EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/5/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Kasun's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Mario Kasun (213-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for KK Zagreb CO and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Radnicki K. (11-11) 76-81. KK Zagreb CO moved-up to the 9th position in the Adriatic League . KK Zagreb CO is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 22 games. It's Kasun's second year at KK Zagreb CO and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kasun has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 67.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Alen Omic (213-C-92) of Zlatorog. He is a center in his 4th season at Zlatorog. In the last game Omic recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Zlatorog lost that game 67-73 to the higher-ranked Helios (#11, 6-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Zlatorog is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Zlatorog managed to get this year. Omic is one of the most experienced players at Zlatorog and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K. (#8). Scott scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Radnicki K., leading his team to a 81-76 win against KK Zagreb CO (11-11). Radnicki K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Scott has a great season in Adriatic League. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Drazen Bubnic (205-F-86) of Helios - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) of Cedevita - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Hemofarm - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Goran Suton (209-C-85) of Cibona - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ARGENTINA   


Union vecinal promote to Torneo federal - by Facundo Iatzky
Union Vecinal de la Plata won the regional league of buenos Aires and got promotion to Torneo Federal, third division of Argentinian basketball. They defeated in the final to Argentino juniors of Tres arroyos. Now union Vecinal will play in torneo federal in the 2012/13 season.
This was the champion roster:
Mariano epifanio, Juan Manuel Seminara, Mariano Garcia (178-G-89), Javier Garcia, Juan Ignacio Bruno, Santiago Garcia (198), Lisandro Martino, Federico Gonzalez (180-G-88), Mauro Winschel.
Coach: Jorge Zulberti



U18 NT for Albert Schweitzer torunament - by Facundo Iatzky
It was defined the roster for the upcoming Albert Schweitzer tournament, unofficial U18 world championship, to be played in April in Germany.

Roster:

Mauro Araujo (183-G-94) of Argentino Junin
Pedro Barral (181-G-94) of Obras sanitarias
Franco Barroso (207-C-94) of Atenas Cordoba
Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) of Sportsmen Rosario
Lucas Chaves (180-G-94) of Bahiense del norte
Lucas Gonzalez (193-F-94) of Instituto
Martin Massone (187-F-94) of GEVP
Sergio Rupil (185-G-94) of instituto
Javier Saiz (206-F-94) of Hindu club
Luciano Tognon (205-C-94) of Olimpia Parana
Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) of Weber Bahia Estudiantes
Gaston Whelan (186-G-94) of Hindu club

coach: Enrique tolcachier


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


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, Taipans17.0 
 4. Tragardh, Tigers17.0 
 5. Deleon, Blaze16.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Kings16.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.6 
 10. Bose, Kings15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.3 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.1 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.8 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.8 
 7. Vukona, Breakers6.6 
 8. Worthington, Blaze6.4 
 9. Bose, Kings6.4 
 10. Jackson, Breakers6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.9 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Tovey, Wildcats1.4 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Deleon, Blaze1.4 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 10. Glover, Hawks1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.6 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Pledger, Breakers0.8 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.8 


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


NBL Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Perth Wildcats (#2) forced the game against New Zealand Breakers (#1) into an overtime, but lost by two points 99-101 on Sunday night. The game took place in Perth. But the guests from Auckland were better at the end. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-6 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Cairns Taipans (#5).

In the last game of round 22 Kings were defeated by Blaze in Broadbeach 90-83. Kings were beaten by Tigers at home 61-66. Blaze won against Taipans on the opponent's court 94-77. 36ers managed to outperform Hawks in a home game 77-73. Tigers recorded a loss to Crocodiles on the road 67-64.
The best stats of 22th round was 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Adris Deleon of Blaze.


