire outrebounded Le Portel 41-22 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and the other American import power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds by American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Lamine Kante (200-87) added 17 points for the hosts. Four Le Portel and five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Denain. Le Portel will play against Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round. Denain Voltaire will play against Chalons-Reims (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Denain: R.Rossiter 18+17reb, L.Kante 17+4reb+3ast, N.Rohnert 14+3reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 12+5ast, J.James 12+7reb+2ast, F.Minet 6+2reb+1ast
Le Portel: N.Wyatte 21+5reb+2ast, C.Davis 17+2reb+1ast, J.Ludon 17+4reb+1ast, R.Taylor 14+5reb+12ast, B.Mangin 8+3ast, M.Labeyrie 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 151900


Antibes - Chalons-Reims 72-83

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-13) was defeated at home by third ranked Chalons-Reims (14-6) 83-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) who added 21 points and 4 steals during the contest. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Chalons-Reims and five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader Boulazac, which they share with Fos Ouest. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Denain Voltaire (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Olympique Antibes will play against ALM Evreux.
Top scorers:
Antibes: L.Bengaber 15+5reb+4ast, T.Huffman 13+6reb+2ast, B.Monclar 12+4reb, J.Allen 12+14reb+2ast, F.Prenom 11+3reb+1ast, M.Badiane 6+5reb
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 21+3reb+2ast, N.Carter 18+8reb, C.Daniels 12+8reb+2ast, B.Mullins 11+2reb+6ast, G.Chathuant 7+2reb+3ast, K.Corre 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 139903


Boulazac - Nantes 72-66

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (17-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Nantes (9-11) 72-66. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 34-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Armand Charles (193-83) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Boulazac Basket have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Nantes at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Evreux. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nantes will play against JA Vichy (#18) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Nantes: A.Charles 18+2reb+4ast, M.Badiane 17+11reb+1ast, D.Fergerson 15+3reb+1ast, D.Ramseyer 7+4reb+2ast, G.Watt 5+3reb, N.Gayon 4+4reb+1ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 22+7reb+3ast, A.McKenzie 15+5reb+1ast, S.Njoya 12+5reb+4ast, R.Ayers 11+3reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 4+5reb+1ast, M.Cheriet 4+1reb
gschID: 139904


Boulogne - Fos Ouest 62-78

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Fos Ouest (14-6) beat on the road 9th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-10) 78-62 on Saturday. SO Maritime Boulogne was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-4 charge of Fos Ouest, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest dominated on the defensive end, holding SO Maritime Boulogne to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 assists and naturalized Algerian swingman Karim Atamna (194-80) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American Tony Stanley (194-77, college: Dayton) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Fos Ouest have a solid four-game winning streak. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. SO Maritime Boulogne lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Fos Ouest will face Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. SO Maritime Boulogne will play on the road against Bordeaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: C.Rouse 19+8reb+1ast, T.Stanley 10+6reb+2ast, J.Mathis 8+2reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 8+3reb+4ast, Z.Bah 6+1ast, D.Summers 4+5reb
Fos Ouest: E.Choquet 19+3reb+7ast, K.Atamna 16+7reb+1ast, B.Clark 12+4reb+7ast, S.Gay 11+2reb, P.Haquet 10+3reb, M.Dia 6+2reb
gschID: 139905


Evreux - Lille 82-78

An interesting game took place in Evreux where higher ranked Lille Metropole (11-9) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked ALM Evreux (9-11) 82-78. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lille Metropole. Lille Metropole was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. The other American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Nicolas Taccoen (203-86) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Nantes. Lille Metropole at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#16) at home where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Bradford 23+6reb+2ast, S.Smith 10+5reb, A.Rigaux 9+4reb+3ast, N.Taccoen 8+10reb+1ast, J.Sauret 7+1reb+4ast, M.Camara 7+1ast
Evreux: A.Rowland 21+3reb+5ast, D.Reed 15+4reb+2ast, M.Correa 12+3reb+1ast, J.Wood 8+12reb+5ast, S.Ho You Fat 8+4reb, G.Costentin 8+3reb
gschID: 139906




ProA Round 17: Sluc Nancy is defeated by ASVEL - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-5) and seventh ranked ASVEL (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by ASVEL in Nancy 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL. Sluc Nancy managed to win third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when ASVEL won last quarter 22-11. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Sluc Nancy turnovers. The former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 9-8 record. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. ASVEL are looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) at home in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Paris-Levallois (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (6-11) 69-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. International point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) nailed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Ludovic Vaty accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) came up with 14 points for JSF Nanterre in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Newly promoted JSF Nanterre keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. JSF Nanterre will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Orleans was also quite interesting. 4th placed Le Mans (11-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-5). Entente Orleans 45 defeated Le Mans 86-74 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Cedrick Banks who scored 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Marcellus Sommerville produced 21 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Entente Orleans 45. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will meet league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Le Mans will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (7-10) crushed at home 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-13) by 25 points 94-69, which is the biggest margin this round. Kevin Anderson orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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. Strasbourg IG moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Roanne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against JDA Dijon (#8).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Roanne lost to Dijon on the opponent's court 52-61. Chalon managed to outperform Poitiers in a home game 83-65. Paris-Levallois managed to beat Hyeres-Toulon on the road 91-80. Le Havre was defeated by Cholet on its own court 70-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 8 assists by Malcolm Delaney of Chalon.



Dijon - Roanne 61-52

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked JDA Dijon and 8th ranked Chorale de Roanne had identical 7-9 record. This time JDA Dijon used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Roanne 61-52. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Chorale de Roanne won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon forced 26 Chorale de Roanne turnovers. Strangely Chorale de Roanne outrebounded JDA Dijon 33-18 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard David Melody (184-77) contributed with 12 points for the winners. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. JDA Dijon (8-9) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet. Chorale de Roanne lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Cholet (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Holland 20+6reb+1ast, D.Page 12+6reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+8reb+2ast, R.Wright 4+3reb+1ast, M.Mokongo 4+1reb+1ast, R.Jackson 4+2reb
Dijon: B.Dixon 20+5reb+6ast, D.Melody 12+2reb+3ast, A.Harris 10+2reb, S.Marshall 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Moss 6+2reb+1ast, L.Aboudou 2
gschID: 133622


Strasbourg - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 94-69

Eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (7-10) crushed at home 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-13) by 25 points 94-69, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Pau-Lacq-Orthez took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Strasbourg IG had a 23-6 second period charge getting the lead and Pau-Lacq-Orthez was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-94. Strasbourg IG dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau-Lacq-Orthez to just 6 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pau-Lacq-Orthez's 30. They outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Pau-Lacq-Orthez's players. American point guard Kevin Anderson (182-88, college: Richmond) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Roanne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against JDA Dijon (#8).
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 18+5reb+1ast, A.Mendy 14+7reb, A.Ray 13+2reb, C.Marquis 8+6reb, M.Maravic 8+2reb+4ast, C.Elonu 4+3reb
Strasbourg: K.Anderson 23+6reb+7ast, A.M'Baye 17+4reb+2ast, C.Oliver 15+4reb+1ast, M.Zianveni 11+7reb+1ast, R.Greer 10+11reb+5ast, N.de Jong 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133623


Nancy - ASVEL 70-82

The game between third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-5) and seventh ranked ASVEL (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by ASVEL in Nancy 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL. Sluc Nancy managed to win third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when ASVEL won last quarter 22-11. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Sluc Nancy turnovers. The former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 9-8 record. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. ASVEL are looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) at home in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Paris-Levallois (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: A.Akingbala 21+9reb, J.Shuler 12+3reb+2ast, B.King 12+6reb+2ast, J.Linehan 9+3ast, A.Moerman 7+7reb, A.Kader Sylla 4+1reb
ASVEL: K.Tillie 18+5reb+1ast, E.Jackson 15+1reb+3ast, P.Goss 12+3ast, D.Thompson 11+6reb+5ast, L.Westermann 9+1reb+6ast, H.Armstrong 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133624


Orleans - Le Mans 86-74

The game in Orleans was also quite interesting. 4th placed Le Mans (11-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (12-5). Entente Orleans 45 defeated Le Mans 86-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Le Mans managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Entente Orleans 45. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will meet league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Le Mans will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Sommerville 21+8reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 16+6reb+6ast, A.Acker 9+3reb+3ast, A.Koffi 8+4reb+1ast, A.Diot 6+2reb+3ast, C.Kahudi 6+8reb+1ast
Orleans: C.Banks 21+2reb+3ast, A.Sy 14+7reb+1ast, B.Greene 11+6reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 10+4reb+2ast, M.Pellin 7+3reb+6ast, D.Monds 6+5reb
gschID: 133625


Chalon - Poitiers 83-65

Very predictable result when second ranked Chalon/Saor (14-3) defeated at home 14th ranked Poitiers (4-13) 83-65. It looked good early as Poitiers took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor had a 25-9 second period charge getting the lead and Poitiers was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-83. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Poitiers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 8 assists. Forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) answered with 20 points and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the effort for Poitiers. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 14-3 record behind leader Gravelines. Poitiers at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Poitiers will play against STB Le Havre (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: E.Fournier 20+2reb+1ast, A.Grant 13+4reb+3ast, K.Younger 9+2reb, P.Guillard 8+4reb+2ast, P.Badiane 8+7reb, R.Wright 5
Chalon: M.Delaney 32+1reb+8ast, A.Aminu 11+4reb, J.Lauvergne 11+8reb+1ast, B.Smith 8+3reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 6+6reb+1ast, B.Schilb 5+5ast
gschID: 133618


Gravelines - Nanterre 69-61

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (6-11) 69-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) nailed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) came up with 14 points and the other American import center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for JSF Nanterre in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Newly promoted JSF Nanterre keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. JSF Nanterre will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 14+4reb+2ast, M.Diarra 11+7reb+1ast, R.Covile 8+10reb+1ast, M.Riley 7+8reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+4reb+1ast, X.Corosine 6+2reb
Gravelines: L.Vaty 14+8reb+1ast, A.Albicy 12+5reb+8ast, J.Edwards 10+5reb, J.Reynolds 10, J.Johnson 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 6+1reb
gschID: 133619


Hyeres-Toulon - Paris-Levallois 80-91

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-15) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (12-5) 91-80. Hyeres-Toulon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely Hyeres-Toulon outrebounded Paris-Levallois 40-24 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Paris-Levallois players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Four Paris-Levallois and five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy and Orleans. Hyeres-Toulon lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Sluc Nancy (#4) at home. Hyeres-Toulon will play against JSF Nanterre (#12).
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 17+2reb+3ast, L.Labeyrie 16+14reb+2ast, T.Terrell 15+5reb, M.Faye 12+8reb+4ast, S.Fein 12+2reb+1ast, A.Julien 5+3ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 31+8reb+4ast, L.Hamilton 24+5reb+4ast, E.Chatfield 16+1reb+5ast, M.Morandais 16+1reb+1ast, T.Meacham 2+3reb+4ast, V.Masingue 2+3reb
gschID: 133620


Le Havre - Cholet 70-74

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Cholet (8-9) beat on the road 13th ranked STB Le Havre (5-12) 74-70. STB Le Havre was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Cholet, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. International guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) contributed with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Ousmane Camara (202-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for STB Le Havre. Cholet moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dijon. STB Le Havre at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Chorale de Roanne (#11) at home. STB Le Havre will play against Poitiers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: O.Camara 23+12reb, N.Wise 17+3reb+7ast, B.Boddicker 15+7reb+1ast, J.Cox 9+1reb+3ast, G.Jenkins 3+2reb, N.Pope 3+4reb+1ast
Cholet: D.Nelson 22+2ast, F.Causeur 19+6reb+4ast, R.Falker 12+8reb+2ast, R.Duport 8+3reb, R.Dozier 5+5reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133621




French ProB round 20 best performance: Jason Siggers (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American shooting guard Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rouen, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat St Vallier (#8, 10-10) 88-81. Rouen is placed at 15th position in French ProB. Rouen is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-13 record. It's Siggers' second year at Rouen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University at Albany star has very solid stats this year. Siggers is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.3ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 assists. It was enough for Le Portel to edge Denain (8-12) 88-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Le Portel managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Taylor is a newcomer at Le Portel, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg (#9). Barro scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Bourg, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the lower-ranked Quimper (#17, 4-16). Bourg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Barro has a great season in France. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of Limoges - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 18 points and 17 rebounds
7. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87) of Bourg - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. David Denave (195-SG-85) of St Vallier - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alex Dunn (210-C/F-82) of Rouen - 17 points and 13 rebounds

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


French ProA round 17 best performance: Malcolm Delaney (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Chalon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (32 pointseight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Poitiers (#14, 4-13) with 18-point margin 83-65. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They are still close to the very top. Chalon would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Delaney had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Malcolm Delaney averages this season 15.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) of Le Havre. Camara had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Le Havre was edged by the higher-ranked Cholet (#9, 8-9) 74-70. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Havre keeps 13th position. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Le Havre managed to get this year. Camara is one of the most experienced players at Le Havre and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois (#5). Williams got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 91-80 win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16, 2-15). Paris-Levallois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Williams has a very solid season. In 16 games in France he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 22 points and 2 assists
6. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) of Hyeres-Toulon - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Dijon - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kevin Anderson (182-PG-88) of Strasbourg - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Randal Falker (201-F-85) of Cholet - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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


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Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Serbian Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Feni Indistrija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 31-year old center had the game-high 15 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Feni Indistrija in his team's victory, helping them to crush Lirija (#4, 10-6) with 20-point margin 92-72. Knezevic has many years of experience at Feni Indistrija, through which he has constantly improved. Dusan Knezevic averages this season 12.0ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija. Radunovic impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Lirija lost that game 72-92 to the higher-ranked Feni Indistrija (#1, 14-2).

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Miko Golubovic (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Kozuv (#8). Golubovic scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Golubovic's great performance Kozuv lost 70-78 to the higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#5, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Golubovic has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) of MZT Skopje - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Darko Kostevski) of Vardar - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Marko Simonovski (194-G/F-89) of Feni Indistrija - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Enes Hadzibulic (196-G-81) of Rabotnicki - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dusan Domovic (190-G-85) of Kozuv - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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MIA Academy Tbilisi lands Bekauri - by Eurobasket Center
MIA Academy Tbilisi strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old center Beka Bekauri (207-C-91). In his first game he scored 7 points helping his new team beat Batumi 96-56. Bekauri played most recently at Samedicino-Academia (Superleague). While playing 10 games for Samedicino this season he averaged 12.8ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.6apg and 0.5bpg. Bekauri was selected also to the all-star game.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Superleague Round 12: Derby game ends with Olimpi's defeat of TSU - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#3) and TSU (#8). Olimpi (9-2) smashed visiting TSU (4-7) by 23 points 103-80. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. TSU managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TSU 51-38 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by TSU's players. 27 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists for TSU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpi moved-up to second place. TSU lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Samedicino. Olimpi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TSU will play at home against Batumi (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kutaisi (8-3) against seventh ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kutaisi was crushed by Dinamo Tbilisi in Tbilisi 79-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kutaisi. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Duda Sanadze who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kutaisi's coach Davit Ustiashvili gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to sixth place, which they share with STU Tbilisi. Kutaisi at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will again play against higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kutaisi will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Sokhumi (7-4) 74-61 on Friday evening. The winners were led by Lasha Parghalava who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Talba Toudjani did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Sokhumi maintains fourth position with 7-4 record, which they share with MIA Academy. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between STU (5-6) and Samedicino-Academia (4-7), which took place in Tbilisi. 6th ranked STU lost at home to ninth ranked Samedicino-Academia 73-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STU. The best player for the winners was Akaki Dvalishvili who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. STU's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Newly promoted STU keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
The game between 10th ranked Batumi (1-10) and fifth ranked MIA (7-4) in Batumi on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tbilisi outscored Batumi 96-56. It was a good game for Tracy Smith who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). MIA have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Batumi keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.



Olimpi - TSU Tbilisi 103-80

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#3) and TSU (#8). Olimpi (9-2) smashed visiting TSU (4-7) by 23 points 103-80. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. TSU managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TSU 51-38 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by TSU's players. 27 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Todorovic (214-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TSU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpi moved-up to second place. TSU lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Samedicino. Olimpi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TSU will play at home against Batumi (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 24+4reb+10ast, V.Beruashvili 13+8reb, G.Bakradze 8+3ast, V.Chkareuli 8+3reb, S.Shermadini 8+8reb, D.Khizanishvili 8+2reb+2ast
Olimpi: I.Todorovic 22+6reb+2ast, I.Hoger 19+9reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 18+7reb+2ast, N.Sljuka 16+3reb+3ast, I.Milutinovic 11+13reb+1ast, G.Nanitashvili 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 166531


STU Tbilisi - Samedicino 73-87

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between STU (5-6) and Samedicino-Academia (4-7), which took place in Tbilisi. 6th ranked STU lost at home to ninth ranked Samedicino-Academia 73-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STU. It looked good early as STU took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Samedicino-Academia had a 27-10 second period charge getting the lead and STU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-87. They outrebounded STU 49-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Five Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. STU's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Newly promoted STU keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: %PlayerNameByLink% 14+7reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 14+5reb+4ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 12+4reb+1ast, G.Khaniashvili 10+5reb+4ast, Z.Machaladze 8+2reb+1ast, A.Dzidziguri 7+8ast
Samedicino: N.Ilic 21+10reb+3ast, M.Chochua 17+2reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 16+17reb+2ast, G.Shvangiradze 15+6reb+4ast, M.Abaishvili 10+5reb+7ast, G.Pirvelashvili 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 166532


Rustavi - Sokhumi 61-74

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Sokhumi (7-4) 74-61 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-61. Sokhumi outrebounded Energy Invest 46-25 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Even 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Sokhumi maintains fourth position with 7-4 record, which they share with MIA Academy. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: T.Toudjani 23+8reb+5ast, L.Khmelidze 14+6reb+2ast, Z.Machavariani 9+4reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 6+1reb+4ast, D.Artsividze 5+3ast, D.Gugava 2+3reb+1ast
Sokhumi: I.Chlaidze 19+1reb+2ast, L.Parghalava 18+12reb+6ast, T.Chachibaia 16+9reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 14+5reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 4+5reb, G.Jgerenaia 3+14reb+3ast
gschID: 166528


Batumi - MIA Academy 56-96

The game between 10th ranked Batumi (1-10) and fifth ranked MIA (7-4) in Batumi on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tbilisi outscored Batumi 96-56. The game without a history. MIA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 22. They outrebounded Batumi 46-27 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. MIA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Batumi's players. It was a good game for American forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 19 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Nika Ramishvili (181-94) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Giorgi Revazashvili (208-91) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MIA have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Batumi keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.
Top scorers:
Batumi: N.Ramishvili 15+5reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 14+1reb+5ast, L.Eliadze 12+5reb+1ast, G.Revazashvili 10+11reb, I.Maisuradze 3, A.Eliashvili 2+4reb+1ast
MIA Academy: T.Smith 24+10reb+3ast, L.Blair 19+2reb+9ast, D.Imnadze 14+6reb, N.Tenieshvili 14+9reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 8+8reb, B.Bekauri 7+2reb
gschID: 166529


Dinamo Tbilisi - Kutaisi 79-55

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kutaisi (8-3) against seventh ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kutaisi was crushed by Dinamo Tbilisi in Tbilisi 79-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kutaisi. It looked good early as Kutaisi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dinamo Tbilisi had a 20-15 second period charge getting the lead and Kutaisi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) scored 14 points. Kutaisi's coach Davit Ustiashvili gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Dinamo Tbilisi moved-up to sixth place, which they share with STU Tbilisi. Kutaisi at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will again play against higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kutaisi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: D.Barbakadze 14+3reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 10+10reb+1ast, R.Didia 8+7reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 5+2reb+2ast, T.Babunashvili 5+3reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 4+7reb+1ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: D.Sanadze 19+5reb+3ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 19+9reb+1ast, K.Carter 16+12reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 11+6reb+7ast, I.Lezhava 5+2reb+3ast, G.Markhvashvili 5+1reb+3ast
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Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Eventhough We Are Winning, We Know There Are Areas We Can Improve On - 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 LTi Giessen 46ers.

How have you been coping with the cold. About how long does it take for you to get from your car to the gym/home? lol

It is the coldest time in Germany since I have been here, try not to spend too much time outdoors when it is like this.

The last time that ratiopharm Ulm lost was shortly before Christmas. Is it togh to focus on many things in practice when things are running so smoothly?

Even though we are winning we know there are areas we can improve on. We have not been hitting on all cylinders yet.

The next game is against the lTi Giessen 46ers. What is your memory of the 97-75 win at home a few weeks ago?

They came out tough in the first quarter and tried to pressure every pass.

What is always the best thing when two teams have played themselves recently? Giessen have had injury woes.

The scouting report is still in your mind and you have a good feel for how they play.

What is your memories of having played in the Osthalle three times? I witnessed your first game there with EnBW Ludwigsburg in 2009.

It is a small gym but they always have fans support no matter the record, it is always a difficult place to get a win.

Where do you rate the monster Blake Griffin dunk over Kendrick Perkins?

It was bad. It is up there with Vince Carter's Olympic dunk, but I dont think it surpasses that.

The New England Patriots want revenge over the New York Giants for the 2008 Super Bowl loss. Who will win and what will be the score?

I think Tom Brady will get his revenge for them taking his perfect season. I think it will be 27-21 Pats.

How good are the chances of having a another German team as Eurochallenge winner in 2012?

The German teams are playing well, that would be good for the league if one wins it this year.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Phoenix Hagen Execute A Little Better Than Last Season Offensively - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen on February 4th.

The weather is brutal cold. How long does it take you to get form your car to the gym/home? Have you evr had cold weather like this in New York?

Yeah the old man winter has finally reared his ugly head and it only took until February. Let's just hope it warms up soon. I usually get to the gym fairly quickly and I don't like the cold. It's gets pretty cold in NY but the last few days have reminded me of our trips to Russia or the Ukraine


The next game is against Phoenix Hagen. What are your memories of the bitter 73-70 loss in Hagen?

It was an ugly game. I think both teams wished they could have played better, but they hit some clutch shots down the stretch.

How is this years Hagen team better than last years? They seem to defend a bit more than last years team.

They execute a little better than last season offensively and definitely have more of a focus on defense. The guys seem to play better together this year as well.



You have battles with centers each week, but where would you rate the toughness of an Edward Seward to the centers in the Beko BBL?

It's hard to say. I don't think I've ever played against a 100% healthy Seward. I feel like every time we play them he's injured or coming off an injury. Last season I played alongside an ex-teammate of his in Christoph Tetzner who was excited for the matchup but he didn't play the first game and just came off an injury in the second game. As he did in our first meeting this season. With that said he plays hard when he's injured and that says something for toughness.


Are the chances better to hold Phoenix Hagen to less than 73 points in Wurzburg?

I would always say our chance to hold teams to less at home than on the road is accurate. 73 doesn't seem like a lot to most teams but it's a lot to us. Especially against a team with as talented of players that Hagen has. We need to make our focus about defense.

Where do you rate the monster Blake Griffin dunk over Kendrick Perkins?

It was pretty phenomenal. I woke up to a Twitter Timeline all about it and had to see for myself before I even brushed my teeth. Rumor on the internet was Perkins had to deactivate his Twitter because too many people were commenting on it. Every shot blocker gets dunked on though.


The New England Patriots want revenge over the New York Giants for the 2008 Super Bowl loss. Who will win and what will be the score?

I'm going to have to stick with New York on this one. As a Jets fan this is a nightmare matchup because it's lose-lose but I think the pressure is all on New England...like it was in 2008. I'm going to say 38-35 New York

How good are the chances of having a another German team as Eurochallenge winner in 2012?

Well there are 16 teams left and 3 German teams and quick math puts the chances at about 18.75%. Shout out to the 2010 Gottingen team for winning that though.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Poland advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Germany U16 61:48

Poland U16 advanced to the Final of the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The Polish side overcame Germany U16 61:48 in the Semifinal clash.
Poland started with 19-12 and had 6-point advantage at the halftime. Poland also added 13-10 in the third quarter and finished with 15-13 in the last stanza.
Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Igor Wadowski (195-F-96) netted 10 and Marek Zywert (181-G-96) notched 9. Armin Musovic (190-PG-97) delivered 8 points in defeat, while Jan-niklas Wimberg posted 6.
Tomorrow Poland will face Egypt in the Final. Egypt clinched the Final spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The African team continued their winning streak and rightfully beat Russia U16 68:58 in the Semifinal game.

Poland U16: Filip Pruefer 14, Grzegorz Kulka 14, Igor Wadowski 10, Marek Zywert 9
Germany U16: Armin Musovic 8, Jan-niklas Wimberg 6






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Peristeri lands Singleteri and Mitrovic - by Chris Mammides
DASH Peristeri GS Athens seems to be able to compete a bit more as there are at least two transfer the last few hours with the American Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) parter up with Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) who join forces with PEristeri some hours before the American. So, after Jure Mocnik (185-G-85), Richard Roby (198-G-85) and Ernest Scott's (201-F-82, college: Valdosta St.) departure and the serious injury of Alekos Petroulas (202-F-78) and Eric Boateng (208-C-85, college: Arizona St.) we have two additions in the team of Coach Pedoulakis which shows that the team of West Areas of Athens will fight for a position in the top eight teams of the league.

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Chris Grimm agreed with ZTE KK - by Tamas Deri
The management of ZTE KK published almost a week ago, that Jerome Beasley will take the place of Chris Hines on the roster of coach Kiss's team. The very experienced american big man finally did not arrive to Hungary as scheduled and informed the club he could only leave the US almost 10 days later because of personal reasons. The management decided to radar the market again and found an other player for the job. The 207 cm tall Christopher Grimm (207-F/C-84, college: Marquette) will land today in Budapest and spend his tryout period with his new club. Grimm graduated on the University of Marquette in 2006 and started his professional carreer with BC Lugano Tigers in Switzerland. He spent three more seasons in the country playing for Sion Herens Basket and SAM Basket Massagno. In the season 2008-09 he averaged a great double-double of 16.8 points and 10.4 rebounds, in the season after he got voted to the Center of the Year helping his team with 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 33 games. After four seasons in Switzerland Grimm decided to move to France and played 12 games for ADA Blois Basket adding 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He started this season with KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in Macedonia, but asked for his release because of his limited game time and left the club by the end of the November.

All-Star Game will be played tomorrow - by Tamas Deri
Tomorrow at 4.15pm in Budapest will the National Team of Hungary play the 2012 All-Star Game against the Foreigner All-Stars of the hungarian first division coached by the head coach of Falco KC, Tamas Bencze.
It will be the first game of the new NT captain Laszlo Ratgeber, who will be helped by the head coach of Fortress-Kormend Balazs Sabali.
The fans voted the starting five of the Foreigners Team, which is set up by the following players:
Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) - will not play in the game because of his injury
Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.)
Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: G.Washington)
Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.)
Darian Townes (208-F/C-84)
The bench players were selected by coach Bencze, but some of them decided not to attend on the event becauce of injuries, so the two imports of Pecs Andrija Ciric and Jara Doyne. Coach Bencze will be able to use many good imports of our league, as Justin Ingram, Janou Rubin, Benson Egemonye, Thomas Kelley, Chad Timberlake, Djordje Pantelic, Nick Raivio and the only one bosman player Tomislav Ivosev.

