EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/11/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 21-1 
 2. Cedevita 18-6 
 3. Partizan 17-6 
 4. Buducnost 16-7 
 5. Siroki WWin 14-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 12-11 
 7. Radnicki K. 12-12 
 8. Cibona 12-12 
 9. KK Zagreb CO 11-13 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 11-13 
 11. Krka 7-17 
 12. Helios 7-17 
 13. Hemofarm 6-18 
 14. Zlatorog 2-22 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.0 
 2. Kasun, KK.18.1 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.4 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.15.7 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios14.4 
 8. Pasalic, Helios14.1 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.5 
 10. Gay, Helios12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.7 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.4 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.7 
 6. Simon, Radnicki K.6.7 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.4 
 8. Markota, KK.6.2 
 9. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 10. Omic, Zlatorog6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.3 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.8 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.1 
 6. Simon, KK.3.9 
 7. Nissim, Krka3.9 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Helios2.0 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 3. Simon, KK.1.8 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 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-A1.4 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 8. Rizvic, Buducnost0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-6 
 2. Wildcats 16-9 
 3. Blaze 15-10 
 4. Crocodiles 15-11 
 5. Taipans 14-11 
 6. Tigers 11-15 
 7. Kings 10-16 
 8. 36ers 8-17 
 9. Hawks 6-19 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.6 
 3. Tragardh, Tigers17.0 
 4. Wilson, Taipans17.0 
 5. Deleon, Blaze16.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 7. Khazzouh, Kings16.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.3 
 9. Bose, Kings15.2 
 10. Ubaka, Hawks15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.3 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.3 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.8 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.8 
 7. Worthington, Blaze6.4 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.4 
 9. Bose, Kings6.3 
 10. Saville, Hawks6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.2 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.0 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.9 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 10. Glover, Hawks1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.6 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.1 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 20: Triumph Lyubertsy defeats leader Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Baltic League just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (16-4) in Lubertsy on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4) 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Siauliai. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Siauliai trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 assists. Guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Siauliai. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Triumph Lyubertsy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record behind leader Lietkabelis. Siauliai at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Ventspils. Eighth ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (9-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-7) 89-87 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists and Gytis Sirutavicius who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 20 points and 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to seventh place. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo.
One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where eighth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting Baltai Kaunas (4-16) 73-51. The winners were led by Paulo Prestes who scored that evening 7 points and 8 rebounds. Even 9 points and 13 rebounds by Mario Delas did not help to save the game for Baltai Kaunas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes (9-10) moved-up to seventh place. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. First ranked Siauliai won against host Baltai Kaunas (4-16) 83-76. The best player for the winners was Julius Jucikas who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-4 record. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost.
The game in Tallinn supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (12-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (12-7). Kalev/Cramo smashed Rudupis 88-55 on Saturday. Joosep Toome orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Ventspils. Loser Rudupis dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Kedainiai were beaten by Ventspils on the road 84-72. Tartu Ulikool lost to Rudupis on its own court 83-97. Kedainiai managed to outperform Liepaja in a road game 92-77. Triumph rolled over Juventus at home 95-69.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 21 points and 11 rebounds by Egidijus Dimsa of Kedainiai.



Kalev/Cramo - Rudupis 88-55

The game in Tallinn supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (12-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (12-7). Kalev/Cramo smashed Rudupis 88-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 22. They outrebounded Rudupis 41-23 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Joosep Toome (202-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) added 14 points in the effort for Rudupis. Five Kalev/Cramo and four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Ventspils. Loser Rudupis dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: J.Toome 17+7reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 15+2reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 15+6reb, G.Arbet 11+3reb+4ast, B.Fall 10+10reb+1ast, R.Tamm 8+4reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Labuckas 16+9reb, A.Juskevicius 14+3reb, G.Kadziulis 12+1reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 10+2reb, A.Mazutis 3+3reb, P.Ivanauskas 0+2ast
gschID: 170282


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Baltai Kaunas 73-51

One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where eighth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting Baltai Kaunas (4-16) 73-51. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Baltai Kaunas managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Baltai Kaunas to just 5 points in first quarter. The winners were led by Brazilian center Paulo Prestes (210-88) who scored that evening 7 points and 8 rebounds and Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) supported him with 10 points. Even 9 points and 13 rebounds by Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) did not help to save the game for Baltai Kaunas. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) added 13 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes (9-10) moved-up to seventh place. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Sirutavicius 10+3reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 10+2reb+1ast, A.Kieza 9+5reb, S.Morgan 7+4reb, P.Prestes 7+8reb+1ast, D.Leonard 6+4ast
Baltai Kaunas: J.Maciulis 13+2reb, M.Delas 9+13reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 8+2reb+1ast, G.Zyle 7+3reb, Z.Janavicius 5+3reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 3+3reb
gschID: 170280


Ventspils - Kedainiai 84-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-7) beat at home 6th ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (10-10) 84-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Kedainiai was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils forced 19 Kedainiai turnovers. Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward David McClure (200-86, college: Duke) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kedainiai. Ventspils moved-up to third place, which they share with Kalev/Cramo. Loser Kedainiai keeps the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Diane 20+5reb, R.Zakis 16+8reb, J.Young 16+2reb+5ast, S.Gray 14+2reb+2ast, M.Meiers 7+6reb, T.Abernethy 6+5reb+5ast
Kedainiai: V.Sulskis 18+7reb, A.Adomaitis 13+4reb, T.Cerneckis 12+2reb+1ast, D.McClure 8+10reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 8+4reb+2ast, P.Beliavicius 7+2ast
gschID: 170281


Triumph - Siauliai 78-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (16-4) in Lubertsy on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4) 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Siauliai. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Siauliai trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 assists. Guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 13 points in the effort for Siauliai. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Triumph Lyubertsy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record behind leader Lietkabelis. Siauliai at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Triumph: A.Kuzyakin 16+3reb+1ast, D.Kulagin 13+6reb+4ast, T.McKee 13+3reb+8ast, L.Trifunovic 8+4reb, E.Valiev 8+1reb, S.Karasev 8+3reb+2ast
Siauliai: V.Vasylius 18+7reb, C.Long 13+3reb+3ast, E.Ruzgas 11+3reb, V.Sarakauskas 8+1reb+1ast, V.Liutych 7+2ast, R.Broadus 5+1ast
gschID: 170277


Tartu Ulikool - Rudupis 83-97

Very expected game when 9th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (6-14) lost at home to fourth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (12-8) 97-83 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Tartu Ulikool was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Tartu Ulikool outrebounded Rudupis 32-19 including 21 on the defensive glass. Point guard Andrius Mazutis (180-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) contributed with 21 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) for the winners. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) replied with 23 points and swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tartu Ulikool. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Rudupis went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Tartu Ulikool keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Mazutis 23+2reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 21+2ast, A.Labuckas 15+4reb, G.Kadziulis 14+3reb+5ast, A.Juskevicius 9+1reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 8+7reb
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 23+3reb+1ast, M.Doronin 15+7reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 11+2reb+2ast, K.Saage 11+4reb+2ast, S.Leppik 9+2reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 6+5reb
gschID: 170278


Liepaja - Kedainiai 77-92

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (10-10) won against on the road 11th ranked Latvian Liepaja (3-17) 92-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kedainiai. Liepaja was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Kedainiai outrebounded Liepaja 38-19 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liepaja was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward David McClure (200-86, college: Duke) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) replied with 16 points and forward Roberts Stumbris (198-93) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Liepaja. Liepaja's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Kedainiai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-10 record. Liepaja lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: E.Dimsa 21+11reb+3ast, D.McClure 21+9reb, V.Jasikevicius 12+3reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 11+4reb, P.Beliavicius 8+4reb+4ast, T.Cerneckis 7+1reb+1ast
Liepaja: R.Stumbris 16+1reb, J.Mayo 16+3reb+2ast, A.Bricis 10+2reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 9+4reb, M.Kravcenko 6+2reb+5ast, J.Timma 6+1reb
gschID: 170279


Baltai Kaunas - Siauliai 76-83

One of the most interesting games of round 20 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. First ranked Siauliai won against host Baltai Kaunas (4-16) 83-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Baltai Kaunas won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Siauliai won last quarter 23-18. The best player for the winners was center Julius Jucikas (205-89) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Edvinas Ruzgas (198-87, college: TCU) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Siauliai and four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-4 record. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: E.Ruzgas 17+5reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 16+9reb, C.Long 15+1reb+3ast, R.Broadus 12+4reb+5ast, V.Vasylius 11+5reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 6+3reb+5ast
Baltai Kaunas: J.Maciulis 17+7reb+3ast, K.Vecvagars 12+1reb+2ast, M.Delas 12+10reb+1ast, V.Cizauskas 10+6reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 8+1reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 170274


Ventspils - Pieno Zvaigzdes 87-89

Important game to mention about took place in Ventspils. Eighth ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (9-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Latvian Ventspils (12-7) 89-87 on Tuesday evening. Ventspils were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 30-23 third quarter run of Pieno Zvaigzdes. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists and Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and center Martins Meiers (206-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to seventh place. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 19+3reb+4ast, E.Bendzius 14+4reb, G.Sirutavicius 14+4reb+5ast, P.Prestes 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 8+1ast, A.Kieza 8+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Young 20+2reb+4ast, M.Meiers 13+5reb+2ast, A.Berzins 11+2reb+3ast, T.Abernethy 10+1reb+5ast, S.Gray 9+1reb+3ast, R.Zakis 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 170275


Triumph - Juventus 95-69

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Lithuanian Juventus (9-11) were outscored by second ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4) in Lubertsy 95-69 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Juventus were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Lazar Trifunovic (203-87, college: Radford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Sergey Karasev (201-93) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Darius Pakamanis (193-81) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Juventus. Five Triumph Lyubertsy and four Juventus players scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-4 record behind leader Lietkabelis. Loser Juventus dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Triumph: L.Trifunovic 19+8reb+3ast, S.Karasev 13+3reb+6ast, V.Zvarykin 12+3reb+4ast, K.Landry 12+4reb+1ast, A.Kuzyakin 12+1reb+1ast, D.Soloviev 11+7reb+2ast
Juventus: Z.Sestokas 15+4reb, R.Gumeniuk 12+6reb, G.Maceina 11+6reb+7ast, D.Pakamanis 10+6reb+4ast, V.Volkus 9+1reb, T.Gaidamavicius 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 170276




Dimsa's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kedainiai and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Liepaja (#11, 3-17) 92-77. Kedainiai maintains the 6th position in Baltic League . Kedainiai is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. Dimsa just recently signed at Kedainiai, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Egidijus Dimsa averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports) of Pieno Zvaigzdes. He is American-Puerto Rican guard in his first season at Pieno Zvaigzdes. In the last game Hughes recorded impressive 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Pieno Zvaigzdes to edge the higher-ranked Ventspils (#3, 12-7) by 2 points 89-87. This victory allowed Pieno Zvaigzdes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Hughes is a newcomer at Pieno Zvaigzdes and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Andrius Mazutis (180-PG-81) of Rudupis (#5). Mazutis scored 23 points. He was a key player of Rudupis, leading his team to a 97-83 easy win against the lower-ranked Tartu Ulikool (#9, 6-14). Rudupis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Mazutis has a very solid season. In 9 games in Baltic League he scored 5.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David McClure (200-F-86) of Kedainiai - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Bill Amis (205-F-87) of Tartu Ulikool - 23 points and 3 rebounds
6. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Siauliai - 16 points and 9 rebounds
7. Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) of Rudupis - 21 points and 2 assists
8. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86) of Ventspils - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Jahmar Young (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) of Ventspils - 13 points, 5 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)


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 5. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Young, Ventspils15.1 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 David MCCLURE
  Kedainiai
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas9.1 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 6. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 7. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas7.1 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.7.1 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas4.6 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 3. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.2 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.2 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 8. Tsiopych, Barsy A.3.9 
 9. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 10. McKee, Triumph3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 6. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 10. Long, Siauliai1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.2 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 10. Soloviev, Triumph0.9 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 16-4 
 2. Triumph 15-4 
 3. Ventspils 12-7 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 12-7 
 5. Rudupis 12-8 
 6. Kedainiai 10-10 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 9-10 
 8. Juventus 9-11 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 6-14 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 4-16 
 11. Liepaja 3-17 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 10-2 
 2. Neptunas 6-4 
 3. Naglis Palangos 6-5 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-7 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Lietkabelis 11-2 
 7. Sakalai 9-5 
 8. Valmiera 8-4 
 9. TTU 3-9 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


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  BELGIUM   


Div 2 News - by Peter Buyse
Quite a bit of transfer news already towards the next season.

First off the departure at Boom of long time head coach Paul Vervaeck who coached the team since 2008. His replacement is present Fleurus coach Tom Poppe who previously coached Pitzemburg and Zwevezele also D2 teams. In 2010 Poppe led Zwevezelke to the D2 championship.
Boom has also announced the arrival of Mitchel Gorremans (190-G-85), Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) and the D2 topscorer Dieter Souveryns (194-G-83) for next season.

Paul Vervaeck has been announced by Fleurus as their head coach for the 2012-2013 season. According to the team's website Boom guard Terry Deroover (180-G-91) has reached an agreement with Fleurus to join the team for next season.

Boom's Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) is leaving the team and is headed to Waregem where he is reunited with his twin brother Olivier Foucart.
Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80) will not be on Waregem's roster for the 2012-2013 season.

Another team working hard towards their roster for the 2012-2013 season is Sint Niklaas Conders who have reached an agreement with the following players.
Jeroen Gerlo at present Latem De Pinte, Joao Pedro De Decker also Latem De Pinte, Dennis Bovoy presently at Soba Antwerpen and Dave D'Haens who plays for St Jan Antwerp.




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 14-6 
 2. Oostende 14-7 
 3. Antwerp 13-6 
 4. Aalstar 12-8 
 5. Leuven 11-8 
 6. M.Hainaut 9-10 
 7. Liege 7-13 
 8. Gent 5-15 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.6 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende16.4 
 4. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 5. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 6. Green, Spirou14.6 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.4 
 8. Freeman, Leuven14.2 
 9. Haynes, Gent14.0 
 10. Black, Antwerp13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Brown, Gent8.2 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.4 
 3. McLean, Leuven7.4 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp7.3 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.6.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 7. Booker, Oostende6.1 
 8. Green, Spirou5.8 
 9. Wright, Oostende5.7 
 10. De Zeeuw, Vervier.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Waters, Liege4.0 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.9 
 3. Wisniewski, Spirou3.7 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 10. Rich, Oostende2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SINGLETARY
  M.Hainaut
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar1.7 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.7 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.8 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.8 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.6 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.0 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.16.2 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.1 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.5 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.3 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.1 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.5 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.6.7 
 6. Gugino, Tundja Y.6.6 
 7. Marojevic, Balkan6.4 
 8. Marintchechk., Bal.6.2 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.9 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.4 
 6. Hunt, Cherno More4.0 
 7. Filipov, Balkan3.9 
 8. Howell, Levski Sof.3.8 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.6 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.2 
 4. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.2.1 
 6. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 7. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.3 
 3. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 
 10. Marojevic, Balkan0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 19-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 17-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 13-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 13-8 
 5. Cherno More 9-12 
 6. Balkan 7-14 
 7. Spartak Pleven 4-17 
 8. Chernomorets 2-19 


Bulgarian NBL round 21 best performance: Stanislav Govedarov - by Eurobasket News
Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tundja Yambol, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Spartak Pleven (#7, 4-17) 85-76. Tundja Yambol maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tundja Yambol will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Govedarov had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Tundja Yambol, through which he has constantly improved. Stanislav Govedarov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.1ppg), assists (9th best: 3.4apg) and averages impressive 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Rilski Sportist. Mirkovic had a very good evening with 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Rilski Sportist cruised to a 82-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 2-19). Rilski Sportist's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Mirkovic is a newcomer at Rilski Sportist, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tundja Yambol's star - American center Tony Gugino (207-C-86). Gugino scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Tundja Yambol, helping his team with a 85-76 win against the lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#7, 4-17). Tundja Yambol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Gugino has a very solid season. In 6 games in Bulgaria he scored 6.7ppg. He also has 5.7rpg, 2.2spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 20 points and 7 rebounds
5. Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Cherno More - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) of Levski Sofia - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jimmie Hunt (187-G-82) of Cherno More - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Chernomorets - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski Sofia - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points, 5 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)


NBL Round 21: Top-ranked Lukoil Academik wins another game - by Eurobasket News
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (19-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Balkan (7-14) in Sofia 86-77. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lukoil Academik shot 63.5 percent from the field. It was a good game for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) answered with 22 points for Balkan. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-12). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Vasil Evtimov chipped in 15 points and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 bottom-ranked Chernomorets was beaten by Rilski Sportist on the road 82-74. Tundja Yambol won against Spartak Pleven on its own court 85-76.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Stanislav Govedarov of Tundja Yambol.



Rilski Sportist - Chernomorets 82-74

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Rilski Sportist (13-8) beat bottom-ranked Chernomorets (2-19) in Samokov 82-74. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-20 Chernomorets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Rilski Sportist made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 assists for the winners and swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik, which they share with Tundja Yambol. Chernomorets lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Rilski Sportist will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 28+3reb+5ast, F.Vukosavljevic 12+4reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 12+11reb+1ast, A.Velikov 10+4reb+3ast, S.Vaklinov 7, S.Mijajlovic 6+4reb
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 18+10reb+1ast, D.Roshmanov 14+2reb+1ast, D.Dunovic 12+2reb+5ast, A.Penev 11+2reb+7ast, K.Koev 9+2reb, H.Gospodinov 8+6reb+1ast
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Lukoil Academik - Balkan 86-77

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (19-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Balkan (7-14) in Sofia 86-77. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lukoil Academik shot 63.5 percent from the field. It was a good game for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) answered with 22 points and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 9 points and 8 assists in the effort for Balkan. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 20+7reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 19+5reb+3ast, P.Marinov 11+2reb+1ast, B.Avramov 11+4reb+5ast, A.Owens 9+1reb+2ast, B.Heath 7+4reb+6ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 22+2reb, I.Martin 13+6reb, D.Filipov 11+1reb+2ast, L.Lilov 9+2reb+8ast, D.Marintchechki 9+6reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 7+6reb+1ast
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Cherno More - Levski Sofia 78-82

The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (17-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-12). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Euroins Cherno More won second period 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Levski Sofia won last quarter 21-19. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Jimmie Hunt (187-82, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Levski Sofia will play against Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 24+7reb+4ast, V.Evtimov 15+16reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 10+5reb+3ast, J.Howell 10+2reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 9+1reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 8+4reb
Cherno More: V.Kyosev 18+3reb+1ast, G.Davidov 17+11reb+1ast, J.Hunt 15+7reb+3ast, S.Iliev 11+9reb, P.Aleksiev 8+2reb+5ast, M.Borisov 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 140013


Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 85-76

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-17) lost on the road to fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (13-8) 85-76. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-21 Spartak Pleven's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-76 at the end of the game. Tundja Yambol dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 24. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) stepped up and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Rosen Sofroniev (193-80) with 19 points and forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tundja Yambol have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Tundja Yambol will play against league's second-placed Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik (#1) in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 23+7reb+7ast, T.Gugino 14+12reb+2ast, S.Cholakov 14+2reb+1ast, M.Durchev 10+4reb+3ast, J.Radionov 10+3reb+6ast, M.Jefferson 9
Spartak Pleven: R.Sofroniev 19+3reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 17+6reb, T.Todorov 12+6reb+3ast, A.Dyakovski 11+2reb+2ast, I.Stankov 9+10reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 140014




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QUARTER-FINAL #3: Bears advance to semis for first time since 2003 - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The second-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears advanced to the national semifinals for the first time since 2003 at the CIS mens basketball championship thanks to a convincing 81-52 win over the No. 7 Ryerson Rams, Friday evening, in the third quarter-final of the 2012 Final 8, presented by Subway.

Making their first appearance at the tournament since a seventh-place finish in 2008, the Canada West champions will face either No. 3 Concordia or No. 6 St. Francis Xavier in Saturdays late semifinal at 8:15 p.m. Atlantic, live on EastLink TV and ssncanada.ca.

The OUA finalist Rams, in their second trip in program history at the Nationals, move to the consolation side of the draw and will take on the loser of the Concordia-StFX match-up Saturday at 2:15 p.m. AT. Ryerson went 0-2 at its only previous tourney appearance in 1999.

The Bears, looking to capture a fourth W.P. McGee Trophy and their first one since 2002, jumped in front 6-3 in the second minute of the contest and never relinquished the lead after that point. Alberta led 21-12 after the opening quarter, 49-25 at halftime and 66-43 at the 30-minute mark.

Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley) and Daniel Ferguson (191-G/F, college: Valdosta St.), the top two scorers at this weekends tournament with averages of 19.1 and 19.6 points per game, respectively, this season, live up to their reputation in the lopsided victory.

Baker, a first-team all-Canadian guard from Edmonton, had an outstanding overall performance with a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Ferguson, a fifth-year guard from Malton, Ont., was named Alberta player of the game following a 23-point performance, including 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.

The dynamic duo totally dominated the first half, scoring 41 of the Bears 49 points. Ferguson had 21 points at the break, while Baker had 20.

Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, with 15 points, also scored in double figures for the winners

Our captains, Baker and Ferguson really stepped up for us tonight. They set the tone early and were an inspiration for their teammates, said Alberta head coach Greg Francis. They came out very aggressive. That was part of our game plan.

It was just one of those nights where everything seems to go in. I felt good out there, commented Ferguson. My teammates gave me a lot of open looks. It was an all-around great team effort.

Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91), a sophomore point guard from Mississauga, Ont., was Ryersons game MVP with 15 points and four assists. Fellow sophomore Bjorn Michaelsen (201-F) of Otterburn Park, Que., contributed 11 points in the losing cause.

They are older, more mature physically, and that was a big difference tonight, said Ryerson head coach Roy Rana. Hats off to them. They played very well.

Baker dominated the opening frame, scoring the Bears first eight points en route to a 12-point quarter.

