EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/1/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Richard Hendrix claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Maccabi T-A and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds for Maccabi T-A in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hemofarm (#11, 5-16) with 21-point margin 85-64. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Adriatic League . Maccabi T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. It's Hendrix's second year at Maccabi T-A and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Richard Hendrix averages this season 10.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American center David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.. Simon impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Radnicki K. cruised to a 88-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Union Olimpija (#8, 11-10). Radnicki K.'s 9th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Simon is a newcomer at Radnicki K. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#1). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb CO (#7). Kasun got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Kasun's great performance KK Zagreb CO lost 74-87 to the lower-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#10, 9-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KK Zagreb CO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Kasun has a great season in Adriatic League. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Partizan - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Helios - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Miro Bilan (213-F-89) of Cedevita - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Alen Omic (213-C-92) of Zlatorog - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86) of Hemofarm - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 19-1 
 2. Cedevita 17-4 
 3. Partizan 15-6 
 4. Buducnost 14-6 
 5. Siroki WWin 13-9 
 6. Cibona 11-10 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 11-10 
 8. Union Olimpija 11-10 
 9. Radnicki K. 10-11 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 9-13 
 11. Hemofarm 5-16 
 12. Krka 5-16 
 13. Helios 5-16 
 14. Zlatorog 2-19 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.2 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.18.1 
 3. Kasun, KK.17.6 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Simon, KK.16.7 
 7. Pilepic, Siroki W.15.4 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.9 
 9. Pasalic, Helios13.8 
 10. Gay, Helios13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.5 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.0 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.6.9 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 8. Thompson, Union O.5.6 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.5.6 
 10. Collins, Siroki W.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.5 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.1 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.9 
 5. Nissim, Krka4.6 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 8. Simon, KK.3.9 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.6 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gay, Helios2.2 
 2. Papaloukas, Macca.1.8 
 3. Simon, KK.1.8 
 4. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.6 
 8. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 9. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 10. Scott, Radnicki K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Rizvic, Buducnost1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 8. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 10. Collins, Siroki W.0.8 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Douthit, PHI21.9 
 2. Wright, JOR19.2 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Yi, CHN16.6 
 5. Hoskin, LEB16.3 
 6. Haddadi, IRI15.4 
 7. Koroth, IND15.3 
 8. Daghles, JOR14.8 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Douthit, PHI12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.4 
 3. Haddadi, IRI11.4 
 4. Yi, CHN10.8 
 5. Hoskin, LEB10.1 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Abbas, JOR7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.6 
 4. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 5. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 6. Yang, KOR3.9 
 7. Akl, LEB3.8 
 8. Shonaka, JPN3.7 
 9. Lee, TAI3.7 
 10. Haddadi, IRI3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Daghles, JOR1.8 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Sun, CHN1.8 
 4. Lee, TAI1.7 
 5. Chang, TAI1.6 
 6. Wright, JOR1.6 
 7. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 8. Malallah, BHR1.5 
 9. Salem, UAE1.5 
 10. Kamrani, IRI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.9 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.7 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 4. Yi, CHN1.4 
 5. Sun, CHN1.4 
 6. Singh, IND1.4 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Hamowi, SYR1.1 
 10. Kim, KOR0.9 


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Courtney FIELDS
  USA
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 2. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 5. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 8. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 9. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 10. Gray, Duhok18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGOJLOVIC
  SRB
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 9. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
 10. Samb, Mahram7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Al-Juboori, Duhok4.7 
 5. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 6. Miller, Al Jalaa4.3 
 7. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 8. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 9. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 6. Al-Juboori, Duhok1.3 
 7. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 8. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 9. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.3 
 10. Giles, Duhok1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 4. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.1.3 
 6. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 7. Walker, Al Jalaa1.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 10. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Gill's injury cloud - by Hugh McAuliffe
The Townsville Bulletin has reported that Townsville Crocodiles import point guard Eddie Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) is under an injury cloud for his teams critical clash with the Melbourne Tigers on Sunday after tearing the webbing in his right hand during a training mishap.

Gill was reportedly taken to hospital after colliding with Crocs rookie Chris Cedar (185-G-88) late in Tuesday's training session.

'I tried to deflect a pass from Chris and my hand collided with his forearm and it tore my hand pretty much down the palm in between the middle and ring finger,'' Gill told the Townsville Bulletin.

Gill did attend his teams subsequent training session but had his hand heavily strapped and was resigned to watching his team mates from the sideline.

'We're fortunate to have a Sunday game which buys us a day or two extra so I'm just resting tomorrow and we'll see what the doctor says tomorrow,'' Gill said.

'The timing isn't great. We're obviously in a play-off run here and these games are important and I'll do my best to get out on the court and help the team.''
Gill said he would do whatever he could to help the team.

'I'm totally going to do what I can to be out on the court. At the same time, I don't want to be out there playing ineffective and hurt the team in that way.''


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian A Bundesliga round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Robert Arnold - by Eurobasket News
American forward Robert Arnold (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Gmunden, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, five rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Wels (#5, 16-7) 92-83. Gmunden maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Gmunden will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Arnold had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gmunden's top player in his first season with the team. Robert Arnold averages this season 12.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian Marko Moric (207-F-81) of UBSC Graz. Moric had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as UBSC Graz was edged in overtime by Arkadia (5-18) 102-101. 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. Moric is a newcomer at UBSC Graz, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia (#-2). Drenovac got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He was a key player of Arkadia, leading his team to a 102-101overtime win against #-4 ranked UBSC Graz in a game of the week. Arkadia can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group B. They have rather bad season and 5-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Drenovac he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Drenovac has individually a great season in Austria. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) of Oberwart - 33 points and 5 rebounds
5. Jeff Robinson (198-F-88) of Furstenfeld - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 25 points and 10 rebounds
7. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) of UBSC Graz - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Morris Curry (178-G-87) of Gmunden - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 10 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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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


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


Mornar Bar beats OKK Beograd by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (2-6) was very close to win a game against second ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (6-3) on Thursday. Mornar Bar managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mornar Bar made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Mornar Bar's coach Mihajlo Pavicevic used entire bench in such tough game. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for OKK Beograd. Mornar Bar maintains second place with 6-3 record behind leader Levski Sofia. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Mornar Bar are looking forward to face Timisoara (#4) on the road in the next round. OKK Beograd will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Israeli Galil Gilboa (7-1) which hosted in Galil 4th placed Romanian Timisoara (4-5). First ranked Galil Gilboa had an easy win 91-73. Guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) stepped up and scored 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Ido Kozikaro chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galil Gilboa maintains first place with 7-1 record. Timisoara at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Napredak. Galil Gilboa will play against Torus Skopje (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Timisoara will play against the league's second-placed Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Bulgarian Levski Sofia (8-0) which played road game in Krusevac against 4th placed Serbian Napredak Rubin (4-5). Leader Levski Sofia had an easy win 92-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Napredak Rubin. Aaron Harper nailed 21 points for the winning side. Aco Mandic came up with 22 points for Napredak Rubin 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. Undefeated Levski Sofia have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Napredak Rubin keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Timisoara. Levski Sofia will meet Feni Indistrija (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Napredak Rubin will play against Ulcinj in Ulcijn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Skopje was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Romanian Timisoara (4-5) played at the court of 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje (2-7). Timisoara defeated Torus Skopje 73-63. The best player for the winners was Sime Spralja who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Timisoara maintains fourth place with 4-5 record, which they share with Napredak. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torus Skopje will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa (#1).

In the last game of round 9 Torus Skopje was beaten by Rilski Sportist on the road 92-74.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 25 points and 8 assists by Branko Mirkovic of Rilski Sportist.


Group A
Rilski Sportist - Torus Skopje 92-74
No shocking result in a game when third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (5-4) beat 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje (2-7) in Samokov 92-74. Torus Skopje was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rilski Sportist shot 64.6 percent from the field. 26 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 25 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 19 points and 9 assists and swingman Ivica Dimcevski (194-89, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist maintains third place with 5-4 record having just one points less than leader Levski Sofia. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be OKK Beograd (#5) at home. Torus Skopje will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 19+9ast, I.Dimcevski 19+3reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 13+7reb, B.Trajkovski 7+4reb+2ast, K.Bradley 5+1reb, J.Boswell 4+2reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 25+3reb+8ast, F.Vukosavljevic 20+10reb+4ast, L.Kirov 13+1reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 11+5reb+1ast, A.Velikov 10+2reb+1ast, M.Marinov 5+3reb
gschID: 152260


Galil Gilboa - Timisoara 91-73
An interesting game for Israeli Galil Gilboa (7-1) which hosted in Galil 4th placed Romanian Timisoara (4-5). First ranked Galil Gilboa had an easy win 91-73. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Timisoara was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Timisoara's 32. They outrebounded Timisoara 42-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) stepped up and scored 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and center Ido Kozikaro (203-78) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) with 20 points and Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Five Galil Gilboa and four Timisoara players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Galil Gilboa maintains first place with 7-1 record. Timisoara at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Napredak. Galil Gilboa will play against Torus Skopje (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Timisoara will play against the league's second-placed Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: S.Spralja 20+4reb+3ast, Z.Jovanovic 18+7ast, N.Markovic 10+3reb+1ast, I.Siriscevic 10+2reb+2ast, D.Paltinisanu 9+7reb, D.Andrei 2+2reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: D.Yavzuri 29+6reb+1ast, I.Kozikaro 15+8reb, J.Martin 14+4reb+2ast, R.Travis 10+2reb+3ast, C.Fells 10+5reb+3ast, J.Jones 6+4reb
gschID: 169598


Mornar Bar - OKK Beograd 75-73
Fifth-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (2-6) was very close to win a game against second ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (6-3) on Thursday. Mornar Bar managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mornar Bar made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Lazar Radosavljevic (204-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mornar Bar's coach Mihajlo Pavicevic used entire bench in such tough game. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (205-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for OKK Beograd. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mornar Bar maintains second place with 6-3 record behind leader Levski Sofia. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Mornar Bar are looking forward to face Timisoara (#4) on the road in the next round. OKK Beograd will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: N.Bezbradica 18+8reb+2ast, F.Sepa 16+2reb+3ast, N.Misanovic 14+12reb+3ast, V.Malidzan 10+6reb+4ast, S.Knezevic 6+5reb, M.Suzic 4+1reb
Mornar Bar: A.Scott 20+8reb+2ast, L.Radosavljevic 16+9reb, I.Jelenic 11+1reb+3ast, N.Ivanovic 10+4reb+2ast, F.Barovic 9+7reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 5+2reb
gschID: 169599


Group B
Napredak - Levski Sofia 67-92
An interesting game for Bulgarian Levski Sofia (8-0) which played road game in Krusevac against 4th placed Serbian Napredak Rubin (4-5). Leader Levski Sofia had an easy win 92-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Napredak Rubin. The game without a history. Levski Sofia 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 Napredak Rubin's 36. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) nailed 21 points for the winning side and Dimitar Anguelov (203-79, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) came up with 22 points and American guard Kendrick Jones (190-83, college: Columbus St.) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Napredak Rubin 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. Levski Sofia have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Napredak Rubin keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Timisoara. Levski Sofia will meet Feni Indistrija (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Napredak Rubin will play against Ulcinj in Ulcijn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napredak: A.Mandic 22+4reb+1ast, K.Jones 16+6reb+5ast, P.Beader 7+5reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 6+2reb+1ast, J.Djordjevic 4+5reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovic 4+2reb
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 21+4reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 17+8reb, H.Dimitrov 15+5reb+1ast, J.Bozov 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 7+1reb+1ast, V.Evtimov 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 169601


Round 8
Torus Skopje - Timisoara 63-73
The game in Skopje was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Romanian Timisoara (4-5) played at the court of 6th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje (2-7). Timisoara defeated Torus Skopje 73-63. Timisoara forced 19 Torus Skopje turnovers. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jovan Markovski (197-88) who recorded 11 points and American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 10 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Timisoara maintains fourth place with 4-5 record, which they share with Napredak. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torus Skopje will play against the league's leader Galil Gilboa (#1).
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: J.Markovski 11+3reb, J.Reynolds 10+4reb, I.Dimcevski 8+3reb+1ast, J.Boswell 7+4reb+2ast, K.Bradley 6+3reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 5+1reb
Timisoara: S.Spralja 21+7reb+2ast, D.Archie 19+8reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 14+2reb+1ast, B.Cuic 7+3reb+8ast, N.Markovic 7+4reb+1ast, I.Dodoc 3+3reb+1ast


Vukosavljevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rilski Sportist and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Torus Skopje (#6, 2-7) with 18-point margin 92-74. Rilski Sportist maintains the 3rd position in Balkan League group A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski Sportist will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Vukosavljevic turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Filip Vukosavljevic averages this season 16.0ppg and 7.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He is Serbian guard in his first season at Rilski Sportist. In the last game Mirkovic recorded impressive 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course together with Vukosavljevic he helped Rilski Sportist with another comfortable win 92-74 over the lower-ranked Torus Skopje (#6, 2-7) being unquestionably team leader. Rilski Sportist's 3rd position in group A has not changed. His team's 5-4 record is not bad at all. Mirkovic is a newcomer at Rilski Sportist and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#3). He also recorded 5.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of OKK Beograd (#5). Misanovic scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Misanovic's great performance OKK Beograd lost 73-75 to the higher-ranked Mornar Bar (#2, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. OKK Beograd can only dream about fighting for top spots in group A. They have rather bad season and 2-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Misanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Misanovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in Balkan League he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) of Galil Gilboa - 29 points and 6 rebounds
5. Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Timisoara - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79) of Levski Sofia - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Torus Skopje - 19 points and 9 assists
8. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Timisoara - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) of OKK Beograd - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Timisoara - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 19-1 
 2. Capljina 16-5 
 3. Bosna 15-4 
 4. Varda HE 12-7 
 5. Leotar 11-8 
 6. Mladost 11-9 
 7. Servitium 9-11 
 8. Hercegovac 8-11 
 9. Zrinjski HT 7-14 
 10. Borac Nektar 6-13 
 11. Vogosca 5-15 
 12. Celik 5-15 
 13. Brotnjo 5-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


Bosnians abroad - by Miljan Veskovic
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) is having a great season in Romania, his team is leading the championship and he is performing on the top level. This week his team BC Timisoara managed to secure a 4 point victory on the road against CSM Oradea 85-81. Zlatko had 14 points and 8 assists. Currently he is averaging 15.5 points and 4.7 assists in the Romanian league and 13.0 points and 4.1 assists in Balkan League.
Drasko Albijanic's (211-C-86) team CSU Asesoft Ploiesti defeated second ranked CS Gaz Metan Medias 75-72. Drasko got only three minutes, he scored 2 points and pulled 3 rebounds. He is having solid season in Romania, averaging 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds.
In Ukraine Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) had 16 points and 8 rebounds against Azovmash Mariupol, his team Politekhnika-Halychyna recorded a first loss after Zeljko Lukajic's arrival. Final score was 85-69. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) has fractured metacarpal bone on the right hand and he will be out for the next four weeks.


A sad situation in Tuzla and Zenica D1 basketball appears lost - by Chris Mathieu
A sad day for Bosnian Basketball it appears to be a lock that there will be no first division teams in Tuzla and Zenica next year. It is all but a formality at this point that there will be no first division basketball in two of the biggest cities in Bosnia next year.
KK Celik Zenica declared before there season that there goal was to avoid regulation this year. It appears all but assured that regulation will happen at the end of the season. The team stands at 5-15 and is on a losing streak that has assured the team will be in D2 next year. It is the second time in the last few years Celik Zenica will be playing outside of D1. For a team with such a storied history, representing some of the best basketball players in Bosnian history it is a sad end to the club in the short term. The team has lost some talented players in the last couple of years including Ognjen Kuzmic who is one of the best center prospects in Spain and a likely NBA draft pick this summer.
Sloboda Dita Tuzla folded operations this summer under the weight of millions in heavy debt. The team was reformatted into OKK Tuzla but is fighting for first in D3 and it appears is at least two years away from playing a meaningful game in D1 basketball in Bosnia. It is a true shame that such a large basketball loving city would be devoid of such pleasures of watching competitive basketball in their home arena. They were able to retain a couple of their lower level players and remain competitive which is a good sign. For a team that in recent years developed Mirza Teletovic, Elemedin Kikanpovic, Miralem Halilovic and Mirza Bulic it is a detriment to Bosnian basketball to have such a low level representation in such a basketball hotbed.
The year looked so promising at the end of last year with the development of Triland who won D2 and were looking to challenge KK BOSNA ASA dominance in Sarajevo only to then collapse under the debt they accumulated and step down to D3. Then the debt issues of three of the biggest Bosnian basketball teams in three of the largest cities derailed the season before it began for many Bosnian basketball fans. With the rule changes ensuring young players get time on the court, lets hope the rest of the season and next are better than the beginning of this one.



Strong Finish!! - by Marcel Jones
As we play our last couple of Domestic league games and our last game in International Competition, I have no choice but to be alittle disappointed.. We have about 6 games this season in both leagues combined that we have lost by 1 to 3 points. Those close games could have been the difference in us making the playoffs or not. In Europe, every basket and every possesion counts and nothing is over until the clock hits 0:00 in the fourth quarter. WIth that being said, my team is playing some good basketball at the moment winning our last two games and having a positive feeling towards our last games.. I really think we had the capabilities to beat any team in both leagues from best team to worst team but just end up coming short for whatever reasons.. There is always something to gain even in defeat. We cant dwell on past games ( good or bad), but make sure we fulfill our potential and take advantage of the opportunity we have in these last couple of games. We must finish strong..

On a personal note, I have enjoyed my time here in Mostar.. Everything might not have gone as planned but in Europe I am learning, making plans or having plans usually hurt me more than they help me. I have to live in the moment and make sure I do my job to best of my abilities and be ready for anything at anytime. There are ups and downs but how many people can say they are being paid to do a job that they love to do. I have met some good people here and have learned alot about the culture and history of Bosnia i Herzegovina. Even though I dont take many photographs, I have a lot of mental pictures that will last forever.

On a side note, my grandmother passed away on February 15 2012 and I would ask for you to send a prayer her way... RIP to all the grandmothers out there but a special RIP to the one and only:
Lillie 'NANA' Barnett

Great Moments come from Great Opportunites..

Marcel


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  BRAZIL   


Lajeado sign new players - by Paulo Freire
The Univates/FlorestalAlimentos/Bira Lajeado Basketball team is still working in their roster for the 2012 season.
The managers have agreed with a few new players.
Coming from Macae team is big man Fernando Henrique (F-84) who will play inside the basket but has a good 3 point shot.
From Rio Claro is coming the forward Bruno Ferreira (203-F-89, college: Indian Hills CC) who also has college experience in US.
For the point guard position the managers agreed with Felipe Pitta, more knowing as Felipe Ventura who was in Videira.
The managers also renew the contract of Christian Panizza (191-F-75)
But not everything is good news, the center Paulao Rossito (201-C-84) who was going to sign with the team decided to not go thru and will stay in Chile playing for San Luis


Eric Soares sign with Suzano - by Paulo Freire
The forward Eric Soares (205-F-86) sign with Suzano basketball team.
He was playing for arch-rival of Suzano the Mogi das Cruzes who is in dispute of Brazil Cup.
While in Mogi das Cruzes, Eric played in the New Millennium Tournament 2011, where he helped the team to qualify for the Paulista State Srie A1, where they achieved the 8th place. He also played for Vila Velha-ES in the NBB, where he averaged almost 8 points and 4 rebounds per game.
Eric also has international experience as he played in Spain.


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Division A: Beroe stays untouchable after 14 rounds - by Eurobasket News
Round 14 of Division A was played last weekend. Beroe was better than Overgas 69-62 keeping the perfect record in the league. Of course, they hold position No.1 with impressive 18-0 score. Atanas Radev (200-F-81) was a key player in victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 32 and was the MVP of this meeting. Milen Dimitrov (204-F/C-88) (9 rebs) and Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) (8 rebs) helped with 13 points each. Second ranked Academik PL also celebrated in this round. They handed 100-71 loss to Vidabasket for 10-3 record. Akademik BL outplayed Shumen 108-47 and jumped to 9-5. Also in this round, Chavdar was better than Dunav 99-92 and Cherno More beat Balkan 84-75. Round 15 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Regular Season - Round 14
Feb. 26, 2012 Academik BL-Shumen 108-47
Feb. 26, 2012 Beroe-Overgas 69-62
Feb. 26, 2012 Chavdar-Dunav 2007 99-92
Feb. 25, 2012 Cherno More U20-Balkan 2 84-75
Feb. 26, 2012 Academik PL-Vidabasket 100-71

Division A Standings
1. Beroe 14-0
2. Academik PL 10-3
3. Academik BL 9-5
4. Overgas 8-6
5. Cherno More U18 7-7
6. Vidabasket 7-7
7. Dunav 2007 6-8
8. Chavdar 4-10
9. Balkan 2 2-11
10. Shumen 2-12


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  CHILE   


Dimayor Quarterfinals: First and second games - by Eurobasket News
Dimayor Quarterfinals started last week. First and second games were played from February 22 to February 25. CD Universidad de Concepcion is 2-0 up against Municipal Curacavi and needs one more win for the Semis. Universidad de Concepcion celebrated 93-45 victory in Game One and 105-55 win after that in Game Two. Liceo Mixto is also 2-0 up against San Luis. Liceo Mixto blasted its rival in the first meeting 105-69 and trashed them again after that 97-59. Union Espanola is another team who holds 2-0 lead in the series. They outplayed Universidad Catolica 75-66 and 79-37. The only team who won on the road was Sokol de Antofagasta. They failed in Game One against Deportivo Espanol 75-66, but managed to beat them after that 69-73. Third games are scheduled for March 2 (Curacavi and Concepcion played last night, result not available yet).

Quarter-Finals - Game 1
Feb. 22, 2012 U.Concepcion-Munic.Curacavi (Concepcion) 93-45
Feb. 24, 2012 Liceo Mixto-San Luis (Los Andes) 105-69
Feb. 24, 2012 Dep.Espanol-Sokol de Antof. (Talca) 87-84
Feb. 23, 2012 U.Espanola-U.Catolica (Santiago) 75-66

Quarter-Finals - Game 2
Feb. 23, 2012 U.Concepcion-Munic.Curacavi 105-55
Feb. 25, 2012 Liceo Mixto-San Luis 97-59
Feb. 25, 2012 Dep.Espanol-Sokol de Antof. 69-73
Feb. 24, 2012 U.Espanola-U.Catolica 79-37

Quarter-Finals - Game 3
Feb. 28, 2012 Munic.Curacavi-U.Concepcion
Mar. 2, 2012 San Luis-Liceo Mixto
Mar. 2, 2012 Sokol de Antof.-Dep.Espanol
Mar. 2, 2012 U.Catolica-U.Espanola


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  CHINA   


Shanxi GAINES with WILLIAMS - by Eurobasket
The regular season now seems like ancient history, with the playoffs in full swing. 3 of the four semi-finalists have been decided, with the final invitation given to either Dongguan or Xinjiang on Friday, March 2nd,2012. No surprise with Guangdong punching their ticket early, with a 3-0 sweep of undermanned Fuijian, Beijing swept overmatched Guangsha, in what ended up being a disappointing season for the Lions who made the 1st big splash of the CBA offseason by signing NBA free agent, Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul), only to see them fall to 7th and shortly out of the playoffs.

The surprise team of not just the playoffs but the entire CBA season, has to be Shanxi Zhongyu Dragons, who in the history of the clubs existence, including the distinction of being Marburys 1st Chinese stop, as well as Bonzi Wells (196-F-76, college: Ball St.), has never made the post season, now find themselves 3 victories away from being in the CBA finals. The team who finished 9th last season, ended up a blistering 3rd in the regular season standings behind Guangdong and Beijing. They are led by 2 of the top imports in all of professional basketball,NBA or not. Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) has become the modern day CBA version of Lebron James, while Gaines Charles (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) has become a miniature version of a Dwight Howard, with a better FT percentage. If there ever were dual-mvp awards given in the CBA, this would have to be the year. Shanxi fans waited long enough for this success, well deserved.

Next up, is old nemesis Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) and a Beijing team who once won 13 in a row during the regular season, but is now matched up with a very confident Shanxi bunch, one that just dispatched the CBA's top defensive team, the Shanghai Sharks in 4 games.


Wilson Chandler free of China - by Eurobasket News
According to agent Chris Luchey, Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) has been cleared to sign with an NBA team after spending the season playing in China.

During the lockout, Chandler signed with the Zhejiang Lions. After helping his team get to the playoffs, Wilson left before the postseason in preparation for his return to the NBA.

Now that his team was eliminated from the CBA postseason, Chandler finally has the green light.

As a restricted free agent, Wilson is dependent on the Denver Nuggets to make him a viable offer. Sources indicate the Nuggets are offering a multi-year deal, but one thats not quite as lucrative as Chandler had hoped.

Denver has the option of offering a one-year deal, allowing Wilson to be unrestricted this summer, but that doesnt appear to be a path the Nuggets are willing to take.

To gain leverage, Chandler is hoping to get an offer sheet from teams like the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers or even Cleveland Cavaliers. Another team can make a qualifying offer until March 1st, after which the only franchise that Chandler can legally sign with this season would be the Nuggets (unless they renounced his rights, but wont).

The Raptors have interest but would need to clear more space to make a sizable offer. The Nuggets would be able to match any deal if they so choose.

If Chandler doesnt sign with a team this season, hell be restricted once again this summer.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Shanxi Advances to Second Round, Dongguan and Xinjiang Tied 2-2 - by Arthur Volbert
Shanxi defeated Shanghai 121-114 to win its first-round playoff matchup and will face Beijing in the second round. Dongguan defeated Xinjiang 111-103 to even the series at 2-2.

Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) had 35 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead Shanxi. Charles Gaines had 29 points and 22 rebounds. Duan Jianpeng continued his reawakening with 22 points on 6 of 7 shooting, hitting all 5 of his three-point shots. Lv Xiaoming had 9 points and 5 assists. Makan had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Pan Jiang had 5 points and 6 rebounds. If Duan Jiangpeng continues to excel, Shanxi could be trouble for Beijing in the next round.

Liu Wei had 32 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Shanghai. Marcus Landry had 27 points and 3 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Michael Harris had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Wen-Ting Tseng had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Josh Akognon had 39 points and 7 assists to lead Dongguan over Xinjiang. Shavlik Randolph had 26 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Gu Quan had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 5 points and 5 rebounds. 7-2 youngster Li Muhao had 3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 10 minutes.

Tim Pickett did not play for Xinjiang, putting the team at a considerable disadvantage. Ike Diogu had 29 points and 7 rebounds, Young Xirelijiang, a national teamer who could be China's point guard of the future, had 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Mengke Bateer had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Mulati scored 8 and Sun Weibo had 7.



CBA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Shanghai S. - Shanxi Zh. 114-121

Shanghai Sharks were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Shanxi Zhongyu made 35-of-45 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. 35 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 22 rebounds and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) who added 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) responded with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and international center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 35+7reb+8ast, G.Charles 29+22reb, D.JiangPeng 22, M.Kan 9+5reb, L.XiaoMing 9+3reb+5ast, Z.XueWen 7
Shanghai S.: L.Wei 32+7reb+4ast, L.Marcus 27+3reb, Z.ZhaoXu 18+17reb, H.Mike 17+14reb+1ast, T.Wen-Ting 8+3reb+3ast, M.Lingyuan 5+1ast
gschID: 169815


DongGuan L. - Xinjiang F.T. 111-103

Xinjiang Flying Tige was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 40-19 charge of DongGuan Leopards, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who scored that evening 39 points (!!!) and 7 assists and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) supported him with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Four DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 29 points and 7 rebounds by American-Nigerian power forward Ike Diogu (203-83, college: Arizona St.) did not help to save the game for Xinjiang Flying Tige. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 39+2reb+7ast, R.Shavlik 26+6reb+2ast, Z.Kai 13+7reb+1ast, G.QuAn 10+4reb+1ast, H.Chih-Shan 8+2reb+4ast, S.TongLin 5+5reb+2ast
Xinjiang F.T.: D.Ike 29+7reb, C.Tal 29+3reb+2ast, M.Bateer 19+9reb+6ast, M.Lati 8+2reb, S.WeiBo 7+1reb+1ast, T.ZhengDong 4+1reb
gschID: 169814




Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.31.7 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.1 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 9. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 10. Pickett, Xinjiang.26.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.9 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.8 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.5 
 8. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 9. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tim PICKETT
  Xinjiang.
  (193-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.5 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 7. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.4 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.4 
 9. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 27-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 21-7 
 3. BK Decin 21-7 
 4. BK Pardubice 20-8 
 5. BC Kolin 18-20 
 6. USK Praha 15-13 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 17-14 
 2. Levice 13-18 
 3. Chomutov 12-19 
 4. Svitavy 12-19 
 5. Inter Bratislava 9-22 
 6. Usti n/Labem 9-22 
 7. Plzen 8-23 
 8. B&W Opava 6-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.7 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha20.0 
 3. Grant, Levice19.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.2 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.3 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 10. Ubilla, Inter B.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Pesic, Inter B.7.8 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.3 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.2 
 9. Modric, Levice7.1 
 10. Hughes, NH Ostra.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.4 
 2. Wright, NH Ostrava4.9 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.9 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.1 
 8. Ames, BC Kolin3.9 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.6 
 2. Ames, BC Kolin2.4 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Thomas Laerke joins Aurteneche Araberri - by Eurobasket News
Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) changed the team. The Danish swingman moved to Aurteneche Araberri. The player started the season with Basquet Pla in EBA. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.2 boards, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game in EBA. Last season Thomas Laerke tipped off in Huesca. Later he moved to Pas Pielagos in EBA. Laerke was the member of U18 and U20 Danish National Teams. He participated at 2011 U20 European Championship in Division B. The swingman notched 19.4 points, 8.6 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thomas Laerke started his career with Falcon in Denmark.


