EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/18/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 24-1 
 2. Cedevita 19-7 
 3. Partizan 18-7 
 4. Buducnost 17-8 
 5. Siroki WWin 15-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 14-12 
 7. Cibona 13-13 
 8. Radnicki K. 12-14 
 9. KK Zagreb CO 12-14 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 11-14 
 11. Krka 9-17 
 12. Hemofarm 7-19 
 13. Helios 7-19 
 14. Zlatorog 2-24 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.4 
 2. Kasun, KK.17.9 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.15.0 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios14.2 
 8. Pasalic, Helios14.0 
 9. Macvan, Partizan13.5 
 10. Pavkovic, Radnick.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.3 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 6. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 7. Simon, Radnicki K.6.5 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Markota, KK.6.2 
 10. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.0 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.3 
 6. Jeretin, Union O.4.1 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 8. Simon, KK.3.8 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.7 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Helios1.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 4. Simon, KK.1.6 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 7. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 9. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 10. Scott, Radnicki K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.4 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 6. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 8. Rizvic, Buducnost0.8 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Sixers buy out Nocioni's contract - by Eurobasket News
According to a source, the Sixers bought out the contract of Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79) Friday night.

One day earlier, they had acquired 6-foot-6 wing player Sam Young in a trade with Memphis that virtually made Nocioni a spectator from here on out, which had been his role for most of this season leading up to buyout.

The move gives Nocioni the freedom to pursue finding a team that might want him for the home stretch of this condensed season or allow him to return to his beloved home country of Argentina.

Nocioni has appeared in just 11 games for the Sixers this year and played a total of 56 minutes. He came to the Sixers last season via a trade with Sacramento in June of 2010, that sent Samuel Dalembert to the Kings in exchange for Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.

Last season, Nocioni started 17 games for the Sixers, but still averaged what was until that point a season-low six points per game.

Nocioni is 32 years old with seven years of NBA experience, not to mention his experiences with the Argentinian national team, whom he won an Olympic gold medal with in 2004.

Courtesy of www.csnphilly.com


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 10-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-5 
 4. Satria Muda 6-7 
 5. Bangkok C. 5-6 
 6. Singapore S. 4-8 
 7. Thailand S. 4-8 
 8. Saigon H. 3-9 


Will McDonald joins Petron Blaze - by Eurobasket News
Petron Blaze seriously bolstered their frontcourt. They landed McDonald Will (211-C-79, college: S.Florida). The deal is meant for the reminder of the season. McDonald Will started the season in China. The centre played for Fujan SBS XunXin. His stats read impressive 27.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in CBA. McDonald Will participated at CBA All-Star Game. Last season McDonald Will spent with Joventut Badalona. He notched 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints in Spain and France. He is ACB, ACB SuperCup and Copa del Rey champion.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Kyle sets sights at Starplex - by Eurobasket News
RECRUIT Kyle Miller hopes a year in Central Districts colours will help resurrect his professional basketball dream.

Miller, a promising point guard from Ohio in the US, missed his chance at impressing NBA scouts when he was forced to sit out his senior college year with a shattered left arm.

The 187cm swingman required plates and screws to repair a compound fracture after he fell awkwardly trying to score.

Two years on, Miller is hoping a season Down Under will help him catch the eyes of professional team scouts again.

I spent eight months recovering and had to start right from the bottom and build my way up from there, Miller says.

My plan is to use this year as an adjustment to hopefully make it and have a decent year.

I hope to use basketball as a tool to create some opportunities - Im willing to go anywhere (to play).

Miller, 24, says hes still getting his head around the different style of basketball in Australia but is confident hell be fit and firing for round one of the Central Australian Basketball League, which tips-off on March 31.

There are a few rule changes and its a little deeper three-point line, a wider lane and (referees) allow a bit more physical play on the ball, he says.

Theres some slight adjustments there that Im getting used to in practice and in trial games.

Miller arrived at Starplex last month after a stint with US touring side Athletes in Action, which travels the world using basketball as a tool to break down social inequality.

Central coach Scott Whitmore says his new import will add some scoring power to his side, which missed the finals last year.

Everything we have seen and heard so far has us very impressed (and) I am confident we have found a great teammate and role model for the young group we have, Whitmore says.
Courtesy of: http://city-messenger.whereilive.com.au


Final Four Set - by Hugh McAuliffe
The National Basketball Leagues top four has been determined with the Townsville Crocodiles and Gold Coast Blaze now guaranteed a post-season berth.

The Blaze and Crocs will fill the third and fourth seedings with their final placings determined in the final round of the regular season next week.

Both teams host minor premiers New Zealand in Round 25, with the Blaze able to wrap up third with either a win or a Townsville loss. If Gold Coast lose next week and the Crocs win, Townsville will take third and the Blaze fourth courtesy of the Crocs 3-1 win in their season series.

The Perth Wildcats have already wrapped up second place on the iiNet NBL Championship ladder and will host either Gold Coast or Townsville in Game One of the best-of-three match-up between second and third at Challenge Arena on 1 April.

Minor premiers New Zealand will host either Townsville or Gold Coast in Game One of their one versus four Semi-Final series at Vector Arena on 30 March.


Canberra Gunners 2012 - by Hugh McAuliffe
Departing:
Andrew Rice (205-C-80), Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.), Ben White (202-C/F-89).

Team:
John Fenton (203-F-92)
Mark Lacey
James MacPherson
Jamie Mesman
Jono Miller
Andrew Murphy
Joel Richardson
Stephen Rowe
Dylan Simpson (192-G-94)
Chris Weir
Matt Andronicos
Andrija Dumovic
Alexander Gynes (196-F/G-89, college: Nova SE)
Grayson Flittner (Import)
Jonny Harris
Joshua Hathaway
Eric Malcolm
Andrew Martin
Owen Odigie (196-F/G-93)
Jacob Snow

Canberra cant complain about their start to the season. Six of their opening ten games are at home, and only four of their opening eight are against 2011 playoff teams. But after that it gets real tough. From rounds seven to fourteen, they take on last seasons finalists in eight of twelve games, and the four games against non-finalists are all road trips to Mt Gambier, Brisbane, Hobart and NW Tasmania. That horror stretch also includes a triple-header in round 9 against the Pioneers, Kilsyth and Knox.

Canberra has a bunch of emerging talent. Having just turned 19, Owen Odigie is a budding 6'5' Melbourne Tigers development athlete who played for Australia at the 2011 Under-19 World Championships. 17-year-old Dylan Simpson played 13 games for the Gunners last year and is an Australian under-19 squad member for the 2013 World Championships. Finally 19-year-old John Fenton enters his fourth year of SEABL in 2012. Last year Fenton averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 20 games a huge improvement on his 2010 figures of 2.4ppg and 2.0 rpg.


Canberra Gunners 2012 - by Hugh McAuliffe
Departing:
Andrew Rice, Kyle Jeffers, Ben White

Returning:
John Fenton, Mark Lacey, James MacPherson, Jamie Mesman, Jono Miller, Andrew Murphy, Joel Richardson, Stephen Rowe, Dylan Simpson, Chris Weir

Newcomers:
Matt Andronicos (AIS), Andrija Dumovic (AIS), Alex Gynes (Sydney Kings), Grayson Flittner (Import), Jonny Harris (Canberra Nationals), Joshua Hathaway (Canberra Nationals), Eric Malcolm (Canberra Nationals), Andrew Martin (Canberra Nationals), Owen Odigie (AIS), Jacob Snow (AIS).


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.6 
 3. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 4. Tragardh, Tigers17.0 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers16.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Kings16.3 
 8. Deleon, Blaze16.3 
 9. Bose, Kings15.3 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.2 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.4 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.5 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.3 
 9. Worthington, Blaze6.3 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles3.9 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 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, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 10. Bartlett, 36ers1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.2 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.1 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-6 
 2. Wildcats 18-9 
 3. Blaze 16-11 
 4. Crocodiles 15-12 
 5. Taipans 14-13 
 6. Tigers 11-15 
 7. Kings 11-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 
 9. Hawks 6-19 


Wildcats spurred on by support - by Eurobasket News
IF CROWD involvement is important in sport, the Warwick Wildcats are in for a good season.

The championship court at WIRAC was surrounded by a crowd of 300 on Saturday night, with fans also using the upstairs area.

The Toowoomba Mountaineers play in the Queensland Basketball League and Warwick is a new team in the development (D) league, however the local team stood up well to their more fancied rivals.

While Warwick trailed throughout, it was within striking distance after the first quarter of the game.

DJ Cremasco harbours an ambition to play in the QBL and showed he might achieve it with a strong start to the game.

While coach Jeff Clark was full of praise for all his young players, Kevin Globio received plenty of cheers when he stayed man-on-man on players half as big as the Warwick tyro.

Globio finished with 10 points in the Warwick 158-73 loss.

Michael McDaniel trialled for the Dallas Mavericks in the United States before starring at many levels in United States and Australian basketball.

He was certainly one of the hometown favourites, especially when he landed two three-pointers early in the second half.

Coach Clark said the result could have been closer if he used more zone defence to slow the Mountaineers scoring.

'I wanted to use the game to give the young fellows experience against the Mountaineers,' he said.

'Some of the Mountaineers' plays were totally new to our boys.'

The Wildcats lost a trial against Logan yesterday and have eight more trials organised before the season starts.

The half-time entertainment was a shooting challenge between representatives of game sponsors, Warwick Solar Panels, and community representative Tracy Vellacott and Cr Neil Meiklejohn.
Courtesy of: QBL


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 19-7 
 3. Wels 18-8 
 4. Klosterneub. 17-9 
 5. Oberwart 17-9 
 6. Gussing 11-15 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 13-13 
 2. BC Vienna 11-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-17 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Djuric, Gussing18.1 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart18.0 
 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, Wels9.4 
 3. Djurkovic, BC Vi.8.4 
 4. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 7. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 9. Robinson, Furstenf.7.1 
 10. Skurdauskas, Arka.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.6 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.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. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 4. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 5. Toroman, BC Vienna1.8 
 6. Brown, Wels1.7 
 7. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 8. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 9. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden1.3 
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. Djurkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.6 


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 20-1 
 2. Grodno-93 19-3 
 3. Rubon 11-10 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 9-12 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 8-13 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 7-14 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-21 


Premier League Round 21: Minsk-2006 II beats SBK Osipovichi by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 21 in the Premier League took place in Osipovichi. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (8-13) to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (7-14) 83-82 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SBK Osipovichi. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds for SBK Osipovichi. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II maintains sixth place with 7-14 record. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost.
An interesting game for Grodno-93 (19-3) which played road game in Vitebsk against 3rd placed Rubon (11-10). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 89-73. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and Dzmitry Kuzmin chipped in 16 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). The best for the losing side was guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) with 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grodno-93 maintains second place with 19-3 record behind leader Minsk-2006. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost.



Rubon - Grodno-93 73-89

An interesting game for Grodno-93 (19-3) which played road game in Vitebsk against 3rd placed Rubon (11-10). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 89-73. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Rubon was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 16 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). The best for the losing side was guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) with 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Grodno-93 and five Rubon players scored in double figures. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grodno-93 maintains second place with 19-3 record behind leader Minsk-2006. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Rubon: S.Sapegin 15+3reb+5ast, V.Ovsepian 14+3reb+1ast, A.Malkov 13+2reb+2ast, D.Shilovich 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ovsepian 10+8reb+1ast, D.Sivalko 6+7reb
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 23+9reb+2ast, D.Kuzmin 16+3reb+3ast, K.Yafremov 13+5reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 11+2reb+1ast, S.Ovdeenko 9+3reb+2ast, A.Mastou 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 171505


SBK Osipovichi - Minsk-2006 II 82-83

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Premier League took place in Osipovichi. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (8-13) to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (7-14) 83-82 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SBK Osipovichi. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Minsk-2006 II's coach Aleksandr Verenich used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) added 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in the effort for SBK Osipovichi. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II maintains sixth place with 7-14 record. SBK Osipovichi at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: K.Sitnik 24+6reb+2ast, S.Charykau 17+4reb+7ast, A.Svirydov 16+4reb+3ast, I.Sharipov 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 5+10reb+3ast, V.Skidan 5+4reb+1ast
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 26+11reb+2ast, M.Shustau 18+1reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 8+2reb+1ast, V.Krisevich 8+11reb, L.Malakhau 7+1reb, A.Vashkevich 6+7reb
gschID: 171503




Yury Mishukov claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for SBK Osipovichi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Sozh Gomel (#7, 0-21) with 36-point margin 105-69. SBK Osipovichi maintains the 5th position in Belarusian Premier League. SBK Osipovichi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. Mishukov just recently signed at SBK Osipovichi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mishukov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 14.8ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) of Minsk-2006 II. Rutkauskas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Minsk-2006 II lost that game 65-74 to the higher-ranked Rubon (#3, 11-9). Minsk-2006 II managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Rutkauskas is one of the most experienced players at Minsk-2006 II and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#1). He also registered 10.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Igor Drobyshevskiy (206-C-93) of Sozh Gomel (#7). Drobyshevskiy scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Drobyshevskiy's great performance Sozh Gomel lost 62-101 to the higher-ranked BGUIR-RTI (#4, 9-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sozh Gomel can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 21 games. Too bad for Drobyshevskiy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Drobyshevskiy has a very solid season. In 19 games in Belarus he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) of Minsk-2006 - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anatoli Svirydov (192-G-82) of SBK Osipovichi - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Pavel Bliznets (205-C-94) of Sozh Gomel - 13 points and 13 rebounds
8. Igor Konuyshenko (196-G/F-86) of Grodno-93 - 13 points and 4 rebounds
9. Aliaksandr Kuzmitski (198-F-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Sergej Vasilevich (202-F-92) of Grodno-93 - 19 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)


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.8 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.17.1 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.3 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.14.8 
 5. Maze, Minsk-200614.6 
 6. Matyukevych, Grod.14.5 
 7. Knox, Minsk-200613.9 
 8. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 9. Patupchyk, Sozh G.13.4 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.5 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.10.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.4 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.8.2 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.3 
 6. Ovsepian, Rubon6.9 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.8 
 8. Matyukevych, Grod.6.7 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.6.7 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20066.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.5 
 3. Charykau, SBK O.4.2 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.6 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.4 
 6. Maze, Minsk-20063.1 
 7. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 8. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.8 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.5 
 2. Akulich, Rubon2.4 
 3. Papruha, BG.2.2 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 5. Sapegin, Rubon2.1 
 6. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 8. Eldridge, Minsk-20.1.9 
 9. Ovsepian, Rubon1.8 
 10. Vabischevich, SBK1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Minsk-20.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 4. Sinica, Minsk-20060.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 6. Shilovich, Rubon0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Shemet, Sozh Gomel0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sharamet, Minsk-2.0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 24 best performance: Timothy Black - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Antwerp, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (28 points) to his team's victory, helping them to beat M.Hainaut (#6, 10-11) 91-80. Thanks to this victory Antwerp moved-up to the 3rd position in the Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Black had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Antwerp, through which he has constantly improved. Former Barton College star has very solid stats this year. Black is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.4ppg), assists (5th best: 3.1apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut. Nivins had a very good evening with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as M.Hainaut lost that game 80-91 to the higher-ranked Antwerp (#3, 14-7). M.Hainaut managed to keep the same 6th spot in Round 18. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Nivins is a newcomer at M.Hainaut 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 another M.Hainaut's star - American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87). Nivins scored 20 points. He was another key player of M.Hainaut, helping his team with a 73-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Gent (#8, 6-16). The chances of M.Hainaut ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nivins could help M.Hainaut to bring them higher in the standings. Nivins has a very solid season. In 21 games in Belgium he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Roll (196-G-87) of Antwerp - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dominic Waters (185-PG-86) of Liege - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83) of Leuven - 26 points
8. Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) of Spirou - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 13 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)


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 15-6 
 2. Oostende 15-7 
 3. Antwerp 14-7 
 4. Aalstar 12-8 
 5. Leuven 12-9 
 6. M.Hainaut 10-11 
 7. Liege 7-14 
 8. Gent 6-16 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 4-17 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.5 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende15.8 
 5. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 6. Black, Antwerp14.4 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.2 
 8. Freeman, Leuven14.2 
 9. Green, Spirou14.1 
 10. Haynes, Gent13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Brown, Gent8.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp7.3 
 3. McLean, Leuven7.3 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.2 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Booker, Oostende6.1 
 8. Green, Spirou5.8 
 9. Mukubu, Verviers.5.7 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Waters, Liege3.9 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.8 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.0 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Bostic, Liege3.0 
 9. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SINGLETARY
  M.Hainaut
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 4. Mukubu, Verviers.2.1 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.7 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.4 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.8 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 24: Spirou Charleroi keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Spirou Charleroi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Spirou Charleroi smashed 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster at home 78-48. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spirou Charleroi had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) who added 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play next round against Optima Gent trying to get back on the winning streak. Spirou Charleroi will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Leuven Bears on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (14-7) against fifth ranked Leuven Bears (12-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 71-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. The winners were led by American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 26 points and John Tofi supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. Leuven Bears maintains fifth position with 12-9 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against league's leader Spirou Charleroi at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Antwerp Giants will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (10-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (6-16). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Ahmad Nivins who scored 20 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Michael Jenkins who recorded 19 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains sixth position with 10-11 record. Loser Optima Gent keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Base Oostende (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-14). Base Oostende managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Christopher Booker who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Base Oostende maintains second position with 15-7 record having just -1 point less than leader Spirou. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Base Oostende will have a break next round. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Quaregnon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Antwerp Giants (14-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (10-11). Antwerp Giants defeated Belfius Mons-Hainaut 91-80 on Wednesday. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Timothy Black who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 steals (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite that victory Antwerp Giants went down to third position due to points difference. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will face Okapi Aalstar (#4) on the road in the next round. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 78-48
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Spirou Charleroi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Spirou Charleroi smashed 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster at home 78-48. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spirou Charleroi had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Amaury Jadin (189-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) who added 13 points during the contest. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) with 14 points and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) scored 9 points and 8 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. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play next round against Optima Gent trying to get back on the winning streak. Spirou Charleroi will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Leuven Bears on the road.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 14+4reb, J.Beal 12+1reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 9+8reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 8+6reb+1ast, B.Merriex 5+5reb+1ast, T.Thompson 0
Spirou: A.Jadin 14+6reb+3ast, C.Beghin 13+4reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 12+3reb, D.Broyles 12+5reb+1ast, M.Steenberghs 11+3reb+2ast, J.Welsch 7+7reb+2ast


gschID: 132427


Gent - M.Hainaut 65-73
The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (10-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (6-16). Belfius Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut shot 60.4 percent from the field. Strangely Optima Gent outrebounded Belfius Mons-Hainaut 32-16 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 20 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) who recorded 19 points and center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Optima Gent players scored in double figures. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains sixth position with 10-11 record. Loser Optima Gent keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Jenkins 19+3reb+1ast, G.Brown 12+8reb+1ast, L.Bosco 12+3reb+3ast, S.Geukens 10+4reb, M.Haynes 8+6reb+2ast, L.Louves 4+5reb
M.Hainaut: A.Nivins 20+3reb+2ast, S.Foster 17+1reb, J.Cage 13+4reb+4ast, A.Libert 7+3ast, Q.Taylor 6+3reb+5ast, L.Giancaterino 4+1reb
gschID: 132428