The 6-foot-7 forward also scored his teams first four points in the second period, before Ferguson took over with 18 points before the halftime break, including 12 from beyond the arc.

It looked as though the Rams would make it interesting early in the third as they opened the second half with an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 49-36, but the Bears responded with an 8-2 of their own, all but sealing the victory.

Bergen-Henengouwen tallied seven points in the final quarter as Alberta maintained its comfortable lead.

The Bears dominated every statistical category. They out-rebounded their OUA rivals 50-28, shot 48.4 per cent from the field compared to 34.5 for the Rams, and were successful on 44.4 per cent of their long distance attempts, compared to 30.8 for Ryerson.

STAT LEADERS

Alberta
Points: Jordan Baker (26), Daniel Ferguson (23), Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (15)
Rebounds: Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (9), Jordan Baker (8)
Assists: Jordan Baker (8)

Subway player of the game: Daniel Ferguson

Ryerson
Points: Jahmal Jones (15), Bjorn Michaelsen (11)
Rebounds: Bjorn Michaelsen (6), Luke Staniscia (4)
Assists: Jahmal Jones (4)

Subway player of the game: Jahmal Jones

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: No. 6 StFX vs. No. 3 Concordia

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Lakehead vs. Acadia
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson vs. Loser QF #4
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. Winner QF #4

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


QUARTER-FINAL #4: X-Men down Concordia, to face Bears in semis - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Terry Thomas (193-G) of East Preston, N.S., exploded for 39 points to lead the sixth-seeded St. Francis Xavier University X-Men to a 98-82 upset victory over the No. 3 Concordia Stingers, Friday night, in the last quarter-final match of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway.

Returning to the tournament after a two-year absence, the X-Men advance to the national Final Four for the first time since 2006, when they dropped a 67-63 decision to Victoria. The three-time W.P. McGee Trophy champions (1993, 2000, 2001) havent played in the CIS title match since a 63-59 loss to Carleton in 2004.

In Saturdays semifinals, reigning national champion and top-seeded Carleton will face No. 5 Fraser Valley at 6 p.m. Atlantic, while StFX will battle No. 2 Alberta at 8:15 p.m. Both games are live on EastLink TV and ssncanada.ca.

Alberta is tough. (Jordan) Baker and (Daniel) Ferguson are great players. Theyre a big, physical team. Its going to be quite a challenge, said StFX head coach Steve Konchalski.

For their part, the RSEQ champion Stingers have now lost in the opening round in their last four CIS tourney appearances dating back to 2007. They will take on No. 7 Ryerson on the consolation side of the draw Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

The AUS finalist X-Men dominated the final contest of opening day from start to finish. They started the game with a stunning 23-2 run and never looked back. The score was 32-15 after one quarter, 51-33 at halftime and 77-56 after 30 minutes.

Thomas, a sophomore guard who was named a second-team all-Canadian this season, had 19 points at the half and finished eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. He was 15-of-23 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from three-point range, and made seven of eight free throws.

Four of his teammates also scored in double figures, including Jeremy Dunn of Wolfville, N.S., with 17 points, freshman Marquis Clayton of Halifax, with 11, as well as Bol Kong (198-F, college: Gonzaga) of Vancouver and Tyrell Vernon (185-G-88) of Hamilton, who had 10 apiece. Kong grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to complete a double-double.

The 98 points scored were the second most in X-Men history at the CIS tournament, trailing only a 100-74 quarter-final win against Calgary in 1979.

When we play X tempo, we control games, said Thomas, who was voted player of the game for the winning side. Tonight, every player did a great job. We played well on defence, we were quick in transition, we played aggressively. We didnt like losing to Acadia in the final and we wanted to come out strong tonight.

Konchalski, in his 37th campaign on the StFX sidelines, admitted that getting off to a fast start was part of the game plan, and had nothing but good things to say about the star of the night.

We didnt do a good job of that in the AUS final. I think the guys got the message, said the legendary coach, whose team beat Concordia 94-78 on New Years Eve in the final of the Rod Shoveller Memorial Tournament at Dalhousie University.

What can I say about Terry. He was all over the place tonight. He was dominant. When hes on like he was today, hes hard to stop.

Concordia also had five scorers in double digits, including Zach Brisebois (201-F) of Montreal, who led the way with 12 points and was named the Stingers game MVP, as well as rookie Jerome Blake of Montreal and Kafil Eyitayo of Benin, who had 11 apiece, and Montreal natives Kyle Desmarais and Evens Laroche, with 10 each.

They beat us in every facet of game, said Concordia head coach John Dore. They were more intense, they out-hustled us, out worked us. They did everything a little quicker, a little more efficiently.

StFX had significant advantages in points in the paint (62 to 48), points off turnovers (33 to 15) and fast break points (24 to 6). Both teams finished with 47 rebounds. The X-Men shot 47 per cent from the field compared to 43 percent for their Quebec rivals.

Thomas scored 10 of his 39 points as part of StFXs 23-2 run at the start of the contest and added nine in the second quarter. Concordia was never able to cut the deficit to less than 13 points before the halftime break.

It was much of the same in the third frame as Thomas added nine points to up his game total to 28, and once again the X-Mens lead never dropped to under 13.

The Stingers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run to make it a 79-66 affair but X responded with an 8-0 run of its own to put the game away for good. Thomas wrapped up his remarkable outing with 11 points in the frame.

STAT LEADERS

StFX
Points: Terry Thomas (39), Jeremy Dunn (17), Marquis Clayton (11)
Rebounds: Bol Kong (12), Terry Thomas (8)
Assists: Tyrell Vernon (6), Terry Thomas (4), Jeremy Dunn (4)

Subway player of the game: Terry Thomas

Concordia
Points: Zach Brisebois (12), Jerome Blake (11), Kafil Eyitayo (11)
Rebounds: Kyle Desmarais (6), Zach Brisebois (6), Kafil Eyitayo (6)
Assists: Jerome Blake (5), Morgan Tajfel (4)

Subway player of the game: Zach Brisebois

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Lakehead vs. Acadia
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson vs. Concordia
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


CIS Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ryerson - Alberta 52-81

The game was mostly controlled by Golden Bears. Rams was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Golden Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 22. They outrebounded Rams 44-18 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) contributed with 23 points for the winners. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) answered with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rams. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Jones 15+1reb+4ast, B.Michaelsen 11+6reb+2ast, L.Staniscia 9+4reb+1ast, A.Best 9+3reb, J.Gauthier 3+3reb, A.Gebrekerestos 3+1reb+1ast
Alberta: J.Baker 26+8reb+8ast, D.Ferguson 23+3reb+3ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 15+9reb, L.Taylor 7+6reb+3ast, M.Cardoza 4+2reb, R.Dewar 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 170499


St.Francis X. - Concordia 98-82

The game was mostly controlled by X-Men. Stingers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. X-Men forced 22 Stingers turnovers. Guard Terry Thomas (193) fired 39 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Forward Jeremy Dunn (198) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jerome Blake produced 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Zach Brisebois (201) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five X-Men and four Stingers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Concordia: Z.Brisebois 12+6reb+2ast, J.Blake 11+5reb+5ast, K.Eyitayo 11+6reb, K.Desmarais 10+6reb+2ast, E.Laroche 10+3reb, J.Clark 8+5reb+1ast
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 39+8reb+4ast, J.Dunn 17+5reb+4ast, M.Clayton 11+2reb+2ast, T.Vernon 10+5reb+6ast, B.Kong 10+12reb+2ast, J.Clarke 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 170500


UFV - Lakehead 83-71

The game without a history. Cascades led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Thunderwolves' 24. Cascades had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Sheldon Bjorgaard (178, college: MSU Moorhead) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Joseph Jones (188-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) scored 20 points. Thunderwolves' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: V.Russel 20+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 20+10reb+2ast, M.Schmidt 11+3reb+3ast, G.Carter 7+3reb+3ast, Y.Salhia 4+11reb+3ast, A.Johnson 3+2reb
UFV: S.Bjorgaard 19+7reb+2ast, K.Grewal 17+5reb+1ast, J.Friesen 13+7reb+1ast, M.James 10+6reb+1ast, S.Freeman 9+3reb+2ast, J.Moedt 6+14reb+1ast
gschID: 170497


Acadia - Carleton 68-82

The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Axemen was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Axemen 43-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. International forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) accounted for 25 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Sean Stoqua (180) came up with 9 points and 5 assists and guard Anthony Ashe (193) added 13 points respectively for Axemen in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Acadia: T.Scott 13+3reb, A.Ashe 13+2reb+2ast, A.Sears 10+5reb+1ast, J.Tull 10+1reb, O.Klassen 9+8reb, S.Stoqua 9+4reb+5ast
Carleton: P.Scrubb 25+7reb+2ast, T.Hinz 22+10reb+4ast, E.Thompson 16+2reb, K.Smendziuk 6+4reb, K.Churchill 6+3reb+1ast, W.Manigat 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 170498




QUARTER-FINAL #1: Fraser Valley impressive in Final 8 debut - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) In their first-ever Final 8 appearance, the fifth-seeded University of the Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the No. 4 Lakehead Thunderwolves 83-71 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway.

With the quarter-final win at the Metro Centre, the Cascades, Canada West finalists in only their sixth CIS season, advance to Saturdays first national semifinal at 6 p.m. Atlantic, where they will face either top-seeded Carleton or No. 8 Acadia.

Lakehead, which received the at-large entry for the CIS tournament after being upset by Ryerson in the OUA semis, moves to the consolation side of the draw and will take on either Carleton or Acadia Saturday at noon AT. It marked the third first-round exit in as many years for the Thunderwolves at the Final 8.

Fourth-year guard Sheldon Bjorgaard (178-G, college: MSU Moorhead) of Abbotsford, B.C., paced the winners with 19 points, including 15 on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range.

Kyle Grewal of Surrey, B.C., with 17 points, Joel Friesen (193-G) of Abbotsford, with 13, and Mike James of Winnipeg, with 10, also scored in double figures for Fraser Valley. Six-foot-seven post Jasper Moedt (203-F) of Abbotsford was a monster under the basket and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Cascades led 17-13 after the opening quarter, 34-29 at halftime and 58-51 after 30 minutes.

There were definitely some nerves early on. Everybody was a little excited since this is our first time at Nationals, said Bjorgaard, who was named player of the match for Fraser Valley. But we settled in pretty quickly and did a good job following the game plan. Were used to the pressure. We had so many close games in the Canada West playoffs.

Fraser Valley beat Lethbridge at the buzzer in Game 3 of a best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series and edged Victoria by a single point in the conference semifinal to qualify for the Final 8.

Sheldon is a fantastic shooter. Small guy with a big heart. Hes the heart and soul of our program, said head coach Barnaby Craddock of his 5-foot-10 senior, the smallest player on the court in the tourney opener. Im really proud of the guys. They managed to step up in the first CIS championship game. Lakehead was a very good first-round opponent and the guys pulled it off.

A pair of American-born players, Venzal Russell, an all-Canadian from Detroit, and Joseph Jones (188-G-89) of Washington, scored 20 points apiece for Lakehead. Russell was voted the T-Wolves game-MVP, while Jones completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.

It was still close with a few minutes left. I think we were down by only seven points. But we just couldnt get the key stop in the final minutes, and we had trouble finishing all day offensively, said Lakehead head coach Scott Morrison.

The two teams got off to a tentative start in opening quarter of the championship. The score was tied at 6-6, 8-8 and 11-11 before Fraser Valley closed the period with back-to-back three pointers by Jordan Blackman and Bjorgaard to take a 17-13 lead after 10 minutes of play.

The second quarter was as closely contested and featured seven lead changes. Down 28-27 with 2:33 left, the Cascades ended the half on a 7-1 run to head into the locker room with a 34-29 advantage.

Lakehead attempted a whopping 21 three-pointers in the half, making six of them, while Fraser Valley was 4-of-11 from beyond the arc after 20 minutes. Bjorgaard led all players at the break with nine points.

The Canada West silver medallists opened the second half with a 4-0 run to widen the gap to nine points and never looked back.

Bjorgaard pushed the lead to double digits with a pair of free throws that made it 51-41 with two minutes to go in the third frame. A James York basket one minute into the fourth made it a 12-point affair at 63-51, and Fraser Valley had its biggest lead of the afternoon with 3:33 remaining in the game, at 76-63, when Mike James scored on a layup.

Overall, the Cascades out-rebounded their rivals 56-48 and maintained a 44.6 field goal percentage, compared to 32.4 for Lakehead.

STAT LEADERS

Fraser Valley
Points: Sheldon Bjorgaard (19), Kyle Grewal (17), Joel Friesen (13)
Rebounds: Jasper Moedt (14), Joel Friesen (7), Sheldon Bjorgaard (7)
Assists: James York (5)

Subway player of the game: Sheldon Bjorgaard

Lakehead
Points: Venzal Russell (20), Joseph Jones (20), Matthew Schmidt (11)
Rebounds: Yoosrie Salhia (11), Joseph Jones (10)
Assists: Yoosrie Salhia (3), Greg Carter (3), Matthew Schmidt (3)

Subway player of the game: Venzal Russell

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 1 Carleton
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 7 Ryerson vs. No. 2 Alberta
20:15 Quarter-final #4: No. 6 StFX vs. No. 3 Concordia

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Lakehead vs. Loser QF #2
14:15 Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Winner QF #2
20:15 Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


QUARTER-FINAL #2: Defending champs survive scare, to meet UFV in semis - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The top-seeded and defending champion Carleton University Ravens survived a scare in their tournament opener on Friday afternoon but finally outscored the No. 8 Acadia Axemen 82-68 in the second quarter-final match of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway.

The OUA champion Ravens, now 32-0 overall on the season against CIS competition, advance to Saturdays first national semifinal at 6 p.m. Atlantic, where they will face the No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades.

The AUS champion Axemen will resume play on the consolation side of the draw and are set to take on No. 4 Lakehead Saturday at noon AT. Acadia was eliminated in the first round for the second straight year.

The 14-point margin of victory is the second lowest of the campaign for Carleton against CIS opponents. Only Lakehead had fared better this year against the powerhouse from Ottawa, losing 88-85 in conference play.

The win was the 21st in a row for Carleton in CIS championship games played at the Metro Centre. The Ravens, who have claimed seven of the last nine national banners and are looking for a record-tying W.P. McGee title, havent lost at the Halifax arena since a 78-77 first-round setback against McMaster in 2001.

The final score on Friday doesnt reflect how close the duel was, especially in the second half. After jumping to a 27-11 first-quarter advantage and leading 45-30 after 20 minutes, the Ravens were outscored 22-11 in the third frame and were holding on to a slim 56-52 lead heading into the final quarter.

Acadia was still trailing by only five points, 65-60, with seven minutes left before Carleton started to pull away, ending the contest on a 17-8 run.

Were not surprised by how tough they played us. Theyre a very good team, said Carleton head coach Dave Smart, who was named CIS coach of the year for a record fifth time prior to the tournament. The way they played last week to beat StFX in the AUS final, I thought they were coming in here playing as well as any team in the country.

Im really proud of my guys, said Acadia sideline boss Stephen Baur. We just found ourselves in too big a hole early on. Carleton is too good a team to give them such a lead.

It is said that big players have to make big plays in big games, and it was certainly true for Carleton on the day.

Named the CIS player of the year on Thursday night, Philip Scrubb (194-G-92), a sophomore guard from Richmond, B.C., earned player-of-the-game honours for the winning side thanks to his match-high 25 points, including 21 on 7-of-12 shooting from three-point range. Scrubb led the country this season with a remarkable 57 per cent success rate from beyond the arc.

Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) of Ottawa, named to the first all-Canadian team this season after being voted the CIS MVP a year ago, had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, while fifth-year veteran Elliot Thompson of Fredericton scored 16, including 12 on three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

I think it was great for us to be tested like that in our first game, Scrubb said. We found ourselves outside of our comfort zone for a while. But the important thing is we played well when the pressure was on.

Tyler Scott (188-G), a freshman from Halifax, was named game MVP for Acadia after scoring 13 points. Anthony Ashe of Stittsville, Ont., also netted 13, while Jonathan Bull of Ajax, Ont., and Anthony Sears of Riverview, N.B., contributed 10 points apiece.

We didnt consider ourselves a number eight seed. We knew wed have to play Carleton eventually if we were to win the championship, so why not face them right off the bat, said rookie guard Sean Stoqua of Ottawa, who led the AUS champs with five assists. To be honest, I think we could have played even better. But hats off to them. Theyre a great team.

Early on, the Ravens looked like the team that had outscored CIS opponents by an average of 37.6 points this season. Hinz scored eight of his teams first 12 points as Carleton built an early 12-5 lead. He added four more points before the end of the opening quarter to guide his troops to the commanding 27-11 advantage after 10 minutes.

In the second, it was the Philip Scrubb Show, with the player of the year netting 14 points, including 12 from long distance.

Tull reduced the Acadia deficit to single digit for the first time in the second half with four minutes remaining in the third, when his two free throws made it a 49-41 affair. Sears scored on a layup with just over two minutes left in the period to cap off an 8-0 run for the Axemen and cut the Carleton lead to 56-52.

In the fourth, Tull once again went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to make it 65-60 with 6:50 left on the clock, but thats as close as Acadia would come to the improbable upset.

Thompson took over from there and nailed a mind-boggling four three-pointers in a span of 2:07 to put the game out of reach.

Overall, Carleton out-rebounded its rivals 45-38 and was successful on 42.9 per cent of its field goal attempts, including a 30.6 success rate from beyond the arc. Acadia was 37.1 per cent from the floor, including 27.3 per cent from long distance.

STAT LEADERS

Carleton
Points: Philip Scrubb (25), Tyson Hinz (22), Elliot Thompson (16)
Rebounds: Tyson Hinz (10), Philip Scrubb (7), Cole Hobin (7)
Assists: Cole Hobin (5), Tyson Hinz (4)

Subway player of the game: Philip Scrubb

Acadia
Points: Tyler Scott (13), Anthony Ashe (13), Jonathan Tull (10), Anthony Sears (10)
Rebounds: Owen Klassen (208-F-91) (8), Anthony Sears (5)
Assists: Sean Stoqua (5)

Subway player of the game: Tyler Scott

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 7 Ryerson vs. No. 2 Alberta
20:15 Quarter-final #4: No. 6 StFX vs. No. 3 Concordia

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Lakehead vs. Acadia
14:15 Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.8 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.5 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.22.1 
 6. Fassett, St.Mary''s20.7 
 7. Ferguson, Alberta20.2 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.0 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.7 
 10. Baker, Alberta19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.4 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.7 
 3. Burke, UBC10.5 
 4. King, TRU10.1 
 5. Baker, Alberta10.0 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.3 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 9. Lual, UPEI8.8 
 10. Buckley, Laurier8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.6 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.7.2 
 3. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 4. Smith, TWU5.8 
 5. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 6. Collins, Windsor5.7 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 8. Kraus, Brock5.4 
 9. Allin, Laurier5.4 
 10. Smith, Cape Bret.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.2 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.9 
 3. Carter, Lakehead2.7 
 4. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 6. Laroche, Concordia2.4 
 7. Cote-K., UQ.2.4 
 8. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
 9. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.4 
 10. Walton, Manitoba2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Fidler, Calgary1.7 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Bains, UBC1.5 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.1.1 
 9. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.1 
 10. Black, McMaster1.1 


CONSOLATION #1: Axemen beat Lakehead, to play for 5th place - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Owen Klassen (208-F-91) had a 27-point, 15-rebound double-double as the eighth-seeded Acadia Axemen advanced the consolation final of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, thanks to an 84-75 win over the No. 5 Lakehead Thunderwolves at the Metro Centre, Saturday afternoon.

The AUS champion Axemen, who finished seventh at last years Final 8, will battle for fifth place Sunday at 11 a.m. Atlantic. They will face either No. 3 Concordia or No. 7 Ryerson.

The Thunderwolves, who had received the at-large entry for the national tournament, return to Thunder Bay with an 0-2 record.

Acadia trailed 61-54 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored their rivals 30-14 in the final frame, including a 20-5 run to end the contest.

The Axemen led 19-14 after the opening quarter and 36-33 at halftime but Lakekead dominated the third period 28-18.

We really wanted to get something going in this game but after yesterday, it was a bit of a letdown. I thought both teams had a slow start but we finished well the way we intended too, said Acadia head coach Stephen Baur. The team had a lot to prove today. We had a bit of a chip on our shoulders after the way things had gone but today we wanted to prove that we should not have been the eighth seed.

Klassen, a 6-foot-10 forward from Kingston, Ont., was named a second-team all-Canadian this season, his third with Acadia. He was voted player of the match for the winners after shooting 6-of-9 from the floor and 15-of-19 from the charity stripe, while grabbing nine defensive rebounds and six on offence.

Anthony Sears (193-G) of Riverview, N.B., and Anthony Ashe of Stittsville, Ont., contributed 17 points apiece in the win, while Jonathan Tull of Ajax, Ont., scored 10.

Greg Carter (178-G-90) of Ottawa, who was named the CIS defensive player of the year before the championship, was Lakeheads game MVP. The fourth-year guard finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Ben Johnson (88) of Pictou, N.S., and Joseph Jones of Washington, DC, scored 12 points apiece in the loss.

The Axemen held the lead the entire first half, with the exception of a 28-28 tie midway through the second quarter.

The T-Wolves took their first lead of the game two minutes into the third when a pair of Carter free throws made it 41-40 Lakehead.

The OUA West finalists were still ahead 70-64 with seven minutes remaining in the contest when the Axemen went on their game-winning run that featured seven points each by Klassen and Sears.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
ACA 19-17-18-30: 84
LAK 14-19-28-14: 75

Acadia
Points: Owen Klassen (27), Anthony Sears (17), Anthony Ashe (17)
Rebounds: Owen Klassen (15), Anthony Sears (7), Anthony Ashe (7)
Assists: Sean Stoqua (4)
Subway player of the game: Owen Klassen

Lakehead
Points: Greg Carter (15), Ben Johnson (12), Joseph Jones (12)
Rebounds: Greg Carter (10), Ben Johnson (8), Joseph Nitychoruk (8)
Assists: Greg Carter (6)
Subway player of the game: Greg Carter

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson vs. Concordia
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia vs. TBD
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


SEMIFINAL #1: No. 1 Ravens go for record-tying title on Sunday - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The top-seeded Carleton University Ravens will have a chance to capture a record-tying eighth W.P. McGee Trophy on Sunday thanks to an 83-65 win over the No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades in the first semifinal of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, on Saturday evening.