Randers holds top spot after 18 rounds in First Division - by Eurobasket News
Round 18 of Danish First Division for men was completed last weekend. Randers closed this round with 82-85 road victory against Haderslev. That allowed Randers to stay alone on top of the standings with 16-3 record. The second ranked Amager has one win less and same number of defeats. Amager also was better than Haderslev in this round and it was a 76-64 victory. On February 14, Amager played against Stevngade as a guest. It was another win, this time 82-87. Third ranked Lemvig improved its record to 13-5. They handed 75-64 loss to Jonstrup. At the other side of the standings, Solrod remains the only winless team in the league. ALBA is No.11 with 4-13. Round 19 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Regular Season - Round 18
Feb. 19, 2012 Stevnsgade-Haderslev 85-75
Feb. 23, 2012 Amager BK-Haderslev 76-64
Feb. 15, 2012 Glostrup-Koge BK 80-69
Feb. 25, 2012 Virum-ALBA 91-60
Feb. 25, 2012 Stevnsgade-Aarhus BF 66-62
Feb. 25, 2012 Lemvig-Jonstrup 75-64
Feb. 14, 2012 Stevnsgade-Amager BK 82-87
Feb. 25, 2012 Haderslev-Randers 82-85

Regular Season - Round 19
Mar. 3, 2012 Aarhus BF-Amager BK
Mar. 3, 2012 Koge BK-Jonstrup
Mar. 3, 2012 Haderslev-Randers
Mar. 3, 2012 Lemvig-Stevnsgade
Mar. 3, 2012 ALBA-Glostrup
Mar. 4, 2012 Solrod-Virum
Mar. 6, 2012 Stevnsgade-Virum


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  D-LEAGUE   


Wizards drain Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards havent had this much fun in years -five years, in fact.

The Wizards beat the clock three times Tuesday, then beat Eastern Conference leader Iowa when it mattered most, 127-110 at the final horn.

In doing so, the Wizards extended their winning streak to five games, their longest streak since 2007. That run ended with the Wizards victory in the D-League championship game.

Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) dominated for the Wizards, scoring 41 points and dishing out six assists. Ubiles was 18-for-26 from the field and drained four 3-pointers.

My team recognized I was hot and they kept looking for me, Ubiles said. I made some open shots. I tried to make plays down the stretch in the second half.

Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91) got his first stint since his assignment from Golden State, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

He played hard when he was out there, Ubiles said. We went to him and he made some plays as well. Having him as a presence in the post makes people worry about him.

Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) added 17 points and Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) and Mike Anderson 13 each. The Wizards shot 55 percent.

Dakota returned last week from a lengthy road trip on fire and not even an eight-day layoff cooled them off en route to their seventh win in eight games.

That break came at a perfect time. We bounced around from airport to airport and came home for a quick game, Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. We needed that break.

Bjorkgren wasnt concerned with the time off, nor the appearance of a new body in the lineup.

These guys are used to players coming and going and when a player is assigned he could be here one game or five games, Bjorkgren said. They know their turn is going to come. Everybody will get their chance.

The 20-year-old Tyler came to the Wizards averaging 1.9 points and one rebound in 14 games with the Golden State Warriors. He was the 39th pick of the 2011 NBA draft.

Tyler didnt waste any time getting acclimated to his surroundings. The 6-foot-10, 260-pounder scored the Wizards first basket less than one minute into the game and added another two possessions later. Tyler had 13 points and eight rebounds in the first half, helping the Wizards to a 64-54 lead.

The teams exchanged baskets through much of the first quarter, which ended with the Wizards holding a 34-27 edge on Andersons steal and pull-up 3-pointer as the clock ran out.

The second quarter ended on Ubiles buzzer-beater for his 14th point of the half. He scored eight of the Wizards last 10 points of the second quarter and 11 of their first 13 of the third.

Anderson was fouled and made a free throw with one-tenth of a second left to give the Wizards a 93-83 lead heading into the final quarter.

After a slightly ragged end to the third quarter that saw Dakota turn the ball over eight times in 13 possessions, they righted the ship and cruised the rest of the way.

Ubiles says the suddenly-surging Wizards are just learning to play together at the right time.

Things just came together, Ubiles said. Fortunately were rolling right now. Halfway through the season we have a better feel for each other.

Moses Ehambe led the Energy with 22 points. Nick Murphy and Curtis Stinson had 19 points apiece, Andrew Drevo added 16, and Ben Strong and Mike Efevberha had 15 apiece.

The Wizards play three of their next four games at home, including tonights game against Bakersfield.

Courtesy of http://bismarcktribune.com


Mad Ants fall to Erie, losing streak hits 10 - by Eurobasket News
The Mad Ants dropped their 10th game in a row, falling 99-86 to the Erie Bayhawks on Tuesday night.

Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead three other Mad Ants (10-26) in double-digit scoring at Tulio Arena in Erie, Pa.

Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) scored 16 points. Ramon Harris (6'7''-F-88, college: Kentucky) and Tory Jackson each had 12.

D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) led Erie (16-17) with 28 points, and Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Skyforce names Rooks Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that Sean Rooks has been named an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. The 13-year NBA veteran has two seasons of coaching experience in the NBA Development League.

Rooks previously served as an assistant coach for the New Mexico Thunderbirds (2010-11) and Bakersfield Jam (2007-08). He briefly served as interim head coach of the Jam following the resignation of head coach Jim Harrick. He also worked in other capacities for the Jam as he was a television analyst at home games for two seasons and held the role of team mentor during the 2006-07 season.

Rooks holds NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 749 games with the Dallas Mavericks (190), Minnesota Timberwolves (129), Atlanta Hawks (16), Los Angeles Lakers (146), Los Angeles Clippers (213), New Orleans Hornets (35) and Orlando Magic (20). He averaged career highs in points (13.5) and rebounds (7.4) as a rookie with the Mavericks in 1992-93. He was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (30th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft following a successful collegiate career at the University of Arizona.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


BayHawks release F Tirrell Baines due to injury - by Eurobasket News
Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall), the Erie BayHawks third leading scorer is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a wrist injury. His injury requires surgery and a rehab process that will exceed the remaining BayHawks schedule.

For the season, Baines averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He also holds the team's second highest scoring output for the year with a 31 point effort at Springfield on December 14th.

The BayHawks will retain his rights for next season should they choose to re-sign him. The roster currently stands at nine active players and the BayHawks will not be charged with a roster move.

Erie returns home tonight for their first game following the All-Star break to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 21-12 
 2. Springfield A. 21-13 
 3. Dakota W. 19-14 
 4. Canton C. 17-17 
 5. Erie Bay H. 16-17 
 6. Maine RC 13-22 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 10-26 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 9-25 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 27-10 
 2. Austin T. 22-12 
 3. Rio Grande VV 21-16 
 4. Bakersfield J. 18-16 
 5. Reno B. 17-18 
 6. Texas L. 17-18 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 16-21 
 8. Idaho S. 14-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.4 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.7 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 4. Almond, Maine RC22.1 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.21.2 
 7. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.5 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Millsap, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.1 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.9.1 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.8 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 6. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.5 
 8. Andrews, Los A.8.5 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.8.2 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.2 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Curry, Springfield6.4 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.2 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.1 
 7. Fortson, Los A.6.0 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.7 
 9. Ewing, Iowa E.5.5 
 10. Coleman, Sioux F.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 5. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 8. Smith, Springfield1.8 
 9. Emmett, Reno B.1.8 
 10. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.2 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 10. Kent, Maine RC1.6 


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  ESTONIA   


KML Round 22: Kalev/Cramo defeats BC Rakvere in the game between Top 4 teams - 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.

An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (15-2) which hosted in Tallinn one of their biggest challengers BC Rakvere (14-7). Second ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere managed to win second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. The former international guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for BC Rakvere. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-2 record having 4 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Valga (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Rakvere will have a break next round.
An interesting game for BC Rakvere (14-7) which played road game in Rapla against one of their biggest challengers Rapla (11-10). Third ranked BC Rakvere had an easy win 84-59. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Reinar Hallik chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) responded with 10 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. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play at home against Valga (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fifth ranked TTU (10-10) and 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-18) in Tallinn on Monday ended with biggest points difference. TTU outscored guests from Parnu 102-70. Kiur Akenparg notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists to lead the effort. TTU's coach Heino Lill felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by Toomas Raadik did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. TTU maintains fifth position with 10-10 record. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. TTU will meet at home higher ranked Rapla (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Kalev/Cramo - Tarvas 86-74

An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (15-2) which hosted in Tallinn one of their biggest challengers BC Rakvere (14-7). Second ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere managed to win second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. The former international guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and center Reinar Hallik (208-84) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BC Rakvere. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-2 record having 4 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Valga (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Rakvere will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 16+4reb+2ast, G.Arbet 14+3reb+2ast, T.Sokk 13+8reb+1ast, B.Fall 12+8reb, P.Ulyanko 11+5reb+2ast, A.Skele 10+2reb+3ast
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 20+17reb+2ast, R.Hallik 19+7reb+3ast, R.Sirsnins 14+3reb+2ast, J.Umbrasko 9+7reb+4ast, T.Oja 7+2reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165894


Rapla - Tarvas 59-84

An interesting game for BC Rakvere (14-7) which played road game in Rapla against one of their biggest challengers Rapla (11-10). Third ranked BC Rakvere had an easy win 84-59. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Rapla was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. BC Rakvere outrebounded Rapla 42-25 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Reinar Hallik (208-84) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) responded with 10 points and swingman Janar Soo (199-91) scored 11 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. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play at home against Valga (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Hallik 19+7reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 16+2reb, K.Cipruss 15+16reb, R.Sirsnins 13+5reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 9+3reb+2ast, T.Oja 5+2ast
Rapla: J.Soo 11+5reb, S.Kaldre 10+2reb, A.Parn 10+4reb+3ast, R.Laane 9+3reb+1ast, M.Parn 7+1reb, I.Kajupank 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 165892


TTU - Parnu 102-70

The game between fifth ranked TTU (10-10) and 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-18) in Tallinn on Monday ended with biggest points difference. TTU outscored guests from Parnu 102-70. The game without a history. TTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 32. TTU forced 19 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by KK Parnu's players. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five TTU players scored in double figures. TTU's coach Heino Lill felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by center Toomas Raadik (202-90) did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Guard Sten Olmre (192-95) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. TTU maintains fifth position with 10-10 record. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. TTU will meet at home higher ranked Rapla (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: A.Arnold 18+4reb+1ast, K.Makke 18+6reb, K.Akenparg 15+4reb+10ast, I.Pilk 13+7reb+2ast, M.Saarmets 11+2reb, E.Keedus 10+4reb+7ast
Parnu: T.Raadik 24+10reb, S.Olmre 12+7reb+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 10+3reb, K.Voolaid 8+2reb, E.Tamsalu 5+1ast, M.Karg 5
gschID: 165893




Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 19-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 15-2 
 3. Tarvas 14-7 
 4. Rapla 11-10 
 5. TTU 10-10 
 6. Tln Kalev 8-15 
 7. Parnu 3-18 
 8. Valga 3-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu19.2 
 3. Pilk, TTU17.6 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.6 
 5. Soo, Rapla17.6 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.5 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.4 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.9 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.9 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.6 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.6 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla3.9 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Keedus, TTU3.4 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.3 
 7. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas3.2 
 9. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.1 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 9. Sirsnins, Tarvas1.7 
 10. Keedus, TTU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.5 
 9. Makke, TTU0.5 
 10. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Davon Jefferson claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Triumph and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Antwerp (#4, 2-4) with 19-point margin 79-60. Triumph maintains the 2nd position in EuroChallenge group L. Triumph is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. Jefferson turned to be Triumph's top player in his first season with the team. Davon Jefferson averages this season 15.3ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) of second-ranked Roanne. Nsonwu-Amadi impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Roanne was edged by slightly higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 4-2) 94-92. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. Roanne still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Nsonwu-Amadi is one of the most experienced players at Roanne and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) of Karsiyaka (#3). Karaman showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Karaman's great performance Karsiyaka lost 88-95 to #1 ranked Art.Dragons. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Karsiyaka not to end season at such low position in group L, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karaman could try to bring Karsiyaka's a little bit higher in the standings. Karaman has a very solid season. In 12 games in EuroChallenge he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 25 points and 3 assists
7. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of Besiktas - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Art.Dragons - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) of Fuenlabrada - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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


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  EUROCUP   


Jeremiah Massey gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
American-FYR Macedonian Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lokomotiv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out ALBA (#4, 1-5) 73-70. It allowed Lokomotiv to consolidate first place in the Eurocup group L. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Top 16. Lokomotiv has a very solid 4-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Massey had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Lokomotiv and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Massey. Massey is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.8ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of second-ranked CEZ Nymburk. Wilson impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead CEZ Nymburk to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Gravelines (#4, 0-6) 91-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. CEZ Nymburk consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Wilson is a newcomer at CEZ Nymburk and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Australian Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of top-ranked Valencia. Ogilvy scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Valencia, leading his team to a 82-71 win against #3 ranked VEF Riga. Valencia started extremely well this Top 16. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game in group I. Ogilvy turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ogilvy has a very solid season. In 6 games in Eurocup he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Davis (190-G-82) of Aris - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) of ALBA - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Kim Tillie (210-F-88) of ASVEL - 22 points
7. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) of ASVEL - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) of Lietuvos rytas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) of Krka - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83) of Lietuvos rytas - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 4-1 
 2. Galatasaray 3-2 
 3. Olympiakos 2-3 
 4. Anadolu Efes 1-4 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 4-1 
 2. Gescrap BB 3-2 
 3. Real Madrid 3-2 
 4. Unicaja 0-5 
Group G
 1. Panathinaikos 4-2 
 2. Unics 3-3 
 3. Armani MI 3-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 2-4 
Group H
 1. FCB Regal 6-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-3 
 3. Bennet Cantu 3-3 
 4. Zalgiris 0-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.17.9 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.6 
 4. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 5. Domercant, Unics16.3 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 7. Macvan, Partizan15.3 
 8. Krstic, CSKA14.8 
 9. Carroll, Real Madr.14.7 
 10. Banic, Gescrap BB14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Partizan
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA7.4 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 7. Kasun, KK.6.6 
 8. Bourousis, Armani6.4 
 9. Krstic, CSKA6.4 
 10. May, KK.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Armani Mit
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cook, Armani Mit5.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 6. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 7. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 8. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 9. Huertas, FCB Regal4.3 
 10. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray2.1 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 6. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA1.7 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.1.6 
 9. Kinsey, Anadolu1.6 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.4 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.4 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.3 
 10. Perovic, FCB Regal1.1 


How Coach Ilias Zouros will effect Anadolu Efes? - by Dimitris Katsionis

Undoubtedly the sign of coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport) is the biggest example that Anadolu's administration wants to work in the right direction from know on. Maybe a little bit late, now that Euroleague dream doesn't exist anymore, but everyone knows how important is the Turkish championship now, one of the most quality leagues over Europe. How the coach of the Greek NT can change Efes with his philosophy? Let's take a closer look to his beliefs always in determined with Anadolu's currently situation. A mini guide for the Turkish team's fans..
Zouros is a rigorous and meticulous character. He will stand by the players but never become their friend. During his coaching career he received many influences which it has used and adding to his philosophy. Zouros changed with the past of time, becoming a better leader bringing together all elements of a modern coach, worthy representative of the Greek school. We referred the term ''Greek school''. That includes values like defense, reading of the opponent's weaknesses and too much physical attitude and tactic. That is Greek basketball all about. That is what Anadolu needs right now.

Efes's biggest problem through season is that it hasn't clear plan and orientation in what they play on the court. Zouros has straight ideas about what he wants from his team. Of course he's a defensive minded coach. His teams like to press on the ball either on 4/4 or half court defenses. Expect players like Sinan Guler, Dogus Balbay and Tarence Kinsey to spend more minutes on the court due to their ability to defend and press the ball. Zouros likes hard-nosed role players and blue-collar guys who can really use their mind and win with this asset.

His service on French league influenced him a lot, especially on his offensive philosophy. After his return from France, Zouros sought a faster offensive tempo, choosing transition offense as his favorite. A transition offense based on principles. Take Panellinios as an example. During his 3 year staying in the club, they choose an unprecenteded fast tempo for the ''tough and slow pace'' A1. Panellinios was the most effective Greek team in the open court (due to the ability to press the ball) and the team with the most fast breaks in the league, qualifying to Eurocup Final-4 at his final year in Athens,when he honored with the Eurocups coach of the year award. In addition with the most young Greek coaches he is not base the way his team attacks exclusively in pick n roll offense although it uses it. In his offense is distinguished motion and cuts, garnished with many clever collaborations. It was a big success for him, that Greek national team performed well in this new style of offense after many years of greatness, which based on pick n roll.

THE KEY

Leave him alone and give him space to do his job! Vladimir Romanov never understood this although Zouros took both Lithuanian league and LKF cup titles the previous year, in a similar situation. I don't think that in this point of season you will see a dramatic change in the Efess playing style but for sure the team will be more discipline and has better chance to win the TBL title from now on. The biggest issue for them is to acquire stability and then start building on this. Zouros is the right person but he needs trust and patient as he likes creating a vision to each club he works. Just give him some time..




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: KTP hit from behind the arc - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 33: Only one contest tonight. KTP (Kotka) made 15 treys vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) and won 99-79 (55-31). Quarters: 25-18, 30-13, 26-21, 18-27. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) led KTP (14-19) with 24 points. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 23 pts and grabbed 10 rbs. Karhu (20-13) got 21 points from American PG Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.). He gave also seven assists. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had a double-double 17pts/15rbs.
KTP - Karhu 99-79 (55-31). (Tony Crocker 24, Tim Blue 23/10, Jeremy Williams 15 - Clevin Hannah 21/7a, Kelly Beidler 17/15, Henri Hirvikoski 15. A: 1066).

In Division 1. YMCA Oulu has let two American players to transfer into other team rosters. C-F Brian Moultrie will play the rest of this season on FoKoPo (Forssa) roster and G Lloyd Phillips has joined Honka, Tapiola roster. FoKoPo and Honka are the favourites to win 1. Division this season.




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 18-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 18-4 
 3. Torus Skopje 14-7 
 4. Lirija 13-8 
 5. Kumanovo 9-13 
 6. Rabotnicki 8-14 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 4-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Rabot.
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Jelesijevic, Rabot.20.1 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija19.3 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.18.3 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 5. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus16.4 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija16.1 
 10. Dahlman, MZT S.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo8.3 
 2. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 3. Dahlman, MZT S.7.8 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.7 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.7.2 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 8. Trajkovski, Torus6.8 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 10. Radunovic, Lirija6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Morban, Lirija4.2 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.8 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.6 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.3 
 6. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.2 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.6 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.4 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 6. Filipovic, Lirija1.3 
 7. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 10. Stajic, Lirija1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.7 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.2 
 4. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 5. Gecevski, MZT S.1.0 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Jelesijevic, Rabot.0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 10. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 


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  GERMANY   


Artur Kolodziejski Joins ratiopharm Ulm Youth Program - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll had sprouted big words yesterday that the team were going to announce the signing of a big fish, but instead of bringing in a big time player, the club announced that a well known ex Beko BBL player with Artur Kolodziejski (195-F/G-79) will join the organizaion. Kolodzieski who recently retired after having a successful 16 year basketball career, the German returns back to Ulm where he played from 2002-2003. He now trades in his sneakers and jersey for a clipboard and lots of basketball intelligence as the new sports chef for the ratiopharm academy in charge of player development, recruitment and the building of professional structures in the youth program. 'It is a huge honour and challenge to be able to work for one of the most exciting basketball programs in Germany. I am sure that we will be able to have attention very soon due to the requirements in the region. 'Artur is a declared basketball expert who will help us with his experience and expertsie in the youth program', stressed Thomas Stoll . The 32 year old German played for teams like Bonn, Rhondorf, MBC, Leverkusen, FC Bayern Munich and the Artland Dragons. He will start with his new job after the birth of his son and come to Ulm in the next weeks.

Source: ratiopharm Ulm




Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Holding The Artland Dragons To 4 Points Was The Best Quarter For Me As A Professional Player - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket after the 84-73 win at Artland.

A big 84-73 win in the dragons den in Artland!!!Besides the win how did it feel being on the court again and contributing to the win?

It definitely felt good to get back on the court and help my team to a win.

ratiopharm Ulm led 28-4 after one quarter. Was that the best quarter of basketball you have been a part of as a professional?

I would say so, holding an opponent to 4 pts on their home quart is a rare feat, then add we were able to score 28 on the road in the first quarter, lot of things went right for us.

The Artland Dragons came back in the second half. What was key for not letting the Dragons get total control of the game in the second half?

Continuing to attack and not getting complacent with a lead.

David Holston is impossible to totally stop, but ratiopharm Ulm held him to 5 points but 9 assists. Is he more lethal as a scorer or playmaker in your opinion?

It is up to him with his quickness if he wants to try and score or beat his man and distribute.

What was your play of the game?

There were a lot of good plays by different players this game, cant single one out.

Kyre Irving was MVP of the rising stars game. Will this give him the needed edge to get rookie of the year possibly over Ricky Rubio?

Could be, that was the best I had seen him shoot. I think Ricky has helped turn his team around this season so it will be a toss up.

What is your opinion of the NBA making the 13 man rosters standard now?

Didn't know they did that.

Who would you like see get an Oscar this year?

Don't know who is up for one

Thanks Dane for the chat.




BBL Round 24 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quakenbrueck. Second ranked ratiopharm Ulm faced 3rd ranked Artland Dragons. Guests from Ulm (19-5) defeated host Artland Dragons (17-7) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. Artland Dragons managed to win third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Artland Dragons to just 4 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-90, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds. Artland Dragons' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second position with 19-5 record having just one points less than leader Brose Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face New Yorker Phantoms (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen (#7) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 15th ranked LTi 46ers (7-17) 97-63 in Bamberg. It was a good game for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Anthony Leon Tucker contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) replied with 14 points for LTi 46ers. 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 (21-2) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. LTi 46ers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Brose Baskets recorded the twentieth first victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked TBB Trier (8-16) 78-36 in Bamberg. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TBB Trier. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Anthony Leon Tucker who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The best for the losing side was Nate Linhart with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Baskets (21-2) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TBB Trier keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Goettingen was defeated by EWE Baskets in Oldenburg 78-60. Phoenix Hagen was beaten by B.Muenchen at home 72-82. ALBA won against EnBW L'burg on the opponent's court 83-78. s.Oliver Baskets managed to outperform Walter Tigers in a home game 77-70. Fraport SKY rolled over Bayreuth on the road 90-57. Bremerhaven defeated TBB Trier on its own court 73-64. Walter Tigers was beaten by NY Phantoms in Braunschweig 89-78.
The best stats of 24th round was 23 points and 7 assists by DaShaun Wood of ALBA.


EWE Baskets - Goettingen 78-60

There was no surprise in Oldenburg where 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-22) was defeated by tenth ranked EWE Baskets (12-11) 78-60 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. EWE Baskets' coach Predrag Krunic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 17 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. EWE Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with NY Phantoms and Telekom Baskets. BG Goettingen lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. EWE Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BG Goettingen will play against BBC Bayreuth (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: K.Hasbrouck 14+8reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 13+5reb+1ast, A.Chubb 12+6reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 8+7reb, D.Bahiense de Mello 8+4reb+2ast, B.Brown 7+5ast
Goettingen: M.Bauscher 17+4reb+2ast, S.Evans 9+7reb, P.Noch 9+6reb, P.Horne 8+5reb, J.Allen 8+3reb, D.Tucker 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 133303


Phoenix Hagen - B.Muenchen 72-82

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Bayern Muenchen (13-11) defeated on the road 15th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-16) 82-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) scored 13 points. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to seventh place. Phoenix Hagen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home higher ranked Artland Dragons (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 19+8reb+3ast, J.Wallace 14+3reb+4ast, J.Homan 13+5reb+1ast, R.Benzing 9+1ast, J.Foster 8+2reb, S.Hamann 7+2reb+5ast
Phoenix Hagen: M.Antonio Carter 23+5reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 13+3reb+2ast, A.Constantine 10+4reb, B.Kruel 8+4reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 7+3reb+3ast, J.Hasquet 5
gschID: 133305


EnBW L'burg - ALBA 78-83

Very expected game when 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-17) was defeated at home by fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (17-6) 83-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 27-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 assists and the other American import guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) scored 17 points. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. ALBA Berlin will meet at home Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#6) in the next round. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 23+3reb+7ast, B.Taylor 16+4reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 11+2reb+1ast, T.Francis 10+6reb, K.Weaver 9+3reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 8+6reb
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 19+1reb, J.Greer 17+2reb+2ast, M.Dorris 15+5reb+7ast, M.Howard 10+5reb, J.Lischka 7+7reb+1ast, A.Fisher 6+1reb
gschID: 133306


s.Oliver Baskets - Walter Tigers 77-70

Very predictable result in Wuerzburg where fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (15-9) beat 12th ranked Walter Tigers (10-14) 77-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. s Oliver Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains fifth position with 15-9 record. Loser Walter Tigers keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will meet Telekom Baskets (#8) in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against Phoenix Hagen (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: C.Frazier 17+4reb+2ast, C.Kramer 13+1reb+1ast, R.Harris 12+1reb+1ast, J.Boone 11+8reb+1ast, J.Little 10+2reb+2ast, A.King 6+3reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 21+5reb+3ast, A.Hodzic 14+7reb+1ast, T.Nash 11+7reb+4ast, J.Young 9+6reb+1ast, V.Duggins 9+5reb+3ast, L.Campbell 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133307


Bayreuth - Fraport SKY 57-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked BBC Bayreuth's (9-15) home loss to twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-13) 57-90 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. BBC Bayreuth managed to win third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and the other American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) with 12 points and Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) scored 8 points. 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. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to eleventh place. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home league's leader Brose Baskets in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BBC Bayreuth will play against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 22+2reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 14+3reb+4ast, M.Thompson 14+4reb+2ast, J.Davidson 11+3reb+2ast, M.Nolte 9+4reb, Q.Robertson 7+4reb+1ast
Bayreuth: B.Hunter 12+2reb+1ast, R.Veideman 8+3reb+1ast, D.Gibson 8+1reb+1ast, M.Shtein 7+3reb, B.Wyrick 7+4reb, T.Spoeler 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133308


Brose Baskets - LTi 46ers 97-63

Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 15th ranked LTi 46ers (7-17) 97-63 in Bamberg. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. LTi 46ers was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets shot 61.1 percent from the field and had 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while LTi 46ers only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 32-21 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Brose Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. LTi 46ers were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) replied with 14 points and Nigerian-American forward Koko Archibong (202-81, college: Pennsylvania) added 12 points in the effort for LTi 46ers. 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 (21-2) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. LTi 46ers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 18+5reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 16+7reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 15+5reb, A.Gavel 14+1ast, P.Neumann 10+3reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 7+2ast
LTi 46ers: R.Pilcevic 14+1reb+3ast, K.Archibong 12+4reb, R.Oehle 9+3reb, A.Nolen 8+3reb+2ast, W.Bernard 6+2reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 133300


Bremerhaven - TBB Trier 73-64

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-10) won against at home 14th ranked TBB Trier (8-16) 73-64 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the other American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to sixth place. Loser TBB Trier keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet EWE Baskets (#10) in the next round. TBB Trier will play against EWE Baskets (#10) in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 13+6reb+9ast, Z.Peacock 13+12reb+1ast, A.Gordon 10, C.McNaughton 10+5reb+2ast, M.Smith 10+5reb+2ast, J.Cain 9+2reb
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 17+7reb, D.Joyce 16+3reb+4ast, A.Seiferth 11+4reb, J.Bynum 8+4reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 4+4reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 133301


Art.Dragons - Ratiopharm 73-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quakenbrueck. Second ranked ratiopharm Ulm faced 3rd ranked Artland Dragons. Guests from Ulm (19-5) defeated host Artland Dragons (17-7) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. Artland Dragons managed to win third quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Artland Dragons to just 4 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. The other American import point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-90, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) added 17 points respectively. Artland Dragons' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second position with 19-5 record having just one points less than leader Brose Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face New Yorker Phantoms (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen (#7) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 27+1reb+5ast, T.Mason-Griffin 18+4reb+5ast, J.Bryant 13+10reb+3ast, R.Trice 10+5reb, S.Esterkamp 8+5reb+3ast, D.Watts 5+3reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 17+4reb+1ast, A.Hess 13+3reb+1ast, D.Fenn 12+9reb+2ast, A.King 9+2reb, B.Thomas 8+4reb+1ast, J.Strasser 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 133302


Round 22
NY Phantoms - Walter Tigers 89-78

There was no surprise in Braunschweig where 12th ranked Walter Tigers (10-14) were defeated by tenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (12-11) 89-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by New Yorker Phantoms. Walter Tigers managed to win third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Yorker Phantoms made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms outrebounded Walter Tigers 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when New Yorker Phantoms made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) who added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) with 14 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Telekom Baskets and EWE Baskets. Loser Walter Tigers keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will meet league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play against Phoenix Hagen (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Jorovic 21+7reb+5ast, M.Umeh 13+4reb+2ast, K.Visser 12+8reb, R.Melzer 10+4reb, I.McElroy 9+7reb+5ast, R.Kulawick 8+1reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: A.Hodzic 15+1reb+1ast, L.Campbell 14+3reb+5ast, R.Redding 12+3reb+3ast, V.Duggins 11+4reb+2ast, T.Nash 9+9reb+3ast, N.Simon 7+1reb
gschID: 169122


Brose Baskets - TBB Trier 78-36

Leader Brose Baskets recorded the twentieth first victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked TBB Trier (8-16) 78-36 in Bamberg. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TBB Trier. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TBB Trier to just 4 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Brose Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to TBB Trier's 28. Brose Baskets forced 19 TBB Trier turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) who added 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) with 9 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) scored 9 points. 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. Brose Baskets (21-2) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Loser TBB Trier keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 22+4reb+1ast, M.Slaughter 11+5reb+2ast, B.Roberts 10+2reb+2ast, P.Suput 9+3reb+4ast, P.Neumann 7+5reb, K.Tadda 4+4reb+2ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 9+1reb+3ast, N.Linhart 9+8reb, M.Zirbes 6+6reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 6+1reb, J.Washington 2, J.Bynum 2+2reb
gschID: 169123




Jon Leuer Brings That Ferris Bueller Cleverness To The NBA - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

As a 12 year old kid, 22 year old Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) might have had sweet dreams of going head to head against his idol Kevin Garnett one day, but after a stellar career at Wisconsin there was no question that he would be playing somewhere in the world as a professional and after playing against top Beko BBL players Derrick Allen, Predrag Suput, Jan Jagla or Dane Watts recently, he now has played against Boris Diaw, Andrew Bogut and Andray Blatche in a matter of weeks and he soon might be rubbing his eyes when he sees Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett running on the same floor as the Minnesota native in an NBA game. For the 208cm power forward who was drafted in the second round at #40 of the 2011 NBA draft, his dream of reaching the NBA has come true even if it was delayed a bit by the NBA lockout. Leuer brings the Ferris Buellar look similarity and cleverness to the NBA. For 80s movie freaks, the movie Ferris Bueller is a classic where Matthew Broderick fools his family and school principle that he is sick and needs to stay home from school, but instead takes his two friends to Chicago to enjoy the day school free. Bueller is so clever that he makes up his bed as if his body is there and rigs the answering machine with a recording that he is there and installs snoring sounds. Visually, Leuer has a similarity to Ferris Buellar even if he cant recollect ever having heard it . I never heard that resemblance before, but Ferris Bueller is a cool dude so I am all right with it, added Jon Leuer. Ferris Bueller had the talent to trick his family and school principle in thinking he was too sick to go to school which would be equivalent if ex Skyliner Leuer used his canniness to set back the office clock of ex head coach Muli Katzurin, getting the BCM practice court flooded or making a call so the practice basketballs had to be secretly taken, because TV Langen needed them for their practice just so the Fraport Skyliners would have to cancel practice. Of course, Leuer would never have a mischievous thought like this simply because he wants to play basketball and is too focused on the court and always has that all business demeanor. Leuer uses that sharpness not to the disadvantage of canceling a team practice, but to the advantage of helping his team win on the court displaying his great team mentality and defensive smartness and knowing how to score (and to gain fouls) in the low post and with his hot outside shooting. Leuer may seem like the quiet guy at first glance, but his hard focus is deceiving. I lived with Jon for 3 years at Wisconsin. He is a laid back guy but when it comes to competing in an activity, he's one of the most competitive guys out there. He can be vocal with his teammates and let them know what needs to be done in order to get the win., stressed ex Wisconsin Badger Tim Jarmusz. Even If Leuer has never heard the Ferris Bueller look comparisons, his ex Wisconsin teammate Keaton Nankivil wasnt perplexed when asked about the Ferris Bueller comparison. Jon has some resemblance to Ferris Bueller, but his character also fits to him, stressed ratiopharm Ulm player Keaton Nankivil. The nickname Ferris Bueller might have slipped the mind of his ex teammate at Wisconsin Tim Jarmusz since so many funny names were being knocked around. He is not to much like Ferris but I like the nickname none the less. We had millions of nicknames for everyone on our team. One that fit Jon well was 'Jonny I wanna score more' from the kids movie Little Giants we all watched growing up. He has also been a guy who can fill up the score box, stressed Tim Jarmusz.

