EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/12/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 21-1 
 2. Cedevita 18-6 
 3. Partizan 17-7 
 4. Buducnost 16-7 
 5. Siroki WWin 14-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 13-11 
 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. Kasun, KK.8.4 
 4. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 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. Jeretin, Union O.4.3 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.1 
 7. Simon, KK.3.9 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.9 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Helios2.0 
 2. Simon, KK.1.8 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 4. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 8. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 9. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
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. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 8. Rizvic, Buducnost0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 


Round 24: Krka beats Helios in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 24 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where thirteenth ranked Krka won against host Helios (7-17) 92-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helios. Helios were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Krka, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Krka especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Helios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Jure Balazic (204-80) who scored 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) who recorded 32 points. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated Helios. Krka is looking forward to face higher ranked Radnicki K. (#7) in Kragujevac in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helios will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Croatian Cedevita (18-6) against fifth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (14-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg 76-65. It was a good game for Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Ivan Ramljak contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Haywood Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Cedevita. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Bosnian champion maintains fifth position with 14-11 record. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cedevita will play on the road against Partizan in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Serbian Partizan (17-7) against sixth ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Partizan was defeated by Union Olimpija in Ljubljana 70-57. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Partizan. Worth to mention a great performance of Deon Thompson who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dominic James with 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija maintains sixth position with 13-11 record. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third place with seven games lost. Union Olimpija will meet Hemofarm (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-13) 88-68 in Tel-Aviv. The winners were led by David Blu who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A (21-1) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position. KK Zagreb CO lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Croatian champion keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#10) in Beograd and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Beograd, where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (12-12) lost to tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (11-13) in a road game 67-80 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Omar Thomas who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Loser Cibona dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Zvezda will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Hemofarm was crushed by Buducnost in Podgorica 84-65. Bottom-ranked Zlatorog was beaten by Radnicki K. at home 65-79.


Siroki WWin - Cedevita 76-65
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Croatian Cedevita (18-6) against fifth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (14-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Cedevita was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg 76-65. The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Cedevita was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian-Bosnian forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Haywood Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) added 14 points in the effort for Cedevita. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Bosnian champion maintains fifth position with 14-11 record. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cedevita will play on the road against Partizan in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: I.Ramljak 18+5reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 17+5reb+7ast, Z.Sakic 10+6reb+4ast, D.Planinic 9+6reb, J.Naletilic 7+1reb, F.Pilepic 6+1reb+2ast
Cedevita: L.Warren 14+4reb, M.Bilan 13+3reb, H.Owens 12+7reb, M.Bazdaric 10+5reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 8+2reb, M.Car 6+1reb+7ast
gschID: 133109


Union Olimpija - Partizan 70-57
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Serbian Partizan (17-7) against sixth ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Partizan was defeated by Union Olimpija in Ljubljana 70-57. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Partizan. The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Partizan 36-22 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, agency: Beo Basket) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) with 16 points and center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija maintains sixth position with 13-11 record. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third place with seven games lost. Union Olimpija will meet Hemofarm (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: G.Jeretin 15+3reb+1ast, S.Salin 14+2reb, D.Thompson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Blazic 9+3reb, J.Mocnik 7+2reb, C.Mitchell 3+1reb
Partizan: D.James 16+3reb+3ast, R.Katic 11+4reb, M.Raduljica 11+5reb, V.Lucic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Kecman 2, M.Cakarevic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133110


Buducnost - Hemofarm 84-65
There was no surprise in Podgorica where 12th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (6-18) was crushed by fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (16-7) 84-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-65. Hemofarm was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Marko Popovic (200-85) chipped in 16 points. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 13 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth position with 16-7 record. Loser Hemofarm dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Buducnost will face bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hemofarm will play at home against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: M.Popovic 16+3reb, C.Vitkovac 14+9reb+3ast, A.Popovic 10+4reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 10+6reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 9+3ast, H.Rizvic 7+4reb
Hemofarm: D.Gagic 15+2reb, M.Jeremic 13+4reb+5ast, M.Sutalo 9+7reb, N.Otasevic 9+2reb+4ast, L.Mitrovic 8+2reb+2ast, M.Pantic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 133111


Zlatorog - Radnicki K. 65-79
No shocking result in a game in Lasko where eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (12-12) defeated bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-22) 79-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Radnicki K.. Zlatorog was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki K. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 22. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) chipped in 18 points. Four Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. Radnicki K.'s coach Miroslav Nikolic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Nejc Strnad (190-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) who recorded 19 points and Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Radnicki K. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cibona. Zlatorog lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Radnicki K. will face Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto in the next round. Zlatorog will play at home against Buducnost in Podgorica.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 18+1reb+1ast, M.Scott 12+13reb, B.Marjanovic 10+2reb, V.Vuksanovic 10+2reb+3ast, D.Mijatovic 9+1reb, S.Bircevic 8+1reb
Zlatorog: N.Strnad 19+4reb+1ast, M.Lapornik 11+2reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 10+3reb+1ast, A.Omic 7+5reb, J.Skific 6+7reb+2ast, L.Lapornik 5+2reb
gschID: 133105


Helios - Krka 82-92
The most interesting game of round 24 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where thirteenth ranked Krka won against host Helios (7-17) 92-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helios. Helios were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-15 charge of Krka, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Krka especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Helios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Jure Balazic (204-80) who scored 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) who recorded 32 points and Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated Helios. Krka is looking forward to face higher ranked Radnicki K. (#7) in Kragujevac in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Helios will play at home against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Krka: J.Balazic 17+3reb, B.Krivec 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Nissim 12+1reb+1ast, U.Lucic 10+4reb, S.Pavic 7+8reb+3ast
Helios: K.Prepelic 32+2reb+3ast, D.Pasalic 14+4reb, D.Bubnic 13+5reb+2ast, B.Cresnar 8+5reb+3ast, S.Cebular 4+2reb, V.Petrovic 4+6reb
gschID: 133106


Maccabi T-A - KK Zagreb CO 88-68
Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-13) 88-68 in Tel-Aviv. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. KK Zagreb CO was better in fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by American-Israeli forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) supported him with 15 points. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85, agency: World Sport Agency) did not help to save the game for KK Zagreb CO. Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A (21-1) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position. KK Zagreb CO lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Croatian champion keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#10) in Beograd and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Blu 19+7reb+2ast, D.Smith 15+1reb+2ast, D.Mallet 15+2ast, L.Eliyahu 6+4reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 6+1reb+1ast, G.Pnini 5+1reb+3ast
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 12+6reb+1ast, A.Masic 12+5reb+2ast, D.Mulaomerovic 11+1reb, K.Simon 8+3reb+3ast, S.Ozbolt 7+1reb+1ast, V.Morovic 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 133107


Crvena Zvezda - Cibona 80-67
We should mention about the upset which took place in Beograd, where higher ranked Croatian Cibona (12-12) lost to tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (11-13) in a road game 67-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-67. Zvezda made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Cibona only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Cibona 39-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cibona was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) added 12 points respectively. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Loser Cibona dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Zvezda will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Thomas 17+11reb, B.Subotic 14+5reb, B.Popovic 10+1reb+4ast, P.Popovic 9+7reb+2ast, S.Lesic 8+5reb, M.Ilic 8+6reb
Cibona: A.Barbour 13+3reb+4ast, D.Rudez 12+4reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 10+1reb+5ast, G.Suton 10, M.Rozic 7+6reb+1ast, A.Zizic 4+1reb


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 19-9 
 2. Lanus 19-9 
 3. Penarol 19-9 
 4. Libertad S. 18-10 
 5. Sionista 16-11 
 6. Quimsa 16-12 
 7. La Union 15-13 
 8. GECR Indalo 15-13 
 9. Atenas 15-13 
 10. Regatas C. 13-15 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 11-16 
 12. Olimpico LB 11-17 
 13. Boca Jrs 11-17 
 14. Club 9 9-19 
 15. Quilmes MP 9-19 
 16. San Mart.C. 7-21 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 5-2 
 2. Estudian.Con. 4-3 
 3. Obera TC 4-4 
 4. San Isidro 3-4 
 5. Alvear 2-5 
TNA1 South
 1. Ciclista 6-3 
 2. Alianza Viedma 5-4 
 3. Argentino 5-4 
 4. Huracan 4-5 
 5. Banda Norte 3-6 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Italiana 4-2 
 2. A.Espanola 4-3 
 3. Union Sunch 4-3 
 4. Atl.Echague 3-4 
 5. Tomas Rocam. 2-5 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 5-2 
 2. Bragado 4-3 
 3. San Mart.MJ 3-4 
 4. Sport Club 3-4 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats demolish Taipans - by Hugh McAuliffe
The Perth Wildcats took full advantage of an undermanned Cairns Taipans to record a crucial 94-59 victory at Challenge Stadium on Sunday.

With Townsville beating Gold Coast on Saturday night, Cairns needed a second win in Perth in three weeks to avoid falling a game behind fourth spot.

But with star big men Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) and Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82, college: Oregon) both missing due to injury, the task proved too much.

The Wildcats' backcourt buddies Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) (14 points, 4 steals) and Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) (11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals) hounded star Taipan Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) (16 points, 6 rebounds) into seven turnovers.

Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) (16 points), Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.), Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) and Drew Williamson (196-G/F-83, college: Metro St.) (all 10 points) also made an impact in front of another full house in Perth.

For Cairns, Dean Brebner (200-F-84, college: Augusta St.) (11 points) and Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota) (10) contributed well but the Taipans were held to just eight points in the third quarter.

Cairns scored a terrific win in Perth two weeks ago with Loughton collecting 20 points and six rebounds, but he didnt suit up due to an Achilles injury while Crosswhite didnt even make the trip west.

Cairns slip to a 14-12 record with home games against Sydney and Adelaide to come, but can only make the playoffs if either Gold Coast or Townsville lose all their remaining games.

Meanwhile Perth are now them firm favourites to claim second position as they bounced back from tough home losses to the Taipans and New Zealand Breakers.

After an even first quarter, where little-used reserve Brebner stunned Perth with two sweet triples, the Wildcats opened the game up late in the second period when a Lisch-inspired 13-2 run established a 10-point half-time lead.

Lisch caught fire again in the third term to spark a 12-0 run, the margin out to 26 points by three-quarter-time.

Wildcats development player Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) thrilled the home crowd in the final period with an athletic three-point play on the tough Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78), and the difference extended to 35 by the final buzzer.

Final Scores:
Perth Wildcats 94 (Robbins 16, Lisch 14, Martin 11)
Cairns Taipans 59 (Wilson 16, Brebner 11, Rychart 10)


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.5 
 3. Tragardh, Tigers17.0 
 4. Deleon, Blaze16.9 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.3 
 8. Khazzouh, Kings16.3 
 9. Bose, Kings15.2 
 10. Worthington, Blaze15.0 
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, Wildcats3.7 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Dillon, Tigers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.4 
 6. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Gill, 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 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-6 
 2. Wildcats 17-9 
 3. Blaze 15-10 
 4. Crocodiles 15-11 
 5. Taipans 14-12 
 6. Tigers 11-15 
 7. Kings 10-16 
 8. 36ers 8-17 
 9. Hawks 6-19 


Workout Coaches - by Dean Vickerman


Hello All,

I want to talk about workout coaches and individual skill development I have the pleasure of hosting in Auckland NZ, Ross McMains a workout coach for world class basketballers . Ross worked as an intern for the NZ Breakers 3 4 years ago and in that time displayed an incredible work ethic and thirst for knowledge.

He is now building a great reputation as an individual skills coach in the US preparing players for the NBA and Europe. His commitment to analysing the NBA game is incredible 5 to 6 hours a day using synergy sports, cutting team offenses and defences but even more importantly to his role cutting individual offensive and defensive skill movements and footwork.

Ross has been with the SKYCITY Breakers for just over 2 weeks now conducting the following individual player workouts:
- Post play.
- Developing a complete turnout package.
- Advanced ball handling.
- Attacking multiple pick & roll defensive coverages.

It is refreshing for both the players and coaching staff to have a guy like Ross come in and share his knowledge and take great pride in helping all around him improve.

I recently applied and was granted funding by Sport New Zealand to travel to the USA in the offseason and work in the NBA pre draft with Ross. We will work with approximately 15 outstanding college players who all have the dream of playing in the greatest basketball competition in the world the NBA.

On my return to New Zealand I look forward to running clinics around the country to share the technical knowledge and standards I observed from the draft camps.

Enough about skill development and my off season, time get to work on playoff preparation as the SKYCITY Breakers just locked up 1st place with 2 rounds to go in the iinet NBL Championship.

Chat soon.



NBL Round 23: Gold Coast Blaze loses to Townsville Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

The game between third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (15-10) and fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (15-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Gold Coast Blaze was defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru 76-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. Gold Coast Blaze was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) contributed with 20 points for the winners. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) answered with 21 points and 4 assists for Gold Coast Blaze. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fourth place with 15-11 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (19-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-17) in Findon 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. It was a great evening for New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Gary Wilkinson helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-6 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in Broadbeach in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between second ranked Perth Wildcats (17-9) and 5th ranked Cairns Taipans (14-12) in Perth on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Perth Wildcats outscored guests from Cairns 94-59. It was a quality performance for Damian Martin who led the winners and scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jamar Wilson came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-9 record having just one points less than leader Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 23 Kings beat Hawks on the road 92-81.



Hawks - Kings 81-92

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Kings (10-16) beat bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (6-19) in Gwynneville 92-81 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kings. Wollongong Hawks managed to win third quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Kings especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Wollongong Hawks in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains seventh place with 10-16 record. Wollongong Hawks lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Kings will meet higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will play against Melbourne Tigers (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Grant 20+8reb+1ast, A.Bose 19+6reb+1ast, L.Martin 17+2reb+6ast, B.Madgen 17+4reb+3ast, L.Cooper 8+3reb+3ast, A.Gynes 8+5reb+1ast
Hawks: L.Davidson 24+7reb+2ast, O.Forman 12+1reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 11+8reb+3ast, M.Campbell 9+1reb+3ast, G.Saville 8+7reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138933


36ers - Breakers 76-91

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (19-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-17) in Findon 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Adelaide 36ers. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Adelaide 36ers was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-6 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in Broadbeach in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 22+4reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 21+6reb+1ast, C.Jackson 17+2reb+7ast, C.Bruton 12+1reb+2ast, D.Corletto 6, M.Vukona 6+2reb+2ast
36ers: D.Johnson 21+9reb+3ast, D.Simpson 19+11reb+1ast, S.Weigh 12+2reb+1ast, C.Warren 10+1ast, E.Bartlett 5+1reb+4ast, M.Creek 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138934


Crocodiles - Blaze 88-76

The game between third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (15-10) and fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (15-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Gold Coast Blaze was defeated by Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru 76-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. Gold Coast Blaze was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) added 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Gold Coast Blaze. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fourth place with 15-11 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 25+3reb+4ast, P.Crawford 20+4reb+1ast, M.Cedar 14+2reb+1ast, E.Gill 13+5reb+3ast, E.Mims 8+7reb+1ast, C.Cedar 6+6reb+1ast
Blaze: A.Gibson 21+4reb+4ast, A.Deleon 17+3reb+6ast, A.Petrie 12+8reb+2ast, S.Hoare 7+3reb+2ast, C.Goulding 5+3reb, J.Cadee 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138935


Wildcats - Taipans 94-59

The game between second ranked Perth Wildcats (17-9) and 5th ranked Cairns Taipans (14-12) in Perth on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Perth Wildcats outscored guests from Cairns 94-59. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Cairns Taipans turnovers. It was a quality performance for international point guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Mary) who led the winners and scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) accounted for 14 points and 4 steals for the winning side. Five Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Dusty Rychart (201-79, college: Minnesota, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-9 record having just one points less than leader Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: B.Robbins 16+1reb, K.Lisch 14+3reb+2ast, D.Martin 11+9reb, S.Redhage 10+5reb+3ast, D.Williamson 10+4reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 10+4ast
Taipans: J.Wilson 16+6reb+3ast, D.Brebner 11+3reb+1ast, D.Rychart 10+6reb, B.Hill 6+4reb+2ast, A.Grabau 6+2reb, J.Dowdell 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138936




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 19-7 
 3. Wels 18-7 
 4. Klosterneub. 17-9 
 5. Oberwart 16-9 
 6. Gussing 11-15 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 11-13 
 2. BC Vienna 10-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-16 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart18.2 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 8. Djuric, Gussing18.1 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg17.7 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.1 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 6. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 7. Robinson, Furstenf.7.1 
 8. Ware, Furstenfeld7.0 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.4 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.3 
 8. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.2 
 10. Curry, Gmunden4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Toroman, BC Vienna1.4 
 8. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 9. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.5 


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  BELGIUM   


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


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 18-5 
 2. Gembo 18-6 
 3. Fleurus 17-6 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 17-7 
 5. Excelsior 16-8 
 6. St-Niklase 14-9 
 7. Sprimont 11-11 
 8. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-12 
 9. Essor Charleroi 11-13 
 10. Liege II 10-13 
 11. M.Hainaut II 8-14 
 12. Melsele 4-18 
 13. De Westhoek 4-20 
 14. Gistel 3-20 


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. Haynes, Gent14.2 
 9. Black, Antwerp13.8 
 10. Freeman, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Brown, Gent8.3 
 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. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 7. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 9. Bostic, Liege2.9 
 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, Leuven2.4 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.7 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar1.7 
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. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.8 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 23: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
D1 round 23 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Base Oostende (14-7) against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-16) 91-90 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 31-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) saved the victory by scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds for Base Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth place with 4-16 record. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Base Oostende will play next round against Belgacom Liege trying to make it back to the top of the standings. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Another exciting game for Optima Gent (6-15) which played on the court of 5th ranked Leuven Bears (11-9). Eighth ranked Optima Gent won 78-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. It was a great evening for American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Senne Geukens helped adding 20 points. Guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 6-15 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Optima Gent will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will have a break next round.
The game between third ranked Antwerp Giants (13-6) and 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-13) in Antwerp on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Antwerp Giants beat guests from Liege 62-56. It was a quality performance for Salah Mejri who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Bostic came up with 10 points for Belgacom Liege in the defeat. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-6 record behind leader Spirou. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's second-placed Base Oostende (#2) and hope to secure a win.



Antwerp - Liege 62-56

The game between third ranked Antwerp Giants (13-6) and 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-13) in Antwerp on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Antwerp Giants beat guests from Liege 62-56. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a quality performance for Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) came up with 10 points and the other American import point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 9 points respectively for Belgacom Liege in the defeat. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-6 record behind leader Spirou. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's second-placed Base Oostende (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: S.Mejri 21+12reb, D.Wilson 15+5reb, T.Black 8+4reb+1ast, R.Moors 8+6reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 8+2reb+3ast, M.Roll 2+1reb+1ast
Liege: J.Bostic 10+4reb+3ast, T.Jennings 10+4reb, L.Matela 9+4reb, D.Waters 9+4reb+2ast, I.Iarochevitch 9+1reb+1ast, P.Gillet 6+3reb
gschID: 132424


Leuven - Gent 73-78

Another exciting game for Optima Gent (6-15) which played on the court of 5th ranked Leuven Bears (11-9). Eighth ranked Optima Gent won 78-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. Leuven Bears were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Optima Gent, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Senne Geukens (190-83) helped adding 20 points. Guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 6-15 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Optima Gent will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gent: S.Geukens 20+3reb, M.Haynes 17+5reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 14+1reb, L.Bosco 7+2reb+2ast, G.Brown 6+10reb+1ast, L.Louves 6+5reb
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 18+5reb+3ast, I.Hanavan 12+2reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 12+10reb+5ast, J.McLean 10+8reb, M.McGhee 10+2reb, J.Tofi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132425


Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 91-90

D1 round 23 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Base Oostende (14-7) against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-16) 91-90 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 31-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Base Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) saved the victory by scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Base Oostende. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth place with 4-16 record. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Base Oostende will play next round against Belgacom Liege trying to make it back to the top of the standings. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Beal 26+8reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 23+5reb+1ast, J.Love 22+2reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 9+7reb+3ast, B.Merriex 7+6reb+3ast, T.Thompson 2+1reb
Oostende: M.Lojeski 31+8reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 14+3reb+7ast, B.Wright 11+6reb+3ast, K.Winston 11+1reb+3ast, D.Katnic 9+1reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 6+4reb+1ast
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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 20-2 
 2. Capljina 17-5 
 3. Bosna 17-5 
 4. Varda HE 14-8 
 5. Leotar 13-9 
 6. Mladost 12-9 
 7. Hercegovac 9-12 
 8. Servitium 9-12 
 9. Borac Nektar 7-15 
 10. Zrinjski HT 7-15 
 11. Vogosca 6-16 
 12. Brotnjo 6-17 
 13. Celik 5-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


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  BRAZIL   


Lajeado add Cristiano Mirim and young players - by Paulo Freire
The Univates/FlorestalAlimentos/Bira Lajeado basketball team who is playing the Brazil Cup South Region is bringing back to their roster the small forward Cristiano Mirim (201-C/F-85) to help their offensive rotation.
Cristiano played in Univates/FlorestalAlimentos/Bira Lajeado in the 2008-2009 season, he was born in the South of Brazil and is well knowing at that region.
To complete the roster the director managers promote once again the young's players Joao Volken (193-F/G-95), Henrique Isse (PG-94), Gustavo Coutinho (G), Augusto Wallauer (175-G-96), and Alexandre Barbosa (205-C) that will complete their roster


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  BULGARIA   


Levski with ten consecutive victories over Cherno More - by Valentin Anguelov
Mens team of Levski achieved their tenth consecutive victory over Cherno More Varna. This happened at the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, where Levski were visitors in round number 21 of the local championship. The meeting was very even and after several exchanges of leadership at the end Levski were slightly better by the score 82-78. This was their 17th victory of the club with 4 losses so far. With that record Levski continue to be at second place in the standings of the NBL.