In Sundays gold medal match at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic, live on EastLink TV and ssncanada.ca, the Ravens will face either No. 2 Alberta or No. 6 StFX.

Carleton, 7-0 all-time in national finals, claimed its seventh CIS banner in nine years in 2011 thanks to a convincing 82-59 victory against Trinity Western.

Fraser Valley, making its first-ever Final 8 appearance this weekend in only its sixth CIS season, will play for bronze at 1:15 p.m. AT.

It wasnt easy early on for Carleton, now 33-0 overall on the campaign versus Canadian university opponents. The Ravens led only 16-12 after the first quarter and 31-27 at halftime before dominating the third frame 28-16 to build a comfortable 59-43 cushion after 30 minutes.

Both teams struggled before the break, with the OUA champions shooting 36.7 per cent from the field, compared to 35.5 for the Canada West bronze medallists. It was a different story in the third however as the Carleton sharp shooters finally warmed up and were good on 10 of 20 field goal attempts, including 5-of-11from three-point range.

Were going to have to play better and shoot better tomorrow if were going to have a chance, said Carletons Dave Smart, the five-time CIS coach of the year. They did a great job taking us out of our comfort zone in the first half. Our defence kept us in the game while our offence struggled.

No need to make excuses. They were just better than us tonight. Theyre a great team, said Fraser Valley head coach Barnaby Craddock. The third quarter was the difference. We played ok and battled hard in the first half, but so did they. I dont think either team had a great first half. But in the third they started to hit their stride and we werent able to keep up.

Carleton was led by an unlikely hero in Thomas Scrubb, a sophomore forward from Richmond, B.C., whose brother Phil was voted the CIS player of the year before the championship. Thomas earned ravens game-MVP honours following a 16-point performance, including 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

My shot felt good tonight. Last night I didnt shoot well at all, so it couldnt get any worse, said Scrubb, who made only one field goal in five attempts in Fridays quarter-final win over Acadia and finished with two points. I think our depth made the difference today. Were very deep, and I think we wore them down in the second half.

Carletons bench outscored Fraser Valleys 40 to 19.

Four other Ravens scored in double figures including brother Phil Scrubb, who had a game-high 18, Willy Manigat of Ottawa, with 16, first-team all-Canadian Tyson Hinz of Ottawa, with 13, and Cole Hobin of Ashton, Ont., with 12.

Toronto native Kevin Churchill was the games top rebounder with 11 boards as Carleton was out-rebounded for a rare time this season, 38-37.

Joel Friesen, a third-year guard from Abbotsford, B.C., paced the Cascades with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists en route to UFV player-of-the-game honours. Forward Kyle Grewal of Surrey, B.C., had 11 points in the loss.

The closely contested first half featured three lead changes and as many ties.

Fraser Valley tied the affair for the last time at 33 all three minutes into the third quarter on a James York three-pointer, but it was all Carleton from there.

Hinz responded with a three-point basket of his own, and Phil Scrubb made it 39-33 with a bucket and a foul shot. Thomas Scrubb then scored eight of the Ravens next 11 points, including a pair of treys, and all of a sudden it was a 13-point game, at 50-37.

Leading by 16 going into the fourth, Carleton went up by 20 when Hobin scored from up close with 7:28 left to make it 67-47. Hobin gave the champs there biggest lead of the night four minutes later when his layup pushed the score to 76-51.

Overall, Carleton shot 43.5 per cent from the field (27-62), including 35.0 from three-point range (14-40), while Fraser Valley kept success rates of 38.6 (22-57) and 29.6 (8-27).

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
CAR 16-15-28-24: 83
RYE 12-15-16-22: 65

Carleton
Points: Phil Scrubb (18), Thomas Scrubb (16), Willy Manigat (15)
Rebounds: Kevin Churchill (11), Cole Hobin (5)
Assists: Phil Scrubb (9)
Subway player of the game: Thomas Scrubb

Fraser Valley
Points: Joel Friesen (13), Kyle Grewal (11)
Rebounds: Jasper Moedt (8), Joel Friesen (5), Jordan Blackman (5)
Assists: Joel Friesen (5)
Subway player of the game: Joel Friesen

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 7 Ryerson
13:15 Bronze medal game: Fraser Valley vs. TBD
16:30 Championship final: Carleton vs. TBD
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


CONSOLATION #2: Rams join Acadia in consolation final - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The seventh-seeded Ryerson Rams claimed the first Final 8 win in program history when they defeated the No. 3 Concordia Stingers 84-80 in the second consolation semifinal of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, Saturday afternoon at the Metro Centre

The OUA finalist Rams, who lost 81-52 to Alberta in Fridays quarter-finals, will face No. 8 Acadia Sunday at 11 a.m. Atlantic in the consolation final for fifth place. Ryerson had gone 0-2 in its only previous CIS tournament appearance back in 1999.

Concordia finishes tied for seventh for the second straight year at the Final 8. The RSEQ champions lost 98-82 to StFX in Fridays opening round.

Bjorn Michaelsen (201-F), a 6-foot-7 forward from Otterburn Park, Que., was named player of the game for the winners after scoring a match-high 25 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Freshman Aaron Best of Scarborough, Ont., with 17 points, Luke Staniscia of Pefferlaw, Ont., with 15, and Jahmal Jones of Mississauga, Ont., with 14, also scored in double figures for the Rams.

Playing in his final university game, senior forward James Clark (198-F) of Toronto was voted Concordia MVP following a 22-point, nine-rebound effort. Evens Laroche (193-F), the reigning RSEQ player of the year from Montreal, had 17 points in the losing cause, while fellow Montreal native Kyle Desmarais finished with 14.

These games are never easy to play but the guys showed a lot of pride today, said Ryerson head coach Roy Rana. They want to end the season with a win.

Concordia opened the game with a 17-4 run and held on to the lead until Jones tied the affair at 33 all with just over three minutes to go in the first half. The Stingers quickly jumped back in front and took a 41-37 lead into the locker room at the break.

The RSEQ champs got off to another great start in the third quarter and built what looked like a comfortable 61-45 cushion midway through the period. Ryerson stunned the third-seeded Stingers however with 18 straight points and headed into the fourth quarter leading 63-61.

After three quick lead changes early in the final frame, Ryerson went ahead for good with five minutes remaining on a Staniscia layup. Clark brought Concordia back to within two at 82-80 - with 1:40 left but the Rams held on for the win.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
RYE 18-19-26-21: 84
CON 24-17-20-19: 80

Ryerson
Points: Bjorn Michaelsen (25), Aaron Best (17), Luke Staniscia (15)
Rebounds: Gavin Berry (6), Jahmal Jones (6), Luke Staniscia (6)
Assists: Gavin Berry (5), Jahmal Jones (5)
Subway player of the game: Bjorn Michaelsen

Concordia
Points: James Clark (22), Evens Laroche (19), Kyle Desmarais (14)
Rebounds: James Clark (9), Evens Laroche (9)
Assists: Decee Krah (5), Evens Laroche (5)
Subway player of the game: James Clark

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 7 Ryerson
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


SEMIFINAL #2: No. 2 Bears join No. 1 Carleton in title match - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Second-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears will play for the W.P. McGee Trophy for the first time in a decade on Sunday thanks to a 91-83 victory over the No. 6 St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the second semifinal of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, Saturday night in front of 5789 at the Metro Centre.

The Canada West champion Bears return to the gold medal final for the first time since 2002, when they edged Western 76-71 to claim the third national title in program history. Alberta also hoisted the McGee Trophy in 1994 and 1995.

Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic, live on EastLink TV and ssncanada.ca, the Bears will face the top-seeded Carleton Ravens, who last year captured their ninth CIS banner in nine seasons. Carleton beat Fraser Valley 83-65 in Saturdays early semifinal.

The AUS finalist X-Men will battle Fraser Valley in the bronze medal match at 1:15 p.m. AT on Sunday.

Daniel Ferguson was named Alberta game MVP for the second straight night. After scoring 23 points Friday in a first-round win over Ryerson, the fifth-year guard from Malton, Ont., never left the court against StFX and netted a match-high 31 in 40 minutes of action.

The second member of the Bears dynamic duo, all-Canadian Jordan Baker, once again had a great all-around effort and finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The third-year guard from Edmonton tallied 26 points against Ryerson in the quarter-finals.

Sahr Saffa, another native of Edmonton, also scored in double figures for the winners, with 18.

Daniel makes my job very easy. He wants it so much, he sets the pace and everybody follows. Hes a phenomenal shooter, said Alberta head coach Greg Francis, in his third campaign at the helm.

Ferguson and Francis both relish the challenge of facing the defending champions in the final.

Were going to need a complete team effort against Carleton, said Ferguson, the top scorer this season among players at the CIS tournament with 19.6 points per game. Ferguson and Baker, that wont be enough. Carleton is way too good to beat them without a total effort from the whole team.

Were going to have to make Phil (Scrubb) and Tyson (Hinz) work hard for every shot. They are such fantastic players, Francis said. And they will have to do the same with our two big guys, Daniel and Jordan.

After scoring a tournament-high 39 points Friday against Concordia, sophomore guard Terry Thomas, an all-Canadian from East Preston, N.S., was once again named player of the game for StFX following a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Jeremy Dunn of Wolfville, N.S., and Bol Kong of Vancouver also contributed offensively for the X-Men with 21 and 16 points, respectively.

I give them full credit, they played a very good game, said StFX head coach Steve Konchalski. We struggled a little defensively. They managed to contain Terry a little better than we contained their big guys.

The contest was very close until the midway point of the fourth quarter, when Alberta started to pull away. The Bears led 20-15 after one period, 43-38 at halftime and 64-57 after 30 minutes.

The X-Men took an early 13-6 lead on a Thomas layup but Alberta closed out the opening quarter with a 14-2 run.

The Bears remained in front until the six-minute mark of the second frame when Kong made it 31-30 StFX with a basket and a free throw. Once again though, Alberta finished strong and outscored its rivals 13-7 the rest of the way to go into the break up by five.

It was much of the same in the third. After StFX came back to take a 51-50 lead, the Canada west champs dominated the rest of the quarter 13-3 for the seven-point advantage after 30 minutes.

Back-to-back Saffa three-pointer all but sealed the Bears victory in the final stanza. The third-year forward connected from beyond the arc with 6:26 remaining to make it 71-64 and again with 5:54 left to up the score to 74-66.

Jordan put the game out of reach for good with a three-point shot of his own that made it a 10-point affair, at 84-74, with 1:19 on the clock.

Alberta finished with a slim 41-37 edge in rebounds. The Bears made 50.8 per cent of their field goals on the night, compared to 40.8 for their AUS rivals. Second-point chances were also a factor, with Alberta dominating 23-9 in that category.

NOTES: Alberta and Carleton have met twice in the past at the CIS championship. The Ravens prevailed 66-57 in the first round in 2008 and 75-71 in the 1965 bronze medal game.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
ALB 20-23-21-27: 91
StFX 15-23-19-26: 83

Alberta
Points: Daniel Ferguson (31), Jordan Baker (20), Sahr Saffa (18)
Rebounds: Jordan Baker (9), Daniel Ferguson (6)
Assists: Jordan Baker (7),
Subway player of the game: Daniel Ferguson

StFX
Points: Terry Thomas (22), Jeremy Dunn (21), Bol Kong (16)
Rebounds: Terry Thomas (10), Bol Kong (6)
Assists: Tyrell Vernon (4), Bol Kong (4)
Subway player of the game: Terry Thomas

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta 91, StFX 83

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 7 Ryerson
13:15 Bronze medal game: No. 5 Fraser Valley vs. No. 6 StFX
16:30 Championship final: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 2 Alberta
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


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  CHILE   


Dimayor Semifinals: Concepcion and Liceo took the lead - by Daniel Valencia
On friday night was played Game 1 of Dimayor's semifinals series. In the game between the first and the fourth seed, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Union Espanola 74-61, with Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego) leading the way with 24 points in the night. For Union, Decorey Young (201-F-85, college: Cumberland) scored 18 points. In the games between the second and third seed, Liceleo Mixto defeated to Espanol 86-85, in a game decided in overtime. These are the complete results.

Semifinals Game 1

CD Universidad de Concepcion 74 - Union Espanola 61
Ucon: Jason Keep 24 pts. Evandro Arteaga 20 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 18 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 14 pts.

CD Liceo Mixto 86 - CD Espanol de Talca 85 OT (77-77)
Lic: Patrick Saez 23 pts. Patricio Briones 21 pts.
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 27 pts. Francisco Bravo 17 pts.


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  CHINA   


CBA Playoff picture - by Alex Yam
Stephon Marbury as he has all season long, is carrying the Beijing Ducks in the playoffs. Marbury has 2 games of 50 plus points in their series vs Shanxi, and it has been a who's been better series vs Marcus Williams of Shanxi, who has also torched Beijing in each of the 3 games.

Beijing is now 1 win from the CBA finals, where they would face perhaps the best Guandong team in quite some time. Shanxi is 2 wins from the finals, but they must somehow find a way to win on the road in Beijing, if they were to force a game 5.

Guandong will now have some extra rest as Beijing and Shanxi battle it out on Sunday night, and if the series were to extend to Beijing on Wed for game 5, then Guandong would have almost 1 week extra of rest and that would not be good for either of the two teams. Guandong is led by the strongest local player contingent, with the resurrection of league MVP Zhu FangYu, and arguably the best shooting guard in Asia, Wang Shipeng, adding Aaron Brooks, and do it all big man James Singleton who has showed a more diverse game, and defensively has been one of the top imports in the league.

The writing looks to be on the wall, as Guandong brings their strongest team to the CBA finals.




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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.9 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 5. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.3 
 6. Vrbanc, Zadar16.8 
 7. Batina, Svjetlost16.2 
 8. Kostomaj, Svjet.15.0 
 9. Simovic, Kvarner14.9 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrej STIMAC
  Svjetlost
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Stimac, Svjetlost7.9 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.2 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.3 
 8. Mrva, Jolly6.3 
 9. Cakarun, Borik6.3 
 10. Cinac, Kvarner 20.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci5.2 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.4.1 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.4 
 7. Blajic, Kvarner3.3 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.9 
 9. Mimica, KK Split2.8 
 10. Tomas, Zabok2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ross, Jolly3.5 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.5 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner1.9 
 4. Krapic, Zadar1.9 
 5. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 7. Mimica, KK Split1.8 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.8 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 10. Hajdic, Dubrovnik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 10. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.6 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 15-4 
 2. Jolly 14-5 
 3. KK Split 13-6 
 4. Zabok 11-8 
 5. Svjetlost 9-10 
 6. Alkar Sinj 8-11 
 7. Borik 8-11 
 8. Kvarner 2010 8-11 
 9. Darda 8-11 
 10. Krizevci 8-12 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


A1 Round 21: Zabok loses to KK Split in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Split. Third ranked host KK Split (13-6) smashed 4th placed Zabok (11-8) 82-62. The game without a history. KK Split 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 Zabok's 40. They outrebounded Zabok 43-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. Forward Luka Babic (200-F-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). KK Split's coach Niksa Bavcevic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Sasa Jankovic (204-84) with 14 points. KK Split maintains third place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Zadar. Zabok at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. KK Split are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A1 top team - Zadar (15-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-11) 82-57. The former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) nailed 14 points for the winning side and Franko Kastropil accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Zoran Pehar (209-81) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. Zadar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-4 record. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zadar to the arena Borik Puntamika.
A very close game took place in Darda between Krizevci and Vrijednosnice OS. Tenth ranked Krizevci (8-12) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-11). Krizevci managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Ivan Mikulic who scored 16 points. Krizevci's coach Rudolf Jugo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Mato Peraica who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted Krizevci maintains tenth place with 8-12 record. Loser Vrijednosnice OS keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Krizevci will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Svjetlost (#5) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Sinj where higher ranked Svjetlost (9-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Alkar Sinj (8-11) 79-69. It was a good game for Nikola Gaurina who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Alkar Sinj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Svjetlost at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Alkar Sinj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play at home against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda.

In the last game of round 21 bottom-ranked Dubrovnik was destroyed by Jolly on the opponent's court 88-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 6 assists and 4 steals by Ronald Ross of Jolly.


Darda - Krizevci 76-77
A very close game took place in Darda between Krizevci and Vrijednosnice OS. Tenth ranked Krizevci (8-12) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-11). Krizevci managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vrijednosnice OS won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Krizevci won last quarter 15-16. The best player for the winners was guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) who scored 16 points. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points. Krizevci's coach Rudolf Jugo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Newly promoted Krizevci maintains tenth place with 8-12 record. Loser Vrijednosnice OS keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Krizevci will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Svjetlost (#5) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Mikulic 16+1reb+2ast, I.Grgat 11+2reb+2ast, M.Gligora 8+1reb+1ast, L.Zitko 8+5reb, J.Glavinic 7+5reb+1ast, M.Zrnic 7+4reb
Darda: M.Peraica 21+6reb+3ast, L.Panduric 15+3reb+2ast, I.Milenkovic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 8+4reb+6ast, D.Meznaric 7+10reb+4ast, V.Budimir 5+1reb
gschID: 149492


Alkar Sinj - Svjetlost 79-69
An interesting game took place in Sinj where higher ranked Svjetlost (9-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Alkar Sinj (8-11) 79-69. The game was mostly controlled by Alkar Sinj. Svjetlost was better in third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alkar Sinj dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Svjetlost's 26. It was a good game for guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and Bosnian guard Marko Batina (198-86) added 17 points in the effort for Svjetlost. Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Svjetlost at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Alkar Sinj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play at home against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 16+4reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 11+1reb+3ast, R.Rogic 11+1reb+3ast, D.Kanaet 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 9+7reb, F.Bubalo 7+2ast
Svjetlost: M.Batina 17+4reb+2ast, L.Samadan 16+3reb+1ast, A.Stimac 15+14reb+3ast, T.Kostomaj 14+1reb+3ast, K.Gamma 4+2reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 3+1reb
gschID: 149493


KK Split - Zabok 82-62
The game between Top Four teams took place in Split. Third ranked host KK Split (13-6) smashed 4th placed Zabok (11-8) 82-62. The game without a history. KK Split 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 Zabok's 40. They outrebounded Zabok 43-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. Forward Luka Babic (200-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four KK Split players scored in double figures. KK Split's coach Niksa Bavcevic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Sasa Jankovic (204-84) with 14 points and center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. KK Split maintains third place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Zadar. Zabok at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. KK Split are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 16+5reb+4ast, L.Babic 14+10reb+6ast, P.Marinelli 13+3reb, N.Vujcic 11+4reb+4ast, S.Subotic 8+4reb+4ast, A.Grgurevic 5+2reb
Zabok: S.Jankovic 14+2reb+1ast, D.Bubalo 9+6reb+1ast, I.Tomas 8+4reb+2ast, D.Basic 6+5reb, A.Crnjevic 6+1reb, R.Lez 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149489


Jolly - Dubrovnik 88-67
Very expected game in Sibenik where 11th ranked Dubrovnik (3-16) was crushed by second ranked Jolly (14-5) 88-67. Dubrovnik was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 49-24 second half run of Jolly. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrovnik's 40. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 30 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Center Denis Vrsaljko (212-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Jolly players scored in double figures. Coach Hrvoje Vlasic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Dubrovnik. Jolly maintains second place with 14-5 record behind leader Zadar. Dubrovnik lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Jolly's next round opponent will be Kvarner 2010 (#8) in Rijeka which should be theoretically another easy game. Dubrovnik will play at home against KK Split.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 30+4reb+6ast, D.Vrsaljko 18+10reb+1ast, H.Puljko 13+3reb+1ast, S.Rezic 11+3reb+2ast, J.Gulam 5+3reb+5ast, I.Josipovic 4+1reb+3ast
Dubrovnik: M.Hajdic 18+5reb, N.Dosen 14+2reb+5ast, I.Begic 10+7reb+1ast, M.Peric 9+3reb+6ast, M.Diminic 7+6reb, A.Ostric 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 149490


Zadar - Kvarner 2010 82-57
A1 top team - Zadar (15-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-11) 82-57. The game without a history. Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 22 Kvarner 2010 turnovers. The former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) nailed 14 points for the winning side and center Franko Kastropil (211-84) accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Zoran Pehar (209-81) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Kvarner 2010 in the defeat. Zadar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-4 record. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zadar to the arena Borik Puntamika.
Top scorers:
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 14+3reb+1ast, A.Delas 11+3reb+1ast, I.Batur 10+1reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 9+7reb, Z.Vrkic 7+6reb+1ast, A.Krapic 7+4reb
Kvarner 2010: Z.Pehar 21+8reb, J.Blajic 11+2reb+4ast, M.Juricic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Boban 7+8reb, S.Legovic 6+1reb, D.Cinac 3+3reb


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 30-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 23-8 
 3. BK Decin 22-9 
 4. BK Pardubice 21-10 
 5. BC Kolin 20-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-16 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 20-14 
 2. Levice 15-19 
 3. Svitavy 15-19 
 4. Chomutov 13-21 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-23 
 6. Inter Bratislava 9-25 
 7. Plzen 8-26 
 8. B&W Opava 7-27 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice19.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin15.7 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.5 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Pesic, Inter B.7.9 
 6. Gottselig, Usti n.7.8 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.2 
 10. Modric, Levice6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michael DELOACH
  Svitavy
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Deloach, Svitavy5.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.5.4 
 3. Wright, NH Ostrava4.9 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen4.2 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.7 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy2.0 
 8. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.4 
 5. Grant, Levice1.0 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.0.8 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 


NBL Round 5: BK Prostejov is upset by BC Kolin - by Eurobasket News
NBL is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The game between second ranked BK Prostejov (23-8) and fifth ranked BC Kolin (20-21) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Prostejov was defeated by BC Kolin in Kolin 97-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Kolin's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-24 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while BK Prostejov only scored seven points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward David Machac (204-80) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (187-84) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kolin maintains fifth place in A1 with 20-21 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced 4th placed BK Pardubice. Guests from Nymburk (30-1) defeated host BK Pardubice (21-10) 85-74. American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Radek Necas contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 30-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Levice. Third ranked Levice faced 4th placed Levharti Chomutov. Host Levice (15-19) defeated guests from Chomutov (13-21) 86-74. Jozef Vojtek stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Patrick Pope responded with 23 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Levice will meet at home league's leader NH Ostrava in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Levharti Chomutov will play against Inter Bratislava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader NH Ostrava delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-26) 80-67. Adam Ciz nailed 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. NH Ostrava's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. NH Ostrava (20-14) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2. BK Loko Plzen lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Levice on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Loko Plzen will play against B&W Opava (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Opava supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (11-23) played at the court of 8th ranked B&W Opava (7-27). BK Usti nad Labem did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-82 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Brad Reese who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth place in A2 with 11-23 record. Loser B&W Opava keeps the eighth position with 27 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against BK Loko Plzen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 5 In A1 USK Praha was crushed by BK Decin in a road game 100-59.
In A2 Svitavy smashed Inter Bratislava at home 81-61.