Leuer was born on May 14, 1989 and grew up in Long Lake, Minnesota. In a state, that is known for an abundance of 11, 842 lakes like Ohio has talented basketball players,or Argentina has many small Maradona clones running around, it was no surprise that he spent some time around water while growing up, but was he more in or on the water? A little bit of both. I would go out on the boat and also be in the water tubing which is like water skiing, but you are being pulled by the boat while being on a tube, added Jon Leuer. His favorite player as a kid was Kevin Garnett who was displaying his basketball craft for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His versatility always impressed me. He could do so many things to help his team win. He always worked his tail off no matter what and was so competitive. In high school, the American was a point guard and developed very smooth ball handling skills, court vision and his slick shot release. Before he graduated, he grew 19cm which moved him from being a guard to a forward.

Leuer then went to Wisconson where he played NCAA ball from 2007-2011. Often it can be a dream of a player to play in his home state, but Leuer chose neighboring state Wisconsin. I felt that Wisconsin was a great program. I liked the coaches and players and never regretted making that decision. At Wisconsin, he played a total of 123 NCAA games and scored in double figures his last two seasons. As a senior, he played 34 games: 18.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 84.3%. At Wisconsin, he played together with ratiopharm Ulm forward Keaton Nankivil and BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB) shooting guard Tim Jarmusz. At Wisconsin, he led the Badgers to winning the Big Ten Regular Season and tournament in 2008. He also helped the school reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2011 and was a All-Big Ten 1st Team nomination in 2011. His favorite memory from the 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 run was beating Kansas State. Jarmusz saw Leuer do many amazing things in the NCAA and has fond memories. The most amazing thing Jon did at Wisconsin was pass the ball to me to make the shots, just kidding. But he had some nifty spin moves on opponents before he gave them a facial on the rim. He caught a lot of guys by surprise when he took off and that was always fun to watch, stressed Tim Jarmasz. As a freshman at Wisconsin, he played 32 games averaging 2,9ppg and 1,3apg, but was able to improve his points and rebounds average each season. He had a brilliant teacher with Bo Ryan who helped develop the American from a young player into a mature player with NBA potential. Bo Ryan taught him the value of taking care of the ball and being strong down low in the post. Jon has become a great finisher around the rim after playing four years at Wisconsin and in the Big Ten, commented Tim Jarmasz.

After Wisconsin and being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer, the NBA lockout was announced and the American decided to cross the big pond and take on the challenge of the German Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners. During the Lockout, he was able to get a taste of European basketball, keep in shape and see some culture while waiting for the NBA to resume. In preseason, he quickly found his form and as the season started had a bigger role in the scoring, because ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson was injured and later continued as American Justin Gray was out. In ten games with the Fraport Skyliners, he averaged 14,8ppg, 7,8rpg and 1,1apg and he was a power forward that had a handy dangerous inside out game that often had the opponents defense in havoc. Jarmusz remembers how the game of Leuer was already developing rapidly at Wisconsin. Jons biggest strength is to be able to stretch the floor with his shooting and then take his defender off the dribble when being pressured from his shot, added Tim Jarmusz. Not only scoring is a big strength of Leuer, but when Davidson returned from his injury, both players harmonized nicely finding each other with extra passes. His passing doesnt always get noticed, he is able to find his teammates cutting to the hoop very well when he gets the ball in the post, expressed Jarmusz. His point guard skills that he added in high school have helped his game also as he can hurt a team in so many ways. He is one of the most versatile players I have ever seen. He is much taller and longer than he looks. He is also very athletic and coordinated for his size. I think all the ping pong games in college I beat him in taught him about competition and helped with his coordination, smiled Tim Jarmusz. He also played three Eurocup games averaging 12,0ppg and 4,3rpg and scored 20 points against Gran Canaria. He had some very strong games in the Beko BBL against Bamberg with 17 points and 14 rebounds, against FC Bayern Munich scoring 12 points and hauling down 10 rebounds, but his best game was his last Beko BBL game in Hagen where he dominated netting 27 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He has a beautiful quick release that looks like a cowboy taking his gun out of the holster and firing away which he did in Hagen looking like target practice. That quick release came from years of practice. I have always loved to shoot since I was a kid. I worked very hard at it. A good shooter needs to have that quick release to be successful, stressed Jon Leuer. As the lockout ended, Leuer signed with the Milwaukee Bucks which really came as no surprise.

With a very short NBA training camp with the Bucks, Leuer couldnt afford any bad practices or even a few miscues, since every good practice day was valuable for his chances of making the opening day roster and not being shipped away to the D-league. Leuer has some very stiff competition at his position with Americans Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders and Turk Ersan Ilyasova. In the first game, the American played only one minute, but was aided by the one game suspension to Gooden and had his break out game against the Timberwolves scoring 14 points, getting eight rebounds, dishing out one assists, getting two steals, and two blocks in 20 minutes. Due to his versatility, he cant be categorized to one type of NBA player, but has been compared to two very different type of players. It is hard to pick one player he is like. He has a little Dirk in him with his tough shot making and a matchup problem for teams. But also a tougher Lamar Odom, where he's very versatile and can play multiple positions, warned Tim Jarmusz. In his third game against the Washington Wizzards, he logged 22 minutes scoring four points and getting five rebounds (3 offensive rebounds), but just didnt get as involved in the offense as other guys were taking the bulk of the scoring in their own hands. In a 91-86 loss to the Denver Nuggets, he played 14 minutes and held his own scoring 8 points and grabbing two rebounds in 14 minutes. In a 103-100 loss to the Sacremento Kings, he scored seven points, got three rebounds, dished out two assists in 21 minutes. With each new game, it seemed as if Leuer was getting more and more adjusted to the style of Scott Skiles as he was logging more minutes and has been inserted into the starting lineup on occasion. His best game so far was in a 103-92 win against the Detroit Pistons where he scored 15 points, hauled down six rebounds, dished out five assists and had two blocks. After getting toasted by German legend Dirk Nowitzki, the American remained solid with 11 points a piece against the 76ers and Nuggets. The NBA grind can be very tough with injuries and players coming and going that a player could get lost in the shuffle. With a good start into season, he had a three game stint with five minutes, a DNP and three minutes, but then all of a sudden profited from an Andrew Bogut injury and was back in the starting line up giving a 19 point, five rebound performance in 20 minutes in a loss to the Lakers. With the 2011-2012 NBA season shortened, he will be playing less games, but have less rest between games as he will be playing 4-5 games per week. In the last weeks, his playing time has decreased drastically, one never knows if one will get 25 minutes or only three minutes in the NBA, so just being ready is what the Minnesota native has to be. After weeks of not finding double figures in points, he was back in that category getting 14 points, scooping in four rebounds in 20 minutes in a 110-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls. I like his quiet confidence and his basketball IQ for a rookie, stressed Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. Leuer is playing with and against the best basketball players on the planet and what better way to develop and improve and he might secretly be marking February 29th on his calendar as that will be the first meeting against the Boston Celtics and his idol Kevin Garnett. He will have enough time to secretly plot his personal game plan against the 2008 NBA champion the same way Ferris Bueller planned his day off from school.


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 21-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 19-5 
 3. ALBA 17-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 17-7 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 15-9 
 6. Bremerhaven 13-10 
 7. B.Muenchen 13-11 
 8. Telekom Baskets 12-11 
 9. NY Phantoms 12-11 
 10. EWE Baskets 12-11 
 11. Fraport SKY 11-13 
 12. Walter Tigers 10-14 
 13. Bayreuth 9-15 
 14. TBB Trier 8-16 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 7-16 
 16. EnBW L'burg 7-17 
 17. LTi 46ers 7-17 
 18. Goettingen 2-22 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.16.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.6 
 5. Carter, Phoenix15.4 
 6. Swann, Ratiopharm14.8 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.14.8 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.7 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.1 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.4 
 7. Davidson, Fraport7.1 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen7.0 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.2 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.3 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devin GIBSON
  Fraport SKY
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.8 
 2. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 5. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 6. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 7. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 8. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.5 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Cant Back Down Or Come Out With Fear Against Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.)s a 34 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 the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

A tough 73-64 loss in Bremerhaven. How much different of a team are the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven since their loss in Trier earlier in the season?

I think Bremerhaven is not that much different than earlier in the season. I think they really miss Torrell Martin bad but we really played bad and lost the game by our play.

TBB Trier had the slim 31-29 lead at halftime. What adjustments did Bremerhaven seem to make allowing only 9 points in the third quarter?

I think there biggest adjustment was them playing a little more physical and were being the aggressors and we weren't able to adjust in the third quarter where we really struggled.


In the fourth quarter, both teams found their scoring touch again, but TBB Trier wasnt able to win. Which Bremerhaven player hurt TBB Trier the most on this day?


I think it was a collective effort and they made plays when they had to, I think they just were able to take care of the ball and made plays.

The next game is against the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Since their loss to Giessen on November 27th, they are riding a 14 game winning streak. Another attempt for TBB Trier to win their Superbowl of the season. What will have to improve in the TBB Trier offense to be successful?

I think we just have to come out and play our type of basketball. We have to be patient and execute and play solid at both ends of the floor. We can't back down and come out with fear at all, just play basketball like we know we are capable of.

TBB Trier beat Giessen last weekend by 34 points. What will be key for going home with a win?

We just have to play solid at both ends and not get down if they get on a run.

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

Probably that he was dating Kim Kardashian


How much better are the Knicks now with JR Smith?

I think he gives them a different dimesnsion and will stretch out the floor. It makes me upset he didn't resign with my Nuggets though.

What new movie would you like to see at the moment?

I want to see safe house with Denzel Washington

Thanks for the chat.


Anish Sharda: "I'm not sure if I see any favorite for this series" - by Moritz Korff
The Pro B season is heating up, as the playoffs will start on Saturday, featuring some intriguing matchups like SC Rasta Vechta versus White Wings Hanau. The Hanau team will start the series (best of three) on the road. Eurobasket.com spoke with White Wings' team captain Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) about the upcoming encounter. The 29-year-old guard out of Simi Valley, California, received 2. Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Month honors in January and is averaging 16.3 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest this season.

The White Wings Hanau as the 6th ranked team from Group South are taking on SC Rasta Vechta, the 3rd from the North, in the Pro B playoffs. Do you see any favorite in this series?
Anish Sharda: I'm not sure if I see any favorite for this series. Obviously they are the higher ranked team and have home court advantage, so it will definitely be tough to play against them. They have a deep team and a good coach, so it will be quite the challenge!

How will the White Wings be able to stop Marcus Smallwood, who posted a double-double in 7 of his 10 appearances on the Vechta team?
Again it will be another challenge for us as a team. Marcus Smallwood is a good player and we all have to help each other out on him, he is very active and tough to stop!

How much did it hurt the cause, that the White Wings lost their last regular season game against Rhoendorf?
The last game hurt, because we wanted to finish the regular season well in front of our fans. Unfortunately we did not get it done, but now it is time to move on and focus on Vechta.

Many people consider the Gotha Rockets the heavy favorite to capture the Pro B championship. Do you agree?
Gotha is very talented team with good size up front and shooters on the perimeter, so they will be tough to beat in a 3 game series, and playing in their gym can be tough, so they will be a challenge for anyone.

What kind of a mentality do you need as a basketball player to be successful in the playoffs?
I'm not sure what kind of mentality you need for the playoffs, we are very fortunate, because basketball is our job! So we should prepare and compete the same for every game, whether that is a regular season game or a playoff game!

The White Wings signed Jared Cunningham midway through the season. How much of a spark has he provided since joining the team?
Jared has helped us a lot. His scoring off the bench has helped us out tremendously and the guys on the team as well as the organization have done a good job of helping Jared fit in with us on and off the court.

Summing up the regular season, does it surprise you alot that the White Wings played so well, considering the fact that they are in their first year in the Pro B?
Well, we had a lot great support from our fans and the organization throughout the season, so I just hope we made them proud and we are thankful to have such great support for our first year in the Pro B!


Regionalliga stars: Thomas Young - by Moritz Korff
The competitors have not given up yet, but it's getting more and more difficult every week. Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB looks like a surefire champion in the 1. Regionalliga North and extended its winning streak to 17 games this past weekend by notching a blowout win over Goettingen (112-62). The league leader still has to travel to Itzehoe and Stade, but even if the Oldenburg side would lose both encounters, it would still remain in the driver's seat. And deservingly so, as Stade's leading scorer Thomas Young (191-G-87, college: Indiana, PA) admits: 'The thing that make this team so well is their size and depth off of the bench. The first time we played them, they seemed to have substitute players that could be starters on most of the other teams in this league. I think in order to beat them, we have to put more pressure on their star players, and try to force their role players to beat us.'

Recognizing Oldenburg's dominance local rivals VfL Stade (in 3rd place) and current runner-up SC Itzehoe have put their focus on battling for the number two rank, while glimpsing at the top spot has become an almost impossible opportunity. The Eagles held off Stade 95-85 in Mid-February and are now one victory ahead of VfL, but Young still believes: 'I think we have a really good chance to still come in second place. One good thing about this team is that we fight until the end, so I think if we keep playing good basketball, we will still have a great chance', he says. And they will need some more stellar performances from Young. The Philadelphia, Pa., native has dropped 22.1 points per contest in 18 games played this season, to go along with 5.4 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals a game, topping the stats of his senior season at NCAA D2 program Indiana University of Pennsylvannia by large margin. But still: 'I rate my first season over here as an average to good season for me. I don't think I have played my best basketball here yet, because I really didn't know what to expect and wasn't sure how comfortable I would be, playing in such a different environment. But I'm getting the hang of it and with more experience, the better I will become.', Young says.

One aspect of the game he wants to become better at, is his outside shooting. In the course of his two year career at IUP he knocked down only 16 three pointers. At VfL Stade he nailed 14 shots from beyond the arc so far this season, converting on 26.9% of his attempts. Young: 'Shooting the 3 point shot isn't a big role in my game. My mother came out to visit me and evaluate my performance on the court and the first thing she said was that we are working on my 3 ball this summer. She has been training me in basketball since I was 10 and every summer she is who I go to when I need something fixed in my game. I send her every game tape, so that when the summer is here, she will have a summer workout plan ready for me, so I can improve my game. She's the real hoop guru of the family.' His mum will be happy to see her son relishing his time overseas: 'I LOVE living in Stade. The people here are amazing, the fans are great and the town is great as well. I've never met more friendly people in my life. I have lunch with a family 2-3 times a week and they have really made me feel welcomed here. Stade will always be my home away from home. The best thing about playing overseas is being able to experience a different culture while still doing what I love to do, which is play basketball. I have tried to take full advantage of being in a different culture and enjoying all of the experiences that come along with it. The hardest part is the language. Not being able to communicate with some people is a little frustrating, because I'm such a people's person', he says.

But in case of doubt the 24-year-old simply lets his game do the talking. As a college senior he was the main man of an IUP team that made it all the way to the 2010 NCAA D2 championship game. Young also hauled in All-PSAC West Division Player of the Year honors. All this seemed to remain unnoticed in Europe. As the 2010-11 campaign kicked off, Young still hadn't signed a deal to start his overseas career: 'I just wasn't fortunate enough to be able to get a job last year. I had a few offers early in the process, but didn't take them, because I didn't have an agent yet. Once I got an agent, no offers came my way, so I had to sit out a year. It was a blessing for me though, because it gave me a chance to realize how much I missed playing this game. I've played every year since I was 10 so to not play a year, gave me the fire I needed to get back out there', he explains. Other PSAC top performers, including his former IUP teammate Darryl Webb, now excelling in the Pro A at Crailsheim, and Stephen Dennis of BBL club New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, went straight to the higher leagues in Germany. Young: 'I feel like I belong in one of the leagues that those guys play in. But I also know that it is a process and being as though I had a year off, I need to prove myself in order to get where they are. I have a ton of guys that I play basketball and train with all summer that's in the top league here in Germany or in top leagues in other countries, so I know I belong there. But I'm also grateful enough, that just to have the opportunity to play over here is the dream of most players that's sitting at home. So I can be patient and know that if I continue to work hard and be patient, something good will come to me.'

Though Young is helping his team with his scoring tremendously, he feels that he has much more to give: 'I would describe myself as a pass first point guard that tries to keep everyone on my team involved. My success and happiness on the court thrives from seeing others on my team succeed. I could come out and shoot 20-25 times a game, but it's not as fun to me as seeing my teammates getting praised for a good game. That's what makes me happy on the court.' The next opportunity for that will occur on Sunday in a home game against Magdeburg. For Young it's the first of only four games left to play in his rookie season in Germany. Only the beginning of a long overseas career? Young: 'I will continue to train this summer and hopefully I will have the opportunity to come play in Europe again.'
Until then he and his teammates at VfL Stade will continue to battle for the second place.

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  GREECE   


How Coach Ilias Zouros will effect Anadolu Efes? - by Dimitris Katsionis

Undoubtedly the sign of coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport) is the biggest example that Anadolu's administration wants to work in the right direction from know on. Maybe a little bit late, now that Euroleague dream doesn't exist anymore, but everyone knows how important is the Turkish championship now, one of the most quality leagues over Europe. How the coach of the Greek NT can change Efes with his philosophy? Let's take a closer look to his beliefs always in determined with Anadolu's currently situation. A mini guide for the Turkish team's fans..
Zouros is a rigorous and meticulous character. He will stand by the players but never become their friend. During his coaching career he received many influences which it has used and adding to his philosophy. Zouros changed with the past of time, becoming a better leader bringing together all elements of a modern coach, worthy representative of the Greek school. We referred the term ''Greek school''. That includes values like defense, reading of the opponent's weaknesses and too much physical attitude and tactic. That is Greek basketball all about. That is what Anadolu needs right now.

Efes's biggest problem through season is that it hasn't clear plan and orientation in what they play on the court. Zouros has straight ideas about what he wants from his team. Of course he's a defensive minded coach. His teams like to press on the ball either on 4/4 or half court defenses. Expect players like Sinan Guler, Dogus Balbay and Tarence Kinsey to spend more minutes on the court due to their ability to defend and press the ball. Zouros likes hard-nosed role players and blue-collar guys who can really use their mind and win with this asset.

His service on French league influenced him a lot, especially on his offensive philosophy. After his return from France, Zouros sought a faster offensive tempo, choosing transition offense as his favorite. A transition offense based on principles. Take Panellinios as an example. During his 3 year staying in the club, they choose an unprecenteded fast tempo for the ''tough and slow pace'' A1. Panellinios was the most effective Greek team in the open court (due to the ability to press the ball) and the team with the most fast breaks in the league, qualifying to Eurocup Final-4 at his final year in Athens,when he honored with the Eurocups coach of the year award. In addition with the most young Greek coaches he is not base the way his team attacks exclusively in pick n roll offense although it uses it. In his offense is distinguished motion and cuts, garnished with many clever collaborations. It was a big success for him, that Greek national team performed well in this new style of offense after many years of greatness, which based on pick n roll.

THE KEY

Leave him alone and give him space to do his job! Vladimir Romanov never understood this although Zouros took both Lithuanian league and LKF cup titles the previous year, in a similar situation. I don't think that in this point of season you will see a dramatic change in the Efess playing style but for sure the team will be more discipline and has better chance to win the TBL title from now on. The biggest issue for them is to acquire stability and then start building on this. Zouros is the right person but he needs trust and patient as he likes creating a vision to each club he works. Just give him some time..




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  HOLLAND   


Head coach Hakim Salem, "As a coach you can't stop learning" - by Fred Roggen
This week I talked with one of the youngest head coaches in the Dutch Basketball league, Hakim Salem (agency: R.H.Consultancy ), the young boss on the bench of GasTerra Flames.
Salem, 34, his first stop was an assistant's job at ABC Amsterdam. After taking over the team in the 2010-2011 season, with some of the future talents in Dutch basketball,
he signed this summer a two-year deal with Dutch powerhouse GasTerra Flames, perhaps none has come so far so fast as Hakim Salem.
Salem has the highest aspirations for his team, and it's 16-5 record this season in the DBL show that his players believe, too.
We talked about all things from the players to the team in general and the tough challenges he faced the first half of the season.

How has the team improved since the beginning of the season?
A lot If I look back at the beginning of the season, I see a lot of improvement, the team is getting comfortable with the offense and they also getting to know each other more and more. The last couple of games we averaged 89 points per game. Also we average 15 assists per game we are sharing the ball much better than the beginning of the season.

And how did the season compare to the expectations you had when you entered the season?
We had a tough start, releasing our starting center and recruiting a young talented center (Thomas Koenis), we struggeled a lot in the beginning and we knew that we would happen. New team, new coach and everyone had to get comfortable with the system. Dispute all the struggles we had played couple of good games and finished the first half as number 1 team in the league. There is a lot of things changed since I have started in Groningen and right now is I am trying to focus on the future and getting the team well prepared on our way to the playoffs.

Hakim, you talked a lot about values and character. How important is character?
Character is everything, without the right attitude you probably wont make to the championship or anything else. It is also the hardest thing because you can't teach character either you have it or you don't.

Is there a philosophy you teach that you want your players to follow?
I like my players to be their selves, don't pretend to be somebody else!
Be honest in you actions and before your blame the guy next to you, look first in the mirror.
I also like my players to take initiative and show you care about the team/win!
These are couple of thoughts I try share with my team every week.

What type of offense do you like to run?
I like to run the basic ball screen offense, we have different set plays but it all come down to the two man game executing the Pick&Roll (side or top). I want to minimize 1 on 1 basketball as much as possible but i never forbid it, eventually the players on the court should make the decision.

What type of defense do you like to employ?
Mainly man to man defense. Sometimes we will change our basic man to man into zone defense but this will not happen often. We will also like to be the aggressors in defense and try to force our opponents to commit turnovers. Last but not least is I like my players to play smart defense and read the opponents offense and anticipate well.

Who has been your biggest influence as a coach and how?
I can mention a lot of coaches who infleunced me; I spent sometime with Jan Willem Jansen getting my coaching license and I have to be honest it was a very useful time. Also spending time with Laki Lakner (coach of Probuild Lions women) just exchanging our toughts about Basketball helped me improving my coaching,. And off course being around Arik Shivek was great, I learned allot from him and he is still my mentor. I still follow him in Belgium and he follows my team and he always provides me with any support if I ask him.

How did you grow as a coach during the season?
In different ways, first of all my situation was different. I coached last year Amsterdam with mainly young players and went on to coach GasTerra Flames. I had a complete new team, in a new city (for the most of the players) So the growing happened when I started to know my players better and they start to understand what I want and how we want to play. As a coach you can't stop learning, so I hope i keep improving and growing as a coach and as a person.

Which players have performed to their abilities so far?
I liked the way we grew as a team and if I have to single somebody out it will be unfair. I mean look how Thomas Koenis improved since the beginning of the season or how Sergio de Randamie developed to become the starter of the team. All the players are trying to perform their best, I think we still have some upside in our performance and I hope we can show that during the playoffs.

Can you talk a little about the play of David Bell?
David is a great shooter and very good proffessional player. He is also an intelligent player. Also David had to get comfortable with the offense and defense systems before he started to perform like I want him to perform. He is been our lead scorer without forgetting the other players involved.

Besides Bell, which players does your team really rely on to win?
Like I have said before, we have different weapons and I really think it is all about team effort. So we had games where Thomas was 'hot' and we kept feeding him the ball at that moment every player sacrifice himself for the team. Often people will look to the numbers, but I will like to look to different things during the win; Who brought the right energy on the court? who defended well? etc etc. Ties Theeuwkens & Jessey Voorn are always coming from the bench with allot of energy, they are not our main scorers but they are very important for the team. So we have different players who can step up during any game, but at the end we have to do it together.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced
Where do i start? hahaha!!! There were a lot of challenges: new team, new players, new city, media attention etc etc. So I have faced a lot of challenges since I have been here, it was very tough but i can assure you it was worth it. If I have to choose one challenge to point out, it will be building, under pressure, a new team (11 new players to me) in a new enviroment to me. This has been a great experience for me so far! Buidling a new team requires time and patience.

Hakim, When you look back at everything that's happened the last half year, since you've gotten the job is it almost mind blowing the number of developments and things you've had to deal with?
I totally agree, but it helped me grow as a coach. I think it made me also a better coach, through all the mayhem around us, I kept working and developing to make the team perform better each game. We had our ups and downs and I think that was inherent to our situation. It is true what they say: what doens't kill you, makes you stronger!

How would you compare the local media support relative to the local media support at Amsterdam where youve coached?
No comparison or what so ever. Here we have every two weeks a media meeting where I sit down and talk to the media about the team and about Basketball. In Amsterdam there was zero media attention. It was a huge step forward media wise coming from Amsterdam to Groningen

During the season, what is a typical day for you?
Wake up at 7 o'clock and go to the first practice, if we have to go first to the weight room we will start at 9 o 'clock, if we are shooting we will start at 10. After we finish the first practice I will go and watch games of our next opponents at least 3 games (if avaliable) and the last game we played against them. Prepare the evening practice and go to the gym. Every two weeks I will have media meeting where i inform the media about the team and everything else. And every now and then our club organise a lunch meeting for our Business club members and they will ask me to come along and talk about the team and basketball.

Most people know you as a basketball coach. But what do you enjoy doing outside of basketball?
Outside basketball which is not a lot of time, I love spending time with my family. I also like to read a lot and go for walks to relax my mind and to refocus. But during the season we are moving from one game to the another and I am always trying to find the right balance but it is tough.

How far do you see your team going the rest of the season and into the playoffs?
I have to set the bar as high as possible, we have a team that showed we can win from any team in this league. As long as we stay focused and play together for 40 minutes we will come far. But this year there are allot of good teams in the league and we have to be very carefull with the 'strange' first round playoffs we have this year! But we will take it step by step game by game and as long as we keep improving we can go all the way.