Levski controlled the game for most of the first half. They started better and in the middle of the first quarter the lead was already in double-digits- 18-8 in their favor. Home team reduced to 28-21 at the end of first quarter. In the last minute of the second part of Cherno More even managed to equalize. However three pointer by Harper in the last seconds of first half gave 3 points lead at the break - 40-37.

In the second half the crowd in Varna witnessed a constant exchange of baskets that led to a dramatic final. For little change with the Cup final in Samokov, where Jarrett Howell (180-PG-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Texas Arlington) failed with three points shot to decide the outcome of the game, he did it the right way this time in Varna. Cherno More led by single point but Howell scored a decisive shot behind the three point line that brought his team up for good. Cherno more had their chance but turn the ball over and Levski were able to close the game at 82-78.

Aaron Harper scored the most points once again and finished with 24 points. He added 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Vassil Evtimov finished with a new double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Dimitar Angelov and Jarrett Howell ended with 10.

For the hosts Vasil Kiossev scored 18 points.

Next Saturday Levski will face Yambol on their own court beofre to get another shot to beat Lukoil Academic this season in Universiada hall in Sofia week later.


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  CANADA   


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, Alberta20.6 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.0 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.8 
 10. Baker, Alberta19.7 
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, Acadia9.5 
 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. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 5. Smith, TWU5.8 
 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. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 4. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 6. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.4 
 7. Cote-K., UQ.2.4 
 8. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
 9. Yu, UBC2.3 
 10. Laroche, Concordia2.3 
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. Bains, UBC1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Duke, UPEI1.5 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 8. Black, McMaster1.1 
 9. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.1 
 10. Hadzimuratov., La.1.1 


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  CHILE   


Dimayor Semifinals: Concepcion and Liceo took a 2-0 lead - by Daniel Valencia
Cd Universidad de Concepcion and Cd Liceo Mixto took a 2-0 lead in their semifinals series. CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Union Espanola 69-66, led by Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83), who combined for 43 points. CD Liceo Mixto defeated To Espanol de Talca 90-80, with Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) coming off the bench to score 24 points. These are the complete results.

Semifinals Game 2

CD Universidad de Concepcion 69 - Union Espanola 66
Ucon: Alain Laroche 24 pts. Evandro Arteaga 19 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 17 pts. Lucas Meyer 14 pts.

CD Liceo Mixto 90 - Deportivo Espanol 80
Lic: Anthony Danridge 24 pts. Patrick Saez 18 pts.
Esp: Francisco Bravo 24 pts. Pablo Barraza 17 pts.


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  CHINA   


CBA Round 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 100-102

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Beijing Ducks won third quarter 32-30. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 50 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shanxi Zhongyu made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who added 29 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 36+13reb+4ast, M.Stephon 25+5reb+3ast, Z.Xiaochuan 14+6reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 13+4reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 5+6reb+3ast, J.Zhe 4+3reb
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 34+10reb+4ast, G.Charles 29+16reb, Y.PengFei 8+2reb, R.Junwei 8+7reb, Z.XueWen 7+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoMing 7+2reb+9ast
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Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.2 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
 10. Marbury, Beijing26.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.3 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 4. Marbury, Beijing6.2 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.8 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.8 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 9. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 2. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.4 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.3 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 4. Morris, Beijing Du.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


Shanxi Edges Beijing 102-100 to Even Semi-final Series - by Arthur Volbert
Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) had 34 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks as Shanxi edged Beijing 102-100 to even the semi-final series 2-2. Charles Gaines had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. Ren Junhui had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Yan Pengfei had 8 points and 2 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 7 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists. Zhang Xuewen had 7 points and 2 rebounds.

Randolph Morris had 36 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 5 blocks for Beijing. Stephon Marbury had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Zhai Xiaochuan had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

After the game Beijing team was trapped on their bus in the parking lot by an unruly Shanxi crowd.

According to http://sports.sina.com.cn/cba/ , Stephon Marbury tweeted 'We are trapped on the bus @CBA. I can't believe we can't get out of the parking lot. People are throwing bricks and anything else they can pick up. Is there any way you guys can call someone so we can get out? This is very embarrassing.'

Beijing and Shanxi will meet in the deciding game in Beijing on Wednesday.



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  CROATIA   


Croatian A1 round 21 best performance: Ronald Ross - by Eurobasket News
American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Jolly JBS, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Dubrovnik (#11, 3-16) with 21-point margin 88-67. Jolly maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Jolly's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Ross is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.9ppg), assists (3rd best: 4.4apg) and averages impressive 3.5spg and 54.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost. Stimac had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Svjetlost lost that game 69-79 to slightly lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#6, 8-11). Svjetlost managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Stimac is one of the most experienced players at Svjetlost and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Jolly JBS's star - center Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Vrsaljko scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Jolly, helping his team with a 88-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Dubrovnik (#11, 3-16). Jolly needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Vrsaljko has a very solid season. In 12 games in Croatia he scored 5.3ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zoran Pehar (209-C-81) of Kvarner 2010 - 21 points and 8 rebounds
5. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Luka Babic (200-F-91) of KK Split - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) of Darda - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Dubrovnik - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of KK Split - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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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 16-19 
 3. Svitavy 15-19 
 4. Chomutov 13-21 
 5. Usti n/Labem 11-23 
 6. Inter Bratislava 9-25 
 7. Plzen 8-27 
 8. B&W Opava 7-27 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 24-1 
 2. Sparta Praha 20-5 
 3. Opava B 18-7 
 4. Sokol H.Kralove 15-10 
 5. Proton Zlin 15-10 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 14-11 
 7. Trutnov 13-12 
 8. Vysehrad 12-13 
 9. Liberec 11-14 
 10. Benesov 11-14 
 11. Litomerice 9-16 
 12. Prostejov B 9-16 
 13. Kladno 2-23 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 2-23 


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, Levice19.3 
 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. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Ames, BC Kolin3.9 
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. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Sirina, 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
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.4 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Reese, Usti n.0.8 


1Liga Round 25: Sokol Hradec Kralove loses to BK Lions Hradec in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1Liga. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in J.Hradec. First ranked host BK Lions Hradec (24-1) smashed 4th placed Sokol Hradec Kralove (15-10) 102-61. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Proton Zlin. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against Kara Trutnov and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Opava. Third ranked host B&W Opava B (18-7) defeated their biggest opponent Sparta Praha (20-5) 80-62. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sparta Praha. B&W Opava B maintains third place with 18-7 record having six points less than leader J.Hradec. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. B&W Opava B will play against BC Benesov (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sparta Praha will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Proton Zlin (#4) was upset in Trutnov by seventh ranked Kara Trutnov 106-79. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kara Trutnov. They maintain seventh place with 13-12 record. Proton Zlin lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Sokol H.Kralove. Kara Trutnov will meet higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proton Zlin will play against Kladno and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Kladno managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of twelve consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Kladno won against thirteenth-ranked Mlada Boleslav 67-62. Kladno (2-23) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Mlada Boleslav. Mlada Boleslav lost their sixth game in a row. Kladno's next round opponent will be higher ranked Proton Zlin (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mlada Boleslav will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11).
Important game to mention about took place in Vysehrad. Ninth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (12-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-11) 81-78 on Sunday evening. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to eighth place. Loser Sokol Prazsky keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will face league's second-placed Sparta Praha on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 25 Benesov won against Prostejov B on the opponent's court 81-76. Litomerice outscored Liberec in a home game 79-59.



Kladno - Mlada Boleslav 67-62

Bottom-ranked Kladno managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of twelve consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Kladno won against thirteenth-ranked Mlada Boleslav 67-62. Mlada Boleslav was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Kladno (2-23) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Mlada Boleslav. Mlada Boleslav lost their sixth game in a row. Kladno's next round opponent will be higher ranked Proton Zlin (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mlada Boleslav will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11).
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Trutnov - Proton Zlin 106-79

Proton Zlin (#4) was upset in Trutnov by seventh ranked Kara Trutnov 106-79. The game without a history. Kara Trutnov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kara Trutnov. They maintain seventh place with 13-12 record. Proton Zlin lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Sokol H.Kralove. Kara Trutnov will meet higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proton Zlin will play against Kladno and hope to secure a win.
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J.Hradec - Sokol H.Kralove 102-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in J.Hradec. First ranked host BK Lions Hradec (24-1) smashed 4th placed Sokol Hradec Kralove (15-10) 102-61. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Proton Zlin. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against Kara Trutnov and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
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Prostejov B - Benesov 76-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked BK Prostejov B's (9-16) home loss to tenth ranked BC Benesov (11-14) 76-81 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BC Benesov. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Liberec. Loser BK Prostejov B keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. BC Benesov will face higher ranked B&W Opava B (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against BK Kondori Liberec (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Litomerice - Liberec 79-59

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-16) smashed at home higher ranked BK Kondori Liberec (11-14) 79-59 on Sunday. Slavoj BK Litomerice moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Prostejov B. Loser BK Kondori Liberec dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav (#14) on the road in the next round.
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Vysehrad - Sokol Prazsky 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Vysehrad. Ninth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (12-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-11) 81-78 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 28-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to eighth place. Loser Sokol Prazsky keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will face league's second-placed Sparta Praha on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Opava B - Sparta Praha 80-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Opava. Third ranked host B&W Opava B (18-7) defeated their biggest opponent Sparta Praha (20-5) 80-62. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sparta Praha. The game without a history. B&W Opava B led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. B&W Opava B maintains third place with 18-7 record having six points less than leader J.Hradec. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. B&W Opava B will play against BC Benesov (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sparta Praha will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Randers 17-3 
 2. Amager BK 16-4 
 3. Lemvig 15-5 
 4. Koge BK 12-8 
 5. Aarhus BF 12-9 
 6. Stevnsgade 11-9 
 7. Virum 10-10 
 8. Glostrup 9-11 
 9. Haderslev 7-13 
 10. ALBA 5-14 
 11. Jonstrup 5-15 
 12. Solrod 1-19 


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Latest games: Jam in complete control over Stampede in 111-95 win - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Idaho S. 111-95
For the second game in a back to back effort, the Bakersfield encore performance was actually more impressive than its predecessor. The Jam (22-17) won every quarter, increased their scoring and lead in every quarter, finished the game strong while attacking the basket consistently in the final period, and came out with a 111-95 win over the Idaho Stampede (16-24) on Saturday night at the Jam Events Center. The catalyst's in the win was the backcourt duo of Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) and Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt), who scored 20 points each to elevate the Jam in their pursuit of a playoff spot. Wise scored 16 of his 20 in the first half as the Jam took a seven point halftime lead (49-42). They opened up a 15 point lead in the third (75-60) quarter, as Byars'13 point effort in the third was a big factor. The Stampede made a run in the fourth, as they cut the Jam's lead to five (80-75), but Bakersfield responded with a 7-0 run to close the game out with surprising energy as they repeatedly attacked the basket, and either scored or got fouled. Juan Pattillo was the main protagonist in that final period, and he offered the following assessment of the game, and the weekend in general, 'It was a good finish to the weekend, we played real well yesterday, and I think we did a good job of finishing the weekend off strong.' 'Basketball is always a game of runs, so you can't get too ahead of yourself. They made a run, and I think we did a good job as team pushing the ball in transition, getting some easy baskets for us, and we stayed composed to get the win.' Travis Leslie led the Jam bench scoring with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Brian Butch 16, and Pattillo 15, also off the bench. Idaho was led in scoring by Jordan Brady with 16, and Mikki Moore, Seth Traver, and Marcus Banks chipped in with 12 each. Up next on the schedule, the Jam plays a back to back against Rio Grande Valley on March 16 and 17 at the Jam Events Center. On a side note, please subscribe to this column and stay updated on all future articles by hitting the subscribe link on this page (next to the profile), it's free and holds no obligations. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 114-109
For the second consecutive game Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) ties his season high of 25 points as he led the Toros to a 114-109 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Skyforce finished the first quarter with a 30-26 advantage. Gabe Pruitt came off the bench to score 12 points, hitting four of five three pointers in the quarter. In the second quarter, the Toros began to cut into the Skyforce's lead. Justin Dentmon hit a fast break three to trim the lead, 33-39. Da'Sean Butler followed that up by sinking a layup while being fouled. He would make the free throw to reduce the lead, 36-39. The Toros would go on to take a 42-41 lead off a Dentmon layup. Terrence Woodbury hit a mid-range at the buzzer to give the Toros a 58-56 lead at halftime. The Toros didn't miss a beat in the third quarter, extending their lead 70-61 after Dentmon was fouled while making a three pointer and the ensuing free throw. The Toros maintained their lead and took a 90-80 lead into the fourth quarter. The Skyforce started to chip away at the Toros lead, reducing it to 98-97 with 4:48 left to play. Trey Gilder made two free throws to give the Skyforce a 103-102 lead, but the Toros regained the lead, 104-103, off a layup by Dawson with 2:38 left in the game. Another pair of free throws gave the Skyforce the lead again, 105-104 but Josh Davis would hit two free throws to give the lead back to the Toros, 106-105. The Toros took control of the fourth after Butler was fouled while making a three, giving the Toros a 112-107 lead with 1:12 left after the made free throw, a lead they never relinquished. Four Toros scored in double figures, led by Dentmon's 26. Pruitt led the Skyforce with 28 points, a season high for him. The Toros (23-15) will host the Texas Legends (19-18) on Sunday, March 11 at 3pm at Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Canton C. - Maine RC 89-88
In this installment of life in the NBA Development League ... Consider that the Canton Charge have not practiced together because of games and travel since acquiring Alan Anderson and Quinton Ross and getting Luke Harangody and Christian Eyenga on assignment from the Cavaliers earlier this week. Zero practices. But two wins. TJ Campbell (5'9''-PG-88, college: Portland) 's 20-foot pull-up jumper with 1.6 seconds left put a spit shine on a homely game and provided the difference in Canton's 89-88 win against the Maine Red Claws on Saturday afternoon. 'No excuses,' said Charge head coach Alex Jensen, whose team also won Thursday in the debut of the four additions together. 'Practice or not, it's my job and their jobs to (find a way to win).' An announced crowd of 2,773 at Memorial Civic Center saw the Charge shoot 36.8 percent from the floor - their fifth lowest this season - but win for the eighth time in the last 10 games. It is their first win when failing to reach at least the 40 percent mark. 'At points out there it kind of seemed a little flat,' Campbell said. 'We had no energy. I think it was just the road trip, a long day (Friday), having an early game (Saturday). We definitely had to push through.' Harangody went for 19 points and 18 rebounds, while Campbell totaled 16 points, seven assists and three steals. Tyrell Biggs added 10 points off the bench, all in the first half. The Charge labored on offense, with Eyenga (1-of-7), Anderson (2-of-8) and Ross (2-of-10) especially struggling. They made field goals on consecutive possessions only twice in a 21-minute stretch of the second and third quarters, contributing to the ugliness of a game that saw each team miss up to four shots on single possessions. The Charge led 59-52 on the 5-foot-9 Campbell's finger roll over the outstretched hands of 7-foot Hamady Ndiaye with 6:32 left in the third. But Canton went more than five minutes without a field goal and Maine took a 70-66 lead to the fourth quarter. The Charge rallied from an eight-point deficit, which equaled their largest of the game, with 5:25 left. Harangody's catch-and-shoot jumper off an inbound pass gave the Charge their first lead of the fourth with 57.9 seconds left at 86-85. After empty possessions by both teams, Ndiaye missed a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left. Anderson split a pair of ensuing free throws for the Charge, which left the door open for Lawrence Hill to drain a 24-foot 3-pointer to put the Red Claws up, 88-87. Only one problem. He left too much time - 4.1 seconds - for Campbell. With Ross inbounding from the right sideline, the Charge tried to hit Anderson on the post. Campbell cut through to the near corner. Ross found him. Campbell head-faked to get one defender flying by, dribbled left and pulled up with another defender flying at him. 'I think they got lost in the mix-up of the screens and all that,' Campbell said. 'I got open, called for the ball and took the shot.' He drilled it and let out a yell. The Red Claws still had 1.6 seconds to play with. They ran a variation of the same play that got Hill the open 3 moments earlier. This time the Charge busted through the double screen and bothered Hill to the point he didn't get the shot off before the final buzzer. Kenny Hayes' 18 points, all in the first half, led Maine. The reason for him only playing 10 minutes in the second half was unclear. Ndiaye added 16 points and five blocked shots. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Los Angeles D. - Dakota W. 99-98
Despite sitting two point guards due to injury, the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Dakota Wizards 99-98 for their 12th win in 13 games in front of a sold out crowd at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night. In a game that featured 13 lead changes and 15 ties, the D-Fenders (29-11) managed to take a 99-96 lead with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Leading by one point with only 8.6 seconds remaining, the D-Fenders were able to hold on for the win after a pair of missed shots from the Wizards (20-18) on the final possession. In his first game with the D-Fenders, Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) scored a team-high 21 points, handed out four assists, and helped fill the point guard role after both Mardy Collins and Courtney Fortson sat out because of injury. Additionally, Jamario Moon (18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals), Elijah Millsap (18 points, 6 assists) and Orien Greene (9 points, 5 assists, 2 steals) all spent meaningful time at point for the D-Fenders, who shot 52 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Dakota's Edwin Ubiles recorded a game-high 22 points and five assists, Marcus Dove scored 19 points (6-8 FG), and Justin Johnson added 13 points in the loss. In addition, Leo Lyons pitched in 12 points to go with 12 rebounds, and Maurice Baker dropped in 12 points to for the Wizards. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 22-15 
 2. Springfield A. 22-16 
 3. Canton C. 21-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 20-17 
 5. Dakota W. 20-18 
 6. Maine RC 16-24 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 11-28 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 10-29 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 29-11 
 2. Austin T. 23-15 
 3. Rio Grande VV 22-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 22-17 
 5. Texas L. 19-18 
 6. Reno B. 18-20 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 18-22 
 8. Idaho S. 16-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.5 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 3. Almond, Maine RC22.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.6 
 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.10.5 
 3. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.8.9 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 6. Thomas, Los A.8.7 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 9. Andrews, Los A.8.2 
 10. Dyer, Texas L.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, Bakersfield6.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.5.8 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 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. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


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Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Capitanes 3-1 
 2. Plaza 3-1 
 3. CDP 2-2 
 4. GUG 2-2 
 5. Cupes 1-3 
 6. Sameji 1-3 


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 8-1 
 2. New York W. 7-3 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5 
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-7 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-0 
 2. Harrisburg H. 4-4 
 3. NoVa Hawks 4-6 
 4. Washington M. 3-4 
 5. Winchester S. 2-7 


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Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 70-71: Game analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis
Big game, subversive, a true final between two great teams and two of the greatest coaches ever. Let's take a look on the things they present..