Group A1
BC Kolin - BK Prostejov 97-82

The game between second ranked BK Prostejov (23-8) and fifth ranked BC Kolin (20-21) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. BK Prostejov was defeated by BC Kolin in Kolin 97-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Kolin's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-24 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game, while BK Prostejov only scored seven points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward David Machac (204-80) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (187-84) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kolin maintains fifth place in A1 with 20-21 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: M.Venta 16+5reb+5ast, V.Bratcenkov 12+3reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 11+7reb+3ast, J.Smith 9+2reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 9+3reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 6+4reb
BC Kolin: D.Machac 33+7reb+2ast, R.Marko 19+5reb+3ast, C.Barnes 16+4reb+6ast, R.Ames 10+4reb+5ast, S.Zuzak 9+1reb, R.Field 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168589


BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 74-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced 4th placed BK Pardubice. Guests from Nymburk (30-1) defeated host BK Pardubice (21-10) 85-74. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 BK Pardubice turnovers. American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international point guard Michal Carnecky (184-85) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for BK Pardubice. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 30-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 22+8reb, M.Carnecky 16+3reb+5ast, P.Bohacik 13+6reb+3ast, M.Hampton 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 4+4reb+1ast, O.Peterka 4+5reb+3ast
CEZ Nymburk: A.Abrams 25+2reb+4ast, P.Pumprla 18+2reb+4ast, R.Necas 17+6reb+2ast, L.Sokolovsky 8+6reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 7+6reb+1ast, T.Vyoral 3+1reb
gschID: 168590


BK Decin - USK Praha 100-59

There was no surprise when 6th ranked USK Praha (15-16) was crushed on the road by third ranked BK Decin (22-9) 100-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. BK Decin 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 USK Praha's 38 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded USK Praha 32-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) chipped in 18 points. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) produced 19 points and the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) added 18 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Decin maintains third place in A1 with 22-9 record having just one point less than leader NH Ostrava. USK Praha lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. BK Decin will face BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 19+4reb+2ast, V.Hruban 18+1ast, M.Mares 8+2reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 6+5reb, V.Cvek 3+2reb+1ast, J.Hartman 2+1reb+1ast
BK Decin: L.Stria 18+1reb+1ast, P.Houska 18+8reb+2ast, A.Alic 12+3reb+5ast, M.Soukup 10+8reb, J.Houska 10+3reb+1ast, L.Sanders 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 168588


Group A2
Svitavy - Inter Bratislava 81-61

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (15-19) smashed at home 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-25) 81-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Basketbal Svitavy. Inter Bratislava was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basketbal Svitavy made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Basketbal Svitavy. They moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Levice. Inter Bratislava lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 25 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will face BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against Levharti Chomutov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: J.Musil 13+4reb, S.Gavran 12+10reb, M.Pesic 11+8reb, E.Ubilla 8+1reb+4ast, R.Kucsa 4+3reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 4+1ast
Svitavy: M.Deloach 16+4reb+10ast, P.Mroz 16+2reb, B.Meno 14+9reb, L.Horak 13+5reb, T.Teply 8+3reb, P.Milos 6+1ast
gschID: 168630


B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-102

The game in Opava supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (11-23) played at the court of 8th ranked B&W Opava (7-27). BK Usti nad Labem did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 102-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 57-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Usti nad Labem made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 B&W Opava turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. International guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) produced 14 points and 6 assists and guard Radim Klecka (190-90) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Five BK Usti nad Labem and four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth place in A2 with 11-23 record. Loser B&W Opava keeps the eighth position with 27 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against BK Loko Plzen (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: R.Klecka 18+1reb+2ast, J.Sirina 14+3reb+6ast, P.Dokoupil 13+3reb+3ast, M.Vanak 11+9reb, J.Blazek 8+9reb+2ast, M.Kolovrat 6+5reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: T.Gottselig 20+5reb, B.Reese 20+12reb+1ast, S.Reinberger 18+1reb+3ast, T.McFadden 15+4reb+5ast, T.Hruby 11+3reb+1ast, J.Fohler 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168631


Levice - Chomutov 86-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Levice. Third ranked Levice faced 4th placed Levharti Chomutov. Host Levice (15-19) defeated guests from Chomutov (13-21) 86-74. Levice outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 36-18 including a 21-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slovakian power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Levice players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) scored 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Levice will meet at home league's leader NH Ostrava in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Levharti Chomutov will play against Inter Bratislava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Pope 23+2reb+4ast, R.Lowery 16+1reb+5ast, P.Hemmy 10+2reb+2ast, V.Sucharda 9+4reb, J.Krakovic 8+3reb+2ast, F.Sahan 6+2reb
Levice: R.Urland 15+5reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 14+8reb, S.Modric 13+5reb+4ast, M.Bernard 11+5reb+1ast, M.Sykora 11+7reb, E.Sanchez 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168632


NH Ostrava - Plzen 80-67

Leader NH Ostrava delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-26) 80-67. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. BK Loko Plzen was better in fourth quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 46-32 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. NH Ostrava players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BK Loko Plzen's players. Point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) nailed 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Luettgerodt is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. NH Ostrava's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Michal Norwa (201-83) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Tomas Kubiznak (193-78) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BK Loko Plzen in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. NH Ostrava (20-14) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2. BK Loko Plzen lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Levice on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Loko Plzen will play against B&W Opava (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: M.Norwa 16+7reb+2ast, T.Kubiznak 15+6reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 12+3reb, M.Kozlik 11+1reb+1ast, L.Pecka 7+9reb, J.Suchy 4+1reb
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 18+7reb+6ast, A.Ciz 17+5reb+9ast, J.Hughes 13+10reb, M.Gniadek 11+5reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 9+3reb+2ast, S.Manousos 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 168633




David Machac claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced David Machac (204-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Kolin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for BC Kolin in his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Prostejov (#2, 23-8) 97-82. BC Kolin maintains the 5th position in Czech Republic NBL. BC Kolin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 21th lost game this season out of 41 games. In the team's last game Machac had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BC Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. David Machac averages this season 14.4ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International) of BK Pardubice. Arnold impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Pardubice lost that game 74-85 to the higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#1, 30-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in A1. BK Pardubice still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 21-10 record is not bad at all. Arnold is one of the most experienced players at BK Pardubice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. University of Illinois alumni Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) of NH Ostrava (#-5). Ciz showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of NH Ostrava, leading his team to a 80-67 easy win against #1 ranked Plzen. NH Ostrava needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in A2. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 14 lost games. Ciz has a very solid season. In 31 games in Czech Republic he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Houska (204-F/C-84) of BK Decin - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83) of BC Kolin - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Brad Reese (198-F-88) of Usti n/Labem - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Roman Marko (195-G-86) of BC Kolin - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85) of NH Ostrava - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. White, Aalborg25.7 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.5 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.9 
 4. Rutherford, SISU21.1 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg19.3 
 7. Alexander, Bakken19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Fields, Falcon17.5 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.5 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.9 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 7. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 8. Colas, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Vinson, Svendborg8.3 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.0 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.0 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose5.0 
 4. White, Aalborg4.8 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.5 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.8 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 8. Fields, Falcon3.6 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Henry, Naestved3.9 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.4 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.2 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 10. Alexander, Bakken1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Vinson, Svendborg1.4 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.1 
 10. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.5 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.5 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.7 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.7 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.9 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.3 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.9.1 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 7. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 8. Andrews, Los A.8.3 
 9. Moore, Idaho S.8.0 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.1 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.5.8 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.1.9 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 9. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.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.2.6 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.1.6 


Friday: Jerry Smith's buzzer beater gives Springfield Armor 98-96 win over Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
Erie Bay H. - Reno B. 130-113
Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) took it to his former team Friday night. Scoring at will and controlling the game's pace, Sloan had 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds in leading the Erie BayHawks to a 130-113 win over the Reno Bighorns before 3,056 fans at Tullio Arena. ' (We) started off kind of sluggish, but all it takes is a few sparks to start that flame,' Sloan said. 'We got it rolling.' Establishing a season high for points in a game, the BayHawks (20-17) extended their season-high winning streak to five games. Erie scored 32 points off 20 Reno turnovers. 'That was the story of the game,' said Reno coach and former NBA player Paul Mokeski. 'We wanted (to go) uptempo, but we also wanted to get stops and we didn't do that.' After the referees postponed Thursday night's game against the Iowa Energy because of poor floor conditions, Sloan joked about the Hammermill Center being available. However, he turned serious when talking about facing the Bighorns, who traded him the day after the 2011 D-League Draft to Erie as part of four-player deal that saw the BayHawks send Blake Ahearn to Reno. 'I can't wait for that game,' Sloan said Thursday night. With the floor thoroughly cleaned by the arena maintenance crew, Sloan and the BayHawks ran Reno (18-20) ragged in camouflage uniforms they wore on Salute Our Troops Night. 'I said to the guys, 'Wow, you're really good when we find a good floor for you to play on,' ' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. Sloan had 23 first-half points, with 15 coming in the second quarter, as Erie led 66-55 at the half. He played all 24 minutes of the first half. 'He got us going,' D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) said. 'He was able to give us that spark. We were able to follow his lead.' As for Ahearn, he had a game-high 32 points in his return to Erie. 'I have nothing but great things to say about (Larranaga), the ownership and even the fans here,' said Ahearn, who leads the D-League in scoring. 'I have a lot of great memories from here.' Seven Erie players scored in double figures. Kennedy put up 23 points, rookie Jeremy Green had a career-high 21 points off the bench, and Kyle Spain added 17 points and 11 rebounds. 'It was fun,' Green said. ' (It's) always fun when you're winning. We're a team. We play as a team.' *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Springfield A. - Iowa E. 98-96
Faced with a chance to rebound from a disappointing loss the night before and inch closer to returning to first place, the Springfield Armor took advantage in dramatic fashion. Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) capped a game-high 28 points with a running floater from near the foul line at the buzzer as the Armor topped the Iowa Energy 98-96 Friday before 3,961 at the MassMutual Center. The win inches Springfield (22-16) to within half a game of Iowa (22-15) for the East Conference lead. With the Energy setting up for a potential winning shot, Andrew Drevo committed a foul away from the ball to give the Armor possession with 3.9 seconds left. After a timeout, the Lance Hurdle inbounded to Smith, who set a screen to free L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) for a potential ally-oop. Smith took the pass, created space and made the shot. 'We ran a play that we actually had three options on,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'Jerry was one of those options, and I told him, if he got it, to take three dribbles and take the shot.' As Smith ran down to the other end of the court to celebrate, Energy and Armor players engaged in some pushing and shoving. MacKinnon went over to act as peacemaker and expected Iowa's coaches to do the same, but they did not. 'These are two teams at the top of the East,' Smith said. 'There's going to be a lot of tension, a lot of anger. But there are no hard feelings. Iowa has a bunch of good guys.' The victory takes some of the sting out of Thursday's 106-101 home loss to the Canton Charge, in which the Armor saw a 24-point lead evaporate. Dennis Horner added 19 points, while Hurdle and Williams had 16 each. 'I'm really happy with our guys, and it showed how tough they are,' Smith said. Williams sank a 3-pointer from the left corner with just over three minutes left to give the Armor a 95-92 lead. Cartier Martin sank two free throws for the Energy to knot the score at 96 with 59.9 seconds to go. 'I thought our guys came out focused,' MacKinnon said. 'Up and down the line, you can talk about the contributions we got.' After a quiet first half, Patrick Ewing Jr. heated up in the third quarter for Iowa, scoring seven of his team's first 11 points to build a 64-59 lead. Late in the quarter, Williams brought the Armor faithful to their feet with a thunderous, one-handed baseline dunk and a 3-pointer on successive possessions. However, Brandon Ewing (no relation) drained his own 3 to put Iowa up 73-71 after three. Springfield was on target from long range early in the game, as Lance Hurdle hit four 3-pointers and Preston Knowles two. The Armor were 14 of 36 from behind the arc for the game, but those misses also led to easy rebounds for Iowa, as the Energy held a 45-32 edge on the glass. 'We lead the league in rebounding and we got outrebounded,' MacKinnon said. 'We're disappointed in that tonight.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Bakersfield J. - Dakota W. 111-107
Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) made a huge steal and two clutch free-throws late in the game to seal a 111-107 victory for the Bakersfield Jam (21-17) over the Dakota Wizards (20-17). After leading by two points at halftime (54-52), Bakersfield came out strong in the third outscoring Dakota 33-18 and extending their lead to 19 points. However, the Wizards fought back in the fourth as they knocked down shots and ultimately erased a double digit deficit. With 1:07 left in the game, Bakersfield led 107-101 but a three-pointer by Shy Ely saw the lead cut down to just three points with 44 seconds left. On the next possession, Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) missed a jump shot and Dakota grabbed the rebound and right away called a timeout. Out of the timeout, Dakota tried to inbound the ball but Pattillo stole the ball and was immediately fouled with 11.2 seconds remaining in the game. Pattillo sealed the win for the Jam by making his two free-throws and finished the night with 22 points, five rebounds, and season-high five steals. Brian Butch recorded a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action in his return to Bakersfield. Renaldo Major finished the game with 18 points while Adam Koch had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Osiris Eldridge contributed 16 points off the bench for the Jam. Edwin Ubiles led Dakota in scoring with 22 and had team-high six assists. Five other players scored in double figures for the Wizards with Shy Ely leading the bench with 15. The Jam returns to action tomorrow when they face the Idaho Stampede at the Jam Events Center at 7:00 p.m. PT. *Courtesy of www.oursportcentral.com




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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 20-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. Tarvas 15-8 
 4. Rapla 14-10 
 5. TTU 10-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 10-15 
 7. Parnu 3-21 
 8. Valga 3-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.8 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.5 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 6. Pilk, TTU17.1 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.7 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.9 
 6. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 7. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Keedus, TTU3.4 
 5. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Pilk, TTU3.3 
 9. Sirsnins, Tarvas2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.4 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.0 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 10. Makke, TTU0.5 


Kaspars Cipruss claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tarvas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed TTU (#5, 10-12) with 16-point margin 79-63. Tarvas maintains the 3rd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. Cipruss turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Cipruss has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old international guard Kristo Saage (184-G-85) of league's best team Tartu Ulikool. Saage impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 3 assists. Of course he lead Tartu Ulikool to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 3-21) 122-72. Of course Tartu Ulikool still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 20-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Saage is a newcomer at Tartu Ulikool 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 another Tartu Ulikool's star - international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88). Kurbas showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Tartu Ulikool, helping his team with a 122-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 3-21). Many experts and fans count Tartu Ulikool as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 20 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Kurbas has a very solid season. In 18 games in Estonia he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) of Tarvas - 17 points and 14 rebounds
5. Toomas Raadik (202-C-90) of Parnu - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Asko Paade (206-F-84) of Tartu Ulikool - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Janar Soo (199-G/F-91) of Rapla - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Sebastian Schuszler (201-F/C-94) of Rapla - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-C-86) of Tln Kalev - 13 points, 7 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)


KML Round 24: Tln Kalev edges BC Rakvere by one point - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in KML is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the KML took place in Rakvere. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked BC Rakvere (15-8) to sixth ranked Tln Kalev (10-15) 66-65 on Friday evening. BC Rakvere was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 13-10 charge of Tln Kalev, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BC Rakvere outrebounded Tln Kalev 51-29 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was center Reinar Hallik (208-84) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tln Kalev have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-15 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play on the road against KK Parnu and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-21) 122-72. It was a good game for international guard Kristo Saage (184-85) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Tanel Kurbas contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) replied with 18 points for KK Parnu. Tartu Ulikool (20-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. KK Parnu lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Valga. Tartu Ulikool will play against BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play against BC Rakvere (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rapla (14-10) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-21). Rapla defeated KK Parnu 87-72 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Janar Soo who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Toomas Raadik with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Rapla have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-10 record. KK Parnu lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Valga. Rapla will meet at home TTU (#5) in the next round. KK Parnu will play against BC Rakvere and hope to secure a win.
The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (15-8) played at the court of 5th ranked TTU (10-12). BC Rakvere defeated TTU 79-63. The winners were led by Kaspars Cipruss who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be KK Parnu (#7) on the road. TTU will play against Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Parnu - Rapla 72-87

The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rapla (14-10) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-21). Rapla defeated KK Parnu 87-72 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Rapla's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-15 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 28 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Rapla forced 21 KK Parnu turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Janar Soo (199-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and Swedish power forward Sebastian Schuszler (201-94) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was center Toomas Raadik (202-90) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Rain Karner (186-91) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Rapla have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-10 record. KK Parnu lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Valga. Rapla will meet at home TTU (#5) in the next round. KK Parnu will play against BC Rakvere and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 20+7reb+3ast, R.Karner 15+7reb+3ast, E.Tamsalu 13+6reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 13+4reb, S.Olmre 5+7reb+1ast, R.Raap 4+2reb
Rapla: J.Soo 21+5reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 16+2reb+2ast, S.Schuszler 14+5reb+2ast, R.Laane 8+3reb+5ast, I.Kajupank 8+4reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 165902


TTU - Tarvas 63-79

The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (15-8) played at the court of 5th ranked TTU (10-12). BC Rakvere defeated TTU 79-63. It looked good early as TTU took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Rakvere took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 16 points. They outrebounded TTU 47-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by TTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and center Reinar Hallik (208-84) supported him with 17 points and 14 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St., agency: JEMsports) did not help to save the game for TTU. Forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) added 17 points. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. TTU at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be KK Parnu (#7) on the road. TTU will play against Rapla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Akenparg 17+3reb+2ast, A.Arnold 17+6reb+1ast, E.Keedus 9+2reb+3ast, M.Kaja 7+5reb+1ast, S.Tomingas 6+8reb+1ast, K.Keres 4+2reb+2ast
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 21+13reb+1ast, R.Hallik 17+14reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 14+9reb, T.Oja 8+2ast, M.Dorbek 6+2reb+5ast, J.Vahter 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165899


Tartu Ulikool - Parnu 122-72

Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-21) 122-72. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool 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 KK Parnu's 38. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 37-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by KK Parnu's players. It was a good game for international guard Kristo Saage (184-85) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) and 4 steals. International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) replied with 18 points and swingman Elgar Tamsalu (184-87) added 17 points in the effort for KK Parnu. Tartu Ulikool (20-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. KK Parnu lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Valga. Tartu Ulikool will play against BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play against BC Rakvere (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 18+4reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 17+1reb+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 14+4reb, S.Olmre 8+3reb+2ast, R.Karner 5+2reb+4ast, S.Roosaar 5+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: K.Saage 37+1reb+3ast, A.Paade 19+6reb, T.Kurbas 17+7reb+5ast, B.Amis 15+3reb, B.Nomm 10+2reb+3ast, K.Evart 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 165900


Tarvas - Tln Kalev 65-66

The most exciting game of round 24 in the KML took place in Rakvere. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked BC Rakvere (15-8) to sixth ranked Tln Kalev (10-15) 66-65 on Friday evening. BC Rakvere was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 13-10 charge of Tln Kalev, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BC Rakvere outrebounded Tln Kalev 51-29 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was center Reinar Hallik (208-84) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BC Rakvere's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Tln Kalev have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-15 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Rakvere will play on the road against KK Parnu and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: R.Hallik 14+8reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 14+6reb+2ast, T.Oja 11+6reb, K.Cipruss 9+7reb, J.Vahter 5+6reb, A.Ehte 4+5reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 18+4reb+1ast, A.Fedortchuk 13+7reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 13+8reb+5ast, R.Roos 9+5reb, M.Kurg 8+5reb+2ast, I.Tulit 3+1ast
gschID: 165901




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panathinaikos wins the Greek cup after beating Olympiakos in the final - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos of Coach Obradovic just added another trophy in its amazing series. In a game which just ended beat Olympiakos with 71-70 and won the Greek Cup after three years. Among five finals between the two teams the last decade, Panathinaikos won the Cup three times (including this one) and Olympiakos won the Greek cup twice in a row, the season 2009-2010 and the season 2010-2011. the third one was not lucky.

In a thrilling derby among two of the top tier teams in the European leagues the last 15 years or so, and within an amazing and peacefull atmosphere, the game was probably among the best games ever between the two power houses.


The score between the two teams changed 12 times and that is obviously showing the level of the two teams plus the fact that both teams had the passion and the thirst to win the specific Cup, Panathinaikos to prove that is not over yet and Olympiakos to prove that is the new super power of Greece and Europe in general with 4 of the top young players in the European courts (Papanikolaou, Sloukas, Mantzaris, Katsivelis)

About the game now, the first period was a total domination for the Greens as the reds remain pointless for more than 4 minutes and that was a result of teh very good defence by the Greens with Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier), Diamantidis and Calathes overplaying their opponents and in the 5th minute the scroe became 6-13 so it was obvious that Ivkovic needed to do some changes and he did as he changed the entire team (only V-Span remain in the court) . The first period ended finaly with 17-25 due to a three pointer by Sloukas. The bad news for Olympiakso was the 3rd foul of Mantzaris.