NT captain Laszlo Ratgeber invited following players to the All-Star Game: Krisztian Wittmann, Laszlo Simon (193-G-86, agency: TSS Management), David Vojvoda, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83, agency: TSS Management), Csaba Ferencz, Roland Hendlein (205-F-86, agency: TSS Management), David Gaspar, Peter Kovacs, Akos Keller, Ferdinand Morgen, Zsolt Szabo, Adam Toth, Gergely Toth, Milan Csorvasi and Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86, college: Hofstra).


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


D1 Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Thor AK (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked KFI (14-1) in Akureyri on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only nine-point victory 113-104. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thor AK. KFI have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-1 record. Thor AK at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KFI will face IG (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor AK will play against Hottur in Egilsstadir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


IA - Skallagrimur 90-97

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Skallagrimur (10-3) beat on the road 5th ranked IA (6-7) 97-90 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Skallagrimur have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-3 record having six points less than leader KFI. IA lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Skallagrimur will face bottom-ranked Armann (#10) in Reykjav­k in the next round and are hoping to win another game. IA will play on the road against Hamar (#3).
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FSU - Hamar 68-85

Very expected game when 8th ranked FSU (4-10) lost to third ranked Hamar (8-5) in Selfoss 68-85 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Hamar maintains third position with 8-5 record having eight points less than leader KFI. FSU at the other side keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Hamar will face IA (#6) in the next round. FSU will play against Breidablik in Kopavogur.
gschID: 140312


Breidablik - IG 94-71

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Breidablik (8-6) rolled over 9th ranked IG (4-10) in Kopavogur 94-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-71. Breidablik maintains fourth position with 8-6 record. IG lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Breidablik will face FSU (#8) in Selfoss in the next round. IG will play on the road against the league's leader KFI in Reykjavik.
gschID: 140313


Armann - Hottur 77-84

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Armann (2-12) lost to sixth ranked Hottur (7-6) in Reykjav­k 77-84 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hottur moved-up to fifth place. Armann at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Hottur will face Thor AK (#7) in Akureyri in the next round. Armann will play on the road against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur in Borgarnes.
gschID: 140309


Thor AK - KFI 104-113 OT

Seventh-ranked Thor AK (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked KFI (14-1) in Akureyri on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only nine-point victory 113-104. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thor AK. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Thor AK managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was KFI who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-7. KFI have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-1 record. Thor AK at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. KFI will face IG (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor AK will play against Hottur in Egilsstadir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


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Indonesian NBL round 25 best performance: Randolph Ariestedes - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Randolph Ariestedes (197-PF-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Stadium Jak., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Satya Wacana (#12, 1-15) with 29-point margin 84-55. Stadium Jak. maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stadium Jak. will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Ariestedes had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Stadium Jak.'s top player in his first season with the team. Randolph Ariestedes has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 12.0ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 6.8rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Stadium Jak.'s star - 26-year old Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85). Ferdiansyah had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Ariestedes he helped Stadium Jak. with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#12, 1-15) 84-55. Stadium Jak.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ferdiansyah is a newcomer at Stadium Jak., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Comfort Mobile (#10). Sabara scored 27 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Comfort Mobile, leading his team to a 62-61overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 4-11). Comfort Mobile can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sabara he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sabara has a very solid season. In 20 games in Indonesia he scored 9.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 11 points and 10 rebounds
5. Gipsona Virgian (187-C-88) of Bima Sakti - 8 points and 11 rebounds
6. Yo Sua (180-G-91) of Satya Wacana - 13 points and 12 rebounds
7. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Dino Leonardo (188-PF-86) of Stadium Jak. - 10 points and 12 rebounds
9. Evin Hadi (188-SF-86) of Stadium Jak. - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Fadlan Minallah (185-F-82) of Garuda - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


NBL Round 25: Pelita Jaya is defeated by Garuda - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Pelita Jaya (12-4) and fifth ranked Garuda (12-4) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Pelita Jaya was defeated by Garuda in a tough game in Bandung 54-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Garuda forced 20 Pelita Jaya turnovers. The former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Vinton Nolland (194-82) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Pelita Jaya's coach Rastafari Horongbala rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Pelita Jaya. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Tenth ranked Comfort Mobile won an overtime thriller edging 8th ranked Bima Sakti by one point 62-61. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Herman Kurniawan accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for Bima Sakti in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth place with 4-13 record. Bima Sakti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pacific Caesar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-15) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (9-7) with the biggest margin this round 84-55 on Friday night. Merio Ferdiansyah fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Yo Sua produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 9-7 record. Satya Wacana lost fourth 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.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 7 rebounds by Randolph Ariestedes of Stadium Jak..



Garuda - Pelita Jaya 59-54

The game between third ranked Pelita Jaya (12-4) and fifth ranked Garuda (12-4) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Pelita Jaya was defeated by Garuda in a tough game in Bandung 54-59. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Garuda forced 20 Pelita Jaya turnovers. The former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and Vinton Nolland (194-82) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) scored 12 points. Pelita Jaya's coach Rastafari Horongbala rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Pelita Jaya. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 12+5reb+1ast, P.Indrawan 12+4reb, E.Sebayang 6+2reb+2ast, J.Sucipto 6+4reb, Y.Mardiyansyah 6+1reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 5+2reb+2ast
Garuda: W.Wijaya 16+3reb+3ast, V.Nolland 11+10reb, H.Ramli 11+2reb+1ast, F.Minallah 9+7reb+2ast, C.Gideon 5+4reb, N.Fritzgerald 3
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Comfort Mobile - Bima Sakti 62-61 OT

Tenth ranked Comfort Mobile won an overtime thriller edging 8th ranked Bima Sakti by one point 62-61. Bima Sakti was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 18-13 third quarter run of Comfort Mobile. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-6. Comfort Mobile forced 24 Bima Sakti turnovers. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Bima Sakti in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth place with 4-13 record. Bima Sakti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pacific Caesar. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 21+5reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 12+12reb+3ast, D.Sartika 9+9reb+2ast, G.Virgian 8+11reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 6+3reb+1ast, S.Cahyadi 5+4reb
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 27+14reb, H.Kurniawan 16+6reb+3ast, R.Rudini 5+4reb, S.Afriatna 5+3reb, J.Ingutali 3+5reb+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 166103


Satya Wacana - Stadium Jak. 55-84

12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-15) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Stadium Jakarta (9-7) with the biggest margin this round 84-55 on Friday night. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stadium Jakarta forced 25 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 50-36 including 16 on the offensive glass. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Valentino Wuwungan (193-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 9-7 record. Satya Wacana lost fourth 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:
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 13+12reb, V.Wuwungan 11+8reb+2ast, R.Pamungkas 8+1ast, M.Halim 8+4reb, L.Gunawan 6+6reb+2ast, P.Mahandaru 4+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 22+8reb+3ast, R.Ariestedes 17+7reb, D.Leonardo 10+12reb+1ast, E.Hadi 9+5reb+4ast, F.Budianto 6+2reb+2ast, R.Ruslan 5+3reb
gschID: 166101




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Bennet Cantu in talks with Doron Perkins - by Giovanni Bargna
As reported by Dailybasket.it Bennet Cantu is in talks with Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara). The point guard from anchorage spent last three seasons in Israel. He's been playing for Maccabi Haifa in 2008-2009 where averaged 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes per game and was named MVP of the league, then was inked by Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and spent two seasons there helping the team in a great euroleague path. The team reached the tournament final, then lost to Panathinaikos, but Perkins couldn't get there as he suffered a bad knee injury during the playoffs. The player underwent surgery as a medical examination showed he has suffered a tear in his Meniscus, his ACL and MCL.
Ten months have passed and Perkins seems fully recovered but this will be check by the examinations scheduled to be held in Cantu next Monday.


Italian league : Two games deferred due to bad weather - by Giovanni Bargna
Two games scheduled for this week-end were deferred in the italian league due to bad weather.
Acea Virtus Roma - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will be held on wednesday February 8 at 8.30 PM and Banca Tercas Teramo - Angelico Biella on Wednesday February 15 at 8.30 PM.
This was the decision made by legabasket as Italy is facing many logistic troubles as the snow is having a bad impact on routes and highways in most of the country.
Both of the games were scheduled this Sunday. All of the other should be regularly played.


Bennet Cantu announce Doron Perkins - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu officially announced the arrival of Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara). The guard is expected in Italy tomorrow. He will pass the medical tests before signing contract. The point guard spent the last season in Israel. He played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Doron Perkins averaged 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game in Premier League. Doron Perkins also posted 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals in Euroleague. Previously Doron Perkins had stints with Maccabi Haifa, Euphony Bree in Belgium, Oldenburg in Germany and Toyota Alvark in Japan. Asia-Basket.com named the guard All-Japanese JBL Superleague Player of the Year in 2006. Eurobasket.com trumped Doron Perkins All-Israeli League Player of the Year in 2009.

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Chiba Jets lands Broxsie - by Eurobasket News
Chiba Jets strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American forward Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.). The Forward started the season with TTL Taiwan Beer (Taiwan-SBL, starting five), and in Dec.'11 tested by Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan-SBL, starting five), in Feb.'12 moved to Chiba Jets (Japan-BJ League, starting five).
In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. However his new team lost to Saitama Bron. 79-93. Broxsie played most recently at Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (Taiwan). While playing 6 games for KKL this season he averaged 18.2ppg, 14.5rpg, 1.8apg and 0.5bpg. In his top game this season Taiwan Mobile lost to KKL 93-98.
KKL used 34 points and 16 rebound from Broxsie to overcome Taiwan Mobile. C. Lee and W. Shang added 15 points each for the winners. J. Chang answered with 27 points for Taiwan Mobile in the loss.
Broxsie is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Rep., Indonesia, Kuwait, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Venezuela. Broxsie graduated Oklahoma State University in 2002.



Saitama Broncos sign James Porter - by Eurobasket News
Saitama Broncos signed 25-year old American power forward James Porter (208-F/C-87, college: N.Carolina A&T). In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds helping his new team beat Chiba Jets 93-79.
Porter played most recently at Guildford Heat (United Kingdom). In 2005-2006 he appeared for N.Carolina A&T (NCAA) and debuted with 0.7pts, 1.2rpg, FGP: 33.3%, FT: 2-8. In his last season there his stats read 4.3pts, 5.7rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 43.8%, FT: 38.9%. In 2010-2011 moved to Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five) and in 19 games averaged 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 42.6%. In his top game Plymouth outscored Guildford Heat 116:106. It looked good early as Guildford Heat took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Plymouth Raiders had a 31-19 second period charge getting the lead and Guildford Heat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 106-116. James Porter collected 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The season 2011 appeared for La Salle Guayaquil (ECU-Summer League, starting five) and had 17ppg, 18rpg, FGP: 75.0%, FT: 62.1%.



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VEF Riga edged BC Astana on Saturday night - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
VEF Riga - BC Astana 84-62


VEF Riga edged BC Astana 84:62 on Saturday night in VTB League. The Latvian side smashed at home Kazakhstan BC Astana 84-62. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. BC Astana was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to BC Astana's 20 and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Astana 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Astana was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch.
Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BC Astana keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. VEF Riga will face Krasnie Krilya in Samara in the next round.

VEF Riga: Curtis Millage 18, Kaspars Berzins 18, Sandis Valters (193-G-78) 10
BC Astana: Rawle Marshall 16, Branko Cvetkovic 15



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VEF Riga edged BC Astana on Saturday night - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
VEF Riga - BC Astana 84-62


VEF Riga edged BC Astana 84:62 on Saturday night in VTB League. The Latvian side smashed at home Kazakhstan BC Astana 84-62. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. BC Astana was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to BC Astana's 20 and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Astana 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Astana was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch.
Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BC Astana keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. VEF Riga will face Krasnie Krilya in Samara in the next round.

VEF Riga: Curtis Millage 18, Kaspars Berzins 18, Sandis Valters (193-G-78) 10
BC Astana: Rawle Marshall 16, Branko Cvetkovic 15



Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Latvia escapes the last spot - by Eurobasket News
Latvia escapes the last spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The team won their last game to finish on the 11th place.
Montenegro U16 outscored Latvia U16 78:71. The teams exchanged the victories in the first half and only due to 22-13 in the third period the Balkan team grabbed the win. Vasilije Knezevic stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Milos Andelic (176-PG-96) scored 16. Gustavs Treimanis (187-G-96) delivered 19 points and 15 boards for the Baltic side.
Tonight Latvia U16 edged Bulgaria U16 77:52. The Baltic team took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind. They won all the quarters of the game and finish one step higher than the opponents. Gustavs Treimanis paced all the winners with 16 points and 10 caroms and Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) netted 13. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) delivered 26 points in the losing effort.



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Day Three review: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Atenas - Flamengo 68-71
Flamengo was better than Atenas, but that was not enough for Liga Sudamericana Semifinals. Flamengo celebrated 68-71 win joining Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky with 1-1 record in Group A. However, Pinheiros/Sky has the best points difference in this three-way tie, while Atenas is No.2. These two teams advanced to the Semis. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) led Flamengo with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) followed with 15 and 14 points respectively. In Atenas, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored with 22 points. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) had 17 and Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) added 13 pts, plus 10 boards. Quarters: 13-18, 14-13, 17-23, 24-17. Atenas will meet Obras in the Semis. The game will start today at 21h.

Atenas: Marcus Melvin 22, Jose Lloreda 17, Miguel Gerlero 13+10 boards
Flamengo: Guillermo Kammerichs 20+11 boards+5 as, Eduardo Machado 15, David Jackson 14



GROUP B

Obras - Uniceub/BRB 73-51

Obras handed 73-51 loss to Uniceub/BRB on Friday winning the Group B of Liga Sudamericana hexagonal finals. Obras ended this stage with 2-0, while Uniceub/BRB has 1-1. Both teams advanced to the Semifinals, where Obras will meet Atenas. The defending champion will play against Pinheiros/Sky. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) (6 rebs) and Alejandro Konsztatd (190-G-89) helped their team with 7 points each. Uniceub/BRB didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best players were Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) with 8 points each. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Bruninho Langsdorff (188-G-85) stopped to 7 points apiece. Quarters: 18-14, 22-17, 11-15, 22-5. Both Semifinals games will be played today.

Obras: Tyler Field 18, Pablo Espinoza 14+7 boards, Alexis Elsener 7+6 boards, Alejandro Konsztatd 7
Uniceub/BRB: Alex Ribeiro 8+5 boards, Arthur Silva 8, Guilherme Giovannoni 7, Bruninho Langsdorff 7




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Mazeikiai land Calvin Brock - by Eurobasket News
Mazeikiai strengthened their backcourt. They signed a deal with Calvin Brock (196-F/G-86, college: Illinois). The guard started the season in Canada. He played for the Summerside Storm in NBL. Last season Calvin Brock spent in Germany. The guard played for Lokomotive Bernau in ProB. Calvin Brock tallied 19.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per appearance. Eurobasket.com awarded the guard with All-German 2.Bundesliga ProB Honourable Mention. Calvin Brock debuted for Mazeikiai yesterday. He notched 6 points, 4 boards and 3 steals in a 77:91 loss against LKKA.

Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ezerunas-Karys and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Silute (#14, 11-20) in overtime 94-88. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in group B. Ezerunas-Karys is placed at 10th position in Lithuanian NKL. Ezerunas-Karys is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 31 games. Ambrulaitis has many years of experience at Ezerunas-Karys, through which he has constantly improved. Ambrulaitis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 64.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Arturas Kaubrys (205-C-83) of Silute. Kaubrys impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Silute lost that overtime game 88-94 to Ezerunas-Karys (16-15). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kaubrys is a newcomer at Silute and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Mantas Virbalas (203-F/C-88) of Perlas-MRU (#11). Virbalas scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Virbalas' great performance Perlas-MRU lost 68-70 to Gargzdai (#16, 7-24). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Perlas-MRU ranking at the top of group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Virbalas could help Perlas-MRU to bring them higher in the standings. Virbalas has a very solid season. In 30 games in Lithuania he scored 8.7ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mindaugas Keras (200-F-85) of Delikatesas - 13 points and 12 rebounds
5. Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Matinga-Juod. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Meresta - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tadas Rinkunas (195-G/F-91) of Statyba - 26 points
9. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Renatas Jonelis (201-F-84) of Gargzdai - 13 points, 7 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 - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. LKKA-Atletas 21-11 
 2. Radviliskis 21-11 
 3. Nafta Universitetas 21-11 
 4. Delikatesas 19-13 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-14 
 6. Matinga-Juod. 18-14 
 7. Triobet 18-14 
 8. Mazeikiai 18-14 
 9. Ezerunas-Karys 17-15 
 10. Statyba 16-16 
 11. Perlas-MRU 15-17 
 12. S.Marciulionio 14-18 
 13. Meresta 13-19 
 14. Silute 12-20 
 15. Gargzdai 8-24 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 7-25 


NKL Round 2: Triobet defeats group leader LKKA-Atletas - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked LKKA-Atletas (21-11) in Jonava on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Triobet (18-14) 99-92. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Triobet dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 40. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-87) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Matas Sapiega (179-90) replied with 19 points and 7 assists for LKKA-Atletas. Triobet maintains seventh position in with 18-14 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. Triobet are looking forward to face higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (#3) in Klaipeda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKKA-Atletas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Radviliskis and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nafta Universitetas (21-11) against eighth ranked Mazeikiai (18-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Nafta Universitetas was crushed by Mazeikiai in Mazeikiai 86-65. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and Mindaugas Stasys chipped in 10 points and 7 assists during the contest. Guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Nafta Universitetas' coach Dainius Miliunas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mazeikiai maintains eighth position in with 18-14 record. Nafta Universitetas at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Mazeikiai will play against higher ranked Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nafta Universitetas will play at home against Triobet in Jonava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Radviliskis (21-11) against sixth ranked Matinga-Juod. (18-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Radviliskis was defeated by Matinga-Juod. in a tough game in Marijampole 67-71. Marijus Uzupis notched 13 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Tomas Rakauskas did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. maintains sixth position in with 18-14 record. Loser Radviliskis keeps the second place with 11 games lost. Matinga-Juod. will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radviliskis will play against the league's leader LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Delikatesas (19-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-14). Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. The best player for the winners was Tauras Jogela who scored 17 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains fifth position in with 18-14 record. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be Matinga-Juod. (#6) in Marijampole. Delikatesas will play at home against Mazeikiai.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Statyba (16-16) and Gargzdai-Bremena (8-24), which took place in Gargzdai. Higher ranked Statyba lost to sixteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena in a road game 72-77 on Saturday. Tadas Mazelis orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 assists. Gargzdai-Bremena moved-up to fifteenth place in . Loser Statyba dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Gargzdai-Bremena will face higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#9) in Moletai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 2: S.Marciulionio was beaten by Silute on the road 90-76. ABRO-Univ. lost to Ezerunas-Karys on its own court 66-74. Perlas-MRU was outscored by Meresta in Pakruojis 61-86.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals by Remigijus Sugintas of Statyba.


Group A
Mazeikiai - Nafta Universitetas 86-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nafta Universitetas (21-11) against eighth ranked Mazeikiai (18-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Nafta Universitetas was crushed by Mazeikiai in Mazeikiai 86-65. The game without a history. Mazeikiai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mazeikiai forced 20 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) chipped in 10 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nafta Universitetas' coach Dainius Miliunas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mazeikiai maintains eighth position in with 18-14 record. Nafta Universitetas at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Mazeikiai will play against higher ranked Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nafta Universitetas will play at home against Triobet in Jonava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 28+3reb+3ast, C.Brock 12+2reb+3ast, D.Vaitelis 11+6reb+2ast, M.Stasys 10+4reb+7ast, J.Jurgo 9+3reb+2ast, R.Trakimas 8+6reb+5ast
Nafta Universitetas: V.Chodosovskis 16+3reb, M.Kumpys 12+6reb+2ast, V.Tarolis 10+1reb, A.Gudaitis 10+6reb+4ast, D.Norkus 6+4reb+1ast, H.Venskus 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 168511


Triobet - LKKA-Atletas 99-92

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked LKKA-Atletas (21-11) in Jonava on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Triobet (18-14) 99-92. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Triobet dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 40. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-87) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Matas Sapiega (179-90) replied with 19 points and 7 assists and center Tomas Urbonas (218-92) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for LKKA-Atletas. Four Triobet and five LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. Triobet maintains seventh position in with 18-14 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. Triobet are looking forward to face higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (#3) in Klaipeda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKKA-Atletas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Radviliskis and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 21+7reb+4ast, P.Vaitiekunas 21+5reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 15+3reb+2ast, V.Kruzikas 12+2reb+2ast, R.Cepanonis 7+3reb, I.Dauksys 6+2reb
LKKA-Atletas: M.Sapiega 19+3reb+7ast, S.Vingelis 18+1reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 16+9reb, D.Gricius 13+1reb+1ast, T.Tamosiunas 11+6reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 11+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168512


Matinga-Juod. - Radviliskis 71-67

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Radviliskis (21-11) against sixth ranked Matinga-Juod. (18-14) on Saturday night. Visiting Radviliskis was defeated by Matinga-Juod. in a tough game in Marijampole 67-71. Radviliskis was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Matinga-Juod., which allowed them to win the game. Forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) notched 13 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) added 8 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. maintains sixth position in with 18-14 record. Loser Radviliskis keeps the second place with 11 games lost. Matinga-Juod. will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radviliskis will play against the league's leader LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Zibuda 14+5reb, M.Uzupis 13+6reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 11+4reb+2ast, M.Kalvelis 9+9reb+2ast, A.Majauskas 8+4reb+2ast, P.Knyza 7+2reb+4ast
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 17+5reb+5ast, L.Valantinas 12, L.Pipiras 10+2reb+1ast, R.Grinius 9+5reb+1ast, A.Mineikis 8+10reb, J.Ramanauskas 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 168509


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Delikatesas 73-65

The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Delikatesas (19-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-14). Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-23. But Delikatesas won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris-Sabonio brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) who scored 17 points. Power forward Simonas Kymantas (204-93) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) produced 15 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and center Vadim Volodko (208-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains fifth position in with 18-14 record. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be Matinga-Juod. (#6) in Marijampole. Delikatesas will play at home against Mazeikiai.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 17+4reb, T.Dimsa 13+4reb, S.Kymantas 12+6reb+1ast, V.Kariniauskas 11+3reb+2ast, R.Simanavicius 8+3reb+2ast, M.Grigonis 6+4reb+4ast
Delikatesas: A.Kvedaravicius 15+9reb+8ast, V.Uzkuraitis 12+2reb, V.Volodko 11+6reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 8+7reb, M.Keras 6+8reb+3ast, P.Klemas 6+1reb
gschID: 168510


Group B
Silute - S.Marciulionio 90-76

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Silute (12-20) beat at home 12th ranked S.Marciulionio (14-18) 90-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Silute forced 25 S.Marciulionio turnovers. S.Marciulionio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Vitalis Pancerevas (185-87, college: Weatherford JC) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Silute's coach Petras Jonikas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) replied with 18 points and forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for S.Marciulionio. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Silute maintains fourteenth position in with 12-20 record. Loser S.Marciulionio keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Silute will face higher ranked Meresta (#13) in Pakruojis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Silute: V.Pancerevas 21+5reb+4ast, A.Kaubrys 18+13reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 16+2reb+1ast, E.Saulys 13+3reb, M.Tamasevicius 11+7reb+1ast, R.Brencius 5+2reb
S.Marciulionio: N.Varnelis 18+4reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 13+4reb, E.Mockevicius 12+5reb, J.Elvikis 10+5reb, V.Trepocka 8+4reb+1ast, M.Pociukonis 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168514


ABRO-Univ. - Ezerunas-Karys 66-74

Very expected game when 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-25) lost to tenth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (17-15) in Siauliai 66-74 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But ABRO-Universitetas won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Center Agnius Gurklys (205-88) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to ninth place in . Loser ABRO-Universitetas dropped to the bottom. Ezerunas-Karys will face Gargzdai-Bremena (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. ABRO-Universitetas will play against S.Marciulionio in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 14+9reb+2ast, G.Kulbis 14+1reb+1ast, E.Narusis 10+4reb, M.Kugauda 8+7reb+1ast, J.Narusis 7+1reb+1ast, P.Lescinskas 7+1reb
ABRO-Univ.: A.Gurklys 21+9reb, A.Kurauskas 14+2reb+6ast, R.Giedraitis 13+5reb+4ast, N.Mika 6+2reb, I.Ramasauskas 6+6reb+1ast, E.Vaupsas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168515


Gargzdai - Statyba 77-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Statyba (16-16) and Gargzdai-Bremena (8-24), which took place in Gargzdai. Higher ranked Statyba lost to sixteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena in a road game 72-77 on Saturday. Statyba trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-77 at the end of the game. Swingman Tadas Mazelis (194-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 assists. Forward Linas Jonuska (198-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Statyba. Five Gargzdai-Bremena and four Statyba players scored in double figures. Gargzdai-Bremena moved-up to fifteenth place in . Loser Statyba dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Gargzdai-Bremena will face higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#9) in Moletai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 18+4reb+3ast, T.Mazelis 15+4reb+8ast, L.Jonuska 15+10reb+1ast, K.Timofejevas 11+3reb, L.Lucinskas 10+5reb, M.Grigaitis 6+4reb+3ast
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 14+6reb+2ast, T.Galeckas 12+2reb+2ast, V.Luksa 12+8reb+3ast, R.Sugintas 10+2reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 9+4reb+2ast, O.Varanauskas 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 168516


Meresta - Perlas-MRU 86-61

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Meresta (13-19) rolled over 11th ranked Perlas-MRU (15-17) in Pakruojis 86-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. Perlas-MRU was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meresta had a 36-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Meresta made 7 blocks. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Antanas Udras (203-92) added 5 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Meresta maintains thirteenth position in with 13-19 record. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Meresta will face Silute (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Meresta: D.Griskenas 22+12reb+8ast, A.Maneikis 14+7reb+2ast, B.Bagdonavicius 14+3reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 12+2reb, K.Artamonov 11+6reb+4ast, A.Galkauskas 7+3reb
Perlas-MRU: K.Brusokas 23+12reb+2ast, G.Vileita 11+3reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 8+3reb+2ast, A.Udras 5+10reb+2ast, E.Molosciakas 4+1reb+1ast, T.Padegimas 3+1reb
gschID: 168513




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Marko Latinovic joins Basket Esch - by Eurobasket News
Marko Latinovic (202-F-87, college: Illinois Wesleyan) bolstered the roster of Basket Esch. The Serbian forward started the season in Iceland. He played for Thor Thorl in Express League. Marko Latinovic tallied 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance. Last season Marko Latinovic spent on Maldives. He played for the local Dhivehi Sifainge Club. His stats read 32.4 points and 14.8 rebounds per appearance. The forward was named into Maldives National League All-Tournament Team. Marko Latinovic has debuted for Basket Esch tonight. He posted 17 points and 3 rebounds in an 87:60 win over Nitia.


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Toros join Halcones Rojos in LNBP Finals - by Eurobasket News
LNBP Semifinals, Game 7: Fuerza Regia - Toros 75-78 (3-4)

Toros handed another home loss to Fuerza Regia and won the series with 3-4. Toros celebrated 75-78 victory last night and advanced to LNBP Finals, where their rival will be Halcones Rojos. It will be another best-of-seven series. First game is scheduled for Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 16-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Toros dominated on the defensive end, holding Fuerza Regia to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Regia.