Wildcats - Breakers 99-101 OT
Perth Wildcats (#2) forced the game against New Zealand Breakers (#1) into an overtime, but lost by two points 99-101 on Sunday night. The game took place in Perth. But the guests from Auckland were better at the end. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. New Zealand Breakers made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Perth Wildcats were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-6 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Cairns Taipans (#5).
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Jackson 23+4reb+6ast, G.Wilkinson 18+7reb+5ast, A.Pledger 12+3reb, D.Corletto 12+1reb+1ast, M.Vukona 12+8reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 11+3reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 27+2reb+1ast, S.Redhage 16+6reb+3ast, M.Knight 15+6reb+5ast, L.Nevill 10+4reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 10+1ast, D.Martin 8+6reb+9ast
gschID: 138931


Blaze - Kings 90-83
There was no surprise in Broadbeach where 7th ranked Kings (9-16) were defeated by third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (15-9) 90-83 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 29-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gold Coast Blaze shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Kings only scored five points from the stripe. Kings were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) fired 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) produced 30 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-9 record having just three points less than leader Breakers. Kings at the other side keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will face Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in Wulguru in the next round. Kings will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Deleon 33+6reb+3ast, A.Petrie 20+9reb+2ast, W.Hudson 10+12reb+2ast, M.Worthington 9, C.Goulding 5, A.Gibson 4+1reb+5ast
Kings: B.Madgen 30+5reb+3ast, A.Bose 22+11reb+1ast, J.Grant 19+5reb+1ast, L.Cooper 6+2reb+1ast, A.Gynes 2+1reb, G.Dann 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 138932


Kings - Tigers 61-66
The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Melbourne Tigers' (11-15) road victory over 7th ranked Kings (9-16) 66-61 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-61. Forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Melbourne Tigers maintains sixth position with 11-15 record. Kings at the other side keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Melbourne Tigers will have a break next round. Kings will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tigers: L.Walker 12+7reb+1ast, B.Lewis 11, C.Tragardh 10+6reb+2ast, M.Allen 8+4reb+4ast, R.Dorsey 7+4reb, L.Rush 6+5reb
Kings: B.Madgen 20+4reb+1ast, A.Bose 16+2reb+3ast, J.Khazzouh 11+16reb, A.Gynes 7+2reb, J.Grant 3+3reb+1ast, K.Ratzsch 2+2reb
gschID: 138927


Taipans - Blaze 77-94
There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Cairns Taipans (14-11) were defeated at home by third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (15-9) 94-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gold Coast Blaze. Cairns Taipans was better in second period 31-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Gold Coast Blaze especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) fired 23 points for the winners. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 23 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-9 record having just three points less than leader Breakers. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will face Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in Wulguru in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Deleon 23+2reb+3ast, A.Petrie 17+3reb, C.Goulding 14, M.Worthington 13+6reb+2ast, J.Cadee 9+4reb+2ast, W.Hudson 8+5reb
Taipans: J.Wilson 23+3reb+4ast, A.Warren 20+3reb+1ast, A.Grabau 15+3reb, I.Crosswhite 8+8reb+4ast, B.Hill 5+1reb, A.Loughton 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138928


36ers - Hawks 77-73
The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers' (8-16) home victory over bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (6-18) 77-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-73. Adelaide 36ers made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) fired 16 points for the winners. American guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Four Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) produced 23 points and power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Adelaide 36ers maintains eighth position with 8-16 record. Wollongong Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Kings (#7) in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 16+4reb+1ast, S.Weigh 12+3reb+3ast, C.Warren 11+4reb+5ast, D.Ng 10+3reb+2ast, D.Simpson 9+6reb, N.Herbert 7+4reb
Hawks: A.Ubaka 23+3reb, L.Davidson 17+7reb, M.Campbell 7+1reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 7+5reb+2ast, T.Demos 5+1reb+1ast, O.Forman 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 138929


Crocodiles - Tigers 67-64
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Melbourne Tigers' (11-15) road loss to fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (14-11) 64-67 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 20-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Townsville Crocodiles made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Taipans. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in Broadbeach in the next round and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 14+7reb+3ast, E.Mims 13+10reb, L.Schenscher 13+6reb+3ast, J.Holmes 8+3reb+3ast, B.Allen 6+4reb, T.Blanchfield 6+1reb
Tigers: L.Walker 13+6reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 13+3reb, C.Tragardh 11+5reb+2ast, M.Burston 10+6reb, T.Greer 7+4reb, M.Allen 4+4reb+7ast