Hakim, Thanks for your time doing this interview and wish you and the team a lot of success at the playoffs.


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze edge Indonesia Warriors in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 81:77 OT

Petron Blaze and Indonesia Warriors came up with a nail-biting performance in ASEAN League championship tonight. The Philippines team clinched a narrow overtime win at the end. The victory propelled the Blaze at 6-3 record, while the Warriors slipped at 4-5 record.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The Blaze eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors however quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The visitors pulled in front to take a 37:34 halftime lead. The Warriors cleared off in the third quarter. The Indonesia team piled up a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining. But the Blaze refused to surrender. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) knocked down a late jumper to send the game into overtime. The hosts limited the Warriors to just 2 points in the extra period and Petron Blaze marched to the win at the end. Dalron Johnson tallied 27 points and 16 boards to lead the charge. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 17 points for the Blaze. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Warriors. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) had 18 points and 9 assists in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Dalron Johnson 27+16 boards, Leo Avenido 17, Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) 14
Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 21, Mario Wuysang 18



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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 16-4 
 2. 11890 Killester 14-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-14 
 4. Belfast Star 3-16 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 14-5 
 2. UL Eagles 11-9 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 10-8 
 4. Moycullen 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons24.9 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.3 
 3. Johnson, Belfast23.3 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.23.0 
 5. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles19.3 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 8. Cummins, Belfast17.8 
 9. Killeen, UL Eagles15.2 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.2 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles13.0 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.12.1 
 5. Johnson, Belfast11.8 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.5 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints8.0 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles5.2 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.2 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 4. Clarke, 11890 K.4.9 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.2 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.4.0 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.4.0 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles3.1 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.8 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 6. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.2.1 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 9. Lacey, DCU Saints2.0 
 10. McGinn, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles2.2 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.5 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.1.4 
 8. Casey, 11890 K.1.3 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast1.0 


SuperLeague Round 19: UCC Demons edge Belfast Star by two points - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-ranked Belfast Star (3-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked UCC Demons (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Cork managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) fired 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 14-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Niall Murphy (180-86) chipped in 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Paul Cummins (188-84, college: Lafayette) produced 29 points and 5 steals (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for lost side. UCC Demons have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Belfast Star at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play on the road against the league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. First ranked DCU Saints faced their biggest opponent B.Gais Neptune. Host DCU Saints (16-4) smashed guests from Cork (10-8) 92-58. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Patrick Glover contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. DCU Saints' coach David Donnelly felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for B.Gais Neptune. DCU Saints maintains first place with 16-4 record. B.Gais Neptune at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. DCU Saints will play against league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. B.Gais Neptune will play at home against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. Third ranked UL Eagles faced 3rd placed UCD Marian. Guests from Limerick (11-9) defeated host UCD Marian (6-14) 90-81. It was a great evening for Jason Killeen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Niall Meany responded with 22 points and 5 assists. UCD Marian's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for UL Eagles. They moved-up to second place. UCD Marian lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. UL Eagles will meet at home Belfast Star (#4) in the next round. UCD Marian will play against the league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Moycullen. Second ranked 11890 Killester faced 4th placed Moycullen. Guests from Dublin (14-6) smashed host Moycullen (4-16) 83-60. The victory was the third consecutive win for 11890 Killester. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons. Moycullen lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. 11890 Killester's next round opponent will be league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play on the road against 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 Belfast. First ranked UCC Demons faced 4th placed Belfast Star. Guests from Cork (14-5) defeated host Belfast Star (3-16) 86-71. Shawn Atupem fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Belfast Star's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for UCC Demons. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play on the road against the league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



DCU Saints - B.Gais Neptune 92-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. First ranked DCU Saints faced their biggest opponent B.Gais Neptune. Host DCU Saints (16-4) smashed guests from Cork (10-8) 92-58. DCU Saints forced 30 B.Gais Neptune turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 23 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for DCU Saints especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four DCU Saints players scored in double figures. DCU Saints' coach David Donnelly felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for B.Gais Neptune. DCU Saints maintains first place with 16-4 record. B.Gais Neptune at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. DCU Saints will play against league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. B.Gais Neptune will play at home against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 21+11reb+1ast, I.McLoughlin 7+4reb, G.Noonan 7+5reb+6ast, G.Walsh 7+4reb+2ast, J.Wilkinson 6+1reb+1ast, S.Sheehan 2+1reb
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 26+8reb+5ast, J.Donnelly 17+2reb+2ast, P.Glover 16+8reb, K.Anderson 10+2reb+4ast, M.Trimmer 9+6reb+3ast, E.Quill 6+9reb
gschID: 145186


Belfast Star - UCC Demons 83-85

Fourth-ranked Belfast Star (3-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked UCC Demons (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Cork managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected easier game. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) fired 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 14-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Niall Murphy (180-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Paul Cummins (188-84, college: Lafayette) produced 29 points and 5 steals (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) and American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. UCC Demons have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Belfast Star at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. UCC Demons are looking forward to face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play on the road against the league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: P.Cummins 29+4reb+1ast, F.Toner 14+2reb+1ast, J.Johnson 11+11reb+1ast, S.Summersgill 6+5reb+1ast, M.McKillop 4+3reb, M.Jackson 4+2reb
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 33+8reb+2ast, N.Murphy 26+11reb+4ast, C.O'Sullivan 13+2reb, N.O'Reilly 9+5reb+4ast, S.Duggan 4+1reb, S.Coughlan 2+6reb+6ast
gschID: 145187


UCD Marian - UL Eagles 81-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. Third ranked UL Eagles faced 3rd placed UCD Marian. Guests from Limerick (11-9) defeated host UCD Marian (6-14) 90-81. UL Eagles shot 64.4 percent from the field. UL Eagles had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) helped adding 20 points and 8 assists. Taylor is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side swingman Niall Meany (190-83) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and naturalized American power forward Owen McNally (203, college: Spring Hill) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. UCD Marian's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for UL Eagles. They moved-up to second place. UCD Marian lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. UL Eagles will meet at home Belfast Star (#4) in the next round. UCD Marian will play against the league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: N.Meany 22+3reb+5ast, O.McNally 21+7reb, C.Meany 18+4reb+6ast, C.James 6+3ast, D.James 6+1reb+4ast, K.Foley 3+4reb+5ast
UL Eagles: J.Killeen 31+13reb+4ast, E.Quigley 20+6reb+2ast, R.Taylor 20+3reb+8ast, N.Campbell 8+3reb+4ast, R.Lynch 6+6reb+1ast, M.Hall 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 145188


Moycullen - 11890 Killester 60-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Moycullen. Second ranked 11890 Killester faced 4th placed Moycullen. Guests from Dublin (14-6) smashed host Moycullen (4-16) 83-60. The victory was the third consecutive win for 11890 Killester. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-6 record having just two points less than leader UCC Demons. Moycullen lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. 11890 Killester's next round opponent will be league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play on the road against B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 145189


Belfast Star - UCC Demons 71-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Belfast. First ranked UCC Demons faced 4th placed Belfast Star. Guests from Cork (14-5) defeated host Belfast Star (3-16) 86-71. They outrebounded Belfast Star 34-19 including 26 on the defensive glass. UCC Demons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Belfast Star's players. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-90) chipped in 20 points. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Belfast Star's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for UCC Demons. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. UCC Demons will face UCD Marian (#3) in Dublin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play on the road against the league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: J.Johnson 18+7reb+2ast, S.Dawson 18+1reb+2ast, S.Summersgill 13+1reb, M.McKillop 6+3reb, P.Cummins 5+1reb+2ast, F.Oconnor 4+1reb
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 24+6reb+3ast, C.O'Sullivan 20+3reb+1ast, N.Murphy 10+8reb+4ast, S.Coughlan 9+1reb+4ast, N.O'Reilly 9+6reb+5ast, S.Duggan 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169916




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National League Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Beer Yaakov (16-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Beer Yaakov managed to secure only six-point victory 105-99. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Hall who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Beer Yaakov maintains second position with 16-4 record behind leader Hapoel T-A. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Beer Yaakov will face league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Afula (#6).

In the last two games of round 20 Hapoel K/S was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a road game 81-71. Ironi Nes-Ziona beat Hapoel Afula at home 85-68. Lev Hasharon lost to Elitzur Ramla on the opponent's court 82-84. Hod Hasharon managed to outperform Ironi Ramat Gan in a home game 89-82. Hapoel Y/M was rolled over Elitzur Yavne on the road 92-57. Hapoel T-A crushed Kiryat Tivon on its own court 86-66.
The best stats of 20th round was 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 7 assists by Tony Younger of Ironi K-A.



Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel K/S 81-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Ironi Nahariya and 12th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba had identical 6-13 record. This time Ironi Nahariya used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kfar Saba 81-71 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Kfar Saba was better in third quarter 23-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Kfar Saba 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Hapoel Kfar Saba was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya (7-13) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Kiryat Tivon (#4) in Kiryat Tivon.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 22+5reb+3ast, O.Ron 13+3reb+2ast, M.Moses 12+9reb+2ast, A.Deri 9+1reb+4ast, M.Marztiano 6, H.Karni 6+9reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 20+14reb, M.Ginyard 17+6reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 15+4reb+3ast, E.Saudai 11+3reb+3ast, L.Shvarzvald 10+2reb+1ast, A.Matta 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 145333


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Afula 85-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Nes Ziyona where seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (10-10) defeated 6th ranked Hapoel Afula (10-10) 85-68 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 21 Hapoel Afula turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) who scored 26 points and 8 assists. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Afula lost fourth consecutive game. Ironi Nes-Ziona will face Lev Hasharon (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: G.Thondique 25+12reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 16+4reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 9+3reb+1ast, G.Cohen 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Deri 4+1reb+7ast, H.Shifman 3+3reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: D.Assaf 26+1reb+8ast, T.Karpeles 15+3reb, G.Blair 12+11reb+1ast, B.Benn 12+10reb+4ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+4reb+4ast, D.Bank 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 145329


Elitzur Ramla - Lev Hasharon 84-82

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-13) was edged on the road by ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-11) 84-82 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lev Hasharon was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Ohad Cohen (193-87, agency: Ronsport) chipped in 15 points. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American forward Grady Reynolds (198-80, college: St.John's, agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and guard Amit Sela (192-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lev Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Ramla have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Lev Hasharon at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#9) on the road in the next round. Lev Hasharon will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: G.Reynolds 21+14reb+2ast, S.Amit 14+8reb+2ast, V.Yeremishin 11+5reb+3ast, O.Rub 9+3reb+4ast, A.Sela 7+3reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 7+3reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: R.Bacon 20+12reb, S.Moragne 16+4reb+1ast, O.Cohen 15+4reb+2ast, R.Barzilai 12+3reb+5ast, M.Badalov 8+3reb+3ast, I.Berkowitz 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 145330


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 89-82

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Hod Hasharon (11-9) beat at home 8th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-12) 89-82 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-20. But Ironi Ramat Gan won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hod Hasharon won last quarter 24-19. They also forced 20 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and guard Lior Rubinstein (192-83) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Four Hod Hasharon and five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Hod Hasharon will face bottom-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Elitzur Ramla (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 27+6reb+3ast, D.Davidi 15+5reb+3ast, Y.Yatzkan 13+3reb+3ast, R.Webb 13+7reb+1ast, L.Rubinstein 11+8reb+9ast, Y.Arbiv 3+3reb
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 24+6reb+5ast, J.Gonzalez 19+5reb+11ast, A.Johnson 10+6reb+2ast, J.Mintz 10+6reb+1ast, A.Skverer 10+1reb+1ast, H.Ratner 8+1ast
gschID: 145331


Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Y/M 92-57

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (6-14) was outplayed on the road by third ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-5) 92-57 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Elitzur Yavne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Elitzur Yavne forced 22 Hapoel Yokneam/Megido turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Elitzur Yavne looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Forward Or Ida (202-90) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 11 points and 6 rebounds 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. Elitzur Yavne have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Ironi Nahariya (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Hod Hasharon (#5).
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: O.Ida 13+7reb+3ast, R.Turner 11+6reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 9+3reb+4ast, I.Eiram 9+4reb+2ast, M.Zalmanovich 8+4reb, J.Sztarkman 7+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 19+6reb+3ast, B.Laing 14+10reb+3ast, N.Golan 13+1reb+6ast, A.Cohen 11+6reb+1ast, E.Engel 9+1reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145332


Hapoel T-A - Kiryat Tivon 86-66

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (17-3) outleveled at home 4th ranked Kiryat Tivon (11-9) 86-66 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Kiryat Tivon was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kiryat Tivon's 28. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 20 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kiryat Tivon's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international Matan Naor (195-80) who scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face league's second-placed Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 21+19reb+2ast, J.Gomes 12+3reb+2ast, K.Izik 11+2reb+1ast, B.Hagbi 9+2reb+2ast, V.Gandlin 9+1reb+2ast, N.Yanay 2+1reb
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 16+4reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 13+6reb+2ast, B.Timor 11+2reb+2ast, C.Carr 10+5reb+2ast, M.Naor 9+6reb+7ast, D.Stitt 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 145327


Ironi K-A - Macc.B.Yaakov 99-105 OT

Tenth-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Beer Yaakov (16-4) on Tuesday. The visitors from Beer Yaakov managed to secure only six-point victory 105-99. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-9. Beer Yaakov looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Ironi Kiryat Ata was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 29 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov maintains second position with 16-4 record behind leader Hapoel T-A. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Beer Yaakov will face league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Afula (#6).
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 33+13reb+7ast, L.Daniel 17+10reb+1ast, G.Halamish 13+7reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 12+2ast, R.Elbaz 8+2reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 7+4reb+12ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 31+14reb+4ast, N.Miller 29+6reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 19+3reb+11ast, I.Simin 14+7reb+3ast, I.Buchman 8+6reb+3ast, N.Dvash 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145328




David Blatt extends his contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Tel Aviv announced that David Blatt will continue in the club for 2 more seasons with an option for another season.

David has said:
'I'm very happy, and this is an important moment for me. I'm proud to keep serving in Maccabi, and I thank to the owners and the management for the faith they are giving me. Maccabi is a warm family and I'm exited to continue to be a part of this great tradition of this club'.

Maccabi's official press announcement:
' Maccabi sees in Blatt the most deserves man to keep taking forward this club, Blatt has proved that he has an extraordinary personality, and that he is a world wide pro, a combination which is working by our vision.'

David Blatt , is also holding on his new contract an NBA out option.

His greatest achievement as a head coach was winning with the Russian NT in the European Championship on 2007. As a head coach he also won the Italian championship and cup, several times he won the championship and the cup in Israel, won the bronze this summer with Russia on the EC, and reached last season to the EL finals. As an A.Coach he won the Euroleague on 2004.

For the upcoming game against Barcelona David said:' it's easy to belittle the value of this game because it's doesn't change a thing as for position, and perhaps pull off some pressure from us, but on the other hand we should know the fact that it is a serious game against a serious opponent and we should do our best.'.


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 17-3 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 16-4 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 15-5 
 4. Kiryat Tivon 11-9 
 5. Hod Hasharon 11-9 
 6. Hapoel Afula 10-10 
 7. Ironi Nes-Ziona 10-10 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 9-11 
 9. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-12 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 7-13 
 11. Ironi K-A 7-13 
 12. Lev Hasharon 7-13 
 13. Hapoel K/S 6-14 
 14. Hapoel Y/M 6-14 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.6 
 2. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.4 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.8 
 5. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 6. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.7 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.7 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel21.0 
 9. Moragne, Elitzur20.9 
 10. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.3 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel12.9 
 3. Moses, Hapoel K/S11.6 
 4. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.10.5 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.2 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.9.9 
 8. Turner, Hapoel Y/M9.2 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.2 
 10. Traimel, Ironi N.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.0 
 3. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.9 
 4. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.5 
 5. Bannister, Ironi R.6.3 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.1 
 7. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.8 
 8. Assaf, Ironi N.5.7 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.1 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.6 
 6. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.4 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Blair, Ironi N.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.6 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.5 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel1.5 
 9. Dawson, Ironi K-A1.4 
 10. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 


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Napoli land Alessandro Porfido - by Armando Caporaso
In the last day of market the BpMed Napoli agrees with the young guard Alessandro Porfido (190-F-93) to replace the under Leonardo Mariani (195-G/F-90) (ex Cecina) that leaved the team some days ago after 17 games with 9 total points (and 13 rebounds) in 7.0 mpg. Alessandro, younger brother of Antonio that plays this season with Chieti, grown in the young team of the Otto Caserta playing also his first game in LegaA1 (2 points the last year against Brindisi). Alex started this season with Giugliano (DNB) closing the experience with 22 games, 12.8 ppg & 4,4 rpg in 29.7 mpg with a season high of 24 points against Potenza. Despite the unfortunate season of the team (still looking for the first victory) Alessandro showed excellent things especially in recent games: in the defeat against Rieti closed with an amazing triple-double (20 points + 11 rebounds + 10 assist) adding also 3 steals and 9 fouls suffered with a great 43 of ranking while with the young team, in the Under 21 championship, realized a sensational match scoring 84 points (12/16 by 3, 22/28 by 2 and 4/5 in the free throw) against Acerra! Great words for the new arrival from the coach Maurizio Bartocci that hopes to use the young prospect to increase the rotations and give a little rest to Rizzitiello and Musso.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 15-6 
 2. Armani Mit 13-8 
 3. CS Bologna 13-8 
 4. Banco di Sard. 13-8 
 5. Umana Venezia 12-7 
 6. Bennet Cantu 12-8 
 7. Sidigas AV 12-9 
 8. Scavolini PS 11-8 
 9. Cimberio VA 11-10 
 10. Acea Roma 10-11 
 11. Angelico BI 10-11 
 12. Otto Caserta 9-11 
 13. Benetton TV 8-12 
 14. Fabi Shoes 7-12 
 15. Banca Tercas 7-14 
 16. Vanoli CR 6-15 
 17. Novipiu CM 5-16 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Smith, Otto C.18.2 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.18.0 
 4. Shakur, Novipiu CM17.7 
 5. White, Scavolin.16.6 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.1 
 8. Diawara, Cimberio.15.9 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.8 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.3 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 5. Chiotti, Novip.7.6 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 7. Smith, Otto C.7.6 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.1 
 9. Dragicevic, Angeli.6.4 
 10. Gigli, CS Bologna6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.6 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.6.2 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. Stipcevic, Cimberi.4.1 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.0 
 8. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 9. Tucker, Acea Roma3.3 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.1 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Kangur, Cimberio.1.8 
 9. Bowers, Umana V.1.8 
 10. Collins, Otto Cas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.5 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.4 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 5. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 8. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


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


JPL Round 6 (Regular Season) : Kofer Yoba Unstoppable - by Omar Shafaamri
- Ashrafiyah 68-110 Kofer Yoba

- Al Jalil 66-67 College SC

- ASU 80 - 56 Orthodox
(Q1:23-9 / Q2:18-18 / Q3:22-17 / Q4:17-12)

ASU :
4. Ghazi Alnaber - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 2 assists
5. Muneer Idais - 1 Point
6. Ahmad Nofal - 1 Points / 1 steal
7. Mohammad Shaher - 2 Points / 11 Rebounds
8. Osama Al-Faraj - 0 Points / 1 rebound
9. Mohammad Azzazi - 0 Points / 1 rebound
10. Abdullah Abu-Qoura - 9 Points / 1 rebound / 2 assists / 1 Block
11. Wesam Al-Sous - 9 Points (3 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 2 assist
12. Mahmoud Abdeen - 17 Points (3 Three-points) / 3 rebounds / 2 assists
13. Mousa Al-Awadi - 19 Points (4 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 2 assists
14. Mohammad Hamdan - 17 Points / 9 rebounds / 3 assists / 1 steal / 1 block
15. Islam Abbas - 5 Points / 6 rebounds / 1 steal / 1 assist

Orthodox :
4. Zaid Alkhas - 11 Points (1 Three-points) / 10 Rebounds / 2 assists / 1 block
5. Saad Abu-Anzeh - Did not play
6.Ibrahim Abu-Khadra - Did not play
7. Tamer Katami - 9 Points / 2 Rebounds / 3 Steals / 6 assists
8. Amro Dkedik - 2 Points / 3 Rebounds / 2 assists
9. Enver Soobzokov - Did not play
10. Shaker Alokosh - 5 Points / 4 Rebounds / 2 assists / 1 steal
11. Laith Al-Abdallat - 8 Points / 3 Rebounds
12. Fares SaqfAlhait - 6 Points (1 Three-points) / 6 Rebounds / 1 Assist / 1 block
13. Shadi Fleifl - 13 Points (4 Three-points) / 5 rebounds
14. Ahmad Almoghrabi - 2 Points / 4 Rebounds

- Al-Riyadi 83 - 52 Al-Wehdat
(Q1:24-17 / Q2:16-6 / Q3:24-10 / Q4:19-19)

Al-Riyadi/Aramex:
4. Ahmad Al-Duweiri - 7 Points / 6 rebounds / 2 assists / 1 Steals / 1 Block / 2 Dunk ... in around 25 minutes of play
5. Majdi Al-Ghazzawi - 7 Points (2 Three-points)/ 2 rebounds / 1 steal ... in around 20 minutes of play
6. Mohammad Alshami - 5 points / 3 rebounds / 1 steal ... in around 15 minutes of play
7. Ammar Jabri - 7 Points (1 Three-points)/ 6 Rebounds / 2 Steals / 2 Assists ... in around 25 minutes of play
8. Issa Kamel - 14 Points (4 Three-points) / 5 Rebounds / 1 assist ... in around 15 minutes of play
9. Ahmad Obeid - 7 Points / 6 Rebounds / 6 Assist / 1 Block ... in around 25 minutes of play
10. Yazan Al-Taweel - Did not play
11. Ammar Bostami - 9 Points (1 Three-points) / 2 assists / 1 Block ... in around 25 minutes of play
12. Faisal Khair - 12 Points / 7 Rebounds / 2 steals / 5 Block-Shot ... in around 20 minutes of play
13. Ali El-Zubi - 15 Points (1 Three-points) / 7 rebounds / 6 Steels / 3 assists ... in around 30 minutes of play
14. Ali Jamal - Did not play (Still Injured)
15. Mohammad Jamal - Did not play (Still Injured)

Al-Wehdat:
4. Alaa Al-Balbisi - 0 Points / 4 rebounds / 1 assist (in 10min.)
5. Mohammad Nouwara - 3 Points / 2 steal (in 20min.)
6. Ali Saleh - 11 Points (2 Three-points) / 1 rebound / 2 steals (in 25min.)
7. Mohammad Idais- 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 3 Rebounds / 3 assists / 3 steals (in 25min.)
8. Ibrahim Albarahmeh - 0 Points / 1 steal (in 5min.)
9. Zaid Alsahouri - 4 Points / 5 rebound / 2 assist (in 20min.)
10. Rami Alkhatib - 0 Points / 1 rebound (in 10min.)
11. Hisham Altoukhi - 0 Points / 1 rebounds (in 10min.)
12. Yousef Abu Wazaneh - 28 Points / 13 rebounds / 7 steals / 1 assist / 2 Blocks / 2 Dunks (in 35min.)
13. Ahmad Alkhatib - 3 Points / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal (in 25min.)
14. Bassam Darraj - 0 Points / 3 rebounds (in 5min.)
15. Mousa Mitleq - 0 Points / 4 rebounds (in 10min)

JPL Standings (Round 6)
1. Kofer Yoba 6W-0L
2. ASU 5W-1L
3. Orthodox 4W-2L
4. Riyadi 4W-2L
5. Wehdat 2W-4L
6. College 2W-4L
7. Al Jalil 1W-5L
8. Ashrafieyah 0W-6L


Round MVP : Yousef Abu Wazaneh (Wehdat) with 28 Points / 13 rebounds / 7 steals / 1 assist / 2 Blocks / 2 Dunks (in 35min.)

** Stats: Courtesy of JNBT Page



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Kaspiy beat BK Almaty twice, climb at third position - by Eurobasket News
Kaspiy used consecutive wins over BK Almaty to climb at the third position in D1 ladder. BK Almaty fell at the fourth spot as both teams having 7-9 record.
Kapsiy enjoyed an 83:64 win in the first of back-to-back road games. The visitors gained a 43:30 halftime lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Gytis Andrijauskas (187-PG-86) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Andrei Malyshev (208-C-85) added 14 points for Kaspiy. BK Almaty answered with 11 points from Maksim Smirnov (200-F-86).
The next game was once again dominated by Kaspiy. The visitors accumulated a 30:26 lead at halftime. The margin grew at 8-point mark at the final intermission and Kaspiy Aktau held on for the win in the fourth period. Farid Karimullin (198-F/G-88) posted 15 points for Kaspiy. Andrei Malyshev added 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandr Kuznetsov (193-G-84) replied with 14 points for BK Almaty.



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  KOSOVO   


Trepca today tests college boys - by Dren Shporta
League leaders, Trepca, tonight will test college boys at Minatori court in Mitrovica. The green boys, leaded by their great captain, Drilon Hajrizi (208-C), after the victory against Bashkimi in weekend and Sigal Prishtinas defeat against Peja, are fully motivated to keep the first place in the classification table of BKT Superliga. Players of Trepca are in good mood and everyone cant wait for the coming game.

Kolegji Universs boys are conscious about Trepcas force, but the game played without stress could be more productive. Dritero Sefajas boys will try to surprise the greens if they find the chance. While Trepca is looking to register the 15th victory of the season, college boys are hoping for the seventh.

Tonight will be played also the match between Futura and Kosova Vushtrri. Jeton Nixhas boys are fully motivated for the victory against the vushtrrians because this is the chance of escaping from the bottom of the table. Whith the players transferred during the transfer window, Futura, has a chance to do that.

Games between Bashkimi and Peja, and Drita against Sigal Prishtina are in program, tomorrow.




Trepca today tests college boys - by Dren Shporta
League leaders, Trepca, tonight will test college boys at Minatori court in Mitrovica. The green boys, leaded by their great captain, Drilon Hajrizi (208-C), after the victory against Bashkimi in weekend and Sigal Prishtinas defeat against Peja are fully motivated to keep the first place in the classification table of BKT Superliga. Players of Trepca are in good mood and everyone cant wait for the coming game.

Kolegji Universs boys are conscious about Trepcas force, but the game played without stress could be more productive. Dritero Sefajas boys will try to surprise the greens if they find the chance. While Trepca is looking to register the 15th victory of the season, college boys are hoping for the seventh.

Tonight will be played also the match between Futura and Kosova Vushtrri. Jeton Nixhas boys are fully motivated for the victory against the vushtrrians because this is the chance of escaping from the bottom of the table. Whith the players transferred during the transfer window, Futura, has a chance to do that.

Games between Bashkimi and Peja, and Drita against Sigal Prishtina are in program, tomorrow.




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 15-1
 2. Sigal Prishtina 13-2
 3. Bashkimi 9-6
 4. Peja 8-7
 5. Kolegji Univer. 6-10
 6. Kosova 5-11
 7. Drita 3-12
 8. Futura 3-13


Standings - A1
Liga e pare Standings
1. Vellaznimi 6-0
2. RTV 21 5-1
3. Kastrioti 4-2
4. Lypjan 3-3
5. FusheKosova 2-4
6. Skenderaj 1-5
7. Llapi Podujeve 0-6


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 12-10 
 2. Ventspils 11-0 
 3. Liepaja 11-8 
 4. VEF Riga 10-1 
 5. LU 10-10 
 6. Jelgava 10-13 
 7. Turiba 8-13 
 8. Jurmala 8-14 
 9. U18 0-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Peiners, LU18.8 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.3 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja16.9 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava16.9 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.3 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.8 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.1 
 6. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.4 
 8. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.3 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.9 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.7 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 6. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 8. Gray, Ventspils3.1 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga2.9 
 10. Young, Ventspils2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 4. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Osins, LU1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Piternieks, Turiba1.7 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.5 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.1 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Plivda, LU0.7 
 7. Willard, Ventspils0.6 
 8. Sims, VEF Riga0.6 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.6 
 10. Rubenis, LU0.6 


LBL Round 21: VEF Riga defeats leader Valmiera - 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 crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Valmiera (12-10) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked VEF Riga (10-1) 87-72. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VEF Riga outrebounded Valmiera 42-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) answered with 24 points and 6 assists for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VEF Riga have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 10-1 record. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valmiera will play on the road against Jurmala and is hoping to win this game.
The game between sixth ranked Jelgava (10-13) and 7th ranked Jurmala (8-14) in Jelgava ended with biggest points difference. Jelgava outscored guests from Jurmala 116-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jurmala. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) stepped up and scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Kristaps Kanbergs chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jelgava's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Jelgava maintains sixth place with 10-13 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play at home against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 21 Jelgava was beaten by LU on the road 83-77. Turiba lost to Jurmala on its own court 70-74.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 21 points and 6 rebounds by Davis Coders of Jurmala.