Coach Obradovic made some adjustments compared with the previous game against Olympiakos. On the defensive end, he started Sato on Mantzaris activating Diamantidis's best defensive weapon which is showing up when Panathinaikos's captain feels free to defend 'space' on the court and play help defense, released from being stuck one defend only one player exclusively. Mantzaris had punished Panathinaikos for letting him and send Diamantidis for help in 'Piece & Friendship's' game, so Obradovic change this pair and put 3D to defend Papanikolaou on the '3' spot. This tactic caused a quick answer from coach Ivkovic, by putting Marko Keselj on the court (replacing Papanikolaou) to stretch the Greens's defense.

Offensivelly Obradovic had a clear orientation, an inscription that probably excisted at his team's locker room all week.. 'Be agressive. Agressive at everything you do. Attack the defense'. And that's what they did from the start, applying the pick n roll. It was obvious when Diamantidis didn't hesitate to go all the way, driving in the heart of the paint against Dorsey. Panathinaikos pick n roll offense was superb in the 1st period, presenting another innovation. The screener didn't 'dive' in the paint immediatelly waiting on the high post for the ball and then drive to the basket. Olympiakos allowed the astronomical (!)-regarding its defensive level- number of 25 points on its defense at the 1st quarter.
Having Mantzaris's and Dorsey's foul troubles to deal with, Ivkovic made his own adjustments in the 2nd period. His backup frontcourt duo (Hines & Antic) step inside giving tones of energy and changing the situation in the paint with a very mature performance. The Reds used a zone defense to slow down Panathinaikos's offensive momentum and manage to freeze the scoreboard, reducing the difference gradually.

Panathinaikos was exceptional on transition defense for almost 15 minutes. Olympiakos was targeting to hit on transition offense and sticked to this plan in the whole game , looking confident to attack in its offense's first seconds, something that -in this level and against a such a quality defense- only Montepaschi and the Spanish teams would ''dare'' this moment on Europe. Being down only 3, after a bad performance in the 1st half, was a bless for Ivkovic's team..

Arguably Olympiakos is a faster and more athletic team and it was sure that it would sought a fast paced game. That happened in the 3rd period when they set their tempo and put their energy, quick legs and athleticism on the court. The Reds outscored their -taller-opponents on rebounding-battle, thriving on the offensive boards. Panathinaikos lost its clear mind and couldn't follow this tempo. Obradovic's team was static and predictable on offense plus slack defensivelly. With Olympiakos up with 13, we had a crucial moment. The Reds's coaching staff slow to instruct its players for the defense changing and as result they didn't know what kind of defense they had to play. Sarunas Jasikevicius hit a big three taking advantage the whole confuse and Panathinaikos began its counterattack. . Being down only 3, after this storm in the 3rd, was a bless for Obradovic's team..

Fourth period was a dogfight. Panathinaikos used a 3/4 court press (and sometimes full court press) defense with a lot of contacts and strength. As a result Olympiakos couldn't move the ball and made contiously mistakes (23). Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) was the key player on this defensive plan as his presence change the Greens's defensive image. With the game on the line Obradovic's experienced players sought the physical contact -especially with post up plays- that will send them to the free throw line for an easy score. Diamantidis is a 'professor' on this.. It was his free throw that gave Panathinaikos the cup. Ivkovic lost his advantage to play one on one defense in the paint to Batiste (without helps that can cause a a good look) when Dorsey fouled out. His team's last play for the win was a failure (not for the first time this year) when Obradovic defend the pass to Spanoulis and Printezis and let Papanicolaou (0/3 FG) to take the ball in purpose. It was a matter of experience. Sometimes your players have to know what to do even without a time out or an instruction from the bench. And that's Panathinaikos biggest advantage right know.

Panathinaikos defense on Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) was very interesting. It's totally team defense. Obradovic changed 4 players on Kill Bill (Kalathes, Sato, Diamantidis, Logan). His main target was to cut his penetration show when Spanoulis had the ball against Kalathes for example, the other 4 defenders are adjusting their defense and close the paint ready help Kalathes and risking a probably 3 point shot. The plan worked perfectly for one more time as Spanoulis had a bad game and was lost at the 4th period. Coach Ivkovic has a different aproach on the pick n roll's defense as he prefers to defend on 2 on 2 situations, isolating his two pick n roll defenders (without helps) and order the other 3 to stick on teir players to avoid a three point shot. Dorsey's presence helps a lot on this kind of defense.

Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had a great game, being the best player on the court for a long time. However the MVP trophy went to Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76) who is the perfect 'game changer' from the bench with his uniqueness (fantasy, clutch performance on the moneytime) in an offense that many times this year has become predictable.

This Cup can become a 'reward injection' for Panathinaikos that encourages them to continue for upcoming -trully big- battles. On the other side Olympiakos lost a title, but it's very important to continue working at the same plan and not change anything. Just, keep working...


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Walter Baxley claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Walter Baxley (193-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old guard had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed Jyvaskyla (#12, 1-21) with 35-point margin 100-65. Lapua maintains the 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Baxley had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Mars Hill College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Baxley is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.5ppg. Baxley is in league's top in and averages solid 61.9% FGP and 41.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Benzor Simmons (195-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo. Simmons impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Porvoon Tarmo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ToPo Akatemia (#11, 4-18) 112-66. This victory allowed Porvoon Tarmo to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Simmons is a newcomer at Porvoon Tarmo 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 24.0ppg (#3). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm) of BC Nokia (#4). January scored 29 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BC Nokia, leading his team to a 104-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Ura Basket (#10, 8-14). BC Nokia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 7 lost games. January has a great season in Finland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of FoKoPo - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87) of SayRi - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jerrah Young (202-F-85) of Porvoon Tarmo - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85) of Tapiolan Honka - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83) of Ura Basket - 19 points, 10 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)


1.DIVISION: Tarmo, Porvoo won by 46 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 22: The regular season is over. Tonight five contests and all visitors winning scoring 100 points or more. Tarmo (Porvoo) crushed ToPo Academy in Helsinki 66-112 (28-63). Tarmo winning six games in a row and seven games out of last eight. However Tarmo's record only 11-11, as the start of this season was terrible. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88, college: Tenn-Martin) netted today 30 pts (1 - 9/9, 2 - 9/12, 3 - 1/1) in 26 minutes. Shawn Henderson (190-G-88, college: Idaho) added 20 pts and giving seven assists. Jerrah Young (202-F-85, college: Toledo) had again a double-double 19pts/13rbs.
BC Jyvaskyla (1-21) lost at home vs play-off-team Korikobrat (Lapua) 65-100 (26-49). Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) shooting again game high 27 points and winning the scoring statistics (average 29,55 pts/game). Ura Basket (Kaarina) lost vs another play-off-team BC Nokia 77-104 (31-56). Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) (29pts/13rbs) and Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) (24) once again Nokia's key players. Pyrinto II (Tampere) lost only by nine against 1.Division # 1 Team FoKoPo (Forssa): 97-106 (46-56). It was Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) (treys 8/15) and Topias Palmi (treys 7/11) who tried to upset visitors. FoKoPo (18-4) got 18pts/16rbs from 1.division best rebounder (average 14,0) Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic). Huima (Aanekoski) lost vs neighbour Riento (Saynatsalo) 93-120 (52-69). Treylon Manning (176-PG-85, college: Texas Coll.) scored 32 pts for Huima and Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) 34 pts for SayRi.
FoKoPo, Honka (Tapiola), Lapua and BC Nokia continue in the play-off-games.


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 18-4 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 16-6 
 3. Lapua 16-6 
 4. BC Nokia 15-7 
 5. Pyrinto II 14-8 
 6. Porvoon Tarmo 11-11 
 7. Oulun NMKY 10-12 
 8. SayRi 10-12 
 9. Huima 9-13 
 10. Ura Basket 8-14 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-18 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.5 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Simmons, Porvoon24.0 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.5 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 6. Conerly, SayRi21.1 
 7. Manning, Huima20.8 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.1 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.5 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 9. Williams, Lapua9.9 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.5 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.0 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.3 
 3. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 6. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 7. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 8. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.3 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.1 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 8. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.9 
 9. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


1st Division Round 22: Forssan Koripojat beats Pyrinto II in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1st Division just ended. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tampere. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced 4th ranked Pyrinto II. Guests from Forssa (18-4) defeated host Pyrinto II (14-8) 106-97. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-15. But Pyrinto II won second period 31-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Forssan Koripojat won last quarter 30-22. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 40 and made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Pyrinto II only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-22 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Pyrinto II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) produced 34 points (!!!) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive six-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 18-4 record. Newly promoted Pyrinto II dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Oulun supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tapiolan Honka (16-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Oulun NMKY (10-12). Tapiolan Honka smashed Oulun NMKY 88-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Villematti Kopio contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tapiolan Honka maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo, which they share with Lapua. Oulun NMKY lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with SayRi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (4-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (11-11) 112-66 on Sunday night. Benzor Simmons scored 30 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Joni Herrala responded with 10 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Porvoon Tarmo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place. Torpan Pojat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
BC Nokia crushed Ura Basket in a road game 104-77. Huima was smashed by SayRi at home 93-120. Lapua destroyed Jyvaskyla on the opponent's court 100-65.
The best stats of 22th round was 27 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists by Walter Baxley of Lapua.



Oulun NMKY - Tapiolan Honka 66-88

The game in Oulun supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tapiolan Honka (16-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Oulun NMKY (10-12). Tapiolan Honka smashed Oulun NMKY 88-66. The game was mostly controlled by Tapiolan Honka. Oulun NMKY was better in third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oulun NMKY to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Tapiolan Honka forced 19 Oulun NMKY turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. American forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Henri Vihavainen (190-86) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tapiolan Honka maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo, which they share with Lapua. Oulun NMKY lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with SayRi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 24+12reb+3ast, H.Vihavainen 14+9reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 11+1reb+1ast, A.Kemppainen 6+1reb+1ast, J.Teppo 5+1reb, I.Lindstedt 4+4reb+1ast
Tapiolan Honka: L.Phillips 28+7reb+4ast, V.Kopio 20+2reb+2ast, I.Sirola 12+5reb+2ast, T.Laitinen 10+5reb, A.Vanjoki 7+7reb+1ast, D.Dolenc 6+8reb
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Ura Basket - BC Nokia 77-104

There was no surprise in Kaarina where 10th ranked Ura Basket (8-14) was crushed by fifth ranked BC Nokia (15-7) 104-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Nokia. Ura Basket managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Ura Basket's 46. BC Nokia forced 23 Ura Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo, agency: Hightower Law Firm) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Chaz Franklin (180-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Nokia moved-up to fourth place. Ura Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: C.Franklin 21+1reb+3ast, E.Andrews 19+10reb+3ast, N.Lehtila 12+1reb+2ast, J.Alanko 11+6reb+1ast, J.Saari 6+3reb, P.Kallio 6+4reb+2ast
BC Nokia: G.January 29+13reb, D.Townes 24+7reb+2ast, T.Riihela 19+7reb+4ast, T.Kankaanpaa 10+3reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 6+3reb+4ast, J.Kauro 5+2reb
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Pyrinto II - FoKoPo 97-106

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tampere. First ranked Forssan Koripojat faced 4th ranked Pyrinto II. Guests from Forssa (18-4) defeated host Pyrinto II (14-8) 106-97. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-15. But Pyrinto II won second period 31-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Forssan Koripojat won last quarter 30-22. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 40 and made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Pyrinto II only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-22 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Pyrinto II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) produced 34 points (!!!) and Topias Palmi added 30 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive six-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 18-4 record. Newly promoted Pyrinto II dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: O.Heinonen 34+3reb+1ast, T.Palmi 30+3reb, J.Vaananen 11+7reb+7ast, J.Kilpinen 8+5reb+3ast, M.Myllyniemi 6+2reb+2ast, K.Rasinaho 3+1reb
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 21+2reb+2ast, B.Moultrie 18+16reb+2ast, M.Molenius 15+7reb, J.Heinikoski 13+3reb+3ast, H.Coleman 12+10reb+2ast, S.Ikavalko 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150262


Huima - SayRi 93-120

Everything could happen in Aanekoski at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Saynatsalon Riento and 9th ranked Aanekosken Huima had identical 9-12 record. But Aanekosken Huima was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Jyvaskyla 120-93 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Saynatsalon Riento. Aanekosken Huima managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saynatsalon Riento dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 46. They outrebounded Aanekosken Huima 45-28 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Saynatsalon Riento shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Aanekosken Huima's players. American guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) scored 34 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) responded with 32 points and 6 assists and swingman Sami Kajander (189-83) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Saynatsalon Riento have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 32+4reb+6ast, S.Kajander 24+5reb, T.Viertola 20+6reb+2ast, M.Liukko 8+5reb+3ast, M.Penttinen 7+1reb, A.Jamsen 2+3reb+1ast
SayRi: V.Taylor 34+3reb+5ast, A.Conerly 20+6reb+9ast, K.Naukkarinen 17+5reb, E.Thomas 16+15reb+5ast, J.Luoma 12+9reb+3ast, E.Nieminen 12+5reb+1ast
gschID: 150263


ToPo Akatemia - Porvoon Tarmo 66-112

The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (4-18) was outscored by seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (11-11) 112-66 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Porvoon Tarmo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Porvoon Tarmo dominated on the defensive end, holding Torpan Pojat to just 7 points in second quarter. Porvoon Tarmo dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 44. Porvoon Tarmo forced 25 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Porvoon Tarmo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) scored 30 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Joni Herrala (185-94) responded with 10 points and 6 assists and point guard Joakim Jousisto (175-95) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Porvoon Tarmo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place. Torpan Pojat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: J.Jousisto 13+2reb, J.Herrala 10+2reb+6ast, H.Hohteri 9+3reb+1ast, T.Suortti 8+5reb, M.Nuolivirta 7+2reb, J.Rajala 6+6reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 30+3reb+2ast, S.Henderson 20+6reb+7ast, J.Young 19+13reb+2ast, J.Nissinen 15+5reb+4ast, P.Uronen 8+1reb+1ast, T.Hartikainen 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150259


Jyvaskyla - Lapua 65-100

Very expected game when 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-21) was rolled over at home by third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (16-6) 100-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. BC Jyvaskyla managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BC Jyvaskyla's 30 and made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while BC Jyvaskyla only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded BC Jyvaskyla 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Emmanuel Jackson (188-86, college: Seton Hill) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Topias Kuukkanen (186-92) scored 15 points. BC Jyvaskyla's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to second place, which they share with Tapiolan Honka. BC Jyvaskyla lost twentiethth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: J.Parkkinen 18+8reb+2ast, T.Kuukkanen 15+2reb, M.Markkanen 8+4reb, J.Konttinen 7+3reb+1ast, O.Lehtonen 7, S.Itani 3+1reb+1ast
Lapua: W.Baxley 27+12reb+8ast, E.Jackson 23+3reb+3ast, E.Williams 13+5reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 10+6reb+1ast, P.Peltokangas 7+4reb+2ast, K.Siven 7+6reb
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  FRANCE   


French NM1 round 25 best performance: Fabien Calvez (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Guard Fabien Calvez (187-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Charleville, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Le Puy (#17, 4-21) with 25-point margin 86-61. It allowed Charleville to take over top position in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville has a very solid 19-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Calvez had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former University of Evansville star has very solid stats this year. Calvez is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.2apg) and averages impressive 2.0spg and 71.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old French Karim Gourari (195-F-89) of Rueil. Gourari had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Rueil cruised to a 77-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Montbrison (#16, 4-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rueil keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Gourari is one of the most experienced players at Rueil and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois (#6). Kaunisto showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 68-61 win against the lower-ranked Clermont (#15, 8-17). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Kaunisto has a great season in France. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49 - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of Chartres - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) of Brest - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) of Orchy - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Olivier Gouez (219-C-84) of Orchy - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Challans - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Prenom's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
20-year old center Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Antibes and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Denain (#15, 10-15) with 16-point margin 100-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Antibes is placed at 10th position in French ProB. Antibes 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 11-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Prenom as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ferdinand Prenom averages this season 9.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) of Evreux. He is American in his first season at Evreux. In the last game Wood recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Evreux to another comfortable win 83-65 over the lower-ranked Rouen (#16, 9-16) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Evreux managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Wood is a newcomer at Evreux and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#4). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Antoine Eito (186-PG-88) of Vichy (#17). Eito showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Vichy, leading his team to a 71-51 easy win against Quimper (6-19). Vichy can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Eito he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Eito has a very solid season. In 25 games in France he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and 4.1apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Austen Rowland (186-PG-81) of Evreux - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81) of Le Portel - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. John Ford (207-C/F-78) of Bordeaux - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sami Driss (194-G/F-82) of Bordeaux - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Fos Ouest - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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


Victor Samnick claims French ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized Cameroonian Victor Samnick (203-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nancy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Nancy in his team's victory, helping them to crush Nanterre (#12, 8-13) with 22-point margin 81-59. Nancy is placed at 4th position in Cameroonian ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nancy will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. It's Samnick's second year at Nancy and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Victor Samnick averages this season 9.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Dijon. Harris impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Dijon to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Poitiers (#14, 6-15) 79-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dijon keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Harris is a newcomer at Dijon 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 Dutch forward Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports) of ASVEL (#8). Tillie scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Tillie's great performance ASVEL lost 53-73 to the higher-ranked Gravelines (#2, 18-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of ASVEL ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tillie could help ASVEL to bring them higher in the standings. Tillie has a very solid season. In 21 games in France he scored 10.8ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 51.1%. Kim Tillie has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) of Cholet - 10 points and 9 rebounds
5. Rolan Roberts (201-F/C-78) of Hyeres-Toulon - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-F-80) of Cholet - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Georgi Joseph (197-F-82) of Orleans - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mouloukou Diabate (183-PG-87) of Roanne - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Knezevic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Feni Indistrija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Lirija (#3, 14-10) 101-90. Feni Indistrija maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian league. They are still close to the very top. Feni Indistrija would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-4 record. Knezevic has many years of experience at Feni Indistrija, through which he has constantly improved. Dusan Knezevic averages this season 13.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) of Rabotnicki. He is Serbian in his first season at Rabotnicki. In the last game Jelesijevic recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Rabotnicki to edge slightly higher-ranked Torus Skopje (#4, 14-10) by 6 points 93-87. Rabotnicki's 6th position in has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Jelesijevic is one of the most experienced players at Rabotnicki and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#1). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija (#3). Radunovic scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Radunovic's great performance Lirija lost 90-101 to #2 ranked Feni Indistrija. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Lirija needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Radunovic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Zujovic (201-F/G-80) of Rabotnicki - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Filip Kralevski (204-C/F-82) of Vardar - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Torus Skopje - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Angel Tasevski (187-G-83) of Vardar - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) of Torus Skopje - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Vladimir Georgievski (194-G/F-82) of Vardar - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Lirija - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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ProA Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Third-ranked Kirchheim Knights (15-9) were very close to win a game against first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (19-5) in Weissenfels. Mitteldeutscher BC managed to secure only ten-point victory 92-82. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 19-5 record. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC's next round opponent will be BG Karlsruhe (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf.
Second-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (16-9) fell to twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-14) in overtime by five points 78-83 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. Virgil Matthews orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains twelfth position with 11-14 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face higher ranked Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 26 Duesseldorf were beaten by Leitershofen on the road 93-77. Heidelberg lost to Karlsruhe on its own court 81-87. NBC unfortunately lost to Chemnitz in a road game 71-81. ETB Wohnbau recorded a loss to Webmoebel at home 91-104. Jena defeated Cuxhaven on the opponent's court 98-90.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 23 points and 9 rebounds by Sebastian Adeberg of Kirchheim.