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 18-6 
 2. Klosterneub. 17-7 
 3. Wels 17-7 
 4. Oberwart 16-7 
 5. Kapfenberg 16-7 
 6. Gussing 11-13 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 10-13 
 2. BC Vienna 9-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-15 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 2. Booker, St.Polten25.3 
 3. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Djuric, Gussing18.3 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.2 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg18.0 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart17.7 
 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, Wels9.0 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 6. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 8. Scott, Gussing7.0 
 9. Robinson, Furstenf.6.9 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.4 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
 10. Lanegger, Kloster.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.3 
 4. Pryor, Wels2.2 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Jandl, Oberwart1.6 
 7. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Scott, Gussing1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 7. Brown, Wels0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Arnold, Gmunden0.5 
 10. Bakovic, St.Polten0.5 


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 17-2 
 2. Al Manama 16-4 
 3. Al Ahli 14-5 
 4. Al Hala 12-7 
 5. Issa Town 12-7 
 6. Sitra 11-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 8-10 
 8. Al Ittihad 8-10 
 9. Bahrain Club 3-16 
 10. Al Najma 2-17 
 11. Samaheej 1-18 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 22: Base Oostende keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Base Oostende as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Base Oostende defeated 4th ranked Okapi Aalstar at home 82-65. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 42-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende dominated on the defensive end, holding Okapi Aalstar to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 36. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) fired 17 points for the winners. Forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) produced 14 points for lost side. Base Oostende (14-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Liege. Fifth ranked Leuven Bears (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-12) 78-76 on Friday evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Jamel McLean contributed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) replied with 20 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for Belgacom Liege. Leuven Bears maintains fifth position with 11-8 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Gent supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (5-15). Antwerp Giants smashed Optima Gent 81-57 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. Darnell Wilson had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Michael Haynes responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Optima Gent lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 M.Hainaut was defeated by Spirou in Charleroi 81-63.



Liege - Leuven 76-78

Important game to mention about took place in Liege. Fifth ranked Leuven Bears (11-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-12) 78-76 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belgacom Liege won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Belgacom Liege 43-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) replied with 20 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Leuven Bears maintains fifth position with 11-8 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Waters 20+1reb+9ast, J.Bostic 14+4reb+6ast, L.Matela 9+5reb, G.Hockins 9, G.Muya 8+1reb, O.Troisfontaines 5+3reb+1ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 22+4reb+3ast, J.McLean 18+10reb+1ast, J.Tofi 12+6reb, M.McGhee 8+7reb, A.Dagunduro 8+3reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132418


Spirou - M.Hainaut 81-63

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-10) was defeated on the road by second ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-6) 81-63 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 18 points. Spirou Charleroi looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 15 points and 8 assists and forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Oostende. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: A.Slaughter 15+2reb+8ast, A.Nivins 11+9reb+1ast, S.Foster 10+1ast, J.Cage 9+3reb+2ast, Q.Taylor 8+5reb+2ast, J.Hurtt 6
Spirou: D.Broyles 23+4reb+1ast, A.Wisniewski 12+3reb+6ast, C.Green 12+9reb+6ast, C.Beghin 10+2reb, A.Riddick 9+4reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 132419


Gent - Antwerp 57-81

The game in Gent supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (5-15). Antwerp Giants smashed Optima Gent 81-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Antwerp Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Optima Gent lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Haynes 15+6reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 12+6reb+2ast, G.Brown 8+4reb, S.Geukens 7+1reb, L.Louves 6+4reb, L.Bosco 5+3reb+3ast
Antwerp: T.Black 15+3reb+4ast, R.Moors 13+1reb+4ast, D.Wilson 11+11reb+2ast, M.Roll 11+6reb+1ast, J.Vaughn 8+4reb+1ast, S.Mejri 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132420


Oostende - Aalstar 82-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Base Oostende as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Base Oostende defeated 4th ranked Okapi Aalstar at home 82-65. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 42-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Base Oostende dominated on the defensive end, holding Okapi Aalstar to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 36. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) fired 17 points for the winners. Forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) produced 14 points and forward Justin Holiday (198-89, college: Washington) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Base Oostende (14-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Spirou. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Base Oostende will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster on the road.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: S.Jackson 14+4reb+2ast, C.Young 13+4reb, C.Copeland 12+4reb, J.Holiday 9+7reb+2ast, N.Fox 6+5reb, J.Steinbach 6+1reb+2ast
Oostende: M.Lojeski 17+4reb+3ast, B.Wright 14+2reb+1ast, K.Winston 13+6reb+3ast, D.Drobnjak 11+4reb, D.Katnic 10+1reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 132421




Jamel McLean claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jamel McLean (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leuven and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Liege (#7, 7-12) 78-76. Leuven maintains the 5th position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leuven will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for McLean as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Xavier University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McLean is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Leuven's star - 28-year old American guard Brandon Freeman (191-G-83, agency: Court Side). Freeman impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Leuven to edge slightly lower-ranked Liege (#7, 7-12) by 2 points 78-76. Leuven's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Freeman is well-known by Leuven fans and together with Jamel McLean they both established positions among team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.2ppg (#8).