LU - Jelgava 83-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Latvijas Universitate's (10-10) home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (10-13) in Riga 83-77. Jelgava was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-10 third quarter run of Latvijas Universitate. Center Zintis Plivda (206-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Latvijas Universitate maintains fifth place with 10-10 record. Jelgava lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against higher ranked Liepaja (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jelgava will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LU: H.Rubenis 18+2reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 17+12reb+1ast, M.Vitols 13+1reb+3ast, Z.Peiners 12+5reb+7ast, K.Dargais 9+9reb+2ast, I.Aizpurs 7+2reb+4ast
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 18+4reb+3ast, K.Nelson 15+9reb+3ast, A.Duselis 13+5reb+1ast, A.Justovics 9+4reb, E.Krumins 9+5reb+1ast, A.Senkans 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 166564


Turiba - Jurmala 70-74

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Turiba (8-13) lost at home to seventh ranked Jurmala (8-14) 74-70. Turiba was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Jurmala, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Davis Coders (187-92) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) with 20 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Turiba's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala have a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite that victory Jurmala went down to eighth position due to points difference. Turiba at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Jurmala will play against league's leader Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turiba will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: D.Coders 21+6reb+3ast, A.Ozols 18+6reb+2ast, E.Jonats 15+10reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 10+1reb+2ast, U.Pinete 5+2reb+5ast, E.Bucs 5+6reb
Turiba: J.Antrops 20+2reb+1ast, J.Kalnins 12+4reb+1ast, R.Mednis 8+12reb+1ast, K.Piternieks 6+9reb+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 6+2reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 6+4reb
gschID: 166565


Jelgava - Jurmala 116-77

The game between sixth ranked Jelgava (10-13) and 7th ranked Jurmala (8-14) in Jelgava ended with biggest points difference. Jelgava outscored guests from Jurmala 116-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jurmala. The game without a history. Jelgava 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 Jurmala's 36 and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jurmala 40-23 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) stepped up and scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Jelgava players scored in double figures. Jelgava's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) scored 21 points. Jelgava maintains sixth place with 10-13 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Jelgava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play at home against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 21+3reb+2ast, K.Kanbergs 18+7reb, A.Justovics 13+1reb+2ast, A.Senkans 13+5reb+2ast, A.Duselis 11+3reb+5ast, A.Ausejs 9+2reb+1ast
Jurmala: R.Vaikulis 21+2reb+3ast, E.Jonats 17+9reb+1ast, A.Ozols 10+3reb+2ast, U.Pinete 6+1reb, R.Liepa 5+1reb+3ast, V.Dambergs 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 166566


Valmiera - VEF Riga 72-87

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Valmiera (12-10) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked VEF Riga (10-1) 87-72. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VEF Riga outrebounded Valmiera 42-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) answered with 24 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Five VEF Riga and four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VEF Riga have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 10-1 record. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valmiera will play on the road against Jurmala and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 15+3reb+1ast, K.Berzins 15+7reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 14+3reb, D.Zavackas 13+7reb+1ast, M.Bailey 11+7reb+6ast, S.Valters 7+2reb
Valmiera: J.Lucas 24+1reb+6ast, J.Porzingis 16+5reb, I.Bankevics 12, M.Ziedins 10+5reb+1ast, O.Virsis 8+3reb, A.Butjankovs 2+3reb
gschID: 166563




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


LBL2 Round 29 of Regular Season - 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 game in Ventspils was quite interesting. Second ranked Barons kvartals (21-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (11-13). Barons kvartals managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Ventspils Augstskola won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with BK VEF. Ventspils Augstskola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Barons kvartals is looking forward to face Gulbene (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in . Twelfth ranked Cesis (8-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 15th ranked Gulbene (5-19) 75-74 on Wednesday evening. Cesis moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jelgava/LLU. Gulbene at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Cesis will play against higher ranked BS Riga (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gulbene will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between 16th ranked Ridzene (3-21) and eleventh ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-16) in Riga on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Jelgava beat Ridzene 83-68. Zemgale/Juniors maintains eleventh place with 8-16 record, which they share with Cesis. Ridzene lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Zemgale/Juniors will meet higher ranked Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will play against Livani (#13) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 29 Ogres was beaten by VEF Kadeti on the road 85-71. Liepaja-2 won against Livani on its own court 91-76.



Ridzene - Jelgava/LLU 68-83

The game between 16th ranked Ridzene (3-21) and eleventh ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-16) in Riga on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Jelgava beat Ridzene 83-68. The game without a history. Zemgale/Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zemgale/Juniors maintains eleventh place with 8-16 record, which they share with Cesis. Ridzene lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Zemgale/Juniors will meet higher ranked Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will play against Livani (#13) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 165440


Gulbene - Cesis 74-75

Important game to mention about took place in . Twelfth ranked Cesis (8-16) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 15th ranked Gulbene (5-19) 75-74 on Wednesday evening. Gulbene was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 27-18 charge of Cesis, which allowed them to win the game. Cesis moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jelgava/LLU. Gulbene at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Cesis will play against higher ranked BS Riga (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gulbene will play against the league's second-placed Barons kvartals (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 165438


VA - Barons kvartals 72-76

The game in Ventspils was quite interesting. Second ranked Barons kvartals (21-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (11-13). Barons kvartals managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Ventspils Augstskola won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with BK VEF. Ventspils Augstskola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Barons kvartals is looking forward to face Gulbene (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round.
gschID: 165439


VEF Kadeti - Ogres 85-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked VEF Kadeti (14-8) beat 10th ranked BS Ogre (8-15) in Riga 85-71 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Kadeti. BS Ogre managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for VEF Kadeti. They maintain fifth place with 14-8 record. Loser BS Ogre keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. VEF Kadeti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga junior.
gschID: 165436


Liepaja-2 - Livani 91-76

Very expected game when 13th ranked Livani (7-17) lost on the road to third ranked Liepaja-2 (21-3) 91-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. Livani managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Liepaja-2. They maintain third place with 21-3 record having just -1 point less than leader BK VEF. Loser Livani keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Livani will play against Ridzene (#16) in Riga and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 165437




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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 17-1 
 2. Champville 17-1 
 3. Anibal 10-8 
 4. Sagesse 9-9 
 5. Byblos 8-10 
 6. Bejjeh 7-11 
 7. Moutahed 6-12 
 8. Hoops 5-13 
 9. Antranik 0-0 


Best players of Lebanese Div.A round 2 (Second Stage) (by PMA Basketball) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sagesse and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 34-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Anibal (#3, 10-8) 84-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sagesse maintains the 4th position in Lebanese Div.A. Sagesse is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 18 games. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 57.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sagesse's top player in his first season with the team. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (8th best: 22.6ppg), assists (6th best: 4.7apg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP and 45.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's best team Al Riyadi. Spencer impressed basketball fans with 46 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Al Riyadi to another comfortable win outscoring Moutahed (6-12) 112-84. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Spencer is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American forward Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of second-ranked Champville. Hoskin scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Champville, leading his team to a 83-80 win against Bejjeh (#6, 7-11). Many experts and fans count Champville as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 17 victories and only one lost games.. Hoskin has a great season in Lebanon. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of Al Riyadi - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81) of Byblos - 33 points and 12 rebounds
6. Charles Tabet (205-C-88) of Anibal - 16 points and 14 rebounds
7. Nadim Souaid (192-F-86) of Bejjeh - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon Crump (208-C-82) of Sagesse - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Austin Johnson (191-G-87) of Moutahed - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 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)


Division A, second stage: Round One and Two - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Div.A.

ROUND TWO

Al Riyadi - Moutahed 112-84
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beirut. Local Al Riyadi (17-1) outscored 7th ranked Al Moutahed (6-12) 112-84. Al Moutahed was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Al Riyadi players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) notched 46 points (!!!) (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and Egyptian forward Ahmad Ismail (205-76) supported him with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 22 points, 8 assists and 4 steals by American guard Austin Johnson (191-87, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Al Moutahed. The former international power forward Bassel Bawji (203-89, college: Tulsa, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Five Al Moutahed players scored in double figures. Al Riyadi have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record, which they share with Champville. Al Moutahed lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: D.Spencer 46+4reb+3ast, J.Abdel Nour 30+4reb+1ast, A.Ismail 21+14reb+7ast, W.Pharis 8+6reb+3ast, A.Saoud 3+1reb, A.Mahmoud 2+3reb+11ast
Moutahed: A.Johnson 22+3reb+8ast, B.Bawji 16+10reb+1ast, S.Mechref 14+2reb+1ast, M.Brand 12+11reb+1ast, B.Balaa 10+3reb+2ast, O.Ayoubi 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 170061


Anibal - Sagesse 79-84
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Anibal (10-8) against fourth ranked Sagesse (9-9) on Sunday night. Host Anibal was defeated by Sagesse in a tough game in Zahle 79-84. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anibal won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sagesse won last quarter 23-20. Sagesse had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Nathanel Johnson (199-77, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import center Brandon Crump (208-82, college: Tennessee) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Bachir Ammouri (197-83) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and international center Charles Tabet (205-88, college: S.Alabama, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 16 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Anibal. Sagesse have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-9 record. Anibal at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: N.Johnson 35+15reb+6ast, B.Crump 18+12reb+2ast, S.Khoury 15+2reb+4ast, J.Bitar 8+5reb+1ast, J.Ghattas 6+2reb+6ast, C.Sokhen 2+2reb
Anibal: G.Rida 24+3reb+1ast, B.Ammouri 23+8reb+3ast, C.Tabet 16+14reb+1ast, R.Akl 8+7reb+7ast, J.Youngblood 6+5reb+1ast, R.Samaha 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 170062


Hoops - Byblos 83-87
The game in Beirut was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Byblos (8-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Hoops Club (5-13). Byblos managed to secure a 4-point victory 87-83 on Monday. Hoops Club was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Byblos forced 22 Hoops Club turnovers. Strangely Hoops Club outrebounded Byblos 46-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Desmond Penigar (201-81, college: Utah St.) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Chudney Gray (188-78, college: St.John's, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 25 points during the contest. American guard Damond Williams (197-80, college: McNeese St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Hassan El Khatib scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hoops Club players scored in double figures. Byblos maintains fifth position with 8-10 record. Hoops Club lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Byblos: D.Penigar 33+12reb+1ast, C.Gray 25+1reb+2ast, M.Abou Jaoudeh 11+1reb+3ast, A.Barada 6+7reb+6ast, Y.Sabra 6+3reb, K.Mechref 6+6reb+1ast
Hoops: D.Williams 21+7reb+6ast, H.El Khatib 20+9reb+3ast, K.Rhymer 17+12reb+1ast, H.Kansou 16+5reb+2ast, M.Hamdar 8+11reb+1ast, A.Fakhreddine 1+2reb
gschID: 170063


Bejjeh - Champville 80-83
Sixth-ranked Bejjeh (7-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Champville (17-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Dik El Mehdi managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Bejjeh 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 international power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Nadim Souaid (192-86) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and American center Harold Jamison (204-76, college: Clemson) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Champville keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Riyadi. Bejjeh at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Champville: F.Khatib 24+7reb+3ast, S.Hoskin 23+14reb+2ast, C.Sarkis 14, M.Ibrahim 10+1reb+4ast, E.Estephane 9+4reb+3ast, K.Aoun 3
Bejjeh: N.Souaid 29+7reb+3ast, A.Lee 16+2reb+3ast, H.Jamison 14+13reb+3ast, P.Bou Abboud 11+5reb+2ast, J.Kabbara 7+2reb+3ast, R.Abou Jawdeh 3
gschID: 170060


ROUND ONE

Byblos - Anibal 85-103
The game was mostly controlled by Anibal. Byblos was better in second period 31-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Five Anibal players scored in double figures. Anibal's coach Miodrag Perisic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Desmond Penigar (201-81, college: Utah St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Chudney Gray (188-78, college: St.John's, agency: SDJ Sports) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Byblos.
Top scorers:
Anibal: J.Youngblood 24+7reb+4ast, N.Ebi 21+12reb+1ast, G.Rida 19+3reb+1ast, R.Akl 12+5reb+5ast, R.Samaha 12+4reb, B.Ammouri 6+4reb+3ast
Byblos: D.Penigar 37+16reb+1ast, C.Gray 19+5reb+5ast, A.Barada 10+7reb+3ast, K.Mechref 6+3reb, M.Abou Jaoudeh 5+2reb+3ast, Y.Kassem 4+3reb
gschID: 169603


Sagesse - Bejjeh 100-83
Bejjeh was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Sagesse players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Nathanel Johnson (199-77, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Sabah Khoury (196-82, agency: Pro Management Agency) contributed with 27 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Sagesse players scored in double figures. International forward Nadim Souaid (192-86) answered with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and international forward Patrick Bou Abboud (199-87) added 25 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Bejjeh.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: N.Johnson 27+8reb+6ast, S.Khoury 27+4reb+8ast, B.Crump 15+9reb+1ast, M.Fahes 13+7reb+1ast, M.Martinez 6+3reb+6ast, T.Ammar 4+1reb+1ast
Bejjeh: N.Souaid 30+7reb+7ast, P.Bou Abboud 25+10reb+1ast, R.Abou Jawdeh 14+5reb+1ast, H.Zakaria 7+3reb+1ast, J.Kabbara 5+1ast, M.Akkad 2+2ast
gschID: 169626


Al Riyadi - Hoops 90-64
Al Riyadi forced 20 Hoops Club turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Jean Abdel Nour (198-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. Al Riyadi's coach Fuad Abou Chakra felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hassan El Khatib produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Damond Williams (197-80, college: McNeese St.) added 22 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: D.Spencer 20+5reb+3ast, J.Abdel Nour 16+8reb+2ast, A.Ismail 15+5reb+6ast, A.Saoud 14+3reb+2ast, A.Mahmoud 9+3reb+6ast, A.Kanaan 7+10reb+2ast
Hoops: D.Williams 22+3reb+3ast, H.El Khatib 21+5reb+3ast, M.Hamdar 9+7reb, K.Rhymer 6+5reb+1ast, A.Fakhreddine 4+10reb, H.Kansou 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 169627


Champville - Moutahed 76-70
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-6. But Al Moutahed won second period 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Champville dominated on the defensive end, holding Al Moutahed to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Fadi Khatib (199-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Champville players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Bassel Bawji (203-89, college: Tulsa, agency: Pro Management Agency) answered with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Austin Johnson (191-87, college: Oklahoma) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Al Moutahed.
Top scorers:
Champville: F.Khatib 25+8reb+4ast, G.Thompson 15+11reb, M.Ibrahim 12+3reb+3ast, C.Sarkis 11+3reb+3ast, S.Hoskin 7+7reb, E.Estephane 6+4reb+2ast
Moutahed: A.Johnson 16+3reb+4ast, M.Brand 16+6reb+1ast, B.Bawji 12+9reb+4ast, S.Mechref 9+11reb+1ast, B.Balaa 8+5reb+1ast, M.Akary 7+1reb+1ast



Anibal Zahle inks Leroy Hurd for one month - by Eurobasket News
Anibal Zahle announced signing of LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, college: UTSA). The American swingman penned a one-month deal to replace injured Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports). Hurd is expected to play the first game with Anibal on Thursday March 1 against Champville. Most recently LeRoy Hurd played for Club Al Ahli (UAE). They met Anibal twice in 23rd Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Hurd scored 17 points in the first game and 14 in the finals. LeRoy Hurd played for Italian Canadian Solar Bologna in 2009/10 season. He had 8.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 31 games. He helped them reach Italian Cup Finals. In the past, Hurd was a member of Scavolini, Rieti, Teramo and Montegranaro. He also has experience from NBA D-League and France.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Penigar, Byblos29.4 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.1 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi27.1 
 4. Ebi, Anibal24.8 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Johnson, Sagesse22.6 
 9. Gray, Byblos21.7 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.6 
 2. Penigar, Byblos13.2 
 3. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 5. Crump, Sagesse10.8 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.7 
 7. Leather, Sagesse10.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville10.1 
 9. Hamdar, Hoops9.6 
 10. Ebi, Anibal9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.9 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.1 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.1 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed5.7 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.6 
 8. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hamilton, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal2.9 
 3. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.6 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Young, Antranik2.3 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.3 
 8. Estephane, Champvi.2.2 
 9. Williams, Byblos2.0 
 10. Ebi, Anibal1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.9 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi2.0 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops1.8 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.7 
 6. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 7. Crump, Sagesse1.4 
 8. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 9. Youngblood, Anibal1.2 
 10. Leather, Sagesse1.2 


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Mockevicius' 24 points and 9 rebounds give him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Marciulionio and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for S.Marciulionio in his team's victory, helping them to beat Perlas-MRU (#13, 18-20) 97-82. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings in group B. S.Marciulionio is placed at 10th position in Lithuanian NKL. S.Marciulionio is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 19th lost game this season out of 38 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Mockevicius as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Egidijus Mockevicius averages this season 11.1ppg and 5.7rpg.

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 82-97 to the higher-ranked S.Marciulionio (#10, 19-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. Perlas-MRU dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-20 record. 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 guard Klym Artamonov (183-PG-93) of Meresta (#12). Artamonov showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Meresta, leading his team to a 92-80 win against slightly higher-ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#11, 19-19). The chances of Meresta ranking at the top of group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 20 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Artamonov could help Meresta to bring them higher in the standings. Artamonov has a very solid season. In 38 games in Lithuania he scored 11.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Radviliskis - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Juozas Ramanauskas (207-C-85) of Radviliskis - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-F-90) of Triobet - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 27 points
8. Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-C-87) of Triobet - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) of S.Marciulionio - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Talented international center Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lietuvos rytas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 19-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Juventus (#8, 6-12) with 26-point margin 96-70. It allowed Lietuvos rytas to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian LKL. Lietuvos rytas have a solid 15-2 record. Valanciunas turned to be Lietuvos rytas' top player in his first season with the team. Valanciunas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 71.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-G-86) of Naglis Palangos. Reminas impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Naglis Palangos cruised to a 86-78 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Baltai Kaunas (#6, 8-8). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Naglis Palangos managed to get this year. Reminas is one of the most experienced players at Naglis Palangos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Siauliai (#4). Long scored 22 points. He was a key player of Siauliai, leading his team to a 90-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Juventus (#8, 6-12). Siauliai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Long has a very solid season. In 16 games in Lithuania he scored 11.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) of Juventus - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Kedainiai - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Siauliai - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) of Sakalai - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) of Neptunas - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Lietkabelis - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dane Johnson (208-C-86) of Naglis Palangos - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Rodgers blog #2 - by Christopher Rodgers
Assalaamu Alaikum Hello everyone!
Our last game didn't finish well and Unfortunately, saturdays game ended in a loss for us. Hat goes off to Wydad's team. They executed well down the stretch and everytime we fought our way back in the match, they were able to stop our run and take advantage with there inside players. This week's training has been intense. Expecially when you come off a loss you want to try and bounce back stronger than before. Mondays practice was an all defensive practice which a loved. Of course, anyone who follows my career knows how much i like playing defense. My arizona college days were filled with great defensive workouts. Mondays practice reminded me a little of my college days. I just finished today's midday training with the team. We worked on Two new offensive sets today. I'm excited to see how well we can incorporate the new systems into our team sets for the next upcoming match against Hociema. With three games left remaining in the regular season this next road game should be a great challenge for our team. This week, and in particular this season for me. I have focused on improving my postup game. I always begin and end training with postup moves. It's paid off alot and ive seen improvement over the year. Im 6'5 and my naturally position that i've played my whole life is point guard or off guard. This season playing here in morocco i play the 3 position and sometimes depending on the lineup even the 4 spot. As For any guard out there looking to be a complete player. Working on your back to the basket game is a big advantage especially against smaller guard opponents. Easy match up problems for the other team and you can easily attack the basket or hit an open teammate for a easy shot if you have good back to basket skills. I humblely watch the great players use this technique effectively. (Kobe, Penny,Jordan, even Anre miller name a few).

As we look toward to the end of the week gearing up for this weekends game, training should slow back down so that the players can reserve energy. ' InchAllah khair' God willing, I hope i can get up a couple thousand shots from now till game time on saturday. Shooting is a huge aspect of the game and one can always improve there. I have'nt been shooting the ball well lately in practice and I'm my biggest critic. My shot can get better and i must continue to push myself everyday to become a great shooter. Everything is a continual work in progress to maximize your skills and expand your game. I'll close for now. I'm little tired but i need to hit the gym later tonight for another physical weight training workout. Not to happy about that right now but later i should be refreshed and ready to go again 'inchAllah'.

Look forward to updating you all about this weekends game 'inchAllah Khair' God willing we get the win saturday and pray that both teams don't have any injuries. To Everyone have a great rest of the week and be safe.

Salam 'Peace'

Chris



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Tuesday's games review (9) - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Utah Jazz 103-96
The Kings not only have a future in Sacramento, it appears they have discovered their future point guard as well in rookie Isaiah Thomas. The hustling Thomas sparked a second-half surge and DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Kings, who celebrated a possible new arena deal with a 103-96 victory over the struggling Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. The city, the Kings and the NBA announced a tentative deal Monday to finance a new arena that would be built by 2015 and keep the team in Sacramento for many years, quieting talk that the franchise would be moving to Anaheim or Seattle at the end of the season. The City Council will vote on the plan March 6. It was the 5-foot-9 Thomas firing up the crowd and his teammates after a lackluster first half by the Kings. The rookie from Washington did his thing, getting the team in running mode with his speed and quickness. Quiet in the opening half with three points, he finished with 18 points and eight assists, including nine points in the fourth quarter. 'I had to pick up the tempo, not just for myself, but for my teammates,' Thomas said. 'We needed to get out in transition and run. I'm out there trying to make the right play. I'm doing that at a pretty high level right now.' Thomas, the last player chosen in the 2011 draft, started his fifth straight game. He has scored 96 points in those five games to tie a franchise mark set by Otis Birdsong in 1977. 'We did a pretty good job on him early by keeping him out of the paint,' Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. 'But in the second half he got away from us. He got in the paint and made a couple of scores, and he got a three-point play.' Perhaps getting the loudest ovation Tuesday were the Kings' owners, who addressed the crowd regarding the decision one day earlier to keep the club in Sacramento. The Kings almost moved to Anaheim a year ago before Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, city leaders, and fan groups convinced the NBA to give Sacramento one last chance to help finance an arena. The team has been trying to get an arena deal for 13 years, according to owner Gavin Maloof. Johnson was in the spirited crowd of 13,896. A former standout NBA point guard, he and Thomas are now casual friends. 'Having guys like Kevin Johnson and the Maloofs [owners Joe and Gavin] at the game made it a little more exciting,' said Thomas, who shot 6 of 12, hit two 3-pointers and converted all four free throws. 'You want to win for guys like that.' Marcus Thornton scored 21 points and made five of six free throws in the final 16 seconds to help the Kings secure the victory. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 13 and Jason Thompson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Thornton was pleased to get the second half of the season off to a good start and reward the city's loyal fans. 'To hear that news yesterday that the team was staying, I'm so happy for our fans,' Thornton said. 'The Sacramento Kings are here to stay for a long time.' Devin Harris scored 18 and had seven assists for Utah, which has dropped four straight and nine of 10. Josh Howard had 15 points, CJ Miles 13 and Al Jefferson added 12 and eight rebounds. 'We got caught up in their style of play instead of playing our style -- slow tempo and running our offense,' Jefferson said. 'We started taking quick shots and that's what they wanted us to do. It's getting old and getting frustrating.' A basket from close range by Howard brought the Jazz to 98-96 with 1:08 remaining. After Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer from the corner, Thornton was fouled and made both attempts for a 100-96 Kings lead with 16.1 seconds left. Thomas tied the game at 87 with two free throws. John Salmons put the Kings ahead for good with a layup and Cousins scored four points, concluding an 8-0 run that gave Sacramento a 93-87 lead with 4:35 left. 'I think as he grows as a pro there's going to be a lot of nights where people won't have an answer for him,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'I think our guys now are starting to see that we can go to him at different spots on the floor.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Golde State W. 102-78
The way Golden State played Tuesday without point guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), falling behind by as many as 33 points en route to a 102-78 loss to Indiana, led to an obvious question. How long will Curry be out? 'That's an excuse,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said regarding the impact of Curry's absence. 'We were bad tonight.' As Curry sat and watched because of a sprained right foot, the Warriors set a season low with 34.1 percent shooting. They failed to score 80 points for just the second time this season. Golden State didn't get the big games it needed from its other stars. Guard Monta Ellis finished with 14 points on 7-of-19 shooting with five turnovers, and forward David Lee needed 11 shots to get 12 points and turned the ball over five times. The other three starters -- forward Dorell Wright, center Andris Biedrins and point guard Charles Jenkins -- combined to shoot 1 for 15. 'Just a bad game by all of us, all the way across the board,' Lee said. 'Like Coach said, if anyone thought they played well tonight, they're kidding themselves.' Tuesday's result suggested that the Warriors' chances of making a playoff run without Curry are slim. Which leaves the Warriors in a tough spot. Forcing Curry to sit an extended period to rest his right foot might doom Golden State to a season-killing losing streak. (That might not be the worst thing to many Warriors fans, since the team gets to keep its first-round pick if the Warriors are in the top seven in the lottery.) However, playing Curry could prolong the woes he has been having with his right heel. Still, the consensus seems to be that Curry will need only a couple of more days. He tested the foot Tuesday in pregame workouts but couldn't fully plant and pivot. He said he will test his foot again before Wednesday's game at Atlanta. Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the team isn't yet considering shutting down Curry for an extended period. Riley said doctors aren't recommending such and that everyone is encouraged because the deltoid ligament Curry sprained is not the surgically repaired part of his ankle. However, Jackson said Curry won't be playing until his foot is healed. 'It's the right thing to do,' Jackson said. 'You've got to use wisdom and make sure he's 100 percent healthy.' Curry scoffed at any notion of sitting out an extended period, saying he'll rest in the offseason. He said the day after the injury, which he suffered in the first quarter of a Feb. 22 win at Phoenix, doctors told him he needed to sit out a week. He has no plans to sit out much longer than that. 'I am trusting the fact that I'm doing everything I can do,' Curry said. 'I'm not doing anything wrong. It's just an unfortunate situation that something keeps happening.' It appeared the Warriors could have really used Curry, especially when the game got away from them. Golden State trailed 44-38 late in the second quarter. But Indiana closed the half with an 8-0 run, including two layups and a dunk, to take a 52-38 lead into the locker room. The Warriors went 0 for 5 with three turnovers over the last three minutes. It took just over three minutes for the Pacers to put the game away. Golden State gave up a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. During that span of 3:07, the Warriors went 1-for-5 shooting with three turnovers. A putback dunk by Pacers center Roy Hibbert gave Indiana a 62-40 lead early in the third. It got only worse from there as Golden State showed little fight. Jackson said he was disappointed his team let its poor offense carry over to the defensive end. 'Embarrassing,' Jackson said. 'We got outworked. We got thoroughly outplayed.' The timing of Tuesday's dud probably couldn't be worse since Golden State was expecting to make a push. The Warriors appeared zapped of all the momentum they'd gained by winning five of eight before the All-Star break, capped with the emotional road win over Phoenix. Watching his team lose usually gives Curry more of an itch to get back on the court. However, he said he fights the urge to rush back by taking a big-picture perspective. But not the perspective that involves losing big, retaining the first-round pick and adding a rookie stud to the mix. No doubt, losing Curry for a significant stretch could help that cause. No, the big-picture perspective Curry is referring to involves his being on the court soon. 'I played 80 games my rookie year and 74 my second year,' Curry said. 'I've only missed 10 games this year. It's not like I'm missing half a season because I'm plagued with injuries. In the grand scheme of things, if I miss a couple of games, come back and play well, no one will remember these games.' *Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com

Chicago B. - N.Orleans H. 99-95
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 32 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 19.4 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls closed with an 8-0 run to beat the New Orleans Hornets 99-95 Tuesday night. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulls and Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng added 14 points apiece. Rose scored six points in Chicago's final run. Chris Kaman had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets and Trevor Ariza scored 16 points. The Hornets stunned the Bulls by scoring 13 consecutive points to turn a nine-point deficit into a four-point lead with 1:26 left before Rose rescued Chicago. *Courtesy of www.fox8live.com