Leuven - Antwerp 76-71
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (14-7) against fifth ranked Leuven Bears (12-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 71-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It looked good early as Antwerp Giants took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leuven Bears had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Antwerp Giants were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-76. Leuven Bears made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Antwerp Giants turnovers. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 26 points and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. His fellow American import point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 13 points and 4 assists. Leuven Bears maintains fifth position with 12-9 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against league's leader Spirou Charleroi at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Antwerp Giants will play against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 13+2reb+4ast, D.Wilson 13+8reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 11+1ast, S.Mejri 9+6reb+1ast, M.Roll 8+6reb+3ast, R.Biggs 7+4reb+1ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 26+1reb, J.Tofi 12+10reb, I.Hanavan 11+2reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 7+1ast, J.McLean 7+6reb, N.Marnegrave 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 170946


Liege - Oostende 69-78
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Base Oostende (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-14). Base Oostende managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belgacom Liege won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Base Oostende won last quarter 27-19. They also forced 19 Belgacom Liege turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Base Oostende especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) replied with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 16 points in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Base Oostende maintains second position with 15-7 record having just -1 point less than leader Spirou. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. Base Oostende will have a break next round. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Waters 16+3reb+2ast, T.Jennings 14+4reb+1ast, J.Bostic 14+7reb+4ast, G.Hockins 11+1reb, L.Matela 5+4reb+1ast, G.Muya 5+2reb+1ast
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 15+1ast, K.Winston 13+4reb+1ast, B.Wright 12+4reb+3ast, C.Booker 11+6reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 8+1reb, M.Lojeski 8+3reb
gschID: 132426


Round 18
M.Hainaut - Antwerp 80-91
The game in Quaregnon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Antwerp Giants (14-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (10-11). Antwerp Giants defeated Belfius Mons-Hainaut 91-80 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 steals (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite that victory Antwerp Giants went down to third position due to points difference. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will face Okapi Aalstar (#4) on the road in the next round. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 20+5reb+4ast, A.Nivins 19+5reb, A.Slaughter 15+6reb+3ast, S.Foster 8+1reb, I.Maras 7+5reb+1ast, J.Hurtt 5+1reb
Antwerp: T.Black 28+1reb+1ast, M.Roll 19+5reb+1ast, S.Mejri 9+8reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 9+2reb+2ast, D.Wilson 8+4reb, R.Moors 7+1reb+2ast


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 22-2 
 2. Capljina 17-6 
 3. Bosna 17-6 
 4. Varda HE 15-8 
 5. Mladost 13-10 
 6. Leotar 13-10 
 7. Servitium 10-13 
 8. Hercegovac 10-14 
 9. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 10. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 11. Vogosca 8-16 
 12. Brotnjo 7-17 
 13. Celik 5-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


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  BULGARIA   


Yambol's Petkov to miss the remainder of the season - by Maria Mitzova
Tundja Yambol's power forward Stoyan Petkov (198-F-85) will miss the rest of the season in Bulgarian National Basketball League.
Petkov has one of the worst possible injuries - torn ACL - which requires surgery and will take about six months to recover.
Petkov was injured during the Cup Finals, but it took time to decide what is the extent of the injury.
This is quite a tough loss for Tundja Yambol, as Petkov is one of the main rebounders of the team and is always a great push from the bench.


Filip Vukosavljevic claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rilski Sportist and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Cherno More (#5, 9-13) 81-67. Rilski Sportist maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski Sportist will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Vukosavljevic turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Filip Vukosavljevic averages this season 16.4ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of second-ranked Levski Sofia. Hall impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Levski Sofia to another comfortable win 78-59 over slightly lower-ranked Tundja Yambol (#4, 13-9) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Levski Sofia consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 18 matches. Hall is a newcomer at Levski Sofia 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 Lubomir Lilov (198-F-87) of Balkan (#6). Lilov showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Balkan, leading his team to a 89-74 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 2-20). The chances of Balkan not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lilov could try to bring Balkan's a little bit higher in the standings. Lilov has a very solid season. In 20 games in Bulgaria he scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Tundja Yambol - 11 points and 10 rebounds
6. Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rosen Sofroniev (193-G-80) of Spartak Pleven - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak Pleven - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Chernomorets - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tencho Banev (209-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 9 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)


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 20-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 18-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 14-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 13-9 
 5. Cherno More 9-13 
 6. Balkan 8-14 
 7. Spartak Pleven 4-18 
 8. Chernomorets 2-20 


NBL Round 22: Levski Sofia beats Tundja Yambol in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Yambol. Second ranked Levski Sofia faced 4th ranked Tundja Yambol. Guests from Sofia (18-4) smashed host Tundja Yambol (13-9) 78-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Levski Sofia forced 21 Tundja Yambol turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Tundja Yambol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) 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. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Lukoil Academik.
Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-18) 87-80 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Bruno Sundov contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Spartak Pleven. Lukoil Academik have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the seventh place with 18 games lost. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski Sofia.
The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Balkan (8-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (2-20). Balkan defeated Chernomorets 89-74 on Saturday. Lubomir Lilov scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Kiril Pavlovski responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Balkan maintains sixth position with 8-14 record. Chernomorets lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Balkan will meet Spartak Pleven (#7) on the road in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and hope to secure a win.
The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rilski Sportist (14-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-13). Rilski Sportist defeated Euroins Cherno More 81-67. Filip Vukosavljevic notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be Tundja Yambol (#4) at home. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas.



Lukoil Academik - Spartak Pleven 87-80
Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-18) 87-80 in Sofia. The hosts were already 20 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-11 Spartak Pleven's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-80 at the end of the game. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 30. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 34-23 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Rosen Sofroniev (193-80) added 20 points in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Five Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the seventh place with 18 games lost. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: R.Sofroniev 20+4reb+2ast, T.Todorov 17+7reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 13+7reb+4ast, I.Stankov 13+3ast, T.Ostrev 12+2reb+4ast, A.Dyakovski 5+3reb+7ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 18+3reb+2ast, P.Marinov 10+2reb+1ast, L.Mack 10+3reb, B.Sundov 10+8reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 9+6reb+3ast, T.Banev 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 140017


Tundja Yambol - Levski Sofia 59-78
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Yambol. Second ranked Levski Sofia faced 4th ranked Tundja Yambol. Guests from Sofia (18-4) smashed host Tundja Yambol (13-9) 78-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The game without a history. Levski Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Levski Sofia forced 21 Tundja Yambol turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Tundja Yambol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 18-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 14+2reb+1ast, M.Durchev 13+2reb+1ast, T.Gugino 11+10reb, J.Ofoegbu 6+4reb, J.Radionov 4+4reb+1ast, S.Cholakov 4+2reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: M.Hall 20+6reb+10ast, D.Anguelov 11+4reb, V.Evtimov 10+6reb, A.Harper 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 7+2reb, S.Georgiev 7+6reb
gschID: 140018


Chernomorets - Balkan 74-89
The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Balkan (8-14) played at the court of 8th ranked Chernomorets (2-20). Balkan defeated Chernomorets 89-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-74. Balkan outrebounded Chernomorets 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. At the losing side FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Balkan maintains sixth position with 8-14 record. Chernomorets lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Balkan will meet Spartak Pleven (#7) on the road in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 18+8reb+2ast, K.Koev 13+9reb+2ast, D.Dunovic 12+4reb+1ast, A.Penev 8+2reb+1ast, T.Zahariev 7, D.Roshmanov 7+2ast
Balkan: L.Lilov 18+6reb+5ast, S.Marinov 16+5reb+1ast, D.Filipov 16+4reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 10+9reb, D.Marintchechki 8+6reb+4ast, I.Kasabov 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140015


Cherno More - Rilski Sportist 67-81
The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rilski Sportist (14-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-13). Rilski Sportist defeated Euroins Cherno More 81-67. It looked good early as Euroins Cherno More took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rilski Sportist had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Euroins Cherno More was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-81. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski Sportist have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be Tundja Yambol (#4) at home. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: T.Zhelev 12+1reb+1ast, G.Davidov 12+8reb+2ast, S.Iliev 12+6reb+2ast, V.Kyosev 8+2reb+1ast, M.Borisov 7+8reb+4ast, N.Kolev 6+8reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 22+12reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 16+3reb+2ast, H.Zahariev 12+9reb+2ast, A.Velikov 12+6reb+2ast, A.Bilobrk 6+3reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 5+4reb+2ast


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Harper, Levski S.19.9 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.9 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak16.8 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.4 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.7 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.4 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.1 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.3 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.5 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.0 
 6. Marojevic, Balkan6.7 
 7. Georgiev, Levski S.6.6 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.3 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.2 
 10. Marintchechk., Ba.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.9 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.1 
 3. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.8 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 6. Hunt, Cherno More3.9 
 7. Filipov, Balkan3.7 
 8. Howell, Levski Sof.3.7 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.5 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 2. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.2 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.2.0 
 6. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 7. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.4 
 3. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Marojevic, Balkan0.8 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 8. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 
 10. Gocevski, Tundja0.6 


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  CANADA   


Rainmen move into final - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen will play for a championship for the first time in their five-year history.

In a rough-and-tumble affair Friday night at the Metro Centre, the Rainmen downed the Quebec Kebs 106-95 to take their best-of-three semifinal series 2-1 and advance to the National Basketball League of Canada final.

Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) netted 27 points and Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) 25 to pace the Rainmen, who celebrated at centre court in front of a small but vocal crowd of 1,982 after the victory.

The Rainmen will open the best-of-five NBL final Sunday evening in London against the regular-season champion Lightning, winners of five of six head-to-head meetings with Halifax this year.

'This is what it all boils down to,' said a beaming Levett, acquired from London in a trade early in the season.

'Were ready for the challenge. We did what we had to do at home so now we have to go and do what we have to do there.'

The Rainmen, 5-1 against the Kebs during the season, won the series opener in Quebec City and returned home to the arena where theyd lost only twice in 18 regular-season starts.

But Quebec forced the deciding game by nipping the Rainmen 112-109 on Thursday behind 39 points from Royce Parran and 31 from Ralphy Holmes.

On Friday, Holmes was limited to nine points before fouling out midway through the third quarter, mere seconds after Parran recorded his first point on a foul shot. Parran finished with just 11 points.

'I took that as a personal responsibility,' said Hagan, the rookie point guard who spent much of the night harassing his Quebec counterpart.

'He got a lot of points on us last night and I wish I had played a little more aggressively on him yesterday. It was all about mindset today and I wasnt gonna let him beat us.'

The tone for Game 3 was set when Halifaxs Darnell Hugee and Quebecs Jean-Richard Volcy (6'8''-F-82, college: N.Michigan) were involved in a shoving match 64 seconds after the tip, drawing a crowd that nearly spilled into a row of courtside seats opposite the scorers table.

Halifax never trailed in the first quarter, using a 9-0 run to open up a 13-4 spread six minutes in. But Volcys 15-footer just before the buzzer reduced Quebecs deficit to 26-24 and Quinnel Browns trey to start the second handed the Kebs their first lead.

Quebec scored the first eight points of the second, holding the Rainmen without a hoop until Richard Anderson (6'7''-F-77) dropped a tough shot in the paint 3 minutes in.

Levetts triple four minutes later put Halifax back on top 33-32 and an 11-2 run helped take his team to halftime with a 48-42 lead.

Joey Haywoods three-pointer halfway through the third pushed Halifaxs spread to double digits at 66-55 and Eric Crookshanks slam off a Hagan feed made it 78-60 with two minutes left.

The Kebs, with the NBLs second-best road record during the regular season, werent about to go quietly, though.

They finished the quarter on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to 79-70 and outscored Halifax 8-1 to start the fourth, reducing the Rainmen lead to 80-78 on a Carl Krauser (6'1''-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) jumper from the baseline three minutes in.

After the teams traded hoops, Lawrence Wright posted up Krauser for a deuce and Levett drained a triple to extend Halifaxs advantage to seven.

Quebec scored the next three points but Wright, who finished with 17, converted four straight from the charity stripe and the Kebs never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

Krauser topped Quebec with 19 points.

'We knew it was gonna be a fight,' said Hagan. 'Thats a good team over there but as a team we really came together.'

The two teams combined for 63 fouls and three technicals, with Anderson flagged for his sixth halfway through the fourth. The big centre and Hugee, a power forward, were signed during the season to add toughness to Halifaxs lineup.

Hugee and Volcy set off another gathering late in the game after the Keb knocked Hugee to the floor with a hard foul as he drove to the hoop.

'Quebec is a very physical team but tonight we came out and played physical as well,' Levett said. 'This is what were capable of doing. We just didnt do it (Thursday).'

Game 2 in the final is Monday in London, with the series shifting to Halifax for Game 3 on Wednesday.

Halifax was eliminated in the semifinals the past two post-seasons. The Rainmen didnt participate in the playoffs in the first two years of the franchises existence.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  COSTA RICA   


Barva and Sanatura topping the table together - by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday night Ferreterias Brenes Barva defeated on the road Escazu, 112-71, led by Jaffry Spencer (190-F-80) with 20 points and Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) with 19. In another game of the sam round, Sanatura-Desamparados prevailed over Cartago, 85-67. The best scorers in Sanatura were Michael Jackson (195-F/G-87) with 15 pts and Dave Milliner (197-C-81) with 14, while Cartago was led by Alejandro Grijalba (187-G/F-81), who was the game top scorer at 29
Thanks to these wins, both Barva and Sanatura keep the top of the table undefeated. The standings of Costarican First Division 2012 are as follows:
1. Barva 5-0
1. Sanatura 5-0
3. Cartago 3-2
4. Copenae ARBA USJ 2-2
4. Liceo de Costa Rica 2-2
6. Grupo Babel Perez Zeledon 1-3
7. Arca Limon 0-4
8. Escazu 0-5

The Round 5 will be completed tonight with the games Perez-Zeledon-Limon and Liceo-ARBA


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  CYPRUS   


Aek forces Keravnos to its 1st home court loss - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Aek bounced back from a tough loss with a big win.

With Subotic scoring 26 pts, Panteli adding another 21 and Fisher and Garcia adding passion to their team, Aek rolled to an important win 60-72 in Strovolos over Keravnos on Saturday night.

Aek stepped in more decisive and with Subotic keep shooting it kept a safety lead of 4-5 points until the 30' where Keravnos tied the game 48-48. Until the 35' the game was close but from there on Iakovos Panteli took over.

Panteli was all over the place and practically led Aek to the victory. Besides being great offensively he was also amazing in defense denying Moore doing what he does best and forcing him in consecutive mistakes.

From Keravnos Frazier was the only one who survived with 16 points.

Aek has forced Keravnos in its 1st home court loss in the league this year and in its worst offensive record. Keravnos has not scored below 70 in any of its games this year.

The series is now 2-1 and next game will take place in Larnaka on Wednesday the 21st.


Note:

Our friendly advice to Tonis Constantinides, National Team's coach is that with this kind of appearance Panteli should definetely be called in the National Team this summer.

As a cypriot player, Panteli has been the front runner player of his team and he helped the greatest in this explosive trip that Aek has gone through.

Panteli has also been the best defender in the league and the best 'stealer'.








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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Second-best BK Prostejov (23-9) fell to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (22-10) in overtime by two points 79-81. The best player for the winners was Marcus Arnold who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BC Kolin (21-21) escaped against BK Decin (22-10) in overtime by four points 85-81 on Saturday night. It was a good game for Rashaan Ames who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 steals. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Kolin maintains fifth position in A1 with 21-21 record. Loser BK Decin keeps the third place with ten games lost. BC Kolin will face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6:
In A2 Svitavy was smashed by NH Ostrava on the road 87-65. Levice destroyed Plzen on its own court 84-65. B&W Opava unfortunately lost to Chomutov in a road game 72-87. Usti n/Labem rolled over Inter Bratislava at home 84-64. Usti n/Labem defeated Svitavy on the opponent's court 89-80. Inter Bratislava beat Chomutov in a home game 76-58. Plzen lost to B&W Opava on the road 82-89. Levice unfortunately lost to NH Ostrava on its own court 62-71.



