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  ABA   


ABA to return to Houston, Tx next season. - by Gianni Pascucci
(note from the writer G.Pascucci: this down is the official anouncement made by the ABA on Feb.3 about the Houston Xperience team, the same we had yet introduced some days ago, given that it is yet playing a limited schedule in the last part of the current season)
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return to Houston TX next season with the Houston Xperience led by what the people of Houston call the FAB 5, a group of young businessmen with strong basketball and business experience in the city. 'We have several teams in the Dallas area,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman , 'and it's time we duplicated that in Houston, a great sports city - and with the FAB 5 we've started the process with a terrific group of experienced people. A great addition to our Southwest Division.'
FAB 1 is Kevin Williams , a life long resident of Houston who has always loved basketball. He played at Forest Brook High and at Huston Tillotson College in Austin TX. He has a vast knowledge of the game and in community service. Kevin will serve as President/CEO
FAB 2 is Hellion Knight (6'1''-G-86, college: Colby County CC) who played at White Castle High school, at Colby College in Colby AR and professionally in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. He will service as General Manager. He know operates a player development business and is also a coach at Lamar University in Port Arthur TX.
FAB 3 is Geoff Harner (6'1''-PG-83, agency: Athlete Management Group) who played basketball at Concordia University and is a youth director at the YMCA. Originally from Austin TX, Geoff will handle day-to-day operations and will be Player Development Coordinator among his other duties.
FAB 4 is Darrell Bogany (6'5''-G/F) who played at MB Smiley High School in Houston and in college at Wiley College. Very well respected in the Houston community, he will also play for the Xperience and will be responsible for community relations working with youth groups, schools, not-for-profits. He currently manages several Set em Free Baial Bonds in Houston.
FAB 5 is Jerrell Branch. Jerrell is the Founder of Apliurself, Inc, a not-for-profit positive way of life company that helps underprivileged youth to excel in school, community and the work force through mentoring and student development programs. He will work closely with Darrell Bogany with churches, not-for-profits and other community organizations.
'The FAB 5 will bring Houston what it deserves - professionalism, quality, community and character,' added Williams. 'We are all under 30 years old and we want to bring a youth movement and excitement to the community by providing exciting professional basketball at much needed affordable prices and we thank the ABA for giving us a chance of realizing a dream of owning a professional basketball team.'
For more information, email xperiencebasketball@yahoo.com , or call Kevin Williams at 281 832 0274 or Hellion Knight at 225 776 9722 or visit www.xperiencebasketball.com


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  ARGENTINA   


Obras eliminates Atenas in Liga Sudamericana Semis, 68-58 - by Eurobasket News
Obras - Atenas 68-58

Obras advanced to Liga Sudamericana Finals. They handed 68-58 loss to Atenas in the Semis and will fight against Pinheiros for the title. Atenas will play against Uniceub BRB for third place. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) shined for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) helped with 9 pts. In Atenas, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) scored 13 pts, and Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, college: Notre Dame) followed with 7 pts, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 16-12, 9-19, 23-10, 20-17. Today is the last game of the competition. The game for third place is scheduled for 19:30h, while the Big Final will start at 22h.

Obras: Tony Washam 23+5 boards, Tyler Field 12+7 boards, Julio Mazzaro 9
Atenas: Marcus Melvin 13+13 boards, Miguel Gerlero 13, Ryan Humphrey 7+9 boards


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Round 5: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

ASEAN League round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Singapore Slingers (4-2) against sixth ranked Thailand Slammers (3-3) 66-56 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. American center DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Kenneth Walker (206-80, college: Alabama) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds for Singapore Slingers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fifth place. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Philip.Patriots. Singapore Slingers will play next round against league's leader Philippine Patriots trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Thailand Slammers will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Philippine Patriots defeated second-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons in Manila 86-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American players dominated the game. Swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Nakiea Miller chipped in 21 points and 15 rebounds. Center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Philippine Patriots have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. KL Dragons at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Petron Blaze. KL Dragons will play next round against Thailand Slammers trying to get back on the winning streak. Philippine Patriots will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Singapore Slingers on the road.


Thailand S. - Singapore S. 66-56 OT

ASEAN League round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Singapore Slingers (4-2) against sixth ranked Thailand Slammers (3-3) 66-56 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Singapore Slingers. American center DeAndre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Kenneth Walker (206-80, college: Alabama) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and Filipino guard Donald Dulay (173-80) added 12 points in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thailand Slammers moved-up to fifth place. Singapore Slingers at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Philip.Patriots. Singapore Slingers will play next round against league's leader Philippine Patriots trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Thailand Slammers will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: D.Thomas 27+10reb+1ast, K.Walker 16+9reb+1ast, C.Tolomia 8+4reb, B.Bautista 7+4reb+4ast, M.Jantuma 5+1reb, S.Pinitpatcharalert 2+1reb
Singapore S.: D.Dulay 12+2reb+2ast, L.Graham 12+16reb+2ast, V.Canta 10+1reb+1ast, W.Jie Oh Desmond 10+1reb, W.Long Wong 8+1reb+3ast, D.Little 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 166922


Petron Blaze - Bangkok C. 94-59

Everything could happen in Manila at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Filipino Petron Blaze and 4th placed Thailand Bangkok Cobras had identical 2-2 record. This time Petron Blaze used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Bangkok 94-59 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Petron Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Bangkok Cobras' 28. Petron Blaze forced 23 Bangkok Cobras turnovers and outrebounded them 51-31 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Petron Blaze looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Bangkok Cobras' players. American power forward Douglas Thomas (206-83, college: Iowa) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Filipino guard Marvin Cruz (173-84) added 17 points in the effort for Bangkok Cobras. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petron Blaze (3-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with KL Dragons. Loser Bangkok Cobras dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Petron Blaze will face bottom-ranked Saigon Heat (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bangkok Cobras will play against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: D.Thomas 14+11reb+2ast, R.Rizada 13+1reb+1ast, L.Avenido 13+2reb+2ast, K.Dela Pena 12+1reb+1ast, D.Johnson 12+8reb+2ast, N.Gonzales 8+2reb+1ast
Bangkok C.: M.Cruz 17+3reb+3ast, G.Lewis 14+9reb, M.Earl 9+8reb+1ast, C.Klahan 6+1reb+1ast, C.Limsuwan 4, K.Wanna 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 166919


Satria Muda - Saigon H. 96-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat's (0-5) road loss to seventh ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (2-3) in Jakarta 68-96 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Saigon Heat was better in second period 32-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Saigon Heat's players. Saigon Heat was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Mario Wuysang (176-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds and American-Filipino guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Saigon 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. Satria Muda moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bangkok C. Loser Saigon Heat still closes the standings with five games lost. Satria Muda will face Bangkok Cobras (#6) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against Petron Blaze in Manila and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: M.Wuysang 16+3reb+10ast, S.Thomas 14+8reb+1ast, J.Uy 13+6reb+6ast, J.Smith 13+12reb+3ast, R.Gunawan 11+5reb+1ast, A.Prihantono 11+3reb+1ast
Saigon H.: J.Jones 32+15reb, J.Smith 14+2reb+5ast, M.Trieu 10+6reb+1ast, J.Hodge 4+1reb+1ast, R.Capati 4+11reb, D.Nguyen 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 166920


Philip.Patriots - KL Dragons 86-72

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Philippine Patriots as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Philippine Patriots defeated second-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons in Manila 86-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American players dominated the game. Swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) chipped in 21 points and 15 rebounds. Center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Philippine Patriots have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. KL Dragons at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Petron Blaze. KL Dragons will play next round against Thailand Slammers trying to get back on the winning streak. Philippine Patriots will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Singapore Slingers on the road.
Top scorers:
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 27+12reb+1ast, N.Miller 21+15reb+1ast, A.Vergara 13+2reb+12ast, J.Fernandez 7, A.Larong 6+4reb, F.Rodriguez 4+3reb+1ast
KL Dragons: B.Williams 23+16reb+4ast, T.Wade 16+2reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Seng John Ng 5+1reb, S.Fai Loh 4, Y.Jing Kwaan 4+3reb
gschID: 166921




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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 18: Perth Wildcats lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Round 18 in NBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Auckland where host New Zealand Breakers (15-5) beat league's leader Perth Wildcats (14-6) 83-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. The other American import power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Breakers. Perth Wildcats will play next round against strong Cairns Taipans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. New Zealand Breakers will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Broadbeach. Local Gold Coast Blaze (10-8) outscored 8th ranked Wollongong Hawks (5-14) 91-50. It was a good game for the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Adam Gibson contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Wollongong Hawks. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Crocodiles were defeated by Taipans in Cairns 85-81. Crocodiles beat 36ers at home 89-71. 36ers lost to Tigers on the opponent's court 81-87.
The best stats of 18th round was 31 points and 4 assists by Chris Warren of 36ers.


Taipans - Crocodiles 85-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Townsville Crocodiles' (11-8) road loss to fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (11-9) 81-85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Townsville Crocodiles won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cairns Taipans won last quarter 25-22. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Townsville Crocodiles' players. It was a good game for American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) replied with 17 points and the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Townsville Crocodiles. Cairns Taipans maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Cairns Taipans will play against league's second-placed Perth Wildcats at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Warren 24+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 18+6reb+4ast, A.Loughton 16+8reb+1ast, B.Hill 10+2reb+3ast, A.Grabau 7+3reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 5+7reb+8ast
Crocodiles: E.Gill 17+2reb+2ast, L.Schenscher 16+2reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 13+4reb, M.Cedar 9+2reb, C.Cedar 8+2reb+1ast, J.Holmes 6+10reb
gschID: 138908


Blaze - Hawks 91-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Broadbeach. Local Gold Coast Blaze (10-8) outscored 8th ranked Wollongong Hawks (5-14) 91-50. The game without a history. Gold Coast Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gold Coast Blaze outrebounded Wollongong Hawks 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) added 10 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Blaze: M.Worthington 25+5reb, A.Deleon 13+6reb+1ast, A.Gibson 13+5reb+4ast, J.Cadee 12+1reb+7ast, A.Petrie 11+8reb+2ast, S.Hoare 6+5reb
Hawks: A.Ubaka 12+5reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 10+3reb+2ast, J.Catron 8+3reb, R.Martin 6+2reb+1ast, T.Demos 5+2ast, O.Forman 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138909


Crocodiles - 36ers 89-71

No shocking result in a game in Wulguru where fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (11-8) defeated bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-15) 89-71. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to third place. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will again play against bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#9) in Findon in the next round where they are favorite. Adelaide 36ers will have a break next round.
gschID: 138910


Breakers - Wildcats 83-77

Round 18 in NBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Auckland where host New Zealand Breakers (15-5) beat league's leader Perth Wildcats (14-6) 83-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. The other American import power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Five New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Breakers. Perth Wildcats will play next round against strong Cairns Taipans trying to make it back to the top of the standings. New Zealand Breakers will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 18+3reb+4ast, C.Jackson 15+4reb+10ast, C.Bruton 14, T.Abercrombie 12+4reb+2ast, M.Vukona 11+10reb+1ast, A.Pledger 8+5reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 20+5reb, S.Redhage 15+4reb, L.Nevill 14+6reb+3ast, D.Williamson 7+4reb, M.Knight 7+4reb, D.Martin 6+9reb+7ast
gschID: 138906


Tigers - 36ers 87-81

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-15) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-12) 87-81. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Melbourne Tigers made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) replied with 31 points and 4 assists and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 13 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Melbourne Tigers maintains sixth position with 10-12 record. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. Melbourne Tigers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 20+4reb, L.Rush 18+4reb+2ast, M.Allen 12+6reb+8ast, R.Dorsey 12+2reb+3ast, M.Burston 8+4reb, L.Walker 7+6reb
36ers: C.Warren 31+2reb+4ast, D.Simpson 17+9reb+1ast, D.Johnson 13+11reb+3ast, S.Weigh 12+3reb+1ast, M.Creek 3+1reb+1ast, N.Herbert 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 138907




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 16-3 
 2. Wels 15-5 
 3. Gmunden 14-5 
 4. Kapfenberg 13-6 
 5. Oberwart 13-7 
 6. Gussing 10-9 
 7. UBSC Graz 7-12 
 8. BC Vienna 7-12 
 9. Furstenfeld 6-13 
 10. Arkadia 4-16 
 11. St.Polten 1-18 


A Bundesliga Round 21: Leader Xion Dukes lose to Gussing Knights - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A Bundesliga.

Top ranked Xion Dukes (16-3) recorded its third loss in Klosterneuburg on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Gussing Knights (10-9) 77-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Gussing Knights made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Xion Dukes outrebounded Gussing Knights 34-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who recorded 15 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place with 10-9 record. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Gmunden Swans (#3) in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play on the road against BC Vienna in Wien and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-5) against fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (13-7) on Friday night. Visiting Raiffeisen Wels were crushed by Oberwart Gunners in Oberwart 88-68. It was a good game for Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (205-87, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Joe Dean Shaw contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Raiffeisen Wels. Oberwart Gunners have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 13-7 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners will again play against league's second-placed Raiffeisen Wels at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
St.Polten can celebrate finally their first win this season after 18 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat UBSC Graz (7-12) 101-95 on Sunday. Roy Booker stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Samo Grum with 29 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). St.Polten maintains eleventh place with 1-18 record. It was UBSC Graz's third loss in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with BC Vienna. St.Polten will meet higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play against Kapfenberg Bulls where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gmunden. Local Gmunden Swans (14-5) outscored 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (4-16) 100-79. Morris Curry nailed 21 points and 5 assists for the winning 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. Gmunden Swans maintains third place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Arkadia Lions lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be Gussing Knights (#6) on the road. Arkadia Lions will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4).

In the last two games of round 21 Furstenfeld was defeated by Wels in a road game 88-76. Kapfenberg beat BC Vienna at home 91-84.
The best stats of 21th round was 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists by Jeremy Fears of Kapfenberg.



Klosterneub. - Gussing 73-77

Top ranked Xion Dukes (16-3) recorded its third loss in Klosterneuburg on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Gussing Knights (10-9) 77-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Gussing Knights made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Xion Dukes outrebounded Gussing Knights 34-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who recorded 15 points and international guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place with 10-9 record. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face higher ranked Gmunden Swans (#3) in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play on the road against BC Vienna in Wien and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gussing: C.Scott 21+9reb+2ast, E.Kadic 18+2reb, A.Djuric 11+4reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 9+3ast, T.Klepeisz 7+2reb+3ast, M.Klepeisz 6+1reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 15+4reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 12+2reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 10+4reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 9+4reb+1ast, C.Bobb 8+1reb+3ast, D.Hamidovic 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137179


St.Polten - UBSC Graz 101-95

St.Polten can celebrate finally their first win this season after 18 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat UBSC Graz (7-12) 101-95 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-95. St.Polten shot 64.3 percent from the field and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners and Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) with 29 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Five St.Polten and four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. St.Polten maintains eleventh place with 1-18 record. It was UBSC Graz's third loss in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with BC Vienna. St.Polten will meet higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UBSC Graz will play against Kapfenberg Bulls where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Booker 32+2reb+3ast, M.Speiser 20+4reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 18+2reb+6ast, I.Bakovic 14+5reb, D.Friedrich 11+1ast, T.Blazan 3+4reb
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 29+3reb+2ast, M.Moric 20+6reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 14+2reb+2ast, T.Ambrose 14+3reb+3ast, A.Heuberger 7+1reb+1ast, A.Lanegger 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 137180


Oberwart - Wels 88-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-5) against fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (13-7) on Friday night. Visiting Raiffeisen Wels were crushed by Oberwart Gunners in Oberwart 88-68. The game without a history. Oberwart Gunners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (205-87, college: TCU) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Oberwart Gunners have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 13-7 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners will again play against league's second-placed Raiffeisen Wels at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: N.Gacesa 24+6reb, J.Dean Shaw 19+6reb+4ast, V.Hollins 13+6reb+5ast, H.Ochsenhofer 12+2reb+3ast, E.Rizvic 8+5reb+2ast, H.Artner 8+3ast
Wels: J.Werner 22+9reb, D.Lamesic 14+5reb+2ast, R.Vieider 8+1reb, Q.Pryor 7+5reb+4ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+2reb, A.Farokhmanesh 5+4ast
gschID: 167913


Wels - Furstenfeld 88-76

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (6-13) were defeated on the road by second ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-5) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiffeisen Wels made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-88) came up with 16 points and 6 assists and swingman Maximilian Graf (196-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels maintains second place with 15-5 record behind leader Klosterneub. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#5) on the road. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against St.Polten (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 21+8reb+1ast, J.Werner 18+12reb+4ast, T.Brown 15+4reb+6ast, A.Farokhmanesh 15+3reb+2ast, R.Vieider 10+1reb+4ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+4reb
Furstenfeld: L.O'Neal 16+4reb+6ast, G.Ware 15+5reb, M.Graf 14+5reb+3ast, J.Robinson 14+6reb, K.Payton 10+7reb+3ast, B.Weber 4+2reb
gschID: 137176


Gmunden - Arkadia 100-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gmunden. Local Gmunden Swans (14-5) outscored 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (4-16) 100-79. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Arkadia Lions was better in second period 30-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Arkadia Lions' 38. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Arkadia Lions' players. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) nailed 21 points and 5 assists for the winning side and international forward Richard Poiger (202-87) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) came up with 32 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) added 10 points and 10 assists respectively for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans maintains third place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Arkadia Lions lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be Gussing Knights (#6) on the road. Arkadia Lions will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4).
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Curry 21+1reb+5ast, M.Mayer 14+4reb+2ast, R.Arnold 14+5reb+2ast, R.Poiger 11+8reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 11+2reb+2ast, M.Oppland 11+3reb+2ast
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 32+9reb+2ast, A.Percan 15+2reb, R.Spasojevic 12+2reb, B.Danek 10+3reb+10ast, J.Blazevic 5+1reb, P.Skurdauskas 3+3reb
gschID: 137177


Kapfenberg - BC Vienna 91-84

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-6) defeated at home 8th ranked BC Vienna (7-12) 91-84. It looked good early as BC Vienna took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 37-26 second period charge getting the lead and BC Vienna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. Kapfenberg Bulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Ante Perica allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 28 points and 4 assists and Serbian-Bosnian power forward Marko Djurkovic (205-87) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for BC Vienna in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They moved-up to fourth place. BC Vienna at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#7) on the road. BC Vienna will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 34+1reb+9ast, D.Mayes 20+3reb+1ast, L.Gordon 15+7reb+4ast, D.Nelson 10+4reb+1ast, S.Knabl 7+2reb, A.Kuttnig 2+1reb+1ast
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 28+4reb+4ast, M.Djurkovic 19+11reb+3ast, J.Francois 18+6reb, S.Popovic 15+3reb+3ast, D.Toroman 4+3reb+3ast, M.Kracun 0
gschID: 137178




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Premier League Round 15: Rubon is upset by BGUIR-RTI - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Rubon (8-7) and fourth ranked BGUIR-RTI (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Rubon was defeated by BGUIR-RTI in Minsk 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by BGUIR-RTI. Rubon managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BGUIR-RTI forced 21 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) who recorded 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. BGUIR-RTI maintains fourth place with 6-9 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. BGUIR-RTI are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (#7) at home in the next round. Rubon will play against Minsk-2006 II (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Grodno-93 delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (5-10) 72-58. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kanstantin Yafremov contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds for SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 (14-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place. SBK Osipovichi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SBK Osipovichi will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-70 loss to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (5-9) in Gomel on Friday evening. It was a great evening for Vedran Nakic who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Pavel Bliznets with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Minsk-2006 II moved-up to fifth place. Sozh Gomel lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 II will meet higher ranked Rubon (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sozh Gomel will play against BGUIR-RTI (#4) in Minsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.



SBK Osipovichi - Grodno-93 58-72

Leader Grodno-93 delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (5-10) 72-58. It looked good early as SBK Osipovichi took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Grodno-93 had a 24-10 second period charge getting the lead and SBK Osipovichi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-72. They outrebounded SBK Osipovichi 40-25 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ilya Sharipov (197-91) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for SBK Osipovichi. Grodno-93 (14-1) have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place. SBK Osipovichi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SBK Osipovichi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: Y.Mishukov 14+5reb+1ast, A.Svirydov 11+1reb+1ast, K.Sitnik 10+5reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 7+7reb+4ast, S.Charykau 6+3reb+1ast, D.Zaitsev 4+1reb+3ast
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 16+8reb+1ast, A.Mastou 14+5reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 13+7reb, S.Ovdeenko 10+4reb+1ast, V.Korzh 6+3reb+2ast, E.Ivanov 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 168543


BGUIR-RTI - Rubon 81-69

The game between third ranked Rubon (8-7) and fourth ranked BGUIR-RTI (6-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Rubon was defeated by BGUIR-RTI in Minsk 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by BGUIR-RTI. Rubon managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BGUIR-RTI forced 21 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) who recorded 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and power forward Pavel Karasevich (201-89) added 10 points respectively. BGUIR-RTI maintains fourth place with 6-9 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. BGUIR-RTI are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (#7) at home in the next round. Rubon will play against Minsk-2006 II (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Akulich 18+4reb+5ast, A.Malkov 10+3reb+1ast, P.Karasevich 10+3reb+3ast, S.Sapegin 9+2reb, D.Sivalko 9+2reb, A.Kachan 7+3reb+1ast
BGUIR-RTI: E.Sugoniako 22+5reb+2ast, G.Zakhar 18+12reb+2ast, A.Hrumiantsau 11+4reb, K.Volodkin 11+2reb+1ast, A.Kuzmitski 6+8reb+2ast, A.Papruha 5+8reb+11ast
gschID: 168544


Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 II 70-81

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-70 loss to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (5-9) in Gomel on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006 II. Sozh Gomel managed to win second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Minsk-2006 II forced 28 Sozh Gomel turnovers. It was a great evening for Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Minsk-2006 II moved-up to fifth place. Sozh Gomel lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 II will meet higher ranked Rubon (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sozh Gomel will play against BGUIR-RTI (#4) in Minsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 20+4reb+2ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 15+7reb, D.Kasenkau 12+4reb+1ast, P.Bliznets 10+14reb+3ast, A.Shestilovskiy 9+8reb+2ast, D.Fedorovskiy 4+1reb+3ast
Minsk-2006 II: V.Nakic 21+2reb+7ast, V.Ignatchik 20+4reb+4ast, M.Shustau 14+3reb+2ast, Y.Kurapau 12+7reb+1ast, S.Goncharenok 4+4reb, L.Malakhau 3
gschID: 168545




Minsk-2006 loses another game in VTB League - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv - Minsk-2006 87:64

Minsk-2006 loses another game in VTB League to fall at 0-12 record. Russian Lokomotiv outscored bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 87-64 on Saturday.
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. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Justin Hawkins (201-F-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. Minsk-2006 will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Lokomotiv: Jeremiah Massey 25, Ali Traore 12, Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) 11
Minsk-2006: Aliaksei Lashkevich 20, Justin Hawkins 17



Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Grodno-93 14-1 
 2. Minsk-2006 12-1 
 3. Rubon 8-7 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 6-9 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 5-9 
 6. SBK Osipovichi 5-10 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-13 


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


D1 Round 18: Spirou Charleroi loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 18 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Spirou Charleroi (11-5). They were defeated by fourth ranked Base Oostende (10-6) 81-70 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-70. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Base Oostende moved-up to third place. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Aalstar who have the same record. Spirou Charleroi will play next round against Optima Gent trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Leuven Bears on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Okapi Aalstar as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Spirou Charleroi) loss. Okapi Aalstar smashed 7th ranked Belgacom Liege at home 100-73. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) notched 17 points to lead the effort and Christopher Copeland supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) did not help to save the game for Belgacom Liege. Okapi Aalstar have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Belgacom Liege lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Belgacom Liege will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Okapi Aalstar will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut at Quaregnon.

In the last game of round 18 Leuven won against Verviers-Pep. on the opponent's court 70-52.



Aalstar - Liege 100-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Okapi Aalstar as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Spirou Charleroi) loss. Okapi Aalstar smashed 7th ranked Belgacom Liege at home 100-73. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) notched 17 points to lead the effort and forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) did not help to save the game for Belgacom Liege. Forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) added 8 points and 8 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Belgacom Liege lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Belgacom Liege will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Okapi Aalstar will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut at Quaregnon.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Bostic 17+7reb+2ast, L.Matela 10+4reb, I.Iarochevitch 9+5reb+1ast, G.Hockins 8+1reb, T.Jennings 8+8reb+1ast, P.Gillet 8+4reb+1ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 18+1reb+4ast, S.Jackson 17+4reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 17+2reb, C.Young 10+8reb, K.Kruger 10+1reb+1ast, J.Holiday 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132403


Verviers-Pep. - Leuven 52-70

Very expected game when 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (2-14) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Leuven Bears (9-6) 70-52. The game without a history. Leuven Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) notched 10 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. International forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Leuven Bears have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Antwerp. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Leuven Bears will play against higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 16+9reb, J.Beal 12+2reb+3ast, B.Merriex 11+13reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 9+4reb+1ast, M.Faison 4+5reb, T.Thompson 0+1ast
Leuven: I.Hanavan 13+5reb, J.Tofi 10+9reb+1ast, B.Freeman 9, J.Davis 8+2reb+3ast, M.McGhee 7+5reb, A.Dagunduro 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132404


Oostende - Spirou 81-70

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 18 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Spirou Charleroi (11-5). They were defeated by fourth ranked Base Oostende (10-6) 81-70 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-70. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Andrew Wisniewski (191-81, college: Centenary) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende moved-up to third place. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with five games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Aalstar who have the same record. Spirou Charleroi will play next round against Optima Gent trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Leuven Bears on the road.
Top scorers:
Spirou: C.Hill 15+10reb+2ast, A.Wisniewski 15+3reb+2ast, D.Broyles 11+2reb+1ast, J.Welsch 10+1reb, C.Green 10+4reb+3ast, A.Riddick 6+7reb
Oostende: K.Winston 18+6reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 14+3reb, C.Booker 12+9reb, B.Wright 10+4reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 9+6reb+3ast, D.Drobnjak 8+2reb
gschID: 132405




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  BENIN   


LKL: Naglis still struggling to rise from the bottom of the LKL table - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Naglis Palangos (2-13) has played two highest scoring games of the season in the past two days but this still wasn't enough to lift themselves from the last position of the LKL league table. Yesterday they lost 81:93 (22:26, 23:25, 18:26, 18:16) in Utena to the local Juventus-LKSK Utenos (6-10) team.

Naglis Palangos is the only LKL team averaging less than 70 points per game. This weekend they reached 80 point barrier for the first time this season however their efforts were insufficient to achieve a victory as the opponents offense was superior to theirs: on Friday Naglis Palangos scored 92 but lost to Rudupis 92:94. On Saturday they scored 81 but Juventus-LKSK Utenos responded with 93.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos controlled the game from the first minutes and Naglis Palangos only led once - in the first minute of the match. Then the momentum was in Utenos' hands.

Midway in the third quarter Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) cut Juventus-LKSK Utenos' lead to 5 (52:57) but the difference started growing again since then. Juventus-LKSK Utenos went on a 18:7 run, built a 16 point lead and did not waste it till the end of the match.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos: Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) 18, Darius Pakamanis (193-G-81) 18, Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) 12 (10 rebs.), Gintautas Matulis (195-F/G-86) 12, Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) 10, Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) 10, Zygimantas Sestokas (196-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) 9.

Naglis Palangos: Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) 16, Mindaugas Reminas (190-G-86) 12, Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, college: Hawaii) 11, Rico Pickett (192-G-89, college: Manhattan) 11, Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) 11, Augustinas Vitas (210-C-82, college: Birm.Southern) 10.

This victory has allowed Juventus-LKSK Utenos to take 7th place in the LKL league table. They now have 6 victories and 10 losses


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Finally a vision for Bosnian Basketball Aleksandar - by Chris Mathieu
Finally a vision for Bosnian Basketball Aleksandar 'Aco' Petrovic!
Bosnia finally has a coach worthy of the title coach of the Bosnian National Team, Aleksandar Petrovic. Not only is he a highly regarded coach, but he is a man with a vision and connections. Aleksandar Petrovic is the older brother of basketball legend Drazen Petrovic who was a star basketball player in his own right. Rarely does such a highly regarded player go onto be such a quality coach as well. It speaks to his character. He comes with a great resume as a coach but he also has laid out a vision for leading the Bosnian National Team.
Aleksander has laid out what he believes needs to happen for BiH to be successful moving forward, which includes a more diverse roster of young players and a broader base of support and players to choose from. The recent years has shown some puzzling choices of players and coaches for the National Team of BiH, including players who couldnt even make club teams or earn playing time. Also coaches without a real professional resume at the highest levels of basketball puzzlingly were chosen to lead the team.
Now he has taken over the team and has shown the courage, vision, pedigree and resources necessary to bring in the highest level of talent available to the BiH team. He has shown what it takes to elevate Bosnia to its highest level possible. Already mentioned as reinforcements for the new team is Nedzad Sinanovic and Ojgnjen Kuzmic two centers who bring over 14 of potential to the BiH team. One of the three major weaknesses of the Bosnian team has been the center position, the other one that has been addressed is the lack of quality coaching now that Aleksandar is running the team. The third major issue is the point guard position, which Bosnia has some quality youngsters who are not ready for prime time. It will be interesting to see who will be brought in to run the offense for the team.
When I wrote my article Bosnian National Team needs to look to the future as well as the present two weeks ago, I had no idea how much better things would change so quickly. It seems for the first time Bosnian basketball is being treated with the respect that its fans deserve by those who run the organizationBravo to the leadership of KSBiH! Now keep it going!



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Pinheiros downs defending champion Uniceub BRB, heads to Liga Sudamericana Finals - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros - Uniceub BRB 60-55

The defending champion will not have a chance to earn another title. Pinheiros was better than Uniceub BRB 60-55 and advanced to Liga Sudamericana Finals. There in fight for the first place Pinheiros will meet Obras. At the other side, Uniceub BRB will play against Atenas in a game for third place. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) led Pinheiros with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) added 8 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) delivered 22 points. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) added 13 points each. Quarters: 13-12, 12-13, 17-14, 18-16. The Big Final is scheduled for today at 22h.

Pinheiros: Marquinhos Vieira 16+11 boards, Shamell Stallworth 12+5 boards, Mineiro Ferreira 8+5 boards
Uniceub BRB: Welington Dos Santos 22, Guilherme Giovannoni 13+7 boards, Alex Ribeiro 13+5 boards


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Peter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Guard Sean Peter (191-G) put on an amazing game in the last round for TWU and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat TRU (#11, 5-10) 89-77. TWU is placed at 6th position in Canadian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TWU will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Peter had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be TWU's top player in his first season with the team. Sean Peter averages this season 18.2ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Connor Burns (201-F) of Regina. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Regina. In the last game Burns recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Regina lost that game 69-81 to the higher-ranked Alberta (#5, 11-6). This loss caused Regina to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Burns is one of the most experienced players at Regina and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tyler Fidler (206-G-89) of Calgary (#8). Fidler scored 27 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Calgary, leading his team to a 98-89 win against Manitoba (8-10). The chances of Calgary ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fidler could help Calgary to bring them higher in the standings. Fidler has a very solid season. In 18 games in Canada he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) of Saskatchewan - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jordan Baker (192-G-91) of Alberta - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) of Carleton - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Adam Johnson (F) of Lakehead - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andrew Wasik (201-C) of Toronto Univ. - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Derek Waldner (201-C) of Lethbridge - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jasper Moedt (203-F) of UFV - 10 points, 17 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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CBA Round 30: Beijing Ducks are upset by Qingdao Double Star - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in CBA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Qingdao between second ranked Beijing Ducks (19-9) and eleventh ranked Qingdao Double Star (14-15) on Sunday night. Beijing Ducks were defeated by Qingdao Double Star on the road 114-102. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Beijing Ducks. The game was mostly controlled by Qingdao Double Star. Beijing Ducks managed to win second period 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Qingdao Double Star made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Forward Gen Li (196-88) chipped in 41 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Qingdao Double Star maintains eleventh position with 14-15 record. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost. Qingdao Double Star are looking forward to face TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin in the next round. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in DongGuan. First ranked Guandong Tigers faced 3rd ranked DongGuan Leopards. Guests from Dongguan (24-4) defeated host DongGuan Leopards (18-11) 111-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. It was a good game for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds. FangYu Zhu contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 31 points and 4 assists for DongGuan Leopards. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the third place with 11 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Fujian SBS XunXin (#4) in Jinjiang in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Foshan managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Zhejiang Cyclones 111-107. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. Michel Maadanly scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Foshan's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was J.R. Smith with 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Foshan (7-21) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Foshan will meet at home bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#17) in the next round. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shanghai Sharks (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked Jilin Tigers (11-17) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-12) in Urumqi. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Tim Pickett notched 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Jilin Tigers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Jilin Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Sixteenth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-21) made lots of trouble for thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (12-17) in Nanjing on Sunday. The visitors from Jinan managed to secure only three-point victory 102-99. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Othello Hunter who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Shandong Bulls' coach Bob Weiss used entire bench in such tough game. Shandong Bulls moved-up to twelfth place. Jiangsu Dragons lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 21 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face league's second-placed Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Foshan (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bayi Fubang were defeated by Shanghai S. in a road game 89-77. Fujian XX smashed Liaoning H. at home 120-95. Guangsha L. lost to Shanxi Zh. on the opponent's court 100-107.
The best stats of 30th round was 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds by Will McDonald of Fujian XX.



Shanghai S. - Bayi Fubang 89-77

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Bayi Fubang (9-18) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (15-13) 89-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Bayi Fubang was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 44. They outrebounded Bayi Fubang 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Bayi Fubang was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. International center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Guangsha L. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#6) in Hangzhou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Fubang will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#9) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: W.ZhiZhi 20+9reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 16+11reb+2ast, H.Ke 11+4reb, H.Shuo 10+3reb+2ast, W.Lei 7+4reb+2ast, D.Lehei 5+1reb
Shanghai S.: L.Marcus 22+3reb+4ast, H.Mike 15+10reb, Z.ZhaoXu 11+15reb, L.Wei 10+5reb+4ast, M.Lingyuan 8+2reb, L.Ziqui 8+2reb+4ast
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DongGuan L. - Guandong ST 97-111

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in DongGuan. First ranked Guandong Tigers faced 3rd ranked DongGuan Leopards. Guests from Dongguan (24-4) defeated host DongGuan Leopards (18-11) 111-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. DongGuan Leopards was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 46. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 53-35 including 27 on the offensive glass. DongGuan Leopards were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 31 points and 4 assists and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the third place with 11 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Fujian SBS XunXin (#4) in Jinjiang in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 31+3reb+4ast, G.QuAn 17+1reb, R.Shavlik 16+12reb, H.ZhongMian 10+2reb+1ast, H.Chih-Shan 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Kai 6+5reb
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 24+3reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 23+5reb+2ast, S.James 20+19reb, H.Dong 10+7reb+2ast, S.Wei 10+3reb, C.Jianghua 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 158300


Xinjiang F.T. - Jilin NE T. 99-97

Twelfth-ranked Jilin Tigers (11-17) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (15-12) in Urumqi. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Jilin Tigers took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xinjiang Flying Tige had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Jilin Tigers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 97-99. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) notched 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Even 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. Power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 22 points and 8 rebounds. Jilin Tigers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Jilin Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige's next round opponent will be Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 34+5reb+1ast, W.Jameel 22+8reb+2ast, Z.Cheng 10+11reb+1ast, D.Osama 8+2ast, L.Wei 5+2reb, L.Tao 5+5reb+1ast
Xinjiang F.T.: L.Gani 21+9reb+1ast, P.Tim 21+8reb+4ast, P.Duo 12+3reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 12+7reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 11+2reb, M.Bateer 10+4reb+4ast
gschID: 158301


Fujian XX - Liaoning H. 120-95

No shocking result in a game in Jinjiang where fourth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (17-12) smashed 9th ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-14) 120-95 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 60-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fujian SBS XunXin made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Dejun Han (215-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Fujian SBS XunXin and five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-12 record. Liaoning Hunters lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin will face league's leader Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#7) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 21+8reb, H.Dejun 20+14reb+2ast, P.Josh 17+7reb, H.Tian-ju 14+4reb+1ast, Y.Ming 12+9reb+5ast, L.Xiaoxu 6+3reb+1ast
Fujian XX: M.Will 36+17reb+3ast, A.Zaid 26+12reb+2ast, G.SongLin 21+3reb+3ast, R.Anthony 17+8reb+6ast, Z.Qixin 8+2ast, L.Yi Ting 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 158296


Shanxi Zh. - Guangsha L. 107-100

Rather expected game in Taiyuan where 7th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-13) were defeated by fifth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (16-11) 107-100 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-100. Shanxi Zhongyu made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 27 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds and American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Shanxi Zhongyu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-11 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against Bayi Fubang (#15) in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 32+17reb+1ast, C.Wilson 22+7reb+3ast, L.Chih-Chieh 18+4reb+4ast, W.Zirui 8, Z.Yongpeng 7+8reb+1ast, Z.Wei 7+5reb
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 28+16reb+2ast, W.Marcus 27+4reb+6ast, R.Junwei 19+5reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 14+6reb+3ast, L.XiaoMing 6+1ast, P.Jiang 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 158297


Qingdao DS - Beijing Ducks 114-102

The most important game in the last round took place in Qingdao between second ranked Beijing Ducks (19-9) and eleventh ranked Qingdao Double Star (14-15) on Sunday night. Beijing Ducks were defeated by Qingdao Double Star on the road 114-102. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Beijing Ducks. The game was mostly controlled by Qingdao Double Star. Beijing Ducks managed to win second period 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Qingdao Double Star made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Forward Gen Li (196-88) chipped in 41 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) added 22 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Qingdao Double Star maintains eleventh position with 14-15 record. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost. Qingdao Double Star are looking forward to face TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin in the next round. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: W.Xiaohui 25+2reb, M.Stephon 22+3reb+3ast, M.Randolph 18+8reb+5ast, Z.YanXi 13+5reb+3ast, C.Lei 9+5reb, X.LiBin 6+1reb+3ast
Qingdao DS: L.Gen 41+5reb+3ast, H.Lester 34+7reb+10ast, S.Sani 12+9reb, X.YuYang 10+2reb+1ast, C.Liang 8+2reb+1ast, O.Olumide 7+12reb+4ast
gschID: 158298


Jiangsu D. - Shandong FB 99-102

Sixteenth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-21) made lots of trouble for thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (12-17) in Nanjing on Sunday. The visitors from Jinan managed to secure only three-point victory 102-99. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shandong Bulls made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. Shandong Bulls outrebounded Jiangsu Dragons 54-34 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach Bob Weiss used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who recorded 27 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Li Yi (203-85) added 28 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Shandong Bulls moved-up to twelfth place. Jiangsu Dragons lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 21 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face league's second-placed Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Foshan (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: Y.Li 28+5reb+1ast, V.Jackson 27+9reb+2ast, M.Da 13+3reb+2ast, S.KangMing 8+6reb, L.Yahui 8+1reb, W.Marcus 7+6reb+3ast
Shandong FB: H.Othello 21+17reb, A.Alan 18+6reb+3ast, W.Ke 14+7reb+3ast, Y.Ding 13+3reb+1ast, S.Jie 9+2reb, C.ZhenHua 8+6reb
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Foshan - Zhejiang C. 111-107

Bottom-ranked Foshan managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Zhejiang Cyclones 111-107. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 38-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) chipped in 31 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Foshan's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) with 41 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Foshan and five Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Foshan (7-21) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Foshan will meet at home bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#17) in the next round. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shanghai Sharks (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 41+6reb+5ast, B.Josh 13+11reb+1ast, C.Fei 12+3reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 11+2reb+1ast, T.Hai 10+3reb, Z.ChunJun 10+7reb
Foshan: M.Michel 34+5reb+3ast, H.Marcus 31+10reb, Y.Wenbo 15+1reb+3ast, Z.Zhun 11+3reb+2ast, L.Zhi 7, D.Marcus 7+9reb+2ast
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Guangdong Extends Lead to Five - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong opened a five-game lead in the CBA with a 111-97 victory over Guangdong. Guangdong's record is now 24-4. Aaron Brooks scored 24. Zhu Fangyu had 23 points and 5 rebounds. James Singleton had 20 points and 19 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Su Wei had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Josh Akognon had 31 points and 4 assists for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gu Quan scored 17. He Zhongmian scored 10 and Hong Chih-Shan scored 8. Sun Tonglin had 4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Li Gen (196-F-88) scored 41 points on 16 of 22 shooting to lead Qingdao to a 114-102 victory over second-place Beijing. Li added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. He is averaging 17.9 points per game and has scored in double figures all but once this season. He looks like the best perimeter player in the league. Lester Hudson added 34 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and thoroughly outplayed Stephon Marbury. Sani Sakakini had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Xue Yuyang scored 10 and Cai Liang had 8. Olumide Oyedeji had 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Xiaohui had 25 for Beijing. Marbury had 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Randolph Morris had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhu Yanxi had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Chen Lei had 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Fujian swamped Liaoning 120-95. Will McDonald dominated defensively-challenged Han Dejun with 36 points and 17 rebounds. Zaid Abbas took young Li Xiaoxu to school with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Gong Songlin scored 21. Anthony Roberson had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhou Qixin scored 8. Rodney Carney had 21 points and 8 rebounds for Liaoning. Han Dejun had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Josh Powell had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Yang Ming had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. He Tianju had 14 points and 4 rebounds.