Fuerza Regia: D.Smith 29+12reb+4ast, T.Shannon 15+6reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 11+1ast, A.Cruz 7+1reb+3ast, K.Rhymer 5+2reb, A.Izaguirre 4+1reb
Toros: W.Pagan 21+7reb+7ast, I.Ofoegbu 21+5reb, R.Perez 14+1reb+1ast, E.Manuel Guzman 8+3reb, R.Rougeau 6+7reb+3ast, J.Lopez 4+4reb


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Adriatic League: Buducnost blowed the first chance to secure the spot for the Final Four - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost had a chance tonight to make another step toward the Final Four qualifiication but the blue and white team did not win against Cibona and the celebrations are uncertain now. Cibona did not play better than Buducnost but they were able to hit some important triples in the crucial moments and get an important victory after a bad start of the season. However, Buducnost still has good chances to make an appearance in Isreal (Final Four host) but they will have to play better defense in the weeks to come.

Buducnost started the game bad and Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency )'s players got +10 in a couple of minutes. But a tough oponent like Buducnost did not want to let the game run away after just a couple of minutes. Marko Popovic (200-F-85) scored and important three point, and Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) added some dirty work under the basket to tie the game. Cibona had an excelent Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances) who ran the team in the first half.

The second half score was also very tied and two teams fought bravely to score from every position on the floor. Actually, this was not a typical Buducnost low scoring game and that's probably one of the reason why they returned home defeated. In the last quarter, Buducnost allowed a lot of easy shots and the game started going in the wrong direction. The final resul was 80:74 for Cibona.

Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game, he scored 22 points along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists and he is a candidate for Round MVP. Bojan Dubljevic added 17 but he scored most of his points in the first half. In Cibona Davor Kus scored 17 but every player gave some contribution to the final score, except Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) who was scoreless tonight.


Mornar win in derby , new win for Lovcen and Teodo - by Dragan Scepanovic
PODGORICA - MORNAR 78:91
Podgorica - SC ''T-Mobile''. Spect: 150. Reff: Jokic, Koljesic (Podgorica), G. Vojinovic (Niksic). By Q: 19:25, 19: 26, 16:17, 24:23.
Podgorica: Djurovic, Femic, Simonovic 4, Bogojevic 20, Zizic, Mugosa 10, Gavranic 10, Pajovic, Ljubenkovic 7, Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) 27, Ljeskovic, Vusovic.
Mornar: Pajovic 6, Kasalica, Sarajlija 2, Mikovic, Ivanovic 12, Akem 22, Jelenic 13, Radosavljevic 17, Milosevic 6, Pavic 3, Vujosevic 7, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 3.

SUTJESKA - LOVCEN 59:62
Niksic - City Sport Center. Spect: 200. Reff: Sundic, Popovic, Sanjevic (Podgorica). By Q: 13:22, 17:13, 15:11, 14:16.
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica, Vranjes 21, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77), Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 2, Grabovica, Popovic 15, Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) 5, Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91), Stevan Milosev (204-F/C-93), Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 7, Jocovic 9.
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) 15, Djokovic 4, Latkovic, Marko Milosevic (202-SF-84) 6, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88), Masan Vrbica (187-G-94) 7, Borilovic, Koprivica 2, Lopicic 10, Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) 15, Milic, Latkovic 3.

TEODO - ABS PRIMORJE 82:72
Tivat - SC ''upa''. Spect: 200. Reff: Kaludjerovic, Pantovic (Niksic), Muhadinovic (Cetinje). By Q: 19:21, 28:14, 20:17, 15:20.
Teodo: Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) 8, Danilovic, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 29, Pekic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 2, Boskovic 5, Subotic, Rondovic 4, Stanicic 3, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 6, Milosevic 25, Lucic.
ABS Primorje: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 12, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 18, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92), Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85) , Devrnja 4, M. Bulatovic 3, Kovacevic 17, Radak 12, Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) 8, Brajovic, Savic.

MOGREN - DANILOVGRAD 86:48
Budva - MSC. Spect: 150. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Kostic (Ulcinj), Kajevic (Podgorica). By Q: 17:18, 29:11, 20:13, 20:6.
Mogren: Fatic 5, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 5, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 11, Manojlovic 20, Stajic 2, Erakovic 3, Sestovic 8, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 11, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 1, Susa 16, Mazalica 2, Jovovic 2.
Danilovgrad: Ratkovic, Jovovic 3, Baletic 2, Radonjic, Djerkovic, Stojanovic, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 6, Vukovic 5, Ademovic 8, Cebalovic 4, Mrdak 9, Filip Patkovic 11.




Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Montenegro ended up on the 10th place - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro ended up on the 10th place at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams.
Montenegro U16 outscored Latvia U16 at the Classification Round (9-12) 78:71. The teams exchanged the victories in the first half and only due to 22-13 in the third period the Balkan team grabbed the win. Vasilije Knezevic (200-C-96) stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Milos Andelic (176-PG-96) scored 16. Gustavs Treimanis delivered 19 points and 15 boards for the Baltic side.
In the last game Slovenia U16 edged Montenegro U16 72:65. Slovenia won the first period 23-11 and had 11-point lead at the halftime. Montenegro meanwhile won the third and the last periods to tie the game and sent it to overtime. Due to 11-4 Slovenia however clinched the victory. Sandi Grubelic (187-PG-96) stepped up with 16 points and Jan Cosi as well as Nejc Zupan posted 11 each. Vasilije Knezevic ended up with 18 points and 16 boards in defeat.



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Sacramento Kings recall Hassan Whiteside - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings have recalled second-year center Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C/F-89, college: Marshall) from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Whiteside was assigned to the Bighorns on January 1, playing 11 games with the team with averages of 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 18.9 minutes per game. His time with the Bighorns was highlighted by his game on January 13 against the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he posted 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two games where he recorded a Bighorns season-high six blocks.

Whiteside was drafted by the Kings in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Marshall. This was Whiteside's second assignment to the Bighorns. Last season, he averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 14 games.

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Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - LA Lakers 89-93
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) scored 22 points, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added 20 and the Los Angeles Lakers opened a season-high six-game trip with a 93-89 victory over the weary Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Al Harrington missed a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left that would have put Denver ahead. Pau Gasol added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the third time in 10 road games this season and prevailed in Denver for only the second time in their last seven trips to the Pepsi Center. The Lakers took control after Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov rolled his left ankle while scoring a bucket early in the second half. He was helped to the locker room by Chris Andersen and Julyan Stone without putting any pressure on his left foot and didn't return. The Nuggets said X-rays were negative. Two minutes later, Denver's leading scorer, Danilo Gallinari, was accidentally poked in his left eye by Metta World Peace and retreated to the locker room for a few minutes to replace his contact while the Lakers put the finishing touches on a 10-2 run. Gallinari was held to six points on 1-of-9 shooting and watched from the bench for the final 6 minutes as the Nuggets turned to their deep and balanced bench. Harrington, who led Denver with 24 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers that got them to 84-83 with 4 minutes remaining. It stayed tight until the final minute, and Nene's slam with 28 seconds left cut the Lakers' lead to 91-89. Bynum missed a dunk with 11 seconds left, and after the officials reviewed the tape, they overturned their initial ruling that the ball went off a Nuggets player and out of bounds. As Andre Miller was about to inbound the ball, the Nuggets called a full timeout. Miller then got the ball in to Ly Lawson, who passed to Harrington, whose long-range attempt was off the mark. Matt Barnes was fouled on the rebound and sank two free throws with two-tenths of a second left. Usually, it's the Lakers who are wearied after flying into Denver on the red-eye after playing the night before in L.A., and the Nuggets who are well-rested. Not this time. The Lakers were hunkered down in snowy Denver Thursday night while the Nuggets were beating the Clippers by 21 points at the Staples Center and then flying back to Denver, which was getting hit by a storm that dumped more than a foot on snow on the Mile High City. It showed as the Lakers negated the Nuggets' superior speed by getting back on defense often enough to keep the game from turning into a track meet. Behind Bynum's 15 first-half points, the Lakers took a 44-41 lead into the locker room after stifling both Denver's fast-break and Gallinari, who averages 17.5 points but scored just two in the first half, on free throws in the final minute. It was noted before the game that Nuggets coach George Karl finally had a roster with enough big men to match up to the Lakers' size, but he said he wanted nothing to do with a matchup like that. 'This team goes to the post as much as anybody in basketball. I don't want to try to beat them power vs. power, I want to go speed. I want pace vs. power,' Karl said. 'We're always going to try to outrun them.' The Nuggets took their first lead, at 47-46, on Gallinari's 3-pointer with 10:34 left in the third quarter, and a half-minute later Mozgov went up for a bucket that made it 49-46 and immediately hit the floor in excruciating pain as the Pepsi Center got quiet. He was replaced by Harrington. When Gallinari went out, he was replaced by forward Corey Brewer, and Bryant capitalized with six quick points until Gallinari returned to the floor. The Lakers used a 10-2 spurt to take control at 56-51 and they never trailed again. The game finally turned up-tempo late in the third quarter, but the Nuggets didn't ever regain the lead. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - Minnesota T. 105-108
The Minnesota Timberwolves almost never won away from home last season. Now, they don't seem eager to go back there. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) made the tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:23 left, Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored a career-high 27 points, and the Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets 108-105 on Friday night to surpass last season's road victory total. The Timberwolves overcame a career-high 42 points from Anthony Morrow, whose eight three-pointers in 11 attempts were the most in the NBA this season. Kevin Love added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which improved to 6-4 on the road and 11-12 overall. The Wolves, just 5-36 on the road last season, have won three in a row away from home. So, how about more road games? 'I wish,' Love said. 'If it was that way we'd be over the doomed .500 mark that we can't seem to get over. I really don't even want to talk about it because it's kind of been our Achilles' heel.' Rookie Ricky Rubio finished with 10 points, 10 assists and six steals for the Wolves in his point guard matchup with Deron Williams. Williams had 12 points and 14 assists, but shot just 5 of 18 and had two costly turnovers in the final half-minute. Rubio came up with a steal with 1:35 left, leading to Ridnour's three-pointer that made it 102-99. The Wolves got the ball back after replays showed a ball went off Williams out of bounds with 29 seconds remaining, and Ridnour made two free throws for a five-point lead. But Morrow, who missed the last game with a sprained left ankle, converted a four-point play to make it 104-103 with 22 seconds left. Jose Barea and Ridnour each made a pair from the line around Kris Humphries' dunk to keep the lead at three, and the Nets lost their final chance when Williams fumbled the ball trying to throw a pass, with Rubio eventually coming up with it and lofting it downcourt as time ran out. 'Anthony was open, too,' Williams said. 'It was an unfortunate turnover. Last two of the game are on me. I told the team it was my fault.' Minnesota is just 5-8 at home, where it plays Saturday against Houston. But the Wolves seem comfortable on the road. Rubio is quickly making fans around the league, particularly in large markets, and one fan held a Puerto Rico flag behind the basket when Barea made his first appearance Friday. Coach Rick Adelman agreed that maybe the Wolves should play more on the road. 'It seems like that's where we win,' he said. 'But I think it just gives you a lot of experience and different guys really stepped up. Pek was terrific. Just really terrific. I thought Ricky was really good tonight.' Humphries had 16 points and nine rebounds. Pekovic, in his second year from Montenegro, made 11 of 14 shots. He replaced an ineffective Darko Milicic to start the second half and dominated inside while also grabbing 11 rebounds. His layup erased the Nets' last lead and tied it 99-99 with 1:55 left. 'Pekovic played unbelievable,' Rubio said. 'He's a tough guy. He's really tough I can tell you. He saved me a couple of times. I was all over with the ball and he was right there to finish the basket. He's a smart guy. 'He knows how to play. He did an unbelievable job. Maybe he was the key of the game today.' The Wolves led 23-19 after one, then used a 13-1 run early in the second to open a 36-22 lead on Michael Beasley's follow with 8:15 remaining in the half. Morrow then hit a three-pointer and suddenly the Nets were rolling, tearing off a 23-5 spurt that gave them a 45-41 edge. Morrow hit his fourth three of the period with 1:33 to go, and the Nets led 50-49 at the break. 'It's just me being in aggressive,' Morrow said. 'It's something that I'm continuing to build on.' The Wolves trailed by one early in the third before Wes Johnson slammed down Rubio's lob pass, then hit a three-pointer for a 63-59 lead. Love hit two free throws, Rubio made a nifty move that had the crowd gasping to set up Johnson for a three-point play, and Pekovic hit two free throws to cap a 12-0 burst and make it 70-59 with 5:17 left in the period. The Nets cut it to 80-75 after three. *Courtesy of www.brandonsun.com

Houston R. - Phoenix Suns 99-81
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had eight rebounds and nine assists and the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 99-81 on Friday night. Chase Budinger added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who got another strong effort from their reserves to beat the Suns for only the second time in the last nine meetings. Courtney Lee and Patrick Patterson also scored 12 points apiece off the bench for Houston. Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Shannon Brown scored 12 for the Suns, who've lost five of their last seven. Houston had a 49-39 rebounding edge and held Steve Nash to six points and nine assists. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Boston C. - New York K. 91-89
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 30 points and Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) had nine of his 14 in the final quarter to lift the Boston Celtics to a 91-89 win over the struggling New York Knicks on Friday night. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and eight boards for the Celtics, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Carmelo Anthony scored 26, Tyson Chandler had 20 with 11 rebounds and Amare Stoudemire had 16 with 11 rebounds for the Knicks. New York lost for the 11th time in 13 games. Garnett grabbed his 10,000th career defensive rebound early in the second quarter, becoming the third player in NBA history to reach that mark. He's behind former Celtic Robert Parish (10,117) and Karl Malone (11,406). Boston point guard Rajon Rondo returned after missing the previous eight games with a right wrist injury, but was ineffective, scoring just seven points and getting seven assists. After Iman Shumpert's jumper from the right corner closed the score to 85-83, Allen nailed a 3 from the right wing. Following a put-back by Chandler, Allen caught the ball in the right corner, drove the baseline and hit a left-hander that rolled in, giving the Celtics a 90-85 lead with just under 2 minutes left. But the Knicks battled back, closing the gap to one after an alley-oop layup by Chandler and a steal and breakaway layup by Landry Field's with 1:26 left. Following a miss by Pierce, Anthony missed a drive, but the ball went out of bounds off Brandon Bass' hands, giving New York another chance. But the Knicks turned it over. Pierce had what appeared to be an off-balance 3-pointer with 14.4 seconds left as the shot clock expired. But the officials overruled it following a reply review. Fields missed a 3 from the left corner with 6 seconds left and Pierce grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He hit the first, but missed the second. Steve Novak airballed a desperation 3 and Garnett batted the ball down the floor as time expired. Boston, which trailed since late in the opening quarter, tied it at 77 on Chris Wilcox's two free throws with 7:13 to play. The teams traded baskets and remained tied until Allen nailed a 3 from the right side with 4:24 to play. It was his first basket of the second half. New York had a six-point halftime lead and increased it to 67-55 on Anthony's off-balance jumper midway into the third quarter. Both teams then played sloppily, turning the ball over numerous times and missing jumpers as the Knicks maintained at least a nine-point edge until late in the quarter. Boston scored the final seven points of the third, cutting it to 72-69 after three when Wilcox had a put-back of Pierce's miss at the buzzer. The Knicks led 28-27 after one quarter and scored 13 of the initial 18 in the second to pull ahead 41-32 on Fields' 3 from the wing. They opened a double digit lead (48-37) on Jared Jeffries' 3-point play with 2:36 left in the quarter en route to a 55-49 halftime edge. Pierce's long-range shooting kept Boston close in the opening half. He had 15 points, going 3 for 6 on 3s. Garnett had 13, going 6 of 7 from the floor, hitting a rare 3 from the left wing. It was only his second attempt this season and he's made both. With the crowd a little extra excited with the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, it appeared to help get the teams energized early, with both teams appearing to play tough defense from the start. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Dallas M. - Indiana P. 87-98
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, and the Indiana Pacers won in Dallas for the first time in eight years, beating the Mavericks 98-87 Friday night. The Pacers took the lead for good with seven consecutive points in the first 2 minutes of the second half. George made a go-ahead running layup then had a steal that he turned into a dunk and a free throw. Indiana got its 10th road win this season, matching Chicago for the most in the NBA. The Pacers had lost 11 of their previous 12 away games against the Mavs, the only win in that stretch coming in 2004. Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored a season-high 30 points for Dallas on 12-of-17 shooting. It was a big boost for last year's NBA finals MVP, who was playing only his fourth game after a planned four-game hiatus to strengthen his sore right knee. David West added 20 points for the Pacers, while Danny Granger had 16 and Darren Collison 13. Roy Hibbert, the other Indiana starter, had nine points and 14 rebounds. Vince Carter had 14 points for Dallas, which has lost consecutive games at home for the first time since losing the first two games of the season back in December. Dallas had a 53-52 halftime lead before Indiana's quick second-half surge. George had the quick layup, then a steal after a bad pass by Nowitzki. The Mavericks had two more turnovers before Collison's 21-foot jumper made it 59-53 and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called timeout. The Pacers stretched the lead to 69-59 on a 3-pointer by George. That ended a quick segment when Hibbert missed inside, West got the rebound and pushed the ball outside to one wing before it went to George on the right side. George's seven 3s were one off the Indiana franchise record held by Reggie Miller and set in 1997. Nowtizki had 20 points by halftime, when he was already 9-of-11 shooting. Things were going so good for Nowitzki that with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the game, he was falling away from the basket and flung a ball up while being fouled. He added the free throw, but the Mavs still trailed by 11 at that point. In the previous three games since coming back, Nowitzki had scored only 28 total points while shooting 28 percent (11 of 39). The Pacers got off to a fast start, making their first eight shots and taking a 25-17 lead on Granger's 3-pointer less than 6 minutes into the game. They finished at 43 percent (37 of 87) Nowitzki was 5 for 5 at that point and didn't take another shot in the first quarter. Indiana made only two more baskets the rest of the quarter, allowing Dallas to pull to 29-28. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Philadelph.76 - Miami Heat 79-99
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 26 points, and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Miami Heat to a 99-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Mario Chalmers scored 13 points and Chris Bosh had 12 to help the Heat go on a dominant late run that put away the pesky Sixers. The Heat used a 15-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to turn a tight one for 36 minutes into a comfortable victory and hand the Sixers just their third home loss of the season. Thaddeus Young scored 16 points for the Sixers, who snapped a four-game winning streak. Wade used a pair of ferocious dunks during the game-changing run that pushed the Sixers' first sellout crowd of the season toward the exits. The Sixers opened the week with wins against Orlando and Chicago. The Heat squashed the home-week sweep. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Orlando M. - Cleveland C. 102-94
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) scored 19 points, had 16 rebounds and blocked eight shots as the Orlando Magic outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on Friday night. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) also added 19 points in his first action in two games after resting a sore knee. Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 17. The Magic won their seventh straight over the Cavaliers, despite playing without injured starting point guard Jameer Nelson and suspended reserve big man Glen Davis. Orlando continues a stretch of nine games in 13 days Saturday at Indiana. Alonzo Gee led Cleveland with 20 points, followed by Kyrie Irving with 18. The Cavs have now lost three of their last four. Cleveland returns home to host Dallas on Saturday and head to Miami Tuesday. The Magic, who came in averaging 15.5 turnovers per game, had just five against the Cavs and opened up a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavs got it down to 95-90 with 2:12 to play using the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy - fouling Howard intentionally and sending him to the free-throw line. Howard missed four straight attempts from the line during one stretch before sinking a pair to give the Magic a seven-point cushion and help close it out. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy had to make some pregame adjustments to his rotation after Davis was suspended for two games prior to tip-off Friday for conduct detrimental to the team. He'll also miss the Indiana game. Van Gundy acknowledged before the game that he and Davis were involved in a verbal incident during the morning walkthrough, but said nothing physical took place. He didn't elaborate further, though added he said he didn't expect the suspension to go beyond two games. Nelson continues to deal with concussion symptoms. Without a true third point guard behind Chris Duhon, the team released Larry Hughes following Wednesday's win over Washington and signed free agent Ish Smith Thursday. Smith had two early assists, including one on a dunk by Earl Clark, but also had three fouls in just five minutes of action early. He finished with four assists in nine minutes of action. Despite the missing bodies, the Magic managed to take a nine-point advantage into the break, building their cushion hitting six first-half 3s. Richardson also hit five of his six attempts from the field for 11 points. Cleveland also helped out, connecting on only 29 percent of its field goals (14 for 48). Jamison kept the Cavs close with an 11-point, 10 rebound effort in the half. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Detroit P. - Milwaukee B. 88-80
Rookie Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) scored a season-high 26 points, holding his own against Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) and helping the Detroit Pistons snap a seven-game losing streak with an 88-80 victory over the Bucks on Friday night. Knight, who was outscored 21-0 by Jennings in a loss at Milwaukee on Monday, helped the Pistons build a 15-point lead in the third quarter. Milwaukee went on an 11-0 run spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth, and Detroit led by only four with 2:54 remaining. Knight responded with a floater, followed moments later by a driving shot off the glass, and the Pistons held on. Jennings scored 20 points, but only seven after the first quarter. Greg Monroe added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 13 points for the Pistons. Shaun Livingston was the only other Milwaukee player in double figures with 14 points. The Bucks had won three straight, including a come-from-behind victory over Miami on Wednesday. The Pistons led by as many as nine in the first quarter, but Jennings made all five of his shots in the period and it was 26-all after one. Jennings finished 7 of 19, and the Bucks shot only 35 percent as a team. Milwaukee trailed 51-41 at halftime and never seemed to click offensively after scoring at least 100 points in each of its previous five games. With Detroit up 58-52, Jennings tried a behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 break to Beno Udrih. The play resulted in a turnover, and the Pistons slowly increased their lead. Knight made a nice bounce pass in transition to Rodney Stuckey for a layup and a 64-53 advantage. Jonas Jerebko made it 70-55 with a dunk. Milwaukee trailed 72-68 in the fourth, but Monroe scored inside to halt the Bucks' run. That wasn't the last time the Bucks cut the deficit to four. It was 80-76 and 82-78 late in the fourth, but Knight answered both times with a basket. In their previous five games, the Pistons had allowed opponents to shoot 46 of 89 from 3-point range. Milwaukee was only 3 of 17 on Friday - after making 10 in each of its previous two games. The Bucks also had only 10 assists - after six straight games with at least 20. *Courtesy of www.wisn.com

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 101-94
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 36 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-94 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night in a rematch of their epic Western Conference playoff series. Durant scored the final seven points of the game after Memphis had pulled even at 94 on Mike Conley's 3-pointer from the right side with 1:12 remaining. Durant pulled up in front of Rudy Gay to answer with a 3 from the right wing and added a jumper from the foul line to push the lead to five. He closed it out by grabbing the rebound on O.J. Mayo's 3-point attempt and hitting two free throws after getting fouled. James Harden scored 10 of his 24 points during Oklahoma City's fourth-quarter rally. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 24 points and Gay scored 23. That duo and Durant all played the entire second half in a thrilling renewal of the Western semifinals won by Oklahoma City last year in seven games. That series included a triple-overtime classic and another game that went to one overtime. The Thunder won twice in Memphis this season by a total of eight points, but it was the Grizzlies that were in control most of the way in this one. Harden engineered a comeback from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter. He hit two 3-pointers and drove for two layups during a 15-4 burst to start the fourth quarter for the Thunder. His drive set up Nick Collison for the go-ahead free throw, and Daequan Cook followed with a jumper from the right side for an 84-81 lead. The Grizzlies had an answer and were able to claw back and tie it - only for Durant to deliver the knockout punch. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and seven assists for the NBA-leading Thunder, who are the only team other than Chicago to score at least 100 points on Memphis this season. Oklahoma City has done it twice and the Bulls once. It was the only stop at home for the Thunder during a 19-day span featuring eight out of nine on the road. Tony Allen had 17 points and O.J. Mayo scored 13 for the Grizzlies, who are also in the midst of playing nine of 12 away from home. After the Thunder had trimmed an 11-point deficit down to one, Memphis pulled away again with a 10-2 run that started when Gay tipped in Dante Cunningham's miss. Cunningham sneaked up from behind Durant for a steal in the backcourt to set up Gay's 3-pointer during the run, and Conley followed with a jumper to make it 66-57 with 5:13 left in the third. Gasol's two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter briefly bumped the lead up to 10 before Harden ignited Oklahoma City's comeback. Memphis used a couple of bizarre steals to fuel a 9-0 run late in the first quarter. Conley came up with a pass that went through Serge Ibaka's legs and it ended up leading to Gay's two-handed putback dunk on a fast break. On the next trip, Ibaka stepped in the way of a Westbrook pass. Cunningham grabbed the loose ball and fed Mayo for a right-handed transition dunk to make it 23-17 Memphis. The Grizzlies let Oklahoma City score the next six points to tie it, then put together a 15-4 run bridging the first quarter break that featured nine points by Mayo. Allen's fast-break layup, which came after Harden flopped on a 3-pointer without drawing a foul, pushed the Memphis edge to 38-27 with 8:29 left before halftime. Harden hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 comeback for the Thunder, and Oklahoma City got within two points three separate times before settling for a 50-44 deficit at halftime. *Courtesy of www.utsandiego.com

Toronto R. - Washington W. 106-89
Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-PG-82) shook off flulike symptoms to score 19 points, Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 106-89 on Friday night. Linas Kleiza added 15 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists for the Raptors, who bounced back from consecutive blowout losses to Atlanta and Boston and improved to 2-9 without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, who is out with a strained left calf. James Johnson scored 13 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 as Toronto topped 100 points for just the third time this season, exceeding the 80.2 they'd been averaging without Bargnani. The Raptors scored 104 points Dec. 26 in an opening night win at Cleveland, and had 111 in a double-overtime win at Utah on Jan. 25. Barbosa missed Friday's shootaround with flulike symptoms but showed no ill effects against the Wizards. He scored nine points in the second quarter and had six more in the third. Nick Young scored 21 points and John Wall had 15 as the Wizards lost their third straight and fourth of five. Trevor Booker scored 13 points and Jordan Crawford had 11. Washington dropped to 1-10 away from home this season and has won just four times in 52 road games since the start of last season. The Raptors were ahead 80-69 heading into the fourth and pulled away from there, leading by as many as 22. Toronto, which led by 10 at the break, matched a season high with 55 first-half points. Wizards veteran Rashard Lewis scored eight points, leaving him six shy of 15,000 for his career. When he reaches the mark, Lewis will join Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd as the only players to score at least 15,000 points, grab 5,000 rebounds and make 1,500 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Rockets re-assign Marcus Morris to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that forward Marcus Morris (6'8''-F-89, college: Kansas) will be re-joining Houstons single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Marcus ankle has healed and he has been cleared to practice and play, said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. With limited practice time available, we have decided to send Marcus to Rio Grande Valley to give him an opportunity to play and recondition his ankle.

Morris (6-9, 235, Kansas), who was selected by Houston with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has averaged 22.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four starts with Rio Grande Valley this season. He made his debut with the Vipers by posting 33 points (13-24 FG), 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals vs. Dakota (1/6/12).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Glen Davis suspended for two games by the Orlando Magic - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have suspended power forward Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) for tonights game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Saturdays game against the Indiana Pacers because of what team officials are labeling conduct detrimental to the team.