Group A1
BC Kolin - BK Decin 85-81 OT

BC Kolin (21-21) escaped against BK Decin (22-10) in overtime by four points 85-81 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-7. BC Kolin dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 30. BK Decin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 steals. Forward David Machac (204-80) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) replied with 21 points and 5 assists and international power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BK Decin. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Kolin maintains fifth position in A1 with 21-21 record. Loser BK Decin keeps the third place with ten games lost. BC Kolin will face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Sanders 21+3reb+5ast, P.Houska 17+9reb+1ast, L.Stria 14+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 8+1reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 8+5reb, D.Burke 7+6reb
BC Kolin: R.Ames 21+4reb+2ast, D.Machac 16+4reb+1ast, R.Marko 15+1reb+4ast, J.Jelinek 10+6reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 9+3reb, R.Field 6+3reb
gschID: 168593


BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 81-79 OT

Second-best BK Prostejov (23-9) fell to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (22-10) in overtime by two points 79-81. BK Prostejov was tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 4-6. BK Pardubice shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while BK Prostejov only scored four points from the stripe. BK Pardubice forced 23 BK Prostejov turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) added 19 points respectively. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 19+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 18+13reb+1ast, J.Smith 16+3reb+5ast, D.Pandula 8+2reb+4ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 8+8reb+1ast, J.Prasil 6+2reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 29+11reb, C.Muirhead 17+4reb+4ast, P.Bohacik 13+6reb, Z.Pospisil 9+9reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 6+2reb+1ast, O.Peterka 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 168592


Group A2
NH Ostrava - Svitavy 87-65

No shocking result in a game when first ranked NH Ostrava (22-14) crushed at home 3rd ranked Basketbal Svitavy (15-21) 87-65 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when NH Ostrava's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-10 extending their advantage to 22 points. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed with 16 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) added 17 points in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Basketbal Svitavy's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. NH Ostrava have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 22-14 record. Loser Basketbal Svitavy keeps the third place with 21 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Inter Bratislava (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: M.Deloach 17+4reb, P.Milos 15+1reb, B.Meno 13+7reb+1ast, P.Mroz 7+4reb+3ast, L.Moravec 6+2reb, R.Kramny 4+5reb
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 21+6reb, D.Wright 16+3reb, M.Gniadek 12+1ast, A.Ciz 12+1reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 11+3reb+2ast, R.Luettgerodt 8+3reb
gschID: 168634


Levice - Plzen 84-65

Very expected game when 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-28) was smashed on the road by second ranked Levice (16-20) 84-65 on Sunday. Levice outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 41-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Canadian power forward Corey Hallett (208-84, college: Monmouth) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Levice's coach Peter Balint used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) replied with 14 points and 6 assists and Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) added 10 points in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. Levice maintains second position in A2 with 16-20 record having six points less than leader NH Ostrava. BK Loko Plzen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Levice will face B&W Opava (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Usti nad Labem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: S.Vrubl 14+2reb+6ast, M.Kozlik 10+3reb+1ast, T.Kubiznak 8+1reb, J.Suchy 7+3reb+1ast, M.Norwa 7+4reb+1ast, L.Marik 7+1reb
Levice: C.Hallett 16+5reb, K.Grant 15+8reb+3ast, R.Klein 11+3reb+1ast, P.Seman 8+5reb, A.Waleskowski 8+2reb, M.Bernard 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 168635


Chomutov - B&W Opava 87-72

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (14-22) won against at home 8th ranked B&W Opava (8-28) 87-72 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-72. Levharti Chomutov dominated on the defensive end, holding B&W Opava to just 6 points in third quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by B&W Opava's players. It was a good game for American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 assists. The other American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. Levharti Chomutov's coach Tomas Eisner used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Slovakian center Martin Miklosik (226-86, agency: JEMsports) added 5 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for B&W Opava. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov maintains fourth position in A2 with 14-22 record. Loser B&W Opava dropped to the seventh place with 28 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will face higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. B&W Opava will play against the league's second-placed Levice (#2).
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 21+8reb, P.Dokoupil 10+2reb+1ast, R.Klecka 8+3reb, Z.Gudelj 7+3reb, M.Kolovrat 7+2reb, J.Sirina 7+1reb+2ast
Chomutov: P.Pope 21+4reb+6ast, R.Lowery 18+6reb+3ast, P.Hemmy 18+5reb+4ast, J.Krakovic 10+6reb+2ast, Z.Hanzlik 6+4reb+5ast, J.Stepanek 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 168636


Usti n/Labem - Inter Bratislava 84-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Inter Bratislava's (10-26) road loss to fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-23) 64-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Usti nad Labem. Inter Bratislava was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Usti nad Labem dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 30. It was a good game for American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 assists. The other American import forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Inter Bratislava. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Usti nad Labem have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth position in A2 with 13-23 record. Inter Bratislava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 26 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face BK Loko Plzen (#8) at home in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against the league's leader NH Ostrava.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: S.Gavran 16+8reb, E.Ubilla 15+2reb+4ast, O.Tot 9+4reb+2ast, J.Musil 8+5reb, M.Pesic 7+5reb, A.Kuffa 4+5reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 17+5reb, J.Holanda 17+1reb+2ast, T.McFadden 16+4reb+7ast, T.Hruby 10+4reb, S.Reinberger 7+4reb, A.Pistecky 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168637


Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 80-89

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-23) defeated on the road 3rd ranked Basketbal Svitavy (15-21) 89-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Usti nad Labem made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 40-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Lubos Moravec (185-89) added 14 points in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Five BK Usti nad Labem and four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Usti nad Labem have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth position in A2 with 13-23 record. Loser Basketbal Svitavy keeps the third place with 21 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face BK Loko Plzen (#8) at home in the next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: M.Deloach 15+6reb+6ast, L.Moravec 14+3reb+3ast, L.Horak 13+6reb+1ast, P.Milos 13+1ast, P.Mroz 9+4reb+2ast, B.Meno 8+3reb
Usti n/Labem: T.Gottselig 21+8reb, T.McFadden 20+1reb+4ast, T.Hruby 14+4reb+1ast, S.Reinberger 12+3reb+2ast, J.Holanda 10+10reb+3ast, B.Reese 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 168638


Inter Bratislava - Chomutov 76-58

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Levharti Chomutov (14-22) lost on the road to sixth ranked Inter Bratislava (10-26) 76-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Inter Bratislava. Levharti Chomutov was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Inter Bratislava dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 36. Inter Bratislava forced 20 Levharti Chomutov turnovers and outrebounded them 49-32 including a 39-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Inter Bratislava looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Levharti Chomutov's players. It was a good game for Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) added 15 points in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava maintains sixth position in A2 with 10-26 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost. Inter Bratislava will face league's leader NH Ostrava at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Pope 17+10reb+4ast, R.Lowery 15+4reb+2ast, V.Sucharda 8+3reb, P.Hemmy 8+3reb, J.Krakovic 6+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 4+5reb
Inter Bratislava: S.Gavran 17+14reb+1ast, M.Pesic 16+12reb+4ast, E.Ubilla 13+8reb+9ast, A.Kuffa 10+5reb+1ast, J.Musil 9+1reb, T.Durana 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168639


B&W Opava - Plzen 89-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked B&W Opava (8-28) beat at home 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-28) 89-82 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 36-20. But BK Loko Plzen won second period 22-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B&W Opava made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while BK Loko Plzen only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 42-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. B&W Opava's coach David Klapetek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. Five BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. B&W Opava moved-up to seventh place in A2, which they share with Plzen. BK Loko Plzen lost fifth consecutive game. B&W Opava will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Pecka 16+8reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 15+6reb+2ast, T.Kubiznak 15+4reb, S.Vrubl 12+8ast, J.Kovanda 12+1reb, V.Honomichl 6+3reb+2ast
B&W Opava: P.Dokoupil 33+5reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 14+10reb+1ast, J.Blazek 14+12reb+4ast, R.Klecka 9+2reb+3ast, J.Sirina 9+7ast, M.Vanak 5+8reb
gschID: 168640


Levice - NH Ostrava 62-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Levice's (16-20) home loss to first ranked NH Ostrava (22-14) 62-71 on Saturday. It was a good game for Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Ludek Jurecka (199-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-German forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian power forward Corey Hallett (208-84, college: Monmouth) added 17 points in the effort for Levice. Levice's coach Peter Balint tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NH Ostrava have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 22-14 record. Loser Levice keeps the second place with 20 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Inter Bratislava (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Levice will play against B&W Opava (#7).
Top scorers:
Levice: C.Hallett 17+4reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 13+11reb+2ast, K.Bridgewaters 12+3reb+3ast, K.Grant 8+1reb+1ast, L.Lutovsky 6+2reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 4
NH Ostrava: S.Manousos 20+7reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 17+3reb+2ast, J.Hughes 14+5reb, R.Luettgerodt 7+4reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 7+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 168641




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 30-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 23-9 
 3. BK Decin 22-10 
 4. BK Pardubice 22-10 
 5. BC Kolin 21-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-16 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 22-14 
 2. Levice 16-20 
 3. Svitavy 15-21 
 4. Chomutov 14-22 
 5. Usti n/Labem 13-23 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-26 
 7. B&W Opava 8-28 
 8. Plzen 8-28 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 25-1 
 2. Sparta Praha 21-5 
 3. Opava B 18-7 
 4. Sokol H.Kralove 15-10 
 5. Proton Zlin 15-10 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 14-12 
 7. Trutnov 13-12 
 8. Liberec 12-14 
 9. Vysehrad 12-14 
 10. Benesov 11-14 
 11. Litomerice 10-16 
 12. Prostejov B 9-17 
 13. Kladno 2-23 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 2-24 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.1 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice19.0 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.3 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin15.7 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 6. Pesic, Inter B.7.9 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.7.5 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.2 
 10. Modric, Levice6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.5 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.3 
 3. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.6 
 2. Ames, BC Kolin2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.2 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava2.0 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.5 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Reese, Usti n.1.0 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Grant, Levice1.0 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Randers 18-3 
 2. Amager BK 17-4 
 3. Lemvig 15-6 
 4. Koge BK 13-8 
 5. Aarhus BF 12-9 
 6. Stevnsgade 11-9 
 7. Virum 10-11 
 8. Glostrup 9-11 
 9. Haderslev 8-13 
 10. Jonstrup 5-15 
 11. ALBA 5-15 
 12. Solrod 1-20 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Rutherford, SISU21.4 
 4. Henry, Naestved21.3 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 6. Alexander, Bakken20.3 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.7 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.1 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 9. Benjamin, Horsholm8.2 
 10. Colas, Horsholm8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Henry, Naestved5.2 
 2. Sattler, Horsens IC5.1 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.7 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Henry, Naestved3.8 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.1.8 
 10. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Vinson, Svendborg1.3 
 8. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 9. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 10. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 23-18 
 2. Springfield A. 22-17 
 3. Iowa E. 22-17 
 4. Erie Bay H. 21-18 
 5. Dakota W. 21-19 
 6. Maine RC 17-25 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 12-29 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 11-30 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 30-11 
 2. Austin T. 25-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 23-17 
 4. Texas L. 22-19 
 5. Rio Grande VV 22-20 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 20-22 
 7. Reno B. 18-22 
 8. Idaho S. 17-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.2 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 3. Thomas, Los A.9.1 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 6. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.5 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 9. Milligan, Canton C.8.3 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.4 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.5 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.1.8 
 8. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 9. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Emmett, Reno B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 6. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.6 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Friday's games review (5): Jam shoots down Vipers 134-110 in Bakersfield - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Canton C. 95-104
The race for the NBA Development League's Eastern Conference title is up for grabs, and the Canton Charge are a big part of it. Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored a game-high 27 points and Luke Harangody poured in 19 to lead the Charge to 104-95 win over the Iowa Energy on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena. Canton's fourth straight win pushed the Charge (23-18) into a first-place tie with Iowa and Springfield in the East. Canton has nine games, while Iowa and Springfield each have 11. Frank Hassell scored 18 points off the bench for the Charge. Kyle Gibson finished with 11 points and Quinton Ross added 10. Canton will host Erie tonight at Canton's Memorial Civic Center. The Charge reacquired guard Antoine Agudio and waived guard Eric Hayes before Friday's game. Agudio had not played since Feb. 22 because of a thumb injury to his left (non-shooting) hand. The Charge injury-waived the Hofstra product on March 5 to make room on the roster for the acquisition of Ross. Being injury-waived is the closest thing the D-League has to an injury list, since the team maintains the player's rights. Agudio was averaging 11.8 points and shooing an NBA Development League-best 56.8 percent from the 3-point line. In the five games before getting injured, he averaged 21.2 points and shot a ridiculous 79.2 percent from 3. Hayes played six games for the Charge. The University of Maryland product averaged 1.7 points in sparse minutes. His departure basically leaves the Charge without a backup point guard to T.J. Campbell. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande VV 134-110
The Bakersfield Jam (23-17) shot 59.5% (44-74) from the field, dished out 35 assists, and beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22-20) 134-110 on Friday night at the Jam Events Center in Bakersfield. They were led by Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt), who had 33 points on 10-15 shooting, including knocking down six of his eight three-pointers. Bakersfield trailed 31-29 after the first quarter, but took off after that, as they shot 11-19 from the field (57.9%), and outscored the Vipers 37-22 in the second period to take a 13 point lead at the half (66-53). In that quarter, the Jam also had nine assists as a team. That momentum carried over into the second half, as the Jam never trailed again, and increased their lead by as many as 29 points in that half and breezed to the victory. Besides the great play of Byars, Brian Butch got a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Renaldo Major added 18, Juan Pattillo 18, and in his return to the Jam, Trey Johnson scored 16 off the bench. The Vipers were led by Jermaine Taylor and Will Conroy with 17 each, Marshall Brown added 14, while Scott VanderMeer and Kelvin Lewis chipped in with 11 each off the bench. Bakersfield will face Rio Grande Valley again Saturday in a back to back 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

Reno B. - Dakota W. 114-130
The Reno Bighorns fell decisively to the Dakota Wizards Friday night at the Reno Events Center. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists and Blake Ahearn scored 24 points in the 130-114 blowout loss. The Wizards used a balanced attack on the night, with seven players scoring in double figures, led by Stefhon Hannah's 29 points and seven assists. The Wizards were red hot from beyond the arc, shooting 60.9 (14-of-23) percent on three-pointers. Hannah scored 21 of his points on 7-of-12 shooting from behind the three-point line. Ahearn was 4-of-7 on three-pointers. The Bighorns led 68-64 at halftime but were outscored 36-19 in the third quarter, when the Wizards hit the majority of their three-point shots. The Wizards had 25 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Bighorns overall 43-31. The Bighorns and Wizards tip off again Saturday night at the Reno Events Center at 7 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in the arena will receive a free Reno Bighorns Jeremy Lin jersey. Doors open at 6 p.m. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Maine RC - Austin T. 112-119
Sometimes coaches need to look at the game film to figure out what went wrong in a loss. Dave Leitao, the head coach of the Maine Red Claws, didn't have to watch anything a second time Friday night. 'For four quarters we never, ever, ever had a stretch where we defended,' he said after the Red Claws lost 119-112 to the Austin Toros at the Portland Expo. 'That was it.' The Toros picked Maine's defense apart, especially guards Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) and Lester Hudson, who continually drove past defenders into gaping holes in the middle of the Red Claws' defense. Dentmon finished with 31 points; Hudson added 19. Hudson, a 2009 draft pick of the Boston Celtics, joined the Toros on Thursday, arriving around midnight. He scored seven points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to rally Austin from a 91-88 deficit. The loss was damaging to Maine's playoff hopes. At 17-25, Maine likely will have to win its final eight games to even have a chance. 'We knew it wasn't going to be easy,' said Leitao. 'We knew we would have to play our best. And I don't think tonight was our best.' Even with their defensive lapses, the Red Claws seemed to be in control through three quarters. Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Kenny Hayes (26 points, 10 assists) were hitting their shots. And Lawrence Hill scored 12 in the third to help the Red Claws to a 91-88 lead entering the fourth. But Austin, which had lost 7 of 10 coming in, kept charging back. When Luke Zeller hit a 3-pointer from the right of the key with 11:03 left, Austin went up 93-91 and never trailed again. Hudson followed by splitting the defense and scoring on a drive, then powered his way inside and drew contact, and hit a 10-foot floater and the subsequent foul shot to make it 98-91. Maine didn't get closer than five because the Toros kept hitting big shots: Dentmon a 3-point bomb from the right wing, Da'Sean Butler a 3-pointer from the left corner. 'They hit big shots,' said Hayes. 'We thought we were playing good defense and they'd still hit the shot. And that would kill our momentum.' It was a big win for Austin (25-16), which is in second in the West. In fact, given the circumstances -- with recent call-ups and injuries -- Coach Brad Jones called it 'one of our best wins of the year.' 'I thought Maine played pretty dang well,' he continued. 'It would have been easy for us, especially the way Maine played, to get blown out of here. But we made the adjustments. It wasn't the coach, I'll tell you that. It was the players.' The outcome was disappointing to the Red Claws because they had been playing much better lately, especially defensively. 'It was everything we've been talking about,' said Leitao. 'And everything we thought we corrected.' But, said Hill, the team lacked focus during the week in practice and at the shoot-around. And it showed once the game started. 'We weren't prepared,' he said. 'The most important thing now is to see how we bounce back.' *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Tulsa 66ers - Springfield A. 106-97
With time ticking down for the Tulsa 66ers to make a push for the postseason, head coach Dale Osbourne's team is showing signs of clicking at just the right time. Dwight Buycks (6'3''-PG-89, college: Marquette) scored 23 points to lead a balanced attack and Tulsa put together a critical 16-4 fourth-quarter run on its way to a 106-97 win over the East Conference-leading Springfield Armor in an NBA Development League clash on Friday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center. After battling back from a 13-point second-half deficit, Springfield's Dennis Horner would connect on a jumper to give the Armor an 86-83 edge with 6:49 left. Tulsa, however, would answer with a 9-0 burst, including a 3-pointer from Buycks, and would never trail again. 'I felt like we had some guys who were getting tired and we brought some guys off the bench who gave us a spark,' said Osbourne, who saw his team win its fourth-straight game. 'The guys on this team have accepted their roles and we have a lot of trust in those guys who come off the bench.' Jerome Dyson added 20 points for Tulsa (20-22) as all five starters scored in double-figures. Additionally, former Oral Roberts forward Marcus Lewis, coming off the bench for the first time this season, added 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Springfield (22-17) took a quick 4-2 lead on back-to-back jumpers by Jamar Brown and former Oklahoma State University guard JamesOn Curry, but that would be the Armor's last lead of the quarter. Tulsa reeled off a 6-0 run, including a four-point play by Robert Vaden, to grab the early momentum and put the 66ers in front. The Armor wouldn't lead again until early in the fourth quarter when a 10-0 run gave the visitors an 80-79 edge with 9:32 to play. Roster moves: Prior to Friday night's game, the Oklahoma City Thunder assigned forward Ryan Reid to the 66ers. This season, Reid has seen action in seven games with Oklahoma City, averaging 1.6 points in 3.4 minutes. Over two separate stints with the 66ers this year, Reid has seen action in 16 games (all starts) averaging 11.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 32.4 minutes. The 66ers also reacquired forward and former ORU player Larry Owens, who had been waived earlier in the month due to injury. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




Lakers recall Darius Morris from D-Fenders - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Morris was assigned to the D-Fenders on March 7th and played in one game with the team, helping defeat the Dakota Wizards 99-98 on March 10th. In 28 minutes, Morris totaled a team-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, a rebound, four assists and a steal.