Shanxi defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 107-100. Marcus Williams had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Charles Gaines had 28 points and 16 rebounds. Ren Junhui had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Peter John Ramos had 32 points and 17 rebounds for Guangsha. Wilson Chandler had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Zirui scored 8. Zhang Yongpeng had 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Othello Hunter had 21 points and 17 rebounds as Shandong edged Jiangsu 102-99. Allan Anderson had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Wu Ke had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Ding Yanyuhang scored 13. Sun Jie scored 9 and Cao Zhenhua had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Yi Li had 28 points and 5 rebounds for Jiangsu. Jackson Vroman had 27 points and 9 rebounds. Meng Da scored 13. Song Kangming had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Yahui scored 8.

Foshan rallied 38-24 in the fourth quarter to top Zhejiang 111-107. Michel Maadanly had 34 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Haislip had 31 points and 10 rebounds. Yang Wenbo scored 14 and Zheng Zhun had 11. Marcus Douthit had 7 points and 9 rebounds. J. R. Smith had 41 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cao Fei scored 12 and Ding Jinhui had 11. Both fouled out. Zhang Chunjun had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Tang Hai scored 10.

Shanghai defeated Bayi 89-77. Marcus Landry scored 22. Michael Harris had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Liu Wei had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Liu Ziqui and Meng Lingyuan each scored 8. Wang Zhizhi had 20 points and 9 rebounds for Bayi. Xu Zhonghao had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hu Ke scored 11 and Han Shuo had 10.

Xinjiang edged Jilin 99-97. Tim Pickett and Gani Lawal each scored 21. Lawal had 9 rebounds and Pickett had 8. Tang Zhengdong had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Meng Da scored 12 and Xu Guozhong had 11. Mengke Bateer had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Xirelijiang scored 8. Cartier Martin had 34 points and 5 rebounds for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Osama Daghlas scored 8.



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Houska's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Pavel Houska (204-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Decin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat BK Pardubice (19-7) 92-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. BK Decin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. Houska has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Houska has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Miklosik (226-C-86, agency: JEMsports) of B&W Opava. He is Slovakian center in his first season at B&W Opava. In the last game Miklosik recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as B&W Opava lost that game 67-82 to the higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 21-5). This loss caused B&W Opava to slide to the very bottom (14) position in the standings. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories B&W Opava managed to get this year. Miklosik is a newcomer at B&W Opava and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often. Former star Miklosik is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Levice (#8). Stemberger scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Levice, leading his team to a 76-66 win against the lower-ranked Inter Bratislava (#13, 6-20). The chances of Levice ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stemberger could help Levice to bring them higher in the standings. Stemberger has a very solid season. In 24 games in Czech Republic he scored 10.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Plzen - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) of Inter Bratislava - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Travis Peterson (208-C-85) of BK Prostejov - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. David Machac (204-F-80) of BC Kolin - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) of USK Praha - 11 points and 20 rebounds
9. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Patrick Pope (183-G-81) of Chomutov - 30 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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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 21-2 
 2. Bakken 20-1 
 3. Naestved 14-9 
 4. SISU 10-13 
 5. Horsholm 9-14 
 6. Vaerlose 9-14 
 7. Aabyhoj 8-14 
 8. Horsens IC 8-15 
 9. Aalborg 7-14 
 10. Falcon 6-16 


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Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 106-103
Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) recorded a game-high 35 points to lead the Bighorns to a 106-103 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday night. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had 19 points and eight assists while Zach Graham posted the only double-double of the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Bighorns would see themselves down 13 points at halftime, only to storm back and outscore the Jam 33-16 in the third quarter. Down three points with five seconds left in the game, the Jam would turn to Osiris Eldridge, who would miss on a tough turnaround three-pointer to end the game. The Bighorns take on the Jam again at 7 p.m. Monday in the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Iowa E. - Dakota W. 96-108
Getting outrebounded by nearly 20 and outscored 31-0 on second-chance points will not win many, if any games. A lesson learned by the Iowa Energy on Saturday. The Dakota Wizards handed the NBA Development League-leading Energy a 108-96 loss at Wells Fargo Arena after winning the rebounding battle 57-39. 'They killed us on the boards,' Iowa center Andrew Drevo (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) said. 'That's the biggest thing. We had a lot of missed opportunities, and that's hard to overcome.' The loss comes a night after the Energy (18-8) topped the Wizards (12-13) by being the aggressor, something Iowa coach Kevin Young says was missing on Saturday. 'Last night we were the tougher team and we won, and tonight we weren't. That's the bottom line,' Young said. 'But I have to give them (Dakota) credit. We've played them three times in a row and two out of the three, they were the tougher team.' Dakota ran out to a 12-2 lead, but the Energy went on a 17-5 run to take a 19-17 lead late in the first quarter. The run was punctuated by Curtis Stinson-assisted fast-break baskets by Marqus Blakely and Mike Efevberha and a 3-pointer by Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU). The Wizards closed the quarter strong and led 26-22 heading into the second quarter. Dakota pushed its lead to as much as nine at 41-32, but Iowa fought back to tie the game at 47 after a Andrew Drevo triple with 1:40 left in the first half. The Wizards edged back out in front to close the half up 52-49. Dakota took control of the game in the third, pushing their advantage to 13 heading into the fourth at 84-71. 'This game is a game of runs,' Ehambe, who scored a team-high 18 points, said. 'Tonight we didn't go on our runs. We just need to keep on working.' Iowa managed to trim the Dakota lead to five with less than 5 minutes left in the game, but the Wizards slammed the door on an Energy rally from the free-throw line. For the game, Dakota made 25-of-32 from the charity stripe. With six days off, Iowa will refocus and prepare to face a familiar opponent, Dakota, on the road Friday. 'It's a long season,' Young said. 'We play these guys again for the fourth time in a row. I'm not big on knee-jerk reactions, but there are things we need to address from the toughness standpoint and the good news is we'll figure out.' *Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com

Idaho S. - Rio Grande VV 120-105
Idaho had seven players score in double figures as it defeated Rio Grande Valley 120-105 on Saturday night in front of 2,981 fans at CenturyLink Arena. Terrico White (6'5''-G-90, college: Mississippi) and Devin Green (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Hampton) each had 17 points for the Stampede, who led by as many as 31 points. The Vipers (19-12) had won eight of nine games before coming to Boise, but the Stampede (10-16) managed to sweep one of the D-League's top teams. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Erie Bay H. 113-94
Courtney Fortson (5'11''-G-88, college: Arkansas) recorded the third triple-double for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season in a 113-94 victory over the Erie Bayhawks at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night. The point guard joined Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) and Eniel Polynice as the only three players in D-Fenders history to register a triple-double. Fortson, who returned to the D-Fenders for the first time after being called-up by the Los Angeles Clippers on January 16th, finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. The D-Fenders (19-10) were led in scoring by Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) (23 points, 8 rebounds) while Derrick Caracter (18 points, 10 rebounds) logged his second consecutive double-double despite coming off the bench. Additionally, Elijah Millsap tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, and Brandon Costner along with Mardy Collins each dropped in 11 points to round out the D-Fenders in double-digits. Mike James paced Erie (13-14) with 25 points and six assists, Kyle Goldcamp registered a 21-point, 17-rebound double-double, and D.J. Kennedy scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds in the loss. On the night, the D-Fenders shot 51.8 percent and limited the Bayhawks to 34.5 percent from the field. Los Angeles has now held opponents below 40 percent shooting on eight occasions this season. The two-game series between the D-Fenders and the Bayhawks will conclude at Toyota Sports Center on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com

Canton C. - Austin T. 101-110
Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) looked back at a frustrating Saturday night at Memorial Civic Center and tried to explain what happened. 'We just lacked energy that first half, and that really hurt us,' Biggs said. 'It put us in a ditch early.' The Charge found a way to climb out and peek over the edge. Then, suddenly, they were right back in that ditch. The Charge erased a big deficit during the third quarter, took an early fourth-quarter lead, then faded down the stretch as the Austin Toros snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-101 win at Memorial Civic Center in front of 3,248 fans. The Charge scored on eight of nine possessions, and six straight, to end the third quarter. Bench players Frank Hassell, Antoine Agudio and Antonio Graves, along with starter Manny Harris, keyed a Canton stretch that almost completely dissolved a deficit that was as high as 15 in the period. When Graves dropped off a pass to Hassell for a dunk to start the fourth, the deficit was gone, tying the score at 76-76. Later, Graves' driving 3-point play with 9:38 left put the Charge up 81-79 - their first lead since midway through the first quarter. 'The ball stopped sticking. There was ball movement,' Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. 'Plus, the defense. For any team in basketball, the best jump shots feed off your defense when you have numbers.' But the Charge went cold from there, making just one of their next five shots and turning the ball over twice as the Toros (19-8) regained the lead and built it back up from there. 'You forget what got you the comeback,' Jensen said. 'It was defense. It was points in transition. And rebounding. Then all of a sudden guys get comfortable. Then you're not out there on a screen or late on a rotation - like we began the game - and, bam, a two-point lead is an eight-point deficit.' Harris led Canton with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, although his performance was hurt by seven turnovers. Biggs scored 18 points. The Charge (13-16) struggled to finish in the paint most of the night. Austin blocked nine shots, led by Malcolm Thomas' six. The 6-foot-9 Thomas, a key member of San Diego State's Sweet 16 team last year, is on assignment from the Spurs. There was plenty of contact on several Canton drives, something that Jensen made sure to point out to the officials. 'We tried to play through it,' Biggs said. 'That was extremely frustrating.' Austin more than doubled Canton in free throws, making 23 of 30 to Canton's 13 of 14. 'You can never blame the officials,' Jensen said. 'You got to keep driving. I thought we lost a little bit of our aggressiveness coming off the ball screens. And a couple of times we tried to spin it or scoop it instead of just taking it strong. I think that was part of the reason we didn't get the calls.' Da'Sean Butler made 4 of 8 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead seven Toros in double figures. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) scored 20 as Austin shot 51.3 percent from the floor and seemed to have a little more energy than the Charge on the second night of a back-to-back between the two teams. Austin slapped a 22-7 run on the Charge in the second quarter to lead by as many as 18 and go to the half up, 59-45. Lance Thomas scored 14 points during the stretch as the Toros hurt the Charge in pick-and-rolls. Hassell shook off a bad start to finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Charge's 46-37 advantage on the boards. T.J. Campbell totaled 16 points and five assists, while Graves and Agudio added nine points apiece. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 96-81
Tulsa used strong third-quarter defense and balanced scoring to snare a 96-81 victory over the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League action at the Tulsa Convention Center on Saturday night. The 66ers had seven players in double figures and kicked their recent habit of fouling too often while evening their series with Texas to 3-3 on the season. 'This is the second game recently where we have come out strong defensively (in the third quarter). We've tried to stress the past couple weeks in practice to play physical on defense without fouling,' 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. Texas made just 7-of-19 shots in the third quarter. In Tulsa's past five games, guard Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) averaged 21.4 points per game, but the 66ers didn't need that kind of individual performance Saturday. Paced by Southern Nazarene product Xavier Alexander (6'6''-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: S.Nazarene) 's 14 points, Tulsa got help from a variety of players. Guard Brady Morningstar and center Ryan Reid each had 13 points, while Dyson and Robert Vaden chipped in 11 points apiece. 'We always stress here to make your teammate better. We try to sacrifice individual goals for the success of the team,' Osbourne said. Vance Cooksey led Texas with 12 points, scoring eight of the Legends' first 13 points. But Cooksey managed just a field goal and two free throws the rest of the game, thanks to a concerted effort from the Tulsa defense. Leading by just a point early, Tulsa guard Robert Vaden hit back-to-back jumpers as the 66ers got loose on an 8-2 run, stretching their lead to 20-13. Texas' 6-1 guard Booker Woodfox ended the run with a 3-pointer to pull the Legends within four with just over two minutes to go in the first half. Tulsa led by just eight points to start the second half but embarked on a 9-0 run, capped by Vaden's 3-pointer to put Tulsa up 58-41. After an inside layup in the third quarter from Reid, Tulsa led 65-48 and sustained its 'defense without fouling' mindset to finish the game. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




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Egypt U17 wins Turk Telekom Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Poland U16 83:73

Egypt U17 wins Turk Telekom Tournament with 12 participating teams. The only African representative won all the games and added 83:73 victory over Poland in the Final.
Ahmed Soliman and Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while the latter also added 16 rebounds. Oman Abdien notched 12, while Ehab Saleh posted 7. Marek Zywert (181-G-96) replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) netted 10 as Poland became the top European representative.
Vasilije Knezevic from Montenegro was selected as rebound leader with averaging 13.2, while Russian player, Aleksandr Gavrilov, became assist leader with 6.7 assists per game. Egypts Ehab Saleh was named Most Valuable Player of Turk Telekom Tournament in Sakarya, Turkey.
Ehab Saleh averaged 19.7 points, in leading Egypt to a 73-83 victory over Poland for the gold medal of Trk Telekom Tournament and securing the Most Valuable Player award. Saleh also became the most scorer player in the tournament.

Egypt U17: Ahmed Soliman 21, Moataz Hosny 21+16 rebs, Oman Abdien 12, Ehab Saleh 7
Poland U16: Marek Zywert 25, Grzegorz Kulka 13+14 rebs, Filip Pruefer 10



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Jackson will stay - by Uygar Karaca
According to recent news from BC Donetsk club officials, Darnell Jackson will stay. A few days ago, sportando.net released an article about Darnell Jackson and his possible release. Right now, Jackson will stay and because of the fact that Vojdan Stojanovski have been signed as the sixth and last foreigner player; no additional signings will come. The team is fighting for Eurocup quarter final playoffs in Group J and got their first loss against Khimki last Tuesday.

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Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 13-4 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 13-4 
 3. BC Nokia 13-5 
 4. Lapua 12-5 
 5. Pyrinto II 12-5 
 6. Oulun NMKY 10-8 
 7. Huima 8-9 
 8. SayRi 6-11 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 6-11 
 10. Ura Basket 6-11 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-14 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-17 


Finnish Korisliiga round 30 best performance: Tim Blue - by Eurobasket News
American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Salon Vilpas (#8, 11-17) with 21-point margin 90-69. KTP is placed at 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. KTP is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-16 record. In the team's last game Blue had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Middle Tennessee State University star has very solid stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.6ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg,56.0% FGP and 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Kauhajoki. Beidler had a very good evening with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Kauhajoki to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#11, 7-21) 109-85. This victory allowed Kauhajoki to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 17-10 record is not bad at all. Beidler is a newcomer at Kauhajoki, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#3). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kauhajoki's star - international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86). Makalainen scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Kauhajoki, helping his team with a 109-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#11, 7-21). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Makalainen has a very solid season. In 17 games in Finland he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP - 25 points and 3 assists
5. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) of ToPo - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84) of LrNMKY - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 24 points and 8 assists
8. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81) of Namika Lahti - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists

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


1.DIVISION: Sharpshooter Walter Baxley in action - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 17: American SG Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) led his Team Korikobrat (Lapua) with 37 points into victory over visitor Honka (Tapiola) 71-64 (42-34). It was loss # 4 this season for Honka and when FoKoPo (Forssa) defeated at the same time ToPo Academy 77-90 (42-43) in Helsinki, FoKoPo (13-4) went back on the top of this league. At Nokia BC Nokia beat Riento from Saynatsalo in the thriller 84-81 (47-47) after 14 lead changes and 10 ties. And first time ever there is a NCAA1 Finalist probably playing in the second highest level in Finland! Korihait (Uusikaupunki) didn't need anymore services from Shawn Vanzant (183-PG-88, college: Butler). This American G went to Kaarina (Ura Basket) to replace American F Lionel Green (196-G/F-84, college: SUNO) (19,4 ppg - 10,2 rpg), who left Finland for Japan. Vanzant started today by scoring 40 points (1 - 12/13, 2 - 8/20, 3 - 4/6) in 40 minutes! Ura Basket defeated Pyrinto II from Tampere 91-82 (38-44).
Lapua - Honka 71-64 (42-34). (Walter Baxley 37, Eric Williams 12/15, Kim Siven 6 - Tero Laitinen 18, Ilkka Sirola 11 Brand Thomas 8).
ToPo Academy - FoKoPo 77-90 (42-43). (Alexis Lavastida Lee 27, Tymur Babkin 16, Harri Hohteri 15 - Chris Thompson 18/10, HL Coleman 18, Sami Ikavalko 15).
BC Nokia - SayRi 84-81 (47-47). (Darren Townes 18/14, Shawn Hopkins 16, Gerald January 15/10 - Aubrey Conerly 19, Sami Mantymaa 16, Kenneth Cooper 13/14).
Ura Basket - Pyrinto II 91-82 (38-44). (Shawn Vanzant 40, Eze Andrews 23/12, Jan-Axel Alanko 22 - Osku Heinonen 18, Kristian Rasinaho 14, Niko Mattila 13).




1st Division Round 17: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

1st Division round 17 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Tapiolan Honka (13-4) against fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (12-5) 71-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tapiolan Honka. Tapiolan Honka was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Lapuan Korikobrat, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Tapiolan Honka. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Tapiolan Honka at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by FoKoPo who have the same record. Tapiolan Honka will play next round against strong BC Nokia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lapuan Korikobrat will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Oulun NMKY on the road.
Eighth-ranked Saynatsalon Riento (6-11) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked BC Nokia (13-5). BC Nokia managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Gerald January chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. BC Nokia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo and Ura Basket. BC Nokia will play against league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pyrinto II (12-5) against tenth ranked Ura Basket (6-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Pyrinto II was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Kaarina 82-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. Shawn Vanzant nailed 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Jari Pulkkinen came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Pyrinto II in the defeat. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ura Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Porvoon Tarmo and SayRi. Newly promoted Pyrinto II dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Lapua. Ura Basket will meet at home Torpan Pojat (#11) in the next round. Pyrinto II will play against BC Jyvaskyla (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Oulun NMKY (10-8) and Porvoon Tarmo (6-11), which took place in Porvoo. 6th ranked Oulun NMKY lost to ninth ranked Porvoon Tarmo in a road game 81-89. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Benzor Simmons who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ura Basket and SayRi. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-17) and seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (8-9) in Jyvaskyla on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Aanekoski beat BC Jyvaskyla 94-78. Justice Graham orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aanekosken Huima maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. BC Jyvaskyla lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Aanekosken Huima will face Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Pyrinto II in Tampere.

In the last game of round 17 FoKoPo beat ToPo Akatemia on the road 90-77.



BC Nokia - SayRi 84-81

Eighth-ranked Saynatsalon Riento (6-11) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked BC Nokia (13-5). BC Nokia managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Saynatsalon Riento was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BC Nokia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo and Ura Basket. BC Nokia will play against league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SayRi: A.Conerly 19+3reb+4ast, S.Mantymaa 16+11reb, K.Cooper 13+14reb+1ast, E.Nieminen 13, B.Abdullah 11+8reb+2ast, H.Kajander 5+2reb+1ast
BC Nokia: D.Townes 18+14reb+3ast, S.Hopkins 16+3reb, G.January 15+10reb+2ast, V.Tuominen 14+1reb+1ast, T.Riihela 14+5reb+3ast, J.Kauro 5+5reb
gschID: 150236


Porvoon Tarmo - Oulun NMKY 89-81

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Oulun NMKY (10-8) and Porvoon Tarmo (6-11), which took place in Porvoo. 6th ranked Oulun NMKY lost to ninth ranked Porvoon Tarmo in a road game 81-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Oulun NMKY won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Shawn Henderson (190-88, college: Idaho) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) produced 27 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) added 17 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ura Basket and SayRi. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: B.Moultrie 27+9reb+2ast, L.Phillips 17+3reb+7ast, J.Nofflet 15+8reb+2ast, J.Laakso 9+5reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 8+5reb, A.Kemppainen 3+1reb
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 25+7reb+2ast, S.Henderson 16+7reb+6ast, K.Hytonen 15+5reb, J.Nissinen 12+4reb+3ast, P.Uronen 8+2reb+4ast, T.Hartikainen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150232


Ura Basket - Pyrinto II 91-82

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pyrinto II (12-5) against tenth ranked Ura Basket (6-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Pyrinto II was defeated by Ura Basket in a tough game in Kaarina 82-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 53-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Shawn Vanzant (183-88, college: Butler) nailed 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Pyrinto II in the defeat. Five Pyrinto II players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ura Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Porvoon Tarmo and SayRi. Newly promoted Pyrinto II dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Lapua. Ura Basket will meet at home Torpan Pojat (#11) in the next round. Pyrinto II will play against BC Jyvaskyla (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: O.Heinonen 18+7reb+1ast, K.Rasinaho 14+6reb+1ast, N.Mattila 13+11reb, J.Kilpinen 11+4reb, J.Pulkkinen 11+12reb+4ast, S.Liljeberg 9+2reb
Ura Basket: S.Vanzant 40+7reb+2ast, E.Andrews 23+12reb+2ast, J.Alanko 22+7reb, J.Saari 4+3reb+5ast, N.Lehtila 2+2reb+2ast, T.Ritanotko 0+1reb
gschID: 150233


Lapua - Tapiolan Honka 71-64

1st Division round 17 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Tapiolan Honka (13-4) against fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (12-5) 71-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tapiolan Honka. Tapiolan Honka was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Lapuan Korikobrat, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ilkka Sirola (197-86) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tapiolan Honka. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Tapiolan Honka at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by FoKoPo who have the same record. Tapiolan Honka will play next round against strong BC Nokia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lapuan Korikobrat will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Oulun NMKY on the road.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: T.Laitinen 18+8reb+1ast, I.Sirola 11+9reb, B.Thomas 8+4reb, A.Vanjoki 8+2reb+1ast, V.Kopio 7+1reb, K.Naapi 5
Lapua: W.Baxley 37+5reb+1ast, E.Williams 12+15reb, K.Siven 6+4reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 5+8reb+1ast, V.Turja 4+3reb, J.Turja 3
gschID: 150234


ToPo Akatemia - FoKoPo 77-90

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Forssan Koripojat (13-4) beat 11th ranked Torpan Pojat (4-14) in Helsinki 90-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Forssan Koripojat. Torpan Pojat was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forssan Koripojat made 24-of-25 free shots (96.0 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Christopher Thompson (198-82, college: S.Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Forssan Koripojat's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Ukrainian power forward Timur Babkin (204-87) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Forssan Koripojat keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Tapiolan Honka. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will face Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play on the road against Ura Basket in Kaarina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 27+6reb+5ast, T.Babkin 16+8reb+1ast, H.Hohteri 15+4reb+1ast, J.Kauppinen 7+3reb, M.Nuolivirta 7+1reb, J.Aho 5+7reb+3ast
FoKoPo: H.Coleman 18+7reb+4ast, C.Thompson 18+10reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 15+3reb+1ast, M.Molenius 13+4reb, T.Robinson 12+9reb+4ast, J.Heinikoski 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 150235


Jyvaskyla - Huima 78-94

The game between 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-17) and seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (8-9) in Jyvaskyla on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Aanekoski beat BC Jyvaskyla 94-78. The game was mostly controlled by Aanekosken Huima. BC Jyvaskyla was better in fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aanekosken Huima forced 22 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aanekosken Huima maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. BC Jyvaskyla lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Aanekosken Huima will face Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Pyrinto II in Tampere.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 16+12reb+3ast, M.Markkanen 12+3reb, S.Itani 9+6reb, J.Konttinen 9+1reb+1ast, T.Kuukkanen 8+5reb+2ast, J.Parkkinen 7+9reb+2ast
Huima: J.Graham 24+12reb+2ast, T.Manning 21+3reb+3ast, T.Viertola 11+3reb+1ast, B.Bojang 11+13reb+1ast, M.Penttinen 7+1reb, J.Uecker 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150231




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NM1 Round 19: #1 Charleville-Mezieres are defeated by Montbrison - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by eighteenth ranked Montbrison (3-16) 78-65. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Montbrison outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 48-28 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Regis Aubry (199-F-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Montbrison moved-up to seventeenth place. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Montbrison are looking forward to face higher ranked Sorgues (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Lievin Basket (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Blois (12-7) against fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (13-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Blois was defeated by Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. 83-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Blois. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Jessie Begarin accounted for 16 points. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Blois in the defeat. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Blois at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Cognac and Roche. Souffelweyersheim will play against Orchesien BC (#4) in Orchies in the next round. Blois will play at home against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Sorgues where higher ranked Sorgues (11-8) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (9-10) 87-80 on Saturday. Tyray Pearson fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Xavier Pasut produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest. Loser Sorgues dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Chartres (#13) in the next round. Sorgues will play against Montbrison (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Roche (12-7) crushed at home 9th ranked Lievin Basket (10-9) by 35 points 98-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of Benjamin Thomas who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 assists. Roche's coach Yann Jolivet felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Roche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris which should be another easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play at home against the league's second-placed Charleville-Mezieres (#2).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Orchy won against Brest on the opponent's court 81-74. Chartres unfortunately lost to Cognac in a home game 76-90. CFBB was rolled over Challans on the road 58-77. Rueil crushed Clermont on its own court 77-56. St Quentin smashed Le Puy in Saint-Quentin 101-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Fabien Herard of Challans.


Roche - Lievin 98-63

Eighth ranked Roche (12-7) crushed at home 9th ranked Lievin Basket (10-9) by 35 points 98-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Lievin Basket turnovers. Roche players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Lievin Basket's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Lievin Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 assists. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 21 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Roche players scored in double figures. Roche's coach Yann Jolivet felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lievin Basket. Roche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris which should be another easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play at home against the league's second-placed Charleville-Mezieres (#2).
Top scorers:
Lievin: T.Sanborn 18+6reb+1ast, A.Hoard 13+8reb+3ast, V.Lehut 11+1reb+3ast, V.Mendy 9+1reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 8+1reb, J.Dessart 2+4reb+3ast
Roche: B.Thomas 22+1reb+8ast, F.Bateko 21+1reb+3ast, E.Andre 13+6reb+2ast, R.Pegon 12+3reb+4ast, J.Young 11+10reb+2ast, M.Diallo 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 147082


Brest - Orchy 74-81

Very expected game when 11th ranked Etendard de Brest (9-10) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Orchesien BC (13-6) 81-74. It looked good early as Etendard de Brest took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Orchesien BC had a 17-12 second period charge getting the lead and Etendard de Brest was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-81. Orchesien BC made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jimmy Lupot (190-83) added 13 points in the effort for Etendard de Brest. Orchesien BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Etendard de Brest lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel., which may be the game of the day. Etendard de Brest will play on the road against Cognac (#5).
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 17+6reb+4ast, Z.Alao 14+3reb+1ast, J.Lupot 13+4reb+2ast, A.Liorel 9+1reb+3ast, J.Doreau 9+5reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 6+1reb+9ast
Orchy: D.Petrovic 23+2reb+2ast, J.Bluntt 16+2reb, D.Cilly 16+7reb+1ast, A.Gacko 9+3reb+2ast, E.Barbry 7+8reb+4ast, R.Malet 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 147078


Chartres - Cognac 76-90

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Cognac (12-7) defeated on the road 13th ranked Chartres (8-11) 90-76. Chartres was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 50-31 second half run of Cognac. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chartres to just 6 points in third quarter. 28 personal fouls committed by Chartres helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!). American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) answered with 22 points and 4 steals and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chartres. Chartres' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cognac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois and Roche. Chartres lost fifth consecutive game. Chartres at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Cognac's next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#11) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Chartres will play against Angers BC 49 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chartres: G.Merie 22+4reb+2ast, L.Avramovic 17+8reb+1ast, Z.Bojovic 11+3reb+3ast, M.Ipouck 8+5reb+1ast, H.Jalce 6+2reb, W.Berquier 5+5reb+6ast
Cognac: M.Bigote 36+1reb+1ast, I.Caskill 13+8reb+1ast, M.Buval 12+3reb, C.Bertorelle 11+5reb+4ast, J.Godin 9+2reb+1ast, N.Kaczmarow 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147079


Souffel - Blois 83-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Blois (12-7) against fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (13-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Blois was defeated by Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. 83-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Blois. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Blois in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Blois at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Cognac and Roche. Souffelweyersheim will play against Orchesien BC (#4) in Orchies in the next round. Blois will play at home against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Blois: V.Kaunisto 27+11reb+5ast, J.Tornato 14+9reb+1ast, G.Staelens 11+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 10+1reb, B.Recoura 6+2reb, P.Brochard 3+2reb+2ast
Souffel: J.Alingue 23+5reb+2ast, J.Begarin 16+3reb+2ast, F.Broliron 15+3reb+3ast, J.Bach 12+4reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 8+2reb+1ast, T.Traineau 4+3reb
gschID: 147080


Challans - CFBB 77-58

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked CFBB (2-17) was rolled over on the road by tenth ranked Vendee Challans (10-9) 77-58. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 14-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 26. Vendee Challans forced 19 CFBB turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Boris Dallo (193-94) answered with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Alexandre Chassang (199-94) added 13 points in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lievin. CFBB at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. CFBB will play against Roche.
Top scorers:
CFBB: A.Chassang 13+4reb, B.Dallo 11+7reb+4ast, A.Racine 9+5reb+2ast, D.Inglis 8+2reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 7+8reb, Y.Morin 5
Challans: J.Almanson 24+4reb+3ast, F.Herard 23+5reb+4ast, S.Cherasse 11+2reb+3ast, G.Renon 8+5reb+5ast, N.Gouacide 6+2reb, J.Geay 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147081


Charleville - Montbrison 65-78

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by eighteenth ranked Montbrison (3-16) 78-65. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Montbrison outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 48-28 including a 35-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Regis Aubry (199-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. St Robert is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Montbrison moved-up to seventeenth place. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Montbrison are looking forward to face higher ranked Sorgues (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Lievin Basket (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Belser 16+8reb+1ast, F.Calvez 13+1reb+4ast, C.Guillarme 13+6reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 9+2reb+1ast, D.Pistre 5+2reb+1ast, N.Boundy 4+4reb+1ast
Montbrison: R.Aubry 24+10reb+2ast, B.Tillon 15+3reb+2ast, J.St Robert 12+8reb+1ast, C.Pegon 8+3reb+2ast, G.Filet 7+4reb+2ast, L.Biela 7+10reb+3ast
gschID: 147074


Sorgues - Angers BC 49 80-87

An interesting game took place in Sorgues where higher ranked Sorgues (11-8) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (9-10) 87-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-80. Angers BC 49 made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest. Loser Sorgues dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Chartres (#13) in the next round. Sorgues will play against Montbrison (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: D.Griffin 17+5reb, X.Pasut 15+8reb+1ast, A.Thinon 14+2reb+4ast, D.Quincy-Jones 10+7reb+3ast, Y.Bassine 9+1reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 6+3reb
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 22+12reb, O.Sulpice 17+3reb+4ast, T.Ramphort 17+2reb+3ast, S.Traore 16+11reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 9+5reb+3ast, J.Casseus 4+2reb
gschID: 147075


Rueil - Clermont 77-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourteenth ranked Rueil's (8-11) home victory over 15th ranked Stade Clermont (6-13) 77-56. The game was mostly controlled by Rueil. Stade Clermont was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Stade Clermont to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Stade Clermont 53-25 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Karim Gourari (195-89) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Center Karim Ouattara (212-70) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) added 10 points in the effort for Stade Clermont. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chartres. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be league's leader Saint-Quentin on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Vendee Challans (#10) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clermont: K.Ouattara 13+9reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 11+4reb, J.Beugnot 10+2reb+1ast, B.Matanga 10+2reb+3ast, M.Diakite 7+3reb, J.Cortey 4+1reb+5ast
Rueil: K.Gourari 13+4reb+9ast, S.Cabarkapa 13+16reb+5ast, G.Mdivani 12+9reb, M.Diame 11+9reb, M.Niakate 11+1reb+1ast, C.Mansare 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147076


Le Puy - St Quentin 71-101

There was no surprise in Le Puy en Velay where 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-15) was outplayed by second ranked Saint-Quentin (15-4) 101-71. Le Puy ASMB was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 64-33 second half run of Saint-Quentin. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Le Puy ASMB's 42. Saint-Quentin forced 20 Le Puy ASMB turnovers and outrebounded them 47-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Adrien Daube (193-89) answered with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Yohann Smail (197-90) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Le Puy ASMB. Five Saint-Quentin and four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Le Puy ASMB lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 15 games lost. Saint-Quentin's next round opponent will be Rueil (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them. Le Puy ASMB will play against Blois.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: A.Daube 20+7reb+4ast, G.Sene 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Smail 13+9reb+2ast, R.Wilson 10+3reb, F.Bornerand 7+3ast, M.Gotagni 6+2reb+1ast
St Quentin: K.Howell 25+7reb+3ast, O.Romain 17+4reb+5ast, D.Williams 14+7reb+3ast, J.Lesieu 13+11reb+3ast, G.Sylvain 10+8reb, K.Bichard 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 147077




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Superleague: Round 1 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in Superleague just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Superleague round 1 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Feni Indistrija (14-3) against sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-9) 92-88 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. Kumanovo 2009 made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Feni Indistrija only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. International swingman Marko Simonovski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of three victories in a row. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rabotnicki. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by MZT Skopje who have the same record. Feni Indistrija will play next round against Fersped-Rabotnicki trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kumanovo 2009 will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Lirija in Skopje.

The most impressive performance of 1st round was 23 points, 7 assists and 5 steals by Igor Mijajlovic of MZT Skopje.


Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 69-88
No shocking result in a game when second ranked MZT Skopje (14-3) crushed on the road 5th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-9) 88-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 50-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: I.Mijajlovic 23+3reb+7ast, G.Cekovski 19+6reb+2ast, T.Gecevski 14+11reb+3ast, N.Dahlman 11+4reb, N.Vucurovic 7+4reb, C.Davis 6+3reb+2ast
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 20+10reb, M.Pavlovic 18+4reb, V.Zujovic 9+4reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 8+4reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 8+1reb+3ast, U.Vasiljevic 4+2reb
gschID: 168275


Torus Skopje - Lirija 78-73
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Lirija's (10-7) road loss to third ranked Torus Skopje (12-5) 73-78 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Torus Skopje made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Lirija. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Torus Skopje maintains third place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader MZT Skopje. Lirija at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 21+9reb+3ast, B.Trajkovski 21+9reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 9+6reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 8+3reb, N.Karakolev 7+5reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 7+1reb
Lirija: V.Filipovic 16+6reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 16+3reb, B.Radunovic 14+9reb, T.Simic 12+9reb+1ast, C.Morban 8+2reb+3ast, M.Carter 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168276


Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija 92-88 OT
Superleague round 1 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Feni Indistrija (14-3) against sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (8-9) 92-88 in overtime was the most important game of the last round. Kumanovo 2009 made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Feni Indistrija only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. International swingman Marko Simonovski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of three victories in a row. Kumanovo 2009 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rabotnicki. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by MZT Skopje who have the same record. Feni Indistrija will play next round against Fersped-Rabotnicki trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kumanovo 2009 will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Lirija in Skopje.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 24+7reb+3ast, D.Mikic 18+14reb+3ast, M.Janjusevic 16, U.Lukovic 12+9reb, D.Matic 12+6reb+2ast, M.Janevski 7+2reb
Feni Indistrija: M.Simonovski 16+5reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 15+4reb+1ast, J.Frye 12+7reb+2ast, G.Samardziev 9+2reb+5ast, Z.Gocevski 9, D.Knezevic 8+8reb


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 14-3 
 2. Feni Indistrija 14-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 12-5 
 4. Lirija 10-7 
 5. Rabotnicki 8-9 
 6. Kumanovo 8-9 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 4-12 
 2. Kozuv 3-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-14 


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Smith's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old forward Tracy Smith (203-F, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for MIA Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Batumi (#10, 1-10) with 40-point margin 96-56. MIA Academy maintains the 5th position in Georgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MIA Academy will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. Smith turned to be MIA Academy's top player in his first season with the team. Tracy Smith averages this season 15.5ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) of TSU Tbilisi. He is a guard in his first season at TSU Tbilisi. In the last game Chikviladze recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as TSU Tbilisi lost that game 80-103 to the higher-ranked Olimpi (#2, 9-2). TSU Tbilisi is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Chikviladze is one of the most experienced players at TSU Tbilisi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#7). He also recorded 10.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nemanja Ilic (206-F/C-83) of Samedicino (#9). Ilic scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Samedicino, leading his team to a 87-73 easy win against the higher-ranked STU Tbilisi (#6, 5-6). The chances of Samedicino not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ilic could try to bring Samedicino's a little bit higher in the standings. Ilic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Georgia he scored 10.5ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) of Samedicino - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of MIA Academy - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olimpi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84) of Olimpi - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87) of Olimpi - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ilija Milutinovic (211-C-88) of Olimpi - 11 points and 13 rebounds

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


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John Bynum (TBB Trier) It Is All About Containing Dashaun Wood And Keeping Him Off His Right Hand And Making Him More Perimeter Orientated - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with Eurobasket before the game against Alba Berlin February fifth.

How relieving was the one point win against EnBW Ludwigsburg last weekend?

It felt good to get the win especially when it is a close one like that. We really needed that win and maybe we can get on a run to improve the second half.


What was the biggest strength in that game from TBB Trier?

I think our strength was being able to stay together and exucute towards the end of the game. We were able to get stops and we were able to win a close one.


The next game is against Alba Berlin. What is your memory of the first game in Trier earlier this season?

We had our chances in that game to win, but we ended up losing the game in the last minutes. It is a game I felt we should have won and it was one of our many close loses in the first half of the season.


Alba Berlin is coming off a last second win in Bonn. What will be key to getting the win?

We just have to execute and play solid defense and stay together at all times especially being on the road.


It seems like the league is getting a knack how to slow down Dashaun Wood on some nights. On what aspect of his game do you focus most on?

I think for the most part you can just control him but I think if there was a key was to keep him off his right hand and make him more perimeter oriented. He is a good player and I think it is more about containing him.

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

If Blake griffin would have been able to grab a hold of the rim it would have been up there but it is in the top10 for sure.

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?

New York Giants will win 21-17.... Sorry miles.

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

I like the chances of a German team winning it, we got some solid teams still alive and playing good basketball too

Thanks John For the chat.



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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 16-3 
 2. Kirchheim 15-5 
 3. Crailsheim 13-7 
 4. Chemnitz 12-8 
 5. Webmoebel 11-7 
 6. Jena 10-10 
 7. Duesseldorf 10-10 
 8. NBC 9-10 
 9. Heidelberg 9-10 
 10. Ehingen 9-11 
 11. ETB Wohnbau 8-11 
 12. Cuxhaven 8-11 
 13. Karlsruhe 8-12 
 14. Braves 5-15 
 15. Leitershofen 3-16 


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


Rain Veideman Joins BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BBC Bayreuth have reacted to the injury to Corey Stokes by bringing in Rain Veideman (192-G-91). After the transfer of David Noel failed after he suffered an injury, the team didnt add another American, but instead found an Estonian with Veideman. Veideman is a 20 year old 193 cm guard that last played for Tartu Ulikool (KML) where he averaged 15,6ppg, 3,7rpg 2,8apg and 2,1spg in 16 games. 'We are very happy that Tartu likool gave him the freedom to go and that he has the chance to make a break through for us and in the Beko BBL. He is a player that we could see in the team next season as well', stressed BBC Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum.

Veideman started his basketball career in 2007-.2008 for BC Kalev II. In 2008-2009, he played for SK Kuremaa (KML, starting five): 16 games: 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.6%, played also at Noortekoondis/Triobet. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Rakvere Tarvas (KML): 32 games: 15.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 76.2%. Last season, he played for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (KML): Baltic League: 24 games: 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 80.4%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 11.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%; Estonian League: 35 games: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 79.7%. 'I have been observing Rain Veideman (192-G-91) for a while and am happy that he was avaliable. He is a big talent and could play at ahigh level in 2-3 years. He penetrates evry well to the basket. We can use a player like that. He can draw many players to him and then still make the pass. He is good on the pick and roll. He wants to make the next step and I am happy that he can do it with us', added BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco van den Berg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Estonian U16 National Team -07, European Championships U16 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) -07, Estonian U18 National Team -08-09, European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) -08: 6 games: 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT-1 (84.4%), Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Newcomers Team -09, 10, European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -09: 9 games: 18.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 65.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 81.5%, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Newcomer of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 2nd Team -10, Estonian League Finalist -10, 11, Estonian League Regular Season Runner-Up -10, 11, Estonian National Team -10-11, Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 10.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.7%, Estonian Cup Winner -11, 12, Baltic League Quarterfinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention -11, Estonian 1.Liiga Semifinals -11, Estonian U20 National Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team -11, and European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) -11 (Silver): 9 games: 17.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-2 (3.0spg), FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 78.9%.

Source: BBC Bayreuth




BBL Round 20: No surprise as #1 Brose Baskets defeat Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (9-11) in Bamberg 97-66. The game without a history. Brose Baskets 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 Telekom Baskets' 38. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) responded with 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Telekom Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-9) outlasted New Yorker Phantoms (11-9) in overtime by five points 92-87. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and Mike Smith supported him with 20 points. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) did not help to save the game for New Yorker Phantoms. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EWE Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen in the next round where they are favorite. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg where higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-12) were upseton the court of seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-14) 82-57 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Alex Harris who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Tim Ohlbrecht produced 12 points for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Bayreuth and Walter Tigers. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked Walter Tigers (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against New Yorker Phantoms in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Walter Tigers destroyed Bayreuth on the opponent's court 79-57. B.Muenchen outscored Goettingen in a home game 101-78. TBB Trier recorded a loss to ALBA on the road 73-61. Art.Dragons defeated EWE Baskets on its own court 95-81. Ratiopharm beat LTi 46ers in Ulm 76-70. s.Oliver Baskets won against Phoenix Hagen at home 88-76.



Bayreuth - Walter Tigers 57-79

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-12) was crushed at home by thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (8-12) 79-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 20 points. The other American import guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) chipped in 13 points. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bayreuth and Fraport SKY. Walter Tigers will meet at home EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Bayreuth will play against Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 20+1reb+2ast, R.Redding 13+3reb+1ast, L.Campbell 10+1reb+3ast, J.Young 10+4reb+2ast, A.Hodzic 9+5reb+1ast, T.Nash 7+7reb+1ast
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 17+12reb, B.Hunter 16+2reb, B.Wyrick 10+5reb+3ast, T.Smith 6+6reb+3ast, O.Jeanty 4+2reb+2ast, D.Gibson 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133271


B.Muenchen - Goettingen 101-78

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Bayern Muenchen (11-9) smashed at home bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (2-18) 101-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. BG Goettingen managed to win fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BG Goettingen to just 5 points in third quarter. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Darrell Tucker (206-80, college: USF, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Five Bayern Muenchen and four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to sixth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. BG Goettingen lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Bayern Muenchen will meet TBB Trier (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BG Goettingen will play against ALBA Berlin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 16+10reb, R.Benzing 15+2reb, C.Troutman 15+6reb+2ast, J.Foster 13+5reb+4ast, J.Wallace 12+2reb+8ast, P.Schwethelm 9+4reb+1ast
Goettingen: P.Horne 16, D.Tucker 14+3reb, M.Weber 11+2ast, J.Allen 10+1reb+3ast, K.Bailey 10+6reb+2ast, S.Evans 5+4reb
gschID: 133272


Brose Baskets - Telekom Baskets 97-66

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (9-11) in Bamberg 97-66. The game without a history. Brose Baskets 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 Telekom Baskets' 38. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) responded with 14 points and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Telekom Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 20+9reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 17+5reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 13+3reb+3ast, B.Roberts 10+2reb+5ast, M.Slaughter 9+7reb+1ast, A.Gavel 9+1reb+5ast
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 16+1reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 14+4reb+1ast, T.Battle 12+5reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 12+2reb+2ast, C.Ensminger 8+6reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 133264


ALBA - TBB Trier 73-61

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked TBB Trier (6-14) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (13-6) 73-61 on Sunday. TBB Trier was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth position with 13-6 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the sixteenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. ALBA Berlin will meet bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TBB Trier will play against Bayern Muenchen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 19+5reb+4ast, B.Taylor 18+6reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 14+3reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 13+3reb+2ast, S.Schultze 3+2reb, L.Staiger 2+1reb
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 19+5reb, N.Linhart 17+12reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 8+8reb, D.Joyce 6+1reb+6ast, A.Seiferth 6+2reb, J.Bynum 3+4reb
gschID: 133265


Bremerhaven - NY Phantoms 92-87 OT

Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (10-9) outlasted New Yorker Phantoms (11-9) in overtime by five points 92-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But New Yorker Phantoms won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where New Yorker Phantoms used huge pressure winning it 20-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-13. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) supported him with 20 points. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) did not help to save the game for New Yorker Phantoms. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) added 17 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EWE Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen in the next round where they are favorite. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 21+6reb+1ast, M.Smith 20+4reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 15+6reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 13+7reb+4ast, J.Cain 10+3reb+1ast, A.Gordon 6+5reb+4ast
NY Phantoms: M.Umeh 17+4reb, K.Visser 15+8reb, D.Schroeder 14+2reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 12+8reb+1ast, R.Kulawick 11+2reb+1ast, D.Theis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133266


Art.Dragons - EWE Baskets 95-81

Everything went according to plan in Quakenbrueck where third ranked Artland Dragons (15-5) beat 7th ranked EWE Baskets (10-9) 95-81 on Saturday. The game without a history. Artland Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by EWE Baskets' players. The best player for the winners was American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian center Milan Majstorovic (207-83) produced 15 points and American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Artland Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. EWE Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons will meet s Oliver Baskets (#5) in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against Phoenix Hagen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 23+7reb+1ast, D.Holston 18+5reb+8ast, B.Thomas 12+2reb+1ast, A.King 12+8reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 8+4reb+1ast, G.Gruenheid 6+2reb+2ast
EWE Baskets: M.Majstorovic 15+3reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 14+2reb+1ast, B.Brown 13+1reb+4ast, S.Sehovic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Chubb 9+7reb+2ast, R.Burrell 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133267


LTi 46ers - Ratiopharm 70-76

There was no surprise in Giessen where 14th ranked LTi 46ers (7-13) were defeated by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (17-2) 76-70 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely LTi 46ers outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-89, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 13 points. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-2 record behind leader Brose Baskets. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Phoenix Hagen. ratiopharm Ulm will meet at home league's leader Brose Baskets in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LTi 46ers will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 19+8reb+1ast, T.Mason-Griffin 13+1reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 10+4reb+1ast, I.Swann 9+3reb, K.Nankivil 7+1reb+1ast, P.Guenther 7+2reb+2ast
LTi 46ers: E.Ovcina 19+12reb+2ast, K.Archibong 14+6reb, B.Stewart 13+6reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 8+3reb+6ast, W.Bernard 7+3reb+1ast, T.McCullough 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133268


EnBW L'burg - Fraport SKY 82-57

An interesting game took place in Ludwigsburg where higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-12) were upseton the court of seventeenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (6-14) 82-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. EnBW Ludwigsburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. EnBW Ludwigsburg outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 34-16 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for EnBW Ludwigsburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 12 points. International power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) produced 12 points and American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Bayreuth and Walter Tigers. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked Walter Tigers (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against New Yorker Phantoms in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 28+5reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 12+4reb+3ast, A.Fisher 11+5reb+3ast, J.Greer 8+6reb+1ast, J.Lischka 7+1reb+1ast, J.Green 6+1reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: T.Ohlbrecht 12+4reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 10+3reb, Q.Robertson 9+2reb, M.Thompson 8+1reb+2ast, J.McKinney 6+2ast, D.Gibson 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 133269


s.Oliver Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 88-76

No shocking result in a game in Wuerzburg where sixth ranked s Oliver Baskets (12-8) won against 15th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-13) 88-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Phoenix Hagen managed to win fourth quarter 30-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fifth place. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Phoenix Hagen will play against EWE Baskets (#8) in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: I.Elliott 18+7reb+2ast, R.Harris 16+1reb, C.Frazier 15+12reb, B.Jacobson 12+2reb+3ast, J.Boone 9+4reb+2ast, C.Kramer 6+2reb+3ast
Phoenix Hagen: A.Constantine 19+6reb+3ast, B.Brooks 15+5reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 10+2ast, Z.Jonusas 10+5reb+1ast, D.Spohr 9+1reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 133270




ProA Round 21: Mitteldeutscher BC defeats Leitershofen in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Fifteenth-ranked Leitershofen (3-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (16-3) in Diedorf on Sunday. The visitors from Weissenfels managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mitteldeutscher BC made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) with 22 points and 4 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#11) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play at home against Science City Jena (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kirchheim. Second ranked host Kirchheim Knights (15-5) smashed 3rd placed Crailsheim Merlins (13-7) 91-66. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Sebastian Adeberg accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Crailsheim Merlins 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kirchheim Knights. They maintain second place with 15-5 record behind leader MBC. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Kirchheim Knights will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#10) in Allmendingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#13) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Essen where higher ranked USC Heidelberg (9-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-11) 81-76 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Chris Alexander who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sanijay Watts who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cuxhaven. USC Heidelberg lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with NBC. ETB Wohnbau will meet league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#12) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Duesseldorf where higher ranked Gloria Giants (10-10) were upseton its own court by twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-11) 80-70. It was a good game for Garrett Williamson who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Gloria Giants' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to tenth place. Gloria Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: NBC lost to Jena on the opponent's court 78-87. Cuxhaven unfortunately lost to Chemnitz in a home game 78-88. Braves was rolled over Karlsruhe on the road 77-101.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Jeremy Black of Jena.



Jena - NBC 87-78

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked NBC (9-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Science City Jena (10-10) 87-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But NBC won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to NBC's 38. 26 personal fouls committed by NBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) added 18 points in the effort for NBC. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Science City Jena moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Duesseldorf. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Science City Jena's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play on the road against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg.
Top scorers:
Jena: J.Black 31+9reb, T.Kepkay 20+2reb+2ast, C.Roquette 9+6reb+2ast, K.Barker 7+4reb+4ast, T.Schwartz 5+3reb, J.Voigtmann 5+5reb
NBC: W.Chavis 19+2reb+4ast, J.Harris 18+2reb+2ast, C.Adler 11+5reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 9+3reb+1ast, I.Okoye 8+7reb, R.De Michael 7+7reb
gschID: 141511


Kirchheim - Crailsheim 91-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kirchheim. Second ranked host Kirchheim Knights (15-5) smashed 3rd placed Crailsheim Merlins (13-7) 91-66. The game without a history. Kirchheim Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kirchheim Knights outrebounded Crailsheim Merlins 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Crailsheim Merlins were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Christoph Tetzner (200-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points respectively for Crailsheim Merlins in the defeat. Five Kirchheim Knights and four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kirchheim Knights. They maintain second place with 15-5 record behind leader MBC. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost. Kirchheim Knights will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#10) in Allmendingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#13) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: S.Adeberg 15+5reb, A.Smith 13+5reb+6ast, N.Menck 13+5reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 13+5reb+2ast, C.Brooks 12+5reb+3ast, B.Griffin 10+4reb+2ast
Crailsheim: C.Tetzner 14+4reb+2ast, D.Webb 13+9reb+1ast, B.Baptist 10+2reb+2ast, M.Hill 10+1reb, J.Stohl 8+1reb, A.Cook 4+2ast
gschID: 141512


ETB Wohnbau - Heidelberg 81-76

An interesting game took place in Essen where higher ranked USC Heidelberg (9-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-11) 81-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ETB Wohnbau made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while USC Heidelberg only scored eight points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Canadian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cuxhaven. USC Heidelberg lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with NBC. ETB Wohnbau will meet league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 21+5reb+7ast, D.Kapelan 19+5reb, K.Wysocki 19+4reb, K.Chones 8+5reb+2ast, J.Henley 8+4reb, P.Carney 5+2reb+2ast
Heidelberg: S.Watts 16+9reb, C.Burgess 15+3reb+4ast, J.Heindel 13+9reb, O.Komarek 8+1reb, K.Barth 7+3reb+4ast, P.Zipser 7+1reb
gschID: 141513


Leitershofen - MBC 83-85

Fifteenth-ranked Leitershofen (3-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (16-3) in Diedorf on Sunday. The visitors from Weissenfels managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mitteldeutscher BC made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) with 22 points and 4 assists and American center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Mitteldeutscher BC and five Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#11) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play at home against Science City Jena (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Reid 20+4reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 18+5reb+4ast, S.Wachalski 15+5reb, S.Leutloff 14+6reb, L.Hinnant 8+2reb+3ast, P.Heyden 6+7reb+1ast
Leitershofen: J.Lipke 22+2reb+4ast, D.Richardson 20+6reb+2ast, C.Hassan 15+6reb+3ast, S.Bowlin 11+3reb+5ast, A.Kronhardt 10+7reb+2ast, F.Foerster 3
gschID: 141514


Duesseldorf - Ehingen 70-80

An interesting game took place in Duesseldorf where higher ranked Gloria Giants (10-10) were upseton its own court by twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-11) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. Gloria Giants was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) added 21 points in the effort for Gloria Giants. Five Ehingen/Urspringschule and four Gloria Giants players scored in double figures. Gloria Giants' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to tenth place. Gloria Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: K.Bright 19+1reb+3ast, A.Buechert 15+5reb+3ast, G.Williamson 15+8reb+1ast, V.Matthews 10+3reb+4ast, A.Calvin 10+3reb+1ast, T.Jahn 5+7reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 21+3reb, R.Keerles 20+9reb+3ast, P.Friedel 14+2ast, P.Flomo 10+12reb+1ast, C.Bennett 2+2reb+2ast, C.Pfeil 2
gschID: 141515


Cuxhaven - Chemnitz 78-88

Very predictable result when fifth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (12-8) defeated on the road 10th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (8-11) 88-78. Cuxhaven BasCats were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BV Chemnitz 99 made 29-of-30 charity shots (96.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) contributed with 25 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Five Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for BV Chemnitz 99. They moved-up to fourth place. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against USC Heidelberg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 25+2reb+2ast, G.Johnson 19+12reb+7ast, T.Shaw 15+7reb+1ast, P.Stachula 9+2reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 7+9reb, D.Lawson 6+2reb+1ast
Cuxhaven: J.El Domiaty 19+4reb+5ast, J.Capel 18+7reb+4ast, D.Rice 10+4reb+5ast, N.Gerwig 10+11reb+2ast, M.Pluskota 10+4reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141509


Karlsruhe - Braves 101-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves' (5-15) road loss to thirteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (8-12) 77-101. The game without a history. BG Karlsruhe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Saar-Pfalz Braves' 36. They outrebounded Saar-Pfalz Braves 45-22 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 22 points in the effort for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Saar-Pfalz Braves' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BG Karlsruhe maintains thirteenth place with 8-12 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against NBC (#8) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 31+5reb+1ast, J.Howard 23+13reb+1ast, D.Jones 13+4reb+1ast, M.Stockton 11+2reb+4ast, R.Roessler 10+8reb+3ast, M.Hubner 6+5reb
Braves: L.Jeka 22+1reb+2ast, N.Okorie 21+5reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 9+7reb, E.Land 7+1reb, T.Reed 6+2reb, M.Damjanovic 5+2reb
gschID: 141510




ProB Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Dorsten (#5) forced the game against Hertener Loewen (#3) into an overtime, but lost by four points 90-94 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dorsten. Worth to mention a great performance of Zamal Nixon who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 6 assists. Hertener Loewen (14-6) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. Newly promoted Dorsten dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Hertener Loewen will face SG Schwelmer Baskets (#5) on the road in the next round. Dorsten will play against ALBA Berlin II.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant.
In Group North Bayer Giants beat Stahnsdorf on the road 78-68. ALBA Berlin II won against Vechta on its own court 82-69. Schwelm managed to outperform Wolfenbuettel in a road game 84-76. Hannover managed to beat SU Medien at home 82-67. Rist Wedel was crushed by Wulfen on the opponent's court 82-57.
In Group South Leipzig beat Hanau in a home game 80-68. BSW Sixers won against Dragons on the road 79-74. Gotha managed to outperform Noerdlingen on its own court 78-68. TSV Troester managed to beat Giessen in Breitenguessbach 82-79. BG Illertal was defeated by Licher Baeren at home 72-86. Langen was beaten by Fraport SKY II on the opponent's court 101-89.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 31 points and 8 rebounds by Vincent Kittmann of Herten.



Group North
Stahnsdorf - Bayer Giants 68-78

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Bayer Giants (8-12) beat higher ranked RSV Eintracht (11-10) in Stahnsdorf 78-68 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. RSV Eintracht was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Farid Sadek (188-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Akeem Bennett (190-87, college: St.Francis, NY) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho) added 14 points in the effort for RSV Eintracht. Five Bayer Giants and four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants moved-up to tenth place in Group North. RSV Eintracht lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Bayer Giants will face higher ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: F.Sadek 19+6reb+7ast, C.Robinson 16+3reb, T.Joenke 15+8reb+1ast, M.Goddek 10+2reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 10+3reb+3ast, M.Brueggemann 6+2reb
Stahnsdorf: A.Bennett 15+5reb+3ast, K.Watson 14+4reb+1ast, Y.Evans 12+6reb, T.Schoeps 10+4reb+3ast, O.Mackeldanz 5+8reb, T.Lange 4+1reb
gschID: 143692


ALBA Berlin II - Vechta 82-69

There was an upset when higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (13-7) lost on the road to twelfth ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-14) 82-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ALBA Berlin II outrebounded SC Rasta Vechta 43-32 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Turkish forward Cem Dinc (211-85, college: Harvard) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Sebastian Fulle (189-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five ALBA Berlin II players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALBA Berlin II maintains twelfth position in Group North with 6-14 record. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin II will face higher ranked Dorsten (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Bayer Giants in Leverkusen.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: J.Ney 21+6reb, S.Fulle 18+10reb+1ast, C.Dinc 15+11reb+4ast, D.Stackhouse 14+8reb+5ast, L.Staiger 10+8reb+6ast, J.Schmidt 2
Vechta: M.Smallwood 16+9reb, F.Stuckemann 14+2reb, D.Krause 9+1reb+1ast, D.Madrich 8+12reb, M.Boadu 7+2reb+5ast, A.Rudowitz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143687


Wolfenbuettel - Schwelm 76-84

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (12-8) won against on the road 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (9-12) 84-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 47-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import forward Alexander Starr (196-84, college: Centenary) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to fifth place in Group North. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face league's second-placed Hertener Loewen at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Holmes 22+16reb+3ast, J.Smith 16+3reb+1ast, A.Starr 14+6reb+3ast, K.Speier 12+7reb+3ast, J.Ducker 8+5reb+1ast, M.Agyapong 5+3reb
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 21+2reb+3ast, R.Owens 19+7reb+2ast, H.Knopke 9+10reb+8ast, D.Adams 8+1ast, D.Nawrocki 6+4ast, S.Schubert 5+4reb
gschID: 143688


Hannover - SU Medien 82-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Spot Up Medien Baskets' (14-6) road loss to first ranked Hannover Tigers (15-4) 67-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-67. Hannover Tigers made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Hannover Tigers maintains first position in Group North with 15-4 record. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Hannover Tigers will face SSV Lok Bernau (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 20+2reb+1ast, J.Doerksen 17+8reb+2ast, R.Williams 17+7reb+4ast, J.Prasuhn 17+11reb, L.Oehlmann 5+2reb, T.Welzel 3+3reb+3ast
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 22+5reb, D.Theis 18+15reb+1ast, F.Theis 17+4reb, W.Buchmiller 6+2reb, C.Njoya Nken 2+1reb, B.Wenzel 2+2reb
gschID: 143689


Herten - Dorsten 94-90 OT

Dorsten (#5) forced the game against Hertener Loewen (#3) into an overtime, but lost by four points 90-94 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dorsten. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Dorsten won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Dorsten used huge pressure winning it 20-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Dorsten was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 6 assists. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) contributed with 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Dorsten. Five Dorsten players scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen (14-6) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. Newly promoted Dorsten dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Hertener Loewen will face SG Schwelmer Baskets (#5) on the road in the next round. Dorsten will play against ALBA Berlin II.
Top scorers:
Herten: V.Kittmann 31+8reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 31+4reb+6ast, J.Taylor 17+9reb+2ast, R.Wright 8+4reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 5+3reb, M.Berger 2+7reb+7ast
Dorsten: J.Cadmus 18+6reb, N.Pelaj 17+1reb, T.Lipke 16+5reb+1ast, B.Poole 14+14reb+4ast, T.Bryant 13+5reb+6ast, M.Schulze-Pals 6+2reb
gschID: 143690


Wulfen - Rist Wedel 82-57

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked BSV Wulfen and 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel had identical 8-12 record. This time BSV Wulfen used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Wedel 82-57 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. SC Rist Wedel was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding SC Rist Wedel to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded SC Rist Wedel 42-30 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) added 13 points in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BSV Wulfen (9-12) moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel. SC Rist Wedel at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. BSV Wulfen will face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: T.Reuter 17+3reb+2ast, S.Briggs 16+9reb+5ast, N.Janoschek 14+3reb+1ast, R.Sherman 9+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 9+7reb+2ast, R.Bakoa 8+2reb+1ast
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 14+6reb, A.Pettaway 13+4reb, P.Huber-Saffer 8+5reb, F.Boeke 8+3reb, K.Gausa 5+1reb, P.Wischnewski 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 143691


Group South
Leipzig - Hanau 80-68

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Hanau (11-8) lost on the road to third ranked USC Leipzig (13-6) 80-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Leipzig. Hanau was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Leipzig forced 19 Hanau turnovers. Hanau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Marian Schick (198-86) added 12 points in the effort for Hanau. USC Leipzig moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen. Newly promoted Hanau keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. USC Leipzig will face league's second-placed Noerdlingen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hanau will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#10) in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 25+3reb+5ast, R.Schirmer 12+7reb, M.Pratt 12+10reb+3ast, K.Kranz 10+3reb, N.Beier 6+2reb, W.Simon 6+2reb
Hanau: C.Miles 14+13reb+2ast, M.Schick 12+3reb, I.Ickert 11+1reb, A.Sharda 8+3reb+3ast, J.Hirschberg 6+3reb, D.Michalczyk 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 143819


Dragons - BSW Sixers 74-79

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked BSW Sixers (12-7) beat on the road one of their biggest challengers Dragons Rhoendorf (11-7) 79-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 27-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Ryan McLemore (206-85, college: Edinboro) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Nick Larsen (187-83) replied with 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Tim Kasper (198-92) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. Five BSW Sixers and four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers moved-up to fourth place in Group South. Dragons Rhoendorf at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. BSW Sixers will face TSV Troester (#9) in Breitenguessbach in the next round where they are favorite. Dragons Rhoendorf will play on the road against Licher Baeren (#8).
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: A.Fleetwood 22+10reb+4ast, M.Haut 15+2reb+1ast, S.Ahnsehl 12+3reb+3ast, F.Diestelhorst 11+4reb+1ast, R.McLemore 10+8reb+2ast, S.Ahnsehl 5+4reb+5ast
Dragons: N.Larsen 22+4reb+7ast, S.Turnbull 11+2reb+2ast, E.Jones 11+7reb, T.Kasper 10+12reb+1ast, F.Koch 8+4reb, M.Leschek 6+2reb
gschID: 143820


Gotha - Noerdlingen 78-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Noerdlingen's (13-6) road loss to first ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-4) 68-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Noerdlingen was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Konstantin Klein (185-91) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward Josef Eichler (200-87) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Noerdlingen. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains first position in Group South with 15-4 record. Newly promoted Noerdlingen keeps the second place with six games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face Giessen Pointers (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Noerdlingen will play against USC Leipzig (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gotha: K.Klein 21+3reb+3ast, M.Monk 15+11reb+3ast, L.Niebuhr 10+7reb+2ast, T.Baker 9+5reb, K.Schaffartzik 9+2reb+1ast, T.Jarmusz 6+1reb
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 19+3reb, J.Jamerson 18+5reb+1ast, J.Eichler 17+8reb+2ast, D.Rastatter 6+5reb+1ast, K.Johnson 4+6reb, D.Rotim 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143821


Giessen - TSV Troester 79-82

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked TSV Troester (9-10) edged on the road 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-17) 82-79 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TSV Troester made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 assists. Forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) replied with 23 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and his fellow American import forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Giessen Pointers. Giessen Pointers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TSV Troester moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Giessen Pointers lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked BSW Sixers (#4) in Sandersdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against the league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Harris 30+3reb+5ast, T.Korndoerfer 14+7reb+2ast, S.Dinkel 14+2ast, D.Schmidt 9+2reb+5ast, I.Pavic 6+4reb, M.Rockmann 5
Giessen: D.Stevens 23+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+6reb, Z.Pavlovic 10+2reb, F.Rotaru 8+10reb+2ast, O.Biallas 8+8reb+1ast, D.Henke 8+2reb
gschID: 143822


BG Illertal - Licher Baeren 72-86

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-16) lost at home to eighth ranked Licher Baeren (9-10) 86-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (182-89) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Licher Baeren maintains eighth position in Group South with 9-10 record, which they share with TSV Troester. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Licher Baeren will face higher ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against TV 1862 Langen (#7).
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: G.Aud 24+5reb+4ast, T.Bradshaw 20+11reb, B.Young 11+3reb+1ast, D.Dorr 9+12reb+1ast, V.Klassen 8+1reb+1ast, R.Christen 7+4reb+1ast
BG Illertal: F.Oladipo 18+12reb+6ast, M.Mercer 15+5reb+2ast, D.Jones 11+2reb+3ast, B.Falkner 9+3reb, M.Wenzl 6+3reb, M.Simic 4+6reb
gschID: 143823


Fraport SKY II - Langen 101-89

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (6-13) defeated 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-9) in Frankfurt 101-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-89. It was a very good performance for American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 steals. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Fraport Skyliners II's coach Klaus-Gunther Mewes used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) replied with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Marco Voeller (201-89) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TV 1862 Langen. Five Fraport Skyliners II and four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II maintains tenth position in Group South with 6-13 record. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face higher ranked Hanau (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 23+3reb+2ast, F.Franke 21+3reb+3ast, F.Theilig 13+8ast, D.Jemison 13+8reb, D.Barthel 13+5reb+2ast, T.Oldenburg 9+6reb+2ast
Langen: N.Drury 23+6reb+8ast, L.Fitzgerald 20+6reb, M.Voeller 19+7reb, J.Domdey 16+5reb+1ast, S.Greene 6+1reb+1ast, M.Schneider 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 143824




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A2 Round 17: Periko/Arhelaos defeat leader Panelefsiniakos - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-4) in Perikos on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (6-11) 62-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Giannis Foutsitzis (198-79, college: S.New Hampshire) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) answered with 16 points for Panelefsiniakos. Panelefsiniakos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pagrati. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras. Periko/Arhelaos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against AEK in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Second ranked Apollon Patras (13-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed AEK (10-7) 68-66 on Saturday evening. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) stepped up and scored 26 points and 4 assists for the winners and Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Apollon Patras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Panelefsiniakos lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. AEK lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos and Lavrio. Apollon Patras will play against bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AEK will play against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to fifth ranked Arkadikos (10-7) 103-81 on Saturday evening. Panagiotis Ifantis nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Arkadikos' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alex Stevovic came up with 26 points for AEK/Argous in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Arkadikos. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with AEK and Lavrio. AEK/Argous lost their fourteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Arkadikos will meet at home Lavrio (#6) in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
OFI (#9) forced the game against Ikaroi Serron (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 83-85. The game took place in Heraklion. But the guests from Serres were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Evaggelis Margaritis who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). OFI's coach Chris Hugaz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ikaroi Serron. They maintain third place with 11-6 record having just two points less than leader Panelefsiniakos. OFI lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play on the road against Perama Ermis (#12).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Perama Ermis (8-9) and Pagrati (6-11), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Perama Ermis lost to fourteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 72-86 on Saturday. Giannis Dimakos orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Perama Ermis' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pagrati maintains fourteenth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Newly promoted Perama Ermis dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Pagrati will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Ermis Lagkada was smashed by Panerythraikos on the road 84-52. Doxa Lefkadas lost to Amyntas Dafnis on its own court 57-71. Nea Kifisia unfortunately lost to Lavrio in a road game 79-83.


OFI - Ikaroi Serron 83-85 OT

OFI (#9) forced the game against Ikaroi Serron (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 83-85. The game took place in Heraklion. But the guests from Serres were better at the end. The guests were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 8-6. Ikaroi Serron made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Ikaroi Serron outrebounded OFI 38-25 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (202-82) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) produced 26 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ikaroi Serron. They maintain third place with 11-6 record having just two points less than leader Panelefsiniakos. OFI lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play on the road against Perama Ermis (#12).
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: E.Margaritis 26+7reb+2ast, K.Totsios 21+3ast, F.Simeonidis 16+12reb+5ast, S.Kaberidis 11+4reb+4ast, S.Mourtos 11+4reb, P.Gripsios 0
OFI: D.Lewis 26+3reb, A.Sizopoulos 17+4reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 11+3reb, S.Toutziarakis 9+7reb+1ast, C.Papanikolaou 7+1reb+3ast, D.Karadolamis 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 138453


Pagrati - Perama Ermis 86-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Perama Ermis (8-9) and Pagrati (6-11), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Perama Ermis lost to fourteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 72-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. Perama Ermis was better in third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Perama Ermis 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Perama Ermis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perama Ermis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perama Ermis' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pagrati maintains fourteenth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Newly promoted Perama Ermis dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Pagrati will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 25+2reb+1ast, S.Veskoukis 18+7reb+3ast, N.Makris 13+3reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 12+7reb+2ast, A.Sigounas 8+17reb+1ast, C.Vidalis 7+1ast
Perama Ermis: N.Michalos 19+8reb+3ast, K.Paschalis 15+6reb, A.Koronidis 11+2reb+3ast, M.Milicevic 11+3reb, D.Kapiniaris 7+2reb+1ast, L.Skoutaris 6+6reb
gschID: 138454


Panerythraikos - Ermis Lagkada 84-52

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Panerythraikos (7-10) crushed 11th ranked Ermis Lagkada (8-9) in New Eritrea 84-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. Panerythraikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ermis Lagkada to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Panerythraikos dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Ermis Lagkada's 16 and made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Panerythraikos forced 20 Ermis Lagkada turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ermis Lagkada's players. Guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Nikos Pritsos (197-82) contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Spyros Kekelis (181-80) added 12 points in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panerythraikos maintains thirteenth place with 7-10 record. Loser Ermis Lagkada dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Panerythraikos will face Pagrati (#14) in Athens in the next round.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: G.Rodostoglou 24+7reb+5ast, N.Pritsos 12+4reb+1ast, S.Katoufas 11+2reb+1ast, A.Michaloglou 9+5reb+1ast, K.Macheras 9+4reb+1ast, T.Straganiotis 6+4reb+5ast
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 15+7reb+1ast, S.Kekelis 12+4reb+2ast, T.Kamariotis 6, G.Anagnostopoulos 5+4reb+2ast, H.Plioukas 4+3reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 3+8reb+2ast
gschID: 138455


Doxa Lefkadas - Amyntas Dafnis 57-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (9-8) lost at home to twelfth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (8-9) 71-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. Doxa Lefkadas was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Giorgos Sourlis (190-85, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Nigerian forward Vasilis Ekine (201-83) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Doxa Lefkadas. Doxa Lefkadas' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Amyntas Dafnis. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face Ermis Lagkada (#11) in Lagadas in the next round.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: G.Sourlis 20+3reb+4ast, L.Zoupas 18+6ast, D.Lolas 9+6reb+1ast, K.Vardavas 8+8reb, D.Chilaris 7+8reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 3+2reb
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Pettas 12+6reb, V.Ekine 10+6reb+2ast, K.Tsotsos 8+1reb, G.Skoufis 7+4reb, O.Matenidis 7+3reb, A.Vournas 6+1reb
gschID: 138448


Lavrio - Nea Kifisia 83-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Lavrio and 8th ranked Nea Kifisia had identical 9-7 record. This time Lavrio used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Athens 83-79 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Nea Kifisia won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lavrio made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Cypriot guard Vassilis Kounas (195-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nea Kifisia. Five Lavrio and four Nea Kifisia players scored in double figures. Lavrio (10-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with AEK and Arkadikos. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Lavrio will face Arkadikos (#4) in Arkadia in the next round. Nea Kifisia will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: N.Psileas 15+5reb+1ast, V.Kounas 14+1reb+7ast, G.Kakiouzis 13+8reb+6ast, M.Perakis 12+1reb, G.Psomaderis 12, D.Giannakopoulos 11+6reb+3ast
Nea Kifisia: S.Nikitakis 22+5reb+9ast, M.Kolokas 16+3reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 13+4reb+1ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 12+8reb+2ast, F.Moschovitis 6+2reb, S.Diamantopoulos 5+3reb
gschID: 138449


AEK/Argous - Arkadikos 81-103

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to fifth ranked Arkadikos (10-7) 103-81 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadikos. AEK/Argous managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Forward Panagiotis Ifantis (203-80, agency: FCM) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadikos' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) came up with 26 points and Gianni Koukounias added 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for AEK/Argous in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Arkadikos. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with AEK and Lavrio. AEK/Argous lost their fourteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. Arkadikos will meet at home Lavrio (#6) in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: A.Gizogiannis 21+8reb+3ast, P.Ifantis 20+10reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 18+1reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 13+2reb+4ast, S.Gizogiannis 8+4reb+1ast, S.Tosic 8+1reb+1ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 26+4reb+3ast, S.Tsabis 16+2reb+1ast, P.Efstratiou 16+8reb, G.Koukounias 12+11reb+2ast, G.Vavatsikos 9+3reb+3ast, G.Flevaris 2
gschID: 138450


AEK - Apollon Patras 66-68

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Second ranked Apollon Patras (13-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed AEK (10-7) 68-66 on Saturday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But AEK won third quarter 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Apollon Patras especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) stepped up and scored 26 points and 4 assists for the winners and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and Nikolaos Kourtis scored 16 points. Four AEK players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Panelefsiniakos lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. AEK lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos and Lavrio. Apollon Patras will play against bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AEK will play against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 26+4reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 21+7reb+3ast, S.Daniil 6+2reb, D.Virijevic 5+7reb+2ast, G.Lianos 4+6reb+2ast, G.Petropoulos 3+4reb
AEK: N.Kourtis 16+4reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 12+2reb+4ast, V.Sklavos 12+3reb, A.Mantzaris 10+6reb+3ast, D.Despos 9+11reb+3ast, P.Noeas 5
gschID: 138451


Periko/Arhelaos - Panelefsiniakos 62-58

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-4) in Perikos on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (6-11) 62-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Giannis Foutsitzis (198-79, college: S.New Hampshire) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) answered with 16 points and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Panelefsiniakos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pagrati. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras. Periko/Arhelaos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against AEK in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Foutsitzis 18+5reb+1ast, P.Martzos 12+6reb+1ast, K.Bechlivanis 11+2reb+2ast, T.Panaras 11+6reb+4ast, G.Maltesios 7+3reb, D.Marmarinos 3+5reb+2ast
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 16+3reb+3ast, T.Nikou 11+1reb+4ast, S.Magounis 8+7reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 6+4reb, S.Manavopoulos 4+5reb, N.Mantzioris 4+5reb
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Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 13-4 
 2. Apollon Patras 13-4 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 11-6 
 4. Arkadikos 10-7 
 5. AEK 10-7 
 6. Lavrio 10-7 
 7. Doxa Lefkadas 9-8 
 8. Nea Kifisia 9-8 
 9. OFI 8-9 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 8-9 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 8-9 
 12. Perama Ermis 8-9 
 13. Panerythraikos 7-10 
 14. Pagrati 6-11 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 6-11 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-17 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 15-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 14-1 
 3. Kolossos 13-3 
 4. Panionios 12-4 
 5. AGOR 8-7 
 6. Kavala 8-8 
 7. Peristeri GS 6-9 
 8. PAOK 6-10 
 9. Aris 6-10 
 10. Ilysiakos 6-10 
 11. KAOD 5-11 
 12. Ikaros 3-14 
 13. Marousi 0-16 


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Stepco BSW loses center Kenneth van Kempen to Ankle injury - by Fred Roggen
Dutch center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) , a key inside presence for Stepco BSW, sprained his ankle during the team's victory Saturday over Rotterdam Basketbal College. Almost certainly the Dutch NT-center misses the return game of the quarterfinals for the Dutch Cup against GasTerra Flames.
Van Kempen left the court after three minutes in Rotterdam. In the hospital, they found a piece of loose bone fragment in his ankle. A course of treatment has not yet been established.
Kenneth van Kempen is averaging 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.




Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 14-5 
 2. Den Bosch 13-5 
 3. Leiden 11-4 
 4. Nijmegen 11-6 
 5. Zwolle 9-10 
 6. Leeuwarden 8-10 
 7. Weert 3-15 
 8. Rotterdam 2-16 


Results Dutch Basketball League: Gas Terra Flames Win Thriller; Magixx Kidsright Stun Lauselac Aris; Stepco Weert Wins - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, Gas Terra Flames stepped it up in crunchtime to win a close thriller over Eiffel Towers and take over the top spot in the DBL. Meanwhile in other action, Lauselac Aris had once again difficulties in the 4th quarter, letting a double digit lead heading into the final quarter melt away and allow Magixx Kidsright to win. In the matchup between the top bottom teams, Stepco Weert wins over Rotterdam Basketball College.

In the packed Martiniplaza in the Gas Terra Flames-Eiffel Towers matchup, strong heady clutch play from
Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) on offense, and David Bell (186-G-81) on defense helped Gas Terra Flames win an 89-84 thriller over Eiffel Towers. With the game tied at 79-79 in the closing minutes, a Wyatt thre-point play and on the ensuing Eifeel offense a Bell steal and layup gave the Flames the momentum edge which they would not relinquish. Eiffel would eventually cut it to one on a Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) layup and a Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) three-pointer, but the Flames were cool and calm at the free throw line in the end to seal the win. Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) led the Flames with 21 pts., with Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) adding 20 and Bell with 14. Wesley led all scorers with 23 pts. The Flames shot 65% FG and had a 35-24 rebounding advantage. The win improves Gas Terra Flames' record to 14-5, a half-game ahead of Eiffel Towers in the DBL standings.


In Wijchen, Lauselac had once again difficultiew protecting a lead heading into the 4th quarter, as Magixx Kidsright gave the home fans its money's worth in a comeback 91-85 win. Magixx had a 25-8 run in the last six minutes of the game which Lauselac could not counter. The Bekkering brothers had a big hand in the run, and Lauselac Aris did not help themselves through a flagrant foul by Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: CS Northridge) from then on, Lauselac Aris had no chance to win the game. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) led five Magixx players in double figures with 19 pts. DBL top scorer Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) led all scorers with 26 pts. Magixx improves to 11-6 while Lauselac Aris falls to 8-10.


In Rotterdam, the height advantage played to Stepco Weert's advantage, as they needed it in a comeback win over Rotterdam Basketball College 79-73. The Limburgers found themselves down 56-47, and after taking the lead 68-67 in crunch time, tow consecutive three-pointers by Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan) and Sjors Besseling (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) kept the Rotterdammers at bay. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) had a strong game with a double-double of 20 pts. and 14 rebounds. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, college: W.Virginia) led all scorers with 22 pts.



Rogier Jansen suspended for three games - by Fred Roggen
EiffelTowers Den Bosch Point Guard Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side), has been suspended from play for three games after being assessed two technical fouls and ejected from Saturday nights 89-84 loss against the GasTerra Flames. The length of Jansens suspension is unknown, however, and the EiffelTowers are awaiting word on just how many more games hell miss.
Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) averaged 11.4 points per game this season and added 3.1 assists per game
EiffelTowers Den Bosch plays the next three games against ZZ Leiden, Stepco BSW and Lasaulec Aris.




Coleman's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Weert and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Rotterdam (#8, 2-16) 79-73. Weert is placed at 7th position in Dutch league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just three victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Coleman as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Coleman leads league in rebounds with 8.7rpg. Coleman is in league's top in and averages solid 54.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of league's second-best Den Bosch. He is American forward in his first season at Den Bosch. In the last game Wesley recorded impressive 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Den Bosch lost that game 84-89 to slightly higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 14-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Den Bosch still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Wesley is a newcomer at Den Bosch and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Lance Jeter (190-G-88) of Leeuwarden (#6). Jeter scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Jeter's great performance Leeuwarden lost 85-91 to slightly higher-ranked Nijmegen (#4, 11-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leeuwarden ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jeter could help Leeuwarden to bring them higher in the standings. Jeter has a great season in Holland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best). He also has FGP: 63.6% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Groningen - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of Nijmegen - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82) of Rotterdam - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) of Rotterdam - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Keflavik vs Tindastoll in Powerade Cup finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Final Four of Powerade cup was today. Keflavik & Tindastoll made it the Cup finals by winning their games.
Keflavik at home beat Division 1 team KFI 90-77. Bad second quarter was the hole KFI could not overcome and Keflavik kept their lead till the end.
Main scorers for Keflavik. Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) 25 Charles Michael Parker 20. Jarryd Cole 14 & 17 rebounds. Christopher Miller-Williams had 24 for KFI.

Tindastoll made it to the finals for first time in the history of the Club by winning KR 89-86 in a very close game most of the time but Tindastoll leading almost every minute.
Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) (Agency Icebasket) in his first home game after he moved from Valur last week was the best player on Tindastoll team with 19 points. 6 rebound and 5 blocks.
Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU) 18 for Tindastoll. Joshua Brown (187-G-88, college: Towson) 32 Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) 30 & 14 rebounds for KR.


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NBL Round 26: Leader Satria Muda gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Satria Muda delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (4-12) 109-50 in Jakarta. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Pacific Caesar managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 32. Satria Muda forced 21 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 72-21 including a 35-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Pek King Dhay (185-78) produced 12 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda (15-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Pacific Caesar lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Aspac (14-2) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (11-5). Aspac managed to secure a 9-point victory 60-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Pringgo Regowo contributed with 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) replied with 8 points and 16 rebounds for CLS Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pandang. Local Muba Hangtuah (9-7) outscored 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-15) 105-44 on Saturday night. Ahmad Junaidi scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners. Nanda Fadhilah responded with 3 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. NSH GMC Riau lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Muba Hangtuah will meet higher ranked Garuda (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSH GMC Riau will play against Bima Sakti (#8).



Muba Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau 105-44

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pandang. Local Muba Hangtuah (9-7) outscored 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-15) 105-44 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Muba Hangtuah held NSH GMC Riau to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.4 percent accuracy of the winners and had 31 for 43 from the free-throw line, while NSH GMC Riau only scored six points from the stripe. Muba Hangtuah forced 36 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Muba Hangtuah players scored in double figures. Nanda Fadhilah (171-85) responded with 3 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Samuel Agustinus (172-86) scored 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. NSH GMC Riau lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Satya Wacana. Muba Hangtuah will meet higher ranked Garuda (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSH GMC Riau will play against Bima Sakti (#8).
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Junaidi 18+3reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 16+1reb, A.Sapto 12+4reb+2ast, A.Prasetyo 10+6reb+1ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 10+4reb, M.Victor Ardiansyah 9+3reb+2ast
NSH GMC Riau: Y.Efendi 9+2reb, S.Agustinus 9+3reb, B.Damanik 7+2reb+2ast, R.Israelli 6+1reb, A.Pamungkas 3+2reb, A.Amier 3+5reb+1ast
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Satria Muda - Pacific Caesar 109-50

Leader Satria Muda delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (4-12) 109-50 in Jakarta. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Pacific Caesar managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 32. Satria Muda forced 21 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 72-21 including a 35-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pek King Dhay (185-78) produced 12 points and forward Muhammad Fauzia (184-88) added 5 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda (15-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Pacific Caesar lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: C.Ronaldo Sitepu 19+13reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 17+3reb+3ast, F.Julius Ahmad 15+3reb+4ast, A.Wisnu 15+12reb+1ast, B.Siregar 9+4reb, F.Susanto 8+7reb+2ast
Pacific Caesar: P.King Dhay 12+1ast, G.Nagata 7+1reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 6+1reb, M.Fauzia 5+3reb+2ast, D.Galih 4+1ast, D.Yulyanto 4+1reb
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CLS Knights - Aspac 51-60

The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Aspac (14-2) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (11-5). Aspac managed to secure a 9-point victory 60-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CLS Knights. It looked good early as CLS Knights took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aspac had a 16-10 second period charge getting the lead and CLS Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-60. Aspac forced 21 CLS Knights turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) contributed with 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) replied with 8 points and 16 rebounds and Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CLS Knights. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. CLS Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: F.Andika Ramadhani 17+6reb+1ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 10+3reb, P.Regowo 9+15reb, H.Santosa 8+2reb, D.Gerungan 8+7reb+6ast, I.Thoyib 8+18reb
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 18+5reb, A.Indrajaya 8+16reb+3ast, R.Utomo 6+3reb+2ast, D.Haryoko 5+6reb+1ast, D.Muharri 4+7reb+5ast, A.Ekayana 3+5reb
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SuperLeague Round 16: 11890 Killester beats UCD Marian in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: 11890 Killester (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). 11890 Killester (11-5) smashed visiting UCD Marian (6-10) by 39 points 93-54. 11890 Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UCD Marian's 34. They outrebounded UCD Marian 63-20 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by UCD Marian's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 10 blocks. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Jody O'Neill chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) produced 17 points and 5 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. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record having five points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. 11890 Killester are looking forward to face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Second ranked B.Gais Neptune faced 4th ranked Moycullen. Host B.Gais Neptune (9-6) defeated guests from Moycullen (4-13) 62-53. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Philip Taylor contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. B.Gais Neptune's coach Mark Scannell allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Cian Nihill (193-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Moycullen. B.Gais Neptune maintains second position with 9-6 record having eight points less than leader UCC Demons. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. B.Gais Neptune will play against UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Moycullen will play on the road against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Belfast. First ranked DCU Saints faced 4th ranked Belfast Star. Guests from Dublin (15-2) smashed host Belfast Star (1-14) 82-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Keith Anderson who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Joshua Johnson responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. DCU Saints have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Belfast Star lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. DCU Saints will meet league's leader UCC Demons in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play against the league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



B.Gais Neptune - Moycullen 62-53

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Second ranked B.Gais Neptune faced 4th ranked Moycullen. Host B.Gais Neptune (9-6) defeated guests from Moycullen (4-13) 62-53. B.Gais Neptune forced 20 Moycullen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Philip Taylor (196-86, college: Genesee CC) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. B.Gais Neptune's coach Mark Scannell allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Cian Nihill (193-88) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Paul O'Brien (193-88) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Moycullen. B.Gais Neptune maintains second position with 9-6 record having eight points less than leader UCC Demons. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. B.Gais Neptune will play against UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Moycullen will play on the road against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: P.O'Brien 20+8reb, C.Nihill 19+9reb+2ast, M.Dowd 4+3reb+7ast, E.Maxwell 4+2reb+4ast, D.Cunningham 4+8reb+5ast, N.Cunningham 2+7reb
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 25+11reb+1ast, P.Taylor 15+8reb, G.Noonan 10+3reb+5ast, S.Sheehan 2+1reb+2ast, R.Downey 2+4reb+2ast, G.Walsh 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 145174


Belfast Star - DCU Saints 63-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Belfast. First ranked DCU Saints faced 4th ranked Belfast Star. Guests from Dublin (15-2) smashed host Belfast Star (1-14) 82-63. They outrebounded Belfast Star 60-30 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. DCU Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 3 passes made by Belfast Star's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Keith Anderson (188-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds and American center Michael Trimmer (204-67, college: Wooster) who added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five DCU Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) scored 16 points. DCU Saints have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Belfast Star lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. DCU Saints will meet league's leader UCC Demons in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play against the league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: J.Johnson 24+14reb, S.Dawson 16, S.Summersgill 9+5reb, F.Toner 6+4reb+2ast, M.McKillop 3+4reb, C.Johnston 2+1reb
DCU Saints: K.Anderson 26+5reb+2ast, M.Trimmer 20+11reb+1ast, P.Glover 12+11reb+2ast, J.Donnelly 11+8reb+2ast, M.Provizors 10+10reb+4ast, E.Quill 2+9reb+1ast
gschID: 145172


11890 Killester - UCD Marian 93-54

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: 11890 Killester (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). 11890 Killester (11-5) smashed visiting UCD Marian (6-10) by 39 points 93-54. 11890 Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UCD Marian's 34. They outrebounded UCD Marian 63-20 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by UCD Marian's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 10 blocks. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Jody O'Neill chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five 11890 Killester players scored in double figures. Swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Daniel James (189-90) added 11 points and 6 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. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-5 record having five points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. 11890 Killester are looking forward to face Belfast Star (#4) on the road in the next round. UCD Marian will play against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: K.Foley 17+5reb+1ast, D.James 11+6reb+2ast, C.Meany 7+3reb+2ast, C.James 6+1reb, B.O'Riain 5+1ast, N.Meany 4+1reb+1ast
11890 Killester: J.Turner 19+15reb+5ast, E.Chubb 13+6reb+4ast, J.O'Neill 12+5reb+7ast, R.Clarke 12+2reb+6ast, M.Westbrooks 11+10reb+2ast, M.Gomes 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145173




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Round 14: Leader Toyota Alvark loses to Aishin Sea Horses - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toyota Alvark (20-8) in Fuchu on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Aishin Sea Horses (21-7) 60-54. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 20-7 record before this meeting. Toyota Alvark was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) produced 8 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Fuchu between second ranked Aishin Sea Horses and top-ranked Toyota Alvark where Aishin Sea Horses (21-7) beat Toyota Alvark (20-8) on the road 80-74. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shinsuke Kashiwagi contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Panasonic Trians. Sixth ranked Hokkaido L. (12-16) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked Panasonic Trians (16-12). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. Takehiko Orimo scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Kenta Hirose responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Panasonic Trians' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. maintains sixth position with 12-16 record. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hitachi SR. Hokkaido L. will meet higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panasonic Trians will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-12) against seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated by Mitsubishi Dolphins in a tough game in Nagoya 75-79. Byron Allen notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains seventh position with 11-17 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third place with 12 games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins' next round opponent will be higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (3-25) won against 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (13-15) in a home game by 5 points 75-70 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Scott Merritt who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 3-25 record. Tochigi Brex lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hitachi SR crushed Mitsubishi DD in Osaka 81-60. Hokkaido L. was beaten by Panasonic T. at home 87-95. Tochigi Brex destroyed Toshiba BT on the opponent's court 80-61.


Mitsubishi DD - Hitachi SR 60-81

There was no surprise in Nagoya where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-17) were crushed by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-12) 81-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hitachi Sunrockers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who scored 14 points. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Five Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 16-12 record having five points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Panasonic T. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 18+16reb, Y.Ueta 11, J.Uzawa 10+7reb, K.Igarashi 6+4ast, Z.Abe 4+1ast, Y.Yo 3
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 14+3reb+3ast, D.Kobayashi 13+3reb, J.Smith 12+4reb+2ast, C.Maraker 12+2reb, F.Nishimura 11+4reb+4ast, J.Kano 5
gschID: 137498


Mitsubishi DD - Hitachi SR 79-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-12) against seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated by Mitsubishi Dolphins in a tough game in Nagoya 75-79. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Mitsubishi Dolphins, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins maintains seventh position with 11-17 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third place with 12 games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins' next round opponent will be higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 23+4reb+1ast, C.Maraker 19+7reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 14+12reb+1ast, J.Smith 7+5reb, H.Kashiwakura 6+1reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 3+2reb+5ast
Mitsubishi DD: B.Allen 18+10reb+1ast, R.Hale 17+10reb, Z.Abe 11+2reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 10+4reb+8ast, J.Uzawa 8+3reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137499


Hokkaido L. - Panasonic T. 87-95

No shocking result in a game in Saporro where third ranked Panasonic Trians (16-12) defeated 6th ranked Hokkaido L. (12-16) 95-87 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-87. Panasonic Trians made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 19 points. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Panasonic Trians and four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panasonic Trians have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-12 record having five points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Hitachi SR. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Panasonic Trians will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 19+6reb, T.Klette 18+5reb, T.Orimo 13+2reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 10+3reb+2ast, T.Abe 8+4reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+3reb+3ast
Panasonic T.: A.Custis 19+4reb+1ast, K.Hirose 18+6reb+6ast, C.O'Bannon 15+5reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 13+3reb, F.Aono 10+4reb+1ast, T.Onishi 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137492


Hokkaido L. - Panasonic T. 76-73

A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Panasonic Trians. Sixth ranked Hokkaido L. (12-16) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked Panasonic Trians (16-12). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-73. Hokkaido L. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 28. They outrebounded Panasonic Trians 37-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. maintains sixth position with 12-16 record. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Hitachi SR. Hokkaido L. will meet higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panasonic Trians will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 21+5reb, K.Hirose 16+11reb+5ast, H.Watanabe 13+4reb+4ast, C.O'Bannon 11+4reb+1ast, A.Custis 6+2ast, Y.Abe 2
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 22+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 16+5reb+2ast, J.Lewis 12+4reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 9+5reb, J.Kurino-Dews 8+6reb+1ast, T.Klette 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 137493


Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 54-60

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Toyota Alvark (20-8) in Fuchu on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Aishin Sea Horses (21-7) 60-54. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 20-7 record before this meeting. Toyota Alvark was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) produced 8 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. Aishin Sea Horses are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 10+6reb, K.Matsui 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Okada 9+1reb, J.Gibbs 8+10reb, T.Shonaka 7+2reb, M.Takahashi 6+4reb+1ast
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 13+10reb+3ast, A.Richardson 11+8reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+1ast, S.Asayama 7+2reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 6, T.Furukawa 5+1reb
gschID: 137494


Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH 74-80

Another exciting game was played in Fuchu between second ranked Aishin Sea Horses and top-ranked Toyota Alvark where Aishin Sea Horses (21-7) beat Toyota Alvark (20-8) on the road 80-74. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toyota Alvark won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) added 14 points in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Toyota Alvark at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 24+9reb+2ast, Y.Okada 14+3reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 9+6reb, T.Ito 6+3reb+4ast, M.Takahashi 6+3reb+1ast, K.Matsui 5+1reb
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 27+5reb+4ast, S.Kitagawa 13+2reb, S.Kashiwagi 10+6ast, T.Furukawa 9+4reb+1ast, K.Young 9+3reb, H.Ryoma 5
gschID: 137495


Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex 75-70

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (3-25) won against 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (13-15) in a home game by 5 points 75-70 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The former international power forward Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. The former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 13 points and 4 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 3-25 record. Tochigi Brex lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: Y.Tabuse 13+3reb+4ast, T.Amino 12+6reb, R.Anzai 9+1ast, C.Garnett 8+8reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 8+11reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 7+2reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: H.Ono 15+2reb+1ast, S.Merritt 15+15reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 10+11reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 6
gschID: 137496


Toshiba BT - Tochigi Brex 61-80

Rather expected game in Kanagawa where 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (3-25) were rolled over by fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (13-15) 80-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 39-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) chipped in 25 points. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains fifth position with 13-15 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders stay dead last with 25 lost games. Tochigi Brex will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Merritt 16+7reb, S.Kikuchi 12+2reb, Y.Yamashita 6+1reb+2ast, C.Moss 6+3reb, H.Ono 5, Y.Kuwahara 5+2reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: M.Kataoka 25+1reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 14+13reb+3ast, T.Amino 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 9+2reb+5ast, D.Yamada 6+6reb, S.Ito 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 137497




Akita Northern Happinets lands Green - by Eurobasket Center
Akita Northern Happinets (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American swingman Lionel Green (196-G/F-90kg-84, college: SUNO). In his first game he scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Shinshu BW 80-73. Green played most recently at Kaarinan Ura Basket (Finland). He is a very experienced player. Green graduated Southern University - New Orleans in 2010. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Yokohama B-Corsairs adds Burns to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Draelon Burns (194-G-85, college: De Paul) joined Yokohama B-Corsairs and already debuted for the team. In his first game he scored 5 points helping his new team beat Iwate Big Bulls 79-64.
Burns played most recently at Elitzur Yavne (Israel). While playing 3 games for Elitzur Yavne this season he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. In his top game this season he recorded 17 points at the Regular Season Round 2. Kiryat Tivon overcame Elitzur Yavne 95-78. Kiryat Tivon shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Elitzur Yavne only scored ten points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Draelon Burns added 17 points for the hosts.
Burns is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Iceland and Israel.



Iwate Big Bulls lands Boykin - by Eurobasket Center
Iwate Big Bulls strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Jamal Boykin (203-F-87, college: California). The player already appeared in the squad.
In 2005-2006 he started for Duke (NCAA) and in 2007-2008 moved to California (NCAA). In his last season there his stats read 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGPNCAA-5 (58.4%), FT: 86.3%. In
2010-2011 moved to Gaziantepspor (Turkey-TB2L, starting five) and after 17 games averaged 17.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.6%.
The season 2011-2012 started for Papa Johns Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A, starting five), but in Feb.'12 moved to Iwate Big Bulls (Japan-BJ League, starting five)
In his first game he scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. However his new team lost to Yokohama BC 64-79.



BJ League Round 33: Osaka Evessa edges Shiga L-Stars by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 33 in the BJ League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (18-11) to third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-8) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 38-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Osaka Evessa 47-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who scored 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Yu Okada (184-83) who recorded 22 points. Osaka Evessa maintains third place with 19-8 record having just 0 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (16-13) against sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (14-15) on Saturday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Sendai 89ers in a tough game in Niigata 73-80. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Johnny Dukes contributed with 11 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Niigata Albirex. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth place with 14-15 record. Niigata Albirex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Sendai 89ers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Shimane Magic (17-12) 79-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Lawrence Blackledge stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Michael Parker with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix (18-10) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
Leader Okinawa GK recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-27) 88-58. Dillion Sneed nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Takamatsu FA's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 23-6 record. Takamatsu FA at the other side keeps the ninth position with 27 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Second ranked Akita Happinets (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (11-18). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Ricky Woods who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 18-11 record having just -1 point less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars. Shinshu BW lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2).

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Fukuoka Rizing were crushed by Kyoto Hannar. in a road game 97-74. Toyama Grouses beat Oita H.Devils at home 86-73. Saitama Bron. were destroyed by Chiba Jets on the opponent's court 103-84. Chiba Jets unfortunately lost to Saitama Bron. in a home game 79-93. Yokohama BC managed to beat Iwate Big Bulls on the road 79-64.



Kyoto Hannar. - Fukuoka Rizing 97-74

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-11) was crushed on the road by second ranked Kyoto Hannar. (20-7) 97-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 47-23 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Fukuoka Rizing's players. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who recorded 19 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) added 21 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. maintains second place with 20-7 record having just -1 point less than leader Okinawa GK which they share with defeated Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 21+3reb+1ast, C.Dixon 19+4reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 10+5ast, J.Dearman 10+5reb+1ast, M.Kano 6+2reb+1ast, T.Rintaro 4+3reb
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Cummard 16+6reb+7ast, L.Allred 15+18reb+3ast, B.Camara 14+6reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 12+3reb+3ast, J.Boyette 10+2reb+2ast, R.Rickert 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 142114


Shimane SM - Hamamatsu P. 62-79

Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Shimane Magic (17-12) 79-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 7 points in second quarter. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 20 Shimane Magic turnovers. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix (18-10) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 16+10reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 14+7reb+2ast, B.Puckett 11+5reb, R.Golson 10+8reb+2ast, J.Davis 9+13reb, J.Nakama 2+2reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: L.Blackledge 23+10reb, W.Arnold 21+5reb+1ast, J.Dixon 10+2reb+4ast, S.Nakanishi 10+7reb, J.Parmer 8+8reb+1ast, A.Ohta 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 142115


Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 88-58

Leader Okinawa GK recorded the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-27) 88-58. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Takamatsu FA to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 51-38 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Takamatsu FA in the defeat. Takamatsu FA's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 23-6 record. Takamatsu FA at the other side keeps the ninth position with 27 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: K.Smith 15+7reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 12+5reb, P.Butorac 10+8reb, N.Williams 9+10reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 5+2reb+3ast, M.Kita 3
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 21+3reb, A.McHenry 15+11reb+3ast, D.Sneed 13+15reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 13+1reb+1ast, D.Palmer 10+1reb+2ast, J.Newton 6+12reb
gschID: 142116


Niigata Albirex - Sendai 89ers 73-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (16-13) against sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (14-15) on Saturday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Sendai 89ers in a tough game in Niigata 73-80. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-25 Niigata Albirex's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-73 at the end of the game. Strangely Niigata Albirex outrebounded Sendai 89ers 51-35 including a 25-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sendai 89ers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Niigata Albirex was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) added 10 points and 19 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth place with 14-15 record. Niigata Albirex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Sendai 89ers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 25+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+4reb+1ast, B.Davis 11+8reb, C.Holm 10+19reb+2ast, K.Sato 4+3reb, H.Kondo 4+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 31+8reb, J.Dukes 11+11reb+7ast, T.Komoda 9+1reb, T.Shimura 8+1reb+6ast, R.Singleton 8+7reb+2ast, H.Kusaka 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 142109


Toyama Grouses - Oita H.Devils 86-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (14-13) defeated at home 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-20) 86-73 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Toyama Grouses's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-26 extending their advantage to 13 points. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 48-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) who recorded 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fourth place. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 27+7reb, W.White 15+9reb+1ast, M.Lottich 13+6reb, N.Takushi 9+4reb+4ast, D.Hayakawa 5+3reb, M.Ohara 2+2reb
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 29+13reb+5ast, D.Searcy 17+13reb+3ast, M.Joho 16+5reb+5ast, I.Brown 11+5reb+2ast, T.Mito 11+6reb+2ast, L.Turner 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142110


Shinshu BW - Akita NH 73-80

The game in Nagano was also quite interesting. Second ranked Akita Happinets (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Shinshu BW (11-18). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Akita Happinets forced 20 Shinshu BW turnovers. Shinshu BW was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) added 23 points and 4 assists respectively. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 18-11 record having just -1 point less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars. Shinshu BW lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2).
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 23+4ast, E.Morris 19+12reb+4ast, T.Saito 10+3reb+6ast, T.Hughes 7+9reb, L.Roberts 5+8reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 3+1reb+1ast
Akita NH: R.Woods 20+12reb+6ast, M.Kearse 17+10reb+7ast, Y.Kikuchi 16+2reb+3ast, D.Sweetney 12+7reb+2ast, K.Shoji 8+4reb, L.Green 7+3reb
gschID: 142111


Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 103-84

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (8-19) were rolled over on the road by seventh ranked Chiba Jets (12-16) 103-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chiba Jets. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 33-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saitama Broncos to just 6 points in second quarter. Chiba Jets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chiba Jets made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jayme Miller (203-85) added 15 points and 15 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chiba Jets maintains seventh place with 12-16 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the ninth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 19+7reb+1ast, J.Flowers 18+12reb, J.Miller 15+15reb, K.Satterfield 12+3reb+8ast, M.Haraguchi 6+3reb, J.Porter 6+3reb
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 26+6reb+5ast, M.Hargrow 22+10reb+4ast, A.Broxsie 18+8reb+3ast, T.Ishida 16+2reb+3ast, T.Nakamura 9+6reb, Y.Kosuke 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142112


Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 69-70

The most exciting game of round 33 in the BJ League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (18-11) to third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-8) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 38-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Osaka Evessa 47-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who scored 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Yu Okada (184-83) who recorded 22 points and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 4 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Osaka Evessa maintains third place with 19-8 record having just 0 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Okada 22+4reb+3ast, J.Ashby 13+5reb, B.Markson 10+5reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 10+4reb+1ast, R.Nixon 8+9reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 4+13reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Obuchi 14+1reb+2ast, W.Marshall 14+5reb+3ast, M.Bell 13+7reb+2ast, C.Aoki 10+3reb+2ast, L.Washington 9+12reb+5ast, B.St.Preux 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142113


Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 79-93

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Saitama Broncos (8-19) beat on the road 7th ranked Chiba Jets (12-16) 93-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 34-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 31 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) who recorded 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) added 22 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saitama Broncos maintains ninth place with 8-19 record. Loser Chiba Jets keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 26+9reb+6ast, J.Staten 22+10reb+3ast, A.Broxsie 6+11reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+2reb+2ast, R.Itakura 5+5reb+4ast, Shouta 5+3reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 34+6reb+1ast, J.Humphrey 31+7reb+2ast, D.Terashita 8+6reb+2ast, J.Porter 6+7reb, J.Miller 5+7reb, S.Maki 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 142107


Iwate Big Bulls - Yokohama BC 64-79

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-22) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Yokohama BC (14-14) 79-64 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Iwate Big Bulls were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) who recorded 14 points and guard Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Yokohama BC. They maintain fifth place with 14-14 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 22 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Yokohama BC (#5).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: G.Klaiber 14+4reb, T.Kennedy 11+4reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 9+2reb+5ast, Y.Yamamoto 8+3reb+2ast, J.Boykin 8+7reb, L.Malloy 7+6reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: M.Simmons 17+4reb+1ast, J.Burrell 12+8reb+3ast, P.Faye 12+9reb, M.Kabaya 12+1reb+2ast, K.Yamada 11+5reb+1ast, D.Burns 5
gschID: 142108




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 21-7 
 2. Toyota Alvark 20-8 
 3. Hitachi SR 16-12 
 4. Panasonic T. 16-12 
 5. Tochigi Brex 13-15 
 6. Hokkaido L. 12-16 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 11-17 
 8. Toshiba BT 3-25 


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Al Jahra against Al Sahel; Al Sahel wins the game 66-77 - by Jasmien Nanhekhan
Yesterday Kazma beat Al Al Qadsia 80-100; good game for Kazma which brings them to number one team. Al Qadsia started off strong and finished the first quarter 21-27. The beginning of the second quarter Kazma comes back with Tyrone Curnell. Great dunk from Lee Benson brought Al Al Qadsia to 36-42 with almost four minutes left. Kazma knew how to dominate the fourth quarter and therefore also won the game. 'The first round was though, but we pulled it out, Tyrone Anderson said, we now lost two game and I am looking forward to Lee Benson joining us for the next two rounds'!
Sunday will be the next game for Al Qadsia, and like Tyrone Anderson said, we would like to see more of Lee Benson on the field.



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LBL2 Round 24: Liepaja-2 defeats leader VEF Riga junior - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked VEF Riga junior (18-2) on the court of third ranked Liepaja-2 on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Liepaja-2 95-84. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. VEF Riga junior managed to win fourth quarter 32-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 (17-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Barons/Keizar. VEF Riga junior at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga junior will play at home against Livani and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for VEF Kadeti (12-8) which played in Riga against RSU (11-9). Sixth ranked VEF Kadeti crushed hosts 81-47. VEF Kadeti maintains sixth position with 12-8 record. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
Bottom-ranked Gulbene managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Gulbene won against fifteenth-ranked Ridzene 86-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Gulbene is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Gulbene (4-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Ridzene lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Gulbene will meet higher ranked DSN (#9) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ridzene's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.

In the last two games of round 24 Cesis was beaten by VEF Kadeti on the road 82-64. Valmiera U21 were destroyed by Saldus on its own court 63-82.



VEF Kadeti - Cesis 82-64

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked VEF Kadeti (12-8) beat 10th ranked Cesis (6-14) in Riga 82-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Kadeti. Cesis managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Kadeti maintains sixth position with 12-8 record. Newly promoted Cesis dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 165411


RSU - VEF Kadeti 47-81

Another interesting game for VEF Kadeti (12-8) which played in Riga against RSU (11-9). Sixth ranked VEF Kadeti crushed hosts 81-47. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Kadeti. RSU was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RSU to just 7 points in first quarter. VEF Kadeti maintains sixth position with 12-8 record. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
gschID: 165408


Valmiera U21 - Saldus 63-82

Very expected game when 14th ranked Valmiera U21 (4-16) was smashed at home by fourth ranked Saldus (16-4) 82-63 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Saldus. Valmiera U21 managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saldus maintains fourth position with 16-4 record. Valmiera U21 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 165409


Liepaja-2 - BK VEF 95-84

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked VEF Riga junior (18-2) on the court of third ranked Liepaja-2 on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Liepaja-2 95-84. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. VEF Riga junior managed to win fourth quarter 32-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 (17-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Barons/Keizar. VEF Riga junior at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Riga junior will play at home against Livani and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 165407


Gulbene - Ridzene 86-70

Bottom-ranked Gulbene managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Gulbene won against fifteenth-ranked Ridzene 86-70. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Gulbene is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Gulbene. Ridzene managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gulbene (4-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Ridzene lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Gulbene will meet higher ranked DSN (#9) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ridzene's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
gschID: 165405




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Obras and Pinheiros to fight for the title - by Eurobasket News
Obras - Atenas 68-58

Obras advanced to Liga Sudamericana Finals. They handed 68-58 loss to Atenas in the Semis and will fight against Pinheiros for the title. Atenas will play against Uniceub BRB for third place. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) shined for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) had 12 points and 7 rebs, while Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) helped with 9 pts. In Atenas, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) had double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) scored 13 pts, and Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, college: Notre Dame) followed with 7 pts, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 16-12, 9-19, 23-10, 20-17. Today is the last game of the competition. The game for third place is scheduled for 19:30h, while the Big Final will start at 22h.

Obras: Tony Washam 23+5 boards, Tyler Field 12+7 boards, Julio Mazzaro 9
Atenas: Marcus Melvin 13+13 boards, Miguel Gerlero 13, Ryan Humphrey 7+9 boards



Pinheiros - Uniceub BRB 60-55
The defending champion will not have a chance to earn another title. Pinheiros was better than Uniceub BRB 60-55 and advanced to Liga Sudamericana Finals. There in fight for the first place Pinheiros will meet Obras. At the other side, Uniceub BRB will play against Atenas in a game for third place. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) led Pinheiros with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) added 8 pts and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) delivered 22 points. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) added 13 points each. Quarters: 13-12, 12-13, 17-14, 18-16. The Big Final is scheduled for today at 22h.

Pinheiros: Marquinhos Vieira 16+11 boards, Shamell Stallworth 12+5 boards, Mineiro Ferreira 8+5 boards
Uniceub BRB: Welington Dos Santos 22, Guilherme Giovannoni 13+7 boards, Alex Ribeiro 13+5 boards




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Kaubrys' double-double lands him NKL (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Arturas Kaubrys (205-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Silute and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat S.Marciulionio (#12, 14-18) 90-76. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings in group B. Silute maintains the 14th position in Lithuanian NKL. Silute is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 20th lost game this season out of 32 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Kaubrys as usually he does not deliver so high stats.