Leitershofen - Duesseldorf 93-77

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Leitershofen (6-18) beat higher ranked Gloria Giants (12-12) in Diedorf 93-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 57-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leitershofen forced 20 Gloria Giants turnovers. American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. The other American import center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gloria Giants' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains fifteenth position with 6-18 record. Gloria Giants at the other side keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Leitershofen will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 18+2reb+4ast, R.Keerles 15+4reb+3ast, M.Brauer 14+6reb, C.Bennett 12+3reb, P.Flomo 11+10reb+2ast, L.Hall 5+1reb+2ast
Leitershofen: C.Hassan 27+4reb+3ast, D.Richardson 19+5reb+1ast, J.Lipke 16+2reb+3ast, S.Bowlin 13+2reb+5ast, A.Kronhardt 12+8reb+4ast, D.Veney 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141549


Heidelberg - Karlsruhe 81-87

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe and 10th ranked USC Heidelberg had identical 11-12 record. But USC Heidelberg was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Karlsruhe 87-81 on Sunday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USC Heidelberg won third quarter 28-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 21 points and guard Kai Barth (188-89) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists in the effort for USC Heidelberg. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe (12-12) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and ETB Wohnbau. USC Heidelberg at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. USC Heidelberg will play on the road against NBC (#10) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: S.Watts 21+2reb+1ast, O.Komarek 14+4reb, B.Schoo 11+10reb+2ast, J.Williams 10+6reb+1ast, J.Heindel 9+4reb+2ast, K.Barth 6+7reb+10ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 28+6reb+3ast, M.Samarco 27+1reb+1ast, J.Howard 13+12reb, D.Jones 9+2reb+2ast, M.Stockton 7+1reb+4ast, J.Moore 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 141550


Chemnitz - NBC 81-71

Very predictable result when fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (15-10) won against at home 9th ranked NBC (11-13) 81-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. NBC was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tenn-Martin) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for NBC. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains fourth position with 15-10 record. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play at home against USC Heidelberg (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NBC: C.Adler 15+6reb+1ast, R.De Michael 12+6reb+1ast, I.Okoye 10+3reb+1ast, W.Chavis 9+5ast, C.Abercrombie 8+3reb+1ast, J.Harris 7+2reb+3ast
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 20+1reb+8ast, D.Lawson 18+8reb+2ast, A.Rosenthal 13+2reb+2ast, G.Johnson 12+4reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 9+4reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141545


ETB Wohnbau - Webmoebel 91-104

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-12) lost to fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (14-10) in Essen 91-104 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Webmoebel Baskets. ETB Wohnbau was better in fourth quarter 35-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Michael Jost (204-88) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Canadian-Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) replied with 25 points and forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Five Webmoebel Baskets and four ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets maintains fifth position with 14-10 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: D.Kapelan 25+2reb+1ast, J.Henley 16+6reb+2ast, P.Carney 16+2reb+5ast, K.Wysocki 13+8reb+4ast, S.Kesselring 8+4reb+3ast, M.Buljevic 5+5ast
Webmoebel: J.Mason 21+8reb+4ast, M.Jost 19+5reb, N.Freer 16+4reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 15+2reb, B.Spoeler 13+6reb, J.Diggs 10+4reb+5ast
gschID: 141546


Ehingen - Crailsheim 83-78 OT

Second-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (16-9) fell to twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-14) in overtime by five points 78-83 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Crailsheim Merlins won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Crailsheim Merlins used huge pressure winning it 19-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-15. They outrebounded Crailsheim Merlins 43-31 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) replied with 15 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains twelfth position with 11-14 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the second place with nine games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face higher ranked Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: M.Hill 15+4reb+2ast, D.Webb 14+3reb+1ast, B.Baptist 10+6reb+2ast, J.Dunbar 9+3reb+2ast, J.Buck 8+8reb+4ast, B.Lischka 8+1reb
Ehingen: V.Matthews 19+11reb+4ast, A.Calvin 17+7reb+1ast, A.Buechert 14+5reb+2ast, K.Bright 6+4reb+5ast, T.Jahn 6+5reb, G.Williamson 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 141547


MBC - Kirchheim 92-82 OT

Third-ranked Kirchheim Knights (15-9) were very close to win a game against first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (19-5) in Weissenfels. Mitteldeutscher BC managed to secure only ten-point victory 92-82. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 16-6. Mitteldeutscher BC outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 52-38 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) added 23 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 19-5 record. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC's next round opponent will be BG Karlsruhe (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: S.Adeberg 23+9reb+2ast, D.Uskoski 20+17reb+1ast, C.Brooks 16+3reb+2ast, R.Tomasevic 7+2ast, B.Bekteshi 7+2reb+1ast, N.Menck 5+3reb+3ast
MBC: S.Leutloff 21+8reb, A.Reid 19+9reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 18+7reb+6ast, L.Hinnant 14+7reb+3ast, P.Heyden 10+9reb+3ast, R.Holcomb Faye 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141548


Cuxhaven - Jena 90-98

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Science City Jena (12-13) defeated on the road 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-15) 98-90 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cuxhaven BasCats won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena moved-up to ninth place. Cuxhaven BasCats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Science City Jena will face Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in Allmendingen in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 24+5reb, N.Gerwig 20+10reb, D.Rice 14+3reb+7ast, D.McDaniel 13+5reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 11+5reb+4ast, M.Bogdanov 6+2reb+3ast
Jena: K.Barker 19+4reb+4ast, T.Kepkay 16+3reb+6ast, C.Roquette 16+5reb+2ast, J.Black 14+7reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 11+5reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 10+2reb
gschID: 141544




ProB Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
TSV Troester - Hannover 81-91

TSV Troester was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-36 second half run of Hannover Tigers. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 28 and made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. TSV Troester was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and naturalized Canadian guard Stephen Janzen (191-82) supported him with 29 points. Even 21 points by forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) did not help to save the game for TSV Troester. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) added 9 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 29+4reb+1ast, R.Williams 24+6reb+7ast, J.Doerksen 17+6reb+1ast, T.Welzel 6+3reb+5ast, J.Prasuhn 6+8reb+1ast, L.Oehlmann 5
TSV Troester: T.Korndoerfer 21+3reb, D.Harris 12+1reb+1ast, D.Schmidt 11+8ast, P.Neumann 9+11reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 9+3reb, J.Richter 6+4reb
gschID: 170447


Langen - Herten 82-92

The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Hertener Loewen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) who scored 24 points and 9 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Forward Sebastian Greene (203-84, college: Fordham) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Herten: Z.Nixon 24+1reb+9ast, C.Hackenesch 20+12reb+1ast, M.Berger 18+3reb+1ast, J.Taylor 15+7reb+1ast, J.Hartmann 9+4reb+1ast, V.Kittmann 6+5reb+1ast
Langen: S.Greene 29+10reb+6ast, M.Voeller 16+3reb+3ast, L.Fitzgerald 14+10reb, G.Raebel 8+1reb, N.Drury 7+8reb+7ast, J.Domdey 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 170445


Dorsten - Leipzig 67-74

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Dorsten won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Tom Lipke (194-86, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 15 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Dorsten.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: M.Pratt 15+11reb+3ast, L.Morinia 14+1reb+1ast, R.Frohlich 13+4reb+1ast, W.Simon 13+12reb+3ast, K.Kranz 11+1ast, K.Schweiger 6+1reb
Dorsten: T.Lipke 21+10reb+1ast, B.Poole 15+15reb, N.Pelaj 12+1reb+1ast, J.Cadmus 7+2reb+4ast, T.Bryant 6+4reb+2ast, G.Hagner 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 170446


Dragons - SU Medien 73-92

The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 19 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spot Up Medien Baskets made 7 blocks. Guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) scored 27 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center Frank Theis (200-82) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Forward Florian Koch (197-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Tim Kasper (198-92) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 27+1reb+7ast, F.Theis 21+4reb, H.Sant-Roos 17+3reb+4ast, D.Theis 13+9reb+1ast, W.Buchmiller 7, L.Gertz 3+4reb+1ast
Dragons: F.Koch 23+11reb+2ast, N.Larsen 15+2reb+3ast, T.Kasper 13+11reb+1ast, E.Jones 11+2reb+1ast, T.Eisenberger 5+2reb, S.Tratnjek 2+2reb
gschID: 170443


Schwelm - BSW Sixers 76-62

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-62. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Ryan McLemore (206-85, college: Edinboro) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Smith 22+3reb+4ast, J.Holmes 18+9reb+4ast, K.Speier 10+10reb+3ast, M.Dohmen 8+2reb+1ast, J.Ducker 7+2reb, M.Kramer 5+2reb+2ast
BSW Sixers: R.McLemore 13+10reb+1ast, W.Gardner 11+3reb+5ast, S.Ahnsehl 10+1reb+5ast, A.Fleetwood 10+8reb+1ast, M.Haut 10+3reb+1ast, F.Diestelhorst 4+7reb
gschID: 170444


Hanau - Vechta 88-97

The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 53-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded Hanau 34-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Hanau was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and American forward Jared Cunningham (206-89, college: Cumberlands) scored 17 points. Five SC Rasta Vechta and four Hanau players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Vechta: D.Madrich 20+8reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 18+4reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 16+1reb+4ast, M.Smallwood 15+12reb+3ast, M.Reid 14+4reb+1ast, P.Heitzhausen 8+2reb+2ast
Hanau: A.Sharda 22+2reb+4ast, J.Cunningham 17+4reb, S.Koehnert 16+1reb, N.Lang 12+1ast, C.Miles 9+7reb+1ast, D.Michalczyk 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 170441


Stahnsdorf - Gotha 72-88

The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. RSV Eintracht was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kevin Schaffartzik (187-88, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Marko Simic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Gotha: M.Monk 17+6reb, K.Schaffartzik 14+5reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 13+2reb+2ast, K.Klein 12+1reb+5ast, T.Baker 9+6reb+4ast, D.Kreis 8+4reb+1ast
Stahnsdorf: Y.Evans 21+5reb, T.Schoeps 12+2reb, K.Watson 10+3reb+6ast, O.Mackeldanz 10+6reb, M.Haucke 9+5reb+1ast, K.Williams 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 170442


Rist Wedel - Noerdlingen 96-98

Group PLay-Down
Bayer Giants - Giessen 103-76

The game without a history. Bayer Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Giessen Pointers' players. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. Swingman Zeljko Pavlovic (194-80) responded with 22 points and American forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) scored 23 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: J.Eggleston 23+3reb+2ast, M.Goddek 23+2reb, T.Joenke 18+8reb+6ast, N.Welling 10+7reb, C.Robinson 8+1reb+3ast, F.Sadek 8+4reb+12ast
Giessen: J.Smith 23+3reb+1ast, Z.Pavlovic 22+4reb+1ast, D.Stevens 12+2reb+1ast, O.Biallas 4+4reb+1ast, D.Lockhart 4+3reb+4ast, F.Rotaru 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 170448


Wolfenbuettel - BG Illertal 65-77

The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-65. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn forced 19 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel turnovers. Center Michael Wenzl (209-91) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 9 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: M.Wenzl 20+19reb+1ast, D.Jones 16+3ast, B.Falkner 11+5reb+2ast, M.Mercer 9+1reb, P.Vojkovic 6+1reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 6+9reb+5ast
Wolfenbuettel: R.Owens 23+8reb+2ast, D.Nawrocki 11+2reb+1ast, M.Schwarz 10+3reb, M.Jones 9+4reb+5ast, H.Knopke 6+4reb+5ast, M.Hart 4+5reb
gschID: 170449


Licher Baeren - Bernau 71-70

SSV Lok Bernau cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Guard Viktor Klassen (186-81) scored 14 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Bradshaw is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 22 rebounds and forward Dominique Klein (198-81, college: Campbell) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: T.Bradshaw 15+6reb, V.Klassen 14+4reb+3ast, G.Aud 12+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 10+3reb+1ast, D.Dorr 6+2reb, N.Pederson 5+2reb+1ast
Bernau: J.Jones 15+1ast, M.Woody 15+22reb+1ast, D.Klein 13+6reb+2ast, F.Schekauski 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dathe 8+1ast, S.Trzcionka 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 170450


Fraport SKY II - ALBA Berlin II 64-63

ALBA Berlin II was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 16-9 charge of Fraport Skyliners II, which allowed them to win the game. Fraport Skyliners II outrebounded ALBA Berlin II 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. International power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) chipped in 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Swingman Joey Ney (197-92) responded with 17 points and international guard Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Ohlbrecht 24+12reb+2ast, L.Wright 23+8reb+4ast, D.Barthel 6+10reb+1ast, B.Nicolay 6+2reb+2ast, D.Jemison 2+3reb+1ast, F.Theilig 2+4reb+5ast
ALBA Berlin II: J.Ney 17+4reb+3ast, S.Fulle 12+4reb+2ast, L.Staiger 10+6reb+4ast, D.Stackhouse 9+9reb+1ast, M.Marin 8+1reb, N.Schumann 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 170451




Nathan Drury (TV Langen) We Need To Fight Hard And See If WE Can Pull Upset Against Herten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Nathan Drury (188-G-85, college: Carroll) is a 26 year old 188cm guard playing his second season for TV Langen (PROB). He is originally from Littleton, Colorado and played at Carroll (NCAA3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 27 games: 19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg, FTP: 80.5%, FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 35.4%. He played at Sechtem 1971 (Germany-2.Regionalliga) from 2007-2010. Last season for TV Langen, he played 28 games: 15.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 87.8% Some achievements in his basketball career have been All-Conference First Team -06 -07, Midwest All-Region Second Team -06, Midwest All-Region First Team -07, Midwest Conference Player of the Year -07, Midwest Conference Tournament Champion -07, NCAA D3 All-American Third Team -07, NCAA D3 Sweet 16 -07, Academic All-Conference -06 -07, and Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West First Team -10. He took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against Herten


A tough 100-91 OT loss to Herten in game one. How difficult was is it to digest this loss?


It always hurts to lose close, or even in overtime, but I think fact that we were still in the game despite being well out rebounded says a lot about our teams fight. We fought until the end but came up a little short.


TV Langen was unable to stop Zamal Nixon. You have seen your share of dominant players in the PRO B in the last two years. Where would you rate his performance?


Zamal Nixon is obviously a very good player and we've done a lot of work to try to contain him. Hopefully we can do a better job next game.



TV Langen can even the series with a win at home. What will be key in getting the win? Will containing Nixon and the two big men Vincent Kittmann and Christoph Hackenesch be 80% of the rent to get the win?


To win at home we have to be ready to execute our game plan the whole game and we need to fight for all rebounds and loose balls. If we can keep those two away from the boards we'll have a much better chance of winning.



How much does the team miss Sebastian Greene?

It was tough without Sebastian last week, but we had a few guys step up to help fill that void. It'll be nice having him back on the floor to help with rebounding and of course having another attacker on the offensive end to put pressure on their bigs.



TV Langen is playing with a thin rotation. Do you feel more pressure to perform in the playoffs than in the regular season?


I don't feel any more pressure really. Our first goal as a team was to get to the playoffs and steer clear of any play-down situation. We've done that and now we just need to play hard to see if we can pull an upset.



How have you followed the development of young German Maxim Schneider? How do you help him get better?


I've had a lot of fun this season with Maxim. His talent makes you forget sometimes how young he is. He's definitely made big steps forward since the beginning of the season. When I can I like to share my perspective on certain situations and explain to him what it means to be a point guard and team leader. He has work to do but he is a hard worker, always in the gym, so he has a good future ahead of him.



Your stats have improved from your first season. I am sure your goal is the PRO A. Are you confident you can make that jump next season?


I'm still not sure about next year. Obviously Pro A would be a great new challenge, but I'm looking seriously into Graduate School in the states. I've had a lot of fun playing basketball in Germany but I'm not sure I'll be back next year.


What are your early 2012 NCAA Final four picks and why?


Haven't gotten to watch much college ball this year but I guess Kansas, UNC, Syracuse and some sleeper.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

In Bruges.

Thanks Nathan for the chat.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.1 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Hassan, Leitersh.18.8 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.4 
 6. Reid, MBC17.6 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe17.0 
 8. Stommes, Webmoebel16.8 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.7 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe11.0 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.9 
 3. Alawoya, Braves8.8 
 4. Black, Jena8.1 
 5. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.8 
 6. Moore, Karlsruhe7.7 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim7.5 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Richardson, Leiter.7.1 
 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. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen4.0 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Lipke, Leitershofen1.6 
 7. Harris, NBC1.5 
 8. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Diggs, Webmoebel1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


Bryant's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Ratiopharm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Phoenix Hagen (#16, 7-18) with 26-point margin 87-61. Ratiopharm maintains the 2nd position in German league. They are still close to the very top. Ratiopharm would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-5 record. It's Bryant's second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bryant leads league in rebounds with 9.6rpg. Bryant is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg and 55.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets. He is American guard in his first season at Telekom Baskets. In the last game Jordan recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 15 assists. Of course he lead Telekom Baskets to another comfortable win 85-66 over slightly lower-ranked Bremerhaven (#10, 13-13) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Telekom Baskets to move up to 8th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jordan is a newcomer at Telekom Baskets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Telekom Baskets' star - forward Tony Gaffney (204-F-84). Gaffney scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Telekom Baskets, helping his team with a 85-66 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Bremerhaven (#10, 13-13). Telekom Baskets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 13 victories and 12 lost games. Gaffney has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 68.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82) of Bremerhaven - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of Brose Baskets - 14 points and 9 rebounds
7. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 13 points and 7 rebounds
8. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80) of NY Phantoms - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Terrell Everett (193-G-84) of Bremerhaven - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of ALBA - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 22-3 
 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. NY Phantoms 13-12 
 8. Telekom Baskets 13-12 
 9. EWE Baskets 13-13 
 10. Bremerhaven 13-13 
 11. Fraport SKY 12-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 11-15 
 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 12-12 
 7. ETB Wohnbau 12-12 
 8. Karlsruhe 12-12 
 9. Jena 12-13 
 10. NBC 11-13 
 11. Heidelberg 11-13 
 12. Ehingen 11-14 
 13. Cuxhaven 9-15 
 14. Braves 7-17 
 15. Leitershofen 6-18 


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.14.1 
 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.7.7 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen7.1 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.1 
 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: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.1 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.7 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 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. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.3 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 9. Foster, B.Muenchen1.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.7 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


Hassan's 27 points give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Corey Hassan (193-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leitershofen and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Leitershofen in his team's victory, helping them to crush Duesseldorf (#6, 12-12) with 16-point margin 93-77. Leitershofen maintains the 15th position in German ProA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 18 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Hassan had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Leitershofen's top player in his first season with the team. Sacred Heart University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hassan is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Sebastian Adeberg (198-F-84) of Kirchheim. He is a forward in his second season at Kirchheim. In the last game Adeberg recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kirchheim lost that overtime game 82-92 to slightly higher-ranked MBC (#1, 19-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kirchheim still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. Adeberg is well-known at Kirchheim and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kirchheim's star - center Devin Uskoski (198-C-85). Uskoski scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Uskoski's great performance Kirchheim lost 82-92in overtime to #1 ranked MBC. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Kirchheim needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Uskoski has a great season in Germany. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Gerwig (206-F/C-83) of Cuxhaven - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) of Karlsruhe - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Virgil Matthews (188-G-83) of Ehingen - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Christoph Roquette (203-F/C-82) of Jena - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) of MBC - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84) of Chemnitz - 20 points and 8 assists
10. Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) of Duesseldorf - 11 points, 10 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)


BBL Round 26: Top-ranked Brose Baskets win another game - by Eurobasket News
BBL top team - Brose Baskets (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (11-15) in Bamberg 97-73. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Walter Tigers. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-3 record. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Bayreuth. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Walter Tigers will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-14) were very close to win a game against third ranked ALBA Berlin (19-6). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only four-point victory 70-66. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. International guard Heiko Schaffartzik (182-84) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and DaShaun Wood chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) responded with 23 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-13) and Telekom Baskets (13-12), which took place in Bremerhaven. 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Telekom Baskets 85-66 on Sunday. Jared Jordan notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by Christopher McNaughton did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets will meet at home Phoenix Hagen (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-9) and 7th ranked EWE Baskets (13-13) in Wuerzburg ended with biggest points difference. s Oliver Baskets outscored guests from Oldenburg 69-42. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Jason Boone who scored 8 points and 7 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. s Oliver Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains fifth position with 17-9 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. EWE Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: B.Muenchen beat EnBW L'burg on the road 71-64. Bayreuth destroyed TBB Trier on its own court 68-49. Bottom-ranked Goettingen unfortunately lost to Art.Dragons in Quakenbrueck 76-87. NY Phantoms managed to beat LTi 46ers at home 78-63. Ratiopharm crushed Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 87-61. EWE Baskets smashed Bremerhaven in a home game 96-76.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by John Bryant of Ratiopharm.