Morris was the third Lakers player assignment of the season for the D-Fenders, who at 30-11, currently own the best record in the D-League.

A rookie out of Michigan, Morris has appeared in 13 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswest.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


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


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 21-3 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. Tarvas 16-8 
 4. Rapla 14-11 
 5. TTU 11-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 10-15 
 7. Parnu 3-21 
 8. Valga 3-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.6 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.8 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.4 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas17.2 
 6. Pilk, TTU16.8 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.7 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.8 
 10. Arnold, TTU14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.8 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 7. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.4 
 6. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.3 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.2 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Makke, TTU0.5 
 10. Veski, Tarvas0.5 


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 39: Joensuun Kataja beats Loimaan Korikonkarit by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-8) on Saturday. Joensuun Kataja managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected easier game. Joensuun Kataja made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 20 Loimaan Korikonkarit turnovers. Strangely Loimaan Korikonkarit outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 42-26 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Loimaan Korikonkarit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 assists. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for Loimaan Korikonkarit. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 28-8 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Lappeenranta. Eighth ranked LrNMKY (14-21) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked KTP-Basket (15-21) 84-82 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Tyler Tiedeman helped adding 17 points. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). LrNMKY maintains eighth place with 14-21 record. KTP-Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 21 games lost. LrNMKY will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-11) against ninth ranked Kouvot (13-22) on Wednesday night. Visiting Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 78-61. It was an exceptional evening for Anthony Brown who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Matti Nuutinen came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kouvot maintains ninth place with 13-22 record. Loser Loimaan Korikonkarit keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Kouvot will meet higher ranked KTP-Basket (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Tampereen Pyrinto (24-11) which played road game in Kauhajoki against 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (21-15). Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto had an easy win 95-72. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Damon Williams who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (28-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked UU-Korihait (12-24) in Uusikaupunki 96-75. It was a good game for Samuel Haanpaa who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 28-8 record. UU-Korihait lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. UU-Korihait will play at home against Salon Vilpas (#6).

In the last two games of round 39 Korihait was smashed by Kouvot on the road 79-49. Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti lost to ToPo on its own court 87-101.



Kouvot - Korihait 79-49

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Kouvot's (13-22) home victory over 10th ranked UU-Korihait (12-24) in Kouvola 79-49 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kouvot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UU-Korihait to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded UU-Korihait 44-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 28 points for the winners. American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. Kouvot maintains ninth place with 13-22 record. UU-Korihait lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Kouvot will face higher ranked KTP-Basket (#7) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UU-Korihait will play at home against Salon Vilpas.
Top scorers:
Korihait: P.Heinonen 12+4reb, J.Heard 11+5reb+2ast, C.Latimer 8+6reb+2ast, J.Reaves 7+2reb, N.Malinen 5+1reb, M.Jalonen 4+1reb+3ast
Kouvot: J.Gonner 28+1reb+1ast, A.Brown 18+16reb+1ast, A.Perttu 12+6reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+4reb+5ast, A.Jordan 8+9reb+3ast, T.Hirvonen 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141818


Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 72-95

An interesting game for Tampereen Pyrinto (24-11) which played road game in Kauhajoki against 4th placed Kauhajoen Karhu (21-15). Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto had an easy win 95-72. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kauhajoen Karhu's 42. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 28 points and forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 28+2reb+3ast, T.Hendley 17+10reb+1ast, K.Beidler 17+12reb+2ast, J.Rekola 2+1reb, J.Eskola 2+3reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 2+2reb+1ast
Pyrinto: A.Williams 17+5reb+1ast, D.Williams 15+10reb+4ast, A.Lehto 12+1reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 12+8reb, K.Lowe 11+4reb+1ast, J.Niemi 10+1reb
gschID: 141819


Korihait - Kataja 75-96

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (28-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked UU-Korihait (12-24) in Uusikaupunki 96-75. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. UU-Korihait was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 34 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Two Points) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 28-8 record. UU-Korihait lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. UU-Korihait will play at home against Salon Vilpas (#6).
Top scorers:
Korihait: C.Latimer 17+7reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 16+5reb+2ast, N.Moore 15+11reb+4ast, J.Reaves 9+5reb+2ast, J.Salatera 7, N.Malinen 7+2ast
Kataja: S.Haanpaa 20+4reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 20+1reb+1ast, J.Newson 16+5reb, B.Walker 14+6reb+5ast, J.Price 12+4reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 171485


Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 78-61

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-11) against ninth ranked Kouvot (13-22) on Wednesday night. Visiting Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Kouvot in Kouvola 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to win third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kouvot maintains ninth place with 13-22 record. Loser Loimaan Korikonkarit keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Kouvot will meet higher ranked KTP-Basket (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Nuutinen 14+6reb, C.Jones 12+6reb, J.Ivey 11+3reb+3ast, M.Nunnally 9+9reb, E.Aaltonen 8+2reb+1ast, S.Latvala 3+3reb
Kouvot: A.Brown 21+9reb, A.Nikkarinen 18+3reb+5ast, J.Gonner 17+2reb+3ast, A.Jordan 12+7reb+5ast, A.Akpaso 6+1reb, A.Perttu 3+6reb
gschID: 171486


Namika Lahti - ToPo 87-101

Very expected game when 11th ranked Namika Lahti (9-27) lost at home to fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (20-15) 101-87 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Namika Lahti was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat forced 20 Namika Lahti turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) answered with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 28 points in the effort for Namika Lahti. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth place with 20-15 record. Loser Namika Lahti stay dead last with 27 lost games. Torpan Pojat will face league's leader Joensuun Kataja at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3).
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 28+3reb+3ast, M.Moore 24+7reb+5ast, R.Suonio 11+5reb+5ast, B.Bailey 8+5reb, S.Pekkola 7+1reb, J.Vanttaja 6
ToPo: T.Heinonen 26+3reb+2ast, C.Lindbom 24+12reb+1ast, J.Wilson 17+1reb+6ast, C.Griffin 15+1reb+4ast, T.Iisalo 8+6reb+2ast, J.Hawkins 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 141815


Kataja - Nilan Bisons 80-78

Second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-8) on Saturday. Joensuun Kataja managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected easier game. Joensuun Kataja made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 20 Loimaan Korikonkarit turnovers. Strangely Loimaan Korikonkarit outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 42-26 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Loimaan Korikonkarit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 assists. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 21 points and 6 assists in the effort for Loimaan Korikonkarit. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 28-8 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 21+1reb+6ast, M.Koivisto 17+2reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 14+7reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 10+15reb+6ast, C.Jones 6+5reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 5+10reb+2ast
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 17+3reb, B.Walker 13+3reb+6ast, P.Virtanen 12+3reb+6ast, J.Newson 11+4reb, S.Haanpaa 9+7reb, J.Price 8+3reb
gschID: 141816


LrNMKY - KTP 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Lappeenranta. Eighth ranked LrNMKY (14-21) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked KTP-Basket (15-21) 84-82 on Saturday evening. KTP-Basket was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 26-15 third quarter run of LrNMKY. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) helped adding 17 points. Five LrNMKY players scored in double figures. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. LrNMKY maintains eighth place with 14-21 record. KTP-Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 21 games lost. LrNMKY will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 30+14reb+1ast, T.Crocker 28+6reb+3ast, J.Williams 10+3reb+1ast, J.Matinen 6+4reb+1ast, M.Pounds 5+1reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 3+7reb+2ast
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 17+3reb+3ast, D.Haynes 16+6reb+10ast, V.Vanjoki 14+4reb+2ast, P.Riihela 13+5reb, L.Hamm 10+4reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 8+4reb
gschID: 141817




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 28-8 
 2. Nilan Bisons 24-11 
 3. Pyrinto 24-11 
 4. Kauhajoki 21-15 
 5. ToPo 20-15 
 6. Salon Vilpas 15-20 
 7. KTP 15-21 
 8. LrNMKY 14-21 
 9. Kouvot 13-22 
 10. Korihait 12-24 
 11. Namika Lahti 9-27 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Blue, KTP22.8 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.4 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.18.8 
 5. Crocker, KTP18.6 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.6 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 9. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.5 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.1 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.5 
 3. Blue, KTP10.6 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki10.1 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.2 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.1 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.6 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.5 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.9 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 7. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 9. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 10. Crocker, KTP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 6. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto0.7 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 
 10. Newson, Kataja0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated Bisons 80-78 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 36/40: Kataja (Joensuu) will probably win the regular season. Tonight Kataja defeated Bisons (Loimaa) by tywo as B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) made his two FTs at the final second of the contest: 80-78 (45-38). The game was interesting as there were 12 lead changes and 11 ties during the 40 minutes. The stats were interesting as well, because it's not so often, when you loose the rebounds 27-44, you can still win the game. Kataja (28-8) won anyway as Bisons' 30 fouls gave Kataja 33 FTs (26 made). Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) led Kataja with 17 points. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) was again the leading scorer (21 pts) on Bisons (24-11) roster. Martin Zeno was still on injured list.
Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 79-49 (37-23). Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) scored 28 pts for Kouvot. Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) added 18 pts and grabbed 16 rbs. Karhu (Kauhajoki) lost at home vs Pyrinto (Tampere) 72-95 (35-42). Karhu's three American players scored 62 pts and all Finnish players 10 pts. Pyrinto (24-11) had six players in double figures. YMCA Lappeenranta upset KTP (Kotka) by two 84-82 (42-45). Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) was the hero as he beat both KTP and the buzzer with his 2-pointer.

Kataja - Bisons 80-78 (45-38). (Sami Lehtoranta 17, B.A.Walker 13/6a, Petri Virtanen 12/6a - Jeb Ivey 21, Mikko Koivisto 17, Michael Nunnally 14. A: 1812).
Kouvot - UU-Korihait 79-49 (37-23). (Josh Gonner 28, Anthony Brown 18/16, Atte Perttu 12 - Petri Heinonen 12, Jonathan Heard 11, Cedric Latimer 8. A: 997).
Karhu - Pyrinto 72-95 (35-42). (Clevin Hannah 28, Kelly Beidler 17/12, Todd Hendley 17 - Antwine Williams 17, Damon Williams 15/10, Antti Nikkila 12. A: 750).
YMCA LPR - KTP 84-82 (42-45). (Tyler Tiedeman 17, DeAndre Haynes 16/10a, Viljami Vanjoki 14 - Tim Blue 30/14, Tony Crocker 28, Jeremy Williams 10. A: 378).




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ProA Round 22: Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gravelines-Dunkerque smashed 8th ranked JDA Dijon at home 79-55. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. JDA Dijon managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard David Melody (184-77) replied with 14 points for JDA Dijon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted JDA Dijon dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Strasbourg. JDA Dijon will play next round against strong Paris-Levallois trying to get back on the winning streak. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Entente Orleans 45 on the road.
The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Le Mans (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL (10-12). Le Mans defeated ASVEL 84-73. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Two Points) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and Taylor Rochestie chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nancy. ASVEL lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Strasbourg. Le Mans will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. ASVEL will play against JSF Nanterre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sluc Nancy (14-8) and Strasbourg IG (10-12), which took place in Strasbourg. Higher ranked Sluc Nancy lost to eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG in a road game 73-82 on Saturday. Ricardo Greer notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points by Pape-Philippe Amagou did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. Strasbourg IG moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon and ASVEL. Defending champion Sluc Nancy dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Strasbourg IG will meet higher ranked Le Mans (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was beaten by Poitiers on the road 85-76. Nanterre lost to Cholet on its own court 68-77. Orleans managed to outperform Le Havre in a road game 79-72.



ASVEL - Le Mans 73-84

The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Le Mans (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL (10-12). Le Mans defeated ASVEL 84-73. It looked good early as ASVEL took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Mans had a 16-13 second period charge getting the lead and ASVEL was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-84. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Two Points) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 17 points and the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nancy. ASVEL lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Strasbourg. Le Mans will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. ASVEL will play against JSF Nanterre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: L.Westermann 17+2reb+3ast, E.Jackson 13+2reb+5ast, D.Haritopoulos 10+1reb+1ast, D.Thompson 9+3reb+2ast, K.Tillie 8+2reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 6+2reb+1ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 17+3reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 16+2reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 14+3reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 12+6reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 8+2reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133664


Strasbourg - Nancy 82-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sluc Nancy (14-8) and Strasbourg IG (10-12), which took place in Strasbourg. Higher ranked Sluc Nancy lost to eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG in a road game 73-82 on Saturday. Strasbourg IG dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sluc Nancy's 18. Strasbourg IG forced 19 Sluc Nancy turnovers. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and American point guard Kevin Anderson (182-88, college: Richmond) supported him with 13 points and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points by naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. American guard John Linehan (175-78, college: Providence) added 8 points and 5 assists for lost side. Five Strasbourg IG and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon and ASVEL. Defending champion Sluc Nancy dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Strasbourg IG will meet higher ranked Le Mans (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nancy: P.Amagou 15+2reb+3ast, K.Grant 12+1reb+1ast, A.Moerman 11+2reb+2ast, J.Shuler 11+5reb, J.Linehan 8+4reb+5ast, R.Kurz 6+4reb+1ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 15+10reb+7ast, K.Anderson 13+3reb+4ast, A.M'Baye 13+2reb+1ast, C.Oliver 13+5reb, N.de Jong 13+2reb, A.Ajinca 9+4reb
gschID: 133665


Poitiers - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 85-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Poitiers and 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez had identical 6-15 record. This time Poitiers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pau 85-76 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Poitiers 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Poitiers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 68.8 percentage. American swingman Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) notched 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) supported him with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Even 26 points and 5 assists by American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The former international power forward Claude Marquis (204-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Poitiers (7-15) moved-up to thirteenth place. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Le Havre. Poitiers will meet higher ranked Cholet (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 26+3reb+5ast, A.Mendy 16+6reb, C.Marquis 14+9reb, J.Morency 9+5reb, C.Elonu 6+8reb, S.Rimac 2+1reb+1ast
Poitiers: R.Wright 26+6reb, J.J.J. Miller 17+3reb+2ast, E.Fournier 13+2reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 13+8reb+5ast, P.Guillard 8+2reb, K.Younger 3+2reb
gschID: 133661


Nanterre - Cholet 68-77

Rather expected game when 12th ranked JSF Nanterre (8-14) lost at home to ninth ranked Cholet (11-11) 77-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 36-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Cholet will meet at home Poitiers (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. JSF Nanterre will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 13+5reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 11+3reb+1ast, S.Brun 8+5reb+2ast, L.Akono 8+1reb+5ast, X.Corosine 7+1reb+2ast, M.Diarra 7
Cholet: D.Nelson 18+3reb+4ast, R.Falker 15+6reb+2ast, P.Christopher 14+1reb+1ast, R.Dozier 14+8reb, L.Vebobe 6+2reb, F.Causeur 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 133662


Gravelines - Dijon 79-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gravelines-Dunkerque smashed 8th ranked JDA Dijon at home 79-55. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. JDA Dijon managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Guard David Melody (184-77) replied with 14 points and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) added 10 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted JDA Dijon dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Strasbourg. JDA Dijon will play next round against strong Paris-Levallois trying to get back on the winning streak. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Entente Orleans 45 on the road.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Melody 14+2reb, J.Leloup 10+3reb, L.Aboudou 9+2reb, A.Harris 6+5reb, B.Dixon 5+3reb+3ast, R.Lewin 5+3reb
Gravelines: L.Vaty 14+4reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 13+7reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 13+1reb+1ast, P.Sy 10+2reb+2ast, J.Johnson 9+1ast, R.Jomby 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 133663


Le Havre - Orleans 72-79

Very predictable result when third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (15-7) won against on the road 13th ranked STB Le Havre (6-16) 79-72 on Saturday. STB Le Havre trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-79 at the end of the game. Senegalese forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman) notched 16 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) to lead the effort and the former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) supported him with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for STB Le Havre. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third position with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Gravelines. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Entente Orleans 45 will meet at home league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. STB Le Havre will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: N.Wise 19+1reb+5ast, J.Cox 12+6reb+2ast, B.Boddicker 12+2reb+1ast, N.Pope 11+2reb+2ast, K.Souchu 9+4reb, A.Wiggins 5+3reb
Orleans: M.N'Doye 16+4reb+1ast, C.Banks 12+2reb+4ast, A.Sy 11+4reb+2ast, D.Monds 11+2reb+1ast, G.Joseph 10+6reb+1ast, B.Greene 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133659




ProB Round 26: Boulazac Basket loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Boulazac Basket (20-6). They were edged by fifth ranked Fos Ouest (17-9) 80-78 in overtime on Friday night. Boulazac Basket was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-13 charge of Fos Ouest, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. Fos Ouest forced 24 Boulazac Basket turnovers. American guard Richard Roby (198-85) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Denain Voltaire trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fos Ouest will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Bordeaux won against Chalons-Reims on the opponent's court 82-80. Quimper managed to outperform Rouen in a home game 69-67. Vichy managed to beat Denain on the road 87-84. Antibes defeated Maurienne on its own court 91-85. Bourg was beaten by Evreux in a road game 81-76. Le Portel was destroyed by Limoges at home 48-80. Boulogne unfortunately lost to Lille on the opponent's court 60-78. Nantes managed to beat St Vallier in a home game 78-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 13 rebounds by Ferdinand Prenom of Antibes.