Second best performed player last round was Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU. He is a forward in his second season at Perlas-MRU. In the last game Brusokas recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Perlas-MRU lost that game 61-86 to Meresta (13-19). 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. Brusokas is well-known at Perlas-MRU and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Meresta (#13). Griskenas showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Meresta, leading his team to a 86-61 easy win against Perlas-MRU (#11, 15-17). The chances of Meresta ranking at the top of group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Griskenas could help Meresta to bring them higher in the standings. Griskenas has a very solid season. In 7 games in Lithuania he scored 16.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of Delikatesas - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Parrish Brown (185-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Agnius Gurklys (205-C-88) of ABRO-Univ. - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Linas Jonuska (198-F-91) of Gargzdai - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Vitalijus Luksa (206-C-86) of Statyba - 12 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)


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 13-2 
 2. Rudupis 13-3 
 3. Zalgiris 12-0 
 4. Siauliai 10-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-6 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 8-7 
 7. Neptunas 6-8 
 8. Juventus 6-10 
 9. Kedainiai 4-10 
 10. Sakalai 4-12 
 11. Lietkabelis 3-12 
 12. Naglis Palangos 2-13 


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Diekirch League Round 18: Musel Pikes lose to T71 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dudelange. First ranked host T71 (15-3) smashed 4th ranked Musel Pikes (10-8) 96-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. The game was mostly controlled by T71. Musel Pikes managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Musel Pikes 48-27 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. Musel Pikes at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. One of their biggest challengers host Amicale (10-8) lost to second ranked Sparta (14-4) 90-79. Sparta have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader T71. Amicale at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Heffingen lost to Residence on the opponent's court 85-100. Etzella managed to outperform Soleuvre in a home game 74-63. Basket Esch rolled over BBC Nitia on the road 87-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by Corey Raji of Etzella.



Residence - Heffingen 100-85

Rather expected game in Bereldange where 9th ranked Heffingen (2-16) was defeated by sixth ranked Residence (10-8) 100-85. Residence have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Heffingen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with BBC Nitia.
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Etzella - Soleuvre 74-63

Rather predictable result in Ettelbruck where sixth ranked Etzella (10-8) defeated 8th ranked Soleuvre (8-10) 74-63. The game was mostly controlled by Etzella. Soleuvre was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) supported him with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by Belgian power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) did not help to save the game for Soleuvre. American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Etzella moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: D.Jorssen 21+7reb+3ast, L.Ulmer 18+11reb, D.Controguerra 7, D.Berthle 6+2reb, B.Hemmen 5+3reb+5ast, A.Schammo 4+3reb+1ast
Etzella: C.Raji 26+15reb+4ast, D.Horace 19+10reb, N.Delgado 14+8reb+7ast, T.Giver 11+4ast, G.Polfer 2+2reb, P.Hoffmann 2+1ast
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T71 - Musel Pikes 96-52

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dudelange. First ranked host T71 (15-3) smashed 4th ranked Musel Pikes (10-8) 96-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. The game was mostly controlled by T71. Musel Pikes managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Musel Pikes 48-27 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Four T71 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jean De Marchi (194-82) scored 11 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 position with 15-3 record. Musel Pikes at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: P.Perre 26+10reb+1ast, J.De Marchi 11+4reb, J.Kox 6+2reb, E.Steffen 5, G.Schmit 4+2reb+2ast, T.Schomer 0
T71: F.Muller 26+9reb+1ast, J.Delgado 21+1ast, G.Ruffato 11+4reb+2ast, D.Stephens 10+16reb+1ast, C.Laures 8+11reb+1ast, C.Bemtgen 6+2reb+6ast
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BBC Nitia - Basket Esch 60-87

Not a big story in a game in Bettembourg where 9th ranked BBC Nitia (2-16) was rolled over by seventh ranked Basket Esch (9-9) 87-60. BBC Nitia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-19 second half run of Basket Esch. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BBC Nitia to just 4 points in third quarter. It was a great shooting night for Basket Esch especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BBC Nitia's players. The former international guard Peter Rajniak (196-81, college: Cal.Baptist) notched 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) supported him with 18 points and 8 assists. Basket Esch's coach Franck Meriguet felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points and 4 assists by American power forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for BBC Nitia. Latvian power forward Janis Poznaks (202-83) added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Basket Esch maintains seventh position with 9-9 record. BBC Nitia lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Heffingen.
Top scorers:
BBC Nitia: W.Arre 26+4reb+4ast, J.Poznaks 18+13reb, L.Ruppert 6+2reb+2ast, P.Bintz 5+5reb+1ast, J.Bintz 4+3reb, J.Furpass 1+3reb
Basket Esch: P.Rajniak 34+5reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 18+4reb+8ast, M.Latinovic 17+3reb, J.Reimold 6+9reb+8ast, J.Biever 5+2reb+1ast, P.Biever 5+2ast
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Amicale - Sparta 79-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. One of their biggest challengers host Amicale (10-8) lost to second ranked Sparta (14-4) 90-79. Sparta have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader T71. Amicale at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
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Ivan Todorovic joins Olimpi Tbilisi - by Darko Pekic
The 28 year old Montenegrin big man Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: Interperformances) signed a contract in Georgia until end of the season. He joined Olimpi Tbilisi from the capital of former Soviet republic- Tbilisi. Todorovic played the first game for his new team yesterday and contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists to Olimpi Tbilisi's win over local rival TSU Tbilisi. Olimpi Tbilisi is the 2nd placed team and a candidate to win the championship this year.

Ivan Todorovic was considered one of the best talents in Serbia & Montenegro but he did not live up to the expectations. He played for Buducnost, FMP Zeleznik and a couple of clubs abroad. He spent last season in Lovcen Cetinje averaging 10.8ppg and 4.2rpg.


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Exciting Saturday (13 games): Jazz send Lakers to another road loss, 96-87 - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - Charlotte B. 95-89
Rarely used Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored nine consecutive points to spark a 12-2 run starting the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat Charlotte 95-89 Saturday night, the Bobcats' 11th consecutive loss. Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) scored 17 points in his first start in nearly two years, Lopez finished with 13 and Marcin Gortat added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have won two of three. Kemba Walker had 22 points and Reggie Williams added 11 for the Bobcats. Charlotte has lost 11 straight on the road and has not won overall since Jan. 14 against Golden State. Phoenix was without starting guard Jared Dudley, who was out with a thigh bruise. Redd signed a one-year free-agent deal on Dec. 29 and made his first start since Jan. 20, 2010 against the Los Angeles Lakers while a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Josh Childress gave the Suns their first lead since late in the second quarter, 75-72, with a 3-pointer from the left corner with 9:26 remaining. Cory Higgins scored for the Bobcats to pull Charlotte within one but then Lopez took over. Lopez, who had played a total of 28 minutes in the Suns' past six games, made a layup off a pass from Sebastian Telfair then converted a three-point play, sank another layup and scored on a turnaround jumper to give the Suns an 84-74 lead with 5:50 to go. The nine straight points by Lopez were one fewer than he scored in Phoenix's past six games combined. Walker scored four points and Boris Diaw added a 3-pointer as Charlotte closed the first half on a 7-1 run to take a 48-42 halftime lead. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - Golde State W. 114-106 OT
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 28 points and Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) had 26 points and nine assists to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Golden State Warriors 114-106 in overtime Saturday night. The Kings scored the first nine points in overtime to win consecutive games for the second time this season. Dorrell Wright scored 24 points for Golden State, which made a season-high 16 3-pointers. Nate Robinson had 20 points, Monta Ellis scored 18, Klay Thompson had 16, and Stephen Curry finished with 11. Salmons made a 3-pointer and Thompson scored inside on the next possession to give the Kings a 107-102 lead in overtime. A drive by Evans put the Kings up 111-102. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, the first 20-20 game for the Kings since Brad Miller did it on Jan. 14, 2009. Jason Thompson added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and John Salmons contributed 15 points. *Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com

Cleveland C. - Dallas M. 91-88
The Dallas Mavericks are a popular team in Cleveland because they beat LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, but they weren't the best team in town Saturday night. The Cavaliers rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat the Mavs 91-88 in front of 17,443 at Quicken Loans Arena, giving Cleveland its first victory of the season over a plus-.500 team. 'It can give us confidence we can play with the big boys,' Cavs coach Byron Scott said. Cleveland (9-13), which was once again without Anthony Parker (back), Daniel Gibson (neck) and Tristan Thompson (ankle), got a lot of positive contributions, but veteran center Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) and rookie point guard Kyrie Irving were at the top of the list. Varejao had 17 points and 17 rebounds, while the 19-year-old Irving had 20 points, seven assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes. Irving was at his best down the stretch, scoring on two twisting drives to the hoop. On the second, he got by long-armed Delonte West and finished at the rim to put Cleveland up 91-88 with 15.8 seconds left. 'He's got a unique ability to get to the basket,' Scott said. 'When he gets there, he has a great way of finishing.' Out of timeouts, the Mavs (14-11) were unable to get off a quality shot, with Jason Terry finally glass-balling a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The clock expired, but officials put 0.5 seconds back on and gave Dallas the ball under its basket. With the Cavs defending the 3-point line and conceding a layup, Brendan Wright's desperation heave did not draw iron, setting off a wild celebration at The Q. 'It lets us know we can beat some of the best teams if we play the right way,' Scott said. The Cavs, who didn't attempt a free throw in the second half, were far from their best offensively - they shot just .398 from the field (37-for-93) and made only 6 of 23 3-pointers - but they did everything else well. Cleveland outrebounded Dallas 46-39 and had a 17-8 edge in second-chance points. It also committed just nine turnovers to the Mavs' 21, leading to a 21-6 Cavs advantage in points off turnovers. Defense was equally important, as Cleveland held Dallas to 13 points in the third quarter and 37 in the second half, when the Mavs were 14-for-36 from the field (.389). 'Any time you beat the world champs, it's a great win,' Scott said. Making it better still was the fact Antawn Jamison suffered through a 6-for-18 shooting night, but went 7-for-9 at the line and finished with 19 points and nine boards. Ramon Sessions had similar struggles, going 2-for-11 from the field, but he had eight assists and no turnovers, while ever-improving Alonzo Gee had seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Terry had 17 points off the bench. Terry's 3-pointer with 4:14 to go put Dallas up 85-81, but the Mavs didn't make another field goal on a night when many of the people wearing their jerseys suddenly became Cavs fans again. 'At the end of the game, they were cheering for us,' Scott said. 'That's all that matters.' *Courtesy of http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com

Milwaukee B. - Chicago B. 90-113
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) knows how important Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) is to the Chicago Bulls. Rose scored 26 points and had 13 assists and Deng added 21 points in his return after missing seven games due to injury, as the Chicago Bulls easily beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-90 Saturday night. 'He makes the game easy,' Rose said of his teammate. 'He makes everybody comfortable out there. It feels good when we have all our leaders out there.' Playing before a sellout Bradley Center crowd that seemed to be filled with more fans rooting for the Bulls, Deng scored on a layup from Rose just 76 seconds into the game. The Bucks trailed by 24 at halftime and never threatened in the second half, resting all five starters in the fourth quarter. Deng was averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds before tearing a ligament in his left wrist Jan. 21 against Charlotte. He consulted with doctors before deciding against surgery, and his initial return against the Bucks appeared promising. 'He got out there and did everything,' Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. The veteran forward made 9 of 19 shots and had nine rebounds in 41 minutes. 'I felt it, (and) I'm going to feel it,' he said of the wrist injury. 'As the game goes on, I forgot about it. I really was cautious at the start of the game. As the game went on, just playing basketball, I didn't really think about it until I fell (in the fourth quarter).' Deng iced the wrist for several minutes after the game, but said doctors told him he couldn't make the injury any more severe by playing. Kyle Korver had 18 points, Joakim Noah had 14 points and C.J. Watson added 13 for Chicago. The Bucks were coming off an 88-80 loss to hapless Detroit on Friday night. Coach Scott Skiles said before the game Saturday his team would get blown out in the first half against Chicago if it played just as poorly. He was prophetic. The Bucks trailed 67-43 at halftime, allowing the Bulls to shoot 62 percent to the Bucks 36 percent in the first half. Chicago also held a 28-13 rebounding advantage in the first half. 'We've got eight straight quarters of pretty poor defense,' Skiles said. 'To me, the biggest stat on the sheet is we have eight fouls in a game where Derrick Rose is penetrating and penetrating and penetrating.' The Bulls scored 113 points despite only going 3 of 4 from the free throw line. 'If you had told me before the game they were only going to shoot four free throws, I would have thought it would be in our favor,' Skiles said. 'But it was a layup drill for them for a good portion of the game.' Leading scorer Brandon Jennings was in foul trouble for much of the game, and played 10 minutes in the first half and 22 overall. He didn't score until hitting a baseline jumper midway through the third quarter and was held to eight points. 'It just seemed like we couldn't stop them at all,' Jennings said. Drew Gooden scored a season-high 24 points. Rookie Tobias Harris was the only other Bucks player in double figures with 19 points. Rose scored 18 in the first half with eight assists and no turnovers. Korver came off the bench to score 15 in the first half. Watson's long baseline jumper gave the Bulls a 46-25 lead, their first lead of at least 20 points, with 5:51 left in the second quarter. With Jennings on the bench for much of the first half, the Bucks turned to Gooden. He scored 18 points, making all 10 of his free throws, to lead the Bucks, in the first half. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - LA Clippers 81-107
The Clippers' game Saturday against the hapless Washington Wizards was both the end of a brutal five-game week and the start of a six-game, 10-day trip. And the easiest part of the difficult week and the softest part of this road schedule against the Wizards made for a successful ending and start for the Clippers. They dominated the Wizards in a 107-81 victory at the Verizon Center, improving their road record to 4-4. And they survived last week's schedule of five games in seven days with a 4-1 record. The Clippers had impressive victories last Sunday over the Denver Nuggets and Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then they beat the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, where the Clippers hadn't won a game in nine years. But they got blown out by the Denver Nuggets in a rematch Thursday night at Staples Center, losing by 21 points after trailing by as much as 27. That left a mark on the Clippers, something many of them harped on, something they seemed to take out on the 4-20 Wizards. The Clippers ran up a 36-point lead against Washington. 'We were all disappointed in our performance the other day against Denver,' said center DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M), who had 18 points on nine-for-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots against the Wizards. 'So, we had to come out and have a pretty good road trip. We had to start it off right.' And the Clippers did, shooting 54.2% from the field, 47.8% from three-point range. They had 32 assists on 45 field goals. The Clippers held the Wizards to 37.5% shooting and outrebounded them, 53-32. Jordan had seven offensive rebounds. The Clippers next play at Orlando on Monday before they visit Cleveland, Philadelphia, Charlotte and defending NBA champion Dallas. 'We've got a long road trip,' Coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'This was a good way to start. Nothing is easy in this league.' It helped that the Clippers had five players score in double figures, led by Blake Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), who almost had a triple-double without playing in the fourth quarter. He had 21 points on 10-for-14 shooting, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul scored a season-low two points, missing eight of his nine shots, but he handed out seven assists. But Paul and Blake Griffin gave the crowd what they wanted right away, with the point guard throwing a lob to Blake Griffin for a one-handed dunk early in the first quarter. Blake Griffin had a breakaway dunk later in the quarter when Chris Singleton unwisely tried to chase down the Clippers forward, but instead got dunked on while committing a foul. The crowd was on its feet both times cheering the Clippers and not the hometown Wizards. 'Obviously, we're not hanging our hat on this win and saying we got it made,' Blake Griffin said. 'It's a tough road trip. We've just got to keep coming together and keep playing well.' *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Detroit P. - N.Orleans H. 89-87
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) had 24 points and 16 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons beat the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 Saturday night in a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams. Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) added 17 for Detroit (6-20), which won consecutive games for the second time this season and had five scorers in double figures. New Orleans (4-20) lost its fifth straight. Trevor Ariza led the Hornets with 26. Both teams spent most of the game without their starting point guards. New Orleans' Jarrett Jack missed the game with a knee injury, while Pistons rookie Brandon Knight sustained a broken nose early in the game when he was hit by Monroe's elbow. *Courtesy of www.palmbeachpost.com

San Antonio S. - Oklah.City T. 107-96
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) scored 42 points and broke the Spurs' franchise record for career assists, leading San Antonio to a 107-96 win over the NBA-best Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. The Thunder (18-5) narrowly averted their worst loss this season, while the convincing win was just the springboard San Antonio needed before spending next three weeks on the road - where the Spurs have hardly been as dominant. All-Star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) led Oklahoma City with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Parker scored a season high and had nine assists. The record-breaker was a dish to Tim Duncan - appropriately enough_ in the third quarter that put him past Avery Johnson for the all-time franchise mark. Parker, who's spent his entire 11-year career with the Spurs, has 4,477 assists. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Utah Jazz - LA Lakers 96-87
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 18 points, Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 16, and Earl Watson keyed a game-clinching 14-0 fourth quarter run to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-87 Saturday night. Watson scored eight points and had six assists in the fourth quarter as the Jazz beat the Lakers for the first time in three tries this season. After he stole the ball from Pau Gasol at the top of the key and fed Derrick Favors for a dunk, Lakers coach Mike Brown went ballistic and charged after official Zach Zarba. Brown received two quick technicals and was ejected with 8:34 to play. Watson threw an alley-oop to C.J. Miles that brought the crowd to its feet and then capped the 14-0 run with a 3-pointer with 6:18 to play that gave Utah its biggest lead of the game, 83-68. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Gasol had 24 points and 16 rebounds but the Lakers dropped to 3-8 on the road. Just about every play went through Bryant after Brown's ejection. Bryant made two 3-pointers and added three free throws after getting fouled on another attempt in a span of 1:13. Sandwiched around a driving shot by Watson, Andrew Bynum and Gasol scored inside to cut the Jazz lead to 87-81. But Watson, who was playing with a sprained ankle, assisted on baskets by Jefferson and Millsap and then made a 3-pointer for a 94-83 lead with 1:06 remaining. Los Angeles lost seven of its first eight games on the road. The Lakers' 90-87 overtime win at Utah was their only one until claiming road wins at Milwaukee and Friday night in Denver. Many of the Lakers' road woes returned against the Jazz. Plays frequently ended with two Lakers yelling and pointing about where the other should have been. In addition to the contributions from Bryant and Gasol, Bynum posted 21 points and 12 rebounds but after that was about it. The rest of the Lakers combined for just 16 points. Los Angeles made 5 of 17 field goal attempts in the final quarter. Neither team led by more than six points until Watson led the big Utah run. The Jazz took advantage of their fifteenth home game, which is tied with Philadelphia for most in the league. The Jazz also got a boost from Devin Harris, Raja Bell and Watson who were all game-time decisions after the trio missed Utah's 119-101 loss to Golden State on Thursday. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

Portland TB - Denver N. 117-97
The Nuggets' legs weren't completely dead Saturday night, but completing a back-to-back-to-back set didn't come close to translating into a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Playing their third game in three nights, the step-slow Nuggets (15-9) lost their fifth consecutive game at the Rose Garden, this time 117-97. The snowstorm was in Denver, but it was a blizzard of 3-pointers in Rip City that did in coach George Karl's Nuggets. Portland appeared the much fresher team, even though the Blazers were playing for the third time in four nights. Blazer backup Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) - who probably gets guarded closer in practice - did much of the damage with a career-high 33 points, including a career-high nine 3-pointers. Batum left to a standing ovation. The Nuggets were too tired to clap, even if they had wanted to. LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points for Portland. 'We just ran out of gas,' Karl said. 'Too much Batum and Aldridge and the 3-ball.' The Nuggets got their obligatory slow start out of the way - they were down 11-3 - before Danilo Gallinari warmed up. But Gallinari would cool down. And he had a lots of company. The 'Rooster' had 12 points in the first quarter (he led Denver with 20) and the Nuggets got eight points from Kosta Koufos, but the fresher Blazers still led 33-26. It had to be the 'three games in three nights legs' that failed to close out the Blazers' 3-point shooters time and again. Batum had three wide-open shots from long distance early in the second quarter. When Wesley Matthews got an equally easy shot from 3-point range, it was 44-31 for Portland and Karl called a timeout to keep the damage to a minimum. But Batum, who had 17 points in the first half, kept hitting open 3s and the Nuggets understandably looked a step slow, a certain recipe for failure at the Rose Garden. Portland got sloppy before halftime and a 16-point advantage became a manageable 59-53 for a Denver team that shot 50 percent in the first two quarters and only had five turnovers. Ty Lawson had 11 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter for Denver, at times getting down the floor so quickly that everyone else just pulled up and watched. By halftime, the Blazers were 9-for-18 on 3-pointers, the Nuggets only 3-for-11, and Aldridge was on his way to another monster night against a Karl-coached team with 15 points and six rebounds. Denver backup point guard Andre Miller, who had a game-high five turnovers in the loss to the Lakers the night before, had an exceedingly quiet seven minutes in the second quarter Saturday. The next time Karl called a stop-the-bleeding timeout, the weary Nuggets had just turned the ball over again and fallen behind 76-63 with 4:38 left in the third quarter. By then, Gallinari's shot had left him, Nene remained hopeless on offense and Koufos was practically holding the fort by himself. The third quarter was a 6-for-20 nightmare from the field for the Nuggets and they trailed 85-71 going into the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.denverpost.com

Indiana P. - Orlando M. 81-85
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 85-81 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 19 points and seven rebounds and Tyler Hansbrough had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost two of three to the Magic in less than two weeks. Jason Richardson scored 17 points and Ryan Anderson scored 12 for the Magic, who have won three straight. Granger made a 3-pointer to make it 83-81, but Granger was called for a foul on the Magic's next trip down the floor and Anderson went to the line with 4.2 seconds left. The Pacers had the chance to tie the game earlier. Granger scored to make it 80-77, then the Magic missed a shot and Granger missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game. On the rebound, Granger fouled Hedo Turkoglu and Turkoglu was then called for a technical when he tossed the ball down the floor and into the stands. Granger made his shot, but Turkoglu made one of his two to make it 81-78. The Magic climbed to a 12-point lead midway through the third quarter. A slight scuffle broke out late in the third quarter. Granger was getting ready to inbound the ball in front of the Magic's bench when Quentin Richardson, who was in the game at the time, appeared to confront Granger. It escalated when Richardson shoved Granger and Hansbrough and Clark exchanged shoves. Technicals were called on Granger and Richardson, then a two more on Hansbrough and Clark. Richardson was then ejected from the game after picking up a second technical. The Magic played without Jameer Nelson for the fifth straight game. Nelson didn't travel with the team to Indianapolis and is listed day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

New York K. - New Jersey N. 99-92
Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) scored a career-high 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a back-to-back-to-back set by beating the New Jersey Nets 99-92 on Saturday night. Lin came off the bench to control a struggling offense, adding seven assists while outplaying Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler each added 17 points for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in 14 games. They fell just short in losses to Chicago and Boston over the last two nights before picking up a much-needed victory Saturday. Williams had 21 points and 11 assists for the Nets, while Kris Humphries added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Lin, who played at Harvard, was the catalyst for the Knicks, who have been desperate for production at point guard while they wait for Baron Davis to finally become available. Lin was a hit with the fans practically from the moment he checked in, and some of the loudest cheers of this disappointing season roared through Madison Square Garden when his three-point play made it 95-86 with 2:03 remaining. He scored on the next possession to make it an 11-point game, and teammates hugged him at center court after the buzzer as Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' blasted through the arena. Carmelo Anthony had just 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting, perhaps tired on the third straight night of games. The losing has created speculation that Mike D'Antoni's job could be in jeopardy, especially if the Knicks had dropped this one and fallen behind the Nets in the Atlantic Division standings. But he said before the game there was no reason to panic and that he still believed in his players. He had noted how much they struggled to score beyond Anthony and Stoudemire, needing someone else to step up. He found that someone in Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. The second-year pro has hardly been a factor and even was sent to the NBA Development League recently, where he had a triple-double. But D'Antoni gave him a chance last Saturday while searching for a spark at the end of a road trip, but it's hard to imagine he saw this coming. Lin drove along the baseline and fed Stoudemire for the tiebreaking basket, then scored on his own drive for an 86-82 lead with 4:59 left. Stoudemire scored again, and after a jumper by Williams, Chandler converted a three-point play for a 91-84 lead and Lin put it away from there as 'Jeremy! Jeremy!' chants broke out. Anthony Morrow had only 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting for the Nets, one night after scoring a career-best 42 points and making an NBA season-high eight 3-pointers. The Nets raced to a 17-7 lead and were ahead 30-20 after one quarter behind 10 points from Williams. But with Lin playing the entire second quarter in rare first-half playing time, the Knicks seemed to get a spark on both ends of the floor. Lin had team highs of six points and three assists in the second quarter, including a lob to Chandler that allowed the Knicks to tie it at 46 with 1:32 remaining. New Jersey took a two-point lead into the half after a basket by Jordan Williams. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Houston R. 100-91
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) added 22 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Houston Rockets 100-91 on Saturday night. Minnesota won for the fifth time in seven games to reach .500 (12-12). Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 11 assists for Houston and Luis Scola also had 24 points, but Kevin Martin scored a season-low two points on 1-for-10 shooting. It was only the second time this season Martin, who entered the game averaging 20.7 points, didn't score in double figures. It was his fewest point total since March of 2007, when he scored one point for Sacramento against Phoenix. Even so, the Rockets pulled within three with five minutes to play. But Minnesota scored 10 of the next 14 points and led 98-89 when Ricky Rubio drove for a layup with 2:26 to effectively put the game out of reach. Rubio had 13 points and 11 assists for Minnesota. Things got ugly in the third quarter after Love hacked Scola to the ground as he tried to drive the lane. Replays showed Love stepped on Scola's face, knocking his head against the court, as he turned to head back up court. The Rockets bench complained loudly and was hit with a technical foul on the next possession, and Scola was also assessed a technical about a minute later. Houston kept its composure well enough to close the quarter on an 8-4 run to pull within nine to start the fourth. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Atlanta H. - Philadelph.76 87-98
Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90, college: USC) set a career high with 15 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures and the Sixers dodged back-to-back losses once again by beating the Atlanta Hawks 98-87 on Saturday night. Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) had 21 points to lead Atlanta. The Sixers led by 20 in the third period and kept the lead in double figures until the Hawks staged a final comeback attempt. Joe Johnson's basket with 1:45 remaining cut Philadelphia's lead to 94-85. Lou Williams, who had 14 points, answered with back-to-back baskets for the Sixers. Thaddeus Young had 14 points and Andre Iguodala had nine points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Sixers bounced back from Friday night's 99-79 home loss to Miami. The Sixers won despite playing without forward Elton Brand, who was held out with a sprained right thumb. Brand sprained his right thumb when it was caught in a jersey in Friday night's loss to Miami. Rookie Lavoy Allen of Temple made his first career start and had four points as the fill-in for Brand. The good news for Philadelphia was the return of center Spencer Hawes, who had 14 points after missing 10 games with a left Achilles' strain. The Sixers dominated the second period to lead by 16 points at halftime and stretched the lead to 20 points in the third period. Undrafted rookie Ivan Johnson, who recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, tried to keep Atlanta close. Johnson started the second half ahead of Zaza Pachulia after he had eight rebounds and six points in less than 9 minutes in the first half. Johnson had three straight baskets for Atlanta late in the third period as the Hawks pulled to within 12 points. The Hawks couldn't take advantage of opportunities to cut the lead to 10, and the Sixers closed the period with a 7-0 run to stretch the lead back to 19 at 81-62. A 3-pointer by Vladimir Radmanovic helped Atlanta open the final period with a 13-4 run to close to within 10 at 85-75, but they couldn't trim the deficit to single figures. The Sixers and the Hawks began the night tied for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia played like an elite team while Atlanta struggled in its second straight home loss. Josh Smith missed his first eight shots before scoring on a drive midway through the third period. Smith had nine points and 10 rebounds. Joe Johnson had 16 points. The Hawks have lost back-to-back home games to Memphis and Philadelphia after winning the final three games of a 4-1 road trip. The Hawks said backup center Jason Collins, who sprained his left elbow in Thursday's loss to Memphis, will miss at least two weeks. Collins said the sprain was 'moderate.' Collins had assumed a more prominent role as the primary backup to Pachulia with All-Star center Al Horford was lost for three months with a torn left pectoral muscle. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




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Latest games with stats - by Eurobasket News
Quebec K. - Halifax R. 103-80
The Halifax Rainmen fell to the Quebec Kebs during Friday night road game by a score of 103-80. The leading scorer for the Rainmen was Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 31 points, followed by Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) with 16. Leading the Kebs was Ralphy Holmes with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Cedric Moodie with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in the double-digits for the Kebs was James 'Boo' Jackson with 15 points. The box score statistics can be found at www.dakstats.com. The Rainmen will play their next game at the General Motors Centre against the Oshawa Power on February 10, and will return home to the Metro Centre to face the London Lightning on February 19. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 90-80
The Moncton Miracles lost to the Saint John Mill Rats at the Harbour Station with a final score of 90-80. Moncton trailed 42-28 to Saint John after the first half and was never able to recover from this deficit. The second half the Miracles stepped it up and brought it to a 5-point game but the Mill Rats pulled away again to take the win in the end. Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina) and Darrell Wonge were the top scorers for the Miracles with 16 points each. Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) followed with 14 points. Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) led the way for the Mill Rats with 17 points. Kevin Francis was right behind him each with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Technical foul was given to Miracles Akeem Wright. Miracles Sylvania Watkins was fouled out of the game. The Miracles play their next game at home against the Quebec Kebs on Monday, February 6th, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Moncton Coliseum. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Oshawa P. - Summerside S. 106-91
The Storm, who has lost six of their last eight games after winning three of four, dropped a 106-91 road decision to the Oshawa Power on Wednesday night. That loss, coupled with the Saint John Mill Rats' 90-80 win over the Moncton Miracles, means the Storm is now 3 games out of the fourth and final playoff spot. The win moved the Power into a fifth-place tie with the Storm as both teams are now 10-18. Saint John is 13-14. Things don't get any easier for Summerside, which visits the league-leading London Lightning (21-6) on Thursday. The Power jumped out to a 31-17 lead after the first quarter, and never looked back. Oshawa led 65-44 at halftime, and was in front 90-63 after three quarters. The Storm outscored the Power 28-16 in the fourth quarter. Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) (29), Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) (26) and Morgan Lewis (22) were the Power's top offensive producers. Stephen McDowell (14), Troy Jackson (13) and Eric Gilchrese (13) led the Storm's attack. Two key statistics are the Power scored 62 points in the paint compared to 36 by the Storm, and Oshawa scored 21 points off turnovers while the Storm generated eight. *Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com

London L. - Summerside S. 113-107
The 2474 fans in attendance at the John Labatt Centre have known for a week that their Lightning were headed to the post season, but who their opponent would be remains a mystery. Fifth place Summerside Storm was the visitor tonight, and a close battled game saw the Lightning winning, 113-107. 'We didn't play well,' explained Lightning Coach Michael Ray Richardson. 'We gave away 25 offensive rebounds and let their guards score too many layups. In the end though a win is a win and we will take it.' The Storm trail Saint John Mill Rats in the standings and have a very tough schedule ahead. London meanwhile, used its tried and true formula in tonight's contest: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) ending with his double double, 18 points and 14 rebounds, while 5 players on the Lightning roster scored in double digits, led by DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) with 25. London gets right back at it on Sunday against Oshawa. Tip-off at the John Labatt Centre is 2 PM Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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BLNO Round 16: Centrum edges Gimle BBK by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the BLNO took place in Bergen. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Gimle BBK (7-9) to fifth ranked Centrum (9-8) 67-65 in the game for the fifth place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Gimle BBK won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Gimle BBK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Daniel Berg (195-86, college: NYIT) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Newly promoted Centrum maintains fifth position with 9-8 record. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's leader Asker Aliens at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gimle BBK will play against Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Asker. First ranked Asker Aliens faced 4th ranked Tromso. Host Asker Aliens (14-3) defeated guests from Tromso (9-6) 78-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tromso. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Cooper Land contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Tromso. Asker Aliens have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Tromso at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Asker Aliens will play against Centrum (#5) in Oslo in the next round. Tromso will play on the road against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Asker Aliens delivered the fourteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-14) 81-53. Worth to mention a quality performance of Cooper Land who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Elias Westerlund responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Asker Aliens (14-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Ammerud Bskt lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Asker Aliens will meet Centrum (#5) in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play against Tromso and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 16 Centrum was defeated by Froya Basket in Laksevag 77-72.



Gimle BBK - Centrum 65-67

The most exciting game of round 16 in the BLNO took place in Bergen. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Gimle BBK (7-9) to fifth ranked Centrum (9-8) 67-65 in the game for the fifth place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Gimle BBK won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Gimle BBK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Daniel Berg (195-86, college: NYIT) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Centrum maintains fifth position with 9-8 record. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's leader Asker Aliens at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gimle BBK will play against Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Centrum: R.Karlsen 18+7reb+2ast, C.Hinsch 10+3reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 10+5reb+2ast, K.Kanu 8+1reb+1ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 6+6reb+3ast, M.Lepovic 6+3reb+1ast
Gimle BBK: D.Berg 18+7reb+4ast, P.Smith 13+11reb, A.Stien 13+3reb+4ast, S.Enge 11+7reb+1ast, N.Seach 4, F.Gnatt 3+2reb+2ast
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Asker Aliens - Ammerud Bskt 81-53

Leader Asker Aliens delivered the fourteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-14) 81-53. The game without a history. Asker Aliens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 32. Asker Aliens forced 24 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who added 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Asker Aliens players scored in double figures. At the losing side Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) scored 14 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Asker Aliens (14-3) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Ammerud Bskt lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Asker Aliens will meet Centrum (#5) in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play against Tromso and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: C.Land 25+9reb+2ast, A.Lee-Ingram 16+13reb+1ast, M.Midtvedt 16+5reb+3ast, S.Gustavsen 13+1reb+2ast, E.Stien 9+5reb+5ast, C.Muri 2+2reb
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 15+8reb+4ast, O.Okoroafor 14+2reb+4ast, M.Bryn 10+8reb+1ast, T.Hagen 7+7reb+2ast, R.Knight 2+2reb+1ast, Z.Mahojlovic 2+2reb
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Froya Basket - Centrum 77-72

There was no surprise in Laksevag where 5th ranked Centrum (9-8) was defeated by second ranked Froya Basket (11-2) 77-72 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) responded with 17 points and the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Froya Basket maintains second position with 11-2 record having seven points less than leader Asker Aliens. Newly promoted Centrum keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Froya Basket will meet at home bottom-ranked Langhus IL (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Centrum will play against the league's leader Asker Aliens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: P.Bullock 20+6reb+2ast, M.Kombat 16+6reb+1ast, R.Silavs 16+3reb, E.Gabrans 10+3reb+3ast, K.Otabor 5, N.Phillip 3+2reb
Centrum: M.Mahnin 17+2reb+2ast, R.Karlsen 14+6reb, C.Hinsch 12+1reb, F.Nyborg 12+5reb+1ast, M.Sanders 6+5reb, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 6+7reb+2ast
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Asker Aliens - Tromso 78-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Asker. First ranked Asker Aliens faced 4th ranked Tromso. Host Asker Aliens (14-3) defeated guests from Tromso (9-6) 78-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tromso. Asker Aliens made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The other American import forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tromso. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. Asker Aliens have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Tromso at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Asker Aliens will play against Centrum (#5) in Oslo in the next round. Tromso will play on the road against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: A.Lee-Ingram 26+15reb, C.Land 18+11reb+1ast, E.Stien 13+1reb+4ast, S.Gustavsen 9+3reb+3ast, M.Midtvedt 9+6reb+3ast, F.Bohn 3+2reb
Tromso: H.Issalhi 18+7reb+2ast, G.Wallace 17+8reb+2ast, B.Byerson 16+11reb+1ast, G.Mihaylov 11+1ast, M.Sahlertz 9+1reb+1ast, A.Solem 3+5reb
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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker Aliens 14-3 
 2. Froya Basket 11-2 
 3. Baerum Basket 10-4 
 4. Tromso 9-6 
 5. Centrum 9-8 
 6. Gimle BBK 7-9 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-14 
 8. Langhus 0-16 


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Asean Basketball League Roundup: February 4-5, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
INDONESIA WARRIORS over SAIGON HEAT, 96-68
Saigon Heats woeful run in the 2012 ABL continues with their fifth straight loss, this time against the Indonesia Warriors. Warriors guard Mario Wuysang had a double-double line with 16 points and 10 assists.

The Indons made their intentions clear from the beginning with Steve Thomas winning the opening tip. Things immediately did not go well for Saigon and by the midway point through the first quarter, they stared at a 15-point deficit. Rony Gunawan had a great game in the first quarter, leading the scoring for his team with 7 points. To make things even worse for the visiting team, Saigons main point contributor, Julius Hodge, found himself served with a disqualifying foul with just two minutes left in the first quarter. The quarter ended with the Warriors leading 36-13.

Saigons fighting spirit, however, kept them in the game. Jonathan Jones led a Heat uprising to cut the Warriors lead to just six points at the half thanks to more consistent execution on both ends of the floor.

Steven Thomas and Amin Prihantono, though, came out firing in the third to push the Warriors further ahead. Indonesia outscored Saigon, 34-8, in the third period to gain a comfortable advantage heading into the final frame. They went into cruise control from then on to seal the triumph.

*No box scores were available.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BANGKOK COBRAS, 94-59
The Bangkok Cobras came into the game off their biggest win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons last weekend, but they failed to pull another upset as they went down to the San Miguel Beermen.

RJ Rizada and Doug Thomas started the game on attack mode. Rizada had 10 points and Thomas added 8 points in a first quarter that saw the Beermen get the jump on the Cobras. In the second quarter, Leo Avenido took over. He scored 10 points as the Beermen stretched their lead to 16 into halftime.

The 3rd quarter saw more of the same when Thomas had two big dunks and Kelvin Dela Pea hit back-to-back threes to stretch the lead even further to 65-37. SMBs Thomas and Dalron Johnson also played great defense, limiting the production of both of the Cobras imports. Gentry Lewis managed only 14 points and Michael Earl could only add a further 9. Last weeks hero against the Dragons, Ratdech Kruatiwa, also struggled in this game, missing all 7 of his shots from the field.

The Cobras were simply outclassed in almost every field, completing only 28% of all their field goal attempts and managing only 22 points in the paint compared to the Beermens 56. They were also outrebounded, 31-51.

SMB 94- Thomas 14, Avenido 13, Rizada 13, Johnson 12, Dela Pea 12, Cabatu 8, Gonzales 8, Fernandez 6, Mangahas 4, Fajardo 4, Basco 0, Baguion 0
BKC 59- Cruz 17, Lewis 14, Earl 9, Klahan 6, Wanna 4, Limsuwan 4, Apiromvilaichai 2, Chaiwat 2, Kongkum 1, Kruatiwa 0
QS: 24-18, 50-34, 68-46, 94-59

*The FIBA Live Stats box scores indicate Doug Thomas as Doug Thomson. The correct name is the former.