The third best performed player last round was American Dominic Waters (185-PG-86) of Liege (#7). Waters scored 20 points and passed nine assists. Despite Waters' great performance Liege lost 76-78 to slightly higher-ranked Leuven (#5, 11-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Liege not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Waters could try to bring Liege's a little bit higher in the standings. Waters has individually a great season in Belgium. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.1apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) of Spirou - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Spirou - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 11 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of Oostende - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Antwerp - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 14 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)


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


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 18-5 
 2. Gembo 17-6 
 3. Fleurus 16-6 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 16-7 
 5. Excelsior 16-7 
 6. St-Niklase 14-9 
 7. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-11 
 8. Sprimont 10-11 
 9. Liege II 10-12 
 10. Essor Charleroi 10-13 
 11. M.Hainaut II 8-13 
 12. Melsele 4-17 
 13. Gistel 3-19 
 14. De Westhoek 3-20 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.0 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.2 
 6. Green, Spirou14.6 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.4 
 8. Freeman, Leuven14.2 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.1 
 10. Haynes, Gent14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Brown, Gent8.2 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. McLean, Leuven7.4 
 4. Merriex, Verviers.7.0 
 5. Mejri, Antwerp7.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 7. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 8. Green, Spirou5.8 
 9. Matela, Liege5.7 
 10. Chaney, Gent5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.8 
 3. Wisniewski, Spirou3.7 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.4 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Thompson, Verviers.3.1 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 9. Winston, Oostende3.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sean SINGLETARY
  M.Hainaut
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Mukubu, Verviers.1.9 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar1.7 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 


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  BOSNIA   


KK BOSNA in shooting exhibition comes out on top! - by Chris Mathieu
KK BOSNA in shooting exhibition comes out on top! KK BOSNA got into a shooting contest against Servitium and came out on top 106-101 in overtime! It was an unbelievable display of shooting for the team. The team shot 37/58 (63.8) overall 27/40 (67.5) 10/18 from three (55.6) 22/28 78.6 from the free throw line. Eldin Camdzic was almost perfect for the game 6/7 from the field 4/5 for 3 and 8/9 from the free throw line for 24 points. Dzenan Rahimic went 12/18 from the field and 6/8 from the free throw line for 30 points he also had 12 rebounds 4 assists and two steals. Armin Avdibegovic was also nearly perfect for the game going 9/10 from the field 5/5 from 3 and 5/6 from the free throw line for 28 points he also had 1 assist and 2 steals.
Milan Bjegovic was nearly perfect for Servitium going 29 points on 11/12 from the field and 7/8 from the free throw line.
It was a great shooting exhibition for the team, although better defense will be needed if they want to challenge teams in the next stage of the season. Putting up big shooting numbers is fun in a meaningless regular season game. It will be interesting to see if they can try to do something this spectacularly when it counts in the next phase of the season.



Euroleague top 16 Bosnian recap! - by Chris Mathieu
Euroleague top 16 Bosnian recap! Nedzad Sinanovic finally got back on the court albeit for only 3 minutes for Unicaja in a loss to Gescrap BB 55-59. Nedzad had a block in the game.
Mirza Begic had another big game in limited minutes for Real Madrid, proving once again he is one of the most efficient players in Europe. Mirza in 14 minutes had 7 points 6 rebounds 1 assist and 2 blocks in a 102-90 win over Montepaschi.
Henry Domercant had another efficient game for Unics in a 68-63 loss against Panathinaikos. Henry scored 19 points on 6-11 from the field 3-3 from the FT line and had 2 rebounds and 3 assists in the game.
Ernest JR Bremer had 10 points on 4-10 from the field along with 3 rebounds 3 assists and a steal against Fenerbache Ulker. On the other side Emir Preldzic went 5-13 from the field scored 15 points and had 3 rebounds and 5 assists from the field. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points and had an assist in the 72-85 loss to Milano. Mirsad Turkcan had 2 points and 2 rebounds.