Davis had an outburst during the teams shootaround this morning at Amway Center as the team went through some of the Cavaliers plays on the teams practice court.

Davis and coach Stan Van Gundy ultimately got into an argument.

Van Gundy would not discuss many of the details of what happened, but Van Gundy and a witness said the disagreement never turned physical.

I like Glen, Van Gundy told reporters before tipoff. I think Glens heart is in the right place. I think he wants to help this team. I think he wants to play well. I like Glen as a person. I believe in the reasons that we brought him here. I think hes capable of doing all those things.

That said, Davis has developed a reputation within the Magic organization as an intensely emotional player.

In December, the Magic and Davis agreed to a four-year deal worth about $26 million, and the Magic acquired Davis and swingman Von Wafer in a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics for power forward Brandon Bass.

Davis play so far this season has been up and down. At times, he has provided the bone-crunching screens, the hustle plays and the rebounding the team coveted when it acquired him. But at other times, Davis has migrated too far from the basket and attempted jumpers that are out of his range.

Two fans who attended the Magics game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland on Jan. 11 alleged that Davis had a profane argument with one of them during pregame warm-ups after another fan said something behind Davis back.

Those fans and Davis said the confrontation never turned physical, and Davis subsequently said he never used profanity.

On Jan. 18, Davis received a technical foul in a game against the San Antonio Spurs after he complained to a referee over a foul call and pulled down his shorts, revealing Spandex underwear.

Davis serves as Orlando's backup center, and with him serving a two-game suspension, rarely used rookies Daniel Orton and Justin Harper could play larger roles than usual.

Courtesy of www.orlandosentinel.com


Hornets center Chris Kaman to return to action after being taken off the trading block - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets are taking center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) off the trade market for now and will permit him to return to the team, league sources confirmed Friday afternoon.

Kaman will not be with the team for tonights game at Detroit, but he likely will rejoin the team before Monday nights game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Hornets apparently were unable to obtain what they desired in a trade for Kaman, though several teams expressed interest, including the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors. New Orleans wanted any deal for Kaman to include emerging young talent, draft picks or expiring contracts, sources said.

The Hornets (4-19) still plan to listen to any offers for Kaman. Like the 29 other teams in the league, New Orleans has until the trade deadline on March 15 to move Kaman or any other player.

Kaman, 7 feet, 265 pounds, is in the final year of his contract. The Hornets werent obligated to take back any salary in a trade for Kaman, according to sources, and a team acquiring him would only have to part with $9.3 million in salary according to league rules, not the entire $14 million hes due this season.

General Manager Dell Demps said Jan. 27 that New Orleans intended to trade Kaman, and he wouldnt be back with the team until a deal was completed.

Kaman was apparently unwilling to accept a diminished role as a backup. He said last month that it was hard for him to play 15 to 25 minutes when hes used to playing 30 to 35 minutes. Things began to unravel when Hornets Coach Monty Williams put Kaman on the inactive list for a road game last week against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since then, Kaman has missed five consecutive games.

Williams said he wants to give his younger frontcourt players Jason Smith, Gustavo Ayon and Carl Landry more of an opportunity to develop.

We always try to treat anybody in any situation with respect, Williams said earlier this week. Sometimes what the team is trying to do and what a player wants can be two different things.

What has been lost in this is that Ive talked to Chris the whole step of the way until we made a decision. I explained to him everything I was doing to make sure he never felt disrespected. I would hope he feels the same way, that weve always valued how hes portrayed, because hes a talented, skilled big.

Kaman, who will be 30 in April, was acquired with guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves 2012 first-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Knicks lose to Celtics; D'Antoni sinking fast - by Eurobasket News
Ultimately, its looking as if Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni will pay the price for a thin roster not built in his speed-ball image, evidenced again last night.

The Knicks fell apart again late, blowing a 12-point second-half lead in a 91-89 heartbreaker loss to the Celtics at TD Garden as the noose tightens around DAntoni.

There it was in the final seconds, one last symbolism with Steve Novak inserted into the game for the first time with 4.2 seconds left, taking the final shot on the final possession, trying to beat the Celtics.

After all the dizzying array of moves since November 2008, after DAntoni has coached 56 Knicks players, this is their flawed roster when they take the ball out of Carmelo Anthonys hands late in games.

According to NBA sources, DAntoni will not be fired today despite back-to-back, last-second losses to Chicago and Boston, disputing a report earlier this week. But with the club at 8-15, his job security is in heavy question, and DAntoni may not be able to afford losing to the Nets tonight in the last game of their back-to-back-to-back set.

We had a great shot to win but were a little snakebitten right now, DAntoni said.

After Boston rallied in the fourth quarter, the Knicks still had a chance to pull it out in the final minute but they dont have the perimeter guns to get the job done.

In the last 45 seconds, Iman Shumpert missed a wide open 3-pointer from the right wing and Landry Fields overshot an open corner three both off feeds from a doubled Anthony, who finished with 26 points but didnt score in the final 6:34.

Id make the play any day, Anthony said. Theyre sending two, three guys. I want to take the shot, but I cant if theyre coming. Im passing to the open man. They had great shots, they missed them. Ill make the same play tomorrow.

After the Shumpert and Fields misses, a desperate DAntoni inserted 3-point specialist Novak with 4.4 seconds left and the Knicks down 91-89 on the last possession. Novak got it in the left corner after Fields nearly did not inbound the pass in time and fired an off-balance airball.

DAntoni was in a noticeably somber mood before the game. Fridays last-second 105-102 loss to the Bulls must have lowered his spirits, and perhaps the speculation about his job security is wearing him out. Or perhaps he knows having Amare Stoudemire take a big 3-pointer which he missed Thursday is not the recipe for a title.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Cuban and Carlisle fined by NBA for separate incidents - by Eurobasket News
In an odd set of circumstances, an NBA owner and coach from the same team got fined on the same day.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle were each fined by the NBA on Friday for separate incidents involving the same game.

The league slapped Cuban with a $75,000 fine for criticizing the referees after Wednesday's 95-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, Carlisle was fined $35,000 for kicking a basketball into the stands in the fourth period of that game.

'I think it's fair,' Carlisle said. 'If you're responsible for a ball going into the stands you're subject to a fine. I accept it and regret that situation happened - even though it was accidently - and I've got to move forward.'

Cuban always matches whatever fine he receives from the NBA with donations to charity. He said whenever he makes his decision on which charity will receive the $75,000, he'll tweet it.

Courtesy of www.sunherald.com


Greg Oden scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Former Lawrence North star Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery in Vail Colo., today according to the Portland Oregonian.

Oden, who now plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, was to have debris removed from his right knee. The surgery was to be his fourth since he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2007 draft.

It is not known if Oden will be able to play this season.

That would be speculation at this point, Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan told the Oregonian. We are going to continue to stand by and support Greg and listen to what the doctors have to say after the surgery.

The right knee has not given Oden problems since 2007, when he had microfracture performed before the season started.

His left knee was the knee in question during his December visit in Vail, Colo., when the team deemed he had suffered a setback because of an issue with a non-weight bearing ligament in his knee.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com


Clippers sign Kenyon Martin to one-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The first call Martin Kenyon (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) received came from former Denver Nuggets teammate Chauncey Billups, telling the 6-foot-9 power forward that the Los Angeles Clippers would be a nice fit. Then Clippers All-Star Chris Paul called Martin, reiterating that the Clippers would love to have his services.

This all came around the same time Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro and vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey had met with Martin to express the teams interest.

Martin apparently was sold, because on Friday he signed a one-year, mini mid-level contract for $2.5 million to play for the Clippers.

Del Negro said Martin will provide the Clippers with quality depth in the frontcourt off the bench to help out All-Star power forward Blake Griffin, center DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Evans.

Del Negro said the plan was for Martin to join the team in Orlando by Sunday or Monday.

Del Negro said he didnt think Martin would play in a game with the Clippers for a few days. When he does, Del Negro said, Martin will be the third big man on the team.

'Hes a pro and I think hes going to fit in perfect for us,' Del Negro said on the teams plane Friday before the Clippers flew to Washington to start a six-game trip that begins against the Wizards on Saturday.

'Ive talked to him a lot and kind of explained everything and hes very comfortable with the situation. Now weve just got to get him in here and figure things out as we go forward.'

Martin averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds with the Nuggets last season in 48 games, but he averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds over his 11-year NBA career in New Jersey and Denver.

Martin recently played for the Xinjiang Tigers in China before he left the team in December. He had been required to wait until their season was over before he could join any NBA team. But he was cleared to return to the NBA on Thursday by FIBA, the international basketball federation.

The Clippers won Martins services over the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.

It helped that Martin has a home in Los Angeles, that the Clippers were willing to provide him with the playing time that he sought and that Billups and Paul sold him on the Clippers.

'Kenyon gives us another dimension,' Del Negro said. 'He gives us some more depth up front, which we needed.'

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Rafer Alston signs with Los Angeles D-Fenders in D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired guard Alston Rafer (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.), it was announced today. The acquisition comes one day after Ishmael Smith signed with the Orlando Magic to become the D-Fenders fourth NBA Call-Up of the season and the seventh Call-Up in franchise history.

InsideHoops.com first-reported this news late last night on Twitter.

Were excited to add a player with as much experience as Rafer to the D-Fenders backcourt and believe he will undoubtedly help us continue towards our ultimate goal of an NBA Development League Championship, D-Fenders Head Coach Eric Musselman said.

Alston, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (39th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft, has played in a total of 671 career NBA games with Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Houston, Orlando and New Jersey, averaging 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 28.9 minutes.

Additionally, the 6-2, 175-pound guard has appeared in 51 career NBA playoff games (34 starts) combined with Milwaukee, Miami, Houston and Orlando, averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 29.1 minutes. Appearing in all five games during the 2009 NBA Finals with the Magic, Alston averaged 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.4 minutes.

Alston most recently played in China for Zhejiang Guangsha during the 2010-11 season where he averaged 19.6 points and 3.8 assists in eight games.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  NCAA1   


Notre Dame takes down No. 17 Marquette 76-59 - by Eurobasket News
Freshman Pat Connaughton (6'5''-G/F-93) had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Notre Dame made 11 3-pointers and beat No. 15 Marquette 76-59 Saturday.

Connaughton shot 5-for-8 on 3s to lead the Irish (15-8, 7-3 Big East) to their fourth straight win. Notre Dame has defeated five ranked opponents this season.

Eric Atkins (6'1''-G-91) chipped in 18 points and Jerian Grant (6'5''-G-92) had 12 in a strong performance by the Irish backcourt.

The loss snapped a seven-game conference winning streak for Marquette (19-5, 8-3). Darius Johnson-Odom scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles in the first half, but was held to just two points the rest of the game.

Vander Blue (6'4''-G-92) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for Marquette. The Eagles shot just 2 of 13 from 3-point range.

Courtesy of www.onenewsnow.com


No. 21 Seminoles hold off No. 16 Virginia 58-55 - by Eurobasket News
Reserve Okaro White (6'8''-F-92) scored 13 points and Xavier Gibson (6'11''-F/C-88) added 10 points Saturday as No. 21 Florida State held off 16th-ranked Virginia 58-55 to keep a share of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with its seventh straight league victory.

Virginia (17-4, 4-3) climbed back from a 13-point second-half deficit, but Jontel Evans' desperation 30-footer didn't get off in time before the final buzzer-it bounced off the rim anyway. Virginia's four losses this season have come by a total of 10 points.

Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88) and Joe Harris (6'6''-G) led the Cavaliers with 16 points apiece. Scott also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

It's the first time that Florida State (16-6, 7-1) has won seven straight games in ACC play since joining the league in 1991-92.

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Harvard beats Cornell 71-60, stays unbeaten in Ivy - by Eurobasket News
Laurent Rivard (6'5''-G-91) scored 16 points as Harvard remained unbeaten in Ivy League play with a 71-60 victory over Cornell on Friday night.

The victory was the 24th in a row at home for the Crimson (19-2, 5-0), extending their record for the program, and was their seventh straight overall. Their 5-0 league start matches the 1980-81 squad for the program's best ever.

Rivard scored 11 first-half points, including two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in a span of 1:28, as Harvard took a 38-24 lead into halftime. The Big Red (7-12, 2-3) shot just 30.8 percent (8 of 26) in the first half.

Harvard's lead reached as many as 22 points, 57-35, with 8:22 remaining in the game.

Kyle Casey (6'7''-F) finished with 13 points for the Crimson, and Keith Wright and Steve Moundou-Missi each had nine.

Johnathan Gray (6'3''-G) scored 14 points to lead Cornell.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze knock down Bangkok Cobras - by Eurobasket News
Petron Blaze - Bangkok Cobras 94:59

Petron Blaze registered the third win in ASEAN League season. They toppled Bangkok Cobras at home court to improve at 3-2 record. Doug Thompson (196-G) knocked down 14 points and collected 11 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Bangkok Cobras slipped at 2-3 record after the loss.
The home team built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Petron Blaze maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Blaze stretched the gap at 16-point mark at halftime 50:34. The Blaze stiffened the defence in the third quarter. The Cobras were limited to 12 points in the period and faced a 22-point deficit at the final break. The Blaze did not slow down in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) and RJ Rizada (188-F-82) contributed 13 points each in the victory. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) answered with 17 points for the Cobras. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) netted 14 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Doug Thompson 14+11 boards, Leo Avenido 13, RJ Rizada 13
Bangkok Cobras: Marvin Cruz 17, Gentry Lewis 14


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Poland advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16-Germany U16 61:48

Poland U16 advanced to the Final of the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The Polish side overcame Germany U16 61:48 in the Semifinal clash.
Poland started with 19-12 and had 6-point advantage at the halftime. Poland also added 13-10 in the third quarter and finished with 15-13 in the last stanza.
Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each. Igor Wadowski (195-F-96) netted 10 and Marek Zywert (181-G-96) notched 9. Armin Musovic (190-PG-97) delivered 8 points in defeat, while Jan-niklas Wimberg posted 6.
Tomorrow Poland will face Egypt in the Final. Egypt clinched the Final spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The African team continued their winning streak and rightfully beat Russia U16 68:58 in the Semifinal game.

Poland U16: Filip Pruefer 14, Grzegorz Kulka 14, Igor Wadowski 10, Marek Zywert 9
Germany U16: Armin Musovic 8, Jan-niklas Wimberg 6






Try-outs in Polpharma - by Maciej Paszyn
By nearest three weeks Brandon Hazzard (188-G-87) will be tested through SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd..
American combo-guard spent the university career at the Troy Trojans collage. During 4 - years of college his averages was 10.3 points, 1.2 as. during over 21 minutes spent on the floor. He was his best season last 2009 / 2010 when he scored 16.7 points in over 33 minutes of the game.

The player wasn't still reported to league.


Kotwica add Demetrius Brown - by Michal Koza
After successful try outs, Kotwica Kolobrzeg decided to sign Demetrius Brown (201-F-83, college: San Jose St.). San Jose State University product can play both forwards spots. He started this season in Luxembourg playing for Amicale Steinsel where he averaged 18,8 points, 5,8 rebounds and 2 assists while playing 30 minutes a game. He also had stints in Sweden and Ukraine during his professional career. Brown can make his Kotwica Kolobrzeg debut in their next road game against WKS Slask Wroclaw.

Game of the week in PLK for Energa Czarni - by Michal Koza



Energa Czarni - PGE Turow 83:70


In the game of the week in PLK, two teams fighting for a top spot after first stage of the regular season met as Energa Czarni Slupsk hosted PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Both teams entered the contest with some roster problems as David Weaver (209-C-87, college: Wake Forest) did not dress for Energia Czarni and Dallas Lauderdale (203-F, college: Ohio St.) missed the game for PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Both players were sidelined because of illness. Guests desperately wanted to win and take their revenge for a tough home loss (60:61) from the beginning of the season. Their game plan seemed to work well as their jump to an early lead (14:22 after first ten minutes). When Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena) made his 3 pointer and extended PGE Turow Zgorzelec lead to 11 early in the second quarter, Dainius Adomaitis was forced to take a timeout. From that point everything changed in favor of Energa Czarni Slupsk. They ended second quarter with a furious 26-9 run and established a 6 point lead at the halftime break (42:36). Free throws were key to this turnaround as hosts converted all 18 attempts in the first 20 minutes while PGE Turow Zgorzelec did not score from the line.

Third quarter was crucial for the final outcome as Krzysztof Roszyk (200-F-78) and his teammates built a solid 14 point lead before last 10 minutes. It was a superb team effort as every player who entered the floor for Energa Czarni Slupsk scored. Sharing the ball was also an issue for the losing side as they recorded only 7 assists compared to 17 from a home team. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) from PGE Turow Zgorzelec erupted for a game high 23 points, but his effort was not enough as hosts kept their lead at 7 or more till the end of the game. With this win Energa Czarni Slupsk improved to 2-0 over PGE Turow Zgorzelec this season.

Energa Czarni Slupsk: Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) 18, Krzysztof Roszyk 16, Pawel Kikowski (193-G-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) 15.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec: Daniel Kickert 23, Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) 12, David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) 11.






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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Martinic, CSM B.24.6 
 2. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.3 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Brown, Dinamo B.21.5 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.4 
 6. Tomic, Craiova19.6 
 7. Ross, Craiova19.6 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.1 
 9. Darby, Rovinari18.9 
 10. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.6 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.9.4 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.0 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.8.9 
 6. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.7 
 7. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.4 
 8. Steffel, Rovinari8.2 
 9. Vlaicu, Giurgiu8.1 
 10. Dies, Perla Hargh.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.6 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Brown, Dinamo B.4.9 
 6. Nikolic, Rovinari4.9 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.4.8 
 8. Cuic, Timisoara4.8 
 9. Vlahovic, Ploiesti4.8 
 10. Stojakovic, Giurg.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.4 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.8 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.0 
 6. Nicolae, Politehni.2.0 
 7. Hurjui, Politehnica1.9 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.8 
 9. Darby, Rovinari1.8 
 10. Seals, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.1.9 
 2. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 5. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti1.5 
 7. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.3 
 8. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.2 
 9. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 10. Albijanic, Ploies.1.1 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 16-2 
 2. Gaz Metan 15-4 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 14-5 
 4. Targu Mures 13-6 
 5. Oradea 12-7 
 6. CSM Bucuresti 12-7 
 7. CSU Sibiu 11-7 
 8. Ploiesti 11-7 
 9. Rovinari 11-8 
 10. Pitesti 10-9 
 11. Dinamo B. 6-13 
 12. Craiova 5-13 
 13. Giurgiu 5-14 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-15 
 15. Politehnica 0-20 
Folded
 1. Otopeni 4-11 


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt clinched the Final spot - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Russia U16 68:58

Egypt clinched the Final spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The African team continued their winning streak and rightfully beat Russia U16 68:58 in the Semifinal game.
Russia started better and reached 18-15 after the first period. Egypt tied the game at the halftime and then erupted with 21-9 in the last stanza.
Ehab Saleh paced all the winners with 22 points and Ahmet Mahran nailed 13. Wessam Shafik followed them with 11 points. Andrey Korolyatin (200-PF-96) collected 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Vladimir Ivanov (190-SF-96) netted 9.
Tomorrow Egypt will face Poland in the Final. Poland U16 advanced to the Final of the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The Polish side overcame Germany U16 61:48 in the Semifinal clash.

Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 22, Ahmet Mahran 13, Wessam Shafik 11
Russia U16: Andrey Korolyatin 20+9 rebs, Vladimir Ivanov 9, Pavel Afanasev (194-SG-96) 8


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.6 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.7 
 3. Popovic, Sloga21.1 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 5. Balaban, Smederevo20.2 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.17.3 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 8. Pekovic, Prolet.16.5 
 9. Micic, Mega Vizura15.9 
 10. Cupkovic, Napred.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.2 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.6 
 4. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.5 
 5. Petrovic, BKK R.7.3 
 6. Misanovic, OKK B.7.1 
 7. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.8 
 8. Cupkovic, Napredak6.6 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.3 
 10. Jovic, Sloga6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Popovic, Sloga6.0 
 2. Jovic, Sloga5.6 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.5.4 
 4. Milisavljevi., Meg.5.1 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.4.7 
 7. Stefanovic, Smede.4.4 
 8. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.9 
 9. Osmokrovic, BKK R.3.9 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.3 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.8 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura2.5 
 4. Boltic, BKK R.2.5 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.4 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.2.3 
 7. Vasilic, Radnic.2.3 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 9. Milosevic, Vojvodi.1.9 
 10. Majstorovic, Tamis1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.7 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Bojic, Mega Vizura1.1 
 5. Tubak, Radnicki.0.9 
 6. Bjegovic, Prolet.0.8 
 7. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 8. Cantekin, Mega V.0.8 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 10. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.8 


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1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 13-3 
 2. Triglav Strazisce 13-3 
 3. Sencur CP 12-4 
 4. Postojna 11-5 
 5. Splosna plovba 10-5 
 6. Branik 10-6 
 7. Radenska 7-9 
 8. Terme Olimia 6-9 
 9. Hrastnik 5-11 
 10. Konjice 5-11 
 11. Medvode 4-11 
 12. Jance Prit 4-12 
 13. Litija 3-12 


Julevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Mensud Julevic (200-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Elektra and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Parklji (#10, 1-14) with 16-point margin 77-61. Elektra maintains the 2nd position in Slovenian league. They are still close to the very top. Elektra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. Julevic turned to be Elektra's top player in his first season with the team. Mensud Julevic averages this season 13.1ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Travis Nelson (211-C-87) of Sentjur. He is American center in his first season at Sentjur. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Sentjur to another comfortable win 82-69 over slightly lower-ranked Polzela (#6, 7-8) being unquestionably team leader. Sentjur's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Nelson is a newcomer at Sentjur and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#2). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Boban Tomic (190-G-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) of Rogaska (#5). Tomic scored 24 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Rogaska, leading his team to a 78-53 easy win against the lower-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#8, 6-9). Rogaska needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Tomic has a great season in Slovenia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (8th best) and assists with 3.4apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Helios - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) of Zlatorog - 20 points and 3 rebounds
6. Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) of Elektra - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) of Maribor Messer - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jure Pelko (190-G-90) of Maribor Messer - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Drazen Bubnic (205-F-86) of Helios - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) of Rogaska - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Slovenia clinches 9th spot - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia clinches 9th spot at the Turk Telecom International Tournament U16 teams. The team won both games of the Classification Round (9-12).
Slovenia U16 overcame Bulgaria U16 72:63. It was a slow start for the winners that trailed 11 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to Slovenia. They won the third period 24-10 and added 20-14 in the last stanza. Domen Janc (185-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Nejc Zupan (203-PG-96) netted 17. Rumen Vasilev (200-C-96) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.
In the last game Slovenia U16 edged Montenegro U16 72:65. Slovenia won the first period 23-11 and had 11-point lead at the halftime. Montenegro meanwhile won the third and the last periods to tie the game and sent it to overtime. Due to 11-4 Slovenia however clinched the victory. Sandi Grubelic (187-PG-96) stepped up with 16 points and Jan Cosi as well as Nejc Zupan posted 11 each. Vasilije Knezevic ended up with 18 points and 16 boards in defeat.



Telemach League Round 15 - by Zeljko Zule
Sentjur-Hopsi 82-69: Sentjur scored crucial dozen points to take a lead 70-56 with 5:24 into the game. Travis Nelson (211-C-87, college: Minnesota St.) had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Igor Maric scored 16 points and Anze Pelc added 12. Sentjur's starters outscored Hopsi's 61-to-38. Miha Vasl, Hopsi's leading scorer, came of the bench for 14 points, Primoz Kobale and Uros Godler both added 12 points and Dmirty Sviridov contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Slovan-Rogaska 53-78: The visiting team, who never trailed, opened the game with a 10-1 run and in the second half outscored Slovan 46-26. Boban Tomic had 24 points and 7 rebounds, Dejan Milasinovic added 15 points, Miroslav Petrovic came off the bench for 13 points, Mladen Soskic scored 11 points and Milos Miljkovic collected 9 points and 13 rebouns. Slovan was outrebounded 190-27 and its lone player in double digits was Marko Pajic with 11 points.
Parklji-Elektra 61-77: Elektra opened the game with 13 consecutive points. Parklji erased a deficit to go ahead 46-45 in the third quarter, bit the visiting team responded with a 17-4 run to go ta take a kead 62-50 that never dipped below for the rest of the way. Mensud Julevic and 19 points and 10 rebounds, Salih Nuhanovic scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tadej Horvat contributed 17 points and Djordje Lelic added 16. Parklji was led by Klemen Lorbek with game-high 22 points, Matej Luznar had 17 points and Jaka Doljak 10.


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Games delayed because of the weather - by Alex Danila
This weekend was a boring weekend for the romanian basketball fans as the games were delayed due to the bad weather. Only 2 games were allowed to be played. Iasi met Dinamo in a game that was closer than expected. In the end, as Dinamo had more experienced players they got the win with 83-73,the best player beeing Shemik Thompson that had a triple double,first in the romanian league this season. The 6'1 guard from Central Connecticut had 20 points,14 rebounds and 10 assists.
In the other game of the week,powerhouses CSM Oradea met at home the champions from last season, U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca in one of the best games of the season. Both teams played good defense and showed a good movement in offense, both coaches doing a great job with the players they have available. Best player on the court was by far Kyndall Dykes from Cluj that scored 29 points but most importantly he scored the last 7 points for his team basically securing them the win. Dykes displayed an array of offensive moves scoring in every way possible.