AIRASIA PHILIPPINES PATRIOTS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 86-72
The Westports Malaysia Dragons started the 2012 ABL on a 3-game winning streak, but have since struggled. After losing an emotional game to the Bangkok Cobras at home last Wednesday, the Dragons went down again, this time to the Philippine Patriots.

Both of the Patriots imports, Anthony Johnson and Nakiea Miller, recorded double-doubles in this game. Johnson finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Miller, last years MVP, recorded his fourth double-double this season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. From the Dragons side, big man Brian Williams also recorded a double-double, his fifth in a row, with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

The Dragons started sloppily, recording 7 turnovers in the opening quarter alone. Tiras Wades 3rd foul in the 2nd period was another big blow for the Malaysians. Wade was also scoreless in the first 2 quarters. Meanwhile, Johnson, Miller and former Slingers PG Al Vergara combined for 19 2nd quarter points as the lead ballooned to 17 at the midway break.

The Patriots continued their strong play in the third quarter, stretching the lead to as many as 31 points. Unable to recover, the Dragons fall to their 2nd loss in 5 games as the Patriots move up to 4-1.

APP 86- Johnson 27, Miller 21, Vergara 13, Fernandez 7, Larong 6, Laure 4, Rodriguez 4, Ybanez 2, Raymundo 2, Wainwright 0, Saldua 0, Juntilla 0.
WMD 72- Williams 23, Wade 16, Cabahug 10, Ng 5, Kwaan 4, Loh 4, Batumalai 3, Pacana 3, Belasco 2, Lau 2, Kuek 0, Kuppusamy 0.
QS: 22-13, 46-29, 70-43, 86-72

CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS over SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 66-56 (OT)
This one was a tight game all throughout. Early on in the game, however, it looked like the Slingers were the better side. Import Louis Graham helped the Singaporeans take a 6-1 lead until the Slammers defense kicked in to tie the count at 10 by the end of the first frame. It was a low-scoring affair for the rest of the first half as both teams shot awfully from the floor.

The Slammers led by 4 at the half before scoring picked up in the 3rd period. Vaughn Canta helped the Slingers keep in step with the Slammers going into the final period. Fellow Pinoy Don Dulay, along with Singaporean Wei Long Wong and import Louis Graham, gave the Slingers a taste of the lead mid-fourth quarter, but Kenneth Walker and Chester Tolomia came up big to give the Slammers the advantage anew. Both teams missed important freebies in the dying minutes before Wei Long Wongs last two charities tied it all up and sent the game into overtime.

The Slingers started the extra session strong, as Don Dulay and Vaughn Canta hit their shots for a 56-55 lead, but the Singaporean sides guns fell silent from then on. Walker and DeAndre Thomas then led an 11-0 finish for the Slammers, who now go up just a game behind their victims at 3-3.

CTS 66- Thomas 27, Walker 16, Tolomia 8, Bautista 7, Jantuma 5, Pinitpatcharalert 2, Williams 1, Suttisin 0, Sangthong 0, Ghogar 0, Lertmalaiporn 0, Apiromvilaichai 0
SGS 56- Dulay 12, Graham 12, Oh 10, Canta 10, Wong 8, Little 4, Lim 0, Khoo 0, Matialakan 0, Ng 0
QS: 10-10, 25-21, 43-40, 51-51, 66-56

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



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Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Sokol Lancut 16-4 
 2. Start Gdynia 14-6 
 3. MKS DG 13-7 
 4. SKK Siedlce 12-7 
 5. Spojnia 12-7 
 6. AZS Kutno 12-8 
 7. Rosa Radom 12-8 
 8. Znicz Basket 11-8 
 9. Polonia 11-9 
 10. P.Cukier SIDEn 9-10 
 11. AZS Szczecin 8-11 
 12. Start Lublin 8-12 
 13. Sportino 3-16 
 14. MOSiR Krosno 3-17 
 15. Sudety 3-17 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 17-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 12-4 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 11-5 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 9-5 
 5. Zuraw Gniewno 9-7 
 6. AZS UWM Olsz. 8-8 
 7. Korsarz Gdansk 7-7 
 8. KK Swiecie 7-9 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 6-9 
 10. Wilki Morskie 6-11 
 11. GKK Gorzow 4-11 
 12. Zyrardowianka 4-13 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-14 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 15-3 
 2. Pogon Prudnik 14-4 
 3. BM Wegiel Stal 13-5 
 4. AZS AWF K-ce 12-6 
 5. WKK Obiekty 12-6 
 6. Alba Chorzow 10-8 
 7. AZS AGH Alstom 9-9 
 8. GTK Gliwice 9-9 
 9. HK Zory 8-10 
 10. MKS Skierniew. 6-12 
 11. MCKiS Jaworz. 6-12 
 12. Nysa Klodzko 5-13 
 13. Mickiewicz 4-14 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-15 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 15-1 
 2. UMKS Kielce 11-5 
 3. Handlopex AZS 10-6 
 4. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 10-6 
 5. MKS Limbach 9-7 
 6. Unia Tarnow 9-8 
 7. Novum Lublin 8-9 
 8. Wisla AWF Kr. 8-9 
 9. Staco MNLK 8-9 
 10. UKS Siemaszka 7-10 
 11. Rosa II Radom 5-11 
 12. Pulaski Warka 4-13 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-13 


Ales Pipan remains as the head coach of Poland - by Michal Koza
Ales Pipan finally signed a two year contract extension with Polish National Federation. It was just a matter of time as both sides agreed to terms over two months ago but delayed the signing till now. The Slovenian coach led Poland to 17th place in the last Eurobasket in Lithuania. The current main goal for Ales Pipan is to qualify for the next Eurobasket (2013) which will take place in his native Slovenia. Ales Pipan shares his coaching duties with leading Croatian club KK Zadar.

Asseco Prokom lost and won in VTB League - by Eurobasket Center
Asseco Prokom lost and won in VTB League to have 5-7 record in Group B.
At the end of January the Polish team won against CEZ Nymburk 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. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) produced 19 points and Petr Benda added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Last night CSKA beat Asseco Prokom 86:81. 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. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jerel Blassingame produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Donatas Motiejunas added 10 points respectively for lost side.



Egypt U17 wins Turk Telekom Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U17-Poland U16 83:73

Egypt U17 wins Turk Telekom Tournament with 12 participating teams. The only African representative won all the games and added 83:73 victory over Poland in the Final.
Ahmed Soliman and Moataz Hosny (201-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 21 points each, while the latter also added 16 rebounds. Oman Abdien notched 12, while Ehab Saleh posted 7. Marek Zywert (181-G-96) replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Grzegorz Kulka (198-PF-96) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) netted 10 as Poland became the top European representative.
Vasilije Knezevic from Montenegro was selected as rebound leader with averaging 13.2, while Russian player, Aleksandr Gavrilov, became assist leader with 6.7 assists per game. Egypts Ehab Saleh was named Most Valuable Player of Turk Telekom Tournament in Sakarya, Turkey.
Ehab Saleh averaged 19.7 points, in leading Egypt to a 73-83 victory over Poland for the gold medal of Trk Telekom Tournament and securing the Most Valuable Player award. Saleh also became the most scorer player in the tournament.

Egypt U17: Ahmed Soliman 21, Moataz Hosny 21+16 rebs, Oman Abdien 12, Ehab Saleh 7
Poland U16: Marek Zywert 25, Grzegorz Kulka 13+14 rebs, Filip Pruefer 10



2Liga Round 18: UMKS Kielce loses to Unia Tarnow - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Tarnow between second ranked UMKS Kielce (11-5) and seventh ranked Unia Tarnow (9-8) on Saturday night. UMKS Kielce was defeated by Unia Tarnow in a tough game on the road 71-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of UMKS Kielce. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-71. Unia Tarnow forced 28 UMKS Kielce turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Unia Tarnow made 12 blocks. It was a good game for forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Cygan (198-82) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Grzegorz Kij (200-73) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for UMKS Kielce. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Unia Tarnow moved-up to sixth place in Group C. UMKS Kielce at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Unia Tarnow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UMKS Kielce will play on the road against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Slask II W. (15-3) which hosted in Wroclaw 4th ranked AZS AWF K-ce (12-6). First ranked Slask II W. managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Rafal Glapinski chipped in 18 points and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. AZS AWF K-ce's coach Miroslaw Stawowski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Slask II W. have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B with 15-3 record. AZS AWF K-ce at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with WKK Obiekty. Slask II W. will play against HK Zory (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS AWF K-ce will play against Alba Chorzow (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked MKS Limbach in a game versus Novum Lublin (#8) 87-82. Jakub Karolak notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Novum Lublin's coach Piotr Karolak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 28 points and 5 steals by Andrzej Peciak did not help to save the game for MKS Limbach. Novum Lublin (8-9) moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with Wisla AWF Kr. and Staco MNLK. Loser MKS Limbach keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Novum Lublin will meet Rosa II Radom (#11) on the road in the next round. MKS Limbach will play against Staco MNLK (#9) in Niepolomice and hope to secure a win.
2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (17-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (8-8) in Olsztyn 96-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS UWM Olsz.. The best player for the winners was Wojciech Zurawski who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). AZS UWM Olsz.'s coach Rafal Kacprzak let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Open Florentyna have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 17-0 record. AZS UWM Olsz. at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Open Florentyna's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS UWM Olsz. will play on the road against GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp.
Twelfth-ranked Pulaski Warka (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Handlopex AZS (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Rzeszow managed to secure only four-point victory 82-78. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for Piotr Ucinek who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Pulaski Warka's coach Marek Brzeznicki gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Handlopex AZS maintains third position in Group C with 10-6 record having eight points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Newly promoted Pulaski Warka keeps the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Handlopex AZS will face AZS II Polit.W-wa (#13) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pulaski Warka will play on the road against Tur Bielsk Pdl. in Bielsk Podlaski.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18:
In Group A KK Swiecie was beaten by Zuraw Gniewno on the road 91-87. Zyrardowianka was destroyed by Trefl II Sopot on its own court 74-106. SMS PZKosz unfortunately lost to Korsarz Gdansk in a road game 89-94. Astoria Bydg. managed to beat Wilki Morskie at home 81-75.
In Group B Alba Chorzow was crushed by MKS Skierniew. on the opponent's court 95-69. AZS AGH Alstom smashed HK Zory in a home game 99-56. Nysa Klodzko was destroyed by BM Wegiel Stal on the road 69-50. GTK Gliwice outscored UMKS Piotrc. on its own court 109-66. Pogon Prudnik managed to beat Mickiewicz in a road game 73-69.
Handlopex AZS beat Pulaski Warka on the opponent's court 82-78. Staco MNLK lost to Tur Bielsk Pdl. in a home game 71-81. Rosa II Radom unfortunately lost to Wisla AWF Kr. on the road 53-64.


Group A
AZS UWM Olsz. - Open Florentyna 82-96

2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (17-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (8-8) in Olsztyn 96-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS UWM Olsz.. The game was mostly controlled by Open Florentyna. AZS UWM Olsz. was better in third quarter 30-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Open Florentyna shot 61.0 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Open Florentyna forced 21 AZS UWM Olsz. turnovers and had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 10 steals. Four Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jacek Chojnacki (180-88) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Jaroslaw Andrusiewicz (201-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. AZS UWM Olsz.'s coach Rafal Kacprzak let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Open Florentyna have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 17-0 record. AZS UWM Olsz. at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Open Florentyna's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS UWM Olsz. will play on the road against GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 28+14reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 21+5reb+6ast, R.Niesobski 17+3reb+1ast, K.Debski 12+7reb+2ast, J.Sulowski 8+3reb+2ast, J.Czech 6+1reb+1ast
AZS UWM Olsz.: J.Chojnacki 16+1reb+4ast, M.Kowalewski 14+5reb, J.Andrusiewicz 13+6reb, P.Spica 9+4reb+2ast, P.Rosinski 8+1reb+2ast, M.Olejko 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 144285


Zuraw Gniewno - KK Swiecie 91-87

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Zuraw Gniewno (9-7) beat 7th ranked KK Swiecie (7-9) in Gniewino 91-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zuraw Gniewno made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 KK Swiecie turnovers. It was a good game for forward Pawel Pawlowski (198-82) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Marek Iglinski (178-82) contributed with 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Zuraw Gniewno's coach Jacek Bagnecki allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Pawel Poliwka (200-87) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and guard Piotr Robak (192-91) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KK Swiecie. Five KK Swiecie players scored in double figures. Zuraw Gniewno maintains fifth position in Group A with 9-7 record. Loser KK Swiecie dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Zuraw Gniewno will face Trefl II Sopot (#9) on the road in the next round. KK Swiecie will play against AZS PP Poznan in Pozoan.
Top scorers:
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Pawlowski 19+7reb+2ast, M.Iglinski 18+3reb+7ast, B.Kobus 12+1reb+3ast, P.Podbielski 8+2reb+1ast, P.Strychalski 8+1ast, P.Matysiak 7+2reb
KK Swiecie: P.Poliwka 28+8reb, P.Robak 17+5reb, M.Grod 13+2reb, M.Kubacki 13+2ast, T.Herman 10+4reb+5ast, Z.Malinowski 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144287


Zyrardowianka - Trefl II Sopot 74-106

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-13) was smashed at home by tenth ranked Trefl II Sopot (6-9) 106-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl II Sopot. Zyrardowianka was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl II Sopot forced 23 Zyrardowianka turnovers and outrebounded them 53-26 including a 35-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trefl II Sopot looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zyrardowianka's players. It was a good game for forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard David Brembly (197-93) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. Trefl II Sopot's coach Marcin Lichtanski felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Jaroslaw Mus (186-90) added 15 points in the effort for Zyrardowianka. Trefl II Sopot moved-up to ninth place in Group A. Zyrardowianka lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face higher ranked Zuraw Gniewno (#5) in Gniewino in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Trefl II Sopot: D.Brembly 22+6reb+3ast, W.Fras 19+8reb+7ast, L.Jaskiewicz 13+8reb+2ast, D.Szymkiewicz 11+6reb+3ast, A.Lebiedzinski 8+1reb+1ast, K.Stalicki 8+1reb+3ast
Zyrardowianka: M.Lapinski 25+8reb, J.Mus 15+2reb+3ast, M.Kuran 12+4reb+1ast, T.Chojecki 9+1reb+1ast, P.Repinski 6, M.Szwed 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 144288


Korsarz Gdansk - SMS PZKosz 94-89

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Korsarz Gdansk (7-7) won against at home 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-14) 94-89 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 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Korsarz Gdansk forced 21 SMS PZKosz turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Korsarz Gdansk looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Korsarz Gdansk made 10 blocks. It was a good game for guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) contributed with 24 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Power forward Kacper Borowski (201-94) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nikodem Sirijatowicz (187-94) added 14 points, 9 assists and 8 steals in the effort for SMS PZKosz. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Korsarz Gdansk moved-up to seventh place in Group A. SMS PZKosz lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Korsarz Gdansk will face Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round. SMS PZKosz will play at home against Ksiezak Lowicz.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 28+2reb+2ast, M.Chudy 24+2reb+6ast, P.Renkiel 20+8reb+5ast, B.Sarzalo 9+6reb+4ast, P.Konsek 6+5reb, J.Golebiewski 5+4reb+2ast
SMS PZKosz: K.Borowski 24+8reb, M.Witlinski 17+2reb+1ast, N.Sirijatowicz 14+4reb+9ast, R.Stefanik 9+7reb, J.Trojan 6+1reb, L.Kaczmarski 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144283


Astoria Bydg. - Wilki Morskie 81-75

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Wilki Morskie (6-11) lost to second ranked Astoria Bydg. (12-4) in Bydgoszcz 75-81 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-21. But Wilki Morskie won third quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 8 blocks. It was a good game for guard Pawel Lewandowski (186-83) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Power forward Igor Trela (206-89) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Wilki Morskie. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Astoria Bydg. maintains second position in Group A with 12-4 record having six points less than leader Open Florentyna. Wilki Morskie lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face league's leader Open Florentyna in Pleszew in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wilki Morskie will play at home against Korsarz Gdansk (#7).
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: P.Lewandowski 20+5reb+7ast, M.Bierwagen 18+4reb+2ast, A.Szopinski 18+8reb+3ast, S.Laydych 13+12reb, W.Pagacz 6+5reb+2ast, A.Andryanczyk 4+2reb+1ast
Wilki Morskie: I.Trela 25+8reb+2ast, P.Knowa 15+3reb, R.Bojko 11+5reb+9ast, M.Kowalski 8+3reb, K.Nowacki 4+6reb+1ast, C.Majtyka 4+6reb
gschID: 144284


Group B
MKS Skierniew. - Alba Chorzow 95-69

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked MKS Skierniew. (6-12) outplayed higher ranked Alba Chorzow (10-8) in Skierniewice 95-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by MKS Skierniew.. Alba Chorzow was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MKS Skierniew. dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Alba Chorzow's 40. MKS Skierniew. forced 23 Alba Chorzow turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Alba Chorzow's players. It was a good game for forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Piotr Czaplicki (198-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four MKS Skierniew. players scored in double figures. MKS Skierniew.'s coach Lukasz Makolski felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Lukasz Wojcik (189-84) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alba Chorzow. MKS Skierniew. moved-up to tenth place in Group B, which they share with MCKiS Jaworz. Alba Chorzow lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. MKS Skierniew. will face MCKiS Jaworz. (#11) in Jaworzno in the next round.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 27+8reb+3ast, P.Czaplicki 18+11reb, M.Krawiec 12+3reb+4ast, P.Tradecki 11+3reb+3ast, R.Jarosz 9+3reb+1ast, A.El-Ward 6+2reb+2ast
Alba Chorzow: L.Wojcik 20+8reb+1ast, A.Spychala 12+6reb, J.Gruth 11+2reb, P.Podbial 8+7reb+1ast, K.Wozniak 7+1reb, D.Pelka 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 144561


Slask II W. - AZS AWF K-ce 82-76

An interesting game for Slask II W. (15-3) which hosted in Wroclaw 4th ranked AZS AWF K-ce (12-6). First ranked Slask II W. managed to get a 6-point victory 82-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But AZS AWF K-ce won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask II W. forced 21 AZS AWF K-ce turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 19 blocks. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Mateusz Dziemba (194-92) scored 16 points. Five AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. AZS AWF K-ce's coach Miroslaw Stawowski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Slask II W. have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B with 15-3 record. AZS AWF K-ce at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with WKK Obiekty. Slask II W. will play against HK Zory (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS AWF K-ce will play against Alba Chorzow (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 22+12reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 18+3reb+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kowalski 9+3reb+2ast, M.Platek 7+6reb+2ast, M.Lopatka 6+4reb+1ast
AZS AWF K-ce: T.Milewski 17+8reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 16+2reb+3ast, M.Dziemba 15+2reb, K.Nowak 15+5reb, P.Jurczynski 11+1reb, K.Kurdubski 2+2reb
gschID: 144562


AZS AGH Alstom - HK Zory 99-56

Everything could happen in Krakow at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked AZS AGH Alstom and 7th ranked HK Zory had identical 8-9 record. This time AZS AGH Alstom used a home court advantage and outleveled the opponent from Zory 99-56 on Saturday night. The game without a history. AZS AGH Alstom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to HK Zory's 30. AZS AGH Alstom forced 24 HK Zory turnovers and outrebounded them 47-34 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS AGH Alstom looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by HK Zory's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AGH Alstom made 10 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Sebastian Salamon (203-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tomasz Orlicki (188-89) contributed with 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five AZS AGH Alstom players scored in double figures. Guard Marcin Marczyk (187-83) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for HK Zory. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS AGH Alstom (9-9) moved-up to seventh place in Group B, which they share with GTK Gliwice. Loser HK Zory dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. AZS AGH Alstom will face Nysa Klodzko (#12) in Kloszko in the next round where they are favorite. HK Zory will play at home against the league's leader Slask II W. where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: T.Orlicki 21+2reb+1ast, L.Pajak 16+6reb+2ast, S.Salamon 14+12reb+1ast, M.Hajduk 13+8reb+2ast, G.Dudzik 10+7reb+2ast, M.Szewczyk 10+5reb+5ast
HK Zory: M.Marczyk 15+4reb+5ast, M.Frankowski 11+4reb+1ast, L.Ochodek 10+6reb+1ast, P.Czech 5, J.Rduch 5+1reb, A.Andula 4+4reb
gschID: 144563


BM Wegiel Stal - Nysa Klodzko 69-50

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BM Wegiel Stal (13-5) crushed 11th ranked Nysa Klodzko (5-13) in Ostrow Wlkp. 69-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BM Wegiel Stal. Nysa Klodzko was better in fourth quarter 28-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nysa Klodzko to just 0 points in third quarter. Strangely Nysa Klodzko outrebounded BM Wegiel Stal 38-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 12 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. The former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) contributed with 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) added 9 points, 8 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Nysa Klodzko. Nysa Klodzko's coach Tomasz Wlodowski gave the chance to play for ten players seeing no chance for a win. BM Wegiel Stal have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group B with 13-5 record having three points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser Nysa Klodzko dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face UMKS Piotrc. (#14) in Piotrkow in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nysa Klodzko will play at home against AZS AGH Alstom in Krakow.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: L.Olejnik 18+4reb, M.Kalowski 12+3reb+1ast, W.Szawarski 12+3reb+5ast, J.Dryjanski 9+5reb, K.Sieranski 8+1reb, M.Matczak 6+2reb+2ast
Nysa Klodzko: J.Bartkowiak 18+12reb+1ast, M.Weiss 10+4reb+2ast, M.Lipinski 9+3reb+8ast, B.Zubik 7+7reb+1ast, J.Gadomski 4+5reb, R.Ulrich 2+4reb
gschID: 144564


GTK Gliwice - UMKS Piotrc. 109-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-15) was smashed on the road by ninth ranked GTK Gliwice (9-9) 109-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. GTK Gliwice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to UMKS Piotrc.'s 44. They outrebounded UMKS Piotrc. 48-20 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. GTK Gliwice looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by UMKS Piotrc.'s players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GTK Gliwice made 12 blocks. It was a good game for guard Karol Leszczynski (194-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Guard Pawel Szymanski (187-92) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Guard Adam Misztela (183-82) replied with 15 points, 6 assists and 6 steals and Mateusz Tomczynski (-91) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for UMKS Piotrc.Five GTK Gliwice and four UMKS Piotrc. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GTK Gliwice moved-up to seventh place in Group B, which they share with AZS AGH Alstom. Newly promoted UMKS Piotrc. keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. GTK Gliwice will face league's second-placed Pogon Prudnik on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UMKS Piotrc. will play against BM Wegiel Stal (#3) in Ostrow Wlkp..
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: P.Szymanski 26+3reb+1ast, K.Leszczynski 21+2reb+10ast, P.Malona 15+9reb+1ast, G.Podulka 10+6reb+3ast, M.Soehrich 10+3reb+2ast, L.Nawrot 10+15reb+2ast
UMKS Piotrc.: A.Misztela 15+4reb+6ast, M.Tomczynski 15+5reb+4ast, D.Kalinowski 12+4reb+1ast, M.Zawadzki 10+3reb+2ast, D.Sikorski 4+3reb, B.Pelka 3+1reb
gschID: 144565


Mickiewicz - Pogon Prudnik 69-73

Very predictable result when second ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-4) won against 13th ranked Mickiewicz (4-14) in Katowice 73-69 on Sunday. Mickiewicz was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of Pogon Prudnik, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 26 Mickiewicz turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pogon Prudnik made 15 blocks. It was a good game for swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. Forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Pogon Prudnik players scored in double figures. Guard Mateusz Jagiela (187-87) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and forward Lukasz Kosmowski (196-83) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Mickiewicz. Mickiewicz's coach Sebastian Bregula tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pogon Prudnik have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group B with 14-4 record having just two points less than leader Open Florentyna. Mickiewicz lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face GTK Gliwice (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mickiewicz will play against WKK Obiekty (#5) in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 19+4reb+5ast, J.Pawlowski 14+8reb+1ast, K.Chmielarz 12+1reb+1ast, T.Lakis 11+5reb, S.Kucia 10+4reb+2ast, T.Madziar 6+3reb+1ast
Mickiewicz: L.Kosmowski 22+8reb+3ast, M.Jagiela 20+6reb+7ast, M.Batorski 12+6reb+1ast, M.Koziel 5+2reb+1ast, K.Wosz 3+4reb+1ast, L.Jaworski 2+1reb
gschID: 144566


MCKiS Jaworz. - WKK Obiekty 76-83 OT

Top scorers:
WKK Obiekty: P.Niedzwiedzki 28+13reb, J.Koelner 22+5reb+2ast, J.Grzelinski 10+4reb+8ast, N.Zuber 9, D.Martyniak 5+3reb+1ast, B.Bojko 5+12reb+2ast
MCKiS Jaworz.: G.Remin 26+6reb+4ast, S.Klocek 22+12reb+3ast, M.Matysiak 10+4reb, A.Baczynski 6+1reb+5ast, N.Kujon 6+1reb, A.Koziol 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 144567


Group C
Unia Tarnow - UMKS Kielce 80-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Tarnow between second ranked UMKS Kielce (11-5) and seventh ranked Unia Tarnow (9-8) on Saturday night. UMKS Kielce was defeated by Unia Tarnow in a tough game on the road 71-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of UMKS Kielce. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-71. Unia Tarnow forced 28 UMKS Kielce turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Unia Tarnow made 12 blocks. It was a good game for forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Cygan (198-82) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Grzegorz Kij (200-73) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) added 18 points and 4 steals in the effort for UMKS Kielce. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Unia Tarnow moved-up to sixth place in Group C. UMKS Kielce at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Unia Tarnow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UMKS Kielce will play on the road against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Unia Tarnow: D.Szewczyk 29+7reb+1ast, T.Zych 14+5reb+2ast, P.Cygan 14+9reb, K.Uriasz 9+3reb+1ast, F.Put 6+6reb+2ast, P.Laszewski 3+5reb
UMKS Kielce: G.Kij 18+9reb+1ast, H.Makuch 18+4reb+3ast, P.Bacik 8+2reb+4ast, L.Fafara 8+6reb+3ast, M.Wrobel 8+5reb, A.Busz 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144568


AZS II Polit.W-wa - UKS Siemaszka 0-20
gschID: 144569


Pulaski Warka - Handlopex AZS 78-82 OT

Twelfth-ranked Pulaski Warka (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Handlopex AZS (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Rzeszow managed to secure only four-point victory 82-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Pulaski Warka was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 8-12s. Handlopex AZS forced 31 Pulaski Warka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Handlopex AZS made 10 blocks. It was a good game for forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Marek Osiniak (200-80) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Pawel Adamczyk (186-84) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) added 23 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pulaski Warka. Pulaski Warka's coach Marek Brzeznicki gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Handlopex AZS maintains third position in Group C with 10-6 record having eight points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Newly promoted Pulaski Warka keeps the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Handlopex AZS will face AZS II Polit.W-wa (#13) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pulaski Warka will play on the road against Tur Bielsk Pdl. in Bielsk Podlaski.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: P.Ucinek 32+11reb+1ast, S.Biela 14+2reb+2ast, M.Osiniak 13+6reb+2ast, M.Sowa 7+5reb, S.Skop 5, M.Zmudka 4+9reb+4ast
Pulaski Warka: R.Sobilo 23+4reb+5ast, P.Adamczyk 22+7reb+5ast, D.Wilkusz 13+9reb+1ast, L.Nowak 6+8reb+2ast, A.Kulik 5, R.Sebrala 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 144570


Staco MNLK - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 71-81

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (10-6) defeated 6th ranked Staco MNLK (8-9) in Niepolomice 81-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tur Bielsk Pdl. dominated on the defensive end, holding Staco MNLK to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Staco MNLK only scored nine points from the stripe. Tur Bielsk Pdl. forced 24 Staco MNLK turnovers. It was a good game for forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tur Bielsk Pdl.'s coach Andrej Sinielnikow allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jakub Dziura (202-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Staco MNLK. Five Tur Bielsk Pdl. and four Staco MNLK players scored in double figures. Tur Bielsk Pdl. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with Handlopex AZS. Loser Staco MNLK dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will face Pulaski Warka (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Staco MNLK will play against MKS Limbach (#5) in Limanowa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 19+7reb+2ast, A.Zabielski 19+12reb+4ast, A.Weres 15+4reb+1ast, M.Rapucha 14+4reb+5ast, P.Brzozowski 12+2reb+3ast, A.Cwikowski 2+1reb
Staco MNLK: M.Skowron 12, W.Majchrzak 12+4reb+2ast, J.Dziura 11+12reb, P.Ostrowski 10+9reb+2ast, A.Styla 8+3reb, J.Krawczyk 5+1ast
gschID: 144571


Novum Lublin - MKS Limbach 87-82

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 5th ranked MKS Limbach in a game versus Novum Lublin (#8) 87-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MKS Limbach won fourth quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novum Lublin forced 19 MKS Limbach turnovers and outrebounded them 36-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Novum Lublin made 9 blocks. Swingman Jakub Karolak (192-93) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and center Patryk Bajtus (206-91) supported him with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Novum Lublin players scored in double figures. Novum Lublin's coach Piotr Karolak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 28 points and 5 steals by swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) did not help to save the game for MKS Limbach. Guard Jakub Dudek (190-84) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Novum Lublin (8-9) moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with Wisla AWF Kr. and Staco MNLK. Loser MKS Limbach keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Novum Lublin will meet Rosa II Radom (#11) on the road in the next round. MKS Limbach will play against Staco MNLK (#9) in Niepolomice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 24+7reb, P.Bajtus 23+5reb+1ast, M.Gospodarek 11+5reb+13ast, B.Karolak 10+1reb+4ast, P.Szelezniak 8+3reb+1ast, M.Wisniewski 5+11reb+1ast
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 28+2reb+1ast, W.Rykala 15+2reb+2ast, J.Dudek 14+7reb+4ast, M.Strzelec 8+1reb+3ast, P.Kwandrans 6+5reb+2ast, M.Biranowski 5+2reb
gschID: 144572


Wisla AWF Kr. - Rosa II Radom 64-53

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Rosa II Radom (5-11) lost to ninth ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (8-9) in Krakow 53-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wisla AWF Kr.. Rosa II Radom was better in fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wisla AWF Kr. forced 23 Rosa II Radom turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wisla AWF Kr. made 14 blocks. It was a good game for forward Mateusz Piech (196-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Konrad Mamcarczyk (-94) replied with 14 points and the former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rosa II Radom. Rosa II Radom's coach Karol Gutkowski gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Wisla AWF Kr. moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with Staco MNLK and Novum Lublin. Newly promoted Rosa II Radom keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Wisla AWF Kr. will face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rosa II Radom will play against Novum Lublin (#7).
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: M.Piech 16+11reb+2ast, J.Dwernicki 13+8reb+5ast, G.Radwan 10+7reb+6ast, P.Czepczyk 8+4reb, D.Szlapka 8+2reb+1ast, P.Urbanek 3+2reb+3ast
Rosa II Radom: K.Mamcarczyk 14+3reb, K.Labedz 8+1reb+2ast, P.Wiekiera 7+6reb+2ast, J.Stanios 7+3reb+1ast, D.Wolczynski 7+1reb, M.Maj 6+5reb
gschID: 144573




1Liga Round 21: MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza loses to Rosa Radom - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (13-7) and seventh ranked Rosa Radom (12-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza was defeated by Rosa Radom in a tough game in Radom 73-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rosa Radom won last quarter 19-16. It was a good game for guard Piotr Kardas (182-G-78) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa Radom moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AZS Kutno. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Rosa Radom is looking forward to face MKS Znicz Basket (#8) in Pruszkow in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play at home against Sudety (#15) in Jelenia Gora and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Start Gdynia (14-6) against fifth ranked SKK Siedlce (12-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Start Gdynia was defeated by SKK Siedlce in a tough game in Siedlce 71-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Start Gdynia. Power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Lukasz Ratajczak chipped in 13 points. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) with 22 points and 5 rebounds. SKK Siedlce moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Spojnia. Start Gdynia at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. SKK Siedlce will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Start Gdynia will play against Sportino (#13) in Inowroclaw and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Sudety managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Sudety won against twelfth-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin in Jelenia Gora 86-79. Marcin Sterenga nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Przemyslaw Luszczewski came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for Olimp MKS Start Lublin in the defeat. Sudety (3-17) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with MOSiR Krosno. Olimp MKS Start Lublin lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Sudety will meet higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against SKK Siedlce (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
1Liga top team - Sokol Lancut (16-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Sportino (3-16) in Inowroclaw 80-57. The best player for the winners was Marcel Wilczek who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Lancut have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-4 record. Sportino lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Sokol Lancut's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#5) in Stargard. Sportino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Start Gdynia (#2).
Important game to mention about took place in Przemysl. Ninth ranked Polonia (11-9) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 10th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (9-10) 85-84 in the fight for the ninth place. It was a good game for Michal Musijowski who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Polonia maintains ninth place with 11-9 record. P.Cukier SIDEn lost their eighth game in a row. P.Cukier SIDEn at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Polonia will face AZS Szczecin (#11) on the road in the next round. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against MOSiR Krosno.

In the last two games of round 21 Znicz Basket beat MOSiR Krosno on the road 72-62. AZS Kutno won against AZS Szczecin on its own court 76-69.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Krzysztof Mielczarek of AZS Szczecin.


Sudety - Start Lublin 86-79

Bottom-ranked Sudety managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Sudety won against twelfth-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin in Jelenia Gora 86-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimp MKS Start Lublin won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sudety forced 19 Olimp MKS Start Lublin turnovers. Forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Tomasz Prostak (187-88) accounted for 20 points. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and guard Kamil Michalski (183-87) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Olimp MKS Start Lublin in the defeat. Five Olimp MKS Start Lublin players scored in double figures. Sudety (3-17) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with MOSiR Krosno. Olimp MKS Start Lublin lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Sudety will meet higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against SKK Siedlce (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sudety: T.Prostak 20+4reb+3ast, L.Niesobski 19+2reb+1ast, M.Sterenga 17+18reb+4ast, B.Jozefowicz 9+2ast, A.Kijanowski 9+2reb+3ast, P.Hajnsz 8+5reb+2ast
Start Lublin: P.Luszczewski 15+13reb+1ast, S.Prazmo 13+3reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 12+4reb+1ast, P.Kowalski 11+6reb, K.Michalski 11+5reb+5ast, S.Szymanski 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141052


Rosa Radom - MKS DG 77-73

The game between third ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (13-7) and seventh ranked Rosa Radom (12-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza was defeated by Rosa Radom in a tough game in Radom 73-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rosa Radom won last quarter 19-16. It was a good game for guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Lukasz Szczypka (185-80) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rosa Radom moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AZS Kutno. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Rosa Radom is looking forward to face MKS Znicz Basket (#8) in Pruszkow in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play at home against Sudety (#15) in Jelenia Gora and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: J.Zalewski 18+3reb+3ast, M.Nikiel 15+6reb, P.Kardas 14+6reb+7ast, H.Radke 13+7reb+2ast, A.Donigiewicz 9+5reb+3ast, M.Kosinski 4+1reb+2ast
MKS DG: L.Szczypka 20+2ast, P.Zielinski 16+12reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 14+4reb, G.Grochowski 6+3reb+9ast, M.Piechowicz 6+4reb, L.Grzegorzewski 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141053


MOSiR Krosno - Znicz Basket 62-72

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (11-8) beat on the road 14th ranked MOSiR Krosno (3-17) 72-62 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. MKS Znicz Basket made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 MOSiR Krosno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Znicz Basket made 9 blocks. It was a good game for forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Lukasz Bonarek (198-93) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) answered with 12 points and 8 assists and guard Rafal Partyka (184-79) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for MOSiR Krosno. Four MOSiR Krosno players scored in double figures. MOSiR Krosno's coach Ryszard Zmuda rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MKS Znicz Basket maintains eighth place with 11-8 record. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. MKS Znicz Basket will face higher ranked Rosa Radom (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MOSiR Krosno will play against P.Cukier SIDEn (#10) in Torun.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: P.Szymanski 16+5reb+2ast, L.Bonarek 15+3reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 13+2reb+1ast, D.Czubek 8+4reb+2ast, A.Misiewicz 6+4reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 5+1reb+1ast
MOSiR Krosno: M.Salamonik 14+4reb, D.Oczkowicz 12+4reb+8ast, R.Partyka 12+4reb+5ast, P.Pluta 10+3reb+1ast, D.Pieloch 6+1reb, D.Neumann 4
gschID: 141054


Polonia - P.Cukier SIDEn 85-84

Important game to mention about took place in Przemysl. Ninth ranked Polonia (11-9) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 10th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (9-10) 85-84 in the fight for the ninth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Polonia made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Polonia made 8 blocks. It was a good game for guard Michal Musijowski (180-89) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 blocks. The former international power forward Marek Miszczuk (212-77) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81, college: Vanderbilt) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for P.Cukier SIDEn. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Polonia maintains ninth place with 11-9 record. P.Cukier SIDEn lost their eighth game in a row. P.Cukier SIDEn at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Polonia will face AZS Szczecin (#11) on the road in the next round. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against MOSiR Krosno.
Top scorers:
Polonia: M.Miszczuk 20+6reb+1ast, H.Mazur 18+2reb+1ast, A.Mikolajko 18+6reb+1ast, M.Musijowski 15+6reb+12ast, G.Plocica 4+5reb, B.Bal 4+2reb+1ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Lewandowski 23+5reb+1ast, J.Jarecki 19+4reb, D.Przybyszewski 16+10reb, L.Kwiatkowski 10+4reb+1ast, L.Zytko 9+12ast, D.Witos 7+1ast
gschID: 141055


AZS Kutno - AZS Szczecin 76-69

Very expected game when 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (8-11) lost on the road to sixth ranked AZS Kutno (12-8) 76-69 on Saturday. AZS Kutno made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 AZS Szczecin turnovers. It was a good game for guard Michal Marciniak (195-79) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five AZS Kutno players scored in double figures. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AZS Szczecin. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS Kutno. Newly promoted AZS Kutno maintains sixth place with 12-8 record, which they share with Rosa Radom. Loser AZS Szczecin keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. AZS Kutno will have a break next round. AZS Szczecin will play at home against Polonia (#9) in Przemysl and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: M.Marciniak 19+7reb+5ast, K.Jakobczyk 13+2reb+1ast, A.Perka 13+6reb+2ast, M.Bacik 12+4reb+2ast, D.Kalinowski 11+2reb+2ast, D.Brek 6+1reb+1ast
AZS Szczecin: M.Raczynski 16+2ast, L.Pacocha 16+5reb+1ast, K.Mielczarek 15+11reb+4ast, T.Balcerek 7, M.Wojcik 7+2reb+2ast, M.Sudowski 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141056


Sportino - Sokol Lancut 57-80

1Liga top team - Sokol Lancut (16-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Sportino (3-16) in Inowroclaw 80-57. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. Sportino was better in third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Sokol Lancut forced 24 Sportino turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Pawel Bogdanowicz (197-87) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Puerto Rican guard Francis Jonathan Han (185-87, college: Fairfield) who recorded 16 points and 7 steals and forward Dariusz Cywinski (200-76) added 15 points and 7 rebounds 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. Sokol Lancut have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-4 record. Sportino lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Sokol Lancut's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#5) in Stargard. Sportino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Start Gdynia (#2).
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 18+14reb+1ast, P.Bogdanowicz 13+6reb+5ast, M.Klima 12+7reb, T.Fortuna 10+3reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 7+3reb+2ast, J.Szurlej 7+1reb+2ast
Sportino: F.Jonathan Han 16+4reb+3ast, D.Cywinski 15+7reb, T.Zablocki 9+5reb+1ast, J.Jankowiak 6+1reb+1ast, M.Ustarbowski 5+1ast, P.Rychlowski 2+2reb
gschID: 141050


SKK Siedlce - Start Gdynia 76-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Start Gdynia (14-6) against fifth ranked SKK Siedlce (12-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Start Gdynia was defeated by SKK Siedlce in a tough game in Siedlce 71-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Start Gdynia. It looked good early as Start Gdynia took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SKK Siedlce took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. SKK Siedlce forced 24 Start Gdynia turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Lukasz Ratajczak (204-86) chipped in 13 points. Five SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. SKK Siedlce moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Spojnia. Start Gdynia at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. SKK Siedlce will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Start Gdynia will play against Sportino (#13) in Inowroclaw and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: P.Kowalczuk 17+9reb+3ast, M.Przybylski 14+5reb, L.Ratajczak 13+4reb+3ast, K.Sulima 12+1reb+4ast, A.Czerwonka 10+6reb+2ast, R.Basinski 7+6reb+3ast
Start Gdynia: M.Kostrzewski 22+5reb+2ast, T.Wojdyla 12+6reb, K.Szpyrka 9+2ast, P.Smigielski 8+3ast, G.Mordzak 7+2reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141051




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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 14-1 
 2. Benfica 13-2 
 3. Ovarense 11-4 
 4. Barreirense 9-5 
 5. CAB Madeira 9-6 
 6. Lusitania 8-7 
 7. Academica 6-8 
 8. Sampaense 6-9 
 9. Vitoria SC 5-10 
 10. Barcelos 4-11 
 11. Terceira Basket 4-11 
 12. Ginasio 0-15 


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San German signs Rosas: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German announced the signing of guard Samuel Rosas (180-G-85, college: Brescia, KY). He will join the backcourt that already has Filiberto Rivera, Joey Rodriguez and Marlon Garnett.