The 2nd period Olympiakos woke up and by a great team-game and solid performances from Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) cut the deficit to 35-38 by the end of the first half. Panathinaikos lost the scoring ability of Diamantidis due to the very good defence of Olympiakos while Dorsey 'deleted' Batiste who couldn't score at all, further to that Calathes lost his consitration and the momentum changed totally for Olympiakos.

The 3rd period continue exactly from where it stopped, as Olympiakos kept its momentum and the deficit went up to +13 for Olympiakos with the Basketball fans allready started to think that the Greek cup will remain in Piraeus for a third concecutive season. The 58-45 of the 28th minute though all of a sudden and due to the veteran Jasikevicius became 58-55 by the end of the 3rd period as in less than two minutes Panathinaikos overscored its opponent with 10-0 with Vougioukas and Jasikevicius being the men of this short momentum for the Greens.

The 4th period was the most exciting of all, Andic scored a goal-foul to reshape the score to 61-55, and a little bit after Keselj with a three pointer increase the deficit even more to nine (66-57) and few seconds after Hines is increasing even more the deficit for the reds to 11 points. With many problems due to fouls the Greens had with 4 Kaimakoglou and Tsartsaris whiel on behalf of Olympiakos, its best defender, Dorsey received his 4th on Batiste.

At the 33' the score is 68-59, but Panathinaikos with a 4-0 cuts the deficit to 68-63 on the 35' while Tsartsaris is cuting even more the deficit to 68-66. 3D's stealing and the 2 free throws by Calathes are bringing the game to a total balance on the 37'. Olympiakos remains pointless for more than 4 minutes and V-Span is missing another three poitner with 3D winign teh foul by Mantzaris and scoring botht he free throws to give to his team the leading role after 15 minutes in the game. Calathes was present in teh next phase as he is stealing the ball in a crucial point for Panathinaikos and the gaem in total, but Papanikolaou with a great block shot stopps the Greek guard, Georgios Printezis earns a foul and scored both of his free throws for another balance to 70-70 while the veteran fox of the courts Jasikevicius is winning the foul from Dorsey and kicks him out as that was his 5th foul. Panathinaikos though is missing the offense but Olympiakos is doing the same as Batiste is giving a great block shot on Georgios Printezis. 26'' before the end 3D is getting the foul by Mantzaris and with 1/2 is doing the final 70-71 as Papanikolaou misses the three pointer at the end.


The veteran Saras Jasikevicius was the MVP of the game as his winning psychology and the fact that he was born winner oversome his 36 years, while his 10 points, 3 assist and 1 steal together with the 4 fouls won were numbers too crucial for the Greens.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 17, Pero Antic (210-F-82) 13 and 10 rebounds, Vassilis Spanoulis 12 and 4 assists, Hines 11
Panathinaikos: Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) 10, Sato 10, Dimitris Diamantidis 9 points, 7 assists, 7 steals, and 1 block shot!!!




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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 26-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 25-9 
 3. Pyrinto 23-11 
 4. Kauhajoki 21-14 
 5. ToPo 19-15 
 6. KTP 15-20 
 7. Salon Vilpas 15-20 
 8. LrNMKY 13-21 
 9. Korihait 12-22 
 10. Kouvot 11-22 
 11. Namika Lahti 9-26 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Blue, KTP22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.5 
 4. Newson, Kataja18.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.18.8 
 6. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.5 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.4 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.18.4 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 10. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.1 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.5 
 3. Blue, KTP10.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki10.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.9 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.1 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.6 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.4 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Hannah, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.0 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 7. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto0.7 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


Korisliiga Round 38: Leader Joensuun Kataja loses to KTP-Basket - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Korisliiga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

Top ranked Joensuun Kataja (26-9) recorded its ninth loss in Kotka on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked KTP-Basket (15-20) 105-87. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Joensuun Kataja managed to win third quarter 33-32. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. KTP-Basket maintains sixth position with 15-20 record, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kauhajoen Karhu (21-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (19-15). Torpan Pojat managed to secure a 5-point victory 97-92. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Hightower Law Firm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Justin Hawkins contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for Kauhajoen Karhu. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth position with 19-15 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Uusikaupunki between LrNMKY and UU-Korihait. Eighth ranked LrNMKY (13-21) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked UU-Korihait (12-22). LrNMKY managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the eighth place. The game was also dominated by American players. DeAndre Haynes scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jonathan Heard responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds. LrNMKY maintains eighth position with 13-21 record. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the ninth place with 22 games lost. LrNMKY will meet at home higher ranked KTP-Basket (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Loimaa. Local Loimaan Korikonkarit (25-9) outscored 11th ranked Namika Lahti (9-26) 94-71. American players dominated the game. Martin Zeno notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 25-9 record behind leader Kataja. Namika Lahti at the other side stay dead last with 26 lost games. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki.

In the last game of round 38 Kouvot was defeated by Salon Vilpas in a road game 77-69.
The best stats of 38th round was 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Allen Durham of Salon Vilpas.



Salon Vilpas - Kouvot 77-69

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Kouvot (11-22) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Salon Vilpas (15-20) 77-69. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-16 Kouvot's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-69 at the end of the game. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) supported him with 15 points and 8 assists. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. His fellow American import guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 8 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Salon Vilpas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP. Kouvot at the other side keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round. Kouvot will play at home against UU-Korihait (#9) in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 23+13reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 15+2reb+8ast, E.Holloway 15+3reb+2ast, J.Fields 10+10reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 6+4reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 5+1reb
Kouvot: A.Brown 24+14reb+2ast, A.Perttu 11+1reb+3ast, A.Jordan 8+11reb, A.Akpaso 8+2reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 7+2reb+5ast, I.Seppala 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141812


Nilan Bisons - Namika Lahti 94-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Loimaa. Local Loimaan Korikonkarit (25-9) outscored 11th ranked Namika Lahti (9-26) 94-71. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 36. American players dominated the game. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) supported him with 19 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Namika Lahti. Guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 16 points and 5 assists for the guests. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 25-9 record behind leader Kataja. Namika Lahti at the other side stay dead last with 26 lost games. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 19+3reb+6ast, M.Nunnally 18+5reb, M.Zeno 15+14reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 15+3reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 14+4reb, S.Latvala 7+1reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 23+6reb+3ast, M.Moore 16+4reb+5ast, R.Suonio 15+1reb+2ast, J.Vanttaja 8+3reb, J.Korhonen 5+5reb, S.Pekkola 4+1reb
gschID: 141813


ToPo - Kauhajoki 97-92

The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kauhajoen Karhu (21-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (19-15). Torpan Pojat managed to secure a 5-point victory 97-92. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-24. But Kauhajoen Karhu won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Hightower Law Firm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Wilson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth position with 19-15 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: J.Wilson 29+3reb+3ast, J.Hawkins 23+8reb+1ast, H.Mottola 9+3reb, C.Griffin 9+1reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 8+5reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 8+1reb
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 33+1reb+4ast, K.Beidler 21+15reb+4ast, T.Hendley 12+6reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 9+2reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 8+3reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 6+1reb
gschID: 141814


KTP - Kataja 105-87

Top ranked Joensuun Kataja (26-9) recorded its ninth loss in Kotka on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked KTP-Basket (15-20) 105-87. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Joensuun Kataja managed to win third quarter 33-32. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) added 25 points respectively for the guests. Five KTP-Basket and four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains sixth position with 15-20 record, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 30+11reb+2ast, J.Matinen 20+2reb+1ast, T.Crocker 19+5reb+5ast, B.Sarcevic 14+6reb+4ast, J.Williams 11+5reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 6
Kataja: B.Walker 25+2reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 19+11reb+1ast, J.Newson 16+6reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 11+1reb+5ast, A.Kanervo 6+1reb+2ast, S.Haanpaa 6+2reb
gschID: 141810


Korihait - LrNMKY 70-71

A very close game took place in Uusikaupunki between LrNMKY and UU-Korihait. Eighth ranked LrNMKY (13-21) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked UU-Korihait (12-22). LrNMKY managed to escape with a 1-point win 71-70 in the game for the eighth place. UU-Korihait was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of LrNMKY, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. LrNMKY maintains eighth position with 13-21 record. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the ninth place with 22 games lost. LrNMKY will meet at home higher ranked KTP-Basket (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 19+2reb+3ast, L.Hamm 18+9reb, D.Haynes 17+5reb+7ast, P.Riihela 7+5reb, M.Ojala 3, J.Jarvinen 3+5reb+4ast
Korihait: J.Heard 17+8reb+3ast, N.Moore 15+5reb+4ast, M.Jalonen 14+4reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 10+7reb, C.Latimer 9+6reb, P.Rainamaa 5+3reb
gschID: 141811




KORISLIIGA: ToPo defeated Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 35/40: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 97-92 (49-46) tonight in Helsinki. There were two American shooting guards, who were hot. ToPo's Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona) scored his season best 29 points and Karhu's Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) was even better with 33 pts. ToPo (19-15) came a step closer to Karhu (21-14), when there are five rounds left out of the regular season. Bisons (Loimaa) was 23 points better than visitor YMCA Lahti: 94-71 (42-30). Newcomer Bisons (24-9) is only one game behind the # 1 Team Kataja (Joensuu). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) was again leading Bisons with 19 pts. Vilpas (Salo) won the fourth game in a row, when winning over Kouvot (Kouvola) 77-69 (37-35). Vilpas (15-20) has excellent chances now to make the play-off-games. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible) led Vilpas with a double-double 23pts/13rbs.
ToPo - Karhu 97-92 (49-46). (Josh Wilson 29, Justin Hawkins 23/8, Hanno Mottola 9 - Clevin Hannah 33, Kelly Beidler 21/15, Todd Hendley 12. A: 1016).
Bisons - YMCA Lahti 94-71 (42-30). (Jeb Ivey 19, Michael Nunnally 18, Martin Zeno 15/14 - Ryan Brooks 23, Malik Moore 16/5a, Roope Suonio 15. A: 793).
Vilpas - Kouvot 77-69 (37-35). (Allen Durham 23/13, Emmanuel Holloway 15, Roope Ahonen 15/8a - Anthony Brown 24/14, Atte Perttu 11, Antoine Jordan 8/11. A: 1050).
1. Division:
YMCA Oulu - Honka, Tapiola 66-88 (35-43). (Josh Nofflet 24/12, Henri Vihavainen 14, Jani Siivikko 11 - Lloyd Phillips 28, Villematti Kopio 20, Ilkka Sirola 12).




Allen Durham claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Allen Durham (198-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Salon Vilpas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Kouvot (#10, 11-22) 77-69. Salon Vilpas maintains the 7th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Salon Vilpas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-20 record. Durham turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Grace Bible College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Durham is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP. Worth to mention Durham played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP. Blue impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead KTP to another comfortable win 105-87 over the higher-ranked Kataja (#1, 26-9) being unquestionably team leader. KTP's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-20 record. Blue is a newcomer at KTP 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 22.6ppg (#1). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm) of ToPo (#5). Wilson scored 29 points. He was a key player of ToPo, leading his team to a 97-92 win against slightly higher-ranked Kauhajoki (#4, 21-14). ToPo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 15 lost games. Wilson has a very solid season. In 11 games in Finland he scored 14.1ppg. He also has FGP: 55.6% and 3PT: 42.6%. Wilson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 33 points and 4 assists
6. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81) of Namika Lahti - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85) of ToPo - 23 points and 8 rebounds
10. B.A. Walker (188-G-84) of Kataja - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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ProA Round 21: Paris-Levallois are upset by Entente Orleans 45 - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Paris-Levallois (14-7) and fourth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (14-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Paris-Levallois was crushed by Entente Orleans 45 in Orleans 85-61. The game without a history. Entente Orleans 45 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. Entente Orleans 45 outrebounded Paris-Levallois 37-24 including a 29-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) who recorded 19 points. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 is looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Chalon/Saor (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Chalon/Saor delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-15) 74-64. It was a good game for American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Steed Tchicamboud contributed with 15 points for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Jean-Francois Laulhe rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Gravelines. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Poitiers. Chalon/Saor will play against Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Roanne between Chorale de Roanne and Strasbourg IG. Tenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-11) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Strasbourg IG (9-12). Chorale de Roanne managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. Dylan Page stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Ricardo Greer with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Chorale de Roanne will meet bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
ASVEL was crushed by Gravelines in a road game 73-53. Cholet smashed Hyeres-Toulon at home 94-72. Le Havre was destroyed by Le Mans on the opponent's court 88-67. Dijon outscored Poitiers in a home game 79-59. Nanterre was rolled over Nancy on the road 81-59.
The best stats of 21th round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Victor Samnick of Nancy.


Roanne - Strasbourg 74-71
A very close game took place in Roanne between Chorale de Roanne and Strasbourg IG. Tenth ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-11) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Strasbourg IG (9-12). Chorale de Roanne managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 37-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and naturalized Ivorian point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) scored 16 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Chorale de Roanne will meet bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Roanne: D.Page 18+6reb+1ast, R.Jackson 15+7reb+1ast, M.Diabate 14+4reb+5ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 14+5reb, J.Holland 10+1reb+4ast, M.Mokongo 3+1reb+2ast
Strasbourg: C.Oliver 16+1reb+2ast, K.Anderson 12+5reb+1ast, R.Greer 12+5reb+3ast, A.Ajinca 9+9reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 8+3reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 8+4reb
gschID: 133655


Gravelines - ASVEL 73-53
There was no surprise when 7th ranked ASVEL (10-11) was crushed on the road by second ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-3) 73-53 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. ASVEL managed to win fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Cyril Akpomedah (203-79) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Swedish-Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: FCM) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Gravelines-Dunkerque. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Chalon. ASVEL lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet at home JDA Dijon (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Le Mans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: L.Vaty 14+5reb, P.Sy 12+2reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 12+2reb+1ast, C.Akpomedah 12+8reb, Y.Bokolo 6+4reb+3ast, R.Jomby 6+3reb+1ast
ASVEL: K.Tillie 19+5reb+1ast, E.Jackson 10+3reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 8+8reb, L.Westermann 7+4reb+2ast, D.Thompson 4+1reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133656


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalon 64-74
Leader Chalon/Saor delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-15) 74-64. It looked good early as Pau-Lacq-Orthez took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. The former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) added 15 points in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Jean-Francois Laulhe rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Gravelines. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Le Havre and Poitiers. Chalon/Saor will play against Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: S.Tchicamboud 15+2reb+2ast, M.Delaney 15+4reb+1ast, N.Lang 11+4reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 10+9reb, B.Schilb 8+2reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 7+6reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 15+3reb+3ast, C.Elonu 12+10reb, A.Mendy 12+4reb+2ast, R.Lesca 8+1reb+1ast, A.Ray 7+2reb+2ast, J.Morency 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133657


Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 94-72
No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Cholet (10-11) smashed at home bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-19) 94-72 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. Cholet looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) chipped in 21 points. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rolan Roberts (201-78, college: S.Illinois) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Five Cholet and four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Cholet moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Cholet will meet JSF Nanterre (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cholet: P.Christopher 21+1reb+2ast, D.Nelson 16+4ast, F.Causeur 16+4reb+5ast, L.Vebobe 12+6reb+2ast, R.Gobert 10+9reb, W.Gradit 7+3ast
Hyeres-Toulon: S.Cisse 18+2reb+7ast, L.Labeyrie 18+8reb+1ast, F.Ateba 14+4reb+2ast, R.Roberts 13+13reb+2ast, D.Diallo 4+1reb+1ast, A.Julien 3+3reb+9ast
gschID: 133650


Le Mans - Le Havre 88-67
Very expected game when 13th ranked STB Le Havre (6-15) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Le Mans (13-8) 88-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Le Mans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to STB Le Havre's 26. Le Mans forced 20 STB Le Havre turnovers. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) chipped in 18 points. Five Le Mans players scored in double figures. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Le Mans maintains sixth place with 13-8 record. Loser STB Le Havre keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Poitiers. Le Mans will meet ASVEL (#8) in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: M.Sommerville 18+6reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 18+3reb+3ast, A.Acker 14+2reb+6ast, J.Paulo Batista 11+2reb+2ast, C.Kahudi 10+4reb, T.Bryant 4+3reb
Le Havre: A.Wiggins 14+7reb+2ast, N.Pope 12+1reb+1ast, J.Cox 10+5reb+1ast, N.Wise 9+2reb+4ast, K.Souchu 7+5reb+1ast, G.Jenkins 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133651


Dijon - Poitiers 79-59
Very predictable result when ninth ranked JDA Dijon (10-11) outscored at home 14th ranked Poitiers (6-15) 79-59 on Friday. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Poitiers' 28. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Jonathan Aka (203-86) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and international swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) scored 12 points. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Havre. JDA Dijon will meet league's second-placed Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: A.Harris 20+10reb+3ast, S.Marshall 15+2reb+4ast, Z.Moss 10+8reb+2ast, B.Dixon 10+2reb+3ast, J.Leloup 8+3reb+5ast, R.Lewin 6+3reb
Poitiers: J.Aka 12+6reb+1ast, E.Fournier 12+2reb, P.Badiane 6+7reb, P.Guillard 5+2reb+3ast, A.Grant 5+4reb, J.J.J. Miller 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 133652


Nancy - Nanterre 81-59
Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked JSF Nanterre (8-13) was outplayed on the road by fifth ranked Sluc Nancy (14-7) 81-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. JSF Nanterre managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JSF Nanterre to just 6 points in first quarter. Sluc Nancy had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sluc Nancy made 8 blocks. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Marc Judith (192-87) scored 5 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Newly promoted JSF Nanterre keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy will meet Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JSF Nanterre will play against Cholet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: V.Samnick 17+9reb+2ast, P.Amagou 16+2reb+2ast, R.Kurz 13+3reb+3ast, J.Shuler 11+5reb+4ast, K.Grant 9+2reb+3ast, J.Linehan 7+1reb+4ast
Nanterre: M.Riley 11+5reb, X.Corosine 11+1reb, W.Daniels 7+5reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+1reb+3ast, R.Covile 6+4reb, D.Garrett 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 133653


Orleans - Paris-Levallois 85-61
The game between third ranked Paris-Levallois (14-7) and fourth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (14-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Paris-Levallois was crushed by Entente Orleans 45 in Orleans 85-61. The game without a history. Entente Orleans 45 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. Entente Orleans 45 outrebounded Paris-Levallois 37-24 including a 29-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) who recorded 19 points and forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points respectively. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to third place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 is looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Chalon/Saor (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: B.Greene 15+7reb, G.Joseph 14+5reb+3ast, C.Banks 13+6reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 12+5reb, A.Sy 12+4reb+2ast, M.N'Doye 9+3reb+3ast
Paris-Levallois: T.Meacham 19+2reb, J.Williams 12+2reb+3ast, L.Hamilton 9+5reb+1ast, M.Morandais 6+3reb, G.Oniangue 5+3reb, E.Chatfield 4+1reb+2ast


ProB Round 25: Chalons-Reims lose to SO Maritime Boulogne - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (17-8) and eighth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne in a tough game in Boulogne 81-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Chalons-Reims turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) contributed with 6 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points for Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lille and Bordeaux. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face Lille Metropole (#8) on the road in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against Bordeaux (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (20-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Saint Vallier (11-14) 80-73. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Amadi McKenzie chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Boulazac Basket maintains first place with 20-5 record, which they share with Limoges. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket will play against Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Nantes (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bourg between JL Bourg and Fos Ouest. Eleventh ranked JL Bourg (12-13) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (16-9). JL Bourg managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Ibrahima Koma nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Sherman Gay came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Fos Ouest in the defeat. JL Bourg moved-up to ninth place. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maurienne. JL Bourg will meet ALM Evreux (#12) on the road in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-9) and 10th ranked Nantes (11-14) in Aix-les-Bains ended with biggest points difference. Aix-Maurienne outscored guests from Nantes 89-68. Wilbert Brown fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aix-Maurienne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Nantes lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#10) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Nantes will play against Saint Vallier and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Quimper was smashed by Vichy on the road 71-51. Antibes won against Denain on its own court 100-84. Lille unfortunately lost to Limoges in a road game 72-81. Rouen recorded a loss to Evreux at home 65-83. Le Portel was defeated by Bordeaux on the opponent's court 76-90.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 20 points and 6 rebounds by Austen Rowland of Evreux.