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KBL Round 46: Dongbu Promy beats Samsung Thunders by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked Samsung Thunders (10-32) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Dongbu Promy (36-7) in Seoul on Friday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Samsung Thunders helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Samsung Thunders. Dongbu Promy have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 36-7 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side stay dead last with 32 lost games. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (29-13) against eighth ranked LG Sakers (16-27) on Thursday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 71-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Aaron Haynes chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American center Chris Daniels (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. LG Sakers moved-up to seventh place. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights (#8) in Seoul in the next round. Anyang KGC will play at home against ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Sonic Boom KT (27-15) which played road game in Jeonju against one of their biggest challengers KCC Egis (24-19). Third ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a 9-point victory 89-80. Charles Rhodes notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by Seung-Jin Ha did not help to save the game for KCC Egis. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 27-15 record having ten points less than leader Dongbu Promy. KCC Egis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet league's leader Dongbu Promy in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KCC Egis will play against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Mobis Phoebus (19-24) played at the court of 7th ranked SK Knights (15-27). Mobis Phoebus managed to secure a 4-point victory 94-90. Terrence Leather fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 19-24 record. SK Knights lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 27 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu. SK Knights will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



LG Sakers - Anyang KGC 75-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (29-13) against eighth ranked LG Sakers (16-27) on Thursday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 71-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Anyang KGC was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of LG Sakers, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Anyang KGC's 30. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American center Chris Daniels (211-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Hee-Jong Yang (194-84) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. LG Sakers moved-up to seventh place. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second position with 13 games lost. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights (#8) in Seoul in the next round. Anyang KGC will play at home against ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Daniels 24+11reb+3ast, H.Yang 19+8reb+3ast, T.Kim 8+1reb+6ast, S.Kim 8+1reb, C.Park 6+4ast, S.Oh 6+4reb+2ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 31+5reb+2ast, A.Haynes 23+10reb+3ast, C.Young Jung 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Oh 5+5reb+3ast, H.Kim 4+1ast, C.Song 4+3reb
gschID: 145822


SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 90-94

The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Mobis Phoebus (19-24) played at the court of 7th ranked SK Knights (15-27). Mobis Phoebus managed to secure a 4-point victory 94-90. SK Knights were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Mobis Phoebus, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists. American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) added 25 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 19-24 record. SK Knights lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 27 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu. SK Knights will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: H.Kim 25+2reb, A.McCaskill 19+18reb+5ast, M.Kim 17+3reb+3ast, K.Hoon Byun 11+2reb, S.Lee 10+5reb+4ast, H.Lee 5+1reb
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 25+13reb+1ast, J.Lee 22+6reb+2ast, D.Kim 19+4reb+5ast, D.Yang 17+4reb+11ast, C.Song 11+3ast, J.Park 0
gschID: 145823


KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT 80-89

An interesting game for Sonic Boom KT (27-15) which played road game in Jeonju against one of their biggest challengers KCC Egis (24-19). Third ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a 9-point victory 89-80. KCC Egis trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-89 at the end of the game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) did not help to save the game for KCC Egis. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 27-15 record having ten points less than leader Dongbu Promy. KCC Egis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet league's leader Dongbu Promy in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KCC Egis will play against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 24+7reb, D.Sims 15+7reb+4ast, M.Jeong 12+5reb+4ast, J.Lim 10+2reb+4ast, T.Akins 10+1reb+1ast, J.Lee 4+1reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 35+15reb+2ast, S.Park 22+3reb+4ast, S.Cho 18+2reb+1ast, D.Cho 4+1reb, M.Pyo 4+3reb+9ast, Y.Song 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145824


Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy 80-82

Tenth-ranked Samsung Thunders (10-32) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Dongbu Promy (36-7) in Seoul on Friday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Samsung Thunders helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Seung-Hyun Kim (178-78) added 22 points and 7 assists in the effort for Samsung Thunders. Dongbu Promy have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 36-7 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side stay dead last with 32 lost games. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 26+9reb+3ast, S.Kim 22+1reb+7ast, E.Sandrin 10+11reb+5ast, H.Hu 9+1reb+2ast, K.Lee 8+1reb, W.Lee 5+4reb+2ast
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 32+13reb+2ast, J.Ahn 13+2reb, J.Kim 13+5reb+2ast, H.Yoon 12+11reb+2ast, J.Park 12+3reb+3ast, B.Kim 0
gschID: 145825




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McKnight's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Boras and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Uppsala (#7, 14-13) with 34-point margin 107-73. Boras maintains the 3rd position in Swedish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boras will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. In the team's last game McKnight had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Boras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Akron graduate has very impressive stats this year. McKnight is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.8ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dino Gregory (200-F-89) of Sundsvall. He is American forward in his first season at Sundsvall. In the last game Gregory recorded impressive 23 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Sundsvall cruised to a 97-87 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked LF Basket (#5, 14-11). This victory allowed Sundsvall to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gregory is a newcomer at Sundsvall and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) of Eco Orebro (#10). Hampton scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Hampton's great performance Eco Orebro lost 74-83 to the higher-ranked Solna (#4, 15-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Eco Orebro can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-25 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hampton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hampton has a very solid season. In 22 games in Sweden he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johnell Smith (185-PG-80) of Sodertalje - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Solna - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anton Saks (200-G-89) of Norrkoping - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jason Stamper (200-F/C-85) of Jamtland - 19 points and 13 rebounds
10. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) of LF Basket - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Brilliant week for BOT guard Chen Shun-hsiang - by Chris Wang
Bank of Taiwan shooting guard Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) came out of injury and turned in a pair of brilliant games this past week after the lunar new year break.

Chen made his season debut on Friday against Taiwan Beer after breaking his collar bone in a pre-season game and did not disappoint, chipping in 29 points, including five three-pointers, and lead BOT to a 90-80 win.

The 190cm sharp shooter followed with a 30-point outing in a 82-77 loss to Yulon yesterday. BOT import John Vaudreuil's two fatal turnovers cost his team the game. Yulon, which ranks third at 7-4, was led by Lu Cheng-ju's 26 and Chou Po-chen's 20.

Led by Lin Yi-hui's 20 and Chen Tse-wei's 18 off the bench, Dacin beat Taiwan Mobile 82-79 Friday to continue to rule the league at 8-1. Dacin import Noel Felix had 12 and 10 in the game.

Pure Youth, currently 7-3 at second place, was powered by Quincy Davis, who had 26 points and 17 boards, and veteran Chen Hsin-an, who had 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists, in a 92-84 victory over Taiwan Beer yesterday.

Taiwan Beer has dropped four straight, its longest losing streak in team history, despite Yang Ching-min and Emmanuel Jones are both playing well.

Yang had 42 points and Jones had 39 points and 20 rebounds in two games so far this week.

KKL's new import Anthony Fuqua tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds yesterday in his debut with the team, but KKL was routed by Taiwan Mobile 88-63. TM's Ryan Wright had 15 and 15 and point guard Su Yi-chieh had 17 points and seven assists.

SBL Standings (as of Feb. 4)
Dacin 8-1
PY 7-3
Yulon 7-4
TM 4-6
TB 3-6
KKL 3-6
BOT 2-8





KKL, TM bring in new imports - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Mobile and Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor brought in new imports as the SBL regular season resumed after a three-week lunar new year break.

Taiwan Mobile signed 206cm Canadian forward Ryan Wright and KKL signed Anthony Fuqua.

One interesting thing to note though. Fuqua has been listed as 6-11 (211cm), two inches taller than the SBL import height limit of 206cm. I'm not sure how KKL was able to sign him.

Both players had suited up and played for their respective teams this week and played well.


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze knock down Bangkok Cobras - by Eurobasket News
Petron Blaze - Bangkok Cobras 94:59

Petron Blaze registered the third win in ASEAN League season. They toppled Bangkok Cobras at home court to improve at 3-2 record. Doug Thompson (196-G) knocked down 14 points and collected 11 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Bangkok Cobras slipped at 2-3 record after the loss.
The home team built a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Petron Blaze maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Blaze stretched the gap at 16-point mark at halftime 50:34. The Blaze stiffened the defence in the third quarter. The Cobras were limited to 12 points in the period and faced a 22-point deficit at the final break. The Blaze did not slow down in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) and RJ Rizada (188-F-82) contributed 13 points each in the victory. Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) answered with 17 points for the Cobras. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) netted 14 points in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Doug Thompson 14+11 boards, Leo Avenido 13, RJ Rizada 13
Bangkok Cobras: Marvin Cruz 17, Gentry Lewis 14


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Richards stars/ abroad high school round up - by David Edole
by Nick Cammarota, Staff Writer
With 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter on Friday night, the Gwynn Park High School boys basketball team appeared on the verge of collapsing. The Yellow Jackets were clinging to a two-point lead that had been 13 four minutes earlier, had no timeouts and committed three consecutive turnovers.

All this against visiting Potomac the only team in the Prince Georges County 3A/2A/1A League to beat the Yellow Jackets this season.

Gwynn Parks next two plays, however, were sensational, and the Yellow Jackets 61-55 victory helped turn the race for the leagues top seed into a two-team battle: Gwynn Park against Largo.

Great win. Resilient win. Its only going to make us better for the playoffs, said Gwynn Park coach Mike Glick. We have to maintain pace with the teams in our region and Largo in our league.

Following Gwynn Parks final time out, 6-foot-9 senior Marcel Boyd caught the ball in the low post and fed senior guard Jarvis Hawkins on a backdoor cut, easily beating Potomacs pressure defense for the layup.

In doing so, Boyd and Hawkins accomplished what the offense had failed to for a majority of the fourth quarter by crisply executing a set play. The bucket gave Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1) a 55-51 lead. Following a missed jumper by Potomacs Mark Givens, senior guard Xavier Richards completed a wild right-handed scoop/runner in the lane to increase Gwynn Parks lead to six with 1:14 remaining. That late-game precision boosted Gwynn Park to its 10th consecutive victory while the Wolverines (12-6, 10-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped.

We stayed calm throughout the fourth quarter, Richards said. Thats really about it. We tried to stay calm and play to our abilities.

Richards, the 6-foot-2 guard with you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it jumping abilities, finished with a team-high 16 points, Hawkins had 14 (all in the second half) and Boyd finished with a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks).

[Potomac was] talking a little trash before the game about how they owned us and how we couldnt beat them, Boyd said. I wanted to go out there and impose our will on them and show them were still the team to beat.

The Yellow Jackets amassed their largest lead, 51-38, with 5:24 remaining, only to see Potomac score 13 of the next 15 points. Even so, Gwynn Parks shot selection was above average in the second half as Glicks squad converted 14 of its 22 attempts in the final 16 minutes and finished the game shooting 48.9 percent from the floor (24 of 49).

We can do big things, Richards said. We've got good team chemistry. We make things great around here.

Potomacs sophomore sensation Dion Wiley led all scorers with 22 points (six 3-pointers). Despite Gwynn Parks best defensive efforts tight man-to-man, a box-and-1, aggressive step-outs Wiley still scored more than a third of his teams points.

Hes the best sophomore in our league and one of the best players in our league, Glick said. Hes got to be one of the best sophomores in the DMV. I thought we did a very poor job guarding him from the very first play of the game to the end.

The Wolverines missed five of their six fourth-quarter free throws, and with the loss likely dropped out of contention for one of the leagues top two spots. Still, after four wins last season, first-year coach Renard Johnson is pleased with the progress in 2012.

I cant be disappointed in a loss like this, Johnson said. Not just because Gwynn Park is good, but the teams were evenly matched, we were on their home floor, we took their best shot and we put ourselves in a winning position at the end.

As players filed out of Gwynn Parks locker room following the game, two assistant coaches could be overheard dissecting the opponent.

Theyre deep. Theyre really talented, one said.

I wouldnt want to face them again, replied the other.

The Yellow Jackets wont have to, as the teams go to separate regional tournaments Potomac to the 3A South and Gwynn Park to the 2A South. Glick concurred with his coaching staff.

Theyve given us the hardest time of anybody in our league, he said of Potomac. Theyve done a tremendous job of turning the program around. Im just happy theyre in 3A.

ncammarota@gazette.net

Gwynn Park 61, Potomac 55

Potomac 8 12 14 21 55

Gwynn Park 16 10 18 17 61

Potomac (12-6, 10-4): Dion Wiley 22, Romone Saunders 10, Mark Givens 8, Dondre Brandon 6, Davon Williams 4, Aaron Williams 3, Valshawn Wallace 2

Gwynn Park (14-4, 13-1): Xavier Richards 16, Jarvis Hawkins 14, Marcel Boyd 11, Jalen Harris 10, Agyei Gregory 6, Robert Flint 4

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RLCA - Edwin 10 1-3 24, JAVIER MARTINEZ 9 2-5 20, Carey 6 0-0 14, RASHEED SWANSTON 6 0-0 12, Gaston 1 0-0 2, Burgess 0 0-0 0, Manuel 0 0-0 0, Fieger 0 0-0 0, Ellis 0 0-0 0

Totals: 32 3-8 72

Gospel - Turk 5 3-4 15, Wims 6 0-1 14, Hart 3 4-4 12, Kelley 3 0-0 6, Colston 1 0-0 2

Totals: 18 7-9 51

3-Point Goals: RLCA 5 (Edwin 3, Carey 2)
Gospel 6 (Turk2, Wims 2, Hart 2)
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Glasgow - Young (2 0-2 4) Coleman (5 3-5 15) Johnson, M (11 2-3 25) Hollis (1 0-0 2) Sturdivant (4 2-5 10) Graves (0 0-0 0) Alexander (0 0-0 0) Williams (0 0-0 0) Johnson, K (0 0-1 0) Kowalski (0 0-0 0)

Totals: Glasgow (23 7-18 56)

Concord - Taylor (1 1-2 3) Henry (0 0-0 0) Lawson (5 4-8 15) Lowman (5 3-5 13) AMADIUS DER-WEER (3 1-4 7) Chapman (1 0-0 2) Dollard (1 1-2 3) Thompson (1 0-1 2)

Totals: Concord (17 10-22 45)

3-Point Goals: Glasgow 3 (Johnson, M 1, Coleman 2)
Concord 1 (Lawson 1)
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Sanford - Thompson 4 1-2 10 KHALID HART 3 6-6 14 Mosely 0 2-4 2 Hughes 6 0-1 12 Knox 0 0-0 0 Rose 0 0-0 0 Ford 4 1-2 9 Sanders 0 0-0 0

Totals:17 10-15 47

Wilm Friends - Hanson 1 0-0 2 Higginbotham 1 0-1 2 Carney 4 0-1 11 Thurman 1 1-2 3 Broussard 4 0-0 8 Malcom Delpeche 0 0-0 0 Marcus Delpeche 0 0-1 0 Kirkpatrick 4 0-1 8

Totals: 15 1-6 34

3-Point Goals: Sanford 3 (Hart 2, Thompson) Friends 3 (Carney)
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No. 5 Lake Clifton 61, No. 13 Poly 45

P Crosby 17, Stokes-Graham 11, Butler 8, KYE HODGE 7, Brown 2. Totals: 13 14-16 45.

LC Parks 16, Hawkins 14, Boone 11, Green 11, Ross 4, Carr 2, Kess 3 . Totals: 23 11-18 61.

Half: LC, 29-14.


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  UBA   


Morning, Barnes named Southern, Western players of the month - by David Walls

Will Morning (6'8''-F, college: McNeese St.) led Texas to a 8-2 record for games played in December and January, matching the best start to a season in franchise history, behind averages of 18.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. A three-time Western Conference player of the week so far this season, Morning ranks 12th in the UBA in scoring (18.2), 5th in rebounding (11.3), ninth in blocks (1.2). Appearing in 10 of Cyclone's 21 games, Morning led the team in scoring 8 times. Morning best game came in Atlanta vs. the Assault were he tailed 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) averaged a league-high 30.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists for games played in December and January, helping the Disciples to a 8-1 record. On Dec.10 in Atlanta, Barnes scored an UBA season-high 50 points, kicking off six straight 30-plus-point games over a two month span. Barnes became the UBA's all-time leading scorer this season with over 3,000 career points. Here is a closer look at the month for Morning and Barnes:

Will Morning, Central Texas Cyclones
Jan. 7 vs. DFW Warriors: 20 points, 11 rebounds
Jan. 21 vs. Austin Knights: 18 points, 11 rebounds
Jan. 22 vs. DFW Warriors: 18 points, 12 rebounds
Jan. 27 vs. Dallas Stars: 19 points, 15 rebounds
Jan. 28 vs. Houston Express: 20 points, 13 rebounds

Jermaine Barnes, GIE Morrow Disciples
Jan. 8 vs. Tennessee Dragons: 37 points, 5 rebounds
Jan. 14 vs. Nashville M.: 31 points, 10 rebounds
Jan. 15 vs. Dallas Stars: 36 points, 7 rebounds
Jan. 22 vs. Atlanta Assault: 25 points, 9 rebounds




All-Star Game 2012: Starters named - (Reserves will be named 2-7-2012) - by David Walls

The UBA announces it's 2012 All-Star starters presented by Menfes. The Reserve All-Stars and Dunk Contest players will be announces Tuesday February 7th. The All-Stars are voted by UBA coaches and owners based off team and stand out performance.

For the South Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Emporia St.) will make his first appearance at Center. Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.) and Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) will round out the forwards for the South. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.) will make there first appearance in the back court for the South. Much like the Heat the Disciples has 3 starters from there respected team in the starting lineup for the South All-Stars.

For the North Terrance Farley (6'10''-C-85, agency: EM-PA, college: Louisville) will also make his 1st appearance in the game. Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) and Will Morning (6'7''-F, college: McNeese St.) were selected at the forwards for the North. Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.) and Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) will run the show for the North at the two guard positions to finish off the All-Star lineup. Here is a closer look at the All-Star starters:

South All-Star Starters:
PG- DeAndre Bray (Southern Generals)
SG- Freddie Williams (GIE Morrow Disciples)
SF- Jermaine Barnes (GIE Morrow Disciples)
PF- Anthony Joseph (Southern Generals)
C- Chris Moore (GIE Morrow Disciples)

North All-Star Starters:
PG- Edward Horton (Central Texas Cyclones)
SG- Justin Taylor (Cincinnati Slam)
SF- Anthony Allison (Houston Express)
PF- Will Morning (Central Texas Cyclones)
C- Terrance Farley (Cincinnati Slam)



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Dnipro and Odessa clinch Cup victories - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro and Odessa celebrated victories in their opening Superleague Cup quarterfinal encounters.
Odessa shot down visiting Hoverla 80:69. Dzianis Korshuk (202-F-78, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 26 points to pace the hosts. Odessa overcame a 12:20 start to the game to earn a comfortable win before the second leg game. Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) posted 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Rostyslav Kryvych (197-F/G-78) added 11 points for the winners. Dante Swanson (178-PG-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) answered with 13 points for Hoverla. Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado St.) contributed 12 points in the loss. The second game is scheduled for February 8th.
Dnipro in the meantime made a strong bid for reaching Cup Final Four after claiming a road win over Khimik 88:77. The hosts led 19:16 after ten minutes but Dnipro slowly took over. They established a 7-point lead heading into the fourth frame and hung on to escape with the win at the end. Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) scored 38 points to lead the charge. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points for Khimik. Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The return leg is scheduled for February 8th.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 20-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 18-8 
 3. Azovmash 17-9 
 4. Khimik 16-10 
 5. BC Odessa 16-10 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 16-10 
 7. Hoverla 15-11 
 8. Dnipro 14-12 
 9. BC Kyiv 13-13 
 10. Mykolaiv 10-16 
 11. Kryvbasbasket 9-17 
 12. DniproAzot 8-18 
 13. Cherkasy 7-19 
 14. Halychyna 3-23 


Superleague Round 25: BC Donetsk loses to Ferro-ZNTU and DniproAzot - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked BC Donetsk (18-8) and sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-10) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. BC Donetsk was defeated by Ferro-ZNTU in Donetsk 81-91. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Ferro-ZNTU made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while BC Donetsk only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by BC Donetsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 15 points and 4 assists for BC Donetsk. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Odessa and Khimik. BC Donetsk at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.

Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Donetsk (18-8) against twelfth ranked DniproAzot (8-18) on Friday night. Host BC Donetsk was crushed by DniproAzot in Donetsk 92-73. Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners and Mario Little chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. DniproAzot maintains twelfth place with 8-18 record. BC Donetsk at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (17-9) against sixth ranked BC Odessa (16-10) on Sunday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by BC Odessa in a tough game in Mariupol 64-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azovmash. Justin Love nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Oleksiy Pecherov came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Azovmash in the defeat. Azovmash's coach Gintaras Krapikas let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Odessa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. Loser Azovmash keeps the third position with nine games lost.
Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (20-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Cherkasy (7-19) 79-67. Artsiom Parakhouski fired 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-6 record. Cherkasy at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Krivoy Rog. Eleventh ranked Kryvbasbasket (9-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-10) 76-75 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for Bryan Davis who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Kryvbasbasket's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Kryvbasbasket maintains eleventh place with 9-17 record. Loser Ferro-ZNTU dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost.



In the last two games of round 25 BC Kyiv beat DniproAzot on the road 79-76. Bottom-ranked Halychyna lost to Mykolaiv on its own court 82-91.


BC Donetsk - Ferro-ZNTU 81-91

The game between second ranked BC Donetsk (18-8) and sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-10) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. BC Donetsk was defeated by Ferro-ZNTU in Donetsk 81-91. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Ferro-ZNTU made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while BC Donetsk only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by BC Donetsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Darnell Jackson (203-85, college: Kansas) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Donetsk. Four Ferro-ZNTU and five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BC Odessa and Khimik. BC Donetsk at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.


Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 27+2reb+3ast, R.Guinn 22+6reb+3ast, M.Davis 17+5reb+1ast, J.Chappell 17+9reb+3ast, S.Dikiy 6+4reb, I.Chumakov 2+1reb+1ast
BC Donetsk: R.Curry 15+4reb+4ast, D.Jackson 14+5reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 12+2reb, D.Gliebov 10+3reb+7ast, I.Radenovic 10+4reb+3ast, M.Lee 9+3reb+2ast


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BC Donetsk - DniproAzot 73-92

Very important is a home loss of second ranked BC Donetsk (18-8) against twelfth ranked DniproAzot (8-18) on Friday night. Host BC Donetsk was crushed by DniproAzot in Donetsk 92-73. The game without a history. DniproAzot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. DniproAzot shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while BC Donetsk only scored nine points from the stripe. BC Donetsk was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners and American guard Mario Little (195-87, college: Kansas) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four DniproAzot players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 4 assists. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. DniproAzot maintains twelfth place with 8-18 record. BC Donetsk at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: S.Pringle 23+6reb+8ast, S.Gorbenko 20+5reb+2ast, M.Little 20+5reb+6ast, M.Dunigan 16+11reb, L.Stefanishin 7+5reb+2ast, A.Chigrinov 6+2ast
BC Donetsk: I.Radenovic 22+8reb+2ast, V.Avdalovic 14+4reb+4ast, V.Kovalenko 10+8reb, D.Jackson 8+1reb, M.Lee 8+4reb+2ast, O.Lypovyy 4+2ast
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DniproAzot - BC Kyiv 76-79

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked BC Kyiv (13-13) edged 12th ranked DniproAzot (8-18) in Dniprodzerzhynsk 79-76 on Monday. DniproAzot cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Artem Shvets (202-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Vladyslav Podolyan (196-86, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Mario Little (195-87, college: Kansas) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for DniproAzot. Five BC Kyiv and four DniproAzot players scored in double figures. BC Kyiv maintains ninth place with 13-13 record. Loser DniproAzot keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: V.Podolyan 20+3reb, A.Shvets 16+8reb+1ast, P.Barac 12+2reb+2ast, D.Zimmerman 10+3reb+5ast, G.Ervin 10+7reb+5ast, V.Bobrov 7+4reb+1ast
DniproAzot: S.Pringle 17+7reb+8ast, M.Little 15+10reb+1ast, M.Dunigan 13+9reb+1ast, V.Gurtovoy 11+1reb, A.Chigrinov 9, S.Gorbenko 8+8reb+2ast
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Halychyna - Mykolaiv 82-91

Very expected game when 14th ranked Halychyna (3-23) lost to tenth ranked Mykolaiv (10-16) in Lviv 82-91 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halychyna won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halychyna was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Lance Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) answered with 20 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Halychyna. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv maintains tenth place with 10-16 record. Loser Halychyna stay dead last with 23 lost games.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: R.Green 20+3reb+5ast, A.McLain 16+5reb, D.Vaughn 11+6reb+8ast, D.McClintock 9+8reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 9+5reb+1ast, I.Kryvych 8+4reb+1ast
Halychyna: L.Harris 20+2reb+4ast, V.Vukosavljevic 15+8reb+2ast, K.Mays 11+4reb+3ast, B.Djurasovic 9+2reb+5ast, M.Todic 9+7reb+3ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 8+1reb
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Cherkasy - Budivelnyk 67-79

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (20-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Cherkasy (7-19) 79-67. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Alexander Panchenko (184-84) produced 17 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Cherkasy players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-6 record. Cherkasy at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: A.Parakhouski 18+5reb, M.Anisimovas 14+6reb, Z.Morley 11+6reb+4ast, D.Zabirchenko 8, J.McClinton 7+2reb, S.Sehovic 7+5reb+1ast
Cherkasy: A.Panchenko 17+4reb+7ast, M.Pupovic 13+4reb+1ast, K.Adeleke 13+9reb, A.Nerush 10+3reb+1ast, I.Timermanis 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Frasenyuk 6+3reb+1ast
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Azovmash - BC Odessa 64-69

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (17-9) against sixth ranked BC Odessa (16-10) on Sunday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by BC Odessa in a tough game in Mariupol 64-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azovmash. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) came up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) added 7 points and 7 assists respectively for Azovmash in the defeat. Azovmash's coach Gintaras Krapikas let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Odessa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. Loser Azovmash keeps the third position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: J.Love 23+6reb+3ast, S.King 14+11reb+3ast, R.Kryvych 12+3reb+1ast, D.Korshuk 12+1reb, S.Balashov 4+4reb, W.Deane 2+3reb+3ast
Azovmash: O.Pecherov 20+7reb+4ast, I.Zaytsev 9+5reb+1ast, R.Varda 8, D.Ewing 7+1reb+7ast, B.Bayda 6+1reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166247


Kryvbasbasket - Ferro-ZNTU 76-75

Important game to mention about took place in Krivoy Rog. Eleventh ranked Kryvbasbasket (9-17) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (16-10) 76-75 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Kryvbasbasket outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 42-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Kryvbasbasket players scored in double figures. Kryvbasbasket's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) answered with 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Kryvbasbasket maintains eleventh place with 9-17 record. Loser Ferro-ZNTU dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: B.Davis 17+7reb+2ast, J.Florence 14+5reb+6ast, P.Caldwell 13+5reb+4ast, I.Korotkov 10+4reb+1ast, D.Korablev 8+6reb+2ast, D.Djapa 6+3reb+2ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 26+3reb+5ast, J.Chappell 17+5reb+3ast, M.Davis 14+5reb+1ast, S.Dikiy 6+7reb+1ast, R.Guinn 6+3reb+2ast, I.Chumakov 2
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.3 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.7 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.6 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.4 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.2 
 7. Harris, Halychyna17.3 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik17.3 
 9. Guinn, Fe.17.3 
 10. Green, Mykolaiv16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.11.3 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 3. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.7 
 5. Drozdov, Azovmash8.5 
 6. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.4 
 7. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 8. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 9. Goodridge, BC Kyiv7.9 
 10. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.1 
 2. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.9 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.6 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.2 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.7 
 8. Solomon, Cherkasy4.6 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
 10. Morovic, Halychyna4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 4. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Tiggs, Hoverla1.7 
 7. Culpepper, Fe.1.7 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Solomon, Cherkasy1.6 
 10. Pringle, DniproAz.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.2 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.2.2 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.6 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 9. Pecherov, Azovmash1.4 
 10. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.4 


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  URUGUAY   


Hebaica leader for LUB Group 2 - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi defeated Lagomar 79-76 to maintain the leadership for group 2 for the Uruguayan League second stage. For Hebraica Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 27 points, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) added 20 points and 6 assists, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 13 points 18 rebounds and Matt Freije 6 points. ForLagomar David Butler (203-F-82, college: Embry Riddle) 20 points 11 rebounds, Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Wingate) 18 points 8 rebounds.
Other results
Aguada 74 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 23 points 8 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 155 points 11 rebounds, Billy McShepard (208-F, college: Valdosta St.) 10 points 3 rebounds
Bigua 71- Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 28 points 5 rebounds 4 assists, DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: CS Monterey) 12 points 10 rebounds, Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) 1 assist.
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Defensor Sporting 90 - Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) 14 points 6 assists, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 11 points 8 rebounds, Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) 7 points 6 rebounds
Plaza 64 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 16 points 4 rebounds 9 assists, Randall Orr (207-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) 3 points 10 rebounds


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Rafael Perez forced Game 7 in Mexico's LNBP playoffs - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) had his best performance since joining Toros de Nuevo Laredo as a foreign reinforcement player for the LNBP 2011-2012 playoffs in Mexico, as he was able to score 23 points and lead them to a victory over Fuerza Regia Monterrey, 74-69, that forced Game 7 and tied the Semifinals series, 3-3 between these teams.