Milwaukee B. - Washington W. 119-118
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) scored on a tip-in with 2.2 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Washington 119-118 on Tuesday night, handing the Wizards their fifth consecutive defeat. Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) scored a season-high 28 points for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game losing streak at home. Brandon Jennings took an inbounds pass with 6.8 seconds left and drove left of the lane, attempting a short jumper. It bounced off the rim, but Ilyasova had position and tipped in the miss for the winning points. Roger Mason Jr. then got an inbounds pass on the baseline for Washington but was called for traveling with 1 second to go without getting off a shot. John Wall gave the Wizards a 118-117 lead when he drove around Jennings and scored on a running, 8-foot jumper with 6.8 seconds remaining. Jennings finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Drew Gooden, who returned after missing four games with a sprained right wrist, had 15 points and 10 rebounds but landed hard on his back in the third quarter and did not return. Trevor Booker scored 20 points while Wall and Jordan Crawford added 19 apiece for Washington. Milwaukee opened a 22-point lead in the first half, but Washington hit six 3-pointers in the third quarter to get back in the game. Dunleavy made a pair of free throws with 1:21 left to give Milwaukee a 117-114 lead before Booker drove the lane and scored on a dunk to bring the Wizards within 117-116 with 1:05 to go. Dunleavy and Jennings each missed 3-point attempts on the next possession, but Booker missed a tip on the other end. Jennings drove to the basket but dribbled the ball off his foot with 12 seconds left, giving Washington a chance to win the game. Wall scored to give the Wizards a brief lead before Ilyasova's clutch tip-in. Washington erased a 14-point halftime deficit and took an 81-79 lead when Maurice Evans stripped Carlos Delfino and sprinted to a breakaway layup with 4:16 to go in the third quarter. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored on a rebound with 1 second left to give Milwaukee a 92-89 lead after three quarters. Milwaukee took its biggest lead, 55-33, on Dunleavy's 3-pointer with 5:35 left in the second. The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points in the 30-12 run to open a commanding cushion. Dunleavy had 16 points in the second quarter, including four 3-pointers, and Milwaukee took a 67-53 advantage into halftime. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Dallas M. - New Jersey N. 92-93
Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 38 points in only his third game back from a broken right foot, and made the go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds left for the New Jersey Nets in a 93-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. The two free throws by Lopez came right after the Mavericks had taken the lead with a 13-2 run after missing 14 consecutive field goals. Jason Kidd's 3-pointer from the right wing only 6 seconds earlier had put Dallas ahead 92-91. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) forced a turnover with 18 seconds left, and Dallas called timeout. Kidd then had the ball in the left corner, but it was knocked loose by DeShawn Stevenson. Kidd got it back but his desperate heave at the buzzer was short. Stevenson, who received his NBA championship ring from the Mavericks before the game, thrust both arms in the air as the game ended. The 38 points by Lopez, one short of his career high, were the most against the Mavericks since LeBron James scored 37 for Miami in the season opener on Christmas Day. Anthony Morrow had 15 points for the Nets, while Deron Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 24 points despite shooting 7 of 19 from the field and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line. Brendan Haywood had 18 points and 10 rebounds. When Lopez scored with 5:23 left, the Nets had an 89-79 lead and the Mavericks still hadn't made a field goal in the fourth quarter. Terry drove for a right-handed layup with 1:22 left to get Dallas within 91-89. He then blocked a shot by Morrow. When Kris Humphries rebounded the miss, Terry stole it. That led to Kidd's go-ahead 3-pointer. Soon after the Mavericks had taken the first lead of the game late in the third quarter, they then missed 14 consecutive field goal attempts. By time Haywood ended that streak with a hook shot with 3:25 left in the game, the Mavs still trailed 89-83. Dallas hadn't even tied the game until Haywood's driving layup from Terry made it 60-all with 6:54 left in the third quarter. That capped a 15-2 run when he scored seven points and Nowitzki had two 3-pointers. Dallas led for the first time when Terry made a 3-pointer from the left wing, making it 71-69 with 2:25 left in the third quarter. The Mavericks played the first of nine games in 12 days, a stretch that will take them to seven different cities and three time zones. This wasn't how the defending NBA champions wanted to start it, especially after losing two of their last three games before the All-Star break. Williams, a free agent at the end of the season who is from the Dallas area, got off to a fast start in his only game this season against the Mavericks. He had 10 points, four assists and two rebouds in the first 9 minutes while New Jersey built a 24-18 lead. Nets coach Avery Johnson, who took Dallas to the 2006 NBA finals, took exception to stories that contend Williams will sign with Dallas. Johnson said before the game that he still believes Williams has every intention to re-sign with the Nets, but isn't surprised by the speculation. Williams missed his last 10 field-goal attempts in the game, adding only two more points after his early surge. Lopez scored 13 consecutive points for the Nets during over a more than 9-minute span of the second quarter. New Jersey was up 47-39 after Williams' pass to Lopez for a 9-foot bank shot with 2 1/2 left in the half to end his personal scoring streak When Williams assisted on a 3-pointer Morrow with 1:28 left, it was the first score by a New Jersey player other than Lopez since Gerald Green's 3-pointer with 10:31 left. Green was signed to a 10-day contract Monday. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Minnesota T. 97-109
Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) and Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) each scored 27 points, teaming up to lead a fourth-quarter shooting barrage as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers 109-97 on Tuesday night in the teams' first game since the All-Star break. Williams and Beasley each had 13 points in the fourth. Williams finished 9 of 10 from the field, while making all four of his 3-point attempts and all five of his free throws. Beasley's shooting was just off that, with him hitting 11 of 15 from the field, all three of his 3-pointers and 2 of 4 free throws. They each had five rebounds. Nikola Pekovic added 12 points, Martell Webster 11 and Kevin Love 10 for the Wolves, who notched the franchise's 47th win against the Clippers, its most against any opponent. *Courtesy of www.tri-cityherald.com

Cleveland C. - Boston C. 83-86
Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) added 18 and the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-83 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Boston, which couldn't hold a 16-point lead in the first quarter, avoided its first six-game skid since dropping seven in a row from April 4-15, 2007. Kyrie Irving returned from a bruised elbow that sidelined him late in the second quarter and led Cleveland with 24 points, 19 in the second half. Irving hit two free throws with 1:21 remaining to give Cleveland an 81-80 lead. After Allen missed a 3-pointer, Garnett tipped Irving's pass, leading to Allen's dunk with 48.6 seconds left. Irving drove down the lane and missed a layup with 27 seconds remaining. Garnett missed on Boston's next possession, but grabbed his own rebound and was fouled by Antawn Jamison with 3.9 seconds to go. Garnett made both shots and the Cavaliers called a timeout, trailing 84-81. Irving was fouled before he could get off a 3-point attempt and made both free throws with 3.5 seconds left. Allen hit two foul shots with 2.4 seconds remaining, and Anthony Parker's 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the front rim. A moment of silence was observed before the game for the victims of Monday's shootings at Chardon High School, located approximately 30 miles from Cleveland. Three students were killed and two were wounded. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was held scoreless for the first time since March 16 last season against Indiana, but had 11 assists. The Celtics lead the Cavaliers by 2 games for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Boston lost its final five games before the All-Star break, the last three by 15 or more points. It appeared the Celtics were headed to a blowout of their own as they dominated the first quarter, shooting 12 for 20 from the field. Their biggest lead was 28-12 on Garnett's bank shot with 19 seconds left in the period. Irving left the game with 3:41 remaining before halftime after taking a charge from Paul Pierce. Irving was taken to the locker room and returned to the bench with about two minutes to go, but didn't play the rest of the half. Cleveland trailed 43-38 at halftime. He returned to begin the second half and immediately made his presence felt. His 3-pointer broke a 53-all tie with 5:03 remaining in the quarter. Irving followed with a steal and a breakaway dunk to give Cleveland a five-point lead, its largest of the game. Irving had six points in his last game before the All-Star break, tying his career low, and was 2 for 13 from the field. He scored 34 points and earned MVP honors in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday. Irving scored a game-high 23 points and hit a layup in the closing seconds to give the Cavaliers an 88-87 victory Jan. 29 in Boston. Cleveland finished its franchise record nine-game homestand with a 4-5 record. Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal missed his second straight game with a sprained left wrist. He remained in Boston and will be examined by doctors Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Detroit P. - Philadelph.76 68-97
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins had a little scare and his team stopped a skid. Collins left the bench between the third and fourth quarters because he felt lightheaded, but gave himself a clean bill of health after the 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 97-68 Tuesday night and snapped its five-game losing streak. 'I think I got dehydrated,' Collins said. 'It's nothing related to what I had with vertigo. It's all good.' He missed two preseason games last year because of symptoms related to a concussion, then had neurological testing and treatment for what was diagnosed as vertigo. He saw the Sixers earn their first victory of the 2010-11 season in the locker room on his back, not the bench because of dizzy spells. Collins said he broke a promise to himself by thinking about his team during the All-Star break when he spent time with his family, leading to him not sleeping well for days before resuming the season. 'The guys gave me a great gift with the way they played,' he said. Reserve Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 12 of his 20 points in a pivotal second quarter and All-Star Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 12 points, six assists and four steals for the Sixers. 'Thaddeus gave us such a lift,' Collins said. 'I knew our guys would bounce back.' Playing Detroit helped. The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers have been at their best against the lowly Pistons, beating them twice at home by an average of 22 points and then routing them by 29 in the first game for both teams after the All-Star break. 'We were still on vacation,' Detroit's Tayshaun Prince said. Greg Monroe scored 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter, when the Pistons trailed by just two, and Rodney Stuckey had 17 points. Detroit has lost three straight after winning seven of nine. Philadelphia's Lou Williams scored 13, Jrue Holiday added 10 points and five assists while Brand scored 10 points in his return from a two-game absence because of a sprained right thumb. The Sixers turned a two-point lead into a 16-point cushion at halftime by outscoring the Pistons 28-14 in the second quarter. Detroit coach Lawrence Frank lamented his team's tendency to turn the ball over against the quick Sixers in their previous two meetings and the trend continued after a strong start. 'When you see a team with 17 steals, it is pretty obvious what happened,' Frank said. 'They averaged 21 points off our turnovers in the first two games, so our goal was to make them play against our set defense. Of course, that didn't happen.' It did for Detroit during the opening minutes before its game plan fell apart. Monroe scored nine points in 4-plus minutes to outscore Philadelphia by himself and help the Pistons take a 12-8 lead. Philadelphia responded by scoring off turnovers, forced and unforced, with a 12-2 run and led 22-20 after the first quarter. The Sixers quickly took control with their quickness at both ends of the court. Philadelphia took a 33-20 in the second quarter on Young's three-point play after he grabbed the defensive rebound, made an outlet pass and got the ball back from Evan Turner to set up a spinning layup down the lane. 'Their bench changed the game,' Frank said. 'They've got one of the best benches in the game, and they started the second quarter with a 11-0 run. Thaddeus Young really hurt us in the first half and Louis Williams really hurt us in the second half.' Philadelphia jumped into passing lanes to make some steals and sometimes benefited from Detroit's bad plays such as one half-court set that ended with Monroe tossing the ball onto Brandon Knight's back and led to Iguodala's dunk at the other end. Philadelphia led by 17 in the second quarter and was ahead 50-34 at halftime. The Pistons didn't make one shot outside the lane in the first half, connecting on just 35 percent from anywhere, and allowed the Sixers to make almost 48 percent of their shots over the first two quarters. Holiday opened the second half with a shot and Stuckey was called for a 3-second violation on Detroit's first possession of the third quarter, setting the tone for both teams. Philadelphia took control for good in the third quarter it coasted the rest of the way toward an easy victory. Heckling fans could easily be heard in the mostly empty arena and one shouted, 'I can't watch this stuff anymore,' late in the third quarter as the Sixers led by 23 points. Former Pistons coach Michael Curry led the Sixers when Collins left the bench. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - Toronto R. 88-85
Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) scored 26 points, Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 88-85 on Tuesday night. Kevin Martin scored 14 points, though he missed a key free throw with 11.7 seconds left that gave the Raptors a chance to tie it. But Linas Kleiza missed a long 3-point try, Martin corralled the rebound and the Rockets won for the 18th time in the last 25 games. DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, James Johnson had 16 and Ed Davis tied a career-high with 15 rebounds for the Raptors. Toronto outrebounded Houston 47-37, but went 2 for 17 from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers. The Rockets have won 25 consecutive games when holding their opponent below 90 points. Scola scored eight points in the first seven minutes, and Houston took advantage of Toronto's poor shooting to build an early lead. The Raptors started 2 for 11. The Rockets, meanwhile, played efficiently at the start, opening 10 for 21 from the field to lead 27-15. Toronto cut into the lead with mostly reserves on the floor early in the second quarter, grabbing most of the rebounds and defending the Rockets better. Courtney Lee got Houston back on track with a 3-pointer from the corner, and the Rockets led by 10 when coach Kevin McHale began putting his starters back in midway through the quarter. Houston led 45-36 at the break, despite getting out rebounded 27-19. The Raptors hurt themselves will 11 first-half turnovers. The Raptors continued to control the boards in the third quarter, and trimmed the deficit to three on DeRozan's dunk with 1:53 left. Goran Dragic beat the clock with a driving one-hander to put the Rockets up 69-64 heading to the fourth. Lowry swished a 3 with just under five minutes left for an 81-73 Houston lead. The Raptors answered with a quick 6-0 run, capped by Amir Johnson's layup. Scola lost the ball and Kleiza finished a fast break with a layup in the final minute to pull the Raptors within two, at 85-83. Parsons grabbed a key offensive rebound off a Martin miss. Martin got Anthony Carter in the air on a head fake and drew the shooting foul with 11.7 seconds left. Martin, an 88.6 percent free-throw shooter, made the first try, but missed the second, and Houston led only 86-83. The Rockets guarded Toronto's inbound play well, Kleiza was forced to take a 30-foot 3-pointer from a bad angle, and Martin rebounded. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com




Jason Kid reportedly considering retirement - by Eurobasket News
With 17 seasons and counting of NBA experience under his belt, the end of the line for soon-to-be 39-year-old point guard Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) may be closer than even he thought.

Retirement isn't just a plan anymore, it may be action.

After winning the NBA Championship he so direly needed on his resume to be considered one of the all-time greats, the Dallas Mavericks veteran may be pondering hanging it up after this season.

Jason Kidd told Pro Sports Daily about his aspirations in the NBA and how they may have changed:

'My goal was to get to 20 years, but if I can't compete and help a team or help develop a younger point guard then I have to move aside.'

While there comes a point in every players career where its time to end it, this is not the time for Kidd. It may be fact that he shouldnt be starting in the NBA, but a player of his caliber coming off the bench and teaching a young point man is too valuable.

There has been talk that Kidd would be following Dwight Howard and Deron Williams on their trip to Brooklyn with the Nets, and that would make more sense than anything else. While many teams can offer him playing time, few can offer that much talent if Howard lands with Williams in NY.

Kidd loves basketball and just wants to play. Its obvious that he shouldnt be playing as many minutes as he has, but if he gets 15 minutes, thats more than enough to make a serious impact on a game. Especially against the oppositions bench players.

Its fair to say that the stars skills have and will continue to diminish, but to say he is done is false. If he can mentally deal with being a backup, he will play another three or four seasons in the NBA.

Courtesy of http://bleacherreport.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.5 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.4 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.24.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.4 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.4 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.22.2 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.22.2 
 10. Williams, New J.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.2 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.8 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.5 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.2 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.4 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.6 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.5 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.4 
 6. Williams, New J.8.3 
 7. Parker, San A.8.1 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.7.6 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.7.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.0 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.2.0 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 10. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.2 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 21-15 
 2. New York K. 18-18 
 3. Boston C. 17-17 
 4. Toronto R. 11-24 
 5. New Jersey N. 11-25 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 29-8 
 2. Indiana P. 22-12 
 3. Milwaukee B. 14-21 
 4. Cleveland C. 13-20 
 5. Detroit P. 12-25 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 27-7 
 2. Orlando M. 23-13 
 3. Atlanta H. 20-15 
 4. Washington W. 7-28 
 5. Charlotte B. 4-29 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 28-7 
 2. Denver N. 19-17 
 3. Portland TB 18-17 
 4. Minnesota T. 18-18 
 5. Utah Jazz 16-18 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 21-14 
 2. LA Clippers 20-12 
 3. Golde State W. 14-18 
 4. Phoenix Suns 14-20 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-22 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 24-11 
 2. Dallas M. 21-15 
 3. Houston R. 21-15 
 4. Memphis G. 20-15 
 5. N.Orleans H. 8-27 


76ers C Hawes to miss at least two more weeks - by Eurobasket News
Center Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) will miss at least the next two weeks because of a strained left Achilles that has forced him to sit out the Philadelphia 76ers' last nine games.

Hawes was examined by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute during the All-Star break, the team said in a statement released Monday. He will no longer wear a protective boot on his left foot, but it's uncertain when he'll play again.

The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers have lost five straight games. They are 12-2 with Hawes in the lineup, 8-12 without him. The 7-footer is averaging 10.5 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Wilson Chandler free of China - by Eurobasket News
According to agent Chris Luchey, Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) has been cleared to sign with an NBA team after spending the season playing in China.

During the lockout, Chandler signed with the Zhejiang Lions. After helping his team get to the playoffs, Wilson left before the postseason in preparation for his return to the NBA.

Now that his team was eliminated from the CBA postseason, Chandler finally has the green light.

As a restricted free agent, Wilson is dependent on the Denver Nuggets to make him a viable offer. Sources indicate the Nuggets are offering a multi-year deal, but one thats not quite as lucrative as Chandler had hoped.

Denver has the option of offering a one-year deal, allowing Wilson to be unrestricted this summer, but that doesnt appear to be a path the Nuggets are willing to take.

To gain leverage, Chandler is hoping to get an offer sheet from teams like the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers or even Cleveland Cavaliers. Another team can make a qualifying offer until March 1st, after which the only franchise that Chandler can legally sign with this season would be the Nuggets (unless they renounced his rights, but wont).

The Raptors have interest but would need to clear more space to make a sizable offer. The Nuggets would be able to match any deal if they so choose.

If Chandler doesnt sign with a team this season, hell be restricted once again this summer.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Heat re-sign Mickell Gladness to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat wound up shorthanded only one game.

Tuesday, as they regrouped at American Airlines Arena for their first practice following the All-Star break, the Heat re-signed rookie center Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86) to a second 10-day contract, putting the roster back at the 15-player NBA limit.

Gladness was released following last Tuesday's victory over the Sacramento Kings, when his first 10-day contract expired. Players may be signed for up to two 10-day contracts before their contracts must be guaranteed for the balance of the season.

By not re-signing Gladness in time for Thursday's victory over the New York Knicks, the Heat maximized the number of games they could have Gladness available on his second 10-day contract, without losing time over the All-Star break.

Gladness' second 10-day contract will run through the March 7 home game against the Atlanta Hawks, giving him an additional five games under contract.

Whether Gladness actually plays is another issue. The center out of Alabama A&M has made only two appearances for a total of seven minutes since Jan. 21. He has not appeared in a game since Feb. 14.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Report: Warriors still willing to risk trade for Dwight Howard - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) has set his terms and they have not changed - he is not signing an extension with the Magic right now and he will only sign an extension with the Nets (his preferred destination), Lakers or Mavericks.

But Golden State has not given up - and they dont care about an extension. Heres the tweet from Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.

Warriors continuing push for Dwight Howard deal even without DH commitment to re-signing. Not backing off from risky move, source says.

That would be a very risky move, as the rumors out there - such as the one in the New York Post nobody believes - has the Warriors giving up Monta Ellis and other parts and picks in a deal. All that, they have to make up a lot of ground (3 games and leapfrog four teams) just to make the playoffs, then Howard can just walk at the end of the season.

Heres another potential explanation: If you were a new ownership group whose team has not lived up to your coachs promises so far this season, and you are trying to sell a fan base on how things are different now, saying you are aggressively going after a big name is smart. You dont have to make the move, just sell that you tried. Of course, the Warriors have long been tied to big rumors that never really happened.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Deron Williams return to Nets unsure - by Eurobasket News
The huge story of the 2011/2012 NBA Season has been the future of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). In the background, but no less important, is the status of New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois), who can also opt out of his contract at the end of the season to become a free agent.

On Tuesday, Williams admitted to HOOPSWORLD that he isnt sure if hell return to the Nets.

My priority is winning a championship, said Deron. I dont know where Im going to be next season, and I have to be ready to take my game to the next level, wherever I am.

Certainly when the Nets traded Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks to the Utah Jazz, they expected to retain Williams for more than just a year and a half.

I feel good about where I am in my career. Ive accomplished a lot of things individually, and thats been great. Ive been recognized as an All-Star and that sort of thing, but what I really want now is to win a championship, said Williams. The individual stuff is great, but Im ready to chase a bigger team goal.

So far this season, New Jersey is just 10-25 and while theyve had multiple injuries, even at full strength they dont appear close to contention.

Multiple sources have linked Deron to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency. To open up enough cap space, Dallas would need to use their Amnesty Clause on a player like Brendan Haywood and let go of partially guaranteed players like Vince Carter and Lamar Odom.

Making room for Williams wouldnt be difficult. Dallas would still have Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and other avenues to build a contender.

Also a free agent after this year, incumbent point guard Jason Kidd told Jeff Caplan of ESPN he would love to play with Williams.

We have the same agent, said Kidd. Wherever he ends up, Im going to try to end up. Package deal.

Theres even talk of Dallas trying to open up enough cap space to lure both Howard and Williams in free agency, although that may be difficult for the Mavericks and would rely on both players taking a (relatively) minor pay-cut.

I always like playing (in Dallas), said Williams (according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Its my favorite arena one of my favorite arenas to play in, probably my favorite to play in.

I just enjoy playing here enjoy playing in front of my friends, family, continued Deron. Its always good for them to get the chance to come and see me play.

Even Coach Avery Johnson acknowledged the Dallas possibility to ESPNs Tim MacMahon.

Hes a threat, OK? Johnson said of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. I know the guy. I think because of the success hes had and I know he got criticized a lot for quote-unquote having all those years where he didnt win a championship but hes had some great success here that rivals any situation. So thats a threat.

Of course that may be moot if the Nets can find a way to acquire Howard in trade before the March 15th deadline.

Orlando may deal him to the Nets, which would all but lead Deron re-signing. Then again the Magic may send Howard elsewhere or, it what may be the most likely move, try to keep him.

Some sources believe Dwight may not even hit free agency this summer, opting in for the final year of his contract in Orlando, and testing the free agent waters the following year. The Magic still hold out on hope that they can keep their star long term and simply decide to take their chances.

The Nets are trying to engage other teams to partake in a deal that would appease the Magic but theres no guarantee. What of Williams if Howard is dealt to another franchise in early March?

Would New Jersey in turn look to trade Williams instead of facing the risk of losing him without compensation over the summer?

The timing alone may be prohibitive if Howard is dealt right before the deadline. Certainly New Jersey wont give up on the Williams/Howard possibility until all avenues are exploited.

A source close to the Nets has indicated the team is likely to roll the dice in July (if no Howard deal at the deadline) and if losing Deron is the result, get right back on the road to rebuild with plenty of cap space.

New Jersey has tremendous pressure to land Howard before the deadline, or at worst, in free agency. They may . . . but equally the franchise may be starting over once again this summer.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Kobe Bryant's status uncertain for Wednesday's game - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) didn't attend Tuesday's practice and his status for Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is 'unknown at this time,' according to a team spokesman.

Bryant saw Dr. John Rehm, an ear, nose and throat specialist who confirmed the original diagnosis of a broken nose. Bryant, who has other symptoms, will undergo an MRI exam and see a neurologist.

The Lakers star was injured on a hard foul by Miami's Dwyane Wade in Sunday's All-Star Game in Orlando.

Wade revealed Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant multiple times for the blood-drawing foul. The first of those apologies, Wade said, came during the game when he saw Bryant's face had been bloodied. Wade also said he sent the Lakers' star a message after the game.

Wade said critics who questioned why he never offered an apology for the play -- the likes of which seemed to be something not typical in an All-Star game setting -- simply made incorrect assumptions.

'I don't care what I'm portrayed as,' Wade said after Miami's first practice following the league's All-Star break. 'It's unfortunate, obviously. I don't want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It's unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it's not intentional. If it's something I did intentionally, it'd be a different story.'

Courtesy of www.dailynews.com


Lakers determined to acquire a point guard within two weeks - by Eurobasket News
Back at the trading post, some deals may actually be getting close to finalization and the Lakers are in middle of them. Theyre determined to acquire a point guard sooner than two weeks from now. If its a multi-player transaction, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) will be sacrificed. Should the Magic change their mind about accepting Andrew Bynum for Howard (Pau's inclusion might do it), Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) would almost have to be part of the package unless an above-average ball-handler can be obtained elsewhere.

That someone could be Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) ($4.2 million/$4.5 million). The Lakers are doing some fast talking to the Cavaliers, who are swamped by calls, as are the Kings. Sacramento leads the league in cap room, $9.4 million, whereas Cleveland has $7.1 million. Teams want them to take contracts for draft picks so they can maneuver.

For example, the Raptors are trying to move Leandro Barbosas expiring contract ($7.6 million) in hopes of signing restricted free agent Wilson Chandler to a financial arrangement Denver might be reluctant to match. The Nuggets undeniably appreciate Chandlers on and off-court qualities, but is he good enough to start at small forward? Hence, theyre not forced to go overboard as long as theyre bidding against themselves.

The Lakers, also in dire need of a legitimate scoring threat at small forward, have genuine interest in Michael Beasley, but its doubtful theyll use the $8.9 million trade exception (from Lamar Odom being shipped to Dallas) to acquire him because of the increased luxury tax consequences stemming from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman recently committed to boosting Derrick Williams minutes, making Beasley extraneous. Minnesota is pushing hard to relocate his $6.2 million expiring contract and have the Nets and Celtics leaning.

According to suspect reports, Kyle Lowry and Raymond Felton are additional caretakers the Lakers covet. While it cant be complicated to get the Blazers to give up Felton, who radically regressed this season (10. 2 points, 6.2 assists, 25 percent from three, 37 percent overall), why would L.A. want someone struggling so badly?

Regarding the Rockets, as much as I like Pau, why would you surrender someone having a season of near All-Star proportions (career highs in points, 15.6 and assists, 7.6) along with Luis Scola, whos almost as good as Gasol and twice as tough?Houston general manager Daryl Morey admittedly made one monster mistake when he waived Jeremy Lin (surely you didnt think I could write a column without mentioning his name) so I guess hes certainly capable of making another one except he repudiates the story.

A strong case could be made the Warriors have the leagues worst starting center and small forward. At the very least, Andris Biedrins and Dorell Wright are in the heart of the discussion. Thankfully, Mark Jackson has Ekpe Udoh and Brandon Rush in reserve. Let us pray you know thats a joke.

Obviously, Golden State is in the hunt for a big man on infertile plains. Chris Kaman ($12.7 million) might be it. Yes, he can score and rebound in double figures when hes fit and fully functioning. But it doesnt make sense to relinquish an asset to rescue a player no other team wants and nobody likes to play with.

At least nobody wanted Kaman until Mike Dunleavys group became the favorite to buy the Hornets. If you recall, the former Clippers coach/president was the one who drafted the 7-footer and re-signed him for major money. In that case, the Warriors might luck out.

There are renewed rumblings about the Warriors possibly getting Brook Lopez from the Nets in a multi-team deal involving Howard. That would cost them big time, though; Monta Ellis would be part of the Magics compensation.

Seems to me Dwyane Wade earned a one-game suspension for breaking Kobe Bryants nose in the All-Star Game. In essence, he said his hard foul was payback for Bryant fouling him twice. I didnt try to draw blood, Wade said, but hes still ahead by one. Case closed.

This just in from a Texas source, whos hearing Odom is trying to get a buyout. Dont be surprised if the Mavs oblige. Hes just not happy in Dallas. Maybe his wife is making him.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com (by Peter Vecsey)


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  NCAA1   


No. 16 Florida loses again on road, 77-67 to Vandy - by Eurobasket News
The Florida Gators' road woes continue. Adjusting to playing without forward Will Yeguete (6'7''-F-91) may be posing some problems too.

The nation's best 3-point shooting team found itself outshot almost singlehandedly by John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91), and No. 16 Florida lost 77-67 to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said he felt better walking out of Memorial Gym than he did leaving Athens after a 76-62 loss at Georgia last Saturday. Donovan's still trying to figure out how his Gators let Jenkins get open enough to hit six 3-pointers and finish 7 of 10 from the field overall for 22 points.

'We had a couple breakdowns,' Donovan said. 'We're in a zone a couple times and let Jenkins get loose, which was really uncalled for because it's not that hard to locate where the guy's at. And we lost him a couple times, and there were a couple plays where an offensive rebound got thrown back out to him.'

Donovan saw his Gators possibly forget where to be and find themselves in the wrong spot.

'All of a sudden, he's left open because some guy's trying to run instead of just staying on him. In that scenario, we've just got to get better,' Donovan said.

With the loss, the Gators (22-8, 10-5) fell into a tie for second with Vanderbilt (21-9, 10-5) in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators are 4-4 on the road in league play, but they can clinch second to themselves with a win over No. 1 Kentucky on Sunday in Gainesville.

'We knew they ran a lot of screens for him,' Florida guard Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) said of Jenkins. 'He comes off screens like non-stop. He's like Ray Allen, he's always coming off another screen and another screen and another screen. He's a terrific shooter, and he got hot tonight.'

Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89) added 18 points, and Festus Ezeli (6'11''-C-89) had 11 for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt snapped a four-game losing streak to the Gators and can finish no worse than fourth in the SEC going into its finale Saturday at Tennessee. Second place would be best.

'Oh, no doubt that'd be great,' Jenkins said. 'We have to focus on Tennessee coming up.'

Beal finished with 16 points, Erving Walker (5'8''-G) 15 and Kenny Boynton 11 for Florida.

'I thought we competed,' Donovan said of the difference in the two losses since Yeguete broke his left foot. 'I thought we played hard against a very good team. With the injuries, there needs to be a resiliency and maturity to fight through that stuff.'

The Commodores got off to an emotional start minutes after honoring seven seniors, four of them starters including Taylor and Ezeli, whose parents made the 20-hour flight from Nigeria to watch. They led for the first 30 minutes until Casey Prather dunked on a fast break to give the Gators their first lead of the game, 50-49 with 10:32 left.

The teams swapped the lead on the next five possessions, and Florida last led on a 3-pointer by Erik Murphy.

Taylor answered with a 3 from the left corner with 9:48 left, and Vanderbilt never trailed again even though the Gators didn't go away easily.

They twice got within a point, the last time on a 3-pointer by Beal with 5:41 left. Taylor hit his fourth 3, then Vandy made 12 of 14 at the free throw line over the final 5:04.

'We were just determined not to let this one slip away,' Taylor said. 'This game had a lot of significance for us, but also for us as a team. I mean it's really a nice signature win going into March. I think this one will really count for us with the NCAA tournament getting a seed and everything.'

Florida hurt Vanderbilt over and over with its press, forcing 12 turnovers the Gators turned into 17 points to keep the Commodores from running away from them. But the Commodores, who attempted only three free throws in the first half, did a better job of driving to the basket in the second and wound up outshooting Florida at the line 19 of 26 to 7 of 11.

They opened by hitting their first three shots and seemed ready to rout Florida in front of a sold-out crowd at Memorial Gym in taking a 10-2 lead. Florida missed five of its first six shots, including its first three attempts beyond the arc.