Vichy - Quimper 71-51

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (6-19) crushed at home 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (6-19) 71-51. The game without a history. JA Vichy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 22. American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. American forward Nathaniel Roche (203-88, college: Belhaven) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JA Vichy moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Quimper. JA Vichy's next round opponent will be higher ranked Denain Voltaire (#15) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Coleman 17+11reb+1ast, M.Guichard 16+2reb+4ast, A.Eito 12+9reb+8ast, M.Jefferson 8+10reb, W.Aka 7+3ast, E.Craven 7+5reb+1ast
Quimper: A.McCoy 16+4reb, N.Roche 10+14reb, P.Paelay 10+7reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 6+4reb+2ast, A.Salmon 4+4reb, A.Mendy 3+1reb
gschID: 140058


Antibes - Denain 100-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Olympique Antibes and 13th ranked Denain Voltaire had identical 10-14 record. This time Olympique Antibes used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Denain 100-84. Denain Voltaire was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 56-36 second half run of Olympique Antibes. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Center Ferdinand Prenom (205-91) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Trevor Huffman (185-79, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 25 points and 5 assists. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Lamine Kante (200-87) added 24 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Olympique Antibes (11-14) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denain Voltaire will play at home against JA Vichy (#17).
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Huffman 25+5ast, F.Prenom 21+10reb+2ast, B.Monclar 17+2reb+5ast, M.Badiane 13+3reb+4ast, L.Bengaber 9+3reb+6ast, M.Courby 9+5reb+2ast
Denain: L.Kante 24+3reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 20+11reb+1ast, J.James 18+7reb+2ast, M.Mubarak 9, X.Gaillou 8+2reb+7ast, N.Rohnert 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 151905


Bourg - Fos Ouest 80-77

A very close game took place in Bourg between JL Bourg and Fos Ouest. Eleventh ranked JL Bourg (12-13) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Fos Ouest (16-9). JL Bourg managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Fos Ouest was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of JL Bourg, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Ibrahima Koma (202-87) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) added 13 points respectively for Fos Ouest in the defeat. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. JL Bourg moved-up to ninth place. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Maurienne. JL Bourg will meet ALM Evreux (#12) on the road in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bourg: I.Koma 20+6reb, A.Tsagarakis 16+3reb+5ast, J.Cornley 12+5reb, O.Barro 8+4reb, J.Delhomme 8+1reb+5ast, R.Chery 6+4reb+2ast
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 18+10reb, E.Choquet 13+1reb+3ast, M.Dia 11+2reb+1ast, B.Clark 11+1reb+3ast, K.Atamna 9+3reb+4ast, S.Giffa 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140053


Maurienne - Nantes 89-68

The game between fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-9) and 10th ranked Nantes (11-14) in Aix-les-Bains ended with biggest points difference. Aix-Maurienne outscored guests from Nantes 89-68. Nantes was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Aix-Maurienne dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 32. Aix-Maurienne forced 24 Nantes turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 21 points. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) produced 20 points and Armand Charles (193-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aix-Maurienne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Nantes lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#10) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Nantes will play against Saint Vallier and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: D.Tucker 21+3reb, W.Brown 19+8reb+1ast, B.Osby 13+4reb+1ast, G.Clerc 10+4reb+6ast, M.Traore 8+5reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 7+3reb+1ast
Nantes: D.Fergerson 20+2reb+2ast, N.Gayon 14+2reb, A.Charles 14+6reb, K.Morlende 5+2ast, J.Fields 5+2reb+4ast, M.Drame 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 140054


Limoges - Lille 81-72

Rather predictable result when second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (20-5) won against at home 6th ranked Lille Metropole (13-12) 81-72. The game without a history. Limoges CSP Elite led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Limoges CSP Elite forced 20 Lille Metropole turnovers. The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) fired 20 points for the winners. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Limoges CSP Elite keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Boulazac. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be Le Portel (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Gomis 20+4reb+2ast, C.Massie 15+9reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 15+4reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 14+1reb+2ast, R.Desroses 7+4reb+2ast, A.Curti 5+5ast
Lille: S.Smith 18+13reb+2ast, S.Bradford 14+3reb, M.Camara 14+1reb, C.Marshall 13+3reb, A.Rigaux 6+1reb+6ast, J.Sauret 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 140055


Rouen - Evreux 65-83

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked SPO Rouen (9-16) lost at home to thirteenth ranked ALM Evreux (11-14) 83-65. It looked good early as SPO Rouen took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALM Evreux had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and SPO Rouen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-83. ALM Evreux made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 SPO Rouen turnovers. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (199-82, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. ALM Evreux moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be higher ranked JL Bourg (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SPO Rouen will play against Quimper UJAP (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Evreux: A.Rowland 20+6reb+3ast, J.Wood 16+12reb+3ast, D.Reed 14+4reb+1ast, L.Konate 14+3reb+2ast, G.Pons 8+2reb+2ast, G.Costentin 7+4reb+2ast
Rouen: S.Dia 16+3reb, J.Siggers 13+5reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 12+7reb, A.Dunn 8+8reb, L.Chelle 8+2reb+2ast, K.Patiejunas 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 140056


St Vallier - Boulazac 73-80

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (20-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Saint Vallier (11-14) 80-73. Saint Vallier was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Boulazac Basket. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Florent Tortosa (196-89) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Five Boulazac Basket and four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket maintains first place with 20-5 record, which they share with Limoges. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket will play against Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Nantes (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Monroe 15+11reb+4ast, T.Dubiez 14+1ast, R.Ayers 12+3reb+3ast, A.McKenzie 12+5reb+6ast, S.Njoya 10+2reb+4ast, F.Adjiwanou 7+5reb+2ast
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 24+5reb+3ast, F.Tortosa 13+3reb+5ast, H.Disy 11+6reb+1ast, S.Barrett 10+6reb, L.Prowell 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Zonnet 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140057


Bordeaux - Le Portel 90-76

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Bordeaux (13-12) defeated at home 14th ranked Le Portel (10-15) 90-76. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Le Portel was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bordeaux players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Le Portel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) fired 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boulogne and Lille. Le Portel at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Bordeaux's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Portel will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2).
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 20+4reb+3ast, O.Bassett 17+4reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 16+3reb, G.Darrigand 12+8ast, K.Cunningham 10+3reb, S.Driss 9+10reb+7ast
Le Portel: R.Taylor 21+5reb+2ast, M.Labeyrie 15+5reb+3ast, C.Davis 14+3reb, B.Mangin 9+3reb+5ast, G.Leburgue 6+4reb, I.Sy 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140051


Boulogne - Chalons-Reims 90-81

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (17-8) and eighth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-12) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Chalons-Reims was defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne in a tough game in Boulogne 81-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalons-Reims. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Chalons-Reims turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) contributed with 6 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lille and Bordeaux. Chalons-Reims at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face Lille Metropole (#8) on the road in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against Bordeaux (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: C.Rouse 19+6reb+1ast, J.Leria 17+1reb+1ast, Z.Bah 13+2ast, J.Rousselle 13+7ast, J.Mathis 11+4reb+2ast, T.Stanley 7+1reb+3ast
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 21+3reb+2ast, N.Carter 19+5reb+1ast, C.Daniels 18+7reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 8+3reb+1ast, B.Mullins 6+3reb+14ast, K.Corre 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140052




NM1 Round 25: #1 Saint-Quentin is defeated by Lievin Basket - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Saint-Quentin (18-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Lievin Basket (14-11) in overtime 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Saint-Quentin trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 9-14. Lievin Basket made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Saint-Quentin turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Saint-Quentin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) stepped up and scored 26 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Lievin Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. Lievin Basket is looking forward to face Etendard de Brest (#11) at home in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Charleville destroyed Le Puy on the opponent's court 86-61. Souffel managed to outperform Sorgues in a home game 67-53. Orchy rolled over CFBB on the road 94-55. Clermont was defeated by Blois on its own court 61-68. Angers BC 49 beat Challans in a road game 82-69. Rueil won against Montbrison at home 77-66. Chartres unfortunately lost to Brest on the opponent's court 66-79. Roche managed to beat Cognac in a home game 74-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Fabien Calvez of Charleville.



Le Puy - Charleville 61-86

Very expected game in Le Puy en Velay where 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-21) was crushed by second ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-6) 86-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Charleville-Mezieres 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 Le Puy ASMB's 28. Charleville-Mezieres had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) stepped up and scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres' coach Francis Charneux felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Steeve Borval (202-87) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres keeps a position of league leader. Le Puy ASMB lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 21 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face Rueil (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Puy ASMB will play against Sorgues.
Top scorers:
Charleville: F.Calvez 23+6reb+8ast, T.Toney 12+9reb+3ast, C.Belser 11+6reb+1ast, D.Pistre 10+2reb+2ast, N.Racon 9+3reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 8+8reb+4ast
Le Puy: M.Gotagni 16+5reb+1ast, S.Borval 10+6reb+1ast, G.Sene 9+6reb+1ast, R.Wilson 7+3reb, A.Daube 6+3reb+4ast, F.Bornerand 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 147135


Souffel - Sorgues 67-53

Rather predictable result in Souffel. where fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-8) defeated 8th ranked Sorgues (14-11) 67-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Souffelweyersheim outrebounded Sorgues 42-19 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Sebastien Kancel (205-80) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) responded with 11 points and 5 assists and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) scored 11 points. Souffelweyersheim maintains fourth place with 17-8 record. Loser Sorgues keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face Chartres (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sorgues will play against Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Souffel: S.Kancel 14+3reb+1ast, J.Begarin 13+8reb+3ast, A.N'Diaye 9+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 7+3reb+1ast, J.Bach 6+5reb+3ast, T.Traineau 6+6reb
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 11+2reb, A.Thinon 11+1reb+5ast, X.Pasut 8+3reb, D.Quincy-Jones 7+2reb+1ast, V.Ateba 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147136


CFBB - Orchy 55-94

Not a big story in a game in Paris where 18th ranked CFBB (2-22) was rolled over by third ranked Orchesien BC (18-7) 94-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Orchesien BC 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 CFBB's 24. Orchesien BC had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and center Olivier Gouez (219-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Alexandre Chassang (199-94) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Orchesien BC maintains third place with 18-7 record behind leader Charleville. CFBB lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Orchesien BC will face Stade Clermont (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against the league's second-placed Saint-Quentin.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 20+5reb+3ast, O.Gouez 16+5reb, D.Cilly 14+5reb+1ast, J.Bluntt 14+5reb, A.Gacko 11+6reb, E.Barbry 8+3reb+6ast
CFBB: A.Racine 14+1ast, M.Jaiteh 14+8reb, A.Chassang 11+7reb+2ast, O.Yao-Delon 6+2reb, D.Inglis 3+6reb, J.Basileu 2
gschID: 147132


Clermont - Blois 61-68

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Blois (16-9) beat on the road 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-17) 68-61 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Blois players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) responded with 9 points and 16 rebounds and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) scored 18 points. Stade Clermont's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Roche and Cognac. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Blois will face league's second-placed Saint-Quentin at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Blois: V.Kaunisto 15+18reb+4ast, D.Davis 15+5reb+1ast, M.Sy 13+4reb+1ast, G.Staelens 10+4ast, P.Brochard 6+6reb+3ast, T.Delon 5
Clermont: B.Matanga 18+4reb+1ast, S.Naydenov 15+3reb+1ast, M.Jackson 9+16reb, K.Ouattara 9+4reb+1ast, M.Diakite 6+2reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 3+6reb
gschID: 147133


Challans - Angers BC 49 69-82

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Vendee Challans (13-12) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (12-13) 82-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. Vendee Challans was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Angers BC 49 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Vendee Challans was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) chipped in 13 points. At the losing side forward Fabien Herard (198-79) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Angers BC 49 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 12-13 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Angers BC 49 will face higher ranked Roche (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 21+17reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 13+3reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 10+1reb+5ast, M.Chupin 10+1reb, P.Drouault 9+3reb, T.Ramphort 9+5reb+2ast
Challans: F.Herard 19+7reb+3ast, J.Almanson 15+8reb+4ast, S.Cherasse 11+3reb+3ast, N.Gouacide 7+5reb, S.Girma 6+2reb+3ast, G.Renon 4+3reb
gschID: 147134


Rueil - Montbrison 77-66

No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked Rueil (10-15) won against at home 16th ranked Montbrison (4-21) 77-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rueil dominated on the defensive end, holding Montbrison to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Montbrison 40-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Karim Gourari (195-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Rueil's coach Julien Hervy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Regis Aubry (199-82) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Kevin Mondesir (203-91) scored 16 points. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chartres. Montbrison at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Rueil will face league's leader Charleville-Mezieres on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against Vendee Challans (#10).
Top scorers:
Rueil: K.Gourari 25+13reb+2ast, C.Mansare 14+5reb+3ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+8reb+1ast, M.Niakate 9, G.Mdivani 8+2reb+3ast, M.Diame 6+5reb
Montbrison: K.Mondesir 16+4reb, L.Biela 15+3reb+1ast, R.Aubry 15+7reb+1ast, J.St Robert 9+1reb+1ast, G.Filet 6+3reb+4ast, C.Pegon 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 147128


Brest - Chartres 79-66

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Chartres (10-15) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Etendard de Brest (13-12) 79-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. Chartres was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chartres 45-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and center Herve Jalce (201-80) scored 15 points. Chartres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Etendard de Brest moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Challans. Chartres lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Etendard de Brest will face higher ranked Lievin Basket (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chartres will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) in Souffel..
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 20+7reb, R.Lopez 18+8reb, J.Lupot 17+4reb, B.Vounang 14+11reb+1ast, Z.Alao 4+3reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 2+4reb+6ast
Chartres: L.Avramovic 22+9reb+1ast, H.Jalce 15+4reb, G.Merie 9+3reb+4ast, M.Ipouck 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 5+1reb, A.Barakaou 4+1ast
gschID: 147129


St Quentin - Lievin 76-81 OT

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Saint-Quentin (18-6) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Lievin Basket (14-11) in overtime 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Saint-Quentin trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 9-14. Lievin Basket made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Saint-Quentin turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Saint-Quentin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) stepped up and scored 26 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Lievin Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sorgues. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. Lievin Basket is looking forward to face Etendard de Brest (#11) at home in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lievin: V.Lehut 26+1reb+1ast, J.Dessart 14+3reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 11+4reb+1ast, V.Mendy 8+4reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 7+7reb, T.Sanborn 6+4reb
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 21+9reb, J.Ball 12+6reb+4ast, K.Howell 12+3reb+1ast, K.Bichard 12+3reb, D.Williams 8+4reb+1ast, A.Rambur 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147130


Roche - Cognac 74-69

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Roche (16-9) defeated at home 5th ranked Cognac (16-9) 74-69 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-69. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) stepped up and scored 20 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side center Nicolas Kaczmarow (204-83) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Roche and five Cognac players scored in double figures. Roche moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Roche will face Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris.
Top scorers:
Roche: M.Diallo 20+3reb+2ast, B.Thomas 17+2reb+2ast, L.Simmons 12+6reb, A.Toto N'Kote 12+1reb+1ast, S.Hermenier 5+6reb+1ast, S.Neri 4+2reb
Cognac: N.Kaczmarow 13+7reb+2ast, M.Bigote 13+3reb+4ast, J.Godin 12+3reb+3ast, C.Bertorelle 10+4reb+2ast, M.Buval 10+2reb, S.Doucoure 7+4reb
gschID: 147131




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.5 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.7 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.2 
 4. Almanson, Challans16.8 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.5 
 6. Bluntt, Orchy16.5 
 7. Petrovic, Orchy16.4 
 8. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 9. Belser, Charleville15.7 
 10. Avramovic, Chart.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.1 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.3 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.2 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.8 
 5. Avramovic, Chart.8.3 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest8.0 
 8. Toney, Charleville8.0 
 9. Cabarkapa, Rueil7.8 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.2 
 3. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.6 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.5 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Dessart, Lievin4.4 
 8. Tillon, Montbrison4.4 
 9. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 3. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 4. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 6. Pistre, Charleville1.8 
 7. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 8. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 9. Bigote, Cognac1.6 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Morin, CFBB1.5 
 4. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Davis, Blois1.2 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.1 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 18-3 
 2. Gravelines 18-3 
 3. Orleans 14-7 
 4. Nancy 14-7 
 5. Paris-Levallois 14-7 
 6. Le Mans 13-8 
 7. Roanne 10-11 
 8. ASVEL 10-11 
 9. Dijon 10-11 
 10. Cholet 10-11 
 11. Strasbourg 9-12 
 12. Nanterre 8-13 
 13. Le Havre 6-15 
 14. Poitiers 6-15 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-15 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-19 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 20-5 
 2. Limoges 20-5 
 3. Chalons-Reims 17-8 
 4. Maurienne 16-9 
 5. Fos Ouest 16-9 
 6. Boulogne 13-12 
 7. Bordeaux 13-12 
 8. Lille 13-12 
 9. Bourg 12-13 
 10. Antibes 11-14 
 11. St Vallier 11-14 
 12. Evreux 11-14 
 13. Nantes 11-14 
 14. Le Portel 10-15 
 15. Denain 10-15 
 16. Rouen 9-16 
 17. Vichy 6-19 
 18. Quimper 6-19 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 19-6 
 2. St Quentin 18-6 
 3. Orchy 18-7 
 4. Souffel 17-8 
 5. Cognac 16-9 
 6. Blois 16-9 
 7. Roche 16-9 
 8. Sorgues 14-11 
 9. Lievin 14-11 
 10. Challans 13-12 
 11. Brest 13-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 12-13 
 13. Chartres 10-15 
 14. Rueil 10-15 
 15. Clermont 8-17 
 16. Montbrison 4-21 
 17. Le Puy 4-21 
 18. CFBB 2-22 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans19.1 
 3. Hamilton, Paris-.16.8 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.8 
 5. Causeur, Cholet16.5 
 6. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 7. Cox, Le Havre15.5 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.15.0 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.0 
 10. Delaney, Chalon14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.1 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.5 
 4. Aminu, Chalon7.3 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.3 
 6. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 7. Armstrong, AS.6.9 
 8. Falker, Cholet6.8 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.8 
 10. Vebobe, Cholet6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.6 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre5.7 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 7. Dixon, Dijon5.0 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 5. Melody, Dijon2.0 
 6. Wise, Le Havre1.9 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.8 
 8. Causeur, Cholet1.7 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.5 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Gobert, Cholet1.1 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 6. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Le Portel
  (195-F/G-80)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Davis, Le Portel18.5 
 2. Siggers, Rouen17.3 
 3. Denave, St Vallier17.2 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.2 
 5. Paelay, Quimper16.1 
 6. Brown, Maurienne15.6 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest15.5 
 8. Monroe, Boulazac15.4 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier15.2 
 10. Smith, Lille15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Massie, Limoges11.7 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.5 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.5 
 4. Osby, Maurienne9.3 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.3 
 6. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 7. Allen, Antibes8.9 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.4 
 10. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.3 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.6 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.5.4 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Patiejunas, Rouen5.2 
 6. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.7 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 3. Rowland, Evreux2.0 
 4. Allen, Antibes2.0 
 5. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 6. Paelay, Quimper2.0 
 7. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 8. Eito, Vichy2.0 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.1.8 
 10. Denave, St Vallier1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.1 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne1.6 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.2 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.1 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier0.9 
 9. Fields, Nantes0.9 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.8 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Jeremiah Massey''s double-double gives him Player of the Week award among FYR Macedonian players who play abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing FYR Macedonian players, who play currently abroad.


Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) 73-70 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Massey was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Massey also added 6 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first in group L. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. Massey belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #4 and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Massey averages: 15.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 74.0%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. The second best performer abroad this week is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). Despite his very good performance the first-placed Montepaschi Siena (4-2) lost 90-102 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Real Madrid in the group F of Euroleague. McCalebb was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes. McCalebb''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. McCalebb is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 67.6%(69-102), 3FGP: 58.3%(14-24) and FT: 86.8% in the 13 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. Third place goes to former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Air Avellino (12-11) to beat Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-8). Despite his very good performance last Sunday his team was defeated 87-73. Green was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes. Green is currently first on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season he has very high stats. Green averages: 15.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 83.9%. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to Olympiakos'' victory against the fourth-ranked Galatasaray (0-0) 88-81 in the Euroleague in Thursday night''s game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (3-3) is placed second in group E. Antic''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is extremely important. Antic''s overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #5. International center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Lietuvos rytas'' victory against the fifth-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-7) 85-67 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (17-2) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. It''s Samardziski''s first season with the team. This year Samardziski''s overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in the 17 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #6. Forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) helped Lukoil Academik win their gameagainst the league outsider Chernomorets (2-18) 80-62 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Stojanovski scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (18-2) is placed first in the NBL. Stojanovski''s total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) helped his Ukrainian team BC Donetsk win their gameagainst the fourth-ranked Aris (1-5) 77-66 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Stojanovski scored 7 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. BC Donetsk (5-1) is placed first in group J. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. Stojanovski''s total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #8. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Ilievski managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) 73-70. He scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first in group L. This year Ilievski''s total stats are: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Riste Stefanov
Riste Stefanov
   #9. International guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) was not able to help Ilysiakos (7-14) in their game against Kolossos (14-6) in the Greek A1. He scored 6 points in 20 minutes. Ilysiakos Athens was badly defeated 64-48 in Rodou by the much higher-ranked Kolossos (#3). It was Ilysiakos'' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Stefanov averages only 2.1ppg. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.


There are also few other players with good stats last week, who all have never played for any of FYR Macedonian national teams, but who have FYR Macedonian nationality:

   #1. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin). Despite his good performance Unics Kazan (#2) lost 63-68 on the road to the leading Panathinaikos in the group G of Euroleague. Wilkinson scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was Unics Kazan''s third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is quite important. This year Wilkinson''s overall stats are: 6.7ppg and 5.1rpg in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Wilkinson has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) was the major contributor in a Sundsvall Dragons'' victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (20-15) 102-95 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night''s game. Zivcevic scored 23 points and added 3 assists. Sundsvall Dragons (20-14) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Zivcevic has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Serbian. Despite Zivcevic''s FYR Macedonian passport, he previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #3. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Chernomorets (2-18) to beat Lukoil Academik (18-2). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night''s game his team was badly defeated 80-62. Pavlovski recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Pavlovski belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #8 and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Pavlovski averages: 15.1ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #4. Todorce Petkovski (200-F-80) was not able to help Srbija (11-9) in their game against Brahe Basket (13-8) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Petkovski also added 6 rebounds. But KSF Srbija Malmo (#5) lost 88-95 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Brahe Basket in the South group. It was Srbija''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Petkovski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Srbija''s roster. He belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #2. Petkovski has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games.

   #5. Milos Pejanovic was not able to secure a victory for one of league''s weakest teams Mladost Cacak (12-8) in their game against KK Jagodina (13-7) in the Serbian B League (second division) despite his good performance in Saturday night''s game. Pejanovic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But Mladost Cacak lost 56-69 in Jagodina to the higher-ranked (#3) KK Jagodina. Pejanovic has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg in the 15 games.

   #6. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, college: Colorado Springs) couldn''t help Otto Caserta (10-12) in their game against Cimberio Varese (12-11) in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Fletcher recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. His team was defeated 91-87. Fletcher has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Fletcher has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #7. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) contributed to Stjarnan''s victory against the closely-ranked Njardvik (19-7) 74-61 in the Icelandic Express League on Thursday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zdravevski has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 10 games.

   #8. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed to a Thor Thorl''s victory against the seventh-ranked Fjolnir (8-18) 105-86 in the Icelandic Express League in Friday night''s game. He scored 9 points in 29 minutes. This season Janev has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 6.0rpg. Janev is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Australian. Despite his FYR Macedonian nationality, Janev previously played for the Australian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the FYR Macedonian team.