Perez played 39 minutes, scored 7 out of 9 two-point shots, 2 of 5 three-pointers and 3 of 4 free throws. He also blocked a shot, had 2 turnovers and 4 fouls during his time on court.

He was supported by Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Monterrey's top performers were Alvin Cruz (186-PG-82) with 20 points, Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) with 19 points and 16 rebounds and Donta Smith (201-G-83) with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Perez is trying to get his team to the Finals, where he'd be facing Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, the team of fellow Venezuelans PG Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) and PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86), whom were able to sweep the powerful Pioneros de Quintana Roo, 4-0, and advance without hesitations.




Venezuelans Abroad - Dennison Rodriguez a big contributor for Casper College (NJCAA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Dennison Rodriguez (202-F-89) continues to be used as a starter by the head coach of th Casper College Thunderbirds in his second season as a player of the NJCAA college basketball level in the United States, averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 18 games, 17 as a starter.

Rodriguez netted 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a victory over as visitors, 72-59, the first of a three-game span that has led them to a 15-6 record overall in the 2011-2012 season. They were later defeated by Western Nebraska CC 87-72 but picked up their pace with a win over Western Wyoming CC in Rock Springs, 87-76.

Even though not a natural scorer, Rodriguez has the ability to grab rebounds and help out the center in the defensive end with long arms to guard and a good jump. He's working on becoming a more suitable shooter from mid-range and a better option when his team is attacking the opponents.


Venezuelans Abroad - Javier Valdez (Ashford Saints) is hot in NAIA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG-SG Javier Valdez (184-G/F-88) is on one of the hottest streaks of his career in the United States's NAIA Division 1 college basketball, as he averaged 19.3 points per game in his last three contests, all victories for the Iowa based Ashford Saints, currently owners of a 17-8 overall record and a 9-5 conference record in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Valdez, born in Maturin, Monagas, scored 10 points with 2 rebounds and 3 assists in a triumph over AIB (76-54), and then smashed down Waldorf (71-55) with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, including 6 three-point shots scored out of 9 attempts.

In his last game, he tallied 16 points in a tight 72-70 triumph over Mount Mercy with 7 rebounds and 4 assists to go with those.

He's averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 23 contests.


Venezuelans Abroad - Jhornan Zamora scoreless in clash against CAI Zaragoza (Spain) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) couldn't take a best shot in his opportunity to play for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid against CAI Zaragoza, in Matchday 18 of Spain's 2011-2012 ACB season, as he was scoreless with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 16 minutes of play, while Zaragoza took down Valladolid, 73-58.

Zamora, a 23 year-old SG-SF and former player of Venezuela's U18 NT prior to becoming a pro player in Spain, missed 2 three-point shot attempts and a two-point chance during his time on court, had a turnover and a foul.

The Venezuelan player, who could be considered to play for Venezuela's Senior NT for the first time next June and July, is currently averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game in 6 games of the 18 that his team has played in the season.

It's his first full season as a player of the ACB, Spain's top pro division, after playing a couple of seasons in LEB Gold (second division) for Clinicas Rincon. In Venezuela, he's linked to Trotamundos de Carabobo but has played no minutes in the LPB so far.


Venezuelans Abroad - Alexander Nelcha still going at it in Germany - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- A former glory of Venezuela's Senior National Team continues to play at a great level in both ends of the court, though not in a five-star league of Europe anymore. Alexander Nelcha (205-C/F-68), now a 44 years old power forward and center, is playing his second straight season for VFL 19 Limburg in Germany's Regionalliga, equivalent to the fifth division of basketball in that country.

Nelcha is a former star of France's Pro A league who also played in Spain and Italy after a successful college career in the United States that led him to be an important player for Venezuela's Senior NT in different tournaments, including the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992, several South American Championships and FIBA Americas Tournaments and even a few editions of Venezuela's LPB with Trotamundos de Carabobo.

After 16 games in the 2011-2012 season, his team is at second place with an 11-5 record and Nelcha has been consistent in scoring. He netted 22 points in Matchday 1 against Bad Berzaben in a victory, 82-72. He added 16 in Matchday 2 in a blowout over Kirchheimbolanden, 86-66, and 20 in another triumph, this time over Bad Kreuznach, 91-79.

In the season's first defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt (84-68) he finished up with 14 points and he kept his pace with 21 more even though the team lost again, this time against BC Gelnhausen (95-91). He scored a season-low 9 points in Matchday 6 in a defeat against ATSV Saarbrucken, 80-65.

He picked up his team with 17 points in a victory over DJK Nieder-Holm the next week (82-78), and added 13 more in Matchday 8 in a sweet victory against BBC Horchheim, 102-75. He then went up to 19 points in a triumph against ACT Kassel (81-65). In Matchday 10, he dropped to 5 points and his team was defeated by Makabbi Frankfurt, 82-79.

The next week he played his worst game of the season with only 2 points as Limburg was taken down by MTV Kronberg, 88-65. He was absent in Matchday 12 and 13 and came back in Matchday 14 with 20 points in a tight visit to Bad Kreuznach, 102-101. He added 11 points in Matchday 15 to defeat Eintracht Frankfurt, 89-78.




Venezuelans Abroad - Michael Carrera (Montrose) had a great month in January - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Michael Carrera (198-F-93) had a great month of January as the star of the Montrose Mustangs, current national champions of the United States high school basketball level, as he's been able to consistently score and grab rebounds, leading his team to a 13-2 overall record that included an eight-game winning streak.

Carrera, the son of former player Luis Carrera, is playing for the same high school in which NBA stars such as Linas Kleiza, Kevin Durant and fellow Venezuelan Greivis Vasquez started their careers in the U.S.

According to Basket Vinotinto's Ivan Silveira, Carrera scored 18 points with 8 boards in an easy win over Freedom, 91-58, and went on to score 17 and add 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in another triumph over TC Williams, 72-49.

'We played tough but this is not about my performance. It's about what we can all do. At first we came out very relaxed but we made the adjustments in the second half and pulled out the win', he said at the time.

Even though Carrera provided a double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the next game, Montrose suffered its second defeat of the season against Coodlidge, 51-49. 'It was a very hard game because the physical demmand was important and, at the end, we failed in basic aspects of the game but now we've got to turn this page around'.

Carrera is considered alongside Anthony Perez (203-F-93) of Montverde High School, as the Venezuelan prospects with more chances to be NBA caliber players in the near future, as they play their final high school seasons prior to taking their game to the next level in the NCAA's Division 1.


Venezuelans Abroad - Greg Echenique and Creighton on a roll in the NCAA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) and his Creighton Blue Jays are on a roll with 11 straight wins in the United States's NCAA Division 1 2011-2012 regular season, which has led them to carry a 21-2 overall record and an 11-2 record against opponents of the Missouri Valley Conference. They're also ranked 13th in the Associated Press (AP) weekly poll.

Their last game was a blowout over Illinois State, 102-74, as hosts in Omaha, Nebraska. Echenique only needed to play 17 minutes to finish up with 10 points and 6 rebounds. He scored 3 of 7 two-point attempts and was perfect from the free-throw line (4-4). Doug McDermott led the blue team with 25 points, Grant Gibbs followed him with 12 and both Will Artino and Jahenns Manigat came up with 11.

Echenique, a 21 year-old member of Venezuela's Senior NT last year in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina, has raised his season averages to 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.




Venezuelans Abroad - Hector Aguilar and Southwest struggling in NAIA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Hector Aguilar (186-G-89) and the Southwest University Mustangs (8-12 overall, 5-11 in conference games) are struggling with a 6-game loosing streak in the Red River Athletic Conference of the 2011-2012 season of NAIA.

After a hot streak of Aguilar that led to wins over Northern New Mexico, Langston and Bacone in mid January, in which he averaged 17.6 points per game, he's been unable to score at least 10 points in each of the following 6 games, all losses against teams based in Texas.

Aguilar, born in Barquisimeto, Lara, is averaging 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 18 games of his first full season in the NAIA's Division 1 college basketball of the United States.


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Day 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian Budivelnyk (3-7) survived in overtime against Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-6) by four points 80-76 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. Zach Morley fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth place with 3-7 record, which they share with Enisey. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Budivelnyk will face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against the league's leader Unics Kazan having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games of round 19 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Khimky defeated Krasnie Krilya in Khimki 68-64. VEF Riga smashed BC Astana at home 84-62. Asseco Prokom lost to CSKA on the opponent's court 81-86. Lokomotiv outscored Minsk-2006 in a home game 87-64. Enisey was rolled over Lietuvos rytas on the road 62-101. Asseco Prokom defeated CEZ Nymburk on its own court 77-66. Azovmash was beaten by Spartak SP in St.Petersburg 57-48.
The best stats of 19th round was 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jonas Valanciunas of Lietuvos rytas.



Budivelnyk - N.Novgorod 80-76 OT

Ukrainian Budivelnyk (3-7) survived in overtime against Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-6) by four points 80-76 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. BC Nizhny Novgorod trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-12 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 5-9. BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian-Ukrainian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) chipped in 14 points. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Forward Semen Antonov (202-89) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Vadim Panin (203-84, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth place with 3-7 record, which they share with Enisey. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Budivelnyk will face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against the league's leader Unics Kazan having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 17+15reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 14+4reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 10+4reb+4ast, J.McClinton 10+4reb+1ast, P.Burenko 9+1reb, S.Sehovic 6+6reb
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 21+7reb+1ast, D.Golovin 13+1reb+5ast, V.Panin 12+10reb, I.Savelyev 9+3reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 9+4reb+1ast, N.Protic 4+2ast
gschID: 152115


Krasnie Krilya - Khimky 64-68

There was no surprise in Samara where 5th ranked Krasnie Krilya (5-5) was defeated by second ranked Khimky (10-2) 68-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) fired 20 points and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Khimky maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader CSKA. Loser Krasnie Krilya keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Khimky will face Budivelnyk (#8) in Kyiv in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against VEF Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 20+3reb+1ast, S.Monya 14+4reb+1ast, K.Loncar 11+7reb+2ast, C.Quinn 8+2reb+1ast, A.Zhukanenko 4+3reb, D.Khvostov 3+2reb+2ast
Krasnie Krilya: D.Labovic 15+10reb+1ast, F.Likholitov 14+5reb, A.Miles 12+8reb+6ast, B.Rush 10+3reb+3ast, A.Surovtsev 7+2reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152116


VEF Riga - BC Astana 84-62

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (6-6) smashed at home 7th ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (5-8) 84-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. BC Astana was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to BC Astana's 20 and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Astana 37-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Astana was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BC Astana keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. VEF Riga will face Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara in the next round.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: C.Millage 18+4reb+6ast, K.Berzins 18+8reb+6ast, S.Valters 10+7reb+3ast, S.Vene 8+1reb, A.Kavaliauskas 8+3reb, T.Cain 8+8reb
BC Astana: R.Marshall 16+6reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 15+2reb+4ast, A.Ponomaryov 8+7reb, G.Cakic 5+2reb, J.Johnson 4+2reb+1ast, E.Williams 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 152111


CSKA - Asseco Prokom 86-81

Very expected game when 7th ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (5-7) was defeated on the road by first ranked Russian CSKA Moscow (10-1) 86-81 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-81. Asseco Prokom was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Four CSKA Moscow and five Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. CSKA Moscow have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending Russian champion maintains first place with 10-1 record, which they share with Unics. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CSKA: D.Lavrinovic 13+7reb+2ast, J.Gordon 12+1reb+1ast, A.Vorontsevich 12+8reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 11+6reb, A.Shved 8+2reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 7+3reb+3ast
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 19+7reb+5ast, M.Kuebler 12+1reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 11+4reb+1ast, P.Szczotka 10+2reb+3ast, D.Motiejunas 10+4reb+2ast, L.Seweryn 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 152112


Lokomotiv - Minsk-2006 87-64

Rather predictable result in Kuban where sixth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (6-5) outscored bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-12) 87-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lokomotiv outrebounded Minsk-2006 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Lokomotiv's coach Bozidar Maljkovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-78) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lokomotiv moved-up to third place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round. Minsk-2006 will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: J.Massey 25+9reb+2ast, A.Traore 12+7reb+2ast, R.Blakney 11+4reb+5ast, S.Bykov 9+2reb+3ast, G.Shukhovtsov 8+10reb, K.Rivers 8+5reb+3ast
Minsk-2006: A.Lashkevich 20+5reb+2ast, J.Hawkins 17+8reb+1ast, J.Knox 7+10reb+2ast, J.Sinica 7+1reb+1ast, C.Eldridge 4+1reb+1ast, A.Kojenets 4+2reb
gschID: 152113


Lietuvos rytas - Enisey 101-62

Not a big story in a game in Vilnius where 8th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (3-7) was outplayed by fifth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (6-5) 101-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey Krasnoyarsk's 34. They outrebounded Enisey Krasnoyarsk 43-21 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lietuvos rytas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Power forward Andrei Trushkin (206-81) produced 7 points and 7 rebounds and American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) added 8 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv. Loser Enisey Krasnoyarsk keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play at home against Azovmash (#5) in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 21+9reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 15+5reb+3ast, T.Rice 14+2reb+3ast, S.Babrauskas 10+2reb+1ast, P.Samardziski 10+8reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 9+4reb+1ast
Enisey: V.Zaytsev 9+3ast, S.Toporov 9+2reb+2ast, L.Baxter 8+4reb+2ast, A.Trushkin 7+7reb+2ast, D.Sakota 7+1reb, E.Kikanovic 6+3reb
gschID: 152114


Asseco Prokom - CEZ Nymburk 77-66

There was a small surprise in Gdynia where seventh ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (5-7) won against 4th placed Czech CEZ Nymburk (6-6) 77-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Asseco Prokom. CEZ Nymburk was better in fourth quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CEZ Nymburk to just 6 points in first quarter. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Five Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas) produced 19 points and power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Polish champion maintains seventh place with 5-7 record. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk dropped to the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Motiejunas 21+9reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 12+3reb+7ast, L.Seweryn 12, P.Zamojski 11+2reb+4ast, A.Hrycaniuk 10+8reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 3+1reb
CEZ Nymburk: A.Abrams 19+3reb+3ast, L.Palyza 12+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 10+6reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 7+1reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 7+3reb+1ast, L.Wilson 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 152109


Spartak SP - Azovmash 57-48

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Ukrainian Azovmash's (6-6) road loss to second ranked Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (9-2) 48-57 on Friday. Azovmash trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 16-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 48-57 at the end of the game. Spartak St.Petersburg held Azovmash to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Slovenian power forward Miha Zupan (205-82) fired 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (205-86) chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader CSKA. Loser Azovmash keeps the third position with six games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will have a break next round. Azovmash will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: J.Strelnieks 14, M.Zupan 12+5reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 10+4reb+4ast, V.Likhodey 9+4reb, P.Sergeev 3+2reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 3+4reb+1ast
Azovmash: A.Drozdov 13+11reb+1ast, R.Minard 12+4reb+1ast, R.Varda 6+2reb, M.Ivshyn 4+3reb, D.Ewing 3+2reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 3+2reb
gschID: 152110






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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


All games postponed due to weather - by Zeljko Zule
All four of tonight's Adriatic League Round 15 games have been postponed due to winthry weather.
Sloboda already reschedule its home game with Partizan Galenika to February, 19. Vojvodina postponed its road trip to Montenegro (Buducnost) with no make-up date set. Celik's home game against Mladi Krajisnik and Radivoj Korac's clash with Vozdovac have also been canceled.
Celje and Hemofarm are already playing on Wednesday. Hemofarm won in overtime 76-72.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 8806 15-1 
 2. Neftochimic 14-2 
 3. Beroe 07 9-6 
 4. Montana 2003 8-7 
 5. Levski 7-10 
 6. Rilski Sportist 3-14 
 7. Slavia 0-16 


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
McMaster (#4) forced the game against Brock (#3) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 64-73 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Hamilton. But the guests from Catharines were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of McMaster. Nicole Rosenkranz fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Brock's coach Si Khounviseth used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Brock (12-6) moved-up to second place. McMaster at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The best stats of 22th round was 25 points and 8 rebounds by Jessica Clemencon of Windsor.



Guelph - Western 50-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Western and 7th ranked Guelph had identical 7-9 record. But Guelph was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from London 73-50 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Western. Guelph was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Guelph 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Forward Katelyn Leddy (183-89) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jenny Vaughan (175-90, college: Denver) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Four Western players scored in double figures. Forward Jasmine Douglas (183) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Samantha Russell (183) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Western (8-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ryerson. Guelph at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: K.Leddy 15+5reb+1ast, A.Hancock 13+2reb+1ast, L.Knox 12+4reb+1ast, J.Vaughan 10+3reb+6ast, R.Moss 9+8reb+1ast, C.Wolynski 5+5reb+1ast
Guelph: S.Russell 16+7reb, J.Douglas 12+12reb, A.Dzikowski 6+2reb+6ast, M.Freeman 5+3reb+1ast, K.Mactavish 4+2reb+1ast, D.Van Balkom 3+1reb
gschID: 156304


Manitoba - Calgary 69-87

No shocking result in a game in Winnipeg where third ranked Calgary (12-5) defeated 12th ranked Manitoba (3-14) 87-69 on Thursday. The game without a history. Calgary 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 Manitoba's 26 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while Manitoba only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Manitoba 43-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. Forward Jenna Kaye (168) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Jessica Franz (185) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Calgary players scored in double figures. Forward Allison Balasko (180) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and guard Robyn Eyer (170) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Calgary have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toronto Univ. and Carleton. Manitoba lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Calgary will have a break next round. Manitoba will play again at home against Calgary (#3) in Exshaw.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Franz 18+9reb+3ast, A.Cole 17+5reb+1ast, J.Kaye 16+8reb+8ast, M.Lang 11+3reb, T.Jarrett 7+6reb, S.Pereira 6+5reb
Manitoba: R.Eyer 19+1reb+1ast, A.Balasko 11+15reb+1ast, B.Koop 9+2reb+1ast, M.Ilelaboye 7+3reb, S.Gill 6+1ast, S.Carmona-Galdamez 6+5ast
gschID: 156305


St.Mary's - Acadia 78-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Huskies' (10-4) home loss to first ranked Acadia (11-1) 78-83 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Acadia forced 20 Huskies turnovers. Swingman Emma Duinker (182-89) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Abbey Duinker (188-91) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Acadia players scored in double figures. International guard Justine Colley (175-91) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and center Susanne Canvin (180-88) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Huskies' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Acadia have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Huskies at the other side keep the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Acadia: E.Duinker 24+9reb+1ast, A.Duinker 22+5reb+2ast, K.Moore 19+8reb+2ast, S.Chapman 12+3reb+7ast, J.Parent 4+2ast, L.Harris 2+3reb+5ast
St.Mary's: J.Colley 24+13reb, S.Canvin 21+8reb+3ast, L.Langille 11+4reb, L.Panchan 8+6reb+2ast, R.Nuttall 7+5reb+3ast, N.Fequiere 4+3reb
gschID: 156301


McMaster - Brock 64-73 OT

McMaster (#4) forced the game against Brock (#3) into an overtime, but lost by nine points 64-73 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Hamilton. But the guests from Catharines were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of McMaster. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 15-6. Brock had a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. McMaster was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nicole Rosenkranz (185) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tara Giallonardo (168) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Brock's coach Si Khounviseth used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Vanessa Bonomo (165) produced 15 points and 5 assists and forward Taylor Chiarot (180-89) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Brock (12-6) moved-up to second place. McMaster at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brock: N.Rosenkranz 21+13reb+1ast, E.McKay 14+2reb+1ast, A.Polischuk 11+5reb+1ast, T.Giallonardo 9+8reb+1ast, S.Dejong 6+10reb+2ast, S.Mallen 6+1reb
McMaster: V.Bonomo 15+3reb+5ast, T.Chiarot 12+10reb+1ast, H.Milligan 12+8reb+1ast, E.Burns 7+6reb+1ast, S.Truelove 6+1reb+1ast, J.Nimec 5+1reb
gschID: 156302


Windsor - Laurier 87-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Windsor's (16-2) home victory over their biggest opponent Laurier (11-6) 87-54 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Windsor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Laurier to just 6 points in first quarter. Windsor dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Laurier's 36. They outrebounded Laurier 49-26 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. French forward Jessica Clemencon (188-89) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Bojana Kovacevic (180-89) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Windsor players scored in double figures. Guard Felicia Mazerolle (160) produced 13 points and forward Shelby Kurt (185) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Windsor have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Loser Laurier dropped to the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Windsor: J.Clemencon 25+8reb+1ast, B.Kovacevic 19+5reb+3ast, J.LaRocque 12+3reb+2ast, I.Peklova 11+6reb+4ast, M.Langlois 8+5reb+2ast, K.Williams 4+8reb+7ast
Laurier: S.Kurt 13+3reb+1ast, F.Mazerolle 13+2reb+3ast, K.Yeldon 12+4reb, A.Hillis 6+1reb+2ast, A.Luciani 3+2reb+1ast, C.Bruce 3
gschID: 156303




CIS Round 23: Ryerson edges Toronto by one point - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the CIS took place in Toronto. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Toronto (12-6) to fifth ranked Ryerson (9-9) 66-65 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toronto. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian guard Dayana Gechkova (173) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Kelsey Wright (170) chipped in 16 points. Guard Sherri Pierce (168) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Ryerson maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. Toronto at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Brock. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Seventh-ranked Laurentian (3-15) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked York (7-11) in Toronto. York managed to secure only one-point victory 50-49. However their fans expected easier game. Forward Hayley Finn (180) saved the victory by scoring 9 points and 9 rebounds. Samantha Ernest contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emma Decloe (183) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Laurentian. Laurentian's coach Mike Clarke tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. York maintains sixth place with 7-11 record. Laurentian lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kingston: Queen's (#4) and RMC (#8). RMC was defeated at home 53-60 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a great evening for Brittany Moore who led her team to a victory scoring 29 points. Queen's' coach Dave Wilson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sandy Edmison responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Queen's maintains fourth place with 9-8 record, which they share with McMaster. Loser RMC still closes the standings with 17 games lost. They share the position with Brandon. Queen's will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RMC's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kingston to the arena Queen's.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked UBC (12-3) against sixth ranked UFV (11-5) on Friday night. Visiting UBC was defeated by UFV in a tough game in Abbotsford 57-65. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of UBC. It was an exceptional evening for Aieisha Luyken who led the winners and scored 17 points and 4 assists. UFV moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Saskatchewan. UBC at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. UFV's next round opponent will be again higher ranked UBC (#3) in Vancouver and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Concordia (6-4) against fourth ranked Laval (4-6) on Friday night. Host Concordia was defeated by Laval in a tough game in Montreal 52-56. The best player for the winners was Marie-Pascale Nadeau who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Laval's coach Linda Marquis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Laval maintains fourth place with 4-6 record. Concordia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with four games lost. Laval will face league's leader McGill in Montreal in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Concordia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montreal to the arena UQAM.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
TRU defeated TWU in Kamloops 66-61. UBC Okanagan was smashed by Victoria at home 46-74. Calgary destroyed Manitoba on the opponent's court 73-52. Winnipeg unfortunately lost to Saskatchewan in a home game 60-71. Alberta lost to undefeated Regina on the road 76-81. Bishop's was defeated by McGill on its own court 55-63. Lethbridge smashed Brandon in a road game 95-49. Lakehead destroyed Waterloo at home 70-50. St.Francis X. outscored New Brunsw. on the opponent's court 82-52.
The best stats of 23th round was 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists by Joanna Zalesiak of Regina.