Chalons-Reims - Bordeaux 80-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Chalons-Reims (17-9) was edged at home by seventh ranked Bordeaux (14-12) 82-80 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chalons-Reims won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bordeaux won last quarter 26-26. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Bordeaux outrebounded Chalons-Reims 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lille. Loser Chalons-Reims keeps the third position with nine games lost. Bordeaux will face Nantes (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Chalons-Reims will play against JL Bourg (#10).
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 20+13reb+3ast, J.Ford 17+5reb+2ast, O.Bassett 12+7reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 11+2reb+1ast, S.Driss 11+7reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 9+2reb+2ast
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 17+9reb, R.Mels 17+1reb+5ast, N.Carter 14+5reb, B.Mullins 14+2reb+4ast, K.Joss-Rauze 10+1reb+2ast, P.Beye 6+3reb
gschID: 140089


Quimper - Rouen 69-67

There was a small surprise when eighteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (7-19) edged at home 16th ranked SPO Rouen (9-17) 69-67 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 69-67. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center William Molas (206-88) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Quimper UJAP moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Vichy. SPO Rouen lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Quimper UJAP will face higher ranked Saint Vallier (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Quimper: P.Paelay 18+6reb+1ast, W.Molas 18+5reb, A.McCoy 12+1reb+3ast, N.Roche 9+5reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 8+2reb+4ast, A.Salmon 2+4reb+1ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 23+9reb+2ast, A.Dunn 16+12reb+2ast, C.Bronchard 8+2reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 7+3reb+1ast, L.Chelle 7+2reb+2ast, S.Dia 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140090


Denain - Vichy 84-87

There was a minor upset when 15th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-16) was edged at home by seventeenth ranked JA Vichy (7-19) 87-84 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) scored 20 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four JA Vichy and five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. JA Vichy have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventeenth position with 7-19 record, which they share with Quimper. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. JA Vichy will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#12) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Vichy: E.Craven 20+3reb+4ast, D.Coleman 20+5reb, A.Eito 12+1reb+7ast, M.Jefferson 12+5reb, W.Aka 9+3reb, S.Dondon 6+9reb+2ast
Denain: J.James 17+6reb+2ast, L.Kante 17+6reb+1ast, R.Rossiter 15+13reb, N.Rohnert 15+3reb+5ast, X.Gaillou 10+1reb+6ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 6+3reb
gschID: 151906


Antibes - Maurienne 91-85

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Olympique Antibes (12-14) beat at home higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-10) 91-85 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aix-Maurienne won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Center Ferdinand Prenom (205-91) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympique Antibes moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aix-Maurienne will play against SPO Rouen.
Top scorers:
Antibes: F.Prenom 29+13reb+3ast, L.Bengaber 15+6reb, M.Badiane 12+4reb+2ast, T.Huffman 12+2reb+4ast, J.Allen 8+2reb+1ast, M.Courby 7+1reb+1ast
Maurienne: W.Brown 26+6reb+1ast, B.Osby 18+14reb+2ast, D.Tucker 14+2reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 7+1reb, S.Darnauzan 6+3reb+2ast, T.Yvrande 5+1reb
gschID: 140083


Evreux - Bourg 81-76

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked JL Bourg (12-14) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked ALM Evreux (12-14) 81-76 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But JL Bourg won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Drake Reed (193-87, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Jesse Delhomme (191-85) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. ALM Evreux moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated JL Bourg. ALM Evreux will face JA Vichy (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 19+12reb+2ast, A.Rowland 18+2reb+5ast, D.Reed 18+10reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 10+1reb, L.Konate 7+3reb+3ast, G.Costentin 3+1reb+2ast
Bourg: J.Cornley 17+8reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 15+2reb, J.Sanchez 11+2reb+2ast, I.Koma 9+5reb, J.Delhomme 8+7reb+9ast, O.Barro 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140084


Fos Ouest - Boulazac 80-78 OT

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Boulazac Basket (20-6). They were edged by fifth ranked Fos Ouest (17-9) 80-78 in overtime on Friday night. Boulazac Basket was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-13 charge of Fos Ouest, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. Fos Ouest forced 24 Boulazac Basket turnovers. American guard Richard Roby (198-85) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Denain Voltaire trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fos Ouest will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: R.Roby 24+4reb+1ast, E.Choquet 18+4reb+5ast, S.Gay 13+8reb+1ast, K.Atamna 9+4reb, W.Soliman 8+3reb, S.Giffa 6+4reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 16+14reb+1ast, D.Monroe 15+9reb+3ast, R.Ayers 11+5reb+2ast, T.Dubiez 9+1reb, A.Kerckhof 9+3reb, F.Adjiwanou 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 140085


Le Portel - Limoges 48-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (21-5) outleveled on the road 14th ranked Le Portel (10-16) 80-48 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Le Portel was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Le Portel to just 6 points in third quarter. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Burkinabe-Ivorian center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jean-Philippe Ludon (200-83) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Benoit Mangin (196-88) scored 8 points. Limoges CSP Elite keeps a position of league leader. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Fos Ouest (#4) at home in the next round. Le Portel will play against Lille Metropole (#7).
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 14+2reb, C.Massie 14+11reb, R.Desroses 12+3reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 10+1reb+3ast, A.Curti 8+1reb+3ast, F.Zerbo 8+10reb
Le Portel: J.Ludon 13+6reb, B.Mangin 8+4reb, G.Leburgue 6+1reb+1ast, C.Davis 6+4reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 5+6reb+1ast, M.Labeyrie 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140086


Lille - Boulogne 78-60

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Lille Metropole and 7th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne had identical 13-12 record. This time Lille Metropole used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Boulogne 78-60 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. SO Maritime Boulogne was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lille Metropole forced 20 SO Maritime Boulogne turnovers. American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lille Metropole (14-12) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Lille Metropole will face Le Portel (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Olympique Antibes (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Bradford 15+8reb+3ast, C.Marshall 15+4reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 15+5reb+2ast, S.Smith 8+3reb+1ast, M.Camara 5+1reb+1ast, B.Gillet 5
Boulogne: C.McCray 13+3reb+5ast, J.Rousselle 10, T.Stanley 10+2reb, C.Rouse 10+9reb, Z.Bah 7+1reb+2ast, J.Mathis 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140087


Nantes - St Vallier 78-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Nantes and 11th ranked Saint Vallier had identical 11-14 record. This time Nantes used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Saint Vallier 78-68 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saint Vallier was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and David Denave (195-85) scored 8 points and 6 assists. Saint Vallier's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nantes (12-14) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Nantes will face higher ranked Bordeaux (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saint Vallier will play against Quimper UJAP (#18).
Top scorers:
Nantes: D.Fergerson 15+4reb+2ast, M.Diarra 12+4reb, A.Charles 11+5reb+1ast, E.Mendy 10+5reb+4ast, M.Drame 9+1reb+1ast, O.Bardet 7+1reb+3ast
St Vallier: L.Prowell 18+7reb, S.Barrett 10+1reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 10+1reb, D.Denave 8+2reb+6ast, H.Disy 8+5reb, Y.Zonnet 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 140088




NM1 Round 26: Saint-Quentin is upset by Blois - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between second ranked Saint-Quentin (18-7) and seventh ranked Blois (17-9) on Saturday night. Saint-Quentin was defeated by Blois in a tough game on the road 78-83. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Saint-Quentin's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Saint-Quentin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) chipped in 19 points. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) produced 20 points and 4 assists for the guests. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Roche and Cognac. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Blois is looking forward to face Lievin Basket (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Charleville-Mezieres delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked Rueil (10-16) 88-66. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tafari Toney contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Rueil. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Newly promoted Rueil dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chartres. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Vendee Challans (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rueil will play against Sorgues and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Orchies. Local Orchesien BC (19-7) outscored 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-18) 97-59 on Saturday night. Djordje Petrovic scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marcus Jackson responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Orchesien BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Stade Clermont lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet Saint-Quentin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Clermont will play against Cognac (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked CFBB was crushed by Cognac in a road game 95-67. Chartres was beaten by Souffel at home 57-69. Le Puy was destroyed by Sorgues on the opponent's court 93-71. Lievin was outscored by Brest in a home game 48-74. Challans managed to beat Montbrison on the road 80-62. Angers BC 49 was defeated by Roche on its own court 72-79.
The best stats of 26th round was 30 points and 10 rebounds by Slobodan Ocokoljic of Sorgues.



Cognac - CFBB 95-67

There was no surprise when 18th ranked CFBB (2-23) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Cognac (17-9) 95-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cognac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while CFBB only scored eight points from the stripe. Cognac looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Mali guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. Five Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and guard Anthony Racine (190-94) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Cognac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Roche and Blois. CFBB lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Cognac will meet Stade Clermont (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Angers BC 49 and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 19+9reb+1ast, A.Racine 14+2reb+5ast, O.Yao-Delon 12+1reb+1ast, A.Chassang 8+5reb, C.Pontens 6+1reb+4ast, B.Dallo 4+4reb+4ast
Cognac: I.Saounera 17+1reb+6ast, C.Bertorelle 16+10reb+8ast, M.Buval 14+4reb, M.Bigote 13, N.Kaczmarow 11+5reb, S.Doucoure 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 147145


Chartres - Souffel 57-69

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (18-8) defeated on the road 13th ranked Chartres (10-16) 69-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. Chartres managed to win second period 12-3. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chartres 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) scored 8 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Willy Berquier (177-87) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Souffelweyersheim maintains fourth position with 18-8 record. Chartres lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Rueil. Souffelweyersheim will meet at home Etendard de Brest (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Chartres will play against Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chartres: L.Avramovic 16+6reb, W.Berquier 14+3reb+4ast, G.Lemon 9+2reb, H.Jalce 7+2reb, G.Merie 7+6reb, Z.Bojovic 2
Souffel: F.Broliron 18+3reb, J.Begarin 15+2ast, J.Tschamber 8+5reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 8+16reb+2ast, S.Kancel 6+3reb+3ast, J.Bach 6+4reb
gschID: 147141


Blois - St Quentin 83-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Blois between second ranked Saint-Quentin (18-7) and seventh ranked Blois (17-9) on Saturday night. Saint-Quentin was defeated by Blois in a tough game on the road 78-83. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Blois looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Saint-Quentin's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Saint-Quentin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) chipped in 19 points. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) produced 20 points and 4 assists and American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Blois and five Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Roche and Cognac. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Blois is looking forward to face Lievin Basket (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Ball 20+4reb+4ast, D.Williams 16+4reb+4ast, K.Howell 13+8reb+3ast, O.Romain 12+1reb+3ast, A.Rambur 11+5reb+1ast, R.N'Kembe 4+3reb
Blois: T.Sani 19+1reb+1ast, V.Kaunisto 13+9reb+3ast, J.Arlin 13+2reb+1ast, P.Brochard 12+1reb+8ast, J.Tornato 9+4reb+1ast, G.Staelens 7+11ast
gschID: 147142


Charleville - Rueil 88-66

Leader Charleville-Mezieres delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked Rueil (10-16) 88-66. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Rueil was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Rueil's 34. Charleville-Mezieres forced 25 Rueil turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Rueil. Five Charleville-Mezieres and four Rueil players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Newly promoted Rueil dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chartres. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Vendee Challans (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rueil will play against Sorgues and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rueil: S.Cabarkapa 14+13reb+2ast, M.Diame 13+4reb+1ast, C.Mansare 12+4reb+4ast, T.Chevigny 11+1reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 6+4reb+1ast, E.Driss 5+2reb+7ast
Charleville: C.Belser 21+8reb+6ast, C.Guillarme 14+6reb, N.Racon 14+1reb+1ast, F.Calvez 11+2reb+7ast, T.Toney 10+9reb+2ast, D.Pistre 8+3ast
gschID: 147143


Sorgues - Le Puy 93-71

Very expected game when 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-22) was rolled over on the road by eighth ranked Sorgues (15-11) 93-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. Le Puy ASMB managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Xavier Pasut (200-84) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Raphael Wilson (195-89) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Adrien Daube (193-89) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Five Sorgues and four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Sorgues maintains eighth position with 15-11 record. Le Puy ASMB lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Montbrison. Sorgues will meet Rueil (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Le Puy ASMB will play against Chartres and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: R.Wilson 19+7reb+2ast, S.Borval 13+7reb+1ast, A.Daube 12+4reb+6ast, Y.Smail 12+5reb+2ast, R.Martin 9+3reb+2ast, M.Zielinski 3+5reb
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 30+10reb+3ast, D.Griffin 17+5reb, X.Pasut 14+10reb+1ast, V.Ateba 10+2reb+4ast, Y.Bassine 10+4reb+3ast, S.Mekdad 4+3reb
gschID: 147144


Lievin - Brest 48-74

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Etendard de Brest (14-12) outscored on the road 9th ranked Lievin Basket (14-12) 74-48 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. Lievin Basket managed to win fourth quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etendard de Brest dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Lievin Basket's 26. Etendard de Brest forced 21 Lievin Basket turnovers. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Canadian-British forward Kris Douse (198-86, college: Point Park) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Etendard de Brest moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lievin and Challans. Etendard de Brest will meet higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lievin Basket will play against Blois (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 14+1reb+2ast, K.Douse 10+8reb, S.Cretaux 6+1reb+1ast, T.Sanborn 6+10reb, J.Dessart 5+3reb+4ast, V.Mendy 4+10reb+2ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Alao 13+2reb+1ast, J.Doreau 11+10reb+2ast, R.Lopez 10+5reb, B.Vounang 7+4reb, C.Eleka 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147137


Orchy - Clermont 97-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Orchies. Local Orchesien BC (19-7) outscored 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-18) 97-59 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Stade Clermont managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Stade Clermont 41-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Orchesien BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Stade Clermont's players. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) scored 5 points and 11 rebounds. Orchesien BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Stade Clermont lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet Saint-Quentin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Clermont will play against Cognac (#5) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clermont: M.Jackson 11+7reb, X.Delarue 10+4reb+1ast, S.Naydenov 9+1reb, J.Cortey 8+3ast, M.Diakite 6+2reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 5+11reb
Orchy: D.Petrovic 25+5reb, J.Bluntt 18+7reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 17+1reb+3ast, J.Verbeke 9+2reb+3ast, O.Gouez 8+4reb, E.Barbry 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 147138


Montbrison - Challans 62-80

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Montbrison (4-22) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Vendee Challans (14-12) 80-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Montbrison managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Montbrison turnovers. Point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Benjamin Tillon (189-85) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Montbrison's coach Marc Berjoan rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lievin and Brest. Newly promoted Montbrison keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Le Puy. Vendee Challans will meet at home league's leader Charleville-Mezieres in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Montbrison will play against Roche (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: R.Aubry 13+10reb+2ast, C.Pegon 11+2reb+4ast, J.St Robert 10+4reb, B.Tillon 8+8reb+3ast, K.Mondesir 6+4reb+3ast, F.Giraud 6+4reb+4ast
Challans: F.Herard 19+4reb, S.Cherasse 17+5reb+4ast, J.Almanson 15+5reb+3ast, D.Radojevic 7+6reb, G.Renon 6+2reb+1ast, S.Girma 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 147139


Angers BC 49 - Roche 72-79

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Roche (17-9) won against on the road 12th ranked Angers BC 49 (12-14) 79-72 on Friday. Angers BC 49 was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of Roche, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Roche players scored in double figures. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) scored 23 points. Roche moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Loser Angers BC 49 keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Roche will meet at home Montbrison (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angers BC 49 will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: P.Drouault 23+3reb+1ast, T.Pearson 20+12reb+1ast, M.Chupin 7+6reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 6+3reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 6+2reb+2ast, S.Traore 4+5reb
Roche: L.Simmons 18+11reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 15+12reb+4ast, B.Thomas 14+4reb+3ast, M.Diallo 12+4reb+3ast, F.Bateko 8+2reb+1ast, R.Pegon 5+4reb
gschID: 147140




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.3 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.1 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Almanson, Challans16.7 
 6. Bluntt, Orchy16.6 
 7. Pearson, Angers B.16.6 
 8. Belser, Charleville15.9 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 10. Avramovic, Chart.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.0 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.3 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.2 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.0 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 6. Avramovic, Chart.8.2 
 7. Cabarkapa, Rueil8.0 
 8. Toney, Charleville8.0 
 9. Pridotkas, Brest7.8 
 10. Mendy, Lievin7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.6 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 4. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.6 
 6. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 8. Dessart, Lievin4.3 
 9. Tillon, Montbrison4.3 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Ball, St Quentin1.9 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Pistre, Charleville1.8 
 6. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.7 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 9. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 10. Godin, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 2. Morin, CFBB1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 4. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 5. Davis, Blois1.3 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.3 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 


French ProB round 26 best performance: Ferdinand Prenom (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Center Ferdinand Prenom (205-C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Antibes, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Maurienne (#5, 16-10) 91-85. Antibes is placed at 9th 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 12-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Prenom as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ferdinand Prenom averages this season 9.8ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Kurt Cunningham (204-C/F-87) of Bordeaux. Cunningham had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Bordeaux to edge the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3, 17-9) 82-80. This victory allowed Bordeaux to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cunningham is a newcomer at Bordeaux, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Drake Reed (193-F-87) of Evreux (#12). Reed showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Evreux, leading his team to a 81-76 win against Bourg (12-14). The chances of Evreux ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Reed could help Evreux to bring them higher in the standings. Reed has a very solid season. In 8 games in France he scored 16.1ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of Evreux - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alex Dunn (210-C/F-82) of Rouen - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Vichy - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 26 points and 6 rebounds
10. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 16 points and 14 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)


Greer's double-double lands him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
33-year old swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Strasbourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Nancy (#5, 14-8) 82-73. Strasbourg maintains the 11th position in French league. Strasbourg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. It's Greer's second year at Strasbourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Pittsburgh graduate has very impressive stats this year. Greer is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rasheed Wright (196-F/G-80) of Poitiers. He is American swingman in his 4th season at Poitiers. In the last game Wright recorded impressive 26 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Poitiers cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15, 6-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Poitiers managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Wright is one of the most experienced players at Poitiers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15). Gipson scored 26 points and passed five assists. Despite Gipson's great performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 76-85 to slightly higher-ranked Poitiers (#13, 7-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Pau-Lacq-Orthez can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gipson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gipson has individually a great season in France. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 54.4% and 3PT: 41.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nic Wise (178-G-87) of Le Havre - 19 points and 5 assists
6. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Cholet - 14 points and 8 rebounds
8. Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81) of Poitiers - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-PG-87) of Orleans - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of ASVEL - 17 points, 2 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)


Orchies tab Lionel Bomayako - by Eurobasket News
Orchies strengthened their roster. They added Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fair Dickinson) to the squad. He is meant to replace injured DeRon Hayes (196-F-70, college: Penn St.). Lionel Bomayako started the season in Switzerland. He played for Zurich Wildcats. The guard delivered 23.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. It was the second straight season with the Wildcats for Lionel Bomayako. Previously the Central African player had stints with Geneve Devils, Quimper, Longwy-Rehon, Ockelbo, Roanne, Nanterre and St. Quentin. Lionel Bomayako has been the member of Central African National Team since 2003. He participated at 2011 African Championship. The guard posted 7.3 points and 1.3 boards per game in Madagascar.