By the time Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer, hit his first basket, a 3, and Ezeli added a layup, Vanderbilt had its biggest lead yet at 19-7 with 10:55 left.

Then the Commodores went cold, something they have struggled with this season, and this drought lasted nearly 5 minutes. Kedren Johnson hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired with Stallings stomping his foot on the other end for a 22-14 lead with 5:58 left.

The Gators managed to tie it at 27 on Scottie Wilbekin's 3 only to watch Taylor answer with a 3 for a 30-27 halftime lead.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


No. 4 Duke holds on to beat Wake Forest 79-71 - by Eurobasket News
Duke capped off its perfect run on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a few minutes of play that was anything but.

The fourth-ranked Blue Devils let much of a 23-point lead slip away before holding on to beat Wake Forest 79-71 on Tuesday night, becoming the third team in school history to finish 8-0 in conference road games.

Ultimately, that lapse only cost them in their margin of victory, but they know they can't afford a repeat with the biggest game of the season -- a visit from No. 6 North Carolina -- up next.

'Our defensive intensity was lacking there for a little stretch. That's something we can't have happen,' forward Ryan Kelly (6'11''-F-91) said. 'But to pull out a victory against a team that had been playing well at home, and be 8-0 (in league road games), is a huge accomplishment.'

Kelly scored a career-high 23 points -- putting up 20 against the Demon Deacons for the third straight time -- to lead the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-2) to their seventh straight win and fifth in a row in the cross-state series.

And for much of the game, this looked like just another blowout.

Duke led 65-42 with 9 minutes left before Wake Forest figured out a way to make things tense, turning to its defense during a 19-2 run that cut the deficit to six points -- and setting up two good chances to get even closer. The Blue Devils went more than 5 minutes between field goals.

'We just needed to get down and defend, get some stops so we could get out and go,' Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik said. 'When the light went on and we got some stops, we got ourselves going.'

The Demon Deacons had the ball down 72-66 with less than 2 minutes left, but Tony Chennault (6'2''-PG-91) missed a 3-pointer, Duke milked the clock and Miles Plumlee (6'10''-F-88) chased down the critical offensive rebound of Tyler Thornton's missed jumper with just over 1 minute left. Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) hit two free throws with 48.9 seconds left to make it 74-66.

The last chance came when Curry's miss of the front end of a 1-and-1 left Duke's lead at 74-68 with 35.8 seconds left. Chennault missed another 3 and Kelly added two free throws with 25.8 seconds to play.

'I thought I was going to make it, and by the time I (shot) it, it felt kind of short (and) my legs kind of died on me because I played a lot in the second half,' Chennault said. 'It was a good shot, just a tough game.'

Nikita Mescheriakov (6'8''-F-88) and Chennault both had 18 points for the Demon Deacons (13-16, 4-11), who have lost two of three and eight of 10 with the only wins in that stretch coming against the only two teams -- Boston College and Georgia Tech -- they are ahead of in the league standings.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils became the third team in school history, joining both the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 teams, to finish 8-0 in ACC road games and remained on a roll entering Saturday night's visit from the Tar Heels in what will be a meeting of ACC co-leaders if North Carolina beats Maryland on Wednesday night.

'People have graded our performances all year instead of grading our record,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. 'People want to nitpick -- 'You didn't play well for these 4 minutes,' and 'You only won by this' and something -- instead of saying, 'They've done a good job, man. They've done a great job.'

'To play in a game of that magnitude before the tournaments is huge,' he added.

Kelly, a 6-foot-11 Raleigh native, has been a particularly tough matchup for the Demon Deacons ever since he established himself in Duke's rotation as a sophomore last season. His previous career-high of 21 points came in a 91-73 win against them last month at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and twice in this one he made baskets that gave Duke its largest lead at 23 points -- including a 3-pointer with 11 minutes left that made it 63-40.

'I think he's been playing pretty well lately, and he just needed to take it up a notch,' Krzyzewski said. 'And he did.'

Curry scored 15 points, Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) had 12 points, Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) added 10 and Miles Plumlee finished with 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who shot 45 percent and hit 10 3-pointers before letting the Demon Deacons back into the game.

Travis McKie (6'7''-F-92) scored 14 points, C.J. Harris had 11 and Carson Desrosiers finished with 10 for Wake Forest, which trailed 65-42 with under 10 minutes to play before its huge run made it a game again. McKie's jumper with just under 5 minutes left made it 67-61 -- the first time since midway through the first half that Wake Forest was that close.

'We just fought,' McKie said. 'You see one shot go in, you just start believing. ... If we lock down defensively and rebound, we can compete with anybody.'

Courtesy of www.newsday.com


Indiana upsets Michigan State, 70-55 - by Eurobasket News
Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) tried to clinch the Big Ten title by himself Tuesday night.

He needed more help.

Cody Zeller scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) had 13 and Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) finished with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, leading No. 18 Indiana past No. 5 Michigan State 70-55, the Hoosiers' third win this season over a top five team.

'We just didn't defend well and that's something that has been a mark of this team all year, and that's why we've had so much success,' Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. 'And that's the reason we didn't have success tonight because we didn't do it.'

Green scored 29 points, including 16 straight during one stretch of about 12 minutes, and grabbed eight rebounds.

But none of his teammates scored more than eight points, and the lack of help doomed Michigan State's hopes of clinching a second outright Big Ten title in four seasons.

Instead, Michigan State (24-6, 13-4) lost for the first time in eight games, and the Spartans' school-record six-game winning streak over the Hoosiers ended.

Green and Austin Thornton (6'5''-G-88) can still become the first players in school history to win two unshared Big Ten crowns if the Spartans can beat No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday.

And the worst part, for Izzo, was watching his team get beat at its own game.

Indiana (23-7, 10-7) was better on the glass, better on defense and just plain tougher when it mattered most.

'We didn't defend them, we didn't rebound, we didn't execute,' Izzo said after losing for the first time in seven games to Tom Crean, his former assistant. 'We missed some good shots, I have no problem with that. ... I think Indiana deserves a lot of credit for putting us in that position. They did a great job of moving the ball and just driving at us, and we didn't respond very well.'

Instead, Indiana added another milestone victory to a growing list of accomplishments.

The Hoosiers had already become the first Big Ten school to upset the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same season since 1952-53.

They had already given Crean his first 20-win season since leaving Marquette four years ago.

Last week, Indiana completed its first undefeated nonconference season since 1989-90.

And now they are the first Indiana team to beat three top five teams in the regular season since they started keeping records in 1948-49.

Indiana and Kansas are the only schools to beat three top five teams this season.

The Jayhawks beat No. 2 Ohio State in December, No. 3 Baylor in January and No. 3 Missouri on Saturday. Indiana beat No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State in December and added Michigan State to the list.

But the Hoosiers insists there's still a lot of work to do.

'When we beat top teams like that we're nasty, we're scrappy, we're fighting,' said senior Verdell Jones, who had 12 points. 'But we haven't accomplished anything yet.'

Indiana's steady progression has put it in line to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008. First, though, the Hoosiers must still play archrival Purdue on Sunday and the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis before they can worry about ending the postseason drought.

They sure played like they got the message Tuesday, never giving the Spartans much hope.

From the early moments, Indiana continually drove to the basket, drew fouls and made free throws, taking advantage with an early 12-2 run that made it 18-8.

After calling time out, Izzo, who had been shaking his head in disbelief, finally saw the Spartans warm up. Austin Thornton finished a fastbreak with a layup, then popped outside and hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-13.

But every time Michigan State got close, Indiana answered.

Green's first 3 got the Spartans within 24-20.

Watford answered with a 3 to start 12-5 run that allowed Indiana to take a 41-27 halftime lead. It was the most points Michigan State surrendered in a first half all season.

'They played well, they deserved to win,' Izzo said.

Michigan State got close again early in the second half when Green scored six points in a 10-0 run to make it 43-37 with 15:47 left.

But Indiana scored straight points and four more in a row after Green hit another 3 to make it 51-40. Michigan State never got closer than six points again.

'Our team responded,' Crean said. 'As we kept saying today, it's not hit or be hit, it's hit or be out. This is a game where you have to be in the mix because they set the standard for our league and the country in terms of toughness. Our guys matched it and I'm very, very proud of them.'

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Youngsto.
  (182-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Perry, Youngsto.16.8 
 2. Averkamp, Loyol.15.4 
 3. McCallum, Detroit14.9 
 4. Broekhoff, Valpa.14.8 
 5. van Wijk, Valparai.14.4 
 6. Mays, Wright St.14.1 
 7. Simon, Detroit13.9 
 8. Brown, Wisc.-Gr.13.8 
 9. Harmon, Clevelan.13.1 
 10. Allen, Youngsto.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan BROEKHOFF
  Valpa.
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Broekhoff, Valpa.8.4 
 2. Brown, Wisc.-Gr.8.2 
 3. Eargle, Youngsto.7.5 
 4. Averkamp, Loyol.7.1 
 5. Cougill, Wisc.-.7.0 
 6. Holman, Detroit7.0 
 7. Grady, Clevelan.6.3 
 8. Williams, Ill.-Chi.6.2 
 9. Jones, Butler6.2 
 10. Gibler, Loyola, IL5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kaylon WILLIAMS
  Wisc.-.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Williams, Wisc.-.6.5 
 2. Nored, Butler5.3 
 3. Perry, Youngsto.3.9 
 4. McCallum, Detroit3.8 
 5. Brito, Loyola, IL3.5 
 6. Sykes, Wisc.-Gr.3.3 
 7. Talton, Ill.-Chica.3.3 
 8. Buggs, Valparaiso3.2 
 9. Allen, Youngsto.3.1 
 10. Montgomery, Cleve.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 D''Aundray BROWN
  Clevelan.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brown, Clevelan.2.6 
 2. Perry, Youngsto.2.4 
 3. Nored, Butler1.8 
 4. Barnes, Ill.-Chica.1.5 
 5. Williams, Wisc.-.1.5 
 6. Mays, Wright St.1.4 
 7. Harmon, Clevelan.1.4 
 8. McCallum, Detroit1.4 
 9. Broekhoff, Valpa.1.3 
 10. Simon, Detroit1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian EARGLE
  Youngsto.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Eargle, Youngsto.3.7 
 2. Brown, Wisc.-Gr.2.9 
 3. Lowe, Detroit2.3 
 4. Grady, Clevelan.1.5 
 5. Williams, Ill.-Chi.1.5 
 6. Holman, Detroit1.4 
 7. Woods, Butler1.2 
 8. Allen, Wisc.-Mi.1.2 
 9. Cougill, Wisc.-.0.9 
 10. Averkamp, Loyol.0.9 


Top 25 - Men
HorizL Standings
 1. Wisc.-Milwaukee 12-3 (20-8) 
 2. Valparaiso 12-4 (19-10) 
 3. Butler 11-6 (18-12) 
 4. Cleveland St. 9-5 (19-8) 
 5. Detroit Mercy 9-7 (16-13) 
 6. Wisc.-Green Bay 8-7 (13-12) 
 7. Youngstown St. 8-8 (13-14) 
 8. Wright St. 5-11 (11-18) 
 9. Ill.-Chicago 3-13 (8-19) 
 10. Loyola, IL 1-14 (7-19) 


Taylor nets 27 as No. 3 Kansas tops Okla. State 70-58 - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of Sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Kansas coach Bill Self pulled Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) aside and threatened to pull him off of his assignment to guard Keiton Page if he didn't do a better job.

That was all the motivation Taylor needed.

Taylor scored 27 points, including 10 straight during a game-clinching run over the final 5 minutes, and No. 3 Kansas claimed the Big 12 title outright by beating Oklahoma State 70-58 on Monday night.

The Jayhawks (25-5, 15-2) have won the conference title outright the past four years and players wore blue T-shirts with '8 STR8' on the front after the game, signifying their eight consecutive titles overall - including shared crowns in 2005, 2006 and 2008 when they weren't the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

This time, they waited to celebrate the title until they had it wrapped up all alone instead of after beating archrival Missouri in a top 5 showdown on Saturday to clinch at least a shared championship.

It feels amazing because a lot of people didn't think we'd be this good this year,' Taylor said. 'I think if you asked us at the beginning of the year, our goal was to always win a Big 12 championship. We prepared like we wanted to win.'

Self called time out after Page had scored Oklahoma State's last 11 points to cut a 14-point deficit down to 60-52 and told his senior point guard that Elijah Johnson was going to take over for him on defense.

Taylor got mad and then proved he was up to the challenge.

He hit a 3-pointer from the left wing, a runner along the right side of the lane, slammed home a runout dunk with two hands and then nailed another 3 from the top of the key to push the lead to 70-52 with 2:07 to play.

Fortunately for us, he was able to match him basically basket for basket there down the stretch when we had to make a couple plays,' Self said.

Unranked Oklahoma State teams had upset top 5 Kansas teams in 2008 and 2010 but it didn't happen in a third straight time in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Thomas Robinson added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Jayhawks outscored short-handed Oklahoma State 34-8 in the paint, held a 32-23 rebounding advantage and shot 52 percent for the game and 60 percent in the second half.

That wasn't a high level, high energy game by any stretch,' Self said. 'That was kind of like, 'Hey, let's just try and get through this.''

After rallying from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat Missouri 87-86 in overtime Saturday, Self said he only had his players do stationary shooting for 15 minutes Sunday and about the same Monday before the game.

He called it as drained as he's ever felt during a season, and he figured his players were in the same boat.

That's the most emotional regular-season game ever. A lot of pressure on the guys to win that game,' Self said. 'This was probably the hardest game that we've had to win this year, other than that one, because of the quick turnaround,'

The Cowboys were trying to upset a second top 5 opponent in the same season for the first time since 2003, but didn't have the services of freshman Le'Bryan Nash this time. Nash, who scored 19 of his career-high 27 points to spur a rally past then-No. 2 Missouri a month ago, was on the bench with a cast on his injured left hand.

Oklahoma State has also lost two point guards who decided to transfer plus another starter - forward Jean-Paul Olukemi - to a season-ending injury.

Still, the Cowboys hoped to send Page out as a winner on the second anniversary of an upset of the top-ranked Jayhawks.

Page hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points in his final home game for the Cowboys (14-16, 7-10) and Brian Williams added 20 points but Kansas was able to withstand every charge to close it out.

Tyshawn Taylor just kept making big shots,' Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. 'We were always within arm's length to make a run at it ... and he would just always make a big shot.'

The noise from a standing crowd drowned out much of Page's pregame senior night ceremony, as public address announcer Larry Reece rattled off a list of his accomplishments - including the most minutes played and the seventh-most points scored in school history.

Teammates Michael Cobbins, Markel Brown and Williams briefly picked him up on their shoulders during the tribute.

I didn't know what they were going to do. These guys are crazy,' Page said. 'When I saw them running at me, I didn't know what they were going to do. I was just ready for them to put me down before they did something too crazy.'

Page hit two 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes, pushing him past Randy Rutherford to break the school record for career 3s, but Oklahoma State soon had a 7-minute field goal drought. Kansas took advantage to go on a 15-2 run featuring a two-handed, fast-break slam by Kevin Young and never trailed again.

The Jayhawks had an answer every time Oklahoma State seemed to be gaining momentum in the second half.

When Page hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get Oklahoma State within 40-33, Conner Teahan answered at the other end and soon the lead had doubled. Jeff Withey's spinning layup pushed Kansas' lead to 52-38 with 9:49 remaining.

Williams then hit a 3 from the left wing, only for Taylor to duplicate it moments later from the right wing.

Page attempted one last bid at a dramatic rally, hitting three 3-pointers and a jumper in a 3-minute span to trim the deficit to 60-52 with 5:33 remaining, but that's when Taylor slammed the door.

We couldn't get over that hump that we needed to get over,' Page said. 'It wasn't just one particular thing tonight. We just weren't in the flow of it. They took us out of our offense early and our defense wasn't the type of defense we know we're capable of playing.'



No. 14 Wisconsin beats Minnesota 52-45 - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Taylor (6'1''-PG-89) scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Wisconsin to a 52-45 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night that clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the Badgers.

Both teams shot poorly, there were 43 fouls called and the teams combined to shoot 58 free throws.

But the Badgers (22-8, 11-6 Big Ten) found their shooting touch in the second half to secure at least a fourth-place finish in the conference.

Minnesota (17-13, 5-12) led 23-16 at halftime. But Wisconsin opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie it at 25 on a three-point play by Mike Bruesewitz. He was initially called for a charge, but the officials huddled and reversed the call. Replays showed Andre Hollins' foot was on the arc under the basket.

Minutes later, with the game tied at 27, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith was called for a technical foul, and Taylor hit both free throws to give Wisconsin its first lead since 11-10 midway through the first half. Taylor followed with a 3-pointer, and Wisconsin didn't trail the rest of the way.

Robb Wilson's 3 with just under 7 minutes left gave Wisconsin its first double-digit lead of the game at 44-34, and the Badgers held on down the stretch.

Hollins led the Gophers with 18 points, while Ralph Sampson III (6'11''-F/C-90) finished with eight points to give him 1,004 for his career. He is the fifth player in Minnesota history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocks.

Ryan Evans (6'6''-G/F) added 12 points for the Badgers.

The teams were almost even at the free throw line as Minnesota shot 21 of 29, though it missed three of its last four attempts, and Wisconsin was 22 of 29. But after shooting 19 percent from the field in the first half, Badgers knocked down 4 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half. Minnesota, meanwhile, shot just 24 percent for the game.

Minnesota looked lifeless Sunday in a 19-point home loss to Indiana, but the Gophers came out the aggressor on Tuesday.

It didn't hurt that Taylor was called for his second foul with a little more than 6 minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench, and Wisconsin's offense grounded to a halt. The Gophers finished the first half on a 9-3 run to lead 23-16, and the spurt included a technical foul on Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Butler beats Wright State, advances to second round of Horizon League Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Smith (6'11''-C) had 25 points and seven rebounds and Roosevelt Jones (6'4''-F) added 11 points to lead Butler to a 70-52 victory against Wright State on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Horizon League tournament.

Chrishawn Hopkins (6'1''-G) scored 10 points for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (19-13), who face No. 4 seed Milwaukee in the second round on Friday.

Cole Darling had 12 points for the eighth-seeded Raiders (13-19).

Butler, the national runner-up the last two seasons with its lowest seed in the Horizon tournament since 2005, led by a point at intermission but broke the game open with a 13-0 run to start the second half. Khyle Marshall had six points during the surge, which he culminated with a dunk that made the score 43-29 with 15:28 remaining.

The Bulldogs shot 53.7 percent (22 of 41) from the floor and had a 30-14 rebounding advantage.

Julius Mays (6'2''-G-89) scored 11 points for Wright State.

Courtesy of www.springfieldnewssun.com


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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Bellarmine
 2. Colorado Mines
 3. Al.-Huntsville
 4. W.Liberty St.
 5. Shaw
 6. Midwestern St.
 7. Tarleton St.
 8. Christian Brothers
 9. Indiana, PA
 10. N.Kentucky
 11. W.Washington
 12. Metro St.
 13. S.Indiana
 14. Ky Wesleyan
 15. Alaska-Anch.
 16. Anderson, SC
 17. Lincoln Memorial
 18. NW Missouri St.
 19. Missouri S&T
 20. Indianapolis
 21. Arkansas Tech
 22. Charleston Un.
 23. District of Col.
 24. Franklin Pierce


Wheeling Jesuit stuns No. 1 West Liberty - by Eurobasket News
Just three days after being elevated to No. 1 in the NCAA Division II men's basketball rankings, West Liberty University went down to a stunning defeat at the hands of backyard neighbor Wheeling Jesuit University on Wednesday night at the jam-packed Alma Grace McDonough Center.

Steve Catich (6'5''-F) capped off a brilliant 33-point, 10-rebound performance by swishing six straight free throws in the final minute to put the finishing touches on a 109-99 victory by the Cardinals that snapped the Toppers' 60-game conference winning streak and triggered a wild celebration by the home fans after the final second had ticked off the clock.

The delirious spectators poured out on the court and embraced the Cardinals players who were enjoying their first victory in this always-passionate rivalry since Feb. 2 of the 2009 season.

West Liberty, a Final-Four participant last spring, had beaten Wheeling Jesuit seven straight times and captured 14 of the last 15 meetings. This loss also prevented Coach Jim Crutchfield's team from being the first WVIAC club to post back-to-back unbeaten records in the conference. The Hilltoppers overall record this season fell to 25-2 as their nation's best 23-game winning streak came to end. Their only other loss was by an 84-80 score in overtime at the hands of Findlay College.

''I thought Wheeling played extremely well and the biggest exclamation mark on that is they shot the ball extremely well from behind the 3-point line,' Crutchfield said. ''They are hard enough to handle inside but when they shoot 60 percent (14 of 23) from the 3, they are a tough team to beat.'

The Cardinals (18-9 overall and 14-6 WVC), received an added bonus when Alderson-Broaddus lost on the road to Seton Hill, enabling Coach Danny Sancomb's club to move into third place overall in the WVIAC and possibly move a step closer to earning an NCAA Division II postseason tournament berth.

''We'll see,' Sancomb said when asked about WJU's hopes of extending its season beyond next week's conference tournament. ''This win obviously helps as a lot but I don't like to look too far into the future.

''We'll enjoy this, but at 4 o'clock (today) we'll start preparing for A-B on Saturday. If we can win our next game and do well in the conference tournament, then we'll see what happens.'

While many across the NCAA D-II basketball world may looking at this result with shock, Sancomb insisted he believed his players could knock off the Hilltoppers.

''After we lost to them up there, I felt like we could beat them the next time. I know a lot of people didn't give us a chance but our guys believed we could do it,'' he said.

The Cardinals led through most of the second half after an up-and-down first 20 minutes that saw the score tied six times and the advantage change hands on 10 occasions.

Wheeling drained 8 of 14 from 3-point land in the opening half as Recardo Gaddy swished four while scoring 16 of his 20 points.

Shawn Dyer's 3-pointer and runner in the lane from Cedric Harris put West Liberty up 42-38 with 5 minutes left in the half. But Catich, as he would nearly every time the Hilltoppers made a run, responded by knocking down a 3, Ben Siefert added a free throw and Catich scored on a stickback to put the Cardinals back in front. Gaddy's trey and a transition goal by Obi Ukwuoma helped WJU open the halftime lead to 51-43.

Wheeling went on to build a 55-43 cushion early in the second half before the Hilltoppers unleashed some 3-point madness of their own. Their next four baskets were from beyond the arc, one each by Tim Hausfeld, Alex Falk, Harris and Chris Morrow, making it a one-point game at 56-55.

However, with Joe Prati scoring 13 of his 16 points and Catich connecting for 19 of his 33, the Cardinals had the answer to every Hilltoppers run.

Falk, who fired in 19 of his 28 points after halftime, tied the score for the final time at 65-65 with a pair of free throws at the 11:42 mark. Catich responded with still another 3-pointer from the corner. West Liberty rallied back within two at 70-68 with 10 minutes remaining, however, 3s from Prati and Pete Brogden extended the lead out to eight.

Dyer cut the deficit to 100-96 with 1:20 on the clock but Catich went to the foul line three straight times after pulling down rebounds on missed Hilltoppers shots and he hit all six attempts to put the game out of reach.

''The kids really were focused in executing the game plan,' Sancomb said 'Every time they had a run, it seemed like we had an answer.'

Joining Catich, Gaddy and Prati in double figures for the Cardinals were Siefert with 14 points, followed by Marquis Moore (6'4''-F) with 11 and Brogdon with 10.

Crutchfield pointed to West Liberty's troubles defensively as being another reason for the loss.

''It was one of those games when you have to score on every possession to stay in it. We needed more stops,'' he said. ''We can look back at a turnover here and a missed shot there but it was the lack of stops that made the difference. It seemed like they were scoring on four-fifths of their possessions and it's tough to win a basketball game when they are doing that.'

Trailing most of the night, the Hilltoppers were forced to yank up a total 41 treys, connecting on 18. Falk was 6 of 9 while Hausfeld 5 five of 13 as he struggled to find some open room.

''Hausfeld is a great shooter and he can make shots from anywhere,' Sancomb pointed out. ''The Falk kid is a winner. He just plays with a lot of heart and a lot of passion. But I think our zone was able to take them out of their transition a little bit and made them play more of a half-court game.''

Dyer finished with 20 points, followed by Hausfeld's 15 and 14 from CJ Hester, who also pulled down 13 rebounds. Harris finished with 10 points.

''Honestly, it's not like we had a major struggle offensively,' Crutchfield noted. ''We made a fair share of our shots and got enough looks to win.

''But they did what they needed to do which was play hard. The ball was loose three or four times at crucial times down the stretch and they came up with everyone of them and they led to baskets or free throws.''

Courtesy of www.theintelligencer.net


SW Baptist tops NW Missouri St. - by Eurobasket News
Behind the strong play of seniors Ryan Dougherty (5'11''-G-89) and Robson Memnon (6'6''-F-88), the Southwest Baptist took down the No. 16 Northwest Missouri State 91-77 Tuesday night. The Bearcats provided a balanced offense, with five different players scoring in double-figures, on route to scoring the highest point total allowed by Northwest Missouri this season.

The battle of the Bearcats remained tight throughout a majority of the first half, with Northwest Missouri boasting the largest first half lead by either team, 7, with 7:56 to go in the opening half. The Bearcats would respond by slowly cutting into the lead, and eventually taking a 32-28 lead going into the locker room. SBU continued their strong play to open up the second half, and quickly pushed the lead to double-digits. Southwest Baptist would hold a 10+ lead for the final 10 minutes of the game, and go on to the 91-77 victory.

Ryan Dougherty had an outstanding final game in the Meyer Sports Center, scoring a game high 24 points and dishing out 7 assists in the win. Dougherty shot 67 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line. Robson Memnon had an equally impressive final game at home, scoring 14 points down low and grabbing 6 rebounds.

Daveion Zellner (6'7''-F-85) also provided a strong presence down low, scoring 14 points off of 7 of 9 shooting from the field. Kyle Sloan was perfect from the field, scoring 16 points for SBU, and Jake Littrel 13 points while both Littrel and Sloan went 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.

As a team, the Bearcats shot a season high 61.9 percent from the field, 69.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. SBU forced 17 turnovers and dished out 16 assists in the victory.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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Mary Hardin-Baylor falls in ASC semis - by Eurobasket News
McMurry will get the opportunity to defend its American Southwest Conference championship, thanks to its 77-69 win against fifth-ranked team Mary Hardin-Baylor in the semifinals of the ASC tournament.

McMurry rode the efforts Jaden Isler (G) in handing UMHB only its second loss of the season -- both of which have come at the hands of the War Hawks. McMurry also topped the Crusaders (25-2) 75-71 on Jan. 21.

Isler scored 22 of his game-leading -- and season-high -- 26 points in the second half. Isler had a magnificent shooting night in virtually every way by hitting 7-of-10 from the field overall, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 8-of-9 from the free throw stripe.

While Isler took over matters in the second stanza, it was Steven Jones (F) setting the tone at the outset. Jones scored all 10 of his points in the opening period and finished the game with a total of 12 rebounds to register his 10th double-double of the season.

McMurry jumped out to an 11-3 lead to open the game after a pair of free throws by Jones. But UMHB showed why it is one of the nation's top teams, overtaking McMurry and building an 11-point halftime advantage, 40-29.

Our guys never gave up, McMurry coach J.D. Isler said. They never quit believing that they would win the game.

That became evident in the second half as the War Hawks mounted their assault behind Jaden Isler's deft shooting and some stingy defense lead by senior Anthony Johnson. The tandem helped the team slowly chip away at the Crusaders.

Jaden hit some big shots to keep us within striking distance, J.D. Isler said of his son's performance. Our defense was a team effort, but Anthony [Johnson] has been the unsung hero for usespecially over the past three games. He did a great job on [UMHB's] Marlon Miller.

Johnson also chipped in on the offensive end with 10 points as the third McMurry player in score in double figures.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Hope, MI
 2. Amherst
 3. MIT
 4. Middlebury
 5. Cabrini
 6. Va.Wesleyan
 7. Whitworth
 8. WiscKing.-Whitew.
 9. Franklin & Marshall
 10. Mary Hardin Baylor
 11. Claremont-Mudd
 12. William Pater.
 13. Birm.Southern
 14. Oswego St.
 15. Wooster
 16. Albertus Magnus
 17. Wisc.-RiverFal.
 18. Transylvania
 19. Wash.-St.Louis
 20. Bethany, WV
 21. E.Connecticut
 22. Wittenberg
 23. N.Central Coll.
 24. Wheaton, IL
 25. Chris.Newport


Centre upsets No. 9 Panthers in SCAC semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Centre College senior forward Greg Ross (6'5''-F) poured in a game-high 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Colonels knocked off ninth-ranked Birmingham-Southern College, 77-58, in the first men's semifinal Saturday afternoon at Bill Battle Coliseum on the campus of Birmingham-Southern.

Ross hit on 11-of-13 shots from the field to advance Centre (18-8) to its seventh-consecutive SCAC men's championship game. Ross and the rest of the Colonels were nearly unstoppable on the day as Centre shot an astounding 62.5 percent (25 for 40) from the floor for the game.

Ross was not the only Colonel who had a huge game. Sophomore guard Collin Lopez scored 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from beyond on the arc. Sophomore Donovan Whiteside added eight points on 3 of 3 shooting and senior Jeff Mullaney (6'2''-G) added 11 points.

Birmingham-Southern, on the other hand, shot just 30 percent (18 for 60) on the game. The Panthers (25-2) connected on just 8 of 29 shots (27.6 percent) in the first half. The loss snapped BSC's 18 game winning streak and its 43 game home winning streak dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Centre built a 35-26 lead at halftime and never trailed as they beat Birmingham-Southern for the second time on the season. The Colonels won two of the three meetings between the teams during the season, including splitting the two meetings at Bill Battle Coliseum.