Superleague Round 8: Derby game ends with Fersped-Rabotnicki's defeat of Torus Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6) and Torus Skopje (#4). Fersped-Rabotnicki (9-15) won against visiting Torus Skopje (14-10) 93-87. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki outrebounded Torus Skopje 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vladimir Zujovic (201-80, college: Lock Haven) contributed with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 23 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Torus Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains sixth position in with 9-15 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki are looking forward to face higher ranked Kumanovo 2009 (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Torus Skopje will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Feni Indistrija (20-4) which hosted in Kavadarci one of their biggest challengers Lirija (14-10). Second ranked Feni Indistrija managed to get a 11-point victory 101-90. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and Kiril Nikolovski who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second position in with 20-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader MZT Skopje. Lirija at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Torus Skopje (#4) on the road in the next round. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Superleague top team - MZT Skopje (20-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-14) 72-57. The winners were led by Cade Davis who scored that evening 21 points. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by Philip Brooks did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains first position in with 20-4 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.

In the last game of round 8
In Play Out Kozuv was beaten by Vardar on the road 97-89.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 25 points and 6 rebounds by Vladimir Filipovic of Lirija.



MZT Skopje - Kumanovo 72-57

Superleague top team - MZT Skopje (20-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-14) 72-57. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Kumanovo 2009 managed to win third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Kumanovo 2009 only scored eight points from the stripe. The winners were led by American guard Cade Davis (196-88, college: Oklahoma) who scored that evening 21 points and the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Philip Brooks (188-84, college: Langston) did not help to save the game for Kumanovo 2009. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points for the guests. Kumanovo 2009's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains first position in with 20-4 record. Loser Kumanovo 2009 keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Lirija.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: C.Davis 21+3reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 13+3reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 12+9reb+4ast, N.Dahlman 10+6reb, T.Gecevski 8+8reb, I.Mijajlovic 5+1reb+4ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 13+2reb, P.Brooks 11+8reb+2ast, M.Petrovski 8+3reb, U.Lukovic 7+5reb, D.Mikic 7+3reb, M.Janevski 6+7reb
gschID: 168299


Feni Indistrija - Lirija 101-90

An interesting game for Feni Indistrija (20-4) which hosted in Kavadarci one of their biggest challengers Lirija (14-10). Second ranked Feni Indistrija managed to get a 11-point victory 101-90. Lirija was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 31-18 charge of Feni Indistrija, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Five Feni Indistrija and four Lirija players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second position in with 20-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader MZT Skopje. Lirija at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Torus Skopje (#4) on the road in the next round. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 27+13reb+3ast, J.Frye 18+4reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 13+4reb+4ast, K.Nikolovski 13+12reb+2ast, G.Samardziev 11+1reb+5ast, V.Brckov 6+2reb
Lirija: B.Radunovic 27+10reb, D.Tasovski 22+7reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 17+4reb+1ast, C.Morban 15+3reb+8ast, V.Filipovic 7+4reb, T.Simic 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168297


Rabotnicki - Torus Skopje 93-87

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6) and Torus Skopje (#4). Fersped-Rabotnicki (9-15) won against visiting Torus Skopje (14-10) 93-87. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki outrebounded Torus Skopje 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vladimir Zujovic (201-80, college: Lock Haven) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 23 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Torus Skopje. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains sixth position in with 9-15 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki are looking forward to face higher ranked Kumanovo 2009 (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Torus Skopje will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: N.Jelesijevic 26+10reb, V.Zujovic 24+10reb+2ast, E.Bogoev 20+3reb+2ast, Z.Stojanov 9+5reb, E.Hadzibulic 8+5reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 6+4reb+3ast
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 23+2reb+6ast, J.Reynolds 21+7reb, N.Karakolev 14+7reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 11+1reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 7+5reb+2ast, J.Boswell 6+1ast
gschID: 168298


Group Play Out
Vardar - Kozuv 97-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Vardar's (6-12) home victory over 8th ranked Kozuv (4-14) in Skopje 97-89 on Saturday. Kozuv was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vardar shot 64.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Vardar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. The winners were led by swingman Vladimir Georgievski (194-82) who scored that evening 28 points and 5 rebounds and guard Angel Tasevski (187-83) supported him with 20 points and 6 assists. Even 30 points and 4 assists by guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) did not help to save the game for Kozuv. Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (206-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Vardar maintains seventh position in Play Out with 6-12 record. Kozuv at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vardar: V.Georgievski 28+5reb+2ast, A.Tasevski 20+3reb+6ast, F.Kralevski 15+10reb+2ast, A.Stefanovski 13+2reb+2ast, V.Levkoski 12+2reb+1ast, D.Lazarevski 5+2ast
Kozuv: A.Dimitrovski 30+2reb+4ast, M.Golubovic 13+6reb+4ast, S.Hadzivasilev 11+7reb+2ast, M.Hasanov 11+6reb+1ast, V.Buha 10+2reb, B.Tomasevic 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168300




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 20-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 20-4 
 3. Lirija 14-10 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-10 
 5. Kumanovo 10-14 
 6. Rabotnicki 9-15 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 6-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-14 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Rabot.
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Jelesijevic, Rabot.20.1 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija18.4 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija17.4 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.17.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus16.5 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo7.9 
 3. Dahlman, MZT S.7.6 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.5 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.5 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.7.1 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija7.1 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.8 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Morban, Lirija4.5 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.7 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.3 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 8. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.0 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.2 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija2.0 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.6 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Simonovski, Feni I.1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.4 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.0.9 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Superleague Round 17: Kutaisi edges MIA by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked MIA (9-7) to third ranked Kutaisi (12-4) 85-83 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. American forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. MIA at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kutaisi are looking forward to face Sokhumi (#4) in Tbilisi in the next round. MIA will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Samedicino-Academia was crushed at home by 36 points 65-101 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 assists and 8 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Joakim Kjellbom contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) answered with 18 points for Samedicino-Academia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Armia (15-0) have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 15 victories in a row. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and TSU (#8). Sokhumi (10-6) won against visiting TSU (5-10) 89-83. Lasha Parghalava stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Mikheil Chitashvili responded with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. TSU's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sokhumi maintains fourth place with 10-6 record. TSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with STU Tbilisi. Sokhumi will meet higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and STU (#9). STU was crushed at home by 17 points 74-91 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Mikheil Berishvili nailed 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Armia. STU lost their fifth game in a row. STU at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Olimpi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.

In the last game of round 17 Dinamo Tbilisi defeated Rustavi in a road game 95-87.



MIA Academy - Kutaisi 83-85

The most exciting game of round 17 in the Superleague took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked MIA (9-7) to third ranked Kutaisi (12-4) 85-83 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. American forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) added 20 points, 7 assists and 5 steals respectively for the hosts. Four MIA players scored in double figures. MIA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. MIA at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kutaisi are looking forward to face Sokhumi (#4) in Tbilisi in the next round. MIA will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: T.Smith 28+11reb+2ast, L.Blair 20+3reb+7ast, A.Trepalovac 12+6reb, J.Tubbs 12+8reb+1ast, M.Bokolishvili 6+1reb+3ast, D.Imnadze 2
Kutaisi: D.Barbakadze 33+8reb, T.Babunashvili 16+4reb+6ast, Z.Pashayev 11+2ast, G.Barbakadze 8+4reb, R.Matiashvili 7+8reb+1ast, L.Tsekvava 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 166610


Samedicino - Armia 65-101

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Samedicino-Academia was crushed at home by 36 points 65-101 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 38. Armia forced 26 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 assists and 8 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swedish power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) answered with 18 points and guard Irakli Gabisonia (195-89) added 14 points in the effort for Samedicino-Academia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia (15-0) have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 15 victories in a row. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: M.Chochua 18+3reb, I.Gabisonia 14+4reb+2ast, N.Ilic 13+2reb, A.Dvalishvili 8+9reb, G.Kvetenadze 5+5reb+1ast, G.Pirvelashvili 3+2reb+4ast
Armia: B.Woodside 31+1reb+6ast, G.Diaz 16+2reb, W.Thomas 15+3reb+2ast, J.Kjellbom 12+10reb+1ast, G.Sharabidze 7+1reb+1ast, R.Atanelishvili 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 166611


STU Tbilisi - Olimpi 74-91

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#2) and STU (#9). STU was crushed at home by 17 points 74-91 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 51-35 including 23 on the offensive glass. Olimpi players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) nailed 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Olimpi players scored in double figures. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) came up with 25 points and forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for STU in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Armia. STU lost their fifth game in a row. STU at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Olimpi's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 25+1reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 17+3reb+2ast, Z.Machaladze 7+8reb+2ast, L.Nozadze 7+7reb+3ast, I.Kobidze 6+5reb, D.Kordzadze 4+1reb
Olimpi: I.Hoger 19+10reb+2ast, N.Tutus 16+5reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 14+9reb+8ast, I.Todorovic 13+8reb, G.Gulisabedashvili 10+7reb+4ast, I.Milutinovic 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 166612


Rustavi - Dinamo Tbilisi 87-95

There was no surprise in Rustavi where 11th ranked Energy Invest (1-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (8-8) 95-87. Energy Invest was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Dinamo Tbilisi, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Energy Invest 40-27 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Energy Invest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) accounted for 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) added 27 points respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth place with 8-8 record. Energy Invest at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#10) at home. Energy Invest will play against the league's second-placed Olimpi in Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 27+3reb+1ast, R.Chachanidze 24+1reb+1ast, T.Toudjani 16+17reb+2ast, Z.Machavariani 7+1reb+7ast, G.Arabic 6+5reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 4+4ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 30+10reb+4ast, M.Oluic 20+11reb+4ast, A.Zecevic 16+4reb+6ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 12+5reb+5ast, I.Lezhava 9+5reb+3ast, G.Markhvashvili 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166608


Sokhumi - TSU Tbilisi 89-83

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and TSU (#8). Sokhumi (10-6) won against visiting TSU (5-10) 89-83. TSU was trailing by 16 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of Sokhumi, which allowed them to win the game. Sokhumi outrebounded TSU 51-35 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) responded with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Sokhumi and four TSU players scored in double figures. TSU's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sokhumi maintains fourth place with 10-6 record. TSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with STU Tbilisi. Sokhumi will meet higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 21+5reb, M.Chitashvili 20+2reb+7ast, D.Khizanishvili 11+1reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 10+12reb+4ast, S.Kokhreidze 9+3reb+4ast, Z.Maisuradze 5+2reb+1ast
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 24+7reb+7ast, S.Atuashvili 15+9reb, T.Chachibaia 14+11reb+3ast, L.Patsatsia 12+11reb+4ast, R.Rogava 10+2reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 9+2reb
gschID: 166609




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy28.2 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.7 
 3. Carter, Dinamo T.23.2 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi22.5 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Woodside, Armia18.3 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi17.1 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.3 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.10.7 
 3. Toudjani, Rustavi10.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.5 
 5. Revazashvili, Batu.10.0 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 7. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 8. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.4 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.1 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.5 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.0 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.9 
 4. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 5. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.6 
 7. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 8. Artsividze, Rustavi5.4 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Dina.5.3 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.8 
 2. Woodside, Armia2.9 
 3. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.7 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.2.1 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi2.1 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 10. Chachanidze, Rus.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.4.3 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 3. Nozadze, STU T.1.6 
 4. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Armia1.5 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 7. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.2 
 8. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.1 
 10. Hoger, Olimpi1.0 


Keyon Carter claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Keyon Carter (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dinamo Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Rustavi (#11, 1-14) 95-87. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains the 6th position in Georgian Superleague. Dinamo Tbilisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-8 record. Carter turned to be Dinamo Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter. Carter is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.2ppg) and averages solid 57.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Tracy Smith (203-F, agency: Strategic Sports) of MIA Tbilisi. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as MIA Academy was edged by slightly higher-ranked Kutaisi (#3, 12-4) 85-83. MIA Academy managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is a newcomer at MIA Academy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports) of top-ranked Armia. Woodside got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Armia, leading his team to a 101-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Samedicino (#7, 6-10). Armia have amazing season winning all 15 games without a single defeat. Woodside 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. Woodside has a great season in Georgia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best). He also has 2.9spg and and 3PT: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) of Kutaisi - 33 points and 8 rebounds
5. Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olimpi - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Armia - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. George Khaniashvili (194-G-89) of STU Tbilisi - 25 points and 2 assists
9. Luka Khmelidze (195-G-92) of Rustavi - 27 points and 3 rebounds
10. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of MIA Academy - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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)


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 15-0 
 2. Olimpi 12-3 
 3. Kutaisi 12-4 
 4. Sokhumi 10-6 
 5. MIA Academy 9-7 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 8-8 
 7. Samedicino 6-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 5-10 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-10 
 10. Batumi 2-13 
 11. Rustavi 1-14 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.9 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.4 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.4 
 6. Reid, MBC17.6 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe17.2 
 8. Stommes, Webmoebel16.8 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.7 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.9 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.9 
 3. Alawoya, Braves8.8 
 4. Black, Jena8.1 
 5. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.8 
 6. Moore, Karlsruhe7.8 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim7.7 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Richardson, Leiter.7.2 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.2 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.1 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.7 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 6. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.5 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.1 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen1.6 
 7. Harris, NBC1.5 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen1.4 
 10. Capel, Cuxhaven1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.0 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 9. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 10. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 21-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 21-5 
 3. ALBA 19-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 18-8 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 17-9 
 6. B.Muenchen 15-11 
 7. Bremerhaven 13-12 
 8. NY Phantoms 13-12 
 9. EWE Baskets 13-13 
 10. Telekom Baskets 12-12 
 11. Fraport SKY 12-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 11-14 
 13. Bayreuth 11-15 
 14. TBB Trier 9-17 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-18 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 7-18 
 17. EnBW L'burg 7-19 
 18. Goettingen 2-24 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 19-5 
 2. Crailsheim 16-9 
 3. Kirchheim 15-9 
 4. Chemnitz 15-10 
 5. Webmoebel 14-10 
 6. Duesseldorf 12-11 
 7. ETB Wohnbau 12-12 
 8. Jena 12-13 
 9. Karlsruhe 11-12 
 10. Heidelberg 11-12 
 11. NBC 11-13 
 12. Ehingen 11-14 
 13. Cuxhaven 9-15 
 14. Braves 7-17 
 15. Leitershofen 5-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.9 
 3. Wood, ALBA15.5 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 5. Carter, Phoenix15.4 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix15.3 
 7. Swann, Ratiopharm15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.14.3 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.2 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.1 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen7.1 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 8. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 9. Davidson, Fraport6.6 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.1 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.7 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.7 
 3. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Dorris, EnBW L.1.3 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen1.3 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 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.1.7 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Have To Find A Way To Finish Games On The Road - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.)s a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the away game in Bayreuth March 10th.



You celebrated a big 82-73 win at home against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. They let go their coach. Was the team and coach not on the same page anymore?


I don't know what was wrong because that team should be in the top four with all the talent they have. It Is obvious something was not working so they decided to make a change.

TBB Trier have lost 8 straight on the road. Why is the team having so much difficulty winning on the road?

I think we just have problems down the stretch and tend to let little things get us down. I think we have been in most games but we have to find a way to finish them out on the road.


The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. What is your memory of the 68-62 win at home earlier in the season?

Well it was long ago and not much to be honest I just know that they will be ready and are a different team on there home court.


It is never easy to win in Bayreuth, but they arent as strong at home either. What will be key in getting the win?

I think we have to try and not let there crowd get into it and just keep there runs to a minimum and just play our game and I like our chances.


Can Brandon Hunter give Maik Zirbes some tips about getting to the NBA easier?

I think he could anytime someone has been in a situation before and know what to expect it would be beneficial to anyone who hasn't been.


What is your take on the Rajon Rondo trade rumors? Do the Boston Celtics really need to trade him?

Well they have to trade him in my opinion because he is the only one worth trade value because the big three are old and not worth as much as a young rondo but I do wonder if rondo could do the same things that he does in Boston for a different team.

Who will be the next NBA point guard to score 50 + points after Deron Williams?


The next point to score 50.... Will be Tony Parker or Chris Paul


What is your take on the Miami Heat loss to the Utah Jazz where Lebron James passed up a last shot to win the game, but opted to pass it to his teammate Udonis Haslem? Fans have been ripping him.


Fans are tripping and honestly if he took the shot and makes it then they say he's lucky, if he misses it they talk about how open Haslem was, and honestly he just can't do right but I think he made the right move and Haslem has hit that shot so many times in his career so I think fans need to chill out on bron because his team is still balling this season.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD was Romeo must die


Thanks John for the chat.


Jason Holmes (SG Schwelmer Baskets) Life Has Taught Me Never To Be A Follower But A Leader - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Holmes (191-G-86, college: Le Moyne) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Mamaroneck, New York that is playing his first season for SG Schwelmer Baskets in the German PRO B. He is a guard that can create his own shot as well as set teammates up and get them involved in the game. Capable of being a go to scorer or being a set up man for teammates. Takes a lot of pride in defense and can shut down the opposing team's primary scorer. Can score by spotting up for an open jump shot, shooting on the move, in transition or even creating own shot off the dribble or moving without the ball. Major strengths consist of getting to the basket finishing with either hand or getting to the foul line, as well as shooting off the dribble including off of ball screens. Willing to do whatever it takes to help the team be the best it can be. He played a total of 103 games for Le Moyne (NCAA2) from 2004-2008. He was a rookie in 2008-2009 playing for BC Nokia (Finland-1st Division) playing 22games: 26.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8spg, 2FG: 48.4%, 3FG: 38.3%, FT: 76.0%. Last season for Schwelm, he played 25 games: 18.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 68.5%. This season, he is averaging 19,8ppg, 7,1rpg and 4,8apg. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the BSW Sixers.



Congrats on the 86-79 win in the first playoff game against the BSW Sixers. How important was it stealing the home court from them in game one?

Thanks! It was very important to get that first win and have the possibility of closing out the series at home.

You had a strong game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Has leading a team always come natural to you?

Well in life I was always taught to never be a follower and always be a leader, so yea it naturally translated into sports.


What is your secret behind your strength helping out under the boards?


Haha can't tell you that until the end of the season. But I have good anticipation and know where the ball is coming off most times.


What will be key to wrapping up the series at home? Possibly keeping Ryan Mclemore better under control?


We have to come out with the same energy, defensive mindset and team effort. He had a decent game but other guys didn't play as well for them. So I think we played well defensively.

How important is the German leadership of Kristopf Speier? In what ways does he help the team most?


He's not as vocal but he does a good job of leading by example. He goes about his business and never complains. But when he does speak, people listen.



You had solid stats in NCAA 2 at Le Moyne. How would you compare the PRO B to the NCAA 2 in terms of talent and competitiveness?

The big men are better than what I played against in college. Talent varies from game to game everywhere. And every game you're going to get someone's best shot, from a competitive point.


Who has been your most difficult opponent in the PRO B?


As a team I'd have to say Vechta because they've been the only team to beat us twice. Individually I'm not sure. There are a lot of good guards in the league.



Who was your hardest opponent in the NCAA 2 that might be in Europe or in the NBA?


I'd have to say John Williams from Bryant University my freshman year. Not sure where he is now.


What are your early 2012 NCAA Final 4 teams and why?


UNC, Kentucky, Ohio St and Syracuse. I'm a UNC fan and those are the 4 most balanced teams.



Who wins a one on one in practice you or Jason Smith?



Haha me of course! But it's competitive.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Kevin Hart's Laugh at my Pain.

Thanks Jason for the chat.


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Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.0 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.19.3 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.1 
 4. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.9 
 5. Stevovic, AE.17.6 
 6. Psileas, Lavrio17.0 
 7. Pettas, Doxa L.16.9 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.7 
 9. Magounis, Panele.16.3 
 10. Nikitakis, Nea K.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.5 
 2. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.2 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI7.8 
 4. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 5. Sklavos, AEK7.5 
 6. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.3 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.3 
 8. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.3 
 9. Macheras, Panery.7.1 
 10. Katoufas, Panery.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.6.4 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.7 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 4. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.1 
 5. Nikou, Panelefs.5.1 
 6. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 8. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.0 
 10. Kounas, Lavrio3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PETTAS
  Doxa L.
  (195-G-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 2. Lewis, OFI1.8 
 3. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 4. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.7 
 5. Magounis, Panele.1.7 
 6. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.6 
 7. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.6 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.5 
 10. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 3. Karadolamis, OFI1.1 
 4. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 5. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.9 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.7 
 9. Foutsitzis, Periko.0.7 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 18-4 
 2. Apollon Patras 17-5 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 14-8 
 4. Arkadikos 13-9 
 5. AEK 13-9 
 6. Lavrio 12-10 
 7. Nea Kifisia 12-10 
 8. OFI 11-10 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 11-11 
 10. Perama Ermis 10-12 
 11. Doxa Lefkadas 10-12 
 12. Panerythraikos 10-12 
 13. Amyntas Dafnis 9-13 
 14. Periko/Arhelaos 8-13 
 15. Pagrati 7-15 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-22 


Panathinaikos wins the Greek cup after beating Olympiakos in the final - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos of Coach Obradovic just added another trophy in its amazing series. In a game which just ended beat Olympiakos with 71-70 and won the Greek Cup after three years. Among five finals between the two teams the last decade, Panathinaikos won the Cup three times (including this one) and Olympiakos won the Greek cup twice in a row, the season 2009-2010 and the season 2010-2011. the third one was not lucky.

In a thrilling derby among two of the top tier teams in the European leagues the last 15 years or so, and within an amazing and peacefull atmosphere, the game was probably among the best games ever between the two power houses.


The score between the two teams changed 12 times and that is obviously showing the level of the two teams plus the fact that both teams had the passion and the thirst to win the specific Cup, Panathinaikos to prove that is not over yet and Olympiakos to prove that is the new super power of Greece and Europe in general with 4 of the top young players in the European courts (Papanikolaou, Sloukas, Mantzaris, Katsivelis)

About the game now, the first period was a total domination for the Greens as the reds remain pointless for more than 4 minutes and that was a result of teh very good defence by the Greens with Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier), Diamantidis and Calathes overplaying their opponents and in the 5th minute the scroe became 6-13 so it was obvious that Ivkovic needed to do some changes and he did as he changed the entire team (only V-Span remain in the court) . The first period ended finaly with 17-25 due to a three pointer by Sloukas. The bad news for Olympiakso was the 3rd foul of Mantzaris.