Rosas was released last week by Quebradillas and returns to the franchise where he had his best years. He played in San German from 2005 to 2007.

The team is already practicing under Nelson Colon and expect to have the team in full force one week before the season starts.


Caciques de Humacao announces McCants and Diogu as their imports: - by Luis Modestti
Caciques de Humacao announced former NBA players Rashad McCants (193-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Ike Diogu (203-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) as their imports for the 2012 BSN season.

McCants played last season in the NBA D-League with Texas while Diogu signed with the San Antonio Spurs this season and only played two games.

Humacao has the Latin-American import spot open and could sign a player before the season starts on March 1.

Their import spots will be crucial for them this year because some of their native players like Dennis Clemente, Walter Hodge and John Holland are playing in Europe.



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CSKA, Lokomotiv and Khimky won Saturday clashes - by Eurobasket Center
CSKA, Lokomotiv and Khimky won Saturday clashes in VTB League.
Last night CSKA beat Asseco Prokom 86:81. 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. Darjus Lavrinovic fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Donatas Motiejunas added 10 points respectively for lost side.
Lokomotiv rolled over Minsk-2006 87:64. 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. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ali Traore chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Justin Hawkins added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
There was no surprise in Samara where Krasnie Krilya was defeated by Khimky 68-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Vitaly Fridzon fired 20 points and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side.



Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 8-1 
 2. Khimky 6-2 
 3. Triumph 6-3 
 4. Lokomotiv 5-4 
 5. Spartak-Prim. 5-4 
 6. Unics 4-4 
 7. Spartak SP 4-5 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 4-5 
 9. Enisey 1-8 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-8 


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Benson Powers Wonju to 11th Straight Win - by Jeff Liebsch
Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) scored 23 points to lead the Dongbu Promy to their 11th straight win, with a 70-56 victory over the KT Sonic Boom Sunday afternoon.

Benson added 17 rebounds and four steals in another dominating performance for the first place Promy, who raised their record to 36-7 on the season.

Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) added 14 points, while Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) added six points, four rebounds and five assists.

Wonju took a commanding 35-20 halftime lead, led by Bensons 15 first half points and cruised through the second half to secure the win. They used a dominating defensive performance, which included 12 steals, and forced 18 KT turnovers.

Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) led KT with 19 points, while Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) added 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.


KBL Round 47: ET Land Elephants beat KCC Egis by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 47 in the KBL took place in Inchon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed KCC Egis (24-20) to fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (23-21) 87-85 on Sunday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But KCC Egis won second period 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants shot 61.2 percent from the field and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Strangely KCC Egis outrebounded ET Land Elephants 37-20 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by KCC Egis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 23 rebounds for KCC Egis. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 23-21 record. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Dongbu Promy (37-7) which hosted in Wonju 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT (27-16). First ranked Dongbu Promy managed to get a 14-point victory 70-56. It was a great evening for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Ho-Young Yoon helped adding 14 points. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 37-7 record. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Seoul supposed to be also quite interesting. Seventh ranked LG Sakers (17-27) played at the court of 8th ranked SK Knights (15-28). LG Sakers smashed SK Knights 97-72 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Aaron Haynes who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Amal McCaskill came up with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for SK Knights in the defeat. LG Sakers maintains seventh place with 17-27 record. SK Knights lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 28 games lost. LG Sakers will meet higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul Samsung Thunders.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 47: Mobis Phoebus beat Goyang Orions on the road 78-70. Anyang KGC won against ET Land on its own court 79-72. Goyang Orions managed to outperform Samsung Th. in Daegu 79-74.



ET Land - KCC Egis 87-85

The most exciting game of round 47 in the KBL took place in Inchon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed KCC Egis (24-20) to fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (23-21) 87-85 on Sunday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But KCC Egis won second period 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants shot 61.2 percent from the field and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Strangely KCC Egis outrebounded ET Land Elephants 37-20 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by KCC Egis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 23 rebounds and forward Tae-Hong Kim (193-88) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KCC Egis. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 23-21 record. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 18+23reb+1ast, T.Kim 18+5reb, S.Choo 13+1reb+3ast, D.Sims 12+3reb+3ast, M.Sin 9+1reb+5ast, J.Lim 8+3reb+5ast
ET Land: T.Moon 31+3reb+5ast, H.Hill 26+8reb+2ast, H.Lee 10+5reb+2ast, H.Kang 7+2reb+6ast, K.Shin 5+1reb+1ast, H.Lee 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145831


Goyang Orions - Mobis Phoebus 70-78

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Mobis Phoebus (20-24) beat 9th ranked Goyang Orions (15-29) in Daegu 78-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Mobis Phoebus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who led the winners and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) accounted for 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Goyang Orions in the defeat. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 20-24 record. Loser Goyang Orions keep the ninth position with 29 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet at home LG Sakers (#7) in the next round. Goyang Orions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: D.Kim 20+5reb+2ast, C.Williams 17+8reb+4ast, J.Choi 13+8reb+1ast, J.Chun 7+2reb, H.Cho 7+4reb+3ast, D.Sandrin 4+2reb+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 24+7reb+6ast, G.Park 18+1reb+4ast, T.Leather 18+12reb+2ast, J.Ham 9+7reb+4ast, D.Kim 7+4reb, C.Song 2+1reb
gschID: 145827


Anyang KGC - ET Land 79-72

Rather expected game when 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (23-21) lost on the road to second ranked Anyang KGC (30-13) 79-72 on Saturday. ET Land Elephants were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Anyang KGC, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 assists. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and center Tae-Soo Joo (200-82) added 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for ET Land Elephants in the defeat. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Anyang KGC maintains second place with 30-13 record having eight points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Loser ET Land Elephants keep the fifth position with 21 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet at home KCC Egis (#4) in the next round. ET Land Elephants will play against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Hill 29+12reb+3ast, T.Joo 16+1reb+1ast, H.Kang 7+2reb+5ast, K.Shin 7+1reb+4ast, T.Moon 6+2reb, H.Lee 5+1reb
Anyang KGC: C.Park 19+3reb+6ast, C.Daniels 16+8reb+1ast, S.Oh 14+12reb, J.Lee 10, H.Yang 9+4reb, T.Kim 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145828


Samsung Th. - Goyang Orions 74-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Goyang Orions' (15-29) road victory over bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (10-33) in Seoul 79-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-74. Goyang Orions forced 24 Samsung Thunders turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) who led the winners and scored 26 points. His fellow American import swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) came up with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Samsung Thunders in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Goyang Orions maintains ninth place with 15-29 record. Loser Samsung Thunders stay dead last with 33 lost games. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena SK Knights.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 26+9reb+5ast, E.Sandrin 13+11reb+3ast, W.Lee 11+2reb, K.Ngi 10+2reb+3ast, S.Park 6+1ast, H.Hu 5+5reb
Goyang Orions: J.Choi 26+2reb+1ast, C.Williams 16+8reb+3ast, D.Kim 12+5reb+7ast, S.Cho 10+2reb+4ast, H.Cho 7+2reb+3ast, J.Chun 5+1reb
gschID: 145829


Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 70-56

An interesting game for Dongbu Promy (37-7) which hosted in Wonju 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT (27-16). First ranked Dongbu Promy managed to get a 14-point victory 70-56. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) helped adding 14 points. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) scored 19 points. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 37-7 record. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 19+1reb+2ast, C.Rhodes 16+9reb+1ast, M.Pyo 7+6reb+4ast, D.Cho 6+6ast, Y.Song 4+4reb+1ast, S.Park 2+6reb+2ast
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 23+17reb, H.Yoon 14+3reb+2ast, K.Lee 10+1ast, J.Kim 6+4reb+5ast, J.Park 5+1ast, J.Hwang 4+1reb
gschID: 145830


SK Knights - LG Sakers 72-97

The game in Seoul supposed to be also quite interesting. Seventh ranked LG Sakers (17-27) played at the court of 8th ranked SK Knights (15-28). LG Sakers smashed SK Knights 97-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by LG Sakers. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LG Sakers dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 36. They outrebounded SK Knights 39-25 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. LG Sakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when LG Sakers made 9 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Hyun-Joong Kim (178-81) accounted for 24 points and 8 assists for the winning side. American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) came up with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) added 18 points respectively for SK Knights in the defeat. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. LG Sakers maintains seventh place with 17-27 record. SK Knights lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 28 games lost. LG Sakers will meet higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: H.Kim 18+4reb, J.Han 15+4reb+2ast, S.Lee 15+4ast, A.McCaskill 14+9reb+5ast, H.Joo 4+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 3+2reb+3ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 42+14reb+4ast, H.Kim 24+2reb+8ast, Y.Oh 12+4reb+3ast, C.Song 8+5reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 8+5reb+6ast, H.Byun 3+8reb+6ast
gschID: 145826




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LEB Silver Round 15: Barca Regal II loses to Leyma Basquet - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Barca Regal II (8-6) and sixth ranked Leyma Basquet (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Barca Regal II was defeated by Leyma Basquet in a tough game in Coruna 61-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-7. But Barca Regal II won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leyma Basquet dominated on the defensive end, holding Barca Regal II to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Barca Regal II's 24. It was a good game for naturalized Venezuelan power forward Javier Roman (207-80) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Kim Adams (203-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Joan Creus (185-92) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Barca Regal II. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leyma Basquet moved-up to second place, which they share with Ourense and Aurteneche M. Barca Regal II at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Las Rozas. Leyma Basquet is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tenerife (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Barca Regal II will play against Fontedoso Carrefour (#7) in Avila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Aurteneche M. (9-5) against eighth ranked Lan Mobel ISB (7-7) on Saturday night. Host Aurteneche M. was defeated by Lan Mobel ISB in Vitoria-Gasteiz 82-71. It was a great evening for American-French guard Alfredo Ott (193-83, college: Dillard) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 4 steals. Olasumbo Atoyebi helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Aurteneche M.'s coach Inaki Merino rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lan Mobel ISB have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Prat Juventud and Avila. Newly promoted Aurteneche M. keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ourense and Coruna. Lan Mobel ISB will play against higher ranked Las Rozas (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aurteneche M. will play against the league's leader River Andorra (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked Plasencia Extremadura managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Tenerife 75-57. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Plasencia Extremadura is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was an exceptional evening for Miguel Conejero who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Georvys Elias came up with 8 points and 18 rebounds for Tenerife in the defeat. Plasencia Extremadura (3-11) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Tenerife. Tenerife lost sixth consecutive game. Plasencia Extremadura will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tenerife will play against Leyma Basquet (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
LEB Silver top team - River Andorra (11-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Prat Juventud (7-7) 83-70. The best player for the winners was Ismael Torres who scored 18 points. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. River Andorra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. River Andorra maintains first place with 11-2 record. Prat Juventud at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. River Andorra's next round opponent will be Aurteneche M. (#4) in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Prat Juventud will play at home against Feve Oviedo.
The game between ninth ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (7-7) and 11th ranked Gandia Basquet (4-10) in Avila on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Fontedoso Carrefour outscored guests from Valencia 73-51. It was a good game for Ondrej Kohout who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Fontedoso Carrefour's coach Armando Gomez felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fontedoso Carrefour moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Prat Juventud and Lan Mobel ISB. Newly promoted Gandia Basquet keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Fontedoso Carrefour will face higher ranked Barca Regal II (#5) in Barcelona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gandia Basquet will play at home against the league's second-placed Ourense (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 15 Las Rozas was beaten by Ourense on the road 88-70.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 19 points and 6 rebounds by Antoni Jaume Vicens of Ourense.



Andorra - Prat Juventud 83-70

LEB Silver top team - River Andorra (11-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Prat Juventud (7-7) 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Prat Juventud was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. River Andorra made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. River Andorra players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Ismael Torres (202-79) who scored 18 points. Naturalized Russian center Dmitry Flis (203-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five River Andorra players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin forward Marko Todorovic (203-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and guard Roger Vilanova (182-87) added 10 points and 8 assists respectively. Prat Juventud's coach Carles Duran tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. River Andorra have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. River Andorra maintains first place with 11-2 record. Prat Juventud at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. River Andorra's next round opponent will be Aurteneche M. (#4) in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Prat Juventud will play at home against Feve Oviedo.
Top scorers:
Andorra: I.Torres 18+4reb+1ast, D.Flis 16+5reb+2ast, E.Jimenez 13+3reb+2ast, D.Wright 11+4reb+2ast, P.Sanchez 11+6reb, A.Maresch 7+3reb
Prat Juventud: M.Todorovic 18+13reb+1ast, J.Tomas 11+3reb+1ast, R.Vilanova 10+3reb+8ast, A.Ventura 9+1reb+1ast, G.Marti 8+7reb, A.Suarez 5+3reb
gschID: 153553


Avila - Gandia Basquet 73-51

The game between ninth ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (7-7) and 11th ranked Gandia Basquet (4-10) in Avila on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Fontedoso Carrefour outscored guests from Valencia 73-51. The game without a history. Fontedoso Carrefour led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Gandia Basquet's 12. They outrebounded Gandia Basquet 45-24 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Czech forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Sergio Llorente (188-90) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Fontedoso Carrefour's coach Armando Gomez felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Alexandre Camarena (183-82) answered with 11 points and naturalized Brazilian center Guilherme Gitterer (204-85) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Gandia Basquet. Fontedoso Carrefour moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Prat Juventud and Lan Mobel ISB. Newly promoted Gandia Basquet keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Fontedoso Carrefour will face higher ranked Barca Regal II (#5) in Barcelona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gandia Basquet will play at home against the league's second-placed Ourense (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Avila: S.Llorente 16+4reb+1ast, O.Kohout 13+15reb, C.Sekou Conde 11+5reb, L.Parejo 9+4reb+2ast, J.Maria Gonzalez 7+6reb, A.Casas 5+2reb
Gandia Basquet: A.Camarena 11+4reb+1ast, F.Garcia 10+3reb+1ast, G.Gitterer 9+7reb, J.Manuel Alvarado 8+2ast, A.jr. Oha 5+2reb, S.Miller 4+2reb
gschID: 153550


Coruna - Barca Regal II 66-61

The game between third ranked Barca Regal II (8-6) and sixth ranked Leyma Basquet (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Barca Regal II was defeated by Leyma Basquet in a tough game in Coruna 61-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-7. But Barca Regal II won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leyma Basquet dominated on the defensive end, holding Barca Regal II to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Barca Regal II's 24. It was a good game for naturalized Venezuelan power forward Javier Roman (207-80) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Kim Adams (203-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Joan Creus (185-92) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Swedish swingman Marcus Eriksson (196-93) added 13 points in the effort for Barca Regal II. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leyma Basquet moved-up to second place, which they share with Ourense and Aurteneche M. Barca Regal II at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Las Rozas. Leyma Basquet is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Tenerife (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Barca Regal II will play against Fontedoso Carrefour (#7) in Avila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Coruna: J.Roman 12+7reb, X.Lopez 10+3reb+1ast, K.Adams 10+5reb+3ast, V.Hidalgo 9+2reb, S.Alonso 9+1reb, D.Smith 8+6reb+2ast
Barca Regal II: J.Creus 15+5reb+3ast, M.Eriksson 13+4reb+3ast, E.Riu 10+4reb+1ast, J.Perez 9+3reb+3ast, P.Mbaye 5+3reb, I.Garcia 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 153551


Plasencia - Tenerife 75-57

Bottom-ranked Plasencia Extremadura managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Tenerife 75-57. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Plasencia Extremadura is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Plasencia Extremadura. Tenerife managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Plasencia Extremadura forced 22 Tenerife turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for center Miguel Conejero (205-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Alex Ros (192-83) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Plasencia Extremadura players scored in double figures. Cuban forward Georvys Elias (199-81) came up with 8 points and 18 rebounds and American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 16 points respectively for Tenerife in the defeat. Plasencia Extremadura (3-11) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Tenerife. Tenerife lost sixth consecutive game. Plasencia Extremadura will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tenerife will play against Leyma Basquet (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Plasencia: F.Robles 16+3ast, M.Conejero 12+14reb, A.Ros 12+6reb+1ast, J.Iglesias 10+6reb, C.Longmire 10+6reb, J.Faner 9+1reb+4ast
Tenerife: S.Monroe 16+4reb+3ast, R.de la Rosa 8+2reb+1ast, G.Elias 8+18reb, I.Guigou 7+3reb+2ast, N.Moore 5+2reb, J.Perez 5+5reb
gschID: 153552


Aurteneche M. - Lan Mobel ISB 71-82

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Aurteneche M. (9-5) against eighth ranked Lan Mobel ISB (7-7) on Saturday night. Host Aurteneche M. was defeated by Lan Mobel ISB in Vitoria-Gasteiz 82-71. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Lan Mobel ISB made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Aurteneche M. turnovers. Strangely Aurteneche M. outrebounded Lan Mobel ISB 41-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American-French guard Alfredo Ott (193-83, college: Dillard) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 4 steals. Nigerian power forward Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88, college: Elon) helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lan Mobel ISB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Ander Ortiz (185-80) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Aurteneche M.'s coach Inaki Merino rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lan Mobel ISB have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Prat Juventud and Avila. Newly promoted Aurteneche M. keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ourense and Coruna. Lan Mobel ISB will play against higher ranked Las Rozas (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aurteneche M. will play against the league's leader River Andorra (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Ott 25+3reb+3ast, O.Atoyebi 18+9reb, M.Motos 13+3reb, M.Casado 10+1reb+3ast, A.Martinez 5+4reb+1ast, J.Ibargutxi 4+4reb+5ast
Aurteneche M.: A.Ortiz 19+6reb, A.Thompson 14+12reb+2ast, A.Arruti 13+6reb+2ast, A.Ausina 9+5reb+3ast, J.Barcelo 8+3reb+1ast, A.Arcelus 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 153548


Ourense - Las Rozas 88-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Ourense and 5th ranked Las Rozas had identical 8-5 record. This time Ourense used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Las Rozas 88-70 on Sunday night. Ourense made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Las Rozas turnovers. It was a good game for center Antoni Jaume Vicens (202-90) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). French-Ivorian forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Jose Balmon (204-81) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Javier Salson (199-82, college: Bloomfield) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Las Rozas. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ourense (9-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Coruna and Aurteneche M. Newly promoted Las Rozas keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Ourense will face Gandia Basquet (#11) in Valencia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Las Rozas will play at home against Lan Mobel ISB (#8) in Azpeitia.
Top scorers:
Ourense: A.Jaume Vicens 19+6reb+1ast, F.Koffi 17+4reb, R.Guillandeaux 13+1reb+4ast, K.Hill 8+1reb, A.Pantin 7+5reb+1ast, M.Webster 6+4reb+1ast
Las Rozas: J.Balmon 20+6reb, J.Salson 12+7reb+3ast, S.Soria 9+1reb, A.Aspe 7+2reb, I.De Miguel 6+3reb+1ast, I.Cruz 6+2reb
gschID: 153549




Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 17-5 
 2. Menorca 15-7 
 3. La Palma 15-7 
 4. Burgos 14-8 
 5. Melilla 13-9 
 6. Lleida 13-9 
 7. Navarra 13-9 
 8. Girona 12-10 
 9. Leon 11-11 
 10. Palencia 11-11 
 11. Knet Clavijo 10-12 
 12. Caceres 10-12 
 13. Breogan 9-13 
 14. Mallorca 9-13 
 15. CB Tarragona 9-13 
 16. Huesca 8-14 
 17. Granada 6-16 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 3-19 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Andorra 11-2 
 2. Ourense 9-5 
 3. Coruna 9-5 
 4. Aurteneche M. 9-5 
 5. Barca Regal II 8-6 
 6. Las Rozas 8-6 
 7. Avila 7-7 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 7-7 
 9. Prat Juventud 7-7 
 10. Oviedo CB 5-8 
 11. Gandia Basquet 4-10 
 12. Plasencia 3-11 
 13. Tenerife 3-11 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 16-3 
 2. Real Madrid 15-4 
 3. Caja Laboral 14-5 
 4. Lucentum 13-6 
 5. Unicaja 12-7 
 6. Cajasol 10-9 
 7. Lagun Aro GBC 10-9 
 8. Gescrap BB 10-9 
 9. CAI Zaragoza 10-9 
 10. Assignia M. 9-10 
 11. Valencia 9-10 
 12. Fuenlabrada 9-10 
 13. GC 2014 7-12 
 14. FIATC Joventut 7-12 
 15. Asefa Estudian. 6-13 
 16. Blusens M. 5-14 
 17. UCAM Murcia 5-14 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 4-15 


ACB Round 19: #1 Real Madrid is defeated by Gescrap BB - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Real Madrid (15-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Gescrap BB (10-9) 93-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Real Madrid. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-54 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) helped adding 21 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side international point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) responded with 18 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gescrap BB have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Real Madrid at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Gescrap BB is looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#10) at home in the next round. Real Madrid will play against Cajasol (#6) in Sevilla and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: GC 2014 lost to Caja Laboral on the opponent's court 67-71. Lagun Aro GBC managed to outperform B.de Rueda V. in a home game 71-62. Blusens M. managed to beat Unicaja on the road 69-54. CAI Zaragoza defeated Valencia on its own court 71-63. FCB Regal beat Asefa Estudian. in Barcelona 80-65. Bottom-ranked UCAM Murcia destroyed FIATC Joventut at home 76-54. Fuenlabrada was outscored by Assignia M. on the opponent's court 80-59.



Real Madrid - Gescrap BB 90-93

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Real Madrid (15-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Gescrap BB (10-9) 93-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Real Madrid. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 58-54 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) helped adding 21 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side international point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) scored 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gescrap BB have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Real Madrid at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Gescrap BB is looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#10) at home in the next round. Real Madrid will play against Cajasol (#6) in Sevilla and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: A.Jackson 21+7ast, D.Fischer 19+10reb+4ast, K.Vasiliadis 15+1reb, M.Banic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Mumbru 11+1reb+2ast, R.Grimau 6+2reb
Real Madrid: S.Llull 18+2reb+4ast, A.Tomic 16+2reb+1ast, M.Pocius 12+3reb, J.Carroll 12+1ast, M.Begic 10+6reb, K.Singler 8+2reb
gschID: 134142


Lucentum - Cajasol 86-82 OT

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Top scorers:
Lucentum: K.Ivanov 21+11reb, A.Rautins 13+1reb+2ast, L.Barnes 12+6reb, P.Llompart 12+4reb+4ast, M.Stojic 10+2reb+2ast, T.Ellis 8+3reb+2ast
Cajasol: P.Davis 19+10reb, L.Bogdanovic 18+1reb, T.Urtasun 13+4reb+1ast, C.English 11+1reb+1ast, E.Calloway 6+6ast, T.Satoransky 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 134143


Caja Laboral - GC 2014 71-67

Very expected game in Vitoria where 13th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (7-12) was defeated by third ranked Caja Laboral (14-5) 71-67 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gran Canaria 2014 won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian-Montenegrin center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 17 points. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. At the losing side Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 20 points. Caja Laboral maintains third place with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader FCB Regal. Loser Gran Canaria 2014 keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Caja Laboral will face Blusens Monbus (#16) in Santoago de Comp in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gran Canaria 2014 will play at home against Meridiano Alicante.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 20+9reb, M.Bjelica 17+2reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 13+4reb+2ast, B.Oleson 10+1reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 4+1ast, M.Walsh 3+2reb
GC 2014: M.Haynes 20+2reb, M.Bramos 17+6reb+1ast, J.Palacios 9+5reb, S.Savane 8+1reb, O.Alvarado 5+2ast, J.Beiran 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 134144


Lagun Aro GBC - B.de Rueda V. 71-62

Very predictable result in San Sebastian where eighth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (10-9) defeated bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda (4-15) 71-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lagun Aro GBC dominated on the defensive end, holding Blancos de Rueda to just 7 points in third quarter. Blancos de Rueda was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Sergi Vidal (198-81) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Lagun Aro GBC's coach Alfonso Alonso used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Isaac Lopez (196-78) responded with 14 points and American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lagun Aro GBC. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Blancos de Rueda lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Lagun Aro GBC will face Valencia Basket (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Blancos de Rueda will play against Unicaja Malaga (#5).
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 22+6reb+1ast, J.Baron 13, S.Vidal 11+6reb+4ast, J.Salgado 7+3reb+5ast, D.Doblas 5+7reb, R.Neto 4+1reb+2ast
B.de Rueda V.: I.Lopez 14+2reb+1ast, R.Uriz 11+2reb+1ast, J.Robinson 10+5reb+1ast, S.Udrih 8+1reb+2ast, N.Martin 7+7reb+1ast, D.Garcia 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 134145


Unicaja - Blusens M. 54-69

There was an upset when 4th placed Unicaja Malaga (12-7) was defeated at home by seventeenth ranked Blusens Monbus (5-14) 69-54 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Blusens Monbus. Unicaja Malaga was better in third quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Unicaja Malaga to just 5 points in second quarter. Blusens Monbus had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Gabonese forward Stephane Lasme (203-82, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points and 11 rebounds. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) helped adding 6 points and 10 assists. At the losing side British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blusens Monbus moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with UCAM Murcia. Unicaja Malaga lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Blusens Monbus will face higher ranked Caja Laboral (#3) in Vitoria in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unicaja Malaga will play on the road against Blancos de Rueda in Valladolid.
Top scorers:
Blusens M.: A.Corbacho 17, O.Junyent 8+3reb, L.Kendall 8+10reb, S.Lasme 8+11reb+1ast, E.Ere 7+1reb, D.Washington 7+4reb+1ast
Unicaja: J.Freeland 12+7reb+3ast, L.Zoric 9+7reb, T.Darden 9+4reb+2ast, K.Valters 9+1reb+4ast, E.Rowland 9+6reb+2ast, B.Rodriguez 2+2ast
gschID: 134137


CAI Zaragoza - Valencia 71-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked CAI Zaragoza and 7th ranked Valencia Basket had identical 9-9 record. This time CAI Zaragoza used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Valencia 71-63 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CAI Zaragoza made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Valencia Basket outrebounded CAI Zaragoza 33-21 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for CAI Zaragoza especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Valencia Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 15 points. Four CAI Zaragoza players scored in double figures. CAI Zaragoza's coach Jose Luis Abos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) scored 15 points and 4 assists. CAI Zaragoza (10-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Valencia Basket dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face Asefa Estudiantes (#15) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valencia Basket will play at home against Lagun Aro GBC (#7) in San Sebastian.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: R.Hettsheimer 17+4reb, B.Wright 15+3ast, J.Stefansson 12+2reb+2ast, P.Aguilar 10+4reb+2ast, R.Archibald 6+5reb+2ast, C.Cabezas 5+3reb+3ast
Valencia: N.De Colo 15+2reb+4ast, N.Caner-Medley 14+14reb, R.Martinez 10+5reb+3ast, F.Pietrus 8+4reb, R.San Miguel 5+2reb+1ast, S.Lishchuk 5+3reb
gschID: 134138


Asefa Estudian. - FCB Regal 65-80

There was no surprise in Madrid where 15th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-13) was defeated by second ranked Regal FC Barcelona (16-3) 80-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Regal FC Barcelona. Asefa Estudiantes 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 swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points. International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) helped adding 15 points. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center German Gabriel (207-80) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) scored 17 points. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Regal FC Barcelona. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Asefa Estudiantes lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will face FIATC Joventut (#14) in Badalona in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Asefa Estudiantes will play on the road against CAI Zaragoza.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: C.Eidson 15+4reb+3ast, J.Carlos Navarro 15+1reb+2ast, B.Ndong 11+5reb, M.Huertas 10+2reb+4ast, P.Mickeal 9+5reb+1ast, E.Lorbek 9+4reb+4ast
Asefa Estudian.: C.Lofton 17+1reb+1ast, G.Gabriel 13+7reb+1ast, C.Simmons 9+6reb, J.Granger 7+6reb+2ast, Y.Driesen 6+2reb, C.Jimenez 4+8reb
gschID: 134139


UCAM Murcia - FIATC Joventut 76-54

There was a surprise result when eighteenth ranked UCAM Murcia (5-14) outleveled at home higher ranked FIATC Joventut (7-12) 76-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. UCAM Murcia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American swingman Ime Udoka (196-77, college: Portland St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four UCAM Murcia players scored in double figures. At the losing side Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Czech guard David Jelinek (196-90) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. UCAM Murcia moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Blusens M. Loser FIATC Joventut dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. UCAM Murcia will face higher ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#12) in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: J.Augustine 13+5reb, B.Sekulic 12+6reb+1ast, I.Udoka 12+5reb+4ast, A.Miso 11+2reb+3ast, J.Franch 8+2reb, J.Grimau 6+2reb+1ast
FIATC Joventut: E.Baez 18+6reb+2ast, D.Jelinek 13+2reb, L.Williams 8+1reb, A.Oliver 7+2reb+2ast, P.Tomas 3+1reb, H.Norel 3+6reb
gschID: 134140


Assignia M. - Fuenlabrada 80-59

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-10) was crushed on the road by twelfth ranked Assignia Manresa (9-10) 80-59 on Saturday. Assignia Manresa made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's players. It was a great evening for American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side point guard Joaquim Colom (188-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 8 points and 4 assists and Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Assignia Manresa moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Valencia and Fuenlabrada. Assignia Manresa will face higher ranked Gescrap BB (#8) in Bilbao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: J.Asselin 22+5reb, J.Doellman 13+3reb+2ast, M.Downs 12+4reb+3ast, K.Achara 8+6reb+1ast, A.Hanga 7+7reb+4ast, S.Gladyr 5+6reb+2ast
Fuenlabrada: M.Hall 9+4reb, M.Diouf 8+5reb+1ast, J.Colom 8+2reb+4ast, S.Blanco 6+3reb+1ast, J.Vega 6+2reb, K.Penney 5+2reb
gschID: 134141




LEB Gold Round 22: Leader Canarias lose to CB Clavijo - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Canarias (17-5) recorded its fifth loss in Tenerife on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked CB Clavijo (10-12) 83-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarias. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Mathew Witt (183-PG-84, college: E.Kentucky) fired 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. Slovenian power forward Sasa Zagorac (205-84) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Canarias' coach Alejandro Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CB Clavijo moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Caceres. Canarias at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. CB Clavijo is looking forward to face higher ranked UB La Palma (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Canarias will play against Girona FC and is hoping to win this game.
Twelfth-ranked Basquet Mallorca (9-13) made lots of trouble for third ranked UB La Palma (15-7). The visitors from La Palma managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Lucas Sikma contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Basquet Mallorca. UB La Palma have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Menorca. Basquet Mallorca lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted Basquet Mallorca dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Breogan and CB Tarragona. UB La Palma will play against CB Clavijo (#11) in Logrono in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basquet Mallorca will play at home against Lleida Basquet and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Seventeenth-ranked CB Granada (6-16) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Baloncesto Leon (11-11) on Sunday. The visitors from Leon managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Cristopher Mortellaro scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Jesus Fernandez responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Baloncesto Leon have a solid three-game winning streak. Baloncesto Leon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Palencia. Loser CB Granada keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. Baloncesto Leon will meet at home higher ranked Ford Burgos (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CB Granada will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ACB just one year after relegation.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Tarragona, where higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (13-9) lost to fifteenth ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (9-13) in a road game 68-78. Ivan Martinez notched 24 points to lead the effort. CB Tarragona 2017's coach Bernardo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Breogan and Mallorca. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (#7) in Pamplona and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Melilla Baloncesto will play at home against CB Granada.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lleida. Local Lleida Basquet (13-9) outscored 18th ranked Clinicas Rincon (3-19) 79-55 on Sunday night. Jonathan Kale fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lleida Basquet moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Melilla and Navarra. Clinicas Rincon lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Lleida Basquet will face Basquet Mallorca (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Clinicas Rincon will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#10).

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Girona was defeated by Menorca in Mahon 71-57. Burgos beat Caceres at home 85-75. Navarra won against Huesca on the opponent's court 74-70. Palencia managed to outperform Breogan in a home game 72-65.
The best stats of 22th round was 26 points by Ross Schraeder of Burgos.