EnBW L'burg - B.Muenchen 64-71

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (15-11) beat on the road 17th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-19) 71-64. The guests were ahead by 13 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bayern Muenchen have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 19 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen and are hoping to win another game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 17+6reb+2ast, J.Homan 14+8reb, J.Wallace 13+3reb+2ast, J.Foster 12+1reb+2ast, J.Jagla 6+5reb, R.Benzing 5+2reb
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 13+4reb+3ast, J.Greer 12+9reb, A.Fisher 11+3reb, M.Howard 9+8reb, K.Looby 6+4reb, J.Lischka 6+4reb
gschID: 133324


s.Oliver Baskets - EWE Baskets 69-42

The game between fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-9) and 7th ranked EWE Baskets (13-13) in Wuerzburg ended with biggest points difference. s Oliver Baskets outscored guests from Oldenburg 69-42. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding EWE Baskets to just 6 points in second quarter. s Oliver Baskets held EWE Baskets to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.8 percent accuracy of the winners. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) who scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 11 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 7 points and 16 rebounds and guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) added 11 points and 4 assists 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. s Oliver Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains fifth position with 17-9 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. EWE Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: R.Harris 11+1reb+1ast, J.Little 11+3reb+2ast, C.Frazier 9+2reb, J.Boone 8+7reb+1ast, C.Kramer 7+2reb+3ast, B.Jacobson 6+3reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 11+4reb+4ast, R.Burrell 10+6reb+1ast, A.Chubb 7+16reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 6+4reb, R.Paulding 5+2reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 3+4reb
gschID: 133325


Bayreuth - TBB Trier 68-49

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked TBB Trier's (9-17) road loss to thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-15) 49-68. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Bayreuth. TBB Trier was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TBB Trier 44-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BBC Bayreuth shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) produced 14 points and American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Walter Tigers. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. TBB Trier will play at home against Artland Dragons (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 12+1reb, B.Hunter 11+10reb+2ast, D.Gibson 10+3reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 9+4reb+3ast, R.Veideman 8+2reb+4ast, E.Ibekwe 7+10reb+3ast
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 14+3reb, D.Joyce 10+3reb+4ast, M.Zirbes 7+7reb+1ast, J.Bynum 5+4reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 4+4reb, J.Washington 3+1reb
gschID: 133326


Bremerhaven - Telekom Baskets 66-85

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-13) and Telekom Baskets (13-12), which took place in Bremerhaven. 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Telekom Baskets 85-66 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 48-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Telekom Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by the former international center Christopher McNaughton (211-82, college: Bucknell, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets will meet at home Phoenix Hagen (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 16+1reb+2ast, T.Battle 15+3reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 15+7reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 15+6reb, J.Jordan 11+6reb+15ast, Z.Buljan 7+4reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: C.McNaughton 22+6reb+2ast, T.Everett 15+8reb+6ast, Z.Peacock 10+4reb+1ast, J.Cain 7+3reb+1ast, A.Gordon 6+2reb+4ast, M.Smith 4+1reb
gschID: 133320


Art.Dragons - Goettingen 87-76

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Artland Dragons (18-8) won against bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (2-24) in Quakenbrueck 87-76. Artland Dragons forced 20 BG Goettingen turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by BG Goettingen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) who scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary) chipped in 16 points. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Jerel Allen (193-85, college: Florida St.) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Darrell Tucker (206-80, college: USF) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Artland Dragons maintains fourth position with 18-8 record. BG Goettingen lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 18+9reb+4ast, A.Hess 16+3reb, B.Thomas 14+1reb+3ast, D.Fenn 14+2reb, D.Holston 9+3reb+5ast, A.Hilliard 5+1reb+1ast
Goettingen: D.Tucker 16+4reb, J.Allen 15+5reb+1ast, P.Horne 12+2reb+2ast, M.Weber 9+7reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 8+3reb+9ast, R.Sykes 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133321


NY Phantoms - LTi 46ers 78-63

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked LTi 46ers (8-18) lost to ninth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (13-12) in Braunschweig 63-78. The game without a history. New Yorker Phantoms led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms outrebounded LTi 46ers 40-28 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) who scored 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American forward Koko Archibong (202-81, college: Pennsylvania) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. LTi 46ers at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms' next round opponent will be BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road where they are favorite. LTi 46ers will play against Bayern Muenchen.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 19+4reb+1ast, I.McElroy 17+4reb+2ast, M.Umeh 12+5reb+5ast, B.Jorovic 9+4reb+2ast, R.Melzer 7+1reb, I.Milosevic 6+2reb+4ast
LTi 46ers: W.Bernard 14+4reb+2ast, K.Archibong 13+5reb+2ast, E.Ovcina 13+6reb+4ast, B.Stewart 12+4reb+1ast, A.Nolen 6+2reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133322


Phoenix Hagen - Ratiopharm 61-87

Everything went according to plan when second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (21-5) outplayed on the road 16th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-18) 87-61. It looked good early as Phoenix Hagen took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ratiopharm Ulm had a 24-12 second period charge getting the lead and Phoenix Hagen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-87. ratiopharm Ulm shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Coach Thorsten Leibenath's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second position with 21-5 record behind leader Brose Baskets. Phoenix Hagen lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) at home which should be another easy win for them. Phoenix Hagen will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 19+12reb+4ast, I.Swann 15+2reb+2ast, S.Esterkamp 15+4reb+4ast, K.Nankivil 11+5reb+1ast, D.Watts 6+6reb+1ast, R.Trice 6+1reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 18+5reb+3ast, M.Antonio Carter 11+6reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 9+4reb+3ast, D.White 8+2reb+4ast, A.Constantine 6+4reb, J.Hasquet 4+2reb
gschID: 133323


Brose Baskets - Walter Tigers 97-73

BBL top team - Brose Baskets (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (11-15) in Bamberg 97-73. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Walter Tigers. Four Brose Baskets and five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-3 record. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Bayreuth. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Walter Tigers will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 21+1reb+2ast, P.Suput 17+3reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 14+9reb, T.Pleiss 13+7reb, J.Jenkins 10+1reb+4ast, A.Leon Tucker 9+9reb+2ast
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 12+7reb+8ast, A.Hodzic 11+9reb, V.Duggins 11+2reb, L.Campbell 10+8reb+3ast, T.Nash 10+7reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 133318


ALBA - Fraport SKY 70-66 OT

Eleventh-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-14) were very close to win a game against third ranked ALBA Berlin (19-6). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only four-point victory 70-66. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It looked good early as Deutsche Bank Skyliners took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALBA Berlin had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead. Then Deutsche Bank Skyliners managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 3-7. They outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Heiko Schaffartzik (182-84) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) responded with 23 points and his fellow American import guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 18+4reb+1ast, D.Wood 14+4reb+4ast, Y.Idbihi 11+6reb, K.Weaver 11+8reb+3ast, B.Taylor 6+3reb, G.Kalambokis 5+2reb
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 23+3reb, J.McKinney 12+3reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 10+3reb, Q.Robertson 8+8reb+3ast, D.Gibson 7+2reb+5ast, T.Ohlbrecht 2+1reb
gschID: 133319


Round 19
EWE Baskets - Bremerhaven 96-76

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-13) was outleveled by seventh ranked EWE Baskets (13-13) in Oldenburg 96-76. The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in third quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 22 points and forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory EWE Baskets went down to ninth position due to points difference, which they share with Bremerhaven. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost third consecutive game. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Burrell 17+7reb+3ast, A.Chubb 17+5reb+3ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 13+3reb, B.Brown 13+4ast, J.Strowbridge 11+1reb, M.Majstorovic 9+7reb
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 22+3reb+3ast, A.Smith 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 11+6reb+1ast, M.Smith 10+6reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 8+5reb, J.Cain 7+3reb
gschID: 170461




Mike Smith (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) I Have Learned That You Have To Be Ready To Play Night In And Night Out In The Beko BBL - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Mike Smith (198-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.)s a 24 year old 198cm forward from Vandalia, Missouri that is playing his first season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He played at E. Tennessee from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%. This past summer, he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg. He was a A-Sun Tournament Winner -09, 10, and All-A-Sun Player of the Year -11. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn March 10th.


How tough was it losing two games within 48 hours to Alba Berlin and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg? How is the mental state of the team at the moment?


It was tough, but we have done a great job of regrouping and focusing on the next opponent. We have to keep moving forward and take it one game at a time.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have lost three of the last four games. Not necessarily a good time to be inconsistent. What have been the biggest problems on the court for the team?

I dont think there are any problems really, we have played some good teams these last 4 games. We need to be ready to play for 40 minutes each game at a high level. With Torrell Martin coming back soon it will allow for more depth from the bench, that will help out with the rotation of guys to stay fresh.


How badly do the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven miss captain Torrell Martin at the moment?


Anytime you lose a guy to injury like Matin it will always hurt the team, but this team has done a good job as far as filling roles and compensating for his lose.

How pleased have you been with your development. The first few months, you were getting less minutes, but have scored in double figures in 11 of the last 13 games.


When the opportunity came for me to play more minutes with Matin being hurt, I took full advantage. I was ready to play and showed what I can do in this league. Preparation ready for Opportunity you can call it.


What is the most important thing that you have learned about the Beko BBL on the court this season?


You have to be ready to play night in and night out.




The next game is against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the 68-61 win on the road?


We played very well at Bonn, took the crowd out of the game from the tip and that helped us control the tempo and get the big road win.



The Telekom Baskets Bonn are coming of a big home win against Phoenix Hagen. What will be key in getting the win?

Controlling Jared Jordan, he is the engine to that team, loves to get in the paint and get his teammates involved. If we can limit him we will have a good chance to win.

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

They would be crazy to trade him, stats couple games ago, 20pts, 18boards, 17 assist or something like that. Would be crazy to trade him.



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


Derrick Rose.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


In Time.

Thanks for the chat Mike.




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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, OFI7.9 
 4. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 5. Sklavos, AEK7.5 
 6. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.3 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.3 
 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. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.0 
 10. Kounas, Lavrio3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lewis, OFI1.8 
 2. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 3. Magounis, Panele.1.7 
 4. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 5. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.7 
 6. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.6 
 7. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.6 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.5 
 10. Panaras, Periko.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, OFI1.0 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 5. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.9 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.7 
 9. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Er.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 12-10 
 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 8-14 
 15. Pagrati 7-15 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-22 


A2 Round 22: AEK is upset by Pagrati - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Athens between third ranked AEK (13-9) and fifteenth ranked Pagrati (7-15) on Saturday night. AEK was defeated by Pagrati on the road 78-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AEK. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. AEK managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Pagrati maintains fifteenth position with 7-15 record. AEK at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. Pagrati are looking forward to face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road in the next round. AEK will play against OFI (#8) in Heraklion and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (9-13) 81-58 in Eleusina. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Vasilis Giannoulakos contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) replied with 13 points for Amyntas Dafnis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panelefsiniakos (18-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Amyntas Dafnis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will play against Nea Kifisia (#7) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-70 loss to twelfth ranked Panerythraikos (10-12) in New Eritrea on Saturday evening. Antonios Michaloglou scored 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Alex Stevovic responded with 29 points and 7 assists. Panerythraikos moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis and Doxa Lefkadas. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. Panerythraikos will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AEK/Argous will play against Pagrati (#15) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Perama, where higher ranked Lavrio (12-10) lost to thirteenth ranked Perama Ermis (10-12) in a road game 75-89. Nikos Michalos notched 21 points to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Perama Ermis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos and Doxa Lefkadas. Lavrio at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Perama Ermis' next round opponent will be Doxa Lefkadas (#11) on the road.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ermis Lagkada was crushed by Arkadikos in Arkadia 89-67. Apollon Patras beat Nea Kifisia at home 81-76. Periko/Arhelaos lost to OFI on the opponent's court 66-81. Ikaroi Serron managed to outperform Doxa Lefkadas in a home game 81-70.



Arkadikos - Ermis Lagkada 89-67

There was no surprise in Arkadia where 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-11) was crushed by seventh ranked Arkadikos (13-9) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadikos. Ermis Lagkada was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) supported him with 19 points. Five Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) by the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) did not help to save the game for Ermis Lagkada. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Arkadikos moved-up to fourth place, which they share with AEK. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras at home and it may be the game of the week. Ermis Lagkada will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#14) in Perikos.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: A.Gizogiannis 21+11reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 19+4reb+1ast, M.Papadakis 17+6ast, P.Ifantis 13+5reb+1ast, G.Kopsaftis 11+3reb+6ast, S.Ntovas 4+5reb+5ast
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 24+4reb+4ast, N.Gamouras 12+4reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 11+7reb+3ast, S.Nisiotis 9+7reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 7+1reb, S.Kekelis 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138493


Panelefsiniakos - Amyntas Dafnis 81-58

Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (9-13) 81-58 in Eleusina. The game without a history. Panelefsiniakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panelefsiniakos outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. Center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-84) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) replied with 13 points and guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83, agency: FCM) added 13 points in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panelefsiniakos (18-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Amyntas Dafnis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will play against Nea Kifisia (#7) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 17+2reb+5ast, C.Deligiannis 14+1reb+1ast, V.Koukouravas 12+4reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 10+7reb+2ast, S.Manavopoulos 7+2reb+2ast, T.Nikou 7+2reb+2ast
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 13+3reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 13+3reb, T.Vardianos 8+4reb+1ast, S.Tsougarakis 8+3reb, G.Sourlis 8+2reb+2ast, F.Pagonis 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138494


Apollon Patras - Nea Kifisia 81-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Apollon Patras (17-5) defeated at home 6th ranked Nea Kifisia (12-10) 81-76. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Nea Kifisia won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Apollon Patras made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Nea Kifisia turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Nea Kifisia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) notched 29 points (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Nea Kifisia. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) added 19 points for lost side. Apollon Patras have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-5 record behind leader Panelefsiniakos. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Arkadikos (#4) in Arkadia. Nea Kifisia will play at home against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: I.Krolo 29+4reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 17+6reb+1ast, N.Argyropoylos 15+1reb+4ast, G.Lianos 11+7reb+1ast, G.Stamopoulos 6+3reb+6ast, G.Petropoulos 3
Nea Kifisia: F.Moschovitis 19+3reb+1ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 18+4reb+2ast, S.Nikitakis 16+3reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 7+2reb, T.Sioutis 4+6reb+3ast, D.Menoudakos 4
gschID: 138495


Panerythraikos - AEK/Argous 107-70

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-22) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-70 loss to twelfth ranked Panerythraikos (10-12) in New Eritrea on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Panerythraikos. AEK/Argous managed to win second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AEK/Argous to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded AEK/Argous 44-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Panerythraikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. Forward Antonios Michaloglou (202-88) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Panerythraikos players scored in double figures. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) responded with 29 points and 7 assists and Giorgos Vourdoulas scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Panerythraikos moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis and Doxa Lefkadas. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. Panerythraikos will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AEK/Argous will play against Pagrati (#15) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: A.Michaloglou 29+5reb+3ast, T.Kallianotis 18+3ast, G.Rodostoglou 16+8reb+2ast, G.Pappas 10+5reb+1ast, S.Katoufas 9+9reb+1ast, K.Macheras 8+4reb
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 29+3reb+7ast, G.Vourdoulas 13+9reb, V.Stateras 12+1reb+1ast, G.Vavatsikos 7+7reb+1ast, S.Tsabis 5+4reb+7ast, G.Koukounias 4+5reb
gschID: 138490


Pagrati - AEK 78-67

The most important game in the last round took place in Athens between third ranked AEK (13-9) and fifteenth ranked Pagrati (7-15) on Saturday night. AEK was defeated by Pagrati on the road 78-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AEK. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. AEK managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Antonis Mantzaris (196-86) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Pagrati maintains fifteenth position with 7-15 record. AEK at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. Pagrati are looking forward to face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road in the next round. AEK will play against OFI (#8) in Heraklion and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: A.Sigounas 24+11reb+2ast, S.Veskoukis 17+6reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 10+3ast, N.Makris 9+4ast, G.Dimakos 7+4reb+4ast, A.Raptis 6+4reb+1ast
AEK: V.Sklavos 19+9reb+2ast, A.Mantzaris 11+4reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 8+1reb+4ast, D.Despos 7+4reb, P.Noeas 6+1reb, N.Kourtis 5+10reb+1ast
gschID: 138491


OFI - Periko/Arhelaos 81-66

Very expected game in Heraklion where 14th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-14) was defeated by eighth ranked OFI (12-10) 81-66. Periko/Arhelaos was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 45-27 second half run of OFI. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 13 points and 5 assists by guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Periko/Arhelaos. Forward Giannis Foutsitzis (198-79, college: S.New Hampshire) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four OFI and five Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. OFI moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lavrio and Nea Kifisia. Periko/Arhelaos at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. OFI's next round opponent will be higher ranked AEK (#5) in Athens and it may be quite challenging game. Periko/Arhelaos will play on the road against Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
OFI: D.Lewis 23+9reb+1ast, S.Toutziarakis 17+10reb+3ast, A.Sizopoulos 15+4reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 12+6reb+1ast, S.Panagakis 6+1reb+6ast, D.Karadolamis 5+3reb+2ast
Periko/Arhelaos: K.Bechlivanis 13+1reb+5ast, P.Martzos 12+5reb, N.Bochoridis 11+2reb+1ast, G.Foutsitzis 11+6reb+2ast, T.Panaras 10+3reb+3ast, D.Marmarinos 5+3reb
gschID: 138492


Ikaroi Serron - Doxa Lefkadas 81-70

Very predictable result in Serres where fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (14-8) beat 10th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (10-12) 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Doxa Lefkadas was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Doxa Lefkadas' players. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) notched 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) supported him with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) did not help to save the game for Doxa Lefkadas. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to third place. Doxa Lefkadas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Doxa Lefkadas will play at home against Perama Ermis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 23+5reb+3ast, F.Simeonidis 14+8reb+4ast, K.Pehlivanis 13+1reb, H.Voivatopoulos 10+6reb+2ast, G.Theodorakos 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 5+4reb+11ast
Doxa Lefkadas: K.Tsotsos 16+9reb, D.Katopodis 12, N.Libaris-Psomas 11+6reb+1ast, N.Marousits 10+1reb, M.Pekovic 8+4ast, V.Ekine 6+3reb
gschID: 138488


Perama Ermis - Lavrio 89-75

We should mention about the upset which took place in Perama, where higher ranked Lavrio (12-10) lost to thirteenth ranked Perama Ermis (10-12) in a road game 75-89. It looked good early as Lavrio took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Perama Ermis had a 33-15 second period charge getting the lead and Lavrio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-89. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) notched 21 points to lead the effort and guard Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-86) supported him with 16 points. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) did not help to save the game for Lavrio. Swingman Giorgos Tirlas (197-80) added 13 points for lost side. Four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Perama Ermis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos and Doxa Lefkadas. Lavrio at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Perama Ermis' next round opponent will be Doxa Lefkadas (#11) on the road.
Top scorers:
Perama Ermis: N.Michalos 21+2reb+3ast, D.Tsarouchas 16+1reb+1ast, A.Koronidis 12+1reb+4ast, L.Skoutaris 9+3reb+1ast, D.Kapiniaris 6+1reb+1ast, P.Trafalis 6+6reb+4ast
Lavrio: N.Psileas 15+6reb, G.Tirlas 13+3reb+2ast, K.Sinnis 12+4reb+1ast, D.Giannakopoulos 10+2reb+4ast, M.Perakis 6+8reb, P.Karvounis 4+1ast
gschID: 138489




Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 70-71: Game analysis - by Dimitris Katsionis
Big game, subversive, a true final between two great teams and two of the greatest coaches ever. Let's take a look on the things they present..

Coach Obradovic made some adjustments compared with the previous game against Olympiakos. On the defensive end, he started Sato on Mantzaris activating Diamantidis's best defensive weapon which is showing up when Panathinaikos's captain feels free to defend 'space' on the court and play help defense, released from being stuck one defend only one player exclusively. Mantzaris had punished Panathinaikos for letting him and send Diamantidis for help in 'Piece & Friendship's' game, so Obradovic change this pair and put 3D to defend Papanikolaou on the '3' spot. This tactic caused a quick answer from coach Ivkovic, by putting Marko Keselj on the court (replacing Papanikolaou) to stretch the Greens's defense.