The 2nd period Olympiakos woke up and by a great team-game and solid performances from Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) cut the deficit to 35-38 by the end of the first half. Panathinaikos lost the scoring ability of Diamantidis due to the very good defence of Olympiakos while Dorsey 'deleted' Batiste who couldn't score at all, further to that Calathes lost his consitration and the momentum changed totally for Olympiakos.

The 3rd period continue exactly from where it stopped, as Olympiakos kept its momentum and the deficit went up to +13 for Olympiakos with the Basketball fans allready started to think that the Greek cup will remain in Piraeus for a third concecutive season. The 58-45 of the 28th minute though all of a sudden and due to the veteran Jasikevicius became 58-55 by the end of the 3rd period as in less than two minutes Panathinaikos overscored its opponent with 10-0 with Vougioukas and Jasikevicius being the men of this short momentum for the Greens.

The 4th period was the most exciting of all, Andic scored a goal-foul to reshape the score to 61-55, and a little bit after Keselj with a three pointer increase the deficit even more to nine (66-57) and few seconds after Hines is increasing even more the deficit for the reds to 11 points. With many problems due to fouls the Greens had with 4 Kaimakoglou and Tsartsaris whiel on behalf of Olympiakos, its best defender, Dorsey received his 4th on Batiste.

At the 33' the score is 68-59, but Panathinaikos with a 4-0 cuts the deficit to 68-63 on the 35' while Tsartsaris is cuting even more the deficit to 68-66. 3D's stealing and the 2 free throws by Calathes are bringing the game to a total balance on the 37'. Olympiakos remains pointless for more than 4 minutes and V-Span is missing another three poitner with 3D winign teh foul by Mantzaris and scoring botht he free throws to give to his team the leading role after 15 minutes in the game. Calathes was present in teh next phase as he is stealing the ball in a crucial point for Panathinaikos and the gaem in total, but Papanikolaou with a great block shot stopps the Greek guard, Georgios Printezis earns a foul and scored both of his free throws for another balance to 70-70 while the veteran fox of the courts Jasikevicius is winning the foul from Dorsey and kicks him out as that was his 5th foul. Panathinaikos though is missing the offense but Olympiakos is doing the same as Batiste is giving a great block shot on Georgios Printezis. 26'' before the end 3D is getting the foul by Mantzaris and with 1/2 is doing the final 70-71 as Papanikolaou misses the three pointer at the end.


The veteran Saras Jasikevicius was the MVP of the game as his winning psychology and the fact that he was born winner oversome his 36 years, while his 10 points, 3 assist and 1 steal together with the 4 fouls won were numbers too crucial for the Greens.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 17, Pero Antic (210-F-82) 13 and 10 rebounds, Vassilis Spanoulis 12 and 4 assists, Hines 11
Panathinaikos: Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) 10, Sato 10, Dimitris Diamantidis 9 points, 7 assists, 7 steals, and 1 block shot!!!




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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 18-5 
 2. Leiden 16-5 
 3. Den Bosch 16-6 
 4. Nijmegen 15-8 
 5. Zwolle 10-13 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-13 
 7. Weert 3-19 
 8. Rotterdam 3-21 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.7 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.3 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch15.6 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.3 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.2 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen15.1 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.9 
 10. Bell, Groningen14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Coleman, Weert9.2 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.8 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.3 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.8 
 5. Saaka, Zwolle6.8 
 6. Boxley, Leiden6.8 
 7. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.7 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch6.6 
 9. Bekkering, Nijme.6.5 
 10. Oudendag, Rotte.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 2. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.8 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.7 
 6. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.5 
 8. Fletcher, Weert3.3 
 9. Jansen, Den Bosch3.2 
 10. Bell, Groningen2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron WELLS
  Zwolle
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.5 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.3 
 4. Harman, Weert2.2 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch2.0 
 7. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 8. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
 9. Wessels, Den Bosch1.7 
 10. Slagter, Leiden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 3. Boxley, Leiden1.0 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 
 10. Hilliman, Leiden0.6 


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D1 Round 18: KFI beats Skallagrimur by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 just ended.

Second-ranked Skallagrimur (12-5) was very close to win a game against first ranked KFI (17-1) in Reykjavik on Friday. KFI managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KFI have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Skallagrimur at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Hamar.
Important game to mention about took place in Akureyri. Eighth ranked FSU (7-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Thor AK (6-11) 69-66 in the fight for the seventh place. FSU moved-up to seventh place. Thor AK at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost.
The game in Kopavogur was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Hottur (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Breidablik (9-9). Breidablik managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hottur. Breidablik maintains sixth position with 9-9 record. Loser Hottur keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
The game between 10th ranked Armann (2-16) and fifth ranked IA (9-8) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from outscored Armann 126-80. IA have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted IA maintains fifth position with 9-8 record. Armann lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost.

In the last game of round 18 Hamar beat IG on the road 96-92.



Armann - IA 80-126

The game between 10th ranked Armann (2-16) and fifth ranked IA (9-8) in Reykjavik ended with biggest points difference. Guests from outscored Armann 126-80. The game without a history. IA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. IA have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted IA maintains fifth position with 9-8 record. Armann lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost.
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Thor AK - FSU 66-69

Important game to mention about took place in Akureyri. Eighth ranked FSU (7-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Thor AK (6-11) 69-66 in the fight for the seventh place. It looked good early as Thor AK took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then FSU took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. FSU moved-up to seventh place. Thor AK at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost.
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IG - Hamar 92-96

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Hamar (12-5) beat on the road 9th ranked IG (4-14) 96-92. IG was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hamar have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Skallagrimur. IG lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost.
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KFI - Skallagrimur 90-89

Second-ranked Skallagrimur (12-5) was very close to win a game against first ranked KFI (17-1) in Reykjavik on Friday. KFI managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KFI have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Skallagrimur at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Hamar.
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Breidablik - Hottur 73-68

The game in Kopavogur was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Hottur (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Breidablik (9-9). Breidablik managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hottur. Breidablik maintains sixth position with 9-9 record. Loser Hottur keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American Travis Holmes (193-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Njardvik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 41 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Keflavik (#5, 12-7) 95-93. Njardvik maintains the 8th position in Icelandic Express L.. Njardvik is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. In the team's last game Holmes had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Njardvik's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Military Institute graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holmes is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.6ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,2.9spg and 53.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik. Parker impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Keflavik was edged by the lower-ranked Njardvik (#8, 9-10) 95-93. This loss caused Keflavik to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Parker is a newcomer at Keflavik 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 American Robert Jarvis (180-G-87) of IR (#9). Jarvis got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of IR, leading his team to a 102-98 win against the higher-ranked Stjarnan (#3, 12-7). The chances of IR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jarvis could help IR to bring them higher in the standings. Jarvis has a great season in Iceland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 56.5% and 3PT: 44.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chavis Holmes (193-G) of Haukar - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jarryd Cole (200-F-88) of Keflavik - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Darrin Govens (185-G-88) of Thor Thorl - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of IR - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Calvin O'Neil (193-G-85) of Fjolnir - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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)


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 17-1 
 2. Hamar 12-5 
 3. Skallagrimur 12-5 
 4. Hottur 9-7 
 5. IA 9-8 
 6. Breidablik 9-9 
 7. FSU 7-11 
 8. Thor AK 6-11 
 9. IG 4-14 
 10. Armann 2-16 


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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Philippine Patriots snatch win over Indonesia Warriors - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Philippine Patriots 68:72

Philippine Patriots recorded the eighth win in the ASEAN League season. They eked out a narrow win over Indonesia Warriors on the road to improve at 8-2 record on top of the standings. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 24 points to lead the league leaders.
The Patriots grabbed a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Warriors cut the distance to 4 points at the interval 32:36. The hosts got within a single point 48:49 with ten minutes remaining. But the Patriots unloaded 23 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Al Vergara (173-G-79) finished with 12 points in the win. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) contributed 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Patriots. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) notched 22 points for the Warriors. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 19 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 22+11 boards, Steve Thomas 19
Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 24, Al Vergara 12, Nakiea Miller 11+17 boards



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  IRAN   


Mahram end regular season with no loss, Playoff tree completed - by Aydin Dianat
Mahram Tehran ended the regular season with a 22-0 record heading to playoffs. On the last game of the regular season against Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Azadi basketball Arena, not playing with Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) and Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) to rest them for the WABA semi final game on Monday against Zob Ahan Esfahan, Mahram Tehran won 92 to 83 . Mahram Tehran headed the locker rooms with 3 points advantage , and with Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) big performance on 2nd half , Mahram Tehran passed Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour . Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) was the game leading scorer with 26 points adding 14 rebounds 3 blocks . On the other side Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points and 3 assists.

Mahram Tehran : Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) 26 + 14 , Hamed Afagh 18
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour : Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) 23 , Mehrad Atashi 16

In another game Azad University Tehran won against Zob Ahan Esfahan at home 82 to 79 with Amir Abbas Mohabat decisive 3 point shot on last seconds.

After this game the playoffs tree got clear:
Mahram Tehran vs. Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality
Foolad Mahan Esfahann vsMelli Haffari Ahvaz
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour vs. Sanaye Petrochimi Mahshahr
Zob Ahan Esfahan vs. Azad University Tehran

The playoffs will start on 9th of April 2012 with best of 3 series.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 22-0
 2. Foolad Mahan 18-4
 3. Petrochimi 15-7
 4. Zob Ahan 15-7
 5. Azad 14-8
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 11-11
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 8-14
 8. Gorgan 7-15
 9. Zanjan 7-15
 10. Pouya 6-16
 11. Shiraz a.s Pipe 6-16
 12. Jahesh 3-19


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  IRELAND   


Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview - by Patrick Maher
BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY PREVIEW

TEAMS SET FOR KNOCKOUT STAGE


Its a big weekend in both the Mens and Womens Nivea SuperLeagues with the quarter finals of the Play-Offs taking place.

Arguably the biggest game of the weekend will see the National Cup champions UL Eagles travelling to Clontarf to play the reigning SuperLeague champions 11890 Killester.

In the second quarter final Bord Gais Neptune will host UCD Marian in what should be another competitive clash.

11890 Killester are sure to be tested in the other quarter final when they entertain Waterford Wildcats with the prize on offer of a trip to play regular season champions UL.

UL Eagles hopes of a double face a difficult hurdle on Saturday night when Mark Keenan brings his side to Clontarf to face his former charges 11890 Killester.

Killester may boast a better head to head record over Eagles in the league this season but they will still be reeling after their National Cup hopes were ended at the semi-final stage to the Limerick side in January.

A real boost for the Dubliners has been the return of Peder Madsen from injury and he is desperate to end the season with another league title.

There is no doubt that we have done well, said Madsen. If you look back at the pre-season we were disappointing but we have certainly turned things around and but for a few games where we blew big leads could have won the Northern Conference.

I honestly believe that on our day we are the best in the country, with Jermaine and Kieran inside and we have some super shooters, added Madsen. We must take care of the ball and if we do that I think we will get a positive result particularly at home.

Eagles ended their 10 year wait for a trophy in February when they claimed the 2012 National Cup title at the expense of UCC Demons and their Head Coach Mark Keenan is aware a similar performance will be required if they are to eliminate the league holders and his former side Killester.

Killester have put some good results together in the last few weeks and showed some great form this past weekend by beating Northern Conference Champions DCU Saints, said Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan. We will have to contain Jermaine Turner, Pete Madsen and Robbie Clarke if we want to progress to the semi-final stage.

I do believe we have the capability to go to Killester and get the desired result but we will need to work hard this week in training to prepare as best we can.

The winner of this quarter final will travel to Cork on St Patricks weekend for a semi final date with UCC Demons.

Bord Gais Neptune will carry the tag of favourites against a UCD Marian side, who will see the Play Offs as a fresh start to what has been a stuttering season.

On the final weekend of the regular season, Neptune lost their Cork derby to UCC Demons but bounced back to defeat Moycullen and ensured second place in the Southern Conference and more importantly home advantage in the quarter finals.

I watched UCD against Demons and they showed me enough to suggest we will have to be very careful as they have some serious shooters, said Neptune Head Coach Mark Scannell.

Neptune brought in American Michael Bonaparte to replace Ron Thompson and Scannell is hoping his new recruit will rise to the occasion.

Michael is giving us more options and I saw some signs last week that my players are beginning to find their range outside the perimeter, added Scannell.

Basically I feel that defence will be the key to winning this game as UCD have players that will punish us if we are not ready to play.

UCD Marian qualified for the Play Offs by virtue of a third place finish in the Northern Conference and their Head Coach Fran Ryan admits his side will require an improvement if they are to upset the odds and overcome a strong Neptune side.

I thought it was very important for us to win one of last 3 games which we failed to do from a psychological angle failing to have won recently definitely makes believing harder, said Ryan.

Notwithstanding all the above Neptune have made a big call in changing their American and means we play a team we have not played yet this season

I think Ger Noonan is their absolute key player and when saints kept him quiet in Dublin they lost their momentum and belief.

Basketball Ireland National League Play-Offs

Saturday March 10th 2012

Nivea for Men's SuperLeague Quarter Finals
Bord Gais Neptune V UCD Marian, Neptune Stadium (Cork), 19:00

11890 Killester V UL Eagles, IWA (Clontarf), 20:00

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Quarter Finals
Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans V Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Renmore (Galway), 19:00

Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys V Scruffys St. Pauls, Castleisland Community Centre (Kerry), 19:45

Sunday March 11th 2012

Basketball Ireland Men's Divison One Quarter Finals
Blue Demons V Maree, Mardyke Arena (Cork), 13:00

2011-12 NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS

Basketball Ireland are delighted to announce that the 2011-12 National League Finals will be televised live on Setanta Sports television. The finals which will be part of Friday night live, will see the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Final taking place on Friday, March 23rd at 6.45pm, while the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final is scheduled to take place at 8.45pm.

This new development for the sport comes on the back of a hugely successful National Cup Finals in February, which marked the first outing of the sports three year deal with Setanta Sports.

Welcoming the news, Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard OByrne said; This is another tremendous boost for our sport and gives the National League Finals the recognition it richly deserves. Friday night live is becoming a big part of the Basketball Ireland calendar and we are relishing two more great finals on live TV. I applaud Setanta Sports for their dedication to Irish sport and providing us with the platform to showcase the very best talent Irish basketball has to offer.

Setanta Sports CEO Colin Morgan said; We are delighted to take our relationship with Basketball Ireland to the next stage. Showing the cup finals was a great success but its nice to consolidate this for Irish basketball fans by showing the Nivea SuperLeague finals. Basketball is a sport with great participation levels in Ireland and deserves greater prominence on TV. We are a channel that is dedicated to Irish sport so we have the capacity and the desire to show more relevant Irish sport like this.

The Nivea For Mens SuperLeague and Nivea Womens SuperLeague are currently at the quarter final stages of the Play-Offs, with the semi-finals set to take place on St Patricks weekend.

To subscribe to Setanta Sports on Satelite, Call 0818 20 30 40 or Visit Setanta.com.

On UPC Setanta Ireland is included on all customers basic pack. On eircom Setanta Ireland is available all ericom broadband customers.

Courtesy : Shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie
Gerard Noonan (180-G-82)


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  ITALY   


Gianluca Basile out two weeks due to injury - by Giovanni Bargna
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) is suffering from a muscolar injury as the player reported with an interview. Back to Italy after six great seasons spent at Barcelona, Basile helped Bennet Cantu making to the Euroleague top-16 phase and gave a good contribution in the Italian league. He's been sidelined for a couple of weeks for another injury and now will be unavailable for other two. This shouldn't have an heavy impact on Cantu's path as no game will be played this week-end as the italian All-Star game will be held tomorrow in Pesaro. Moreover it seems that coach Andrea Trinchieri can count on the very good moment of shape of Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) in the shooting guard spot. The comeback of Basile will be crucial anyway as we're approaching to the end of the regular season and Cantu wants to share the playoff stage with the best teams in Italy.

D Regionale Campania - Round 23 Results - by Crazy


SERIE D REGIONALE CAMPANIA - ROUND 23 RESULTS

GROUP A:
Aics Caserta - San Nicola: 63-84
Angri - Libert Benevento: 81-60
Minucci - Cittadella: 78-42
Ischia - Folgore Nocera: 65-73
Cus Caserta - Koine Caserta: 78-82
Cus Napoli - Nola: 53-58
S.Agnese - Virtus Pozzuoli: 66-55

Standings: San Nicola 38, Minucci 36, Nocera 32, Cittadella 24, Cus Caserta 22, S.Agnese 22, Nola 20, Cus Napoli 18, V.Pozzuoli 16, Koine 16, Angri 14, Ischia 8, Benevento 8, Aics Caserta 4.

Scoring Leaders: Valerio Tranfa (S.Nicola) 18.7 points per game; W.Esposito (Cittadella) 17.5 ppg; Cannavacciuolo (Angri) 16.8 ppg; Zambottoli (Libert) 15.8 ppg

GROUP B:
Casalnuovo - Pro Cangiani: 63-74
Abatese - Ercolano: 70-68
Sarno - Portici 2000: 46-56
Cestistica Napoli - Bellizzi: 56-69
Forio - Casapulla: 65-67
LBL Caserta - Secondigliano: 74-46
Piscinola - Sporting Portici: 63-50

Standings: Bellizzi 34, Volla 34, Piscinola 32, Abatese 30, Portici 2000 26, Sporting Portici 24, Casalnuovo 24, Casapulla 24, Ercolano 20, LBL 18, Secondigliano 16, Sarno 16, Cestistica Napoli 12, Pro Cangiani 6, Forio 4.

Scoring Leaders: Francesco Minervini (S.Portici) 22.2 points per game; S.De Vita (Abatese) 19.4 ppg; Costagliola (Volla) 18.1 ppg; Guadagnola (Portici 2000) 17.1 ppg.




Promozione Campania - Round 17 Results - by Crazy


SERIE PROMOZIONE CAMPANIA - ROUND 17 RESULTS

GROUP A:
Amici - Biddy Capua: 54-75
Caiazzo - Akery Basket: 50-53
Tigers Saviano - Maddaloni: 51-50
Mondragone - Caivano: 81-63
San Vitaliano - Pomigliano: 87-59
Acerra - Marcianise: 67-60

Standings: Biddy 28, Mondragone 24, Marcianise 24, Acerra 23, Caivano 22, San Vitaliano 18, Akery 16, Amici 12, Caiazzo 10, Saviano 10, Pomigliano 8, Maddaloni 6.

Scoring Leaders: Rino Lieto (Biddy) 22.1 points per game; Carpinelli (Mondragone) 19.8 ppg; De Rosa (Caivano) 16.5 ppg



GROUP B:
Dalmazia - Afragola: 60-70
Capri - Virtus Vico: 114-61
Torregreco - Sacro Cuore: 73-57
Portici - Solfatara: 66-52
Vesuviane - Play Out: 82-67
Basketlandia - Baloncesto: 78-58

Standings: Vesuviane 32, Capri 26, Portici 26, Afragola 24, Basketlandia 24, Torregreco 18, Baloncesto 18, Solfatara 16, PlayOut 6, Sacro Cuore 6, Dalmazia 4, Vico 4.

Scoring Leaders: Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) (Capri) 36.7 points per game; Mancanello (Capri) 23.1 ppg; Buongiovanni (Basketlandia) 18.1 ppg


GROUP C:
Neapolis - Pick&Roll: 61-53
Felix - Boscoreale: 72-48
Tresana - Capo Miseno: 70-82
Cbta - Arzano: 96-90
x5 Basket - F.Pozzuoli: 65-67

Standings: Capo Miseno 32, Felix 30, Arzano 24, M.Procida 20, F.Pozzuoli 20, Pick&Roll 16, Vesuvio 12, Boscoreale 12, Cbta 10, Tresana 10, X5 8, Neapolis 6.

Scoring Leaders: Clif Colbert (193-G-86, college: Navy) (Capo Miseno) 28.5 points per game; Fedele (Arzano) 20.9 ppg; Prisco (M.Procida) 20.9 ppg

GROUP D:
Agropoli - Trinita: 72-53
Minori - Aequa: 71-55
Sorrento - Salernitana: 57-60
Irno - Nocera: 57-69
Sammaritana - Atripalda: 76-64

Standings: Agropoli 26, Scafati 26, Sammaritana 24, Minori 24, Salernitana 18, Sorrento 10, Nocera 10, Trinita 8, Atripalda 7, Irno 6, Aequa 5.

Scoring Leaders: Spinaccio (Minori) 24.6 ppg; La Stella (Irno) 20.2 ppg; Infante (Minori) 18.8 ppg.





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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 27-10 
 2. Toyota Alvark 25-12 
 3. Hitachi SR 22-15 
 4. Panasonic T. 21-16 
 5. Hokkaido L. 18-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 16-21 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-25 
 8. Toshiba BT 7-30 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.8 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets20.9 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka20.8 
 4. Flowers, Saitama20.8 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 6. Cummings, Oita H.19.8 
 7. Woods, Akita NH19.7 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.19.1 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.7 
 4. Malloy, Iwate B.10.4 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets10.3 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK10.2 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
 9. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 10. Allred, Kyoto H.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.4 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.4 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.4 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 9. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.8 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 6. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davis, Shimane SM4.0 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.7 
 4. Blackledge, Hamama.2.2 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Turner, Toyama G.1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 24-13 
 2. Akita NH 23-15 
 3. Toyama Grouses 21-15 
 4. Niigata Albirex 21-17 
 5. Sendai 89ers 18-18 
 6. Yokohama BC 18-20 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-23 
 8. Chiba Jets 13-23 
 9. Saitama Bron. 10-25 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 10-28 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-7 
 2. Osaka Evessa 25-11 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 25-12 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 23-13 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 21-15 
 6.