TWU - TRU 61-66

There was a minor upset in Blaine where 7th ranked Trinity Western (9-7) was defeated by tenth ranked Thompson Rivers (6-9) 66-61 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Trinity Western won fourth quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thompson Rivers had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Jorri Duxbury (170) who scored 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Kaitlyn Widsten (170-89) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Thompson Rivers players scored in double figures. Center Tiffany Olsen (188-88) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Laurelle Weigl (193-88, college: Simon Fraser) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Trinity Western's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Thompson Rivers maintains tenth place with 6-9 record. Loser Trinity Western keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Thompson Rivers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TWU: T.Olsen 19+11reb+2ast, L.Weigl 11+6reb, J.Traber 10, S.Cleveland 9+1reb, H.Strom 5+4reb+2ast, E.Knauff 3+7reb+2ast
TRU: J.Duxbury 18+4reb+5ast, K.Widsten 15+8reb+2ast, D.Schuetze 13+8reb, J.Ju 13+2reb+2ast, T.Worsfeld 4, M.Dimond 2+5reb
gschID: 156317


UBC Okanagan - Victoria 46-74

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Victoria (7-8) smashed on the road 13th ranked UBC Okanagan (2-13) 74-46 on Friday. The game without a history. Victoria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UBC Okanagan to just 6 points in second quarter. Victoria forced 26 UBC Okanagan turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Debbie Yeboah (170) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Allison Mulock (178) chipped in 16 points. Guard Emily Kanester (168) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Krystal Schouten (185) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Victoria maintains ninth place with 7-8 record. UBC Okanagan lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Victoria will have a break next round. UBC Okanagan will play again at home against Victoria (#9).
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: E.Kanester 11+5reb+1ast, K.Schouten 8+5reb, A.White 6+3reb, R.Huber 6+1reb+1ast, W.Hamilton 6+3reb, L.Campbell 3+2reb+1ast
Victoria: D.Yeboah 18+10reb+3ast, A.Mulock 16+4reb, J.Renfrew 8+4reb+2ast, S.Semeniuk 8+10reb, C.Goodis 7+3reb+5ast, C.McMullen 6+2reb
gschID: 156318


UFV - UBC 65-57

Very important is a road loss of third ranked UBC (12-3) against sixth ranked UFV (11-5) on Friday night. Visiting UBC was defeated by UFV in a tough game in Abbotsford 57-65. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of UBC. UBC was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-9 charge of UFV, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Aieisha Luyken (173) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 4 assists. Forward Nicole Wierks (178) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Kris Young (183-92) came up with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Alex Vieweg (183) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for UBC in the defeat. Four UBC players scored in double figures. UFV moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Saskatchewan. UBC at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. UFV's next round opponent will be again higher ranked UBC (#3) in Vancouver and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
UBC: K.Young 12+9reb+5ast, A.Vieweg 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Huntley 12+2reb+2ast, L.Stansfield 11+4reb, K.Hughes 5+2reb+2ast, E.Vieweg 5+4reb
UFV: A.Luyken 17+4reb+4ast, N.Wierks 12+6reb+3ast, S.Wierks 8+8reb+1ast, T.Klassen 7+2reb+5ast, C.Bartel 7+2reb, A.McCarthy 5+1ast
gschID: 156319


Manitoba - Calgary 52-73

Very expected game in Winnipeg where 12th ranked Manitoba (3-15) was rolled over by third ranked Calgary (13-5) 73-52 on Friday. The game without a history. Calgary led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Manitoba to just 7 points in second quarter. Calgary made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Manitoba turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Alex Cole (185-90) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jenna Kaye (168) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Calgary players scored in double figures. Forward Mubo Ilelaboye (180-89) produced 17 points and forward Allison Balasko (180) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Calgary have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Manitoba lost twelfth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: M.Ilelaboye 17+4reb+1ast, A.Balasko 9+7reb+1ast, M.Pawlyshyn 8+5reb, R.Eyer 6+1ast, L.Mortier 5+6reb+5ast, C.Fischer 4+2reb+1ast
Calgary: A.Cole 22+7reb, J.Kaye 16+6reb+3ast, J.Franz 12+8reb+1ast, M.Lang 10+3reb+3ast, K.Hilton 7+7reb+1ast, T.Jarrett 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 156314


Winnipeg - Saskatchewan 60-71

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Saskatchewan (11-5) beat on the road 8th ranked Winnipeg (8-9) 71-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saskatchewan. Winnipeg was better in second period 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saskatchewan made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Dalyce Emmerson (191) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks. Forward Katie Miyazaki (175-89) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Saskatchewan's coach Lisa Thomaidis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Amy Ogidan (183) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds and guard Stephanie Kleysen (175) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Saskatchewan have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UFV. Winnipeg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Saskatchewan will have a break next round. Winnipeg will play again at home against Saskatchewan (#4) in Saskatoon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: A.Grant 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Kaplan 10+3reb+3ast, T.Coulter 9+8reb+1ast, A.Warburton 9+1reb+1ast, A.Ogidan 9+9reb+3ast, S.Kleysen 6+12reb+2ast
Saskatchewan: D.Emmerson 17+13reb+3ast, K.Howard 10+2reb+2ast, M.Hipperson 10+2reb+1ast, K.Lyons 9+2reb, K.Miyazaki 8+12reb+6ast, A.Lackie 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 156315


Regina - Alberta 81-76

Not a big story in a game when 4th placed Alberta (11-6) was defeated on the road by leader Regina (16-0) 81-76 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Regina made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Alberta turnovers. The best player for the winners was Polish guard Joanna Zalesiak (174-88, college: UTEP) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Danielle Schmidt (173-89) chipped in 15 points. Five Regina players scored in double figures. Forward Andria Carlyon (191) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Sally Hillier (168) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regina have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Alberta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. Regina will face again Alberta (#6) in Edmonton in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Alberta: A.Carlyon 24+6reb, N.Clarke 16+3reb+1ast, S.Hillier 13+6reb+4ast, S.Van Ginhoven 8+4reb+2ast, K.Arbuthnot 7+3ast, K.Lyons 5+5reb+1ast
Regina: J.Zalesiak 19+11reb+8ast, D.Schmidt 15+4reb+1ast, L.Ledingham 11+7reb, J.Coppola 10+5reb+1ast, C.Graham 10+4reb+2ast, B.Read 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 156316


Ryerson - Toronto Univ. 66-65

The most exciting game of round 23 in the CIS took place in Toronto. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Toronto (12-6) to fifth ranked Ryerson (9-9) 66-65 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toronto. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian guard Dayana Gechkova (173) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Kelsey Wright (170) chipped in 16 points. Guard Sherri Pierce (168) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Megan Stoncius (178) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ryerson maintains fifth place with 9-9 record. Toronto at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Brock. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: M.Stoncius 16+5reb+1ast, S.Pierce 14+9reb, J.Stratton 13+6reb+1ast, R.Sider 6+5reb, J.Vanhie 5, K.Chute 4+3reb
Ryerson: K.Wright 16+3reb+2ast, A.Macdonald 15+2reb+1ast, D.Gechkova 14+11reb, A.Tilk 9+8reb+1ast, A.Sokoloff 8+4reb, A.Tkaczyk 4+3reb
gschID: 156310


Bishop's - McGill 55-63

Everything went according to plan in Sherbrooke where first ranked McGill (8-3) won against 3rd placed Bishop's (5-5) 63-55 on Friday. Bishop's trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 55-63 at the end of the game. McGill dominated on the defensive end, holding Bishop's to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 19 Bishop's turnovers. The best player for the winners was Panamanian forward Anneth Him-Lazarenko (178) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Dianna Ros (170) chipped in 9 points. McGill's coach Ryan Thorne used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Argentinian-Israeli power forward Eloisa Katz (182-91) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jessica Roy (173) added 8 points respectively for the hosts. McGill have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-3 record. Loser Bishop's keep the third position with five games lost. McGill will face Laval (#4) in Quebec City in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: E.Katz 14+5reb+3ast, D.Janvier 8+3reb, J.Roy 8+4reb+3ast, V.Fortin-tremblay 7+6reb, C.Rondeau 5+2reb, G.Chamberland 4+3reb+2ast
McGill: A.Him-Lazarenko 18+12reb+1ast, D.Ros 9+3reb+2ast, M.Martin 9+2reb+2ast, G.Hebert 9+2reb+1ast, R.Assadi 8+1reb+2ast, N.Larocque 4+2reb
gschID: 156311


York - Laurentian 50-49

Seventh-ranked Laurentian (3-15) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked York (7-11) in Toronto. York managed to secure only one-point victory 50-49. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Laurentian took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then York had a 17-6 second period charge getting the lead and Laurentian was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 49-50. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Laurentian to just 6 points in second quarter. York forced 19 Laurentian turnovers. Forward Hayley Finn (180) saved the victory by scoring 9 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Samantha Ernest (182) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emma Decloe (183) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and guard Erin Simpson (170) added 11 points and 5 steals in the effort for Laurentian. Laurentian's coach Mike Clarke tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. York maintains sixth place with 7-11 record. Laurentian lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: E.Decloe 20+14reb, E.Simpson 11+4reb, A.Moreau 5+5reb, A.McDonald 5+5reb+4ast, K.Patrick 5+4reb+1ast, D.Bryce 2+3reb
York: S.Ernest 10+9reb, H.Finn 9+9reb+2ast, C.Osborne 8+4reb+1ast, B.Szockyj 8+4reb+4ast, A.Hill 6+4reb, E.Ferguson 5+1ast
gschID: 156312


Brandon - Lethbridge 49-95

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Brandon (0-17) was crushed at home by eleventh ranked Lethbridge (5-12) 95-49 on Friday. The game without a history. Lethbridge led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Brandon's 36. Lethbridge forced 39 Brandon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Brandon's players. The best player for the winners was guard Katlyn Olsen (168) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard Natalie Nichols (173) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Lethbridge's coach Donna Branch felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jaynell Gillett (185-90) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and forward Chantel Gaslard (188-91) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Lethbridge have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 5-12 record. Loser Brandon still closes the standings with 17 games lost. Lethbridge will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Brandon: J.Gillett 10+10reb+1ast, K.Cranston 8+4reb+1ast, A.Johnston 8+4reb, R.Rybinski 6+6reb, C.Gaslard 6+5reb+3ast, S.Haynes 5+3reb+2ast
Lethbridge: K.Olsen 22+6reb+5ast, A.Cameron 15+3reb+1ast, N.Nichols 15+8reb+3ast, L.Taal 9+6reb+9ast, M.Cross 9+2reb+2ast, K.Veldman 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 156313


Concordia - Laval 52-56

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Concordia (6-4) against fourth ranked Laval (4-6) on Friday night. Host Concordia was defeated by Laval in a tough game in Montreal 52-56. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Laval dominated on the defensive end, holding Concordia to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. They held Concordia to an opponent 20.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.8 percent accuracy of the winners. Strangely Concordia outrebounded Laval 50-36 including a 27-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Marie-Pascale Nadeau (188-89) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Elyse Jobin (180-90) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Laval's coach Linda Marquis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Kaylah Barrett (173) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Alex Boudreau (170) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Laval maintains fourth place with 4-6 record. Concordia lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with four games lost. Laval will face league's leader McGill in Montreal in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Concordia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montreal to the arena UQAM.
Top scorers:
Concordia: A.Boudreau 14+6reb, K.Barrett 12+7reb+3ast, A.Prophete 7+6reb, A.Gregoire-Boudreau 6+5reb+1ast, M.Beaulieu 5+9reb, T.Mpondani 3+7reb
Laval: M.Nadeau 15+8reb+1ast, E.Jobin 12+5reb+3ast, C.Andrews-Cote 9+6reb, M.Ferland 8+3reb+3ast, S.Ducruc 4+2reb, J.Jacques 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 156307


RMC - Queen's 53-60

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kingston: Queen's (#4) and RMC (#8). RMC was defeated at home 53-60 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-53. It was a great evening for guard Brittany Moore (168-89) who led her team to a victory scoring 29 points. Guard Liz Boag (160) helped adding 8 points and 7 assists. Queen's' coach Dave Wilson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Sandy Edmison (183) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Carley Lewis (178) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four RMC players scored in double figures. Queen's maintains fourth place with 9-8 record, which they share with McMaster. Loser RMC still closes the standings with 17 games lost. They share the position with Brandon. Queen's will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RMC's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kingston to the arena Queen's.
Top scorers:
RMC: S.Edmison 15+10reb+3ast, K.Egert 12+3reb, S.Bayne 10+9reb+1ast, C.Lewis 10+8reb+5ast, E.Johnston 4+3reb+2ast, A.Edmison 2+8reb+1ast
Queen's: B.Moore 29+3reb, L.Boag 8+4reb+7ast, M.Macdougall 7+4reb+3ast, S.Kernahan 4+10reb, J.Wright 3+4reb, P.Robinson 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 156308


Lakehead - Waterloo 70-50

No shocking result in a game in Thunder Bay where sixth ranked Lakehead (8-9) smashed 8th ranked Waterloo (1-16) 70-50 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lakehead. Waterloo was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lakehead forced 27 Waterloo turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Lindsay Druery (185-88) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Lacey McNulty (188-87, college: Toledo) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Colleen Quinlan (173) produced 13 points and forward Theresa Jacobse (183) added 3 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lakehead moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Western and Winnipeg. Waterloo lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Lakehead will face again Waterloo (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: C.Quinlan 13+2reb+2ast, M.Killeen 7+1ast, K.Kuntze 7+1reb+2ast, S.McIntyre 6+6reb, M.Behr 6+1reb+1ast, L.Bossers 4+1reb
Lakehead: L.Druery 17+5reb, L.McNulty 14+6reb, K.Bardsley 11+2reb+4ast, C.Fragale 7+4reb+4ast, A.Kalkan 7+5reb+4ast, K.Ulakovic 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 156309


New Brunsw. - St.Francis X. 52-82

Rather expected game in Fredericton where 7th ranked UNB (4-10) was rolled over by fifth ranked St.Francis Xavier (6-7) 82-52 on Friday. The game without a history. St.Francis Xavier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held UNB to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.8 percent accuracy of the winners. St.Francis Xavier had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by UNB's players. The best player for the winners was center Kirsten Jones (183-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Vanessa Pickard (180-92) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Guard Claire Colborne (183) produced 19 points and guard Megan Corby (162) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. St.Francis Xavier maintains fifth place with 6-7 record. UNB lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. St.Francis Xavier will have a break next round. UNB will play again at home against St.Francis Xavier (#5) in Antigonish and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: C.Colborne 19+3reb+1ast, J.Holstein 10+3reb+1ast, M.Corby 8+8reb+2ast, R.Cleary 6, S.Kaminsky 4+4reb, M.Foster 2+5reb+1ast
St.Francis X.: K.Jones 22+10reb, V.Pickard 16+3reb+7ast, K.Roper 9+6reb+3ast, J.Moore 8+3reb+2ast, D.Young 8+4reb+2ast, B.Brown 6+1ast
gschID: 156306




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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha wins the Cup in Strakonice - by Michal Koza
Two main favorites for the prize met in Saturdays final game of the Final Six tournament for Czech Cup as fans in Strakonice enjoyed a heavy weight fight between Frisco Sika Brno and ZVVZ USK Praha. The main event of the evening started well for the team from Praha as they shot the lights out in the first quarter converting 9/12 from the field and 4/5 from the line but committed also 8 turnovers and let Brno to stay in the game. An 8 point lead (23:15) after first ten minutes grew constantly in the next period as Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) and her teammates took control of the game and built a huge lead at the break: 49:31.
Frisco Sika Brno never came back into the game as ZVVZ USK Praha dominated the second half from the first minute and ended with a 33 point lead (77:44) after three. Already decided game was finished with the final score 92:63 as bench players earned some time one the floor for both teams.
Katerina Elhotova led the way for winners with 18 points. She was supported by Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) who netted 16 points each. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) and Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) were best players for Frisco Sika Brno with 14 points a piece; Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) added 13.

Earlier in the afternoon Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove secured third place in the tournament by defeating VS Praha 75:60 (17:10, 22:20, 19:20).

2012 Czech Cup Women Final Standings:

WINNER: ZVVZ USK Praha
Runner-up: Frisco Sika Brno
3rd: Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove
4th: VS Praha
5th: Kara Trutnov
6th: Valosun KP Brno


Frisco Sika and USK Praha to meet in the Final of the Czech Cup - by Michal Koza
VS Praha - Frisco Sika 76:82

Frisco Sika Brno became first finalist in the Czech Cup Final Six tournament after beating VS Praha. It was a close game from the very beginning. VS Praha ended up 3 points (21:18) after first ten minutes behind Tereza Vyoralova (176-PG-94) who scored 21 points in the contest. In the second, fight continued as Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) and Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) led the way for Frisco. After second period VS Praha lead was reduced to 2 points (39:37). Second half was a same story as both teams refused to let go. With 10 minutes to go the score was tied at 63. Frisco Sika Brno opened last period with more energy on the floor and built a 7 point lead with 5 minutes to play only to see as Petra Reisingerova (195-C-73) (14 points, 16 rebounds) and her teammates fought their way back to tie the score at 72 with 2 minutes on the game clock. Frisco Sika Brno responded with their 6-0 run to finally seal the victory on the free throw line.
Shooting from the stripe was decisive in this game. VS Praha went to the line 13 (all made) times but allowed Frisco Sika Brno to 32 trips to the free throw line (25 made).

VS Praha: Tereza Vyoralova 21, Petra Reisingerova 14, Alexandra Tarasava (170-PG-88) 13.
Frisco Sika Brno: Alena Hanusova 24, Jasmine Thomas 24, Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) 15.

USK Praha - Hradec Kralove 97:73

The second semifinal was a one team show as ZVVZ USK Praha routed Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove. It was outstanding from the start for ZVVZ USK Praha as they shot over 50% from the field in the first half scoring 55 points and allowing only 35. Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina), Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Michaela Zrustova (184-F-87) recorded double digits before halftime. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) did her best to score 23 points and grab 9 rebounds in the game for Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove but her effort was not enough as ZVVZ USK Praha controlled the game also in the second half. Deeper into the game both coaches went deeper into their benches as the final result was never in doubt. Team defense was the key to success as Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove commited 17 turnovers in the game.

ZVVZ USK Praha: Michaela Zrustova 20, Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) 19, Ilona Burgrova 13.
Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove: Michaela Hartigova 23, Klara Rosenbaumova (182-F-90) 12.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Henna Salomaa left Forssan Alku - by Michal Koza
Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) decided to move her professional career to Spain and joined Caja Rural Valbusenda. The Finnish guard started her 2011/2012 campaign with Forssan Alku and averaged 15 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 31 minutes of action. She is a deadly 3 point threat shooting over 40% from beyond the arc this season. Forssan Alku remains 4th in the league standings with 10-8 record. The club has already started searching of a possible replacement but so far no decisions were made.

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Lyon tab Marissa Coleman - by Eurobasket News
Lyon have bolstered their roster. They added Marissa Coleman (185-G/F-87, college: Maryland) to the squad. The forward started the season with Perfumerias Avenida. Marissa Coleman tallied 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds per game in LFB. In Euroleague the forward notched 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance. She also played in the WNBA during the summer. Marissa Coleman was the member of the Washingon Mystics roster. Her stats read 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. She also had stints in Hungary and Italy before.
Lyon are struggling to remain in LFB this season. They are currently at 5-12 record in the 13th position in the ladder.


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WJBL Round 27: Fujitsu RW edges Toyota A. by one point - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in WJBL.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the WJBL took place in Kawasaki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Toyota A. (22-5) to fourth ranked Fujitsu RW (17-10) 62-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toyota A.. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Yoko Nagi (175-82) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Ishikawa Mai (179-85) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Maya Kawahara (167-87) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fujitsu RW maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Toyota A. at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Fujitsu RW are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota A. in Nagoya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyota A. will have a break next round.
Leader JX Sunflowers delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Airlines R. (4-23) 70-49 in Tokyo. It was a good game for the former international power forward Yuka Mamiya (184-90) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Masaru Honda contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. JX Sunflowers' coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Reika Takahashi (177-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for Airlines R.Defending champion maintains first place with 23-4 record. Airlines R. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost. JX Sunflowers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Airlines R. will play again on the road against the league's leader JX Sunflowers (#1) in Kashiwa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Anjo was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Chanson V-M (10-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Aishin Wings (2-25). Chanson V-M defeated Aishin Wings 60-50 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Sanae Motokawa who led her team to a victory scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Shiyu Sato with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chanson V-M maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Aishin Wings lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Chanson V-M will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Wings will play again against Chanson V-M (#6) in Shizuoka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kariya. Local Denso Iris (19-8) outscored 5th ranked Mitsubishi K. (11-16) 78-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitsubishi K.. It was a quality performance for Maki Takada who led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Denso Iris have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-8 record having four points less than leader JX Sunflowers. Mitsubishi K. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Denso Iris' next round opponent will be again Mitsubishi K. (#5) in Nagoya.



Airlines R. - JX Sunflowers 49-70

Leader JX Sunflowers delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Airlines R. (4-23) 70-49 in Tokyo. The game was mostly controlled by JX Sunflowers. Airlines R. was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Airlines R. to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Airlines R. 55-37 including a 44-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Yuka Mamiya (184-90) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Masaru Honda (175-89) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. JX Sunflowers' coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Reika Takahashi (177-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Nozomi Hoshino (164-87) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Airlines R.Defending champion maintains first place with 23-4 record. Airlines R. lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost. JX Sunflowers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Airlines R. will play again on the road against the league's leader JX Sunflowers (#1) in Kashiwa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
JX Sunflowers: Y.Mamiya 19+9reb+2ast, M.Honda 16+9reb+2ast, H.Suwa 9+10reb+3ast, A.Yoshida 6+8reb+7ast, Y.Terada 6+6reb+1ast, R.Tanaka 5+5reb
Airlines R.: R.Takahashi 18+13reb+1ast, S.Kawakami 9+3reb+2ast, N.Hoshino 9+9reb, N.Kondo 4+4reb, S.Kanade 4+5reb+1ast, K.Kyoko 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142367


Denso Iris - Mitsubishi K. 78-49

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kariya. Local Denso Iris (19-8) outscored 5th ranked Mitsubishi K. (11-16) 78-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitsubishi K.. The game was mostly controlled by Denso Iris. Mitsubishi K. was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi K. to just 7 points in third quarter. Denso Iris dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi K.'s 26. They outrebounded Mitsubishi K. 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Denso Iris players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Mitsubishi K.'s players. It was a quality performance for international center Maki Takada (183-89) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Tamotsu Huziwara (175-87) accounted for 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Guard Yasuko Hashimoto (163-82) came up with 17 points and center Enjin Wantsu (189-87) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Mitsubishi K. 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. Denso Iris have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-8 record having four points less than leader JX Sunflowers. Mitsubishi K. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Denso Iris' next round opponent will be again Mitsubishi K. (#5) in Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Denso Iris: M.Takada 25+6reb+1ast, A.Obata 9+3reb+9ast, K.Oba 9+3ast, T.Huziwara 8+6reb+7ast, N.Hattori 8+5reb, Y.Itou 6+1reb
Mitsubishi K.: Y.Hashimoto 17+3reb+1ast, C.Sakuragi 10+1reb+2ast, M.Maruyama 6+3reb, E.Wantsu 6+8reb+1ast, M.Miyamoto 5+3reb+3ast, T.Matsushima 2+2reb
gschID: 142364


Fujitsu RW - Toyota A. 62-61

The most exciting game of round 27 in the WJBL took place in Kawasaki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Toyota A. (22-5) to fourth ranked Fujitsu RW (17-10) 62-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Toyota A.. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Yoko Nagi (175-82) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Ishikawa Mai (179-85) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Maya Kawahara (167-87) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Ryoko Yano (178-78) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fujitsu RW maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Toyota A. at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Fujitsu RW are again looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota A. in Nagoya in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyota A. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fujitsu RW: Y.Nagi 22+9reb+2ast, I.Mai 12+8reb+1ast, T.Yamamoto 11+4reb+1ast, E.Nakahata 6+2reb+1ast, A.Suzuki 5+1ast, E.Kimura 2+5reb
Toyota A.: M.Kawahara 19+6reb+2ast, R.Yano 14+8reb+3ast, M.Koike 7+3reb, E.Kudeken 6+6reb+2ast, S.Kanehara 5+2reb+2ast, R.Kawasaki 4+2reb
gschID: 142365


Aishin AW - Chanson V-M 50-60

The game in Anjo was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Chanson V-M (10-17) played at the court of 8th ranked Aishin Wings (2-25). Chanson V-M defeated Aishin Wings 60-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chanson V-M. Aishin Wings managed to win second period 11-4. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Sanae Motokawa (175-92) who led her team to a victory scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Saori Fujiyoshi (178-87) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Shiyu Sato (178-87) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Hitomi Takasaki (168-86) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chanson V-M maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Aishin Wings lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Chanson V-M will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Wings will play again against Chanson V-M (#6) in Shizuoka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chanson V-M: S.Fujiyoshi 14+9reb+2ast, Y.Watanabe 13+5reb+1ast, S.Motokawa 12+8reb+5ast, M.Rin 8+4reb, K.Miho 4+2ast, M.Tsukano 4+2reb+1ast
Aishin AW: S.Sato 14+11reb+1ast, H.Takasaki 9+6reb+1ast, Y.Maeda 8+3reb+1ast, A.Takii 8+5reb+1ast, K.Hamaguti 5+2reb, S.Ootaka 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 142366




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


LMKL Round 19: Derby game ends with Sirenos' defeat of LKKA-Aistes - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LMKL.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: Sirenos (#2) and LKKA-Aistes (#6). LKKA-Aistes was defeated at home 66-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sirenos made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Kristina Alminaite (204-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Egle Taraseviciute (182-90) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for LKKA-Aistes. Sirenos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains second place with 12-6 record having eight points less than leader VICI-Aistes. LKKA-Aistes at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Sirenos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena VICI-Aistes.
An interesting game for VICI-Aistes (19-0) which hosted in Kaunas 3rd placed Kibirkstis-Tiche (10-7). Leader VICI-Aistes managed to get a 4-point victory 68-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kibirkstis-Tiche. It was a great evening for the former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-80) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Courtnay Pilypaitis helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. VICI-Aistes' coach Mantas Sernius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international center Gintare Petronyte (196-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Undefeated VICI-Aistes have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-0 record. Kibirkstis-Tiche at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. VICI-Aistes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Sirenos.
The game between second ranked Sirenos (12-6) and 7th ranked Ruta Siauliai (5-15) in Kaunas on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Sirenos beat guests from Siauliai 84-70. It was a quality performance for Rasa Zemantauskaite who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Lidia Panasiuk came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Ruta Siauliai in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Sirenos. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains second place with 12-6 record having eight points less than leader VICI-Aistes. Loser Ruta Siauliai keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Sirenos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena VICI-Aistes.

In the last two games of round 19 Utena was beaten by Lemminkainen on the road 77-73. LKKA-Aistes won against Suduva on its own court 73-61.