Offensivelly Obradovic had a clear orientation, an inscription that probably excisted at his team's locker room all week.. 'Be agressive. Agressive at everything you do. Attack the defense'. And that's what they did from the start, applying the pick n roll. It was obvious when Diamantidis didn't hesitate to go all the way, driving in the heart of the paint against Dorsey. Panathinaikos pick n roll offense was superb in the 1st period, presenting another innovation. The screener didn't 'dive' in the paint immediatelly waiting on the high post for the ball and then drive to the basket. Olympiakos allowed the astronomical (!)-regarding its defensive level- number of 25 points on its defense at the 1st quarter.
Having Mantzaris's and Dorsey's foul troubles to deal with, Ivkovic made his own adjustments in the 2nd period. His backup frontcourt duo (Hines & Antic) step inside giving tones of energy and changing the situation in the paint with a very mature performance. The Reds used a zone defense to slow down Panathinaikos's offensive momentum and manage to freeze the scoreboard, reducing the difference gradually.

Panathinaikos was exceptional on transition defense for almost 15 minutes. Olympiakos was targeting to hit on transition offense and sticked to this plan in the whole game , looking confident to attack in its offense's first seconds, something that -in this level and against a such a quality defense- only Montepaschi and the Spanish teams would ''dare'' this moment on Europe. Being down only 3, after a bad performance in the 1st half, was a bless for Ivkovic's team..

Arguably Olympiakos is a faster and more athletic team and it was sure that it would sought a fast paced game. That happened in the 3rd period when they set their tempo and put their energy, quick legs and athleticism on the court. The Reds outscored their -taller-opponents on rebounding-battle, thriving on the offensive boards. Panathinaikos lost its clear mind and couldn't follow this tempo. Obradovic's team was static and predictable on offense plus slack defensivelly. With Olympiakos up with 13, we had a crucial moment. The Reds's coaching staff slow to instruct its players for the defense changing and as result they didn't know what kind of defense they had to play. Sarunas Jasikevicius hit a big three taking advantage the whole confuse and Panathinaikos began its counterattack. . Being down only 3, after this storm in the 3rd, was a bless for Obradovic's team..

Fourth period was a dogfight. Panathinaikos used a 3/4 court press (and sometimes full court press) defense with a lot of contacts and strength. As a result Olympiakos couldn't move the ball and made contiously mistakes (23). Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) was the key player on this defensive plan as his presence change the Greens's defensive image. With the game on the line Obradovic's experienced players sought the physical contact -especially with post up plays- that will send them to the free throw line for an easy score. Diamantidis is a 'professor' on this.. It was his free throw that gave Panathinaikos the cup. Ivkovic lost his advantage to play one on one defense in the paint to Batiste (without helps that can cause a a good look) when Dorsey fouled out. His team's last play for the win was a failure (not for the first time this year) when Obradovic defend the pass to Spanoulis and Printezis and let Papanicolaou (0/3 FG) to take the ball in purpose. It was a matter of experience. Sometimes your players have to know what to do even without a time out or an instruction from the bench. And that's Panathinaikos biggest advantage right know.

Panathinaikos defense on Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) was very interesting. It's totally team defense. Obradovic changed 4 players on Kill Bill (Kalathes, Sato, Diamantidis, Logan). His main target was to cut his penetration show when Spanoulis had the ball against Kalathes for example, the other 4 defenders are adjusting their defense and close the paint ready help Kalathes and risking a probably 3 point shot. The plan worked perfectly for one more time as Spanoulis had a bad game and was lost at the 4th period. Coach Ivkovic has a different aproach on the pick n roll's defense as he prefers to defend on 2 on 2 situations, isolating his two pick n roll defenders (without helps) and order the other 3 to stick on teir players to avoid a three point shot. Dorsey's presence helps a lot on this kind of defense.

Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) had a great game, being the best player on the court for a long time. However the MVP trophy went to Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76) who is the perfect 'game changer' from the bench with his uniqueness (fantasy, clutch performance on the moneytime) in an offense that many times this year has become predictable.

This Cup can become a 'reward injection' for Panathinaikos that encourages them to continue for upcoming -trully big- battles. On the other side Olympiakos lost a title, but it's very important to continue working at the same plan and not change anything. Just, keep working...


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Kevin van Wijk selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Dutchs who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #1. This week''s number one is former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (204-89), who plays in the NCAA. van Wijk could not help the Valparaiso University (14-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Valparaiso University was badly defeated 70-50 on the road by the University of Detroit Mercy. van Wijk recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. van Wijk has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 71.1%. He played for the Dutch U16 national team seven years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90). Kloof led St.Bonaventure University to a victory against the Saint Joseph''s University (11-7) 71-68 in the conference tournament on Friday night. He scored 19 points in 36 minutes. The St.Bonaventure University has rather weak 11-6 record this season. It''s Kloof''s first year with the team. This year Kloof has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 71.1% in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof played for the Dutch U20 national team in 2010.

Kadeem Pantophlet
Kadeem Pantophlet
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Kadeem Pantophlet (198-90). He was not able to help the University of Duquesne (7-9) in their game against the University of Massachusetts (3-11) in the conference tournament. Pantophlet recorded 6 points. The University of Duquesne was defeated 92-83 in Amherst, MA by the University of Massachusetts. Pantophlet has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 71.1%. He played for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Dutch passport:

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was badly defeated 73-53 on the road by the second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque. Tillie was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Tillie''s second season in pro basketball. It was ASVEL''s third consecutive loss in a row. Tillie has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games he played so far. He has also French passport.


Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Francisco Elson (212-C-76) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Daniel Kickert (208-C-83) plays for PGE Turow in Polish PLK
Travis Stel (202-F-71) plays for Antwerp Giants in Belgian D1
Robin Smeulders (208-F-87) plays for EWE Baskets in German BBL
Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85) plays for Otto Caserta in Italian SerieA
Dewayne Johns (191-G-64) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) plays for Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) plays for CB Tarragona 2017 in Spanish LEB Gold
Marc Peutz (205-C-92) plays for Cape Breton University in Canadian university league CIS
Daniel Gemke (199-F-67) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Guys Geerdens (208-C-69) plays for Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Dutch playing currently abroad. Go to Dutch Abroad Page to see completed list.


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 22-0 
 2. Amsterdam 17-5 
 3. De Hoppers 16-6 
 4. Leiden 2 15-5 
 5. Cangeroes 15-7 
 6. Red Giants 12-8 
 7. Goba 10-12 
 8. De Groene 8-12 
 9. Akrides 8-13 
 10. Punch 7-15 
 11. Almonte 6-15 
 12. Hoofddorp 6-16 
 13. Rotterdam 2 5-17 
 14. Jugglers 3-19 


Wessels' 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an amazing game in the last round for Den Bosch and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Den Bosch in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rotterdam (#8, 3-21) with 29-point margin 85-56. Den Bosch maintains the 3rd position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Bosch will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Wessels had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Den Bosch, through which he has constantly improved. Stefan Wessels averages this season 11.9ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tai Wesley (200-F-86). He is American forward in his first season at Den Bosch. In the last game Wesley recorded impressive 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course together with Wessels he helped Den Bosch with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#8, 3-21) 85-56. Den Bosch's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-6 record is not bad at all. Wesley is a newcomer at Den Bosch and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#5). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) of Weert (#7). Coleman scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Coleman's great performance Weert lost 78-89 to the higher-ranked Nijmegen (#4, 15-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Weert can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Coleman has individually a great season in Holland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maurice Acker (173-PG-87) of Nijmegen - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Den Bosch - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) of Leiden - 15 points, 6 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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A Division Round 22: Albacomp defeats Szolnok in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Albacomp (18-4) which played road game in Szolnok against one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (18-4). Second ranked Albacomp managed to get a 9-point victory 101-92. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Albacomp shot 63.9 percent from the field. Albacomp had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Akos Keller (206-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Szolnok. Albacomp have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record behind leader Falco-Szova, which they share with defeated Szolnok. Albacomp is looking forward to face PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Szolnok will play at home against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
A Division top team - Falco-Szova (19-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Kecskemeti (13-9) 82-74. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Djordje Pantelic chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Kecskemeti's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova maintains first position with 19-3 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Falco-Szova will play against Kormend (#4) at home in the next round. Kecskemeti will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kaposvari (8-14) and FS Debrecen (6-16), which took place in Debrecen. 9th ranked Kaposvari lost to twelfth ranked FS Debrecen in a road game 75-84 on Saturday. Michael Schachtner notched 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists by Nikolas Raivio did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. FS Debrecen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Szedeak and Jaszberenyi. Kaposvari lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. FS Debrecen will meet higher ranked Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kaposvari will play against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Atomeromu (15-7) and 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (11-11) in Paks ended with biggest points difference. Atomeromu outscored guests from Pecs 115-82. Lorenzo Williams fired 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Atomeromu's coach Enrique Gutierrez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-7 record. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) in Szekesfehervar.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Szedeak was beaten by Jaszberenyi on the road 97-88. Bottom-ranked ZTE KK was destroyed by Szolnok on its own court 80-109. Soproni unfortunately lost to Kormend in a road game 78-85. Albacomp rolled over Marso NYKK at home 95-64.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 28 points and 7 rebounds by Kyle Austin of Jaszberenyi.


Jaszberenyi - Szedeak 97-88
There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi (6-16) beat at home 11th ranked Szedeak (6-16) 97-88. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Jaszberenyi made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) fired 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) produced 28 points and 5 assists and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Jaszberenyi moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Szedeak and FS Debrecen. Jaszberenyi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 28+7reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 20+5reb+3ast, J.Hodges 18+1reb+7ast, B.Horti 8+1reb+3ast, A.Szogi 7+4reb+2ast, C.Borszeki 7+3reb
Szedeak: N.Dukic 28+3reb+5ast, J.Levy 24+9reb+3ast, R.Laslo 11+4reb+3ast, T.Ivosev 9+7reb+1ast, G.Drahos 7+2reb+2ast, M.Molnar 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146765


ZTE KK - Szolnok 80-109
Very expected game when 14th ranked ZTE KK (1-21) was smashed by third ranked Szolnok (18-4) in Zalaegerszeg 109-80. It looked good early as ZTE KK took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok had a 34-20 second period charge getting the lead and ZTE KK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-109. Szolnok shot 60.9 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. International guard Marton Fodor (191-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 20 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Szolnok's coach Peter Por felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: TSS Management) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five Szolnok and four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Szolnok moved-up to second place, which they share with Albacomp. ZTE KK lost tenth consecutive game. Defending champion stay dead last with 21 lost games. Szolnok's next round opponent will be Kecskemeti (#6) at home. ZTE KK will play against Atomeromu (#5) in Paks.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Fodor 20+2ast, H.Nikolov 15+3reb+1ast, B.Gay 14+3reb+2ast, M.Bader 14+13reb+2ast, A.Horvath 13+3ast, O.Trotter 10+3reb+4ast
ZTE KK: T.Kelley 18+7ast, E.Henderson 16+8reb+2ast, T.Whitworth 11+1reb+1ast, A.Vertetics 11+3reb+4ast, G.Toth 10+1reb+1ast, B.Bodor 8+4reb
gschID: 146766


FS Debrecen - Kaposvari 84-75
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kaposvari (8-14) and FS Debrecen (6-16), which took place in Debrecen. 9th ranked Kaposvari lost to twelfth ranked FS Debrecen in a road game 75-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. FS Debrecen made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) notched 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) supported him with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Five FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists by American guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) added 21 points for lost side. FS Debrecen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Szedeak and Jaszberenyi. Kaposvari lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. FS Debrecen will meet higher ranked Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kaposvari will play against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Schachtner 23+8reb+4ast, J.Ingram 22+2reb+5ast, M.Szabo 14+16reb+4ast, D.Moore 13+1reb, G.Boros 11+5reb+2ast, T.Papp 1+1reb+1ast
Kaposvari: K.Ahelegbe 21+4reb+2ast, N.Raivio 18+11reb+7ast, C.Gosa 17+7reb+1ast, J.Lekli 8+4reb, G.David 6+4reb, G.Kutasi 5
gschID: 146760


Kecskemeti - Falco-Szova 74-82
A Division top team - Falco-Szova (19-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Kecskemeti (13-9) 82-74. It looked good early as Kecskemeti took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco-Szova had a 21-15 second period charge getting the lead and Kecskemeti was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-82. Falco-Szova shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Falco-Szova outrebounded Kecskemeti 32-19 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kecskemeti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) scored 9 points and 4 steals. Kecskemeti's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova maintains first position with 19-3 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Falco-Szova will play against Kormend (#4) at home in the next round. Kecskemeti will play against Szolnok in Szolnok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: C.Timberlake 24+6reb+4ast, L.Kalman 17+2reb+4ast, Z.Szabo 13+7reb, D.Pantelic 10+12reb+2ast, L.Simon 8+2ast, M.Szanati 4+2reb+1ast
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 21+5reb+1ast, B.Perine 13, I.Vukadinov 10+1reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 9+1reb+3ast, Z.Bencze 8+5reb, G.Hegedus 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146761


Atomeromu - PVSK Pannon 115-82
The game between fifth ranked Atomeromu (15-7) and 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (11-11) in Paks ended with biggest points difference. Atomeromu outscored guests from Pecs 115-82. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 36. They outrebounded PVSK Pannon 40-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Atomeromu players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) fired 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Power forward Ferdinand Morgen (211-90) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Atomeromu's coach Enrique Gutierrez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Nikola Vasojevic (195-86) produced 23 points and 9 assists and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Atomeromu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 15-7 record. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 22+3reb+6ast, F.Morgen 18+8reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 15+5reb+2ast, A.Toth 14+4reb+4ast, N.Williams 14+2reb+3ast, T.Frost 10+9reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: A.Ciric 27+5reb+2ast, N.Vasojevic 23+3reb+9ast, N.Toth 9+9reb, A.Lepsenyi 8+2reb, P.Kovacs 5+3reb+1ast, J.Doyne 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146762


Kormend - Soproni 85-78
Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Kormend (17-5) won against at home 8th ranked Soproni (9-13) 85-78. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kormend made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Kormend outrebounded Soproni 35-22 including 19 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Soproni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) produced 30 points and guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Five Kormend and four Soproni players scored in double figures. Kormend maintains fourth position with 17-5 record. Soproni at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Kormend's next round opponent will be league's leader Falco-Szova in Szombathely and it may be the game of the week. Soproni will play at home against Jaszberenyi (#13).
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 29+13reb+4ast, G.Cseh 12+7reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 12+3reb+2ast, A.Rujak 10+4reb+2ast, M.English 10+5reb+6ast, J.Eilingsfeld 7+2reb+1ast
Soproni: D.Thomas 30+4reb+1ast, Z.Vesztergom 15+2reb, J.Rubin 15+4reb+6ast, B.Egemonye 11+4reb, N.Takacs 5+1reb+1ast, G.Gombas 2+4reb
gschID: 146763


Albacomp - Marso NYKK 95-64
Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Marso NYKK (7-15) was outscored by second ranked Albacomp (18-4) in Szekesfehervar 95-64. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Marso NYKK was better in second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Marso NYKK 48-34 including a 40-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Albacomp players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Power forward Levente Juhos (209-91, college: Moberly JC) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) produced 20 points and the former international center Erno Sitku (208-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record behind leader Falco-Szova, which they share with Szolnok. Marso NYKK at the other side keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs where they are favorite. Marso NYKK will play at home against FS Debrecen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: L.Juhos 22+9reb+1ast, W.Chism 14+4reb+1ast, M.El Amin 12+4reb+2ast, D.Hollis 11+7reb+3ast, B.Simon 10+1reb+10ast, A.Keller 10+5reb+1ast
Marso NYKK: D.Kandic 20+4reb+2ast, B.Fields 12+4reb, M.Mohacsi 10+3reb, S.Fekete 8+6reb+4ast, F.Warrick 8+4reb+3ast, E.Sitku 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 146764


Round 13
Szolnok - Albacomp 92-101
An interesting game for Albacomp (18-4) which played road game in Szolnok against one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (18-4). Second ranked Albacomp managed to get a 9-point victory 101-92. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Albacomp shot 63.9 percent from the field. Albacomp had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Szolnok. Albacomp have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-4 record behind leader Falco-Szova, which they share with defeated Szolnok. Albacomp is looking forward to face PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round where they are favorite. Szolnok will play at home against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: M.El Amin 29+2reb+3ast, A.Keller 24+12reb+1ast, D.Hollis 21+6reb+1ast, B.Simon 12+7reb+15ast, W.Chism 10+2reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 2+5reb+2ast
Szolnok: H.Nikolov 30+9reb+4ast, O.Trotter 21+4reb+4ast, Z.Trepak 15+2reb+1ast, M.Bader 8+6reb+2ast, B.Gay 8+3reb+2ast, J.Mills 7+2reb+3ast


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 19-3 
 2. Albacomp 18-4 
 3. Szolnok 18-4 
 4. Kormend 17-5 
 5. Atomeromu 15-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-9 
 7. PVSK Pannon 11-11 
 8. Soproni 9-13 
 9. Kaposvari 8-14 
 10. Marso NYKK 7-15 
 11. Szedeak 6-16 
 12. FS Debrecen 6-16 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-16 
 14. ZTE KK 1-21 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.9 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.22.0 
 3. Ciric, PVSK P.21.6 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi21.1 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak20.0 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.19.9 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.8 
 10. Levy, Szedeak19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.0 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.0 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.8 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.6 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.6 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.7 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.5 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.9 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.2 
 9. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.2 
 10. Drahos, Szedeak4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.9 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 6. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.4 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.2.3 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 6. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.0.9 


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  INDONESIA   


NBL Round 38: Stadium Jakarta is defeated by Satria Muda in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and Stadium Jakarta (#7). Satria Muda (21-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (12-11) 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 41-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 20. Satria Muda forced 25 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 49-30 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Galank Gunawan (194-87) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) responded with 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stadium Jakarta will play at home against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Jakarta. Second ranked host Aspac (19-4) smashed one of their biggest challengers Garuda (17-6) 57-37. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Xaverius Prawiro supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 9 points and 11 rebounds by forward Christ Gideon (188-84) did not help to save the game for Garuda. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aspac maintains second position with 19-4 record having just three points less than leader Satria Muda. Garuda at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.

In the last two games of round 38 Pacific Caesar won against Comfort Mobile on the opponent's court 59-47. Bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau unfortunately lost to Satya Wacana in a home game 67-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 blocks by Luthfianes Gunawan of Satya Wacana.