Birmingham-Southern came into the SCAC tournament in the top 30 of the nation in scoring margin (80.6) but was held to its lowest first half point total on the season. The Panthers scored just 28 points in their only prior loss of the season at Centre.

Freshman Larry Thomas (6'1''-G) led the Panthers with 12 points, followed by junior Blaise White (5'11''-G) with 11. Sophomore Colin Henry led on the boards with eight rebounds, and White led with four assists.

Courtesy of www.bscsports.net


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze edge Indonesia Warriors in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Petron Blaze - Indonesia Warriors 81:77 OT

Petron Blaze and Indonesia Warriors came up with a nail-biting performance in ASEAN League championship tonight. The Philippines team clinched a narrow overtime win at the end. The victory propelled the Blaze at 6-3 record, while the Warriors slipped at 4-5 record.
The teams stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The Blaze eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. The Warriors however quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The visitors pulled in front to take a 37:34 halftime lead. The Warriors cleared off in the third quarter. The Indonesia team piled up a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining. But the Blaze refused to surrender. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) knocked down a late jumper to send the game into overtime. The hosts limited the Warriors to just 2 points in the extra period and Petron Blaze marched to the win at the end. Dalron Johnson tallied 27 points and 16 boards to lead the charge. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 17 points for the Blaze. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Warriors. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) had 18 points and 9 assists in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Dalron Johnson 27+16 boards, Leo Avenido 17, Froilan Baguion (170-G-80) 14
Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 21, Mario Wuysang 18



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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.9 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety17.3 
 3. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.0 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start16.0 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.7 
 6. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.6 
 7. Mazur, Polonia14.6 
 8. Kukielka, Sportino13.9 
 9. Ratajczak, SKK S.13.7 
 10. Parzych, Spojnia13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.12.0 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.9 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.6 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Radke, Rosa Radom7.3 
 6. Wilusz, Sudety7.2 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.2 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.1 
 9. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Zielinski, MKS D.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Musijowski, Polonia6.0 
 2. Zytko, P..4.8 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.6 
 4. Grochowski, MKS D.4.5 
 5. Brek, AZS Kutno4.1 
 6. Kardas, Rosa Radom3.9 
 7. Michalski, Start L.3.8 
 8. Ochonko, Spojnia3.8 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Przewrocki, Polon.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomasz PROSTAK
  Sudety
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Prostak, Sudety4.1 
 2. Zytko, P..3.4 
 3. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.1 
 4. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 5. Niesobski, Sudety3.0 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.0 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 8. Musijowski, Polonia2.7 
 9. Czubek, Znicz B.2.7 
 10. Szpyrka, Start G.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.1 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety1.9 
 3. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.8 
 4. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.8 
 5. Wojdyla, Start G.1.7 
 6. Zytko, P..1.7 
 7. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno1.6 
 9. Marciniak, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Malecki, AZS Kut.1.6 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Start Gdynia 17-6 
 2. Sokol Lancut 16-6 
 3. SKK Siedlce 15-7 
 4. Rosa Radom 14-9 
 5. MKS DG 14-9 
 6. Spojnia 13-9 
 7. Znicz Basket 13-9 
 8. AZS Kutno 12-10 
 9. Polonia 12-10 
 10. P.Cukier SIDEn 11-11 
 11. AZS Szczecin 9-13 
 12. Start Lublin 9-14 
 13. Sportino 5-17 
 14. MOSiR Krosno 5-18 
 15. Sudety 3-20 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 20-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 14-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 13-6 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 12-5 
 5. Zuraw Gniewno 10-8 
 6. Korsarz Gdansk 9-8 
 7. AZS UWM Olsz. 9-10 
 8. Trefl II Sopot 8-10 
 9. KK Swiecie 8-11 
 10. Wilki Morskie 7-13 
 11. GKK Gorzow 4-14 
 12. Zyrardowianka 4-15 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-16 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 18-3 
 2. BM Wegiel Stal 15-6 
 3. Pogon Prudnik 14-7 
 4. AZS AWF K-ce 14-7 
 5. WKK Obiekty 14-7 
 6. AZS AGH Alstom 12-9 
 7. GTK Gliwice 11-10 
 8. Alba Chorzow 10-11 
 9. HK Zory 9-12 
 10. MKS Skierniew. 8-13 
 11. MCKiS Jaworz. 7-14 
 12. Nysa Klodzko 6-15 
 13. Mickiewicz 6-15 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-18 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 18-1 
 2. UMKS Kielce 14-5 
 3. Handlopex AZS 12-7 
 4. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 12-7 
 5. MKS Limbach 11-8 
 6. Unia Tarnow 10-9 
 7. Wisla AWF Kr. 9-10 
 8. Staco MNLK 9-11 
 9. Novum Lublin 8-11 
 10. Rosa II Radom 8-11 
 11. UKS Siemaszka 7-13 
 12. Pulaski Warka 4-16 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-16 


2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (192-F/G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.3 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.20.6 
 3. Kuczynski, Tur B.20.2 
 4. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 5. Swiech, MKS S.19.5 
 6. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.3 
 7. Zurawski, Open F.19.0 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.8 
 9. Lapinski, Zyrardow.18.8 
 10. Dudzik, AZS A.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arkadiusz ZABIELSKI
  Tur B.
  (195-F-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Zabielski, Tur B.11.6 
 2. Szwed, Zyrardow.11.4 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow11.0 
 4. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.6 
 5. Fras, Trefl I.10.1 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.1 
 7. Zurawski, Open F.9.4 
 8. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.3 
 9. Dolinski, Handlope.9.2 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.4 
 2. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.4 
 3. Kindlik, MKS L.6.1 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.0 
 5. Hybiak, AZS P.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.6 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.5 
 8. Jarosz, MKS S.5.3 
 9. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
 10. Rapucha, Tur B.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.3 
 2. Chojecki, Zyrardow.4.2 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.2 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.0 
 5. Rapucha, Tur B.3.9 
 6. Misztela, UMKS P.3.9 
 7. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 8. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.7 
 9. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.3.5 
 10. Kindlik, MKS L.3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.6 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.4 
 4. Misztela, UMKS P.2.4 
 5. Labedz, Rosa I.2.2 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 7. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 8. Rostalski, AZS P.2.1 
 9. Klocek, MCKiS J.2.1 
 10. Zmudka, Handlope.2.1 


1Liga Round 24: 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.

1Liga round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Sokol Lancut (16-6) against second ranked Start Gdynia (17-6) 93-54 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Start Gdynia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 7 points in second quarter. Start Gdynia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Lancut's 38 and made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Start Gdynia forced 23 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 9 blocks. It was a good game for guard Piotr Smigielski (190-G-89) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 steals. Guard Karol Szpyrka (183-87) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for Sokol Lancut. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Start Gdynia have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sokol Lancut at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Start Gdynia. Sokol Lancut will play next round against Olimp MKS Start Lublin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Start Gdynia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game in Pruszkow supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked SKK Siedlce (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked MKS Znicz Basket (13-9). SKK Siedlce did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 62-42. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MKS Znicz Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds and Michal Przybylski who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. SKK Siedlce's coach Tomasz Araszkiewicz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. SKK Siedlce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-7 record having just three points less than leader Start Gdynia. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spojnia. SKK Siedlce will play against P.Cukier SIDEn (#10) in Torun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS Znicz Basket will play on the road against Sportino (#13) in Inowroclaw and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kutno between MOSiR Krosno and AZS Kutno. Thirteenth ranked MOSiR Krosno (5-18) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked AZS Kutno (12-10). MOSiR Krosno managed to escape with a 1-point win 63-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The winners were led by Marcin Salamonik who scored that evening 12 points and 9 rebounds. MOSiR Krosno's coach Ryszard Zmuda used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by Wojciech Glabas did not help to save the game for AZS Kutno. Despite that victory MOSiR Krosno went down to fourteenth position due to points difference. AZS Kutno at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Polonia. MOSiR Krosno will meet at home higher ranked Polonia (#9) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AZS Kutno will play against Rosa Radom where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (14-9) and Sportino (5-17), which took place in Dabrowa Gornicza. Higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza lost at home to fourteenth ranked Sportino 69-87. The best player for the winners was Francis Jonathan Han who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sportino moved-up to thirteenth place. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Sportino's next round opponent will be higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (#7) in Pruszkow and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play on the road against Spojnia in Stargard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another upset was a game between Spojnia (13-9) and Olimp MKS Start Lublin (9-14), which took place in Lublin. Higher ranked Spojnia lost to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin in a road game 64-69 on Saturday. It was a good game for Rafal Krol who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimp MKS Start Lublin maintains twelfth position with 9-14 record. Loser Spojnia dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will face league's second-placed Sokol Lancut on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Rosa Radom beat AZS Szczecin on the road 80-76. P.Cukier SIDEn won against Sudety on its own court 67-57.


Start Gdynia - Sokol Lancut 93-54

1Liga round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Sokol Lancut (16-6) against second ranked Start Gdynia (17-6) 93-54 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Start Gdynia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 7 points in second quarter. Start Gdynia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Lancut's 38 and made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Start Gdynia forced 23 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 9 blocks. It was a good game for guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 steals. Guard Karol Szpyrka (183-87) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and center Maciej Klima (205-82) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sokol Lancut. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Start Gdynia have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sokol Lancut at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Start Gdynia. Sokol Lancut will play next round against Olimp MKS Start Lublin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Start Gdynia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: P.Smigielski 15+4reb+3ast, K.Szpyrka 15+2reb+4ast, M.Kostrzewski 13+6reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 12+6reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 10+1reb, T.Wojdyla 8+6reb+3ast
Sokol Lancut: M.Klima 12+11reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 11+2ast, M.Wilczek 10+14reb+3ast, P.Bogdanowicz 7+1reb, J.Szurlej 7+1reb, P.Halas 5+2reb
gschID: 141077


AZS Szczecin - Rosa Radom 76-80

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Rosa Radom (14-9) beat on the road 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (9-13) 80-76 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But AZS Szczecin won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rosa Radom forced 20 AZS Szczecin turnovers. It was a good game for guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Marcin Kosinski contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for AZS Szczecin. Five AZS Szczecin players scored in double figures. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Rosa Radom moved-up to fourth place, which they share with MKS DG. Loser AZS Szczecin keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Rosa Radom will face AZS Kutno (#8) at home in the next round. AZS Szczecin will play against Sudety in Jelenia Gora.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 28+9reb, M.Nikiel 14+5reb, M.Kosinski 12+7reb+2ast, P.Kardas 8+2reb+4ast, J.Zalewski 7+1reb+1ast, H.Radke 7+6reb+2ast
AZS Szczecin: K.Mielczarek 17+14reb+3ast, M.Wojcik 13+1reb+2ast, L.Pacocha 12+3reb+6ast, R.Malitka 10+5reb+1ast, M.Majcherek 10+5reb+2ast, M.Raczynski 7+2ast
gschID: 141072


P.Cukier SIDEn - Sudety 67-57

Very expected game when 15th ranked Sudety (3-20) lost to tenth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (11-11) in Torun 57-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by P.Cukier SIDEn. Sudety was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. P.Cukier SIDEn forced 20 Sudety turnovers. It was a good game for guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Center Lukasz Kwiatkowski (207-79) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four P.Cukier SIDEn players scored in double figures. Guard Artur Kijanowski (180-88) replied with 13 points and 6 assists and forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sudety. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn maintains tenth position with 11-11 record. Sudety lost third consecutive game. Sudety at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 20 lost games. P.Cukier SIDEn will face higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sudety will play against AZS Szczecin (#11).
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: T.Lipinski 15+1reb+1ast, J.Jarecki 12+7reb+3ast, L.Kwiatkowski 10+5reb+3ast, A.Gliszczynski 10+3reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 7+7reb+3ast, L.Zytko 5+2reb
Sudety: M.Sterenga 15+6reb, A.Kijanowski 13+2reb+6ast, L.Niesobski 8+7reb+2ast, T.Prostak 8+3reb+1ast, S.Balcerzak 5+2reb, P.Hajnsz 3+2reb
gschID: 141073


Znicz Basket - SKK Siedlce 42-62

The game in Pruszkow supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked SKK Siedlce (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked MKS Znicz Basket (13-9). SKK Siedlce did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 62-42. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MKS Znicz Basket. The game was mostly controlled by SKK Siedlce. MKS Znicz Basket was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce held MKS Znicz Basket to an opponent 23.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.7 percent accuracy of the winners. SKK Siedlce forced 24 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 48-35 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. SKK Siedlce brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Michal Przybylski (194-84) who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. SKK Siedlce's coach Tomasz Araszkiewicz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. SKK Siedlce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-7 record having just three points less than leader Start Gdynia. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spojnia. SKK Siedlce will play against P.Cukier SIDEn (#10) in Torun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MKS Znicz Basket will play on the road against Sportino (#13) in Inowroclaw and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: R.Basinski 15+8reb+3ast, A.Czerwonka 11+6reb+3ast, M.Przybylski 10+11reb+5ast, L.Ratajczak 10+8reb, P.Kowalczuk 8+8reb, K.Sulima 6+2reb
Znicz Basket: M.Szumelda-Krzycki 11+5reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 9+10reb, M.Matuszewski 7+2reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 6+6reb+2ast, A.Czujkowski 5+3reb, L.Bonarek 4+4reb
gschID: 141074


MKS DG - Sportino 69-87

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (14-9) and Sportino (5-17), which took place in Dabrowa Gornicza. Higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza lost at home to fourteenth ranked Sportino 69-87. The game was mostly controlled by Sportino. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sportino forced 21 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized Puerto Rican guard Francis Jonathan Han (185-87, college: Fairfield) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Dawid Adamczewski (190-91) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Pawel Zmarlak (195-82) who recorded 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) added 12 points and 5 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. Sportino moved-up to thirteenth place. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Sportino's next round opponent will be higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (#7) in Pruszkow and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play on the road against Spojnia in Stargard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sportino: F.Jonathan Han 21+6reb+6ast, D.Adamczewski 20+2reb+4ast, M.Strzelecki 12+4reb, G.Kukielka 11+3reb+2ast, J.Jankowiak 6+1reb+3ast, T.Zablocki 6+5reb
MKS DG: L.Szczypka 13+3reb+1ast, M.Woloszyn 12+5reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 12+6reb+2ast, R.Kulikowski 11+3reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 8+1reb+2ast, G.Grochowski 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 141075


Start Lublin - Spojnia 69-64

Another upset was a game between Spojnia (13-9) and Olimp MKS Start Lublin (9-14), which took place in Lublin. Higher ranked Spojnia lost to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin in a road game 64-69 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-64. Olimp MKS Start Lublin forced 23 Spojnia turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olimp MKS Start Lublin made 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward Rafal Krol (198-87) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Piotr Pustelnik (183-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Wiktor Grudzinski (208-78) added 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Spojnia. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olimp MKS Start Lublin maintains twelfth position with 9-14 record. Loser Spojnia dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will face league's second-placed Sokol Lancut on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: P.Pustelnik 16+1reb+3ast, R.Krol 15+7reb+1ast, K.Michalski 12+5reb+2ast, P.Luszczewski 9+11reb, P.Kowalski 7+4reb, S.Szymanski 6+5reb+1ast
Spojnia: T.Stepien 24+8reb, A.Parzych 12+2reb+3ast, W.Grudzinski 10+14reb+4ast, L.Bodych 5+3reb+2ast, T.Ochonko 4+4reb+5ast, H.Pabian 4+2reb
gschID: 141076


AZS Kutno - MOSiR Krosno 62-63

A very close game took place in Kutno between MOSiR Krosno and AZS Kutno. Thirteenth ranked MOSiR Krosno (5-18) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked AZS Kutno (12-10). MOSiR Krosno managed to escape with a 1-point win 63-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. AZS Kutno was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 16-11 charge of MOSiR Krosno, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 AZS Kutno turnovers. The winners were led by forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) who scored that evening 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) supported him with 10 points. MOSiR Krosno's coach Ryszard Zmuda used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) did not help to save the game for AZS Kutno. Guard Dariusz Kalinowski (185-87) added 13 points. Despite that victory MOSiR Krosno went down to fourteenth position due to points difference. AZS Kutno at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Polonia. MOSiR Krosno will meet at home higher ranked Polonia (#9) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AZS Kutno will play against Rosa Radom where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: M.Salamonik 12+9reb+1ast, P.Pluta 10+3reb, D.Pieloch 10+1reb, D.Oczkowicz 8+2reb+2ast, M.Baran 6+2reb+2ast, M.Piotrkowski 6+1reb
AZS Kutno: D.Kalinowski 13+2reb+2ast, G.Malecki 12+2reb+1ast, W.Glabas 10+8reb, A.Perka 9+7reb, M.Marciniak 6+3reb, K.Jakobczyk 4+3ast
gschID: 141071




2Liga Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#3) forced the game against UMKS Kielce (#2) into an overtime, but lost by one point 83-84 on Saturday night. The game took place in Bielsk Podlaski. But the guests from Kielce were better at the end. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tur Bielsk Pdl.. It was a good game for Lukasz Fafara who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. UMKS Kielce have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 14-5 record having six points less than leader Slask II W. Tur Bielsk Pdl. at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. UMKS Kielce will face MKS Limbach (#5) in Limanowa in the next round. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play on the road against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21:
In Group A SMS PZKosz was beaten by Wilki Morskie on the road 75-60. KK Swiecie lost to Astoria Bydg. on its own court 58-72. Korsarz Gdansk managed to outperform GKK Gorzow in a road game 100-83. Open Florentyna rolled over Ksiezak Lowicz at home 94-54. AZS PP Poznan defeated Zyrardowianka on the opponent's court 84-75. Trefl II Sopot beat AZS UWM Olsz. in a home game 81-69.
In Group B MKS Skierniew. lost to Mickiewicz on the road 72-86. MCKiS Jaworz. outscored GTK Gliwice on its own court 88-64. BM Wegiel Stal recorded a loss to WKK Obiekty in Wroclaw 57-56. Pogon Prudnik was defeated by AZS AGH Alstom at home 74-76. Slask II W. smashed UMKS Piotrc. on the opponent's court 118-71. Nysa Klodzko won against Alba Chorzow in a home game 79-72. AZS AWF K-ce managed to outperform HK Zory on the road 81-78.
In Group C Wisla AWF Kr. managed to beat Unia Tarnow on its own court 70-69. Staco MNLK was defeated by PWiK Piaseczno in a road game 96-90. Rosa II Radom beat Pulaski Warka at home 73-58. AZS II Polit.W-wa was destroyed by MKS Limbach on the opponent's court 20-0. Handlopex AZS outscored UKS Siemaszka in a home game 103-56.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists by Radoslaw Hyzy of Slask II W..


Group A
Wilki Morskie - SMS PZKosz 75-60

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Wilki Morskie (7-13) beat 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-16) in Szczecin 75-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. SMS PZKosz was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wilki Morskie forced 23 SMS PZKosz turnovers and outrebounded them 50-30 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wilki Morskie made 10 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Igor Trela (206-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Power forward Kacper Borowski (201-94) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dawid Morawiec (183-94) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SMS PZKosz. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Wilki Morskie maintains tenth place in Group A with 7-13 record. SMS PZKosz lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Wilki Morskie will have a break next round. SMS PZKosz will play at home against the league's leader Open Florentyna (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: R.Bojko 24+8reb+1ast, I.Trela 21+13reb+2ast, M.Adamkiewicz 9+6reb+1ast, P.Knowa 9+5reb+2ast, R.Janecki 8+1reb+2ast, K.Nowacki 2+5reb+3ast
SMS PZKosz: K.Borowski 20+5reb+1ast, D.Morawiec 14+5reb+3ast, J.Trojan 5+5reb, M.Witlinski 5+3reb+1ast, R.Stefanik 4+4reb+2ast, D.Jeszke 2+2reb
gschID: 144306


KK Swiecie - Astoria Bydg. 58-72

Very expected game when 8th ranked KK Swiecie (8-11) lost at home to second ranked Astoria Bydg. (14-5) 72-58 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-58. Astoria Bydg. dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Swiecie to just 4 points in second quarter. Astoria Bydg. forced 23 KK Swiecie turnovers and outrebounded them 49-26 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 10 blocks. It was a good game for guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Piotr Robak (192-91) answered with 18 points and power forward Pawel Poliwka (200-87) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KK Swiecie. Astoria Bydg. maintains second place in Group A with 14-5 record having six points less than leader Slask II W. KK Swiecie at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face Trefl II Sopot (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Swiecie will play against Korsarz Gdansk.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 23+5reb+2ast, A.Szopinski 18+9reb+6ast, S.Laydych 13+10reb, D.Szyttenholm 6+5reb+2ast, A.Barszczyk 6+7reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 4+3reb+1ast
KK Swiecie: P.Robak 18+2reb+2ast, Z.Malinowski 14+2reb+3ast, P.Poliwka 12+9reb, M.Grod 8+4reb+1ast, K.Kowalski 4+2reb+1ast, M.Kubacki 2+3reb
gschID: 144303


GKK Gorzow - Korsarz Gdansk 83-100

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Korsarz Gdansk (9-8) won against 11th ranked GKK Gorzow (4-14) in Gorzow Wklp 100-83 on Saturday. The game without a history. Korsarz Gdansk 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 GKK Gorzow's 42 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Korsarz Gdansk forced 21 GKK Gorzow turnovers and outrebounded them 37-18 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Korsarz Gdansk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Korsarz Gdansk players scored in double figures. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcin Plawucki (175-89) answered with 16 points and 5 assists and guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) added 21 points in the effort for GKK Gorzow. Korsarz Gdansk moved-up to sixth place in Group A. GKK Gorzow lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Korsarz Gdansk will face KK Swiecie (#9) at home in the next round. GKK Gorzow will play against Ksiezak Lowicz.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: P.Renkiel 24+6reb+4ast, J.Zalucki 21+1reb+2ast, B.Sarzalo 17+8reb+4ast, M.Chudy 15+3reb+3ast, P.Konsek 8+7reb+2ast, K.Sadowski 6+2reb+5ast
GKK Gorzow: T.Ejsmont 21+2ast, M.Plawucki 16+4reb+5ast, L.Wojciechowski 15+3reb+3ast, P.Suwala 10+1reb, J.Borowski 9+4reb, R.Peczek 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 144304


Open Florentyna - Ksiezak Lowicz 94-54

Not a big story in a game when 3rd placed Ksiezak Lowicz (13-6) was outscored by leader Open Florentyna (20-0) in Pleszew 94-54 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Open Florentyna 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 Ksiezak Lowicz's 22. They outrebounded Ksiezak Lowicz 41-16 including a 35-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Open Florentyna looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ksiezak Lowicz's players. It was a good game for power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists for the winners. Center Adam Rajkowski (206-79) answered with 14 points and guard Adam Goluch (188-82) added 11 points in the effort for Ksiezak Lowicz. 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. Open Florentyna have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 20-0 record. Ksiezak Lowicz at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Open Florentyna will face SMS PZKosz (#13) in Wladyslawowo in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ksiezak Lowicz will play at home against GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 16+10reb+1ast, J.Czech 13+5reb, A.Kaczmarzyk 13+1reb, M.Stoklosa 11+2reb+13ast, K.Debski 10+5reb+2ast, S.Buczyniak 9+2reb+4ast
Ksiezak Lowicz: A.Rajkowski 14+3reb, K.Kromer 12+3reb, A.Goluch 11+2reb+2ast, B.Wluczynski 10+2ast, R.Kucharek 4+1reb, R.Wojciechowski 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 144305


Zyrardowianka - AZS PP Poznan 75-84

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked AZS PP Poznan (12-5) defeated on the road 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-15) 84-75 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Zyrardowianka won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP Poznan forced 25 Zyrardowianka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 10 blocks. It was a good game for guard Tomasz Gierwazik (187-88) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 blocks. Maciej Piazdecki contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Zyrardowianka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS PP Poznan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place in Group A with 12-5 record. Zyrardowianka lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. AZS PP Poznan will face Zuraw Gniewno (#5) in Gniewino in the next round. Zyrardowianka will play on the road against AZS UWM Olsz. (#7) in Olsztyn.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: T.Gierwazik 18+3reb+2ast, P.Stankiewicz 14+1reb, M.Piazdecki 11+6reb+1ast, T.Baszak 11+3ast, M.Szydlowski 9+2reb+2ast, P.Hybiak 6+3reb+7ast
Zyrardowianka: M.Lapinski 29+11reb, M.Szwed 14+12reb+4ast, L.Owczarek 11+2reb, T.Chojecki 5+3reb+5ast, D.Jastrzebski 4, K.Zebrowski 4+1reb
gschID: 144301


Trefl II Sopot - AZS UWM Olsz. 81-69

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (9-10) lost on the road to ninth ranked Trefl II Sopot (8-10) 81-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl II Sopot. AZS UWM Olsz. was better in fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl II Sopot made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game, while AZS UWM Olsz. only scored seven points from the stripe. Trefl II Sopot forced 28 AZS UWM Olsz. turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trefl II Sopot made 11 blocks. It was a good game for guard Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Krzysztof Kawalek (196-86) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AZS UWM Olsz.Four AZS UWM Olsz. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trefl II Sopot moved-up to eighth place in Group A. AZS UWM Olsz. at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Trefl II Sopot: F.Malgorzaciak 18+2reb+1ast, W.Fras 18+12reb, D.Szymkiewicz 15+10reb+6ast, L.Jaskiewicz 9+5reb+1ast, K.Stalicki 7+5reb+3ast, D.Brembly 5+5reb
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 19+13reb+6ast, J.Chojnacki 13+1reb+6ast, P.Spica 11+3reb+1ast, K.Kawalek 10+8reb+2ast, M.Olejko 6+1reb+1ast, R.Kulakowski 6+2reb
gschID: 144302


Group B
Mickiewicz - MKS Skierniew. 86-72

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Mickiewicz (6-15) beat 10th ranked MKS Skierniew. (8-13) in Katowice 86-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-72. Mickiewicz made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 MKS Skierniew. turnovers and had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Mickiewicz looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Michal Moralewicz (184-91) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Mickiewicz's coach Sebastian Bregula used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Przemyslaw Tradecki added 17 points in the effort for MKS Skierniew.Four Mickiewicz and five MKS Skierniew. players scored in double figures. Mickiewicz moved-up to twelfth place in Group B, which they share with Nysa Klodzko. MKS Skierniew. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Mickiewicz will face higher ranked GTK Gliwice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mickiewicz: G.Zadecki 30+12reb+5ast, L.Kosmowski 16+9reb, M.Moralewicz 12+8reb+7ast, M.Jagiela 11+4reb+5ast, M.Batorski 6+3reb+1ast, L.Jaworski 5+2reb+1ast
MKS Skierniew.: P.Tradecki 17+4reb+3ast, J.Zielinski 15+3reb+1ast, R.Jarosz 14+6reb+5ast, P.Czaplicki 13+7reb+3ast, A.El-Ward 10+2reb+2ast, A.Lewandowski 2+1reb
gschID: 144603


MCKiS Jaworz. - GTK Gliwice 88-64

There was an upset when higher ranked GTK Gliwice (11-10) was smashed by eleventh ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (7-14) in Jaworzno 88-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. MCKiS Jaworz. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. MCKiS Jaworz. forced 23 GTK Gliwice turnovers. It was a great shooting night for MCKiS Jaworz. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by GTK Gliwice's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MCKiS Jaworz. made 10 blocks. It was a good game for swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Swingman Marcin Sroda (196-83) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four MCKiS Jaworz. players scored in double figures. Forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for GTK Gliwice. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MCKiS Jaworz. maintains eleventh place in Group B with 7-14 record. GTK Gliwice at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. MCKiS Jaworz. will face league's second-placed BM Wegiel Stal in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: G.Remin 26+7reb+4ast, M.Sroda 19+2reb+5ast, S.Klocek 15+5reb+3ast, D.Grochowski 10+3reb+3ast, R.Lemanski 8+1reb, A.Koziol 7+2ast
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 16+9reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 15+2reb, T.Wrobel 14+1reb+4ast, L.Nawrot 6+2reb, G.Podulka 3+2reb, K.Leszczynski 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 144604


WKK Obiekty - BM Wegiel Stal 57-56

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked WKK Obiekty (14-7) edged second-best BM Wegiel Stal (15-6) in Wroclaw 57-56 on Saturday. BM Wegiel Stal was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 13-7 charge of WKK Obiekty, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BM Wegiel Stal to just 7 points in fourth quarter. WKK Obiekty forced 22 BM Wegiel Stal turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when WKK Obiekty made 10 blocks. It was a good game for international forward Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-93) who saved his team from a defeat with 14 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Jakub Koelner (182-93) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BM Wegiel Stal. WKK Obiekty moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with AZS AWF K-ce and Pogon Prudnik. BM Wegiel Stal at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. WKK Obiekty will face AZS AGH Alstom (#6) in Krakow in the next round. BM Wegiel Stal will play at home against MCKiS Jaworz. (#11) in Jaworzno.
Top scorers:
WKK Obiekty: P.Niedzwiedzki 14+6reb+2ast, J.Koelner 11+6reb+3ast, B.Diduszko 11+5reb+3ast, K.Sek 5+5reb, A.Mazur 5+1reb, T.Jozefiak 5+1reb+2ast
BM Wegiel Stal: J.Dryjanski 18+12reb, M.Kalowski 12+2reb, W.Szawarski 7+8reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 6+3reb, M.Matczak 5+1reb+4ast, M.Dymala 4+5reb+