VICI-Aistes - Kibirkstis-Tiche 68-64

An interesting game for VICI-Aistes (19-0) which hosted in Kaunas 3rd placed Kibirkstis-Tiche (10-7). Leader VICI-Aistes managed to get a 4-point victory 68-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kibirkstis-Tiche. Kibirkstis-Tiche was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 33-27 second half run of VICI-Aistes. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kibirkstis-Tiche turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-80) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. VICI-Aistes' coach Mantas Sernius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side the former international center Gintare Petronyte (196-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. VICI-Aistes have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-0 record. Kibirkstis-Tiche at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. VICI-Aistes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Sirenos.
Top scorers:
VICI-Aistes: V.Kuktiene 26+5reb+1ast, C.Pilypaitis 18+7reb+3ast, L.Pikciute 9+7reb+1ast, V.Sipaviciute 6+4reb, S.Okockyte 4+3reb+1ast, M.Kvederaviciute 3+1reb
Kibirkstis-Tiche: G.Petronyte 15+16reb+1ast, S.Daniels 13+9reb+5ast, K.Vengryte 12+6reb+1ast, S.Galdikaite 9+7reb, G.Sniokaite 9+1reb+1ast, E.Sniokaite 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168193


LKKA-Aistes - Sirenos 66-73

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: Sirenos (#2) and LKKA-Aistes (#6). LKKA-Aistes was defeated at home 66-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sirenos made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Kristina Alminaite (204-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Egle Taraseviciute (182-90) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) added 21 points in the effort for LKKA-Aistes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sirenos have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains second place with 12-6 record having eight points less than leader VICI-Aistes. LKKA-Aistes at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Sirenos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena VICI-Aistes.
Top scorers:
Sirenos: K.Alminaite 22+12reb+2ast, E.Taraseviciute 19+7reb, R.Zemantauskaite 15+4reb+5ast, I.Kersulyte 10+3reb+3ast, E.Liutkute 7+5reb+5ast, Mankute 0
LKKA-Aistes: L.Svaryte 21+4reb+2ast, J.Marmiene 14+7reb+5ast, K.Balciunaite 13+11reb+4ast, U.Avizienyte 11+4reb+2ast, D.Saurazaite 3+1reb+2ast, S.Jasiunskaite 2+1reb
gschID: 168194


Sirenos - Ruta Siauliai 84-70

The game between second ranked Sirenos (12-6) and 7th ranked Ruta Siauliai (5-15) in Kaunas on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Sirenos beat guests from Siauliai 84-70. The game was mostly controlled by Sirenos. Ruta Siauliai managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ruta Siauliai 39-28 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sirenos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (177-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Center Kristina Alminaite (204-90) accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Belarusian center Lidia Panasiuk (183-85) came up with 28 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) added 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Ruta Siauliai in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Sirenos. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains second place with 12-6 record having eight points less than leader VICI-Aistes. Loser Ruta Siauliai keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Sirenos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena VICI-Aistes.
Top scorers:
Sirenos: R.Zemantauskaite 25+10reb+3ast, K.Alminaite 22+10reb+3ast, E.Taraseviciute 11+9reb+2ast, I.Kersulyte 9+1reb+5ast, E.Liutkute 8+5reb+8ast, I.Stankeviciute 5+1reb
Ruta Siauliai: L.Panasiuk 28+7reb+1ast, S.Kuodiene 11+4reb+1ast, V.Ziuzkova 9+2reb+7ast, V.Kapylova 9+4reb+1ast, S.Baliutaviciute 8+11reb+4ast, B.Dominauskaite 4+1ast
gschID: 168191


Lemminkainen - Utena 77-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Lemminkainen's (11-7) home victory over 5th ranked Utena (8-11) in Klaipeda 77-73 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-16. But Utena won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lemminkainen won last quarter 18-15. It was an exceptional evening for Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Jurga Budryte (187-81) came up with 26 points (made all of her eight free throws) and the former international guard Egle Zygelyte (166-84) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Utena in the defeat. Five Lemminkainen and four Utena players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lemminkainen. They moved-up to third place. Utena lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Lemminkainen will meet at home Ruta Siauliai (#7) in the next round. Utena will play against Suduva in Marijampole and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: L.Aglinskaite 14+6reb+1ast, R.Milieskiene 14+6reb+1ast, M.Grigalauskyte 13+12reb, G.Gutkauskaite 13+5reb+3ast, J.Sharovka 12+4reb+3ast, I.Visgaudaite 5+2reb+4ast
Utena: J.Budryte 26+3reb+2ast, G.Kirstukaite 14+3reb, E.Briedyte 11+3reb+3ast, E.Zygelyte 10+7reb+5ast, A.Daujadiene 7+4reb+1ast, K.Palaimaite 3+9reb
gschID: 168192


LKKA-Aistes - Suduva 73-61

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Suduva (4-15) lost to sixth ranked LKKA-Aistes (6-14) in Kaunas 61-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Aistes. Suduva managed to win third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Suduva to just 7 points in first quarter. LKKA-Aistes forced 21 Suduva turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four LKKA-Aistes players scored in double figures. Russian forward Margarita Bulanova (178-90) came up with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the former international guard Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-76) added 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Suduva in the defeat. LKKA-Aistes maintains sixth place with 6-14 record. Suduva lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. LKKA-Aistes will meet at home higher ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Suduva will play against Utena (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Aistes: K.Balciunaite 16+10reb+3ast, L.Svaryte 16+8reb+3ast, J.Marmiene 13+7reb+2ast, S.Jasiunskaite 10+3reb+1ast, U.Avizienyte 5+2reb+4ast, E.Vitkute 5+1reb+1ast
Suduva: M.Bulanova 18+6reb+4ast, L.Kinkeviciene 17+6reb+4ast, M.Aleksaite 13+7reb, D.Zintikaite 8+2reb, P.Rinkeviciute 3, E.Baceviciute 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 168190




Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI-Aistes 19-0 
 2. Sirenos 12-6 
 3. Lemminkainen 11-7 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 10-7 
 5. Utena 8-11 
 6. LKKA-Aistes 6-14 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 5-15 
 8. Suduva 4-15 


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Rasa ZEMANTAUSKAITE
  Siren.
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Zemantauskai., Sir.18.1 
 2. Panasiuk, Ruta S.17.9 
 3. Melnikova, Suduva15.6 
 4. Baliutaviciu., Rut.15.3 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmi.15.2 
 6. Budryte, Utena14.9 
 7. Vengryte, Kibirk.14.8 
 8. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.14.4 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI-.14.2 
 10. Briedyte, Utena13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Ruta S.
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Baliutaviciu., Rut.9.2 
 2. Taraseviciut., Sir.9.2 
 3. Alminaite, Sirenos8.9 
 4. Grigalauskyt., Lem.8.6 
 5. Svaryte, LK.7.8 
 6. Budryte, Utena7.8 
 7. Balciunaite, LKKA-.7.6 
 8. Melnikova, Suduva7.6 
 9. Galdikaite, Kibirk.6.8 
 10. Panasiuk, Ruta S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.6.4 
 2. Zygelyte, Utena6.1 
 3. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.5.3 
 4. Pilypaitis, VICI-.4.6 
 5. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.6 
 6. Okockyte, VI.3.5 
 7. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.3.5 
 8. Likhtarovich, VICI.3.2 
 9. Sauliute, VI.2.9 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ru.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jevgenija SHAROVKA
  Lemminka.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.6 
 2. Daniels, Kibirk.3.6 
 3. Milieskiene, Lemmi.3.2 
 4. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.3.2 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI-.3.1 
 6. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.2.6 
 7. Balciunaite, LKKA-.2.5 
 8. Sauliute, VI.2.4 
 9. Marmiene, LK.2.3 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ru.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  Sirenos
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Alminaite, Sirenos3.9 
 2. Vengryte, Kibirk.1.1 
 3. Maltseva, Suduva1.1 
 4. Sipaviciute, VICI-.1.1 
 5. Melnikova, Suduva0.9 
 6. Grigalauskyt., Lem.0.8 
 7. Galdikaite, Kibirk.0.6 
 8. Kirstukaite, Utena0.6 
 9. Palaimaite, Utena0.6 
 10. Svaryte, LK.0.6 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Iowa's Printy out with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Iowa junior guard Jaime Printy (5'11''-G-90), the team's leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder said Friday that Printy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in an 85-79 win over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Printy, who tore the same ligament as a sophomore in high school, is set to have surgery within the next two weeks and is expected to return for the 2012-13 season.

'We are extremely disappointed to lose Jaime for the rest of the season,' Bluder said. 'It's very unfortunate that she has to go through another ACL injury. Jaime is one of the elite players in our conference, and it's tough to see this type of injury happen to such a great individual.'

Printy's injury is a major blow for a team whose hopes for a fifth straight NCAA tournament trip were slim to begin with.

Printy, a native of nearby Marion, Iowa, was an honorable mention All-America pick by The Associated Press in 2010-11. She was averaging 16.9 points a game this season and also leads the Hawkeyes in assists. Printy ranks 10th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,409 points, third with 197 3-pointers and sixth with 304 assists.

Iowa (13-10, 5-5 Big Ten) plays at Indiana on Sunday in search of its third straight win.

'It feels like our team is really hitting its stride right now and it's going to be really hard to watch the rest of the season from the bench,' Printy said. 'But, I'm ready to help the team in any way I can from the sidelines and am looking forward to watching my teammates continue to play well.'

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 23 North Carolina women beat Virginia 64-56 - by Eurobasket News
Chay Shegog (6'5''-C-90) had 20 points and Candace Wood (5'11''-G) added 14 points, leading No. 23 North Carolina to a 64-56 win over Virginia on Friday night.

Wood scored the game's final seven points as North Carolina (17-5, 7-2 ACC) swept the season series. The Tar Heels won the first meeting 78-73 in double overtime Jan. 5 in Charlottesville, Va.

Ariana Moorer (5'7''-G-90) led Virginia (16-8, 4-6) with 21 points, Lexie Gerson (5'11''-G) chipped in 14 and Ataira Franklin scored 11.

North Carolina led 35-24 at halftime behind 50 percent shooting and eight points from Shegog. Moorer had 13 at the break for the Cavaliers, who shot 27.3 percent for the period.

Virginia led 12-11 with 14:37 left in the first half before the Tar Heels went on a 10-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers.

The Cavaliers chipped away in the second, tying it at 54 before Tierra Ruffin-Pratt's three-point play with 1:32 left put UNC ahead for good.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  NORWAY - Women  


Kristina Kroge is a newcomer at Ammerud Queens - by Eurobasket Center
Ammerud Queens strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old forward Kristina Kroge (F-87). In In her first game she didnt score any points. Kroge played most recently at Nordstrand (). While playing 15 games for Nordstrand last season she averaged 10.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg and 1.3bpg (2nd best in the league).

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Triglav 14-0 
 2. Athlete Celje 12-1 
 3. Grosuplje 11-3 
 4. AJM Maribor 9-5 
 5. Ilrija 7-7 
 6. Jezica 7-7 
 7. Pomurje 5-9 
 8. Rogaska 3-11 
 9. Domzale 1-13 
 10. Odeja KED 0-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Hit K.Gora 0-0 


Round 14 - by Zeljko Zule
Ilirija-Triglav 55-67: League-leading Triglav opened the game with a 14-2 run. Ilirija cut the deficit to three points early in the third quarter, but the visiting team answered with 9 straight points to go ahead 48-36 and their lead never dipped below 7 points for the remainder of the contest. ZIva Zdolsek, Natasa Radulovic and Maa Pirsic all scored 12 points. Ilirija was led by Sandra Bajrektarevic with game-high 14 points and Ursa Cuk added 12.
Domzale-Grosuplje 59-88: The visiting team made a 22-4 run in the first quarter to take a lead 25-10 for an comfortbale win. Sandra Jevtovic had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tina Jakovina collected 16 points and 13 rebounds, Klara Zupancic scored 20 points, Alina Gjerkes added 15 and Eva Lisec scored 10 points. Grousplje had 37 free throws to Domzale's only 10. Romana Vukovic scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the home team, Kristina Pavli had 11 points and Lea Stupica netted 10 points.
AJM-Pomurje 102-54: Guided by two players with a double-double, AJM crushed Pomurje. Dzenita Novi (180-G-93) had 29 points and 17 rebounds and Kristina Baltic scored 26 points on shooting 12-of-14 from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds. Tjasa Unverdorben and Tajda Srot both added 13 points and Ines Kerin posted 11 points. Pomurje was outrebonded 17-34 and had only 12 personal fouls. Tina Kercmar finished with 16 points and Simona Kuzma posted 15.



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Round 29: Cool Cats defeat Bichumi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 29 in the WKBL took place in Bucheon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Bichumi (15-14) to fifth ranked Cool Cats (11-19) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cool Cats made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. International swingman Kimberly Roberson (178-86, college: Indiana) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Cool Cats maintains fifth place with 11-19 record. Bichumi at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Cool Cats are looking forward to face league's second-placed Winnus in Guri in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bichumi will play on the road against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
WKBL top team - S-Birds (23-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Cool Cats (11-19) in Anshan 86-72. International forward Youn-Hoa Lee (178-83) nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Youn-Ah Choi accounted for 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Cool Cats in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-6 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. S-Birds will play against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cool Cats will play on the road against the league's second-placed Winnus in Guri and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Chuncheon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Winnus (20-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Woori Hansae (5-24). Winnus managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Jung Ja Sin who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Hye-Jin Park produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Woori Hansae's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Winnus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader S-Birds. Loser Woori Hansae stay dead last with 24 lost games. Winnus will meet at home Cool Cats (#5) in the next round. Woori Hansae will play against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



S-Birds - Cool Cats 86-72

WKBL top team - S-Birds (23-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Cool Cats (11-19) in Anshan 86-72. The game without a history. S-Birds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International forward Youn-Hoa Lee (178-83) nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) accounted for 10 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Four S-Birds players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Ji-Suk Gang (198-79) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Cool Cats in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-6 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with 19 games lost. S-Birds will play against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cool Cats will play on the road against the league's second-placed Winnus in Guri and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cool Cats: J.Kim 16+8reb+3ast, J.Gang 15+7reb, Y.Heo 14+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 6+1ast, J.Kim 6+4reb+1ast, M.Yeo 4
S-Birds: Y.Lee 25+5reb+2ast, D.Kim 20+4reb+3ast, Y.Kim 11+1reb, Y.Choi 10+12reb+6ast, Y.Kang 9+12reb+3ast, E.Ha 6+1reb
gschID: 146882


Cool Cats - Bichumi 73-70

The most exciting game of round 29 in the WKBL took place in Bucheon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Bichumi (15-14) to fifth ranked Cool Cats (11-19) 73-70 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cool Cats made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. International swingman Kimberly Roberson (178-86, college: Indiana) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Kwe-Ryong Kim (192-79) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Bichumi players scored in double figures. Cool Cats maintains fifth place with 11-19 record. Bichumi at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Cool Cats are looking forward to face league's second-placed Winnus in Guri in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bichumi will play on the road against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bichumi: K.Roberson 17+9reb+4ast, K.Kim 15+5reb+2ast, B.Hong 10+4reb+3ast, S.Lee 10+3reb, T.Park 7+3reb+3ast, Y.Lee 6+3reb
Cool Cats: J.Kim 19+9reb+1ast, J.Kim 18+4reb+6ast, Y.Heo 17+10reb+4ast, H.Park 5+1reb+1ast, J.Yang 5+2reb, J.Gang 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 146880


Woori Hansae - Winnus 61-68

The game in Chuncheon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Winnus (20-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Woori Hansae (5-24). Winnus managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Thursday. Woori Hansae trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 15-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-68 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Woori Hansae 37-24 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Bomi Kim (178-86) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Hye-Jin Park (178-90) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ah-Ra Go (178-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Woori Hansae's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Winnus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-10 record having just two points less than leader S-Birds. Loser Woori Hansae stay dead last with 24 lost games. Winnus will meet at home Cool Cats (#5) in the next round. Woori Hansae will play against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: A.Go 17+5reb+1ast, H.Park 14+6reb+3ast, J.Yang 11+5reb+6ast, H.Bae 7+6reb+3ast, Y.Lim 4+1reb+3ast, E.Lee 3+1reb
Winnus: J.Ja Sin 22+13reb+7ast, B.Kim 17+6reb, J.Kim 8+2reb+3ast, E.Joo Cho 8+1reb+1ast, J.Won 6+3reb, J.Kwak 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 146881




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LFB Round 17: Mann Filter loses to Ros Casares in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Leader host Ros Casares (17-0) smashed 3rd placed Mann Filter (12-5) 70-46. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Mann Filter. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ros Casares dominated on the defensive end, holding Mann Filter to just 3 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mann Filter's 32. Belgian center Ann Wauters (194-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Maya Moore (182-89, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Guard Queralt Casas (180-92) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Undefeated Ros Casares have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Mann Filter at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Rivas Ecopolis. Ros Casares are looking forward to face Gran Canaria (#7) in Las Palmas in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Mann Filter will play at home against Cadi la Seu (#8) in Seu D'urgell and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Rivas was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Argon Uni Girona (12-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Rivas Ecopolis (12-5). Rivas Ecopolis managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Argon Uni Girona. Forward Asjha Jones (188-80, college: Connecticut) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Essence Carson accounted for 13 points. Rivas Ecopolis' coach Miguel Mendez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentinian center Gisela Vega (187-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 17 points for Argon Uni Girona in the defeat. Rivas Ecopolis moved-up to third place, which they share with Mann Filter. Argon Uni Girona at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Rivas Ecopolis will play against league's second-placed Perfumerias Avenida in Salamanca in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argon Uni Girona will play on the road against Cajarural in Zamora and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Gran Canaria won against Real C.Vigo on the opponent's court 77-61. Navarra unfortunately lost to Burgos in a home game 61-71. Hondar.-Irun recorded a loss to Perfumerias on the road 61-71. Mariana defeated Cajarural on its own court 72-55. Bottom-ranked Ibiza was beaten by Cadi la Seu in Seu D'urgell 70-54.



Real C.Vigo - Gran Canaria 61-77

Very expected game when 12th ranked Real Celta Vigo (4-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Gran Canaria (9-8) 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Real Celta Vigo was better in third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American D'andra Moss (178-88, college: VCU) nailed 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Senegalese center Astou Ndour (196-94) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Brazilian center Damiris Dantas (192-92) came up with 18 points and point guard Marina Delgado (171-92) added 15 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for Real Celta Vigo in the defeat. Gran Canaria maintains seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Cadi la Seu. Real Celta Vigo lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Hondar.-Irun. Gran Canaria will play against league's leader Ros Casares in Valencia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Real Celta Vigo will play on the road against Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: D.Moss 27+7reb+1ast, A.Ndour 14+6reb, P.Arguello 13+2reb+1ast, L.Lee 8+2reb+2ast, V.Ble 8+3reb+1ast, L.Romero 5+4reb+3ast
Real C.Vigo: D.Dantas 18+3reb+2ast, M.Delgado 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gomez 8+4reb+3ast, A.Traore 7+3reb, S.Gomez 5+4reb+4ast, D.Adams 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 153874


Navarra - Burgos 61-71

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (5-12) defeated on the road 12th ranked Navarra Pamplona (4-14) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Arranz-Jopisa Burgos. Navarra Pamplona was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game, while Navarra Pamplona only scored nine points from the stripe. Navarra Pamplona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Rachel Allison (185-87, college: Baylor) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Lorena Infantes (171-81) accounted for 20 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Jovana Rad (187-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Maria Asurmendi (169-86) added 15 points respectively for Navarra Pamplona in the defeat. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cajarural. Navarra Pamplona lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos will play against Real Celta Vigo (#12) at home in the next round. Navarra Pamplona will play against Hondarribia-Irun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Burgos: R.Allison 21+8reb+1ast, L.Infantes 20+3reb+5ast, Z.Morrison 11+9reb, E.Guneva 9+3reb, C.Menendez 4+1reb, T.Broring 4+3reb+1ast
Navarra: J.Rad 19+6reb+1ast, M.Asurmendi 15+1reb+1ast, M.Dennett 10+5reb, A.Dapo 5+5reb, N.Diez 5+2reb, M.Begona Garcia 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 153875


Perfumerias - Hondar.-Irun 71-61

Not a big story in a game in Salamanca where 11th ranked Hondarribia-Irun (4-13) was defeated by second ranked Perfumerias Avenida (15-2) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Perfumerias Avenida. Hondarribia-Irun was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perfumerias Avenida forced 21 Hondarribia-Irun turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Isabel Sanchez (180-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 15 points for the winning side and American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Perfumerias Avenida's coach Lucas Mondelo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Brazilian center Franciele Nascimento (191-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Laura Garcia (175-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 points respectively for Hondarribia-Irun in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Perfumerias Avenida. They maintain second place with 15-2 record having just -10 point less than leader Ros Casares. Hondarribia-Irun at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Real C.Vigo. Perfumerias Avenida will play against Rivas Ecopolis (#4) at home in the next round. Hondarribia-Irun will play against Navarra Pamplona (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perfumerias: I.Sanchez 15+3reb+3ast, D.Bonner 13+7reb, E.De Souza 10+8reb, M.Xargay Casademont 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fernandez 8+4reb+3ast, L.Pascua 6+2reb+3ast
Hondar.-Irun: F.Nascimento 13+5reb, L.Garcia 12+3reb, J.Mincikova 8+1reb, S.Ygueravide 8+1ast, T.Quintero 6+4reb+2ast, T.Gomez 6+6reb
gschID: 153876


Mariana - Cajarural 72-55

Everything went according to plan in Soller where sixth ranked Joventud Mariana (10-7) beat 9th ranked Cajarural (5-12) 72-55. Cajarural was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Joventud Mariana forced 26 Cajarural turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Senegalese power forward Astou Traore (182-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and guard Gabriela Ocete (170-88) accounted for 14 points and 12 assists. American forward Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Mariona Ortiz (183-92) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Cajarural in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Joventud Mariana maintains sixth place with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Cajarural keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Burgos. Joventud Mariana will play against bottom-ranked Ibiza (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajarural will play against Argon Uni Girona (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mariana: P.Ferrari 19+4reb+6ast, A.Traore 17+16reb, G.Ocete 14+4reb+12ast, A.Hajdune Csaszar 11+13reb+1ast, A.Suarez 9+4reb+2ast, S.Miteva 2+3reb
Cajarural: B.Mosby 15+11reb+1ast, M.Ortiz 11+3reb+4ast, D.Mieloszynska 11+5reb+1ast, L.Gimeno 10+7reb, T.Tuukkanen 6+6reb+1ast, A.Parham 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 153871


Cadi la Seu - Ibiza 70-54

There was no surprise in Seu D'urgell where 14th ranked Ibiza (2-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Cadi la Seu (9-8) 70-54. It looked good early as Ibiza took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cadi la Seu had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Ibiza was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-70. Cadi la Seu dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Ibiza's 22. American center Mandisa Stevenson (191-82, college: Auburn) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and her fellow American import guard Adrianne Ross (173-84, college: TCU, agency: Merit Sports) accounted for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Aina Denti (195-85) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Rosa Perez (169-81) added 14 points respectively for Ibiza in the defeat. Cadi la Seu moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Gran Canaria. Ibiza at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Cadi la Seu will play against higher ranked Mann Filter (#3) in Zaragoza in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ibiza will play at home against Joventud Mariana (#6) in Soller and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cadi la Seu: M.Stevenson 21+10reb+2ast, A.Ross 16+6reb+7ast, C.Garcia 15+3reb+4ast, K.Karklina 9+5reb+3ast, C.Nwagbo 5+4reb+1ast, M.De Ciman 2+2reb
Ibiza: R.Perez 14+3reb+3ast, S.Morales 13+3reb+1ast, A.Denti 13+6reb+1ast, C.Szczechowiak 5+7reb+1ast, M.De Kleijn 4+2reb, S.Barnert 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 153872


Ros Casares - Mann Filter 70-46

The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Leader host Ros Casares (17-0) smashed 3rd placed Mann Filter (12-5) 70-46. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Mann Filter. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ros Casares dominated on the defensive end, holding Mann Filter to just 3 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mann Filter's 32. Belgian center Ann Wauters (194-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Maya Moore (182-89, college: Connecticut) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Guard Queralt Casas (180-92) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Arhonda Covington (185-85, college: Louisville) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ros Casares have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Mann Filter at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Rivas Ecopolis. Ros Casares are looking forward to face Gran Canaria (#7) in Las Palmas in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Mann Filter will play at home against Cadi la Seu (#8) in Seu D'urgell and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ros Casares: A.Wauters 16+7reb, M.Moore 12+3reb+4ast, E.Murphy 10+4reb, S.Dominguez 9+2reb+2ast, I.Yacoubou-Dehoui 8+3reb+2ast, S.Lyttle 7+8reb+3ast
Mann Filter: Q.Casas 15+6reb+3ast, A.Covington 11+11reb, E.Royo 6+2reb, J.Zlatanova 6+4reb, M.Revuelto 3+1ast, K.Sotiriou 2+1reb
gschID: 153873


Rivas Ecopolis - Girona 78-69

The game in Rivas was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Argon Uni Girona (12-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Rivas Ecopolis (12-5). Rivas Ecopolis managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Argon Uni Girona. The hosts were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-11 Argon Uni Girona's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-69 at the end of the game. Rivas Ecopolis forced 26 Argon Uni Girona turnovers. Forward Asjha Jones (188-80, college: Connecticut) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Essence Carson (183-86, college: Rutgers) accounted for 13 points. Four Rivas Ecopolis players scored in double figures. Rivas Ecopolis' coach Miguel Mendez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentinian center Gisela Vega (187-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 17 points and Canadian-British guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Argon Uni Girona in the defeat. Rivas Ecopolis moved-up to third place, which they share with Mann Filter. Argon Uni Girona at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Rivas Ecopolis will play against league's second-placed Perfumerias Avenida in Salamanca in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argon Uni Girona will play on the road against Cajarural in Zamora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rivas Ecopolis: A.Jones 25+8reb+2ast, L.Nicholls 15+3reb, E.Carson 13+4reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 10+3reb+1ast, A.Cruz 6+3reb+4ast, V.Gimeno Martinez 4+2reb
Girona: G.Vega 17+4reb, A.Robinson 12+4reb, S.Thorburn 9+5reb+6ast, A.Carbo 8+8reb+1ast, O.Sarr 8+5reb+1ast, N.Jordana 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 153870




Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 17-0 
 2. Perfumerias 15-2 
 3. Mann Filter 12-5 
 4. Rivas Ecopolis 12-5 
 5. Girona 12-6 
 6. Mariana 10-7 
 7. Gran Canaria 9-8 
 8. Cadi la Seu 9-8 
 9. Burgos 5-12 
 10. Cajarural 5-12 
 11. Hondar.-Irun 4-13 
 12. Real C.Vigo 4-13 
 13. Navarra 4-14 
 14. Ibiza 2-15 


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Tarsus Belediyesi sign Renee Montgomery - by Eurobasket Center
Tarsus Belediyesi signed 26-year old American guard Renee Montgomery (170-G-65kg-86, college: Connecticut). In her first game she scored 15 points and added 3 assists. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Galatasaray 76-90. Montgomery played most recently at UNI SEAT Gyor (Hungary). While playing 2 games for UNI SEAT this season she averaged 18.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.5apg and 3.5spg. Montgomery played also pro basketball in Hungary and Israel. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2009. It will be her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Smith, Hartman named WUBA players of the month - by David Walls
David Walls Reports:
Feb. 4, 2012

Phebe Smith (6'0''-F, college: Columbus St.) led Southern Lady Generals to a 5-1 record for games played in December and January, matching the best start to a season in franchise history, behind averages of 19.4 points, 18.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. A two-time Western Conference player of the week so far this season, Smith ranks 5th in the WUBA in scoring (19.4), 1st in rebounding (18.3), third in blocks (2.1). Appearing in 6 of Generals 6 games, Smith led the team in rebounds all 6 times. She has already posted three 20/20 games with her best coming against the Lady Disciples with 20 points and 23 rebounds.

Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, college: Georgia St.) averaged a league-high 24.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists for games played in December and January, helping the GIE Lady Disciples to a 5-1 record. On Jan.28 in Atlanta, Hartman scored an WUBA season-high 40 points, kicking off six straight 20-plus-point games over a two month span. Hartman is the leader in 3 major categories in the league (points, assists, steals) and looks to continue her great play going into all-star weekend.




WUBA All-Star Game 2012: Starters named - (Reserves will be named 2-7-2012) - by David Walls

The WUBA announces it's 2012 All-Star starters presented by Menfes. The Reserve All-Stars and 3 point Contest players will be announces Tuesday February 7th. The All-Stars are voted by WUBA coaches and owners based off team and stand out performance.

For the South Phebe Smith (6'0''-F, college: Columbus St.) will make his first appearance at Center. Christina Dewitt (6'3''-F-88, college: N.Carolina) and Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, college: Clayton St.) will round out the forwards for the South. Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, college: Georgia St.) and Armelie Lumanu (5'9''-G/F-88, college: Mississippi St.) will make there first appearance in the back court for the South. Much like the Heat the Generals has 3 starters from there respected team in the starting lineup for the South All-Stars.

For the North Tina Huff (6'5''-C) will also make his 1st appearance in the game. Catherine Cain (5'11''-F, college: USC Aiken) and Shante Cummings (5'9''-G-88) were selected at the forwards for the North. Whitney Lindsay (5'7''-G-89) and Jamika Banks (6'0''-F, college: Tennessee St.) will run the show for the North at the two guard positions to finish off the All-Star lineup. Here is a closer look at the All-Star starters:

South All-Star Starters:
PG- Patechia Hartman (GIE Lady Disciples)
SG- Armelie Lumanu (Southern Lady Generals)
SF- Shantel Ragin (GIE Lady Disciples)
PF- Chritiana Dewitt (Southern Lady Generals)
C- Phebe Smith (Southern Lady Generals)

North All-Star Starters:
PG- Whitney Lindsay (Cinncinnati Slam)
SG- Jamika Banks (Queen City Lady Gamblers.)
SF- Shante Cummingss (Seven Hills Lady Fury.)
PF- Catherine Cain (Queen City Lady Gamblers.)

C- Tina Huff (Cinncinnati Slam)



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Larisa Yaburova is a newcomer at Dynamo-NPU Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Larisa Yaburova (190-F/C-89) is a newcomer at Dynamo-NPU Kyiv until the rest of the season. The Ukrainian player is back from Romania.
Dynamo-NPU Kyiv strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old power forward Larisa Yaburova. In 2005-2006 she played for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (HigherLeague) and left only this year. The season 2011-2012 she started for CSM Satu Mare (Romania-D1, starting five) and in Jan 12 moved to Dynamo-NPU Kyiv.
Larisa Yaburova is a Ukrainian Higher League Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 07. She became Ukrainian Higher League Finalist -06, 08 and Ukrainian Higher League Champion -07. In 2008 she was Ukrainian Cup Finalist and Ukrainian Higher League Regular Season Champion. Moreover she was also Ukrainian UBL Regular Season Champion -09 and Ukrainian UBL Finalist -09, Ukrainian UPBL Champion -10 and Ukrainian UPBL Regular Season Champion -10. In 2011 she became Ukrainian UPBL Finalist .