Satria Muda - Stadium Jak. 73-63

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and Stadium Jakarta (#7). Satria Muda (21-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (12-11) 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stadium Jakarta. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 41-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 20. Satria Muda forced 25 Stadium Jakarta turnovers and outrebounded them 49-30 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Galank Gunawan (194-87) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) responded with 26 points and Dino Leonardo (188-86) scored 7 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stadium Jakarta will play at home against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 26+3reb+3ast, F.Budianto 7+2ast, D.Leonardo 7+3reb, R.Ruslan 5+3reb, R.Ariestedes 5+3reb+1ast, D.Iskandar 4+3reb
Satria Muda: B.Siregar 18+4reb, F.Julius Ahmad 15+7reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 10+6reb+5ast, G.Gunawan 10+12reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 8+5reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 166147


Aspac - Garuda 57-37

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jakarta. Second ranked host Aspac (19-4) smashed one of their biggest challengers Garuda (17-6) 57-37. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Garuda to just 6 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Aspac forced 24 Garuda turnovers. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 9 points and 11 rebounds by forward Christ Gideon (188-84) did not help to save the game for Garuda. The former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) added 6 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aspac maintains second position with 19-4 record having just three points less than leader Satria Muda. Garuda at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Garuda: C.Gideon 9+11reb, H.Ramli 8+3reb, W.Wijaya 6+4reb+1ast, M.Dhiya 4+1reb, I.Budianto 4+2reb, F.Minallah 2+4reb
Aspac: P.Regowo 15+8reb+1ast, X.Prawiro 15+6reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 6+1reb, O.Abraham Trisakti 4+2reb+5ast, D.Gerungan 4+2reb+3ast, I.Thoyib 4+9reb
gschID: 166148


Comfort Mobile - Pacific Caesar 47-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Comfort Mobile's (5-20) home loss to ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (7-17) 47-59. The game was mostly controlled by Pacific Caesar. Comfort Mobile was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Comfort Mobile 47-33 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pacific Caesar brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and center Hery Listiyono (191-86) supported him with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) did not help to save the game for Comfort Mobile. Saleh Afriatna (180-93) added 9 points for the hosts. Comfort Mobile's coach Bintoro rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pacific Caesar maintains ninth position with 7-17 record. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: R.Orlando Uniputty 12+5reb+3ast, S.Afriatna 9+3reb+1ast, R.Rudini 6+4reb, H.Kurniawan 5+3reb+2ast, H.Herlusdityo 4+1reb, A.Prasetyo 4+2reb+2ast
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 27+8reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 14+11reb, D.Yulyanto 8+4reb+5ast, E.Sasmito 4+14reb, I.Widyanto 2+2reb+5ast, R.Anggakara 2+1reb
gschID: 166149


NSH GMC Riau - Satya Wacana 67-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Satya Wacana's (4-20) road victory over bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-22) 78-67. NSH GMC Riau was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Satya Wacana, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Jerry Lolowang (183-86) notched 28 points to lead the effort and guard Yo Sua (180-91) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds by center Max Yanto (215-83) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Power forward Boy Damanik (192-76) added 9 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Satya Wacana maintains eleventh position with 4-20 record. NSH GMC Riau lost nineteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Satya Wacana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: N.Fadhilah 12+3reb+2ast, M.Yanto 11+10reb+2ast, B.Damanik 9+12reb+1ast, M.Yesyurun 8+3reb, R.Febriyan 7+6reb+1ast, A.Amier 6+5reb
Satya Wacana: J.Lolowang 28+2reb+2ast, Y.Sua 15+5reb+5ast, L.Gunawan 13+7reb+2ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 8+7reb+1ast, R.Pamungkas 8+9reb+1ast, A.Abraham 4
gschID: 166146




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 21-3 
 2. Aspac 19-4 
 3. Garuda 17-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 16-6 
 5. CLS Knights 16-7 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 13-9 
 7. Stadium Jak. 12-11 
 8. Bima Sakti 8-14 
 9. Pacific Caesar 7-17 
 10. Comfort Mobile 5-20 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-20 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.5 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.1 
 3. Sapto, Muba H.13.9 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.1 
 6. Chandra, Pelita J.12.9 
 7. Nagata, Pacific12.8 
 8. Regowo, Aspac12.6 
 9. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.7 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.5 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac7.8 
 4. Sitepu, Satria M.7.7 
 5. Yanto, NSH G.7.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 7. Nasution, Satya W.6.9 
 8. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 9. Heryadi, Muba H.6.7 
 10. Situmorang, Satri.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.5 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.3.6 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.0 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.4 
 9. Yusran, Stadium2.3 
 10. Uniputty, Comfor.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.6 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.6 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.3 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Sunarya, Muba H.2.1 
 8. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 10. Gerungan, Aspac2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.9 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 9. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.2 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 


Indonesian NBL round 38 best performance: Galank Gunawan - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Satria Muda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Stadium Jak. (#7, 12-11) 73-63. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. Satria Muda have a solid 21-3 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Galank Gunawan has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Gunawan

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Luthfianes Gunawan (181-F-89) of Satya Wacana. Gunawan had a very good evening with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Satya Wacana cruised to a 78-67 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#12, 1-22). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Satya Wacana keeps 11th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Satya Wacana managed to get this year. Gunawan is a newcomer at Satya Wacana and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Hery Listiyono (191-C-86) of Pacific Caesar (#9). Listiyono scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Pacific Caesar, leading his team to a 59-47 win against slightly lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 5-20). Pacific Caesar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Listiyono he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Listiyono has a very solid season. In 26 games in Indonesia he scored 6.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerry Lolowang (183-G-86) of Satya Wacana - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Bonanza Siregar (192-SF-87) of Satria Muda - 18 points and 4 rebounds
7. Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Aspac - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Christ Gideon (188-F-84) of Garuda - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar - 4 points and 14 rebounds

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


Rizky Ardiansyah's 29 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old power forward Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bima Sakti and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds for Bima Sakti in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pacific Caesar (#9, 6-17) 69-60. Bima Sakti maintains the 8th position in Indonesian league. Bima Sakti is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. In the team's last game Rizky Ardiansyah had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Bima Sakti's top player in his first season with the team. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah averages this season 12.5ppg and 7.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Respati Pamungkas (180-G-91) of Satya Wacana. He is a guard in his first season at Satya Wacana. In the last game Pamungkas recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Satya Wacana to edge slightly higher-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 5-19) by 2 points 70-68. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Satya Wacana keeps 11th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Satya Wacana managed to get this year. Pamungkas is a newcomer at Satya Wacana and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Satya Wacana's star - forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-F-90). Nasution scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Satya Wacana, helping his team with a 70-68 win against slightly higher-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 5-19). Satya Wacana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nasution he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nasution has a very solid season. In 22 games in Indonesia he scored 7.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-PG-87) of Comfort Mobile - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Hendry Sudjana (175-PG-83) of CLS Knights - 15 points
6. Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of Satria Muda - 7 points and 11 rebounds
7. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) of Satria Muda - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Luthfianes Gunawan (181-F-89) of Satya Wacana - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Muhammad Fauzia (184-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bonanza Siregar (192-SF-87) of Satria Muda - 11 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  IRELAND   


UCD Shock Neptune to reach Finals - by Patrick Maher

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY REPORT
UCD SHOCK NEPTUNE TO REACH SEMI FINALS
UCD Marian stunned Bord Gais Neptune to set up a play-off semi-final date away to DCU Saints, while UL Eagles will take on UCC Demons in a repeat of the 2012 National Cup Final after their win away to 11890 Killester.

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague quarter finals, Waterford Wildcats beat 11890 Killester in overtime to set up a semi-final clash with UL, while DCU Mercy will take on old foes Team Montenotte after their win over Meteors.

UCD Marian Head Coach, Fran Ryan, was ecstatic after his side created a big surprise by beating Bord Gais Neptune 83-80 to reach the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague play off Semi Finals.

The Students, who were ranked as outsiders to emerge from a difficult assignment at the Neptune Stadium, will now face Dublin rivals DCU Saints on St Patrick's weekend.

UCD weren't expected to cause Neptune too many problems after a run which included six straight defeats in the regular season. However, they produced their finest display of the season with their recent Irish American acquisition Owen McNally contributing 23 points in the win.

'We absolutely believed we were going to win,' said Marian Head Coach Fran Ryan. 'We saw Ger Noonan as the real problem and we felt if we stopped him we had a great chance. We genuinely believed the results prior to Neptune weren't a true reflection of the way we were playing.
'Owen (McNally) has come in and played well,' added Ryan. 'He played just 23 minutes and got a fine points tally so that shows what he brings to the team. DCU will be a real test. I saw them recently beat Neptune and I thought it was the best performance from a team this season.'

National Cup champions UL Eagles are still on course for the double after an emphatic 87-71 win away to reigning champions 11890 Killester.
The Limerick side ended Killester's National Cup interests at the semi-final stage and put a halt to their hopes of retaining the league title after a dominant display in Clontarf.

The win would have been particularly pleasing to Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan, who left the capital giants last summer. American Robert Taylor produced another memorable display, chipping in with 28 points and the Eagles can now look forward to a repeat of their cup final with UCC Demons in the semi-finals next week.

'I am absolutely thrilled,' said Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan. 'It was always going to be tough on the road to Killester particularly considering UL's record up there in recent years. We stood up to the challenge and the commitment and attitude was excellent.

'Demons away will be difficult,' he added. 'We played there two weeks after winning the cup and lost. I was heartened by our second half display against them on that occasion so hopefully we can take that with us into next weekend.'

Waterford Wildcats have earned a daunting date with UL in the semi-finals of the Nivea Women's SuperLeague following a dramatic 67-65 overtime win away to 11890 Killester.

Basketball Ireland National League Play-Off's

Saturday March 10th 2012
Nivea for Men's SuperLeague Quarter Finals
Bord Gais Neptune 80 (42) (M Bonaparte 28, G Walsh 12, G Noonan 10) UCD Marian 83 (41) (O McNally 23, K Foley 22, D James 12)

11890 Killester 81 (40) (J Turner 27, P Madsen 18, R Clarke 11) UL Eagles 97 (45) (R Taylor 28, E Quigley 23, R Lynch 11)

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Quarter Finals
Matt O'Flaherty Chemist Titans 77 72 (45) (W Archambault 20, P Peldzius 19, C MacMichael 14, P Freeman 14) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 76 72 (35) (J O'Keeffe 21, A Piper 13, P Brennan 12, D Kavanagh 12) OVERTIME

Sunday March 11th 2012

Basketball Ireland Men's Divison One Quarter Finals
Blue Demons 65 (40) (N Hartigan 16, S McCathy 17, T Halloran 11) Maree 69 (35) (K Hansberry 31, L Conroy , D Callanan 11)

Courtesy : Shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie
Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider)


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  ISRAEL   


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.7 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.21.0 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.9 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.2 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.5 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.3 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi18.2 
 9. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.8 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.9 
 2. Duncan, Maccabi8.0 
 3. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 4. Rosefelt, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi7.8 
 8. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.4 
 10. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.2 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.4 
 5. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.5 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.2.4 
 2. Robinson, B.C. H.2.0 
 3. Limonad, Ironi A.2.0 
 4. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 8. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi1.1 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel1.0 


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 12-5 
 3. Hapoel Holon 11-8 
 4. Ironi Ashkelon 10-8 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 10-8 
 6. Hapoel J-M 10-8 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 8-9 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 7-10 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 6-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-13 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-15 


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Best players of Italian Lega2 round 23 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fileni BPA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 34-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Biancoblu BO (#12, 8-13) in overtime 87-85. Fileni BPA maintains the 7th position in Italian Lega2. Fileni BPA 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 11-10 record. It's Maggioli's second year at Fileni BPA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Maggioli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 64.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American power forward James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Scafati Basket. Thomas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Givova Scafati lost that game 74-83 to the lower-ranked Tezenis Verona (#9, 10-12). This loss caused Givova Scafati to drop to 3rd position in . His team's 15-7 record is not bad at all. Thomas is a newcomer at Givova Scafati 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 Latvian Mareks Jurevicus (197-G/F-85) of Assi Ostuni (#10). Jurevicus scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Assi Ostuni, leading his team to a 87-78 win against the higher-ranked Sigma Barcel. (#5, 12-10). The chances of Assi Ostuni ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jurevicus could help Assi Ostuni to bring them higher in the standings. Jurevicus has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81) of Aget Imola - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Riccardo Cervi (215-C-91) of Trenkwalder - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Mario West (195-G-84) of Tezenis Verona - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Austin Freeman (190-G-89) of MarcoPoloShop - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Antonio Porta (187-G-83) of Tezenis Verona - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Bobby Jones (201-F-84) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 18 points and 9 rebounds

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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Musso, Napoli19.7 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.6 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.6 
 8. Poltroneri, Perugia14.4 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.3 
 10. Pazzi, Trento14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.2 
 5. Gandini, Trieste8.2 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 7. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..8.0 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.7 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.3 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.0 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 6. Vico, Matera3.1 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari2.8 
 10. Forray, Trento2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano3.1 
 3. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 6. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 7. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 8. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 9. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 6. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.0.9 
 10. Cotani, Castellet.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 19-9 
 2. Trieste 19-10 
 3. Perugia 12-15 
 4. Santarcangelo 10-18 
 5. Comsum.it SI 9-20 
 6. Firenze 8-20 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 26-4 
 2. Torino 18-12 
 3. Treviglio 17-11 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-11 
 5. Pavia 14-15 
 6. Castelletto 10-18 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 15-12 
 2. Chieti 15-13 
 3. Bari 15-13 
 4. San Severo 12-16 
 5. Fabriano 8-19 
 6. Ruvo 3-25 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 24-5 
 2. Orlandina 17-11 
 3. Ferentino 16-11 
 4. Latina Basket 13-15 
 5. Matera 11-16 
 6. Anagni 10-17 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Bell, S.Antimo22.7 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.3 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.7 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.21.2 
 5. McConnell, Fileni19.0 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.5 
 7. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.0 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola17.9 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.17.8 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.7 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.1 
 4. Jones, Giorgio7.8 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.7 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.6 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.5 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.4 
 9. Huff, MarcoPol.7.0 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.0 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.0 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.7 
 4. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 5. Kelley, Biancobl.3.7 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.3.5 
 7. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 8. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 10. Renfroe, Enel B.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. West, Tezenis3.2 
 2. Radulovic, Givova2.8 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.4 
 6. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.2.4 
 8. McConnell, Fileni2.3 
 9. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.5 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 4. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.8 
 5. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 6. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 7. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 8. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 9. DiGiuliomari., Tez.0.6 
 10. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 15-6 
 2. Giorgio Tesi PT 15-7 
 3. Givova Scafati 15-7 
 4. Enel Brindisi 14-8 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 12-10 
 6. Centrale Latte 11-10 
 7. Fileni BPA 11-10 
 8. Morpho Basket 10-11 
 9. Tezenis Verona 10-12 
 10. Assi Ostuni 10-12 
 11. Prima Veroli 9-13 
 12. Biancoblu BO 8-13 
 13. Aget Imola 8-13 
 14. S.Antimo 7-14 
 15. MarcoPoloShop 6-15 


Lega2 Round 23: Givova Scafati loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 23 in Lega2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Verona where host Tezenis Verona (10-12) beat league's leader Givova Scafati (15-7) 83-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. Givova Scafati trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Tezenis Verona made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Givova Scafati turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 21 rebounds for the guests. Tezenis Verona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Assi Ostuni. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Giorgio Tesi PT. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Givova Scafati will play next round against Assi Ostuni trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tezenis Verona will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE defeated 4th placed Enel Brindisi in Reggio Emilia 82-77. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Michele Antonutti contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points for Enel Brindisi. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Enel Brindisi will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Tuscany Pistoia on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trenkwalder RE (15-6) against ninth ranked Prima Veroli (9-13) on Friday night. Visiting Trenkwalder RE was defeated by Prima Veroli in Veroli 91-73. It was a great evening for David Brkic who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dawan Robinson responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Prima Veroli have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Prima Veroli went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Loser Trenkwalder RE still keeps top place with six games lost. Prima Veroli will meet at home higher ranked Centrale Latte (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trenkwalder RE will play against the league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get a seventh victory. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against fourteenth-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it in Sant'Antimo 93-88. It was an exceptional evening for Troy Bell who led the winners and scored 30 points. S.Antimo (7-14) moved-up to fourteenth place. MarcoPoloShop.it lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Biancoblu BO (#12) in Bologna and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Aget Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Biancoblu BO (#12) forced the game against Fileni BPA (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Michele Maggioli who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Fileni BPA will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play against S.Antimo (#14) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 23 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Giorgio Tesi PT defeated Morpho Basket in Pistoia 79-74. Aget Imola beat Prima Veroli at home 70-64. Sigma Barcel. lost to Assi Ostuni on the opponent's court 78-87. MarcoPoloShop unfortunately lost to Sigma Barcel. in a home game 74-81.



Morpho Basket - Giorgio Tesi PT 74-79

There was no surprise in Piacenza where 8th ranked Morpho Basket (10-11) was defeated by third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (15-7) 79-74 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tuscany Pistoia forced 20 Morpho Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) chipped in 18 points. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to second place, which they share with Givova Scafati. Newly promoted Morpho Basket keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Morpho Basket will play on the road against Enel Brindisi (#4).
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 19+7reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 18+7reb+2ast, L.Infante 12+6reb, C.Cotis Harrison 11+1reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 6+4reb, A.Simoncelli 4+1reb+2ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 18+3reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 18+3reb, B.Jones 18+9reb+1ast, G.Galanda 14+4reb+2ast, G.Gurini 6+1reb, J.Tavernari 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 167395


Trenkwalder - Enel Brindisi 82-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE defeated 4th placed Enel Brindisi in Reggio Emilia 82-77. Enel Brindisi was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 42-32 second half run of Trenkwalder RE. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. The former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points in the effort for Enel Brindisi. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Enel Brindisi will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Tuscany Pistoia on the road.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: C.Callahan 17+1reb+3ast, D.Borovnjak 17+3reb, M.Formenti 15+1reb+1ast, J.Hunter 9+4reb, A.Zerini 6+1reb, J.Wojciechowski 4+2reb+1ast
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 20+3reb+8ast, M.Antonutti 16+8reb+2ast, R.Cervi 13+11reb+1ast, D.Taylor 10+2reb, M.Frassineti 9+2reb, F.Ruini 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 167393


Aget Imola - Prima Veroli 70-64

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Aget Imola (8-13) defeated at home higher ranked Prima Veroli (9-13) 70-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Aget Imola made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Aget Imola outrebounded Prima Veroli 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Prima Veroli was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Ronald DuPree (199-81, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) produced 25 points and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aget Imola moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Aget Imola will face bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli in the next round.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 25+3ast, D.Brkic 13+7reb+1ast, G.Lee 12+10reb, M.Colussi 8+4reb+1ast, R.Cortese 3+2reb+2ast, C.Tommasini 2+2reb+1ast
Aget Imola: R.DuPree 20+8reb+6ast, D.Cournooh 15+3reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 11+8reb+1ast, P.Prato 10+3reb+2ast, T.Kotti 7+7reb+1ast, F.Masoni 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 167394


Assi Ostuni - Sigma Barcel. 87-78

There was an upset when higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (12-10) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Assi Ostuni (10-12) 87-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Assi Ostuni made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Assi Ostuni outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 38-27 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sigma Barcellona was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Center Francesco Basei (206-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) produced 22 points and American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Assi Ostuni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tezenis Verona. Loser Sigma Barcellona keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Assi Ostuni will face higher ranked Givova Scafati (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigma Barcellona will play against Fileni BPA in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: R.Bucci 22+4reb+1ast, M.Green 17+4ast, M.Da Ros 14+3reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 12+6reb, M.Hicks 7+4reb+3ast, P.Martin 4+6reb
Assi Ostuni: M.Jurevicus 26+7reb, A.Johnson 18+5ast, J.Klobucar 15+4reb+1ast, F.Basei 14+9reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 6+5reb+1ast, S.Berti 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 167390


Tezenis Verona - Givova Scafati 83-74

Round 23 in Lega2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Verona where host Tezenis Verona (10-12) beat league's leader Givova Scafati (15-7) 83-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. Givova Scafati trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Tezenis Verona made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Givova Scafati turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Mario West (195-84, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 7 assists. American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 21 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tezenis Verona moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Assi Ostuni. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Giorgio Tesi PT. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Givova Scafati will play next round against Assi Ostuni trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tezenis Verona will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: J.Thomas 19+21reb, A.Ghiacci 15+6reb+1ast, P.Marigney 11+2reb+1ast, M.Casini 10+2ast, G.Sorrentino 9, D.Rosignoli 4+3reb
Tezenis Verona: M.West 20+5reb+5ast, A.Porta 20+3reb+7ast, K.Waleskowski 18+6reb+1ast, A.Renzi 11+3reb, D.Banti 4+1reb, D.McGrath 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 167391


S.Antimo - MarcoPoloShop 93-88

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get a seventh victory. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against fourteenth-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it in Sant'Antimo 93-88. MarcoPoloShop.it was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of S.Antimo, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while MarcoPoloShop.it only scored nine points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by MarcoPoloShop.it helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who led the winners and scored 30 points. Greek forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized American guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) came up with 20 points and 6 assists and Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for MarcoPoloShop.it in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. S.Antimo (7-14) moved-up to fourteenth place. MarcoPoloShop.it lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Biancoblu BO (#12) in Bologna and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Aget Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MarcoPoloShop: R.Nardi 20+2reb+6ast, S.Huff 15+8reb+2ast, A.Freeman 15+6reb+3ast, M.Poletti 10+5reb, N.Natali 10+3reb+1ast, S.Borsato 8
S.Antimo: T.Bell 30+4reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 18+6reb+3ast, A.Cittadini 17+5reb, F.Campbell 15+9reb+2ast, M.Rossi 5+2reb+2ast, R.Moraschini 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 167392


Fileni BPA - Biancoblu BO 87-85 OT

Biancoblu BO (#12) forced the game against Fileni BPA (#7) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-11. But Biancoblu BO won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Biancoblu BO used huge pressure winning it 22-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-14. Fileni BPA made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Biancoblu BO turnovers. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) produced 28 points and the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Fileni BPA and five Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Fileni BPA will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play against S.Antimo (#14) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: B.Blizzard 28+3reb, P.Baldassarre 13+7reb, A.Pecile 13+5reb+4ast, G.Yango 11+8reb, T.Kelley 10+3reb+1ast, M.Canavesi 8+1reb+1ast
Fileni BPA: J.Brooks 25+8reb+2ast, M.Maggioli 23+14reb+2ast, R.McConnell 14+2reb+3ast, F.Migliori 13+1reb, R.Hoover 5+5reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 3+2reb
gschID: 167389


Round 19
MarcoPoloShop - Sigma Barcel. 74-81

Very predictable result in Forli where fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (12-10) beat bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (6-15) 81-74 on Friday. Sigma Barcellona made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) produced 22 points and 4 assists and Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five MarcoPoloShop.it players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona maintains fifth place with 12-10 record. MarcoPoloShop.it lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi in the next round. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Aget Imola (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 22+3reb+4ast, S.Huff 14+9reb+2ast, M.Poletti 13+8reb, T.Coleman 10+11reb, R.Nardi 10+1reb+1ast, N.Natali 3+1reb
Sigma Barcel.: M.Da Ros 25+5reb, M.Lukauskis 20+2reb, M.Green 14+7reb+5ast, M.Mocavero 9+7reb+2ast, M.Hicks 8+4reb+1ast, A.Piazza 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 168960


Round 20
Prima Veroli - Trenkwalder 91-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trenkwalder RE (15-6) against ninth ranked Prima Veroli (9-13) on Friday night. Visiting Trenkwalder RE was defeated by Prima Veroli in Veroli 91-73. The game without a history. Prima Veroli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 22 points and 5 assists. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prima Veroli have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Prima Veroli went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Loser Trenkwalder RE still keeps top place with six games lost. Prima Veroli will meet at home higher ranked Centrale Latte (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trenkwalder RE will play against the league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 22+7reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 14+2reb, M.Antonutti 13+7reb+1ast, D.Taylor 12+6reb+3ast, R.Cervi 7+4reb+2ast, D.Slanina 3+1reb+1ast
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 22+9reb+1ast, J.Jackson 22+2reb+5ast, G.Lee 18+3reb+4ast, R.Cortese 10+3reb, I.Gatto 6+5reb, R.Rullo 6+1ast
gschID: 168961




Team Italy win 2012 All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Italy - All Star Team 91:85

Italy celebrated victory in the annual All-Star Game held in Pesaro today. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) exploded with 27 points to pace the winners. Hackett was named the MVP after the game.
The game itself was preceded by the traditional contests. Travis Diener celebrated victory in Three-Point Shootout Contest. He overcame Jeff Viggiano in the Final. James White triumphed at Slam Dunk Contest. He prevailed against flying aces Aubrey Coleman, Achille Polonara and Tony Easley.
Then it was the time for All-Star Game. Team Italy started the game strong. They grabbed a 30:20 lead after the opening quarter. Italy piled up a comfortable 53:35 halftime advantage. All Star Team cut the distance to 13 points at the final break 57:70. They got closer in the final term but Daniel Hackett and his teammates rallied to the win at the end. Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 points, while Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) added 10 points in the winning effort. Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) and Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 13 points each for All Star Team.