Menorca - Girona 71-57

There was no surprise in Mahon where 8th ranked Girona FC (12-10) was defeated by second ranked Menorca Basquet (15-7) 71-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Menorca Basquet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Menorca Basquet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Swingman David Navarro (192-83) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Menorca Basquet's coach Josep Berrocal used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88, agency: Players Group) produced 22 points and guard Marc Fernandez (199-87) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Menorca Basquet have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Canarias, which they share with La Palma. Loser Girona FC keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Menorca Basquet will face Caceres 2016 (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Girona FC will play against the league's leader Canarias (#1) in Tenerife.
Top scorers:
Menorca: D.Navarro 19+6reb+2ast, R.Bas 14+3ast, T.Coppenrath 11+6reb, O.Arteaga 8+2reb, U.Otegui 8+9reb+3ast, D.Perez 5+1ast
Girona: R.Freimanis 22+4reb, J.Vallmajo 9+4reb+3ast, M.Fernandez 7+12reb+2ast, D.Middleton 7+3reb, T.Coleman 5+4reb+1ast, X.Guirao 3+1reb
gschID: 134764


Burgos - Caceres 85-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ford Burgos (14-8) defeated at home 10th ranked Caceres 2016 (10-12) 85-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-75. Ford Burgos shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Ford Burgos looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Italian swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) fired 26 points for the winners. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) chipped in 18 points. point guard Daniel Rodriguez (180-84) produced 18 points and 5 assists and Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ford Burgos maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Loser Caceres 2016 dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Ford Burgos will face Baloncesto Leon (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Caceres 2016 will play against the league's second-placed Menorca Basquet in Mahon.
Top scorers:
Burgos: R.Schraeder 26+1reb+3ast, D.Phillip 18+1reb+2ast, J.Tillman 13+6reb+2ast, D.Lopez 9+3reb+7ast, R.Huertas 8+2reb+2ast, J.Castro 5+1reb+3ast
Caceres: D.Rodriguez 18+2reb+5ast, L.Williams 15+6reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 12+1reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 9+9reb, S.Olmos 5+2reb, J.Sedlak 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134765


Granada - Leon 74-76

Seventeenth-ranked CB Granada (6-16) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Baloncesto Leon (11-11) on Sunday. The visitors from Leon managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. CB Granada was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American-Italian power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Jose Fernandez (202-75) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Baloncesto Leon players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Jesus Fernandez (204-75) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Manuel Rodriguez (192-91) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Baloncesto Leon have a solid three-game winning streak. Baloncesto Leon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Palencia. Loser CB Granada keeps the seventeenth position with 16 games lost. Baloncesto Leon will meet at home higher ranked Ford Burgos (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CB Granada will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ACB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Leon: C.Mortellaro 17+5reb+1ast, E.Quezada 11+2reb+6ast, J.Fernandez 11+9reb+1ast, F.Rocchia 11+7reb+2ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 10+2reb+3ast, M.Diez 7+3reb+2ast
Granada: M.Rodriguez 21+6reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 15+11reb+5ast, J.Manuel Coego 15+9reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 8+3reb, R.Lopez 5+3reb+3ast, A.Hernandez 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 134766


CB Tarragona - Melilla 78-68

We should mention about the upset which took place in Tarragona, where higher ranked Melilla Baloncesto (13-9) lost to fifteenth ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (9-13) in a road game 68-78. The game was mostly controlled by CB Tarragona 2017. Melilla Baloncesto was better in fourth quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Ivan Martinez (193-90) notched 24 points to lead the effort and Dutch-British guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. CB Tarragona 2017's coach Bernardo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points by American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Melilla Baloncesto. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Breogan and Mallorca. Melilla Baloncesto at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (#7) in Pamplona and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Melilla Baloncesto will play at home against CB Granada.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: I.Martinez 24+3reb+1ast, D.Van Oostrum 11+5reb+5ast, A.Llorca 11+5reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 8+5reb+1ast, J.Mitchell 7+4reb+1ast, A.Schreiber 5+3reb+1ast
Melilla: T.DeVries 25+1reb, J.Salvador Arco 12+6reb+2ast, C.Odiakosa 11+6reb, K.Wachsmann 6+5reb, J.Ignacio Romero 5+5reb+1ast, J.Antonio Marco 5+3reb+8ast
gschID: 134758


Huesca - Navarra 70-74

Very expected game when 16th ranked Lobe Huesca (8-14) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (13-9) 74-70 on Friday. Lobe Huesca was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Grupo Iruna Navarra shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 70.6 percentage. Power forward Jorge Garcia (203-77) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Levi Knutson (193-88, college: Colorado, agency: FCM) produced 17 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Lobe Huesca players scored in double figures. Grupo Iruna Navarra moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Melilla and Lleida. Lobe Huesca lost third consecutive game. Loser Lobe Huesca keeps the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. Grupo Iruna Navarra will face CB Tarragona 2017 (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lobe Huesca will play against Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo.
Top scorers:
Navarra: J.Garcia 17+6reb+2ast, I.Narros 13+4reb+1ast, O.Starosta 9+11reb+1ast, M.Uriz 8+1reb+5ast, N.Rakocevic 8+2reb+1ast, K.Langford 7+2reb+3ast
Huesca: L.Knutson 17+2reb+4ast, G.Leonavicius 15+5reb+2ast, A.Franklin 13+5reb+1ast, O.Herrero 12+4reb+5ast, M.Montanana 9+8reb+4ast, M.Servera 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 134759


Palencia - Breogan 72-65

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (11-11) beat at home 14th ranked Leche Rio Breogan (9-13) 72-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Palencia Baloncesto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Leche Rio Breogan's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Palencia Baloncesto have a solid three-game winning streak. Palencia Baloncesto maintains ninth position with 11-11 record, which they share with Leon. Loser Leche Rio Breogan dropped to the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Palencia Baloncesto will face bottom-ranked Clinicas Rincon (#18) in Malaga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leche Rio Breogan will play at home against Lobe Huesca (#16).
Top scorers:
Palencia: A.Moss 19+7reb, C.Bravo 12+1reb+3ast, J.Xavier 11+3reb, I.O'Leary 11+10reb, R.Guerra 6+2reb, R.Mena 6+1reb+2ast
Breogan: J.Feldeine 15+6reb+1ast, B.Sales 11+6reb, S.Ogirri 10+1ast, E.Sanchez 7, P.Diasse 7+3reb, M.Gomez 7+5reb
gschID: 134760


Lleida - Clinicas Rincon 79-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lleida. Local Lleida Basquet (13-9) outscored 18th ranked Clinicas Rincon (3-19) 79-55 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lleida Basquet. Clinicas Rincon was better in fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lleida Basquet made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Lleida Basquet forced 22 Clinicas Rincon turnovers. Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Lleida Basquet players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Ognen Kuzmin (215-90) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jose Pozas (181-92) added 9 points and 5 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. Lleida Basquet moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Melilla and Navarra. Clinicas Rincon lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Lleida Basquet will face Basquet Mallorca (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Clinicas Rincon will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#10).
Top scorers:
Lleida: J.Kale 16+6reb+1ast, M.Norris 15+6ast, J.Detrick 13+4reb+1ast, F.Vazquez 12+1reb+1ast, M.Feliu 10+3reb+3ast, A.Alzamora 8+6reb+3ast
Clinicas Rincon: O.Kuzmin 12+8reb, J.Pozas 9+1reb+5ast, M.Lorenzo 8+2reb, L.Conde 7+3reb+2ast, A.Diaz 7+5reb+2ast, D.Todorovic 6
gschID: 134761


Mallorca - La Palma 74-76

Twelfth-ranked Basquet Mallorca (9-13) made lots of trouble for third ranked UB La Palma (15-7). The visitors from La Palma managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. UB La Palma forced 19 Basquet Mallorca turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Jose Amador (210-83, agency: Duran International) added 17 points in the effort for Basquet Mallorca. Five UB La Palma and four Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. UB La Palma have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Menorca. Basquet Mallorca lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted Basquet Mallorca dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Breogan and CB Tarragona. UB La Palma will play against CB Clavijo (#11) in Logrono in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basquet Mallorca will play at home against Lleida Basquet and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Palma: R.Schaftenaar 21+11reb, S.Arrocha 18+3reb+2ast, L.Sikma 15+8reb+3ast, A.Pena 11+2reb+1ast, R.Martinez 11+7reb+4ast, W.Tavares 0+2reb+1ast
Mallorca: J.Amador 17+4reb, J.Carles Bivia 15+6reb+8ast, M.Whippy 11+4reb+2ast, G.Justo 11+3reb+1ast, S.Green 9+6reb+3ast, M.Angel Garcia 8+4reb
gschID: 134762


Canarias - Knet Clavijo 81-83

Top ranked Canarias (17-5) recorded its fifth loss in Tenerife on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked CB Clavijo (10-12) 83-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Canarias. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Mathew Witt (183-84, college: E.Kentucky) fired 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. Slovenian power forward Sasa Zagorac (205-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Canarias' coach Alejandro Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CB Clavijo moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Caceres. Canarias at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. CB Clavijo is looking forward to face higher ranked UB La Palma (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Canarias will play against Girona FC and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Knet Clavijo: M.Witt 25+3reb+8ast, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 19+3reb, S.Zagorac 15+10reb+2ast, J.Bonds 10+4reb, O.Lawal 5+9reb, D.Mediano 4+2reb+1ast
Canarias: J.Donaldson 21+7reb+2ast, L.Rost 12+2reb, F.Lampropoulos 11+5reb+1ast, N.Richotti 11+3reb+4ast, R.Guillen 10+3reb+3ast, I.Yanez 6+2reb
gschID: 134763




Caja Laboral extends Vladimir Golubovic for 15 days - by Natxo Mendaza
Caja Laboral and Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) reached an agreement to extend their relationship, the club and the player confirmed today. Golubovic, whose temporary contrac expired today, will stay in Vitoria for another two weeks and will be able to participate in the Spanish King's Cup to take place in February (16th-20th). The center from Montenegro stated, after the game his team won against Gran Canaria, that he was pretty happy to stay in Caja Laboral: 'I like the team, I like the coach, I like the fans, I like everything here', he recognized. Caja Laboral played his first game of the season in Fernando Buesa Arena, closed since June, 2011 to enlarge the bulding to 15,000 seats. Golubovic was also excited about that: 'It was great to play here again. It brings me great memories, because the last game I played here, we won the championship'.

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SBL Round 5: Dacin Tigers defeat Taiwan Mobile in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-ranked Taiwan Mobile (4-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Dacin Tigers (9-1) on Friday. Dacin Tigers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Dacin Tigers took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-13. But Taiwan Mobile won second period 23-22. However 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 Dacin Tigers made 7 blocks. The former international forward Yi-Hui Lin (192-86) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds. Dacin Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Dacin Tigers are looking forward to face Taiwan Beer (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taiwan Mobile will play against the league's second-placed Pure Youth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Pure Youth's (#2, 8-3) victory against 4th placed Taiwan Mobile (4-7) 93-79. American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and Chi-Hao Ke accounted for 16 points. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for Taiwan Mobile in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pure Youth (8-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Pure Youth will again play against Taiwan Mobile (#4) in the next round. Taiwan Mobile will play against Taiwan Beer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Taiwan Beer 90-80. The best player for the winners was Chih-Chiang Hsu who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Emmanuel Jones produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 reboundsfor Bank of Taiwan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bank of Taiwan maintains seventh place with 2-8 record. Taiwan Beer lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with KKL. Bank of Taiwan will meet higher ranked Yulon Luxgen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's leader Dacin Tigers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
SBL top team - Dacin Tigers (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked KKL (3-7) 75-64. Noel Felix orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dacin Tigers. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. KKL at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Dacin Tigers' next round opponent will be Taiwan Beer (#6) which should be theoretically an easy game. KKL will play against Bank of Taiwan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Yulon Luxgen (8-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Taiwan Beer (3-7). Yulon Luxgen managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Sunday. Kevin Johnson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yulon Luxgen maintains third place with 8-4 record behind leader Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Beer lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Yulon Luxgen will face bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan (#7) in the next round. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's leader Dacin Tigers.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: Taiwan Beer lost to Pure Youth 84-92. Bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan unfortunately lost to Yulon Luxgen 77-82. KKL was rolled over Taiwan Mobile 63-88.



Taiwan Beer - Yulon Luxgen 82-91

The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Yulon Luxgen (8-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Taiwan Beer (3-7). Yulon Luxgen managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Sunday. Taiwan Beer trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-91 at the end of the game. Yulon Luxgen forced 19 Taiwan Beer turnovers. American forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Shih-Yuan Chou (188-83) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Shou-Cheng Ho (196-83) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Five Taiwan Beer players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yulon Luxgen maintains third place with 8-4 record behind leader Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Beer lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Yulon Luxgen will face bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan (#7) in the next round. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's leader Dacin Tigers.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: K.Johnson 38+21reb+1ast, S.Chou 14+2reb+4ast, C.Lu 12+2reb+2ast, C.Chen 8+2reb+9ast, C.Yang 8+2ast, F.Wu 4+2reb
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 19+12reb+2ast, S.Ho 17+3reb+4ast, C.Yang 10+1reb+1ast, H.Ha 10+6reb, Y.Yang 10, C.Wang 7+1reb
gschID: 164143


Pure Youth - Taiwan Beer 92-84

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Taiwan Beer (3-7) was defeated by second ranked Pure Youth (8-3) 92-84 on Saturday. Pure Youth started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-23. But Taiwan Beer won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and the former international swingman Hsin-An Chen (196-80) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Pure Youth players scored in double figures. American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and international guard Chin-Min Yang (188-84) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Pure Youth. They maintain second place with 8-3 record behind leader Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Beer lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Pure Youth will face Taiwan Mobile (#4) in the next round. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's leader Dacin Tigers.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: Q.Davis 26+17reb+1ast, C.Huang 16+5reb+1ast, H.Chen 11+6reb+7ast, S.Chen 10+3reb+1ast, D.Creighton 10+2reb, T.Lin 7+4reb+1ast
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 19+10reb, C.Yang 19+6reb, H.Ha 12+7reb+2ast, S.Ho 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Wu 8+3reb+2ast, C.Wang 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 164140


KKL - Dacin Tigers 64-75

SBL top team - Dacin Tigers (9-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked KKL (3-7) 75-64. KKL was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-26 second half run of Dacin Tigers. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by KKL helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Yi-Hui Lin (192-86) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Cheng Liu (192-90) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KKL. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Dacin Tigers. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. KKL at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Dacin Tigers' next round opponent will be Taiwan Beer (#6) which should be theoretically an easy game. KKL will play against Bank of Taiwan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: N.Felix 25+9reb+1ast, Y.Lin 16+5reb+1ast, L.Tien 13+9reb, C.Wang 6+1reb+4ast, Y.Yueh 4+3reb, H.Hsu 4+4reb+1ast
KKL: E.Fuqua 17+14reb, C.Liu 15+7reb+1ast, T.Chou 8+1reb+5ast, C.Hung 8+7reb+4ast, Y.Chang 5+1reb, C.Lee 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 164141


Pure Youth - Taiwan Mobile 93-79

Very significant was Pure Youth's (#2, 8-3) victory against 4th placed Taiwan Mobile (4-7) 93-79. The game was mostly controlled by Pure Youth. Taiwan Mobile was better in fourth quarter 31-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pure Youth forced 20 Taiwan Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 47-36 including 16 on the offensive glass. American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and guard Chi-Hao Ke (181-85) accounted for 16 points. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and guard Jing-Huan Chen (190-86) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Taiwan Mobile in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pure Youth (8-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Pure Youth will again play against Taiwan Mobile (#4) in the next round. Taiwan Mobile will play against Taiwan Beer and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: Q.Davis 20+19reb+3ast, C.Ke 16+4reb+3ast, T.Lin 13, T.Zuo 10+2reb+1ast, D.Creighton 9+6reb+1ast, H.Chen 6+4reb+4ast
Taiwan Mobile: R.Wright 25+15reb, J.Chen 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Chang 10+5reb+3ast, M.Wu 6+4ast, W.Wei 6+1reb+2ast, A.Teng 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 164142


Dacin Tigers - Taiwan Mobile 82-79

Fourth-ranked Taiwan Mobile (4-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Dacin Tigers (9-1) on Friday. Dacin Tigers managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Dacin Tigers took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-13. But Taiwan Mobile won second period 23-22. However 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 Dacin Tigers made 7 blocks. The former international forward Yi-Hui Lin (192-86) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Belizean-American power forward Noel Felix (205-81, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and international point guard Yi-Chieh Su (181-87) scored 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Dacin Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. Taiwan Mobile at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Dacin Tigers are looking forward to face Taiwan Beer (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taiwan Mobile will play against the league's second-placed Pure Youth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: Y.Lin 20+8reb+2ast, T.Chen 18+2reb, N.Felix 12+10reb+3ast, Y.Lo 9+4reb+1ast, L.Tien 9+6reb+3ast, C.Chang 8+7reb+6ast
Taiwan Mobile: R.Wright 24+18reb+1ast, S.Liu 21+2ast, Y.Su 18+2reb+7ast, J.Chang 8+6reb, J.Chen 3, Y.Chang 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 164137


Bank of Taiwan - Yulon Luxgen 77-82

Rather predictable result when third ranked Yulon Luxgen (8-4) defeated bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan (2-8) 82-77 on Saturday. Yulon Luxgen trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Yulon Luxgen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bank of Taiwan turnovers. Strangely Bank of Taiwan outrebounded Yulon Luxgen 36-21 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Cheng-Ju Lu (194-86) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and international Po-Chen Chou (197-90) chipped in 20 points. Yulon Luxgen's coach Xue-Lei Zhang used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) responded with 30 points and American power forward John Vaudreuil (203-85, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Yulon Luxgen maintains third place with 8-4 record behind leader Dacin Tigers. Bank of Taiwan lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Yulon Luxgen will face league's leader Dacin Tigers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bank of Taiwan will play again against Yulon Luxgen (#3).
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: C.Lu 26+1reb, P.Chou 20+4reb+2ast, K.Johnson 14+5reb+5ast, S.Chou 7+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 5+5reb+6ast, L.Canopy 4+1reb
Bank of Taiwan: S.Chen 30+3reb+1ast, C.Hsu 14+9reb+1ast, J.Vaudreuil 13+9reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 10+7reb+2ast, P.Chang 5+3reb+1ast, H.Chuan 3+3ast
gschID: 164138


Taiwan Mobile - KKL 88-63

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked KKL (3-7) was rolled over by fourth ranked Taiwan Mobile (4-7) 88-63 on Saturday. Taiwan Mobile was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Taiwan Mobile forced 24 KKL turnovers. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and international point guard Yi-Chieh Su (181-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Five Taiwan Mobile players scored in double figures. American forward Antoine Broxsie (209-79, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Chi-Chao Hung (188-82) scored 10 points and 6 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. Taiwan Mobile maintains fourth place with 4-7 record. Loser KKL dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Taiwan Mobile will face league's second-placed Pure Youth in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KKL will play against Bank of Taiwan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Mobile: Y.Su 17+2reb+7ast, J.Chang 16+4reb+2ast, R.Wright 15+15reb, Y.Chang 14+2reb+2ast, J.Chen 11+6reb, S.Liu 9+2reb+1ast
KKL: W.Shang 14+2reb+1ast, A.Broxsie 14+11reb+1ast, C.Hung 10+6reb+2ast, T.Chou 6+2reb+3ast, Y.Chang 5+3ast, C.Liu 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 164139


Taiwan Beer - Bank of Taiwan 80-90

Bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Taiwan Beer 90-80. Bank of Taiwan was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Chih-Chiang Hsu (194-82) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-85) chipped in 29 points. Four Bank of Taiwan players scored in double figures. American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Chin-Min Yang (188-84) added 23 points and 4 assists respectivelyfor Bank of Taiwan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bank of Taiwan maintains seventh place with 2-8 record. Taiwan Beer lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with KKL. Bank of Taiwan will meet higher ranked Yulon Luxgen (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's leader Dacin Tigers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bank of Taiwan: S.Chen 29+4reb+3ast, C.Hsu 25+10reb+2ast, J.Vaudreuil 19+9reb+2ast, H.Chuan 11+5reb+4ast, C.Chen 3, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 2+7reb+5ast
Taiwan Beer: C.Yang 23+4ast, E.Jones 20+10reb+2ast, S.Ho 10+3reb, Y.Yang 10+1reb, J.Cheng 8+7reb, Y.Wu 5+3reb+8ast
gschID: 164136




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Benjamin leads Shak Attack to title! - by Albert-Lee Young
Petro Jazz, coached by former national player Barry Stewart, blew past former champions Detour Shak Attack 100-76 to capture the regular season title of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League on January 30 at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain.

Led by national power forward Wilfred Spongy Benjamin with a double-double, 25pts & 15rebs, Jazz secured the top spot for the Big Four Playoffs and the league knockout competition. Shak Attack, Defense Force and Caledonia Clippers retained the other top three positions, respectively.

For Jazz, Ako Pascall contributed 23 points. Point-guard Kenneth Roberts top scored with 20pts for Shak Attack and national player Kurt Koto Christian added 18pts & 7rbs in a losing effort.

Meanwhile he preliminary round of knock-out tournament will see NFM up against Police in the first game on Saturday 4th February at the Maloney Indoor Sports Complex at 5pm. This will be followed by Ministry of Sport Schoolaz against University of T&T then Maloney Pacers will host Valencia Heat in the final game of the evening.




Millennium Basketball Academy closed out Pacers! - by Albert-Lee Young
Millennium Basketball Academy (MBA) scored a well fought 71- 59 victory over Maloney Pacers in the 18&u division of the Mackerson Super 10 Basketball League.

In a matchup of the two home-based teams on Saturday 4th February at the Maloney Indoor Sports Complex, Pacers jumped off to a quick start scoring the first five points of the contest.

Led by forward Nathan Lewis, who once played with MBA, with a game high 23 points, Pacers grabbed the advantage 17-16 in the first period and 31-29 by the end of the first half.

However on the resumption, MBA displayed an improved team effort and gained controlled of the tempo to outscore Pacers 18-12 with center Johanthan Hamilton hitting 6pts for a 47-43 lead going into the final period.

With the game up for grabs MBA led by small forward Matthew Sheppard with nine of his 21pts in the final period shut down their home town rivals outscoring them 24-16 for the victory.

For MBA, Sheppard was ably supported by 6-9 center Hamilton, who displayed his dominance with 19pts, 14rebs & 3blks; team captain Khaild Arrindell added 10pts; forward Christian Arthur had 9pts, 2rebs & 2 steals; guard Peter Bonaparte tallied 6pts, 2 assists, 2rebs & 4 steals and point guard Stephan Mc Donald chipped in with 4pts, 3 assists and 2rebs.

Meanwhile for Pacers, another former MBA player Justin Medina added 9pts in the losing effort.




Benjamin leads Shak Attack to title! - by Albert-Lee Young
Petro Jazz, coached by former national player Barry Stewart, blew past former champions Detour Shak Attack 100-76 to capture the regular season title of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League on January 30 at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain.

Led by national power forward Wilfred Spongy Benjamin with a double-double, 25pts & 15rebs, Jazz secured the top spot for the Big Four Playoffs and the league knockout competition. Shak Attack, Defence Force and Caledonia Clippers retained the other top three positions, respectively.

For Jazz, Ako Pascall contributed 23 points. Point-guard Kenneth Roberts top scored with 20pts for Shak Attack and national player Kurt Koto Christian added 18pts & 7rbs in a losing effort.

Meanwhile he preliminary round of knock-out tournament will see NFM up against Police in the first game on Saturday 4th February at the Maloney Indoor Sports Complex at 5pm. This will be followed by Ministry of Sport Schoolaz against University of T&T then Maloney Pacers will host Valencia Heat in the final game of the evening.




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Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 15-2 
 2. Galatasaray 13-3 
 3. Besiktas 13-4 
 4. Banvit BK 12-4 
 5. Fener.Ulker 12-5 
 6. Karsiyaka 10-7 
 7. Tofas 10-7 
 8. Erdemir 9-8 
 9. Aliaga 8-9 
 10. Turk Telekom 8-9 
 11. Hacettepe Univ. 7-10 
 12. Mersin 6-11 
 13. Olin Edirne 5-12 
 14. Antalya 3-14 
 15. Trabzonspor 3-14 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 1-16 


TBL Round 17: First victory of Bandirma Kir. - by Eurobasket News
Bandirma Kir.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 16 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Turk Telekom (8-9)on the road game in Ankara 72-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-65. It was a great shooting night for Bandirma Kir. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Turk Telekom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Safak Edge orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. point guard Yigitcan Turna (187-87) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) answered with 26 points for Turk Telekom. Newly promoted Bandirma Kir. maintains sixteenth place with 1-16 record. Turk Telekom at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Aliaga. Bandirma Kir. are looking forward to face higher ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (#5) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turk Telekom will play on the road against Besiktas (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
TBL top team - Anadolu Efes (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Aliaga (8-9) 76-72. Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Esteban Batista chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Aliaga's coach Burak Biyiktay rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anadolu Efes have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Aliaga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Turk Telekom. Anadolu Efes will play against Olin Edirne (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aliaga will play against Tofas (#7) in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Erdemir was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Tofas (10-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Erdemir (9-8). Erdemir defeated Tofas 77-66 on Saturday. Soner Senturk nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Erdemir's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jurica Zuza came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Tofas in the defeat. Erdemir maintains eighth place with 9-8 record. Loser Tofas dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Karsiyaka. Erdemir will meet Trabzonspor (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tofas will play against Aliaga (#9) and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (12-5) and 14th ranked Antalya (3-14) in Istanbul ended with biggest points difference. Fenerbahce Ulker beat guests from Antalya 105-89. The best player for the winners was Mirsad Turkcan who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 12-5 record. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bandirma Kir. (#16) in Balikesir which should be an easy win for them. Antalya will play at home against Mersin in Akdeniz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Trabzonspor was beaten by Mersin on the road 92-80. Olin Edirne won against Hacettepe Univ. on its own court 87-75. Karsiyaka unfortunately lost to Besiktas in Istanbul 80-88.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 42 points (!!!) by Filip Videnov of Olin Edirne.


Aliaga - Anadolu Efes 72-76

TBL top team - Anadolu Efes (15-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Aliaga (8-9) 76-72. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Uruguayan power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Aliaga players scored in double figures. Aliaga's coach Burak Biyiktay rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anadolu Efes have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Aliaga lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Turk Telekom. Anadolu Efes will play against Olin Edirne (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aliaga will play against Tofas (#7) in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: D.Savanovic 19+5reb, S.Vujacic 14+1reb+1ast, K.Tunceri 9+1reb+4ast, E.Batista 8+10reb+2ast, S.Barac 8+5reb, S.Guler 7+4reb+2ast
Aliaga: B.Qvale 14+13reb+1ast, R.Toolson 14+2reb+6ast, U.Sonkol 14+7reb+2ast, E.Goerkem 13+5reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 9+3ast, O.Haciyeva 5+2reb
gschID: 134411


Turk Telekom - Bandirma Kir. 65-72

Bandirma Kir.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 16 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Turk Telekom (8-9)on the road game in Ankara 72-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-65. It was a great shooting night for Bandirma Kir. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Turk Telekom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Safak Edge (188-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. point guard Yigitcan Turna (187-87) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) answered with 26 points and forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Turk Telekom. Newly promoted Bandirma Kir. maintains sixteenth place with 1-16 record. Turk Telekom at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Aliaga. Bandirma Kir. are looking forward to face higher ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (#5) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turk Telekom will play on the road against Besiktas (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bandirma Kir.: S.Edge 19+2reb+4ast, Y.Turna 14+7reb+1ast, I.Yildirim 12+2reb+1ast, T.Onen 8+4reb+1ast, G.McGhee 8+9reb, P.Miller 7+4reb
Turk Telekom: D.Washington 26+2reb+2ast, C.Altay 9+4reb+2ast, A.Karadeniz 9+1reb, N.Yucel 9+10reb+1ast, K.Kambala 5+7reb, B.Yarangume 4+3reb
gschID: 134412


Mersin - Trabzonspor 92-80

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Mersin (6-11) beat 15th ranked Trabzonspor (3-14) in Akdeniz 92-80. It looked good early as Trabzonspor took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mersin took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 12 points. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Omar Sneed (198-76, college: Memphis) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Mersin players scored in double figures. Center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Russell Robinson (185-86) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Trabzonspor's coach Halil Uner tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mersin maintains twelfth place with 6-11 record. Trabzonspor at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Mersin's next round opponent will be Antalya (#14) on the road. Trabzonspor will play against Erdemir.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Scales 27+8reb+1ast, O.Sneed 20+8reb+7ast, A.Grundy 18+4reb+3ast, C.Mutaf 15+1reb, M.Demir 5+3reb, D.Gencyurek 2
Trabzonspor: R.Robinson 21+4reb+1ast, E.Brown 18+10reb+3ast, J.Gibson 14+2reb+3ast, P.Kaya 7+6reb+1ast, K.Ozkan 7+2reb, U.Yenice 5+2reb
gschID: 134413


Olin Edirne - Hacettepe Univ. 87-75

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Hacettepe Univ. (7-10) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Olin Edirne (5-12) 87-75. The game was mostly controlled by Olin Edirne. Hacettepe Univ. was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olin Edirne shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) who scored 42 points (!!!). Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Olin Edirne players scored in double figures. Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Rifat Murat Kaya (194-84, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olin Edirne maintains thirteenth place with 5-12 record. Newly promoted Hacettepe Univ. keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Olin Edirne's next round opponent will be league's leader Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: F.Videnov 42+3reb+3ast, V.Stimac 12+7reb, P.Kocaoglu 12+4reb+1ast, W.Wilkinson 10+7reb+1ast, M.Abi 7+2reb+4ast, O.Sevinc 2+2reb+1ast
Hacettepe Univ.: M.Bryan-Amaning 16+7reb+2ast, R.Murat Kaya 12+1reb+5ast, H.Besok 10+3reb+1ast, D.Yannier 9+2reb+2ast, S.Collins 8+1reb+1ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 8+4reb
gschID: 134414


Erdemir - Tofas 77-66

The game in Erdemir was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Tofas (10-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Erdemir (9-8). Erdemir defeated Tofas 77-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Erdemir. Tofas managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Soner Senturk (194-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Erdemir players scored in double figures. Erdemir's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American forward Bradley Buckman (203-84, college: Texas) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Tofas in the defeat. Erdemir maintains eighth place with 9-8 record. Loser Tofas dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Karsiyaka. Erdemir will meet Trabzonspor (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tofas will play against Aliaga (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: S.Senturk 22+5reb+6ast, M.Akpinar 13+2reb+1ast, G.Henderson 12+5reb+4ast, A.Robinson 10+6reb, K.Wesson 7+6reb+4ast, A.Erol 6+4reb+1ast
Tofas: A.Nichols 14+1reb+1ast, J.Zuza 12+6reb+3ast, I.Koc 9+6reb, B.Buckman 9+6reb+2ast, C.Ozcan 7+2ast, C.Altintig 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134415


Besiktas - Karsiyaka 88-80

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Besiktas (13-4) won against 6th ranked Karsiyaka (10-7) in Istanbul 88-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Karsiyaka won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (204-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American forward Adam Morrison (203-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Besiktas' coach Ergin Ataman allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 22 points and 7 assists and Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Besiktas. They moved-up to third place. Karsiyaka at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Besiktas' next round opponent will be Turk Telekom (#10) in Ankara and are hoping to win another game. Karsiyaka will play at home against the league's second-placed Galatasaray (#2) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: A.Morrison 18+5reb+2ast, E.Dagli 18+10reb, Z.Erceg 15+6reb+1ast, C.Arroyo 14+2reb+5ast, D.Hawkins 7+2reb+4ast, K.Ozmizrak 6+1ast
Karsiyaka: M.Chatman 22+4reb+7ast, J.Stanojevic 18+7reb+4ast, G.Ikonic 16+2reb+3ast, A.Saruhan 8+5reb, I.Karaman 4+6reb, E.Bayav 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 134409


Fener.Ulker - Antalya 105-89

The game between fifth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (12-5) and 14th ranked Antalya (3-14) in Istanbul ended with biggest points difference. Fenerbahce Ulker beat guests from Antalya 105-89. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce Ulker. Antalya was better in second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce Ulker shot 60.9 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce Ulker especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mirsad Turkcan (206-76) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) chipped in 21 points. American guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) produced 27 points and the other American import forward Kedrick Brown (201-81, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 12-5 record. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bandirma Kir. (#16) in Balikesir which should be an easy win for them. Antalya will play at home against Mersin in Akdeniz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: R.Ukic 21+1reb+2ast, B.Bogdanovic 18+1reb+3ast, M.Turkcan 14+7reb+4ast, E.Preldzic 12+3reb+4ast, K.Peker 12+2reb+1ast, O.Savas 8+5reb
Antalya: S.Reynolds 27+2ast, K.Brown 17+5reb+2ast, C.Fisher 10+1reb+2ast, M.Mahmutoglu 10+1reb+2ast, B.Pacun 7+7reb, S.Jelovac 6+2reb
gschID: 134410




TB2L Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Maliye Milli (#6) forced the game against Genc Telekom (#2) into an overtime, but lost by four points 106-110 on Saturday night. Mustafa Goerur (204-F-88) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Maliye Milli's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Genc Telekom maintains second position with 16-5 record behind leader Selcuk Univ., which they share with Optimum TED. Maliye Milli at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Genc Telekom's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Optimum TED.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Usak lost to Gaziantep on the opponent's court 71-75. Darussafaka unfortunately lost to Pertevniyal in a home game 73-79. Selcuk Univ. managed to beat Istanbul B.B. on the road 79-75. Vestel defeated Istanbulspor on its own court 63-61. Balikesir beat Baskent Genclik in a road game 68-60. Final Genclik lost to Gelisim at home 67-85. Tire Gucu unfortunately lost to TED Istanbul on the opponent's court 76-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Serhat Ugur of Gaziantep.



Gaziantep - Usak 75-71
Very expected game when 19th ranked Usak (6-15) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Gaziantep (15-6) 75-71 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 18-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gaziantep outrebounded Usak 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Usak was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Serhat Ugur (192-85) scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) chipped in 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Mahir Bayrak (180-79) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and center Engin Algin (202-75) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Gaziantep moved-up to fourth place. Usak at the other side dropped to the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Gaziantep will face Maliye Milli (#7) in Ankara in the next round. Usak will play at home against Baskent Genclik (#14) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: S.Ugur 27+6reb+5ast, E.Eryuz 14+12reb+5ast, A.Waller 13+5reb+1ast, A.Kaplan 6+11reb+1ast, S.Ugrasan 5+2reb, M.Goektas 3+5reb
Usak: M.Bayrak 23+6reb+2ast, E.Algin 12+8reb+2ast, A.Turgut 10+1reb, D.Harris 9+2ast, C.Coskun 8+4reb, N.Pastal 5+3reb


gschID: 148709


Darussafaka - Pertevniyal 73-79
There was a small surprise in Istanbul where thirteenth ranked Pertevniyal (9-12) defeated 11th ranked Darussafaka (9-12) 79-73 on Sunday. Darussafaka trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 21-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-79 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Pertevniyal especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Darussafaka was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Burak Can scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Soykan Yikilmaz (185-92) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Pertevniyal players scored in double figures. Pertevniyal's coach Menderes Gumusdal used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Muhammed Baygul scored 15 points (made all of his eight free throws). Pertevniyal moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Darussafaka and Balikesir. Darussafaka lost seventh consecutive game. Pertevniyal will face higher ranked Akhisar Bld (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: B.Can 20+8reb, D.Williams 13+6reb+1ast, S.Yikilmaz 12+5reb+7ast, O.Sancakli 12+1reb+1ast, E.Cosar 10+4reb, T.Erulku 6+4reb+6ast
Darussafaka: J.Dollard 22+11reb, M.Baygul 15+3reb, Y.Sonsirma 10+4reb+3ast, B.Selen 8+8reb, G.Sunter 6+1reb, K.Hotic 4
gschID: 148710


Istanbul B.B. - Selcuk Univ. 75-79
Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Istanbul B.B. (10-11) was defeated at home by first ranked Selcuk Universitesi (17-4) 79-75 on Saturday. Istanbul B.B. was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Selcuk Universitesi, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mehmet Ufuk Kacar (195-76, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Recep Dogrusoez (-86) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Four Istanbul B.B. players scored in double figures. Selcuk Universitesi have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-4 record. Istanbul B.B. at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Selcuk Universitesi will face Vestel (#8) in Manisa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbul B.B.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: M.Ufuk Kacar 19+3reb+4ast, I.Cevik 18+7reb+2ast, H.Antwan Dobie 14+6reb+3ast, E.Turetken 9+4reb+1ast, O.Unver 7+5reb+2ast, O.Aydin 6+4reb+2ast
Istanbul B.B.: M.Kolaric 15+8reb+2ast, R.Dogrusoez 15+5ast, S.Eris 12+2reb+5ast, S.Sahin 11+3reb+1ast, U.Ozyildirim 9+4reb+1ast, C.Mumcuogullari 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 148704


Vestel - Istanbulspor 63-61
Everything went according to plan in Manisa where eighth ranked Vestel (12-9) edged 17th ranked Istanbulspor (6-15) 63-61 on Saturday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Istanbulspor was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 17-12 charge of Vestel, which allowed them to win the game. Istanbulspor was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Azizcan Ozdemir (201-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Vestel players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) responded with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Onur Sonsirma (190-85) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Vestel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 12-9 record. Istanbulspor lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 15 games lost. Vestel will face league's leader Selcuk Universitesi in Konya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Istanbulspor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul TED Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Vestel: H.Ozdemir 16+9reb+1ast, A.Ozdemir 14+5reb+1ast, C.Allmond 12+5reb, H.Erol 10+5reb+3ast, S.Topcu 4+2reb+2ast, H.Cantopcu 3+5reb+2ast
Istanbulspor: O.Surucu 19+4reb, O.Sonsirma 11+4reb+4ast, K.Ulukaya 11+7reb, K.Barber 9+7reb+1ast, A.Kan 6+3reb+4ast, C.Oner 3+1reb
gschID: 148705


Baskent Genclik - Balikesir 60-68
Everything could happen in Ankara at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Balikesir and 12th ranked Baskent Genclik had identical 8-12 record. But Baskent Genclik was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Balikesir 68-60 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Balikesir led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mehmet Ozdogan (198-87) chipped in 14 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jermont Horton (198-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) responded with 14 points and guard Goktug Ezel Akgor (193-84) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balikesir have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Darussafaka and Pertevniyal. Baskent Genclik at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Balikesir will face higher ranked Pamukkale (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Baskent Genclik will play against Usak (#19).
Top scorers:
Balikesir: Y.Akcay 20+5reb+4ast, M.Ozdogan 14+3reb, A.Uruk 10+4reb+1ast, M.Senli 6+4reb, O.Kaya 4+3reb+2ast, S.Akyol 4+4reb+2ast
Baskent Genclik: J.Horton 14+4reb, M.Gray 13+5reb, G.Ezel Akgor 10+4reb+4ast, E.Yavuklu 8+3reb+2ast, M.Sevda 6+3reb+1ast, R.Ozturk 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148707


Final Genclik - Gelisim 67-85
There was a surprise result in Bursa where sixteenth ranked Gelisim (8-13) won against higher ranked Final Genclik (14-7) 85-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Gelisim 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 Final Genclik's 34. American guard Derek Williams (185-85, college: SMU) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Sertay Gursu (195-87, agency: EM-PA) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Gelisim players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Erdem Ilter (-90) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gelisim moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Baskent Genclik and Tire Gucu. Final Genclik at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Gelisim will face Orman Genc (#18) in Ankara in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: D.Williams 20+6reb+4ast, E.Ocakturk 15+4reb+1ast, S.Gursu 13+2reb+5ast, E.Ozpulat 10+6reb+1ast, O.Onver 9+7reb+4ast, D.Vaughn Washington 6+2reb
Final Genclik: C.Tate 13+4reb, M.Esen 13, E.Ilter 12+3reb+3ast, O.Okkali 9+12reb+1ast, E.Sinanoglu 7+3reb+3ast, U.Yilmaz 6
gschID: 148701


TED Istanbul - Tire Gucu 81-76
There was an upset when higher ranked Tire Gucu (8-13) was defeated on the road by bottom-ranked TED Istanbul (3-18) 81-76 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Tire Gucu won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TED Istanbul made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Tire Gucu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mehmet Baras (187-81) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Cemal Bayraktar (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 22 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TED Istanbul maintains twentiethth position with 3-18 record. Tire Gucu lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Istanbulspor.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: S.Taggart 20+10reb+1ast, A.Ozer 14+3reb, M.Baras 10+5reb+2ast, O.Gulveren 9+3reb, A.Demirhan 8+3reb+2ast, S.Gunes 6+4reb
Tire Gucu: J.Carter 23+6reb+5ast, C.Bayraktar 22+2reb+6ast, E.Yoldas 8+8reb+1ast, R.Hepsarsar 6+7reb+1ast, T.Boswell 4+3reb, A.Yuce 4+5reb
gschID: 148702


Genc Telekom - Maliye Milli 110-106 OT