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 21-5 
 2. Boulazac 20-6 
 3. Chalons-Reims 17-9 
 4. Fos Ouest 17-9 
 5. Maurienne 16-10 
 6. Bordeaux 14-12 
 7. Lille 14-12 
 8. Boulogne 13-13 
 9. Antibes 12-14 
 10. Bourg 12-14 
 11. Nantes 12-14 
 12. Evreux 12-14 
 13. St Vallier 11-15 
 14. Le Portel 10-16 
 15. Denain 10-16 
 16. Rouen 9-17 
 17. Vichy 7-19 
 18. Quimper 7-19 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 20-6 
 2. Orchy 19-7 
 3. St Quentin 18-7 
 4. Souffel 18-8 
 5. Cognac 17-9 
 6. Blois 17-9 
 7. Roche 17-9 
 8. Sorgues 15-11 
 9. Brest 14-12 
 10. Challans 14-12 
 11. Lievin 14-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 12-14 
 13. Chartres 10-16 
 14. Rueil 10-16 
 15. Clermont 8-18 
 16. Montbrison 4-22 
 17. Le Puy 4-22 
 18. CFBB 2-23 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans19.0 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.2 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.16.8 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.3 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.0 
 7. Cox, Le Havre15.3 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.15.0 
 9. Nelson, Cholet15.0 
 10. Schilb, Chalon15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.1 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg7.5 
 4. Aminu, Chalon7.3 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy7.3 
 6. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 8. Falker, Cholet6.8 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.8 
 10. Labeyrie, Hyeres-.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre5.7 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 7. Dixon, Dijon4.9 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Melody, Dijon1.9 
 6. Riley, Nanterre1.9 
 7. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 8. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 9. Nelson, Cholet1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.4 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 3. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 4. Gobert, Cholet1.1 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 7. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy1.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 10. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Le Portel
  (195-F/G-80)
  Avg: 18
 1. Davis, Le Portel18.0 
 2. Siggers, Rouen17.6 
 3. Denave, St Vallier16.8 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.3 
 5. Paelay, Quimper16.2 
 6. Brown, Maurienne16.0 
 7. Coleman, Vichy15.6 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.4 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac15.4 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Massie, Limoges11.7 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.5 
 3. Osby, Maurienne9.5 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.5 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.4 
 6. Allen, Antibes8.6 
 7. Daniels, Chalons-.8.4 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.0 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.0 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen5.0 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.9 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.6 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Allen, Antibes2.0 
 5. Eito, Vichy2.0 
 6. Paelay, Quimper2.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 8. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 9. Denave, St Vallier1.8 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Badiane, Antibes1.9 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Jefferson, Vichy1.5 
 5. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 7. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier0.9 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.0.9 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 22-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 21-5 
 3. Lirija 15-11 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-11 
 5. Kumanovo 11-14 
 6. Rabotnicki 9-17 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 6-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-14 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.3 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.18.9 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija17.3 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.16.7 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus16.6 
 10. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.7.7 
 3. Lukovic, Kumanovo7.7 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 5. Dahlman, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.1 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.8 
 10. Jelesijevic, Kuma.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Morban, Lirija4.5 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.7 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.9 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.6 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.5 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 4. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 6. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.0.8 
 9. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 16-0 
 2. Olimpi 13-3 
 3. Kutaisi 13-4 
 4. Sokhumi 10-7 
 5. MIA Academy 9-7 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 9-8 
 7. Samedicino 7-10 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 5-11 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-11 
 10. Batumi 2-14 
 11. Rustavi 1-15 


Superleague Round 18: Derby game ends with Samedicino-Academia's defeat of TSU - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Samedicino-Academia (#7) and TSU (#8). TSU was defeated at home 74-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. TSU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Samedicino-Academia forced 20 TSU turnovers. It was a good game for guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) contributed with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for TSU. Samedicino-Academia maintains seventh position with 7-10 record. TSU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. Samedicino-Academia are looking forward to face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TSU's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.
An interesting game for Kutaisi (13-4) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Sokhumi (10-7). Third ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Giorgi Barbakadze chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Sokhumi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Kutaisi will play against Samedicino-Academia (#7) in Tbilisi in the next round. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Superleague top team - Armia (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked STU (5-11) in Tbilisi 95-50. Will Thomas notched 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 17 points by Zviad Antadze did not help to save the game for STU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Armia have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-0 record. STU lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with TSU Tbilisi. Armia will meet bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.

In the last two games of round 18 bottom-ranked Rustavi was smashed by Olimpi on the road 91-59. Dinamo Tbilisi won against Batumi on its own court 82-76.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks by Milan Oluic of Dinamo Tbilisi.



TSU Tbilisi - Samedicino 74-83

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Samedicino-Academia (#7) and TSU (#8). TSU was defeated at home 74-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. TSU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Samedicino-Academia forced 20 TSU turnovers. It was a good game for guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for TSU. Samedicino-Academia maintains seventh position with 7-10 record. TSU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. Samedicino-Academia are looking forward to face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TSU's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: M.Chochua 19+9reb+4ast, A.Dvalishvili 13+12reb+5ast, F.Samojlovic 12+2reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 10+1reb, N.Ilic 10+2reb+1ast, G.Pirvelashvili 10+5reb+3ast
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 22+9reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 16+7reb+6ast, V.Beruashvili 14+12reb+3ast, Z.Maisuradze 7, D.Khizanishvili 5+3reb+1ast, S.Kokhreidze 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 166615


Olimpi - Rustavi 91-59

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Olimpi (13-3) crushed bottom-ranked Energy Invest (1-15) in Tbilisi 91-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. Energy Invest managed to win fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 30. They outrebounded Energy Invest 59-43 including a 44-31 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Energy Invest's players. Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) to lead the effort and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (211-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds by guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Forward Zurabi Machavariani (192-90) added 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. Olimpi moved-up to second place. Energy Invest lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Olimpi will meet Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against the league's leader Armia in Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: I.Hoger 18+12reb+1ast, N.Tutus 17+7reb, M.Berishvili 15+6reb+4ast, G.Nanitashvili 12+2reb+2ast, I.Milutinovic 9+17reb+4ast, L.Sulaberidze 7+1reb+1ast
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 14+11reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 13+3reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 8+4reb+1ast, D.Gugava 8+7reb+1ast, R.Chachanidze 5+1reb+1ast, T.Toudjani 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 166616


Armia - STU Tbilisi 95-50

Superleague top team - Armia (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked STU (5-11) in Tbilisi 95-50. The game was mostly controlled by Armia. STU managed to win third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding STU to just 2 points in fourth quarter. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 30. Armia forced 30 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 48-34 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by STU's players. American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) notched 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Puerto Rican Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) did not help to save the game for STU. Forward Gela Kopaliani (193-90) added 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-0 record. STU lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with TSU Tbilisi. Armia will meet bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.
Top scorers:
Armia: W.Thomas 28+8reb+3ast, G.Diaz 16+5reb+8ast, B.Woodside 14+5reb+10ast, J.Kjellbom 13+8reb+3ast, G.Sharabidze 8+3reb+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 7+5reb
STU Tbilisi: Z.Antadze 17+2reb+2ast, G.Kopaliani 12+3reb+1ast, G.Tetelashvili 6+2reb+3ast, Z.Machaladze 5+7reb+1ast, G.Khaniashvili 2, V.Tevzadze 2+2reb
gschID: 166617


Kutaisi - Sokhumi 86-74

An interesting game for Kutaisi (13-4) which hosted in Kutaisi one of their biggest challengers Sokhumi (10-7). Third ranked Kutaisi managed to get a 12-point victory 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Sokhumi was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Sokhumi outrebounded Kutaisi 51-32 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Kutaisi brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Sokhumi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Sokhumi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Kutaisi will play against Samedicino-Academia (#7) in Tbilisi in the next round. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 23+15reb+5ast, G.Barbakadze 17+6reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 14+1reb, D.Barbakadze 13+3reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 11+1reb+5ast, Z.Pashayev 5+1reb+7ast
Sokhumi: S.Atuashvili 20+16reb, L.Patsatsia 15+12reb+5ast, L.Parghalava 15+8reb+5ast, I.Chlaidze 5+2reb, G.Gaprindashvili 4+1reb, T.Chachibaia 4+4reb
gschID: 166613


Dinamo Tbilisi - Batumi 82-76

Very expected game when 10th ranked Batumi (2-14) lost on the road to sixth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (9-8) 82-76 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Batumi won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) supported him with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds by the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) did not help to save the game for Batumi. point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains sixth position with 9-8 record. Loser Batumi keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Batumi will play against the league's second-placed Olimpi (#2) in Tbilisi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Oluic 27+11reb+2ast, K.Carter 23+18reb+2ast, G.Markhvashvili 11+4reb+4ast, A.Zecevic 9+3reb+1ast, I.Lezhava 6+2reb+4ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 4+3reb+5ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 22+13reb+1ast, I.Mikeladze 17+5reb+2ast, N.Ramishvili 14+2reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 9+4reb+2ast, I.Maisuradze 5+3reb+1ast, G.Revazashvili 4+8reb
gschID: 166614




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy28.2 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.2 
 3. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi22.1 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Woodside, Armia17.8 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.9 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.6 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.10.9 
 3. Toudjani, Rustavi10.8 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.6 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.8 
 6. Revazashvili, Batu.9.7 
 7. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.6 
 8. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 9. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.5 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.4 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.9 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 5. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.6 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Dina.5.3 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi5.3 
 9. Artsividze, Rustavi5.1 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.8 
 2. Woodside, Armia3.1 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.6 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.2.1 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 9. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.4.6 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 4. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.4 
 7. Nozadze, STU T.1.3 
 8. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 9. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.2 
 10. Machaladze, STU1.1 


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  GERMANY   


Zamal Nixon (Hertener Lions) Leipzig Is A Really Good Team And You Can Expect Tough And Exciting Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Zamal Nixon (185-G-89, college: Houston) is a 185cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that is a rookie playing in Germany for t Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB). He played at Houston (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 92.2%. Currently for Herten, he is averaging 24,3ppg, 2,9rpg and 6,9apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before their playoff series against Leipzig.

Congrats on the 92-82 win against TV Lagen in game 2. What was reason for the win?

The reason for the win was that we really did a good job on them defensively, they didn't get as many easy baskets as they did in the first game and we did a good job stopping Dury.


What was your impression of Sebastian Greene who scored 29 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out 6 assists? He played at Fordham and in the Beko BBL.


Sebastian has a lot of game. He's a really good all around player, and a great athlete, I am just glad he didn't play in the first game.


You scored 58 points in the 2 game series. Did the team treat you to dinner after the game? Lol


lol no unfortunately they didn't I had to play for my own meals.


The next opponent is against Leipzig. What can we await from this series?


Leipzig is a really good team, it playoff time so you can expect tough and exciting games from here on out



The team has 2 Americans with Lamar Morinia and Monyea Pratt. What do you know about these two Americans?

They are both good players. Morinia is an older experienced guard, and Pratt is a solid all around guard who can fill that stat sheet up


Are you surprised that Uconn lost in the first round at March Madness?


Yeah I was surprised a little. I thought they would beat Iowa State but lose to Kentucky in the next round.

What sleepers do you expect to make a run in March Madness?

My sleeper team would be Florida State I think they have a chance to make the final four



Are the San Antonio Spurs stronger with Stephen Jackson?


Yeah I think they are a better team with him. Stephen Jackson gives them another scoring threat to go along with Parker Ginobili and Duncan


What DVD movie do you want to see?


Project X.

Thanks Zamal for the chat.


Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Need To Set The Pace Against Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn March 17.

A big 84-80 road win for ratiopharm Ulm in Ludwigsburg. What was key at the end for getting the win?

Keeping our composure down the stretch and making plays in the 4th.

What was it like playing against two time Butler NCAA finalist Matt Howard? How has he matured as a pro so far?

It was fun, he had great success at Butler, watched a lot of his games this time last year and the year before.

The next game is against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the 101-84 win earlier in the season?

I remember it was during a long road swing for us, we were able to go in there and get a big win after Christmas.

Bonn is a playoff team and trying to get even higher in the standings. What will be key in getting the win? Will it be stopping Jared Jordan be 80% for the win?

He does so much for their team, he finds guys and they move well to get open. We need to control their pace and not let him set guys up for easy shots all night.

What is your take on the New York Knicks saying farewell to coach Mike D Antoni?

New York sports are ruthless, if you are not winning you are out.

Rickey Rubio is out for the season. How much will this effect him getting rookie of the year?

I think he was having a ROY type season but there is a lot of time left, if Irving stays solid he might take it.

There have been rumors that Pao Gasol has been traded. Where do you think he should go?

Im not sure what they Lakers want to do, Im sure Gasol would want to go to a team that is not rebuilding.

What 2 sleeper teams do you want to see make an upset early at March madness?

Those Creighton boys won their first round game, I would love to see them take down UNC and ruin everyones bracket except mine. I like K State to take down the Cuse in the 2nd round and crush Tommy Mason-Griffin's bracket hopes.


John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Are A Different Team At Home As Of Late - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the home game against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen March 17th.



How important was it having off Wed when most other teams were playing? How important is it having this extra rest?

Anytime you can get rest its a good thing but at the same time I think it was important for us to play to maybe get into a rhythm or something but we will take the rest for sure.


TBB Trier is riding on a 5 game home winning streak. How big of a role is that playing with the team mentally at this juncture?

We are a different team at home as of late, but I feel we are more confident and obviously comfortable around our surroundings. We play extremely well together and feed off our fans energy.

The next game is against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. What is your memory of the 85-65 loss in Tuebingen earlier in the season?

They flat out kicked our butt and played harder than we did. We struggled defensively and couldn't contain people off the dribble and they made us pay.

TBB Trier gave up 85 points on the road to Tuebingen. What does one have to watch most closely when the Tigers are in the half court offense?

I think we have to stop the pick and roll and make adjustments as the game goes along. We have to play good team defense and stop second chance points as well.

The Beko BBL is very tight, but are the Tigers a team that could slip into the playoffs despite their youth?

I think at this point they can. If they keep winning at home and get a couple road wins anything is possible especially the way the standings are right now.


What is your take on the Bucks-Golden State trade. Who got the better deal?


I like what both teams did, and I think golden state finally got a big guy that's decent if Bogut is healthy and Milwaukee finally got a shooting guard that could compliment Brandon Jennings as well.

What was your take on the New York Knicks saying farewell to Mike D Antoni?

Well we kinda knew it was coming and he should thank Jeremy Lin for keeping him around for an extra month. But it's too bad but I just don't think that system fit in well with the players they had and they couldn't stop anyone at all so I think the change was necessary.

Who will win, Gonzaga or West Virginia in the first round?

.I'm going with West Virginia

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Remember me.