Italy: Daniel Hackett 27, Marco Cusin 15, Nicolo Melli 10
All Star Team: Linton Johnson 13, Jumaine Jones 13, David Moss 11



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  JAPAN   


Best players of Japanese JBL round 19 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panasonic T. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Toshiba BT (#8, 7-31) 82-78. Panasonic T. maintains the 4th position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panasonic T. will need more victories to improve their 22-16 record. In the team's last game Custis had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Panasonic T., through which he has constantly improved. Ace Custis averages this season 8.3ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Hokkaido L.. Lewis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Hokkaido L. to another comfortable win 72-59 over slightly lower-ranked Tochigi Brex (#6, 16-22) being unquestionably team leader. Hokkaido L.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-19 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lewis is well-known by Hokkaido L. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.1ppg (#7). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of top-ranked Aishin SH. Sakuragi showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Sakuragi's great performance Aishin SH lost 61-66 to #3 ranked Hitachi SR. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aishin SH needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 28 victories and 10 lost games. Sakuragi has a great season in Japan. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.7apg (4th best). J.R. Sakuragi has also Japanese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Toyota Alvark - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) of Aishin SH - 26 points and 2 assists
6. Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Panasonic T. - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) of Hitachi SR - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Byron Allen (201-C-81) of Mitsubishi DD - 15 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ken Takeda (188-G/F-78) of Tochigi Brex - 14 points and 7 rebounds

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


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 25-13 
 2. Akita NH 23-16 
 3. Niigata Albirex 22-17 
 4. Toyama Grouses 21-16 
 5. Yokohama BC 19-20 
 6. Sendai 89ers 18-19 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-23 
 8. Chiba Jets 13-24 
 9. Saitama Bron. 11-25 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 10-29 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-8 
 2. Osaka Evessa 26-11 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 25-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 24-13 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 22-15 
 6. Shimane SM 21-18 
 7. Miyazaki SS 17-22 
 8. Oita H.Devils 15-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-35 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.8 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.4 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.6 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.4 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.2 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.4 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.1 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.9 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.1 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.8 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.6 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.8 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.9 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Allen, Mitsubis.7.1 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.1 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.2 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.1 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.7 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 7. Watanabe, Panason.2.8 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Hirose, Panasoni.2.7 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 7. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.4 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.9 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka20.9 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets20.9 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 5. Flowers, Saitama20.7 
 6. Cummings, Oita H.20.2 
 7. Woods, Akita NH19.5 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.19.0 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.8 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.9 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.4 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.4 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK10.1 
 8. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 10. Cummings, Oita H.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.0 
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 SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.3 
 5. Smith, Takamats.2.2 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.9 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.7 
 4. Blackledge, Hamama.2.5 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Turner, Toyama G.1.3 


BJ League Round 43: Leader Okinawa GK loses to Niigata Albirex - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Okinawa GK (31-8) recorded its eighth loss on the court of fourth ranked Niigata Albirex on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Niigata Albirex 76-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex dominated on the defensive end, holding Okinawa GK to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Okinawa GK only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Okinawa GK 46-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Okinawa GK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in 10 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-16) against fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (22-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 78-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Nixon contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 29 points for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth place with 22-15 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second position with 16 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will again play against league's second-placed Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-13) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (19-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was crushed by Yokohama BC in Yokohama 74-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Draelon Burns who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Rick Rickert responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kyoto Hannar. still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mikawa. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 3rd placed Toyama Grouses. Host Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-13) defeated guests from Toyama (21-16) 77-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Jermaine Dixon who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-13 record, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be again Toyama Grouses (#4) at home.
The game in Yokohama supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Yokohama BC (19-20). Kyoto Hannar. smashed Yokohama BC 87-65 on Friday. American players dominated the game. Rick Rickert fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. used an opportunity after Hamamatsu P. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 43 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Miyazaki SS was defeated by Shimane SM in a road game 86-72. Fukuoka Rizing beat Sendai 89ers at home 67-59. Takamatsu FA were destroyed by Oita H.Devils on the opponent's court 94-68. Iwate Big Bulls unfortunately lost to Osaka Evessa in a home game 74-84. Chiba Jets recorded a loss to Saitama Bron. on the road 71-81.
The best stats of 43th round was 24 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists by Taj Finger of Oita H.Devils.



Shimane SM - Miyazaki SS 86-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns' (17-22) road loss to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (21-18) 72-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 21-18 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 17+10reb+1ast, O.Mims 17+11reb, D.Lyons 13+6reb+7ast, O.Shinnosuke 7+2reb, T.Shimizu 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 5+1reb
Shimane SM: M.Parker 27+14reb+4ast, J.Nakama 11+1reb+4ast, J.Davis 11+5reb, B.Puckett 11+4reb+1ast, R.Golson 8+8reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 142204


Fukuoka Rizing - Sendai 89ers 67-59

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (24-13) defeated at home 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (18-19) 67-59 on Saturday. Strangely Sendai 89ers outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 49-37 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sendai 89ers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth place with 24-13 record. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 19 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Sendai 89ers (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 19+11reb, H.Kusaka 11+1reb+2ast, J.Dukes 9+10reb+1ast, R.Singleton 7+11reb+1ast, F.Toncinic 6+5reb, T.Komoda 5+2reb
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 25+7reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 15+18reb+1ast, C.Dixon 12+1reb+2ast, A.Takeno 10+1reb+1ast, J.Dearman 3+5reb+1ast, M.Kano 2+2reb
gschID: 142205


Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA 94-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Takamatsu FA's (2-35) road loss to eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (15-23) 68-94 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oita Heat Devils. Takamatsu FA was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oita Heat Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 40. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Oita Heat Devils made 7 blocks. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Taj Finger (203-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Shuichi Takada (194-83) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Oita Heat Devils have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 35 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: K.Smith 21+11reb+7ast, S.Takada 14+8reb, H.Kikuchi 12+8reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 8+4reb+6ast, N.Williams 6+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 5+1reb
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 34+11reb+1ast, T.Finger 24+15reb+6ast, M.Lottich 16+7reb+5ast, S.Umemiya 5+1reb, K.Mitomo 4+2reb+11ast, Y.Taka Kura 3
gschID: 142206


Hamamatsu P. - Toyama Grouses 77-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mikawa. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 3rd placed Toyama Grouses. Host Hamamatsu Phoenix (25-13) defeated guests from Toyama (21-16) 77-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toyama Grouses. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Toyama Grouses won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 21 Toyama Grouses turnovers. Strangely Toyama Grouses outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 49-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 22 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-13 record, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be again Toyama Grouses (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 23+17reb, B.Harper 22+14reb+2ast, T.Mito 7+3ast, M.Kato 6+3reb+1ast, B.Gillespie 6+3reb+2ast, R.Horikawa 3+3reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 22+5reb+2ast, K.Tomori 14+2reb+3ast, W.Arnold 12+5reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 11+1reb, L.Blackledge 10+6reb+2ast, L.Pomare 5+10reb
gschID: 142202


Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 86-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-16) against fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (22-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 78-86. Akita Happinets were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 32. Shiga L-Stars forced 19 Akita Happinets turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) answered with 29 points and American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth place with 22-15 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second position with 16 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will again play against league's second-placed Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: K.Swanston 29+4reb, R.Woods 13+12reb+4ast, E.Drayton 11+8reb+4ast, R.Mizumachi 7+2reb+1ast, K.Shoji 7+5reb+3ast, Y.Kikuchi 6
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 16+6reb, J.Ashby 15+11reb+1ast, R.Nixon 14+5reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Okada 10+2reb+6ast, T.Fujiwara 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 142203


Iwate Big Bulls - Osaka Evessa 74-84

Very predictable result when second ranked Osaka Evessa (26-11) beat on the road 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-29) 84-74 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Osaka Evessa maintains second place with 26-11 record having seven points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the tenth position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: G.Klaiber 17+5reb+4ast, J.Boykin 14+8reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 13+4reb+3ast, A.Nogami 10+1ast, L.Malloy 9+11reb+1ast, H.Kantake 5+1reb
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 19+6reb, B.St.Preux 18+11reb+1ast, W.Marshall 12+2reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 10+3reb+5ast, L.Washington 10+6reb+2ast, C.Aoki 9+2reb+6ast
gschID: 142198


Niigata Albirex - Okinawa GK 76-64

Top ranked Okinawa GK (31-8) recorded its eighth loss on the court of fourth ranked Niigata Albirex on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Niigata Albirex 76-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex dominated on the defensive end, holding Okinawa GK to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Okinawa GK only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Okinawa GK 46-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Okinawa GK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Narito Namizato (175-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Okinawa GK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 17+2reb+2ast, D.Larkai 11+6reb+1ast, D.Sneed 11+10reb+1ast, A.McHenry 6+4reb, J.Newton 6+6reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 5
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 21+10reb, K.Sato 15+1reb+2ast, N.Murry 15+7reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 13+3reb+1ast, C.Holm 10+16reb+4ast, B.Davis 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 142199


Saitama Bron. - Chiba Jets 81-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Chiba Jets (13-24) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Saitama Broncos (11-25) 81-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-71. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Chiba Jets' players. American players dominated the game. point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) fired a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 19 points. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 22 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saitama Broncos maintains ninth place with 11-25 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 24 games lost. Saitama Broncos will face again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 23+13reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 22+12reb+3ast, T.Ishida 13+2reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+3reb+1ast, A.Broxsie 4+7reb, Shouta 2+3reb
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 19+4reb+2ast, D.Terashita 16+6reb+1ast, K.Satterfield 13+10reb+14ast, Y.Kitamuki 12+3reb+1ast, J.Humphrey 12+7reb+2ast, J.Porter 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 142200


Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 74-50

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-13) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (19-20) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was crushed by Yokohama BC in Yokohama 74-50. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. Yokohama BC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kyoto Hannar.'s 28. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kyoto Hannar. still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 11+6reb+1ast, R.Rickert 10+6reb+2ast, L.Cummard 9+2reb+4ast, J.Boyette 8+4reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 5+2reb+1ast, T.Murakami 2
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 16+5reb+1ast, J.Burrell 14+4reb+1ast, M.Simmons 14+5reb+1ast, P.Faye 9+5reb, M.Kabaya 8+3reb+3ast, K.Yamada 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142201


Yokohama BC - Kyoto Hannar. 65-87

The game in Yokohama supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Yokohama BC (19-20). Kyoto Hannar. smashed Yokohama BC 87-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Yokohama BC was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 34-19 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kyoto Hannar. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 69.2 percentage. Yokohama BC was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 16 points. Five Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. used an opportunity after Hamamatsu P. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 13+2reb+1ast, J.Burrell 12+7reb+4ast, M.Kabaya 12+1reb+1ast, C.McFarland 8+1reb, T.Aoki 5+2reb+1ast, P.Faye 5+3reb
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 16+3reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 14+1ast, R.Rickert 12+11reb+3ast, B.Camara 12+5reb, L.Cummard 12+2reb+1ast, L.Allred 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 142197




UBA Round 19: Leader Aishin Sea Horses lose to Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in JBL. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (28-10) recorded its tenth loss in Osaka on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (22-16) 66-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Aishin Sea Horses won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hitachi Sunrockers won last quarter 17-13. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-16 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Panasonic T. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with ten games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers is looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and are hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (7-31) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (22-16) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. Kenta Hirose contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Toshiba Thunders lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Panasonic Trians will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers. Guests from Kariya (28-10) defeated host Hitachi Sunrockers (22-16) 91-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. It was a great evening for Takatoshi Furukawa who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). At the losing side Christian Maraker responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-10 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Aishin Sea Horses will meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Nagoya supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (26-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-26). Toyota Alvark smashed Mitsubishi Dolphins 98-67. It was an exceptional evening for Jeff Gibbs who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 26-12 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya.
The game in Nagoya supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (26-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-26). Toyota Alvark smashed Mitsubishi Dolphins 87-65 on Sunday. Kosuke Takeuchi fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 26-12 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Toshiba BT was defeated by Panasonic T. in Osaka 82-78. Tochigi Brex was beaten by Hokkaido L. at home 71-78. Hokkaido L. won against Tochigi Brex on the opponent's court 72-59.
The best stats of 19th round was 30 points and 17 rebounds by Ace Custis of Panasonic T..



Hitachi SR - Aishin SH 73-91

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers. Guests from Kariya (28-10) defeated host Hitachi Sunrockers (22-16) 91-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a great evening for international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) helped adding 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-10 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with 16 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Aishin Sea Horses will meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: C.Maraker 11+8reb, J.Takeuchi 11+5reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 10+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+7reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 9+5reb, Y.Chikamori 6+1reb+1ast
Aishin SH: T.Furukawa 26+1reb+2ast, A.Richardson 14+4reb, S.Kashiwagi 13+1reb+2ast, S.Asayama 9+1ast, K.Young 9+8reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 7+8reb+8ast
gschID: 137535


Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark 67-98

The game in Nagoya supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (26-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-26). Toyota Alvark smashed Mitsubishi Dolphins 98-67. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. International guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) came up with 15 points and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 11 points respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 26-12 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: B.Allen 15+4reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 11+4reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Abe 8+1reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 7+1reb, T.Tashiro 5+3reb+2ast
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 23+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 18+3reb+4ast, P.Ricci 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 8, K.Takeuchi 8+6reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137536


Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark 65-87

The game in Nagoya supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Toyota Alvark (26-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-26). Toyota Alvark smashed Mitsubishi Dolphins 87-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark forced 20 Mitsubishi Dolphins turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyota Alvark made 12 blocks. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) chipped in 15 points. American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 26-12 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 26 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (#1) in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: B.Allen 15+11reb, S.Utsumi 12+1reb, K.Igarashi 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Yo 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Abe 6+1reb+4ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 5+5reb
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 15+4reb, K.Takeuchi 14+11reb+2ast, P.Ricci 14+4reb, J.Gibbs 9+5reb, Y.Okada 8, G.Arao 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137537


Panasonic T. - Toshiba BT 73-71

Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (7-31) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (22-16) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Toshiba Thunders were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Panasonic Trians made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Toshiba Thunders lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Panasonic Trians will play against Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 14+7reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 13+3reb+1ast, S.Merritt 11+8reb, Y.Kuwahara 8+1reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 8+5reb+2ast, T.Kurihara 7+2reb+2ast
Panasonic T.: F.Aono 14+8reb+2ast, K.Hirose 12+3reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 10+1reb, C.O'Bannon 10+3reb, Y.Abe 9+1reb+2ast, A.Custis 7+6reb+2ast
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Panasonic T. - Toshiba BT 82-78

There was no surprise in Osaka where 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (7-31) were defeated by fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (22-16) 82-78 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 30-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Panasonic Trians shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) chipped in 18 points. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) produced 13 points and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panasonic Trians moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Toshiba Thunders lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Panasonic Trians will face Tochigi Brex (#6) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 13+2reb+3ast, T.Kurihara 11+1reb+1ast, S.Merritt 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 9+4reb, R.Shinoyama 9+2reb+3ast, C.Moss 8+7reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: A.Custis 30+17reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 18+2reb+3ast, Y.Abe 9+1reb+2ast, K.Hirose 8+1reb+9ast, T.Onishi 7+1reb, K.Kanamaru 6+1reb
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Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 71-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Hokkaido L.'s (19-19) road victory over 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (16-22) 78-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tochigi Brex won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hokkaido L. made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tochigi Brex's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido L. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 19-19 record. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth position with 22 games lost. Hokkaido L. will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 20+5reb+5ast, I.McFarlin 18+9reb, K.Takeda 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ito 6+6reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 4+6reb+3ast, D.Yamada 3+3reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 18+6reb+2ast, T.Orimo 14+8reb+3ast, R.Sakurai 14+3reb+5ast, T.Klette 13+4reb, M.Diouf 10+7reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 6+2reb
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Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 59-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Tochigi Brex's (16-22) home loss to fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (19-19) 59-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-59. Hokkaido L. outrebounded Tochigi Brex 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 16 points and 4 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tochigi Brex's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido L. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 19-19 record. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth position with 22 games lost. Hokkaido L. will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 16+1reb+4ast, S.Ito 10+5reb, I.McFarlin 9+8reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb+1ast, T.Amino 7+6reb, R.Anzai 4+1ast
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 18+14reb, T.Orimo 17+1reb+1ast, T.Klette 13+3reb+2ast, M.Diouf 11+13reb+3ast, T.Abe 8+2reb, D.Noguchi 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137533


Hitachi SR - Aishin SH 66-61

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (28-10) recorded its tenth loss in Osaka on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (22-16) 66-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Aishin Sea Horses won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hitachi Sunrockers won last quarter 17-13. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-16 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH, which they share with Panasonic T. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with ten games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers is looking forward to face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 11+13reb+4ast, T.Furukawa 9+3reb, H.Ryoma 8+1reb+2ast, K.Young 8+9reb, S.Asayama 7+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 6+4reb+3ast
Hitachi SR: F.Nishimura 20+2reb+5ast, D.Kobayashi 12+4reb+4ast, C.Maraker 10+11reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 8, J.Smith 6+2reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 4+11reb+5ast
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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 28-10 
 2. Toyota Alvark 26-12 
 3. Hitachi SR 22-16 
 4. Panasonic T. 22-16 
 5. Hokkaido L. 19-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 16-22 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-26 
 8. Toshiba BT 7-31 


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