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


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  BRAZIL   


League leaders win in NBB Round 24 - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Unimed kept their position on top of the ladder. They fired past Vivo/Franca 95:88 in the last round played. Vivo/Franca led by as many as 7 points at halftime but Sao Jose/Unimed turned things around in the second half and claimed a confident win. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) posted 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) and Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) added 19 points each in the victory. Vivo/Franca answered with 21 points from William Drudi (206-C/F-81).
Sao Jose/Vinac share the top spot with Pinheiros/Sky. The latter ones clinched an overwhelming 104:73 win over Minas in the last game. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) provided 22 points to lead the visitors. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) added 21 points and 9 caroms for the winners. Leandro Da Silva (203-F/C-81) accounted for 17 points in defeat.
Flamengo handed Vila Velha the 23rd loss in the season beating them 72:60 on the road. Vila Velha used a 21:7 run in the second quarter to lead by 7 points at the interval 35:28. But Flamengo erased the deficit in the second half and cruised to the win at the end. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) fired 34 points to lead the effort. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 15 points in the win. Matheus Dalla posted 15 points for Vila Velha.



Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 18-5
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 18-5
 3. Flamengo 17-6
 4. Uniceub/BRB 16-5
 5. Unitri/Universo 15-8
 6. Itabom/Bauru 15-9
 7. Paulistano 15-9
 8. Cia do Terno 11-12
 9. Winner/Limeira 10-12
 10. Liga Sorocaba 9-13
 11. Vivo/Franca 8-13
 12. Tijuca TC 8-15
 13. Minas 8-15
 14. Araraquara 2-21
 15. Vila Velha 1-23


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 20: Rilski Sportist defeats Levski Sofia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Rilski Sportist (12-8) which played road game in Sofia against second-ranked Levski Sofia (16-4). Third ranked Rilski Sportist managed to get a 14-point victory 91-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia managed to win fourth quarter 29-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Levski Sofia's players. 26 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists. Croatian Ante Bilobrk (203-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for Levski Sofia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski Sportist maintains third position with 12-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik, which they share with Tundja Yambol. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round where they are favorite. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Chernomorets (2-18) in Burgas 80-62. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and Bozhidar Avramov who added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Chernomorets lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round where they are favorite. Chernomorets will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (12-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Balkan (7-13). Tundja Yambol defeated Balkan 71-55 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan. The winners were led by Julian Radionov who scored that evening 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by Stanimir Marinov did not help to save the game for Balkan. Balkan's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tundja Yambol have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#7) in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
The game in Pleven was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak Pleven (4-16). Spartak Pleven managed to secure a 9-point victory 99-90. The best player for the winners was Ilia Stankov who scored 34 points (!!!). Euroins Cherno More's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak Pleven maintains seventh position with 4-16 record. Euroins Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Spartak Pleven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and will have a slim chance for a victory.



Balkan - Tundja Yambol 55-71
The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (12-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Balkan (7-13). Tundja Yambol defeated Balkan 71-55 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Tundja Yambol's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-13 extending their advantage to 16 points. Tundja Yambol forced 20 Balkan turnovers. The winners were led by the former international guard Julian Radionov (188-79) who scored that evening 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Balkan's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tundja Yambol have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Tundja Yambol will meet at home Spartak Pleven (#7) in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: J.Ofoegbu 18+6reb, J.Radionov 16+5reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 10+3reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 9+4reb+2ast, T.Gugino 7+9reb+2ast, I.Marchev 6+7reb+2ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 17+9reb+3ast, D.Marintchechki 9+6reb+1ast, D.Filipov 7+3reb+2ast, D.Marojevic 5+5reb+2ast, L.Lilov 5+2reb+2ast, D.Morton 5+3reb
gschID: 140009


Spartak Pleven - Cherno More 99-90
The game in Pleven was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak Pleven (4-16). Spartak Pleven managed to secure a 9-point victory 99-90. Euroins Cherno More was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Spartak Pleven made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. Spartak Pleven shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Euroins Cherno More's players. 26 personal fouls committed by Euroins Cherno More helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) who scored 34 points (!!!). Forward Veselin Georgiev (196-86) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak Pleven maintains seventh position with 4-16 record. Euroins Cherno More lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Spartak Pleven's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 34+3reb+2ast, A.Dyakovski 15+2reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 14+2reb+7ast, R.Sofroniev 11+1reb+1ast, T.Todorov 11+6reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 10+6reb+3ast
Cherno More: V.Kyosev 20+6reb+2ast, S.Iliev 17+11reb+2ast, N.Kolev 17+1reb, P.Aleksiev 11+1reb+4ast, J.Hunt 10+1reb+2ast, M.Borisov 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140010


Chernomorets - Lukoil Academik 62-80
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Chernomorets (2-18) in Burgas 80-62. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chernomorets to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Chernomorets 34-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) scored 11 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Chernomorets lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round where they are favorite. Chernomorets will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.Owens 23+2reb+4ast, B.Sundov 14+5reb+3ast, L.Mack 13+4reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 10+4reb, B.Avramov 10+6reb+9ast, V.Veselinov 4+4reb+1ast
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 21+10reb+1ast, A.Penev 11+4reb+8ast, D.Roshmanov 10+2reb+4ast, D.Dunovic 6+5reb+5ast, T.Zahariev 6+1ast, K.Koev 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 140007


Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist 77-91
An interesting game for Rilski Sportist (12-8) which played road game in Sofia against second-ranked Levski Sofia (16-4). Third ranked Rilski Sportist managed to get a 14-point victory 91-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia managed to win fourth quarter 29-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Levski Sofia's players. 26 personal fouls committed by Levski Sofia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists. Croatian Ante Bilobrk (203-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Levski Sofia. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski Sportist maintains third position with 12-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik, which they share with Tundja Yambol. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round where they are favorite. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: A.Bilobrk 17+9reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 17+4reb+10ast, F.Vukosavljevic 14+1reb+2ast, S.Mijajlovic 11+4reb, M.Marinov 11+2ast, A.Velikov 6+5reb+5ast
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 14+1reb+3ast, V.Evtimov 10+15reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 10+2reb+1ast, J.Bozov 10+2reb, J.Howell 10+1reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 7+4reb+2ast


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 18-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 16-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 12-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 12-8 
 5. Cherno More 9-11 
 6. Balkan 7-13 
 7. Spartak Pleven 4-16 
 8. Chernomorets 2-18 


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 15-0 
 2. Academik PL 10-4 
 3. Overgas 9-6 
 4. Academik BL 9-6 
 5. Cherno More U18 8-7 
 6. Dunav 2007 7-8 
 7. Vidabasket 7-8 
 8. Chavdar 4-11 
 9. Balkan 2 3-11 
 10. Shumen 2-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.4 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.5 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.3 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.16.2 
 7. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.2 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.1 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja15.1 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.3 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.7.0 
 6. Marojevic, Balkan6.5 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.2 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak6.2 
 9. Marintchechk., Bal.6.2 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.9 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.9 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan4.0 
 7. Howell, Levski Sof.3.9 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.4 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.2 
 4. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 9. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.7 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Balkan0.6 
 10. Yanev, Cherno Mo.0.5 


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Final Spor Genclik Bursa sign Alfred Aboya - by Eurobasket Center
Final Spor Genclik Bursa (TB2L) signed 27-year old Cameroonian international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-111kg-85, college: UCLA). In his first game he scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds helping his new team beat TED Istanbul 66-63. Aboya played most recently at Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela). He is a very experienced player. Aboya played also pro basketball in Japan, Venezuela and Cameroon. He graduated Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Aboya played for Cameroonian senior national team this year. He represented Cameroon at the African Championships in Madagascar last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Guandong and Shanxi won Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News
Guandong ST - Xinjiang F.T. 95-92

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Xinjiang Flying Tige won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Guandong Tigers won last quarter 26-25. They also forced 20 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers and had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: P.Tim 24+10reb+6ast, D.Ike 17+5reb, M.Bateer 17+10reb+2ast, S.WeiBo 15+3reb+3ast, Y.Changdong 8+3reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 8+1reb+1ast
Guandong ST: W.ShiPeng 23+5reb+4ast, B.Aaron 21+6reb+4ast, Z.FangYu 14+1reb+2ast, S.James 12+16reb+2ast, H.Dong 9+3reb, S.Wei 7+7reb+1ast
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Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 119-122

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-22. But Beijing Ducks won second period 31-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu made 36-of-41 charity shots (87.8 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Beijing Ducks 59-37 including a 39-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) nailed 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) accounted for 25 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 42 points (!!!) and 4 assists and power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 42+4reb+4ast, M.Randolph 26+9reb+4ast, C.Lei 17+1reb, Z.Xiaochuan 10+7reb+1ast, J.Zhe 8+5reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 6+4reb+5ast
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 40+7reb+4ast, G.Charles 25+18reb, R.Junwei 14+11reb, L.XiaoMing 12+4reb+4ast, Y.PengFei 11+5reb, Z.XueWen 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 170361




Guangdong, Shanxi Win Semi-final Openers - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong edged Xinjiang 95-92 and Shanxi defeated Beijing 122-119 to open the best-of-five CBA semi-finals.

Wang Shipeng had 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Guangdong's combination of native veterans, native youngsters, and top-flight imports. Aaron Brooks had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhu Fangyu scored 14. James Singleton had 12 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks. Dong Hanlin had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Su Wei had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 7.

Tim Picket had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Xinjiang. Mengke Bateer had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ike Diogu had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Sun Weibo had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Yu Changdong had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Xu Guozhong had 8. Xirelijiang was held to 2 points on 1 of 5 shooting.

Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) had 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Shanxi over Beijing. Charles Gaines had 25 points and 18 rebounds in this game dominated by imports. Ren Junhui had 14 points and 11 rebounds while his more talented twin brother, Ren Junfei, sat on the bench for Guangdong. Lv Xiaoming had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Young Yan Pengfei had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 8 minutes. Zhang Xuewen had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 7.

Stephon Marbury had 42 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Beijing. Randolph Morris had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Chen Lei scored 17. Zhai Xiaochuan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Zhu Yanxi scored 4, missing all 5 of his three-pointers.



Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.31.9 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.0 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Pickett, Xinjiang.27.2 
 8. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.0 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.9 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.7 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.4 
 9. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 2. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.5 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 6. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.4 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 8. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
 9. Marbury, Beijing2.2 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 6. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


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Ronald Ross claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Ronald Ross (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Jolly JBS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Zabok (#4, 10-7) 86-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Jolly maintains the 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 13-4 record. Ross turned to be Jolly's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ross is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.8ppg), assists (4th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 3.5spg and 54.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina guard Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) of Kvarner 2010. Ceskovic impressed basketball fans with 35 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Kvarner 2010 lost that game 68-85 to slightly higher-ranked Darda (#6, 8-9). This loss caused Kvarner 2010 to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Ceskovic is a newcomer at Kvarner 2010 and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of KK Split (#3). Vujcic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . Despite Vujcic's great performance KK Split lost 78-90 to #1 ranked Zadar. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing KK Split needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Vujcic has a very solid season. In 2 games in Croatia he scored 22.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) of Zabok - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Luka Panduric (192-G-93) of Darda - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) of Darda - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) of Borik - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) of Svjetlost - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75) of Jolly - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83) of Svjetlost - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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NBL Round 3: BC Kolin beats BK Pardubice by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BK Pardubice (20-9) to fifth ranked BC Kolin (19-20) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) contributed with 7 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for BK Pardubice. BC Kolin maintains fifth place in A1 with 19-20 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Plzen. Seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-24) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) 82-80 on Wednesday evening. It was a great evening for forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ladislav Toth helped adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) with 29 points and 7 rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen maintains seventh place in A2 with 8-24 record. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Inter Bratislava. BK Loko Plzen will play against higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's second-placed Levice where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and Basketbal Svitavy. Third ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-19) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Basketbal Svitavy (13-19). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 in the fight for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Patrick Pope who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Michael Deloach came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov maintains third place in A2 with 13-19 record having five points less than leader NH Ostrava, which they share with Svitavy. Levharti Chomutov will meet league's leader NH Ostrava on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Loko Plzen and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (28-1) which played road game in Decin against 3rd placed BK Decin (21-8). First ranked CEZ Nymburk managed to get a 6-point victory 62-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The best player for the winners was Lamayne Wilson who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. BK Decin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 28-1 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BC Kolin (#5) at home. BK Decin will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - NH Ostrava (18-14) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Inter Bratislava (9-23) 78-61. It was a good game for Derek Wright who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NH Ostrava have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 18-14 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3:
In A1 USK Praha was smashed by BK Prostejov on the road 91-46.
In A2 Levice destroyed B&W Opava on its own court 82-57. B&W Opava unfortunately lost to Svitavy in Svitavy 92-100. Inter Bratislava recorded a loss to Levice at home 58-70. NH Ostrava defeated Usti n/Labem on the opponent's court 70-60. Chomutov beat Plzen in a home game 81-67.



Group A1
BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 56-62

An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (28-1) which played road game in Decin against 3rd placed BK Decin (21-8). First ranked CEZ Nymburk managed to get a 6-point victory 62-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-9 BK Decin's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 62-56 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BK Decin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 28-1 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BC Kolin (#5) at home. BK Decin will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Necas 13+6reb+3ast, L.Wilson 12+10reb+2ast, A.Abrams 12+5reb+4ast, L.Sokolovsky 8+3reb, P.Benda 7+7reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 5+1reb+1ast
BK Decin: L.Sanders 20+6reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 10+6reb, P.Houska 9+4reb+1ast, J.Houska 6+3reb+2ast, M.Soukup 4+5reb+1ast, L.Stria 3+2reb
gschID: 168583


BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 70-69

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BK Pardubice (20-9) to fifth ranked BC Kolin (19-20) 70-69 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) contributed with 7 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Zbynek Pospisil (205-81) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. BC Kolin maintains fifth place in A1 with 19-20 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. BC Kolin are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 17+9reb+2ast, R.Marko 13+3reb+4ast, D.Machac 11+3reb, R.Ames 10+4reb+2ast, S.Zuzak 8+6reb+2ast, C.Barnes 7+11reb+7ast
BK Pardubice: M.Carnecky 17+2reb+5ast, C.Muirhead 16+7reb+2ast, Z.Pospisil 13+10reb+1ast, M.Arnold 8+5reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 7+8reb+1ast, T.Toth 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 168584


BK Prostejov - USK Praha 91-46

No shocking result in a game when second ranked BK Prostejov (22-7) crushed at home 6th ranked USK Praha (15-14) 91-46 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. USK Praha was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding USK Praha to just 6 points in first quarter. BK Prostejov dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 22 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded USK Praha 46-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Slovenian point guard Matej Venta (187-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) answered with 4 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) added 10 points in the effort for USK Praha. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov maintains second place in A1 with 22-7 record having just -1 point less than leader NH Ostrava. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. BK Prostejov will face BK Decin (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. USK Praha will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 18+7reb, M.Venta 17+7reb+3ast, J.Prasil 11+6reb, T.Peterson 10+7reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 8+1reb+3ast, D.Pandula 7+3reb
USK Praha: V.Hruban 12+1reb, M.Sotnar 10+2reb+1ast, M.Soukup 6, V.Cvek 5, M.Vocetka 4+1reb, J.Slavik 4+4reb
gschID: 168582


Group A2
Chomutov - Svitavy 80-77

A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and Basketbal Svitavy. Third ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-19) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Basketbal Svitavy (13-19). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 in the fight for the third place. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Levharti Chomutov outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov maintains third place in A2 with 13-19 record having five points less than leader NH Ostrava, which they share with Svitavy. Levharti Chomutov will meet league's leader NH Ostrava on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Loko Plzen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Pope 28+6reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 13+11reb+1ast, R.Lowery 12+9reb+2ast, Z.Hanzlik 8+5reb+1ast, V.Sucharda 8+6reb, J.Jones 6+3reb
Svitavy: L.Horak 20+4reb, B.Meno 18+9reb, M.Deloach 18+9reb+4ast, P.Milos 12+4reb, T.Teply 7+4reb+1ast, P.Harcar 2+1reb
gschID: 168618


Plzen - Usti n/Labem 82-80

Important game to mention about took place in Plzen. Seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-24) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) 82-80 on Wednesday evening