Thanks John for the chat.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.0 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Hassan, Leitersh.18.5 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.4 
 6. Reid, MBC18.0 
 7. Lipke, Leitershofen17.1 
 8. Stommes, Webmoebel17.0 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.8 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.8 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.9 
 3. Alawoya, Braves8.8 
 4. Black, Jena7.9 
 5. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.5 
 6. Webb, Crailsheim7.5 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 8. Moore, Karlsruhe7.2 
 9. Richardson, Leiter.7.2 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.7 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 6. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 9. Barker, Jena4.0 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 4. Matthews, Ehingen1.8 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Lipke, Leitershofen1.5 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 7. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 23-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 23-5 
 3. ALBA 21-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 18-8 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 17-10 
 6. B.Muenchen 16-11 
 7. NY Phantoms 14-12 
 8. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 9. Bremerhaven 13-14 
 10. EWE Baskets 13-15 
 11. Fraport SKY 12-15 
 12. Walter Tigers 12-15 
 13. Bayreuth 11-16 
 14. TBB Trier 9-17 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-20 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 7-19 
 17. EnBW L'burg 7-20 
 18. Goettingen 4-24 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 20-5 
 2. Kirchheim 16-9 
 3. Crailsheim 16-9 
 4. Chemnitz 16-10 
 5. Webmoebel 15-10 
 6. Jena 13-13 
 7. Duesseldorf 12-12 
 8. ETB Wohnbau 12-12 
 9. Karlsruhe 12-13 
 10. Heidelberg 12-13 
 11. NBC 11-14 
 12. Ehingen 11-15 
 13. Cuxhaven 9-16 
 14. Braves 7-18 
 15. Leitershofen 6-19 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.9 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.6 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 7. Wood, ALBA15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.4 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.3 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 7. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.6.6 
 10. Davidson, Fraport6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.1 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.8 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 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. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 8. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Dorris, EnBW L.1.3 
 10. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
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.1.6 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.0 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Beck, Ikaros16.3 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.4 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.8 
 9. James, Aris14.5 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.1 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris6.0 
 9. Boykin, Kolossos5.9 
 10. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. James, Aris4.1 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 5. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 6. Dorsey, Olympiakos1.6 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Baxter, Ikaros1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 4. Petway, AGOR1.1 
 5. Michel, KAOD1.0 
 6. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.9 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.19.1 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.5 
 4. Stevovic, AE.17.9 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.7 
 6. Vasilopoulos, AEK17.1 
 7. Pettas, Doxa L.16.9 
 8. Psileas, Lavrio16.5 
 9. Petrovic-S., Apoll.16.1 
 10. Magounis, Panele.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.5 
 2. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.4 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 4. Sklavos, AEK7.6 
 5. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 6. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.3 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.3 
 8. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.2 
 9. Macheras, Panery.7.0 
 10. Sigounas, Pagrati6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.6.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.7 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.1 
 4. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.0 
 5. Nikou, Panelefs.5.0 
 6. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 8. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.2 
 10. Kounas, Lavrio3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lewis, OFI2.0 
 2. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.7 
 3. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 5. Magounis, Panele.1.7 
 6. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.7 
 7. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.6 
 8. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.5 
 9. Petrovic-S., Apoll.1.4 
 10. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 3. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 5. Karadolamis, OFI0.9 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.9 
 7. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.8 
 8. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 10. Foutsitzis, Perik.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 18-5 
 2. Apollon Patras 17-6 
 3. Arkadikos 14-9 
 4. AEK 14-9 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 14-9 
 6. Lavrio 13-10 
 7. Nea Kifisia 13-10 
 8. OFI 12-11 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 12-11 
 10. Doxa Lefkadas 11-12 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 10-13 
 12. Panerythraikos 10-13 
 13. Perama Ermis 10-13 
 14. Pagrati 8-15 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 8-15 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-23 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 21-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-2 
 3. Kolossos 15-7 
 4. AGOR 14-8 
 5. Panionios 14-8 
 6. Kavala 12-10 
 7. Aris 10-12 
 8. PAOK 9-13 
 9. KAOD 8-13 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-16 
 12. Ikaros 6-17 
 13. Marousi 1-22 


Sigounas' double-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pagrati and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team AEK/Argous (#16, 0-23) with 19-point margin 94-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Pagrati is placed at 14th position in Greek A2. Pagrati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-15 record. In the team's last game Sigounas had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Alexandros Sigounas averages this season 10.1ppg and 6.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell) of league's second-best Apollon Patras. He is naturalized Serbian swingman in his first season at Apollon Patras. In the last game Petrovic-Stergiou recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Apollon Patras lost that game 90-96 to slightly lower-ranked Arkadikos (#3, 14-9). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Apollon Patras still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 17-6 record is not bad at all. Petrovic-Stergiou is a newcomer at Apollon Patras and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pagrati's star - Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92). Antonakis scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Pagrati, helping his team with a 94-75 easy win against AEK/Argous (#16, 0-23). The chances of Pagrati not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antonakis could try to bring Pagrati's a little bit higher in the standings. Antonakis has a very solid season. In 16 games in Greece he scored 4.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thodoris Sioutis (200-F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Gianni Vavatsikos (201-F-90) of AEK/Argous - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Apollon Patras - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-F/C-82) of Arkadikos - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of AEK - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) of Pagrati - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Giannis Staboulis (197-F-90) of Periko/Arhelaos - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


A2 Round 23: Nea Kifisia defeats leader Panelefsiniakos - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (18-5) in Athens on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by seventh ranked Nea Kifisia (13-10) 84-53. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The game without a history. Nea Kifisia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nea Kifisia had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-F-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaggelis Koukouravas (186-82) answered with 14 points for Panelefsiniakos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nea Kifisia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lavrio. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Nea Kifisia is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Arkadikos (#3) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Apollon Patras (17-6) against fourth ranked Arkadikos (14-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Apollon Patras was defeated by Arkadikos in a tough game in Arkadia 90-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. It was a great evening for guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Sokrates Gizogiannis helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Apollon Patras' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadikos moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK and Ikaroi Serron. Apollon Patras at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Arkadikos will play against league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ikaroi Serron (14-9) against thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (10-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Amyntas Dafnis in Athens 74-60. It was an exceptional evening for Leonidas Zoupas who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 assists. Kostas Totsios came up with 26 points for Ikaroi Serron in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Perama Ermis and Panerythraikos. Loser Ikaroi Serron keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with AEK and Arkadikos. Amyntas Dafnis will meet Perama Ermis (#13) on the road in the next round. Ikaroi Serron will play against Nea Kifisia (#7) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to fifteenth ranked Pagrati (8-15) 94-75. The best player for the winners was Alexandros Sigounas who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Pagrati moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Pagrati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lavrio (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against OFI (#8) in Heraklion and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Fourteenth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-15) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-11) in Lagadas on Saturday. Ermis Lagkada managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Savvas Iliadis orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Ermis Lagkada's coach Antonis Baxevanis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to eighth place, which they share with OFI. Loser Periko/Arhelaos keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Periko/Arhelaos will play against AEK (#4) in Athens.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: OFI was beaten by AEK on the road 82-71. Doxa Lefkadas won against Perama Ermis on its own court 68-63. Panerythraikos unfortunately lost to Lavrio in a road game 70-77.


Arkadikos - Apollon Patras 96-90
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Apollon Patras (17-6) against fourth ranked Arkadikos (14-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Apollon Patras was defeated by Arkadikos in a tough game in Arkadia 90-96. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Apollon Patras won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadikos made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Apollon Patras' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadikos moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK and Ikaroi Serron. Apollon Patras at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Arkadikos will play against league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: M.Papadakis 21+3reb+5ast, G.Kopsaftis 19+1reb+3ast, S.Gizogiannis 17+10reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 15+9reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 13+5reb, P.Ifantis 10+1reb
Apollon Patras: I.Krolo 24+6reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 24+11reb+4ast, N.Argyropoylos 18+5reb+5ast, S.Daniil 8+1reb+2ast, I.Lianos 6+3ast, G.Petropoulos 5
gschID: 138503


AEK - OFI 82-71
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked AEK (14-9) beat 8th ranked OFI (12-11) in Athens 82-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AEK outrebounded OFI 34-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Sakis Panagakis (191-83) answered with 17 points and 7 assists and power forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for OFI. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AEK moved-up to third place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron and Arkadikos. Newly promoted OFI keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. AEK will face Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos in the next round which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play at home against AEK/Argous (#16).
Top scorers:
AEK: F.Vasilopoulos 26+2reb+2ast, V.Sklavos 20+10reb, A.Mantzaris 16+1reb+2ast, A.Falekas 6+3reb+2ast, D.Despos 4+8reb+1ast, A.Siamandouras 4+4reb
OFI: S.Panagakis 17+3reb+7ast, D.Katiakos 13+5reb, D.Lewis 11+3reb+2ast, G.Kerasovitis 8+2reb+2ast, S.Toutziarakis 7+1reb, A.Sizopoulos 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 138499


Ermis Lagkada - Periko/Arhelaos 80-78 OT
Fourteenth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-15) was very close to win a game against ninth ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-11) in Lagadas on Saturday. Ermis Lagkada managed to secure only two-point victory 80-78. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Ermis Lagkada made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Spyros Kekelis (181-80) contributed with 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Ermis Lagkada players scored in double figures. Ermis Lagkada's coach Antonis Baxevanis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Giannis Staboulis (197-90) answered with 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 9 assists in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to eighth place, which they share with OFI. Loser Periko/Arhelaos keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Periko/Arhelaos will play against AEK (#4) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 17+11reb+4ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 15+3reb+1ast, S.Kekelis 12+8ast, S.Nisiotis 11+6reb+3ast, H.Plioukas 9+4reb, B.Paritsis 6+3reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Staboulis 23+4reb+2ast, T.Panaras 17+3reb+3ast, K.Bechlivanis 12+4reb+9ast, D.Marmarinos 8+6reb, N.Bochoridis 7, G.Foutsitzis 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 138500


Amyntas Dafnis - Ikaroi Serron 74-60
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ikaroi Serron (14-9) against thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (10-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Amyntas Dafnis in Athens 74-60. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. Ikaroi Serron managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ikaroi Serron 34-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Thodoris Vardianos (193-78) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) came up with 26 points and guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Ikaroi Serron in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Perama Ermis and Panerythraikos. Loser Ikaroi Serron keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with AEK and Arkadikos. Amyntas Dafnis will meet Perama Ermis (#13) on the road in the next round. Ikaroi Serron will play against Nea Kifisia (#7) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 20+3reb+5ast, T.Vardianos 15+7reb+1ast, S.Tsougarakis 11+10reb+2ast, K.Vardavas 10+5reb+3ast, G.Sourlis 8+3reb+1ast, D.Chilaris 6+3reb+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 26+2reb+2ast, S.Kaberidis 11+2reb+5ast, E.Margaritis 9+5reb, K.Pehlivanis 6+2reb, F.Simeonidis 5+7reb+5ast, H.Voivatopoulos 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138501


Nea Kifisia - Panelefsiniakos 84-53
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (18-5) in Athens on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by seventh ranked Nea Kifisia (13-10) 84-53. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The game without a history. Nea Kifisia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nea Kifisia had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaggelis Koukouravas (186-82) answered with 14 points and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nea Kifisia moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lavrio. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Nea Kifisia is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Arkadikos (#3) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: T.Sioutis 17+10reb, S.Nikitakis 16+2reb+2ast, F.Moschovitis 14+6reb+3ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 9+4reb+6ast, M.Kolokas 8+1reb+3ast, D.Menoudakos 6+2reb+4ast
Panelefsiniakos: V.Koukouravas 14+3reb+2ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 13+1reb, S.Magounis 7+7reb, C.Deligiannis 6+2reb+2ast, T.Konstantakopoulos 6+2reb, T.Nikou 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 138502


Doxa Lefkadas - Perama Ermis 68-63
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Doxa Lefkadas and 10th ranked Perama Ermis had identical 10-12 record. This time Doxa Lefkadas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Perama 68-63 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 31-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Doxa Lefkadas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perama Ermis. Four Perama Ermis players scored in double figures. Doxa Lefkadas (11-12) moved-up to tenth place. Perama Ermis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Doxa Lefkadas will face Panerythraikos (#12) in New Eritrea in the next round. Perama Ermis will play at home against Amyntas Dafnis in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Pettas 17+7reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 13+2ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 9+5reb, V.Vagenas 8+8reb, O.Matenidis 6+4reb+3ast, V.Ekine 6+2reb+1ast
Perama Ermis: K.Paschalis 15+10reb+2ast, N.Michalos 15+6reb+2ast, A.Koronidis 13+2reb+4ast, L.Skoutaris 10+4reb, D.Kapiniaris 4, V.Delis 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138496


Lavrio - Panerythraikos 77-70
Very predictable result when sixth ranked Lavrio (13-10) won against at home 12th ranked Panerythraikos (10-13) 77-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Cypriot guard Vassilis Kounas (195-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Giorgos Tirlas (197-80) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Panerythraikos. Lavrio maintains sixth place with 13-10 record, which they share with Nea Kifisia. Loser Panerythraikos dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Lavrio will face Pagrati (#14) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: V.Kounas 11+5reb+5ast, G.Tirlas 11+6reb, M.Perakis 11+5reb, D.Giannakopoulos 8+2reb+5ast, K.Sinnis 8+6reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 7+4reb
Panerythraikos: K.Macheras 21+5reb+1ast, S.Katoufas 18+5reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 9+5reb+6ast, N.Pritsos 9+2reb, G.Rodostoglou 7+7reb+2ast, S.Kontoudis 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138497


AEK/Argous - Pagrati 75-94
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to fifteenth ranked Pagrati (8-15) 94-75. The game without a history. Pagrati led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pagrati outrebounded AEK/Argous 59-36 including a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. The best player for the winners was forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Power forward Anastasios Antonakis (204-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Pagrati and four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Pagrati moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Pagrati's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lavrio (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against OFI (#8) in Heraklion and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: A.Sigounas 22+16reb+3ast, A.Antonakis 20+12reb+2ast, S.Veskoukis 13+7reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 13+15reb+3ast, A.Raptis 12+6reb+4ast, G.Dimakos 11+3reb+8ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 24+10reb+4ast, G.Vavatsikos 15+10reb+2ast, V.Stateras 14+2reb+1ast, G.Koukounias 11+5reb, G.Flevaris 7+9reb+1ast, G.Vourdoulas 4+1ast


Zack Wright leaves for Cibona - by Giorgos Diploidis
Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) will not any longer be a player of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean. He had a better proposal from KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and he decided to accept it. The team of Crete today (17/03/2012) beat Kolossos 76-70 and Wright was the MVP by having 23 points.

The team of Agor now is in the fourth place of the Greek Championship by having a 14-8 record. This is a big surprise if we get into mind that the team returned the summer in Basketleague from the A2 category.


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 20-5 
 2. Leiden 17-6 
 3. Den Bosch 17-6 
 4. Nijmegen 15-8 
 5. Zwolle 10-14 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-15 
 7. Weert 4-20 
 8. Rotterdam 3-21 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Tyrone SALLY
  Rotterdam
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Sally, Rotterdam18.3 
 2. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.1 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch15.6 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.3 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.2 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen15.1 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.3 
 10. Wells, Zwolle14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Coleman, Weert9.3 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.9.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.4 
 4. Boxley, Leiden6.9 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.8 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch6.8 
 7. Saaka, Zwolle6.7 
 8. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.7 
 9. Bekkering, Nijme.6.5 
 10. Oudendag, Rotte.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 2. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen3.7 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 6. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.3 
 8. Fletcher, Weert3.3 
 9. Jansen, Den Bosch3.1 
 10. Defares, Groningen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 2. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.2 
 4. Harman, Weert2.1 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 7. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 8. Fletcher, Weert1.7 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.2 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 4. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 9. Hilliman, Leiden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 17-3 
 2. KR 13-7 
 3. Stjarnan 13-7 
 4. Thor Thorl 13-7 
 5. Keflavik 12-8 
 6. Snaefell 11-9 
 7. Tindastoll 10-10 
 8. Njardvik 9-11 
 9. IR 8-12 
 10. Fjolnir 8-12 
 11. Haukar 6-14 
 12. Valur 0-20 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Holmes, Njardvik23.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik23.2 
 4. Govens, Thor Thorl23.2 
 5. Dagostino, Keflavik22.9 
 6. Shuler, Haukar22.7 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir22.3 
 8. Johnson, Valur22.0 
 9. Bullock, Grindavik21.9 
 10. Tairu, KR21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Hairston, Thor T.14.0 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.8 
 4. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.3 
 5. Smith, Haukar11.2 
 6. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 7. Bullock, Grindavik10.3 
 8. Walkup, Fjolnir10.2 
 9. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 10. Hampton, Tindasto.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan6.9 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.4 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.3 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.6 
 5. Pauline, Haukar5.6 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik4.8 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.7 
 8. Haraldsson, Haukar4.6 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.3 
 10. Brown, KR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Holmes, Njardvik3.0 
 2. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 3. Brown, KR2.6 
 4. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 5. Hall, Snaefell2.5 
 6. Parker, Keflavik2.5 
 7. Allen, Tindastoll2.3 
 8. Pauline, Haukar2.3 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.3 
 10. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Hairston, Thor T.4.4 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 5. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 6. Tratnik, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 
 8. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 9. Holmes, Njardvik1.1 
 10. Ferguson, KR1.0 


Express L. Round 20: Snaefell defeats leader Grindavik - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Express L..

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Grindavik (17-3) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Snaefell (11-9) 101-89. The game was mostly controlled by Snaefell. Grindavik managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) contributed with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for Grindavik. Snaefell maintains sixth position with 11-9 record. Grindavik at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Snaefell are looking forward to face Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round. Grindavik will play on the road against Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Stjarnan (13-7) which played on the court of Keflavik (12-8). Third ranked Stjarnan crushed hosts 94-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists and Renato Lindmets who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) responded with 25 points and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with KR and Thor Thorl. Keflavik at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Stjarnan will play against Fjolnir (#10) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Keflavik will play at home against IR (#9) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Thor Thorl (13-7) against seventh ranked Tindastoll (10-10) on Friday night. Visiting Thor Thorl was defeated by Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur 97-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. The winners were led by Curtis Allen who scored that evening 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points and 4 assists by Darrin Govens did not help to save the game for Thor Thorl. Tindastoll maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Newly promoted Thor Thorl keeps the second place with seven games lost. They share the position with KR and Stjarnan. Tindastoll will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Thor Thorl will play against Valur (#12) in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Valur is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to fourth ranked KR (13-7) 105-72. The best player for the winners was Robert Ferguson who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). 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. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan and Thor Thorl. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings. KR's next round opponent will be Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 20 Njardvik was beaten by Fjolnir on the road 92-74. IR lost to Haukar on its own court 87-92.



Valur - KR 72-105

Bottom-ranked Valur is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to fourth ranked KR (13-7) 105-72. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Valur's 40. KR forced 20 Valur turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. KR brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Martin Hermannsson (180-94) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Center Birgir Petursson (205-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Benedikt Blondal (-93) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. 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. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan and Thor Thorl. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings. KR's next round opponent will be Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valur: B.Blondal 14+3reb+6ast, B.Petursson 13+11reb, M.Jackson 13+4reb, K.Olafsson 13+2reb+4ast, R.Gylfason 11+5reb+4ast, A.Dungal 6+4reb+3ast
KR: H.Magnusson 14+2reb, E.Johannsson 14+5reb, R.Ferguson 14+6reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 12+4reb, M.Hermannsson 10+3reb+6ast, J.Kristjansson 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 140202


Tindastoll - Thor Thorl 97-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Thor Thorl (13-7) against seventh ranked Tindastoll (10-10) on Friday night. Visiting Thor Thorl was defeated by Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur 97-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. The game was mostly controlled by Tindastoll. Thor Thorl managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 51-20 including a 37-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) who scored that evening 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) supported him with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points and 4 assists by American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) did not help to save the game for Thor Thorl. FYR Macedonian-Australian forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) added 20 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Tindastoll maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Newly promoted Thor Thorl keeps the second place with seven games lost. They share the position with KR and Stjarnan. Tindastoll will meet higher ranked Snaefell (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Thor Thorl will play against Valur (#12) in Reykjavik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 21+3reb+4ast, B.Janev 20+7reb, J.Hairston 16+5reb+3ast, D.Hilmarsson 10+3reb, G.Jonsson 6+1reb+4ast, B.Ragnarsson 5+6ast
Tindastoll: M.Miller 25+7reb+2ast, C.Allen 25+9reb+4ast, I.Tratnik 11+10reb+1ast, H.Birgisson 9+3reb, H.Margeirsson 8, F.Hreinsson 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140203


Keflavik - Stjarnan 69-94

Another interesting game for Stjarnan (13-7) which played on the court of Keflavik (12-8). Third ranked Stjarnan crushed hosts 94-69. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Stjarnan outrebounded Keflavik 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) responded with 25 points and 5 steals and his fellow American import forward Jarryd Cole (200-88, college: Iowa, agency: JEMsports) scored 12 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. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with KR and Thor Thorl. Keflavik at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Stjarnan will play against Fjolnir (#10) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Keflavik will play at home against IR (#9) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: C.Parker 25+2reb+2ast, V.Valsson 14+2reb+2ast, J.Cole 12+7reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 7+5reb+3ast, S.Gunnarsson 4, H.Halldorsson 3+2reb
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 20+4reb+6ast, R.Lindmets 17+9reb+1ast, K.Cothran 15+3reb+3ast, M.Valdimarsson 13+3reb+3ast, J.Zdravevski 10+1reb+2ast, F.Helgason 8+13reb+4ast
gschID: 140204


Grindavik - Snaefell 89-101

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Grindavik (17-3) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Snaefell (11-9) 101-89. The game was mostly controlled by Snaefell. Grindavik managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Snaefell players scored in double figures. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Grindavik. Snaefell maintains sixth position with 11-9 record. Grindavik at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Snaefell are looking forward to face Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round. Grindavik will play on the road against Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Bullock 25+13reb+3ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 18+5reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 13+3reb+4ast, J.Olafsson 7+7reb+4ast, S.Thorsteinsson 7+9reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 6+5reb+1ast
Snaefell: M.Hall 22+4reb+1ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 21+17reb+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 18+11reb+5ast, H.Gunnarsson 14+3reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 14+6reb+3ast, S.Davidsson 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 140199


Fjolnir - Njardvik 92-74

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Fjolnir (8-12) beat 8th ranked Njardvik (9-11) in Reykjavik 92-74. The game was mostly controlled by Fjolnir. Njardvik was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fjolnir dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Njardvik's 50. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Calvin O'Neil (193-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and guard Travis Holmes (193-86, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) added 17 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Fjolnir moved-up to ninth place, which they share with IR. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: C.Echols 24+15reb+1ast, T.Holmes 17+4reb+5ast, E.Fridriksson 13+1reb+5ast, P.Kristinsson 6+7reb, S.Fjeldsted 6+5reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 5+1reb+3ast
Fjolnir: C.O'Neil 27+8reb+1ast, N.Walkup 20+11reb+2ast, J.Sverrisson 16+12reb+4ast, A.Gudmundsson 14+6reb+6ast, B.Rikhardsson 13+3reb+2ast, D.Gretarsson 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140200


IR - Haukar 87-92

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked IR (8-12) lost to eleventh ranked Haukar (6-14) in Reykjavik 87-92. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But IR won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Haukar won last quarter 26-22. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to IR's 48. Haukar players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) who scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. point guard Aleek Pauline (185-87, college: Norfolk St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. Guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) added 21 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Haukar maintains eleventh position with 6-14 record. IR at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Haukar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KR in Reykjavik and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
IR: R.Jarvis 26+5reb+4ast, R.Alexander 21+11reb+1ast, N.Sovic 17+2reb+2ast, E.Arnarson 8+1reb+5ast, N.Dungal 6+5reb+3ast, K.Jonasson 6+7reb+1ast
Haukar: C.Smith 25+9reb+1ast, E.Barja 19+9reb+4ast, A.Pauline 15+10reb+7ast, C.Holmes 12+5reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 9+2reb+4ast, H.Oskarsson 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140201




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Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 23-4 
 2. Aspac 23-4 
 3. Garuda 21-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 19-7 
 5. CLS Knights 18-9 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 15-11 
 7. Stadium Jak. 14-13 
 8. Pacific Caesar 9-18 
 9. Bima Sakti 8-18 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-22 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-23 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.0 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.7 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.4 
 5. Sapto, Muba H.13.0 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.2 
 9. Chandra, Pelita J.12.2 
 10. Regowo, Aspac12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.7 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.0 
 4. Yanto, NSH G.7.9 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.6 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.3 
 7. Heryadi, Muba H.7.3 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.9 
 9. Nolland, Garuda6.6 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.3 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.1 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 8. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
 9. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.4 
 10. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.7 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.6 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Sapto, Muba H.2.1 
 8. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.6 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.2 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.7 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.4 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 


NBL Round 44: #1 Satria Muda is defeated by Garuda - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 10 rounds.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (23-4) in Bandung on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Garuda (21-6) 57-45. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Satria Muda managed to win second period 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 6 points in first quarter. Garuda forced 29 Satria Muda turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who added 14 points during the contest. Garuda's coach Wan Amran used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Welyanson Situmorang (188-82) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Garuda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with Aspac. Garuda are looking forward to face Pacific Caesar (#8) in Surabaya in the next round where they are favorite. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
The game in Jakarta supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Muba Hangtuah (15-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (14-13). Stadium Jakarta smashed Muba Hangtuah 96-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muba Hangtuah. The winners were led by forward Daniel Iskandar (190-71) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Evin Hadi supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) did not help to save the game for Muba Hangtuah. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains seventh position with 14-13 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Muba Hangtuah will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Surabaya supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (23-4) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (18-9). Aspac smashed CLS Knights 74-52 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Xaverius Prawiro who scored 31 points. Andrie Ekayana produced 13 points for the hosts. 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. Aspac have an impressive five-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Satria Muda lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser CLS Knights keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Aspac will meet at home Muba Hangtuah (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. CLS Knights will play against Pelita Jaya in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 44 bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau were destroyed by Comfort Mobile on the opponent's court 60-41.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 8 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocks by Isman Thoyib of Aspac.



Stadium Jak. - Muba Hangtuah 96-73

The game in Jakarta supposed to be also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Muba Hangtuah (15-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (14-13). Stadium Jakarta smashed Muba Hangtuah 96-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Muba Hangtuah. The game was mostly controlled by Stadium Jakarta. Muba Hangtuah was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stadium Jakarta forced 27 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Muba Hangtuah was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Daniel Iskandar (190-71) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Evin Hadi (188-86) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Stadium Jakarta players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) did not help to save the game for Muba Hangtuah. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) added 12 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains seventh position with 14-13 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Muba Hangtuah will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 12+2reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 12+11reb, M.Joni 10+4reb+1ast, T.Wilopo 8+1reb+2ast, A.Junaidi 7+2reb+4ast, M.Victor Ardiansyah 7+1ast
Stadium Jak.: F.Budianto 19+3ast, D.Iskandar 18+10reb+2ast, E.Hadi 15+6reb+1ast, R.Ruslan 13+5reb, A.Sujarwo 11+1ast, M.Ferdiansyah 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 166169


Garuda - Satria Muda 57-45

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Satria Muda (23-4) in Bandung on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Garuda (21-6) 57-45. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Satria Muda managed to win second period 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 6 points in first quarter. Garuda forced 29 Satria Muda turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Fadlan Minallah (185-82) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who added 14 points during the contest. Garuda's coach Wan Amran used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Welyanson Situmorang (188-82) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) scored 15 points. Garuda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader Satria Muda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with Aspac. Garuda are looking forward to face Pacific Caesar (#8) in Surabaya in the next round where they are favorite. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 15+2reb, W.Situmorang 12+9reb, F.Julius Ahmad 10+3reb+2ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 4+5reb+2ast, G.Gunawan 2+2reb, V.Michel 2+6reb
Garuda: W.Wijaya 14+2ast, F.Minallah 14+4reb, I.Budianto 7+2reb, H.Ramli 6+5reb, N.Fritzgerald 5+3reb+4ast, C.Gideon 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 166170


Comfort Mobile - NSH GMC Riau 60-41

Rather expected game in Jakarta where 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-26) was crushed by tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (6-22) 60-41 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-41. Comfort Mobile dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 6 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Comfort Mobile forced 22 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Forward Rudolfo Ongkowijoyo (185-90) chipped in 11 points. point guard Imanudin Husnuzan (168-81) produced 8 points and 4 assists and Reza Israelli (182-82) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth position with 6-22 record. NSH GMC Riau lost twentieth third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: A.Pamungkas 9+2reb+2ast, R.Israelli 8+6reb, I.Husnuzan 8+4reb+4ast, R.Febriyan 8+2reb+1ast, M.Yesyurun 6+2reb, A.Amier 2+4reb
Comfort Mobile: R.Orlando Uniputty 14+3reb+4ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 11+4reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 8+6reb+1ast, G.Sitaniapesy 6+2reb+1ast, S.Afriatna 6+1ast, A.Hermawan 4+4reb
gschID: 166171


CLS Knights - Aspac 52-74

The game in Surabaya supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (23-4) played at the court of 5th ranked CLS Knights (18-9). Aspac smashed CLS Knights 74-52 on Saturday. 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 CLS Knights to just 7 points in second quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aspac made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who scored 31 points. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) chipped in 8 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocks. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) produced 13 points and the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 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. Aspac have an impressive five-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Satria Muda lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser CLS Knights keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Aspac will meet at home Muba Hangtuah (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. CLS Knights will play against Pelita Jaya in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: A.Ekayana 13+3reb+1ast, A.Indrajaya 9+6reb+1ast, R.Utomo 6+2reb+1ast, W.Saputra 5+2reb, H.Sudjana 4+1reb+2ast, T.Agus 4+1reb
Aspac: X.Prawiro 31+3reb+3ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 19+2reb+2ast, S.Harun Nurman 8+7reb+3ast, I.Thoyib 8+19reb, O.Abraham Trisakti 4+2reb, R.Effendi 2+1ast
gschID: 166168




Sasmito's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pacific Caesar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 43.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Satya Wacana (#11, 4-23) 68-54. Pacific Caesar is placed at 8th position in Indonesian league. Pacific Caesar is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-18 record. In the team's last game Sasmito had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Eko Sasmito averages this season 9.9ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti. He is a forward in his first season at Bima Sakti. In the last game Rizky Ardiansyah recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Bima Sakti lost that game 63-72 to slightly higher-ranked Stadium Jak. (#7, 13-13). This loss caused Bima Sakti to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Rizky Ardiansyah is a newcomer at Bima Sakti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Bima Sakti's star - guard Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89). Dwi Priasmoro scored 25 points and passed four assists. Despite Dwi Priasmoro's great performance Bima Sakti lost 63-72 to slightly higher-ranked Stadium Jak. (#7, 13-13). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Bima Sakti not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dwi Priasmoro could try to bring Bima Sakti's a little bit higher in the standings. Dwi Priasmoro has a very solid season. In 32 games in Indonesia he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erick Sebayang (180-G-83) of Pelita Jaya - 17 points and 3 rebounds
5. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 15 points and 4 rebounds
6. Romy Christanto Chandra (189-F-73) of Pelita Jaya - 10 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ryan Febriyan (194-PF-87) of NSH GMC Riau - 8 points and 11 rebounds
8. Muhammad Fauzia (184-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 12 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) of Pelita Jaya - 12 points and 5 rebounds
10. Made Indra (179-SG-87) of Bima Sakti - 4 points and 10 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)


ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors escape with narrow win over Saigon Heat - by Eurobasket News
Saigon Heat - Indonesia Warriors 68:72

Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) scored 28 points and Indonesia Warriors pulled away with a narrow road win over Saigon Heat tonight. The victory propelled the Warriors at 6-7 record in ASEAN League standings. The Heat fell at 3-9 record.
Indonesia Warriors set the tone early in the game. They outgunned Saigon Heat 24:9 in the first ten minutes. The Heat adjusted defensively in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit at 10-point mark at the interval 26:36. The Heat maintained the pressure on the visitors in the third term. The hosts entered the final frame down by 8 points. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) dragged the Heat within three points with 33 seconds remaining. However Jerick Canada (170-G) knocked down a free throw as the Warriors ran away with the win at the end. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 16 boards, while Jerick Canada finished with 14 points in the win. Jonathan Jones replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the Heat. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) produced 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 22, Jahmar Thorpe 18+11 boards
Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 28, Steve Thomas 16+16 boards, Jerick Canada 14



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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 5. Poltroneri, Perugia14.9 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.14.9 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.6 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.4 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.3 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.2 
 5. Gandini, Trieste8.1 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.0 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..8.0 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.6 
 10. Tagliabue, Ruvo7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.3 
 2. Circosta, Anagni4.2 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 7. Parente, Torino2.9 
 8. Vico, Matera2.9 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano3.0 
 3. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Maggio, Pavia2.9 
 6. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 8. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 9. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 8. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 9. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 20-9 
 2. Trieste 20-10 
 3. Perugia 14-15 
 4. Santarcangelo 12-18 
 5. Comsum.it SI 9-20 
 6. Firenze 8-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 26-4 
 2. Torino 18-12 
 3. Treviglio 18-12 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-13 
 5. Pavia 14-16 
 6. Castelletto 10-19 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-13 
 2. Recanati 15-14 
 3. Bari 15-15 
 4. San Severo 13-16 
 5. Fabriano 8-21 
 6. Ruvo 3-26 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 24-6 
 2. Ferentino 18-11 
 3. Orlandina 17-12 
 4. Latina Basket 14-15 
 5. Matera 13-16 
 6. Anagni 11-17 


League Round 24, another win for Siena and Cantu - by Giovanni Bargna
With five games to be played tomorrow to complete this round Siena and Cantu kept on doing good a-top the standings.
Montepaschi downed Vanoli Braga Cremona on Thursday night for 79-61. Coach Pianigiani's team got on the court early this week as they are going to get into the euroleague palyoffs next week hosting Olympiacos in the first game of a best of five series.
Siena increased its record to 18-6 to mantain the standings leadership by deafeating Cremona at the Palaestra in a very balanced game for the first twenty minutes. Up by two, 38-36, at half time Montepaschi put the game on its own way in the third period with a 21-13 partial. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) gave a great contribution scoring 17 points and adding four rebounds. Great perfomances by David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.), 16 points, and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds. On loosing side Jason Rich (191-G-86), 18 points, and David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.), 16, did their best to push Cremona up but it wasn't enough to defeat the italian champs.

Bennet Cantu hosted Acea Roma this afternoon and got a win in a very thrilling finale. The hosts took the lead early in the game and the margin kept on growing in the first three periods. After reaching a double digit deficit Roma got into the last quarter down by 7 and with Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket), 23 points, and the three-pointers by Antonio Maestranzi (178-PG-84, college: N.Illinois), 11, reduced the gap until taking the lead with few minutes to go. Very tough battle in the last two minutes with the teams alternating each other in the lead. It came to a free-throw 'contest' and Cantu took the win 73-72 with Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) scoring 2/2 with five seconds to go. Acea had the last chance but missed the buzzer beater. For the winners remarkable performances by Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Doron Perkins, 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

In the last game played today Scavolini Pesaro took a very important road win over Avellino and made a step forward in the palyoffs area of the standings. The 'reds' of Pesaro had a great start early in the game and got to the first buzzer up by 12, 31-19, then Avellino reduced the gap in the second and third period, completed down by 5, but the visitors did good in the last period and got the win for 89-81. Double double for Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Avellino, while the winners were led by James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati), 22 points and 5 assists, and Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia), 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) dished 7 assists.


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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 29-10 
 2. Toyota Alvark 27-12 
 3. Panasonic T. 23-16 
 4. Hitachi SR 22-17 
 5. Hokkaido L. 21-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 16-23 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-27 
 8. Toshiba BT 7-33 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.5 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.17.4 
 3. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.7 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.2 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.0 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.4 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.1 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.7 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.13.1 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.12.8 
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 BT8.7 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Allen, Mitsubis.7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.0 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.1 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.0 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.9 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.6 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.8 
 8. Watanabe, Panason.2.8 
 9. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.2.6 
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.1.6 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.5 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 8. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.0.8 
 10. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 


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  KOSOVO   


Baishkimi against Futura today - by Dren Shporta


Orange boys from Prizen, today are looking to register their third victory in a row against surprise hoping Futura. Bashkimihave won against Drita and Kosova of Vushtrri and they are in good mood to register their next victory. Naser Oskaceks boys are in great fashion with Rolando Little and co, and everyone waits attraction from them in this game.

On the other hand, Jeton Nixhas boys after escaping from the bottom of the table, look for a surprise against oranges. They beat last weekend their main rivals, Drita and now they search for other opponents that can lose points against them.

Tommorow, will be played other matches of BKT Superliga where, leaders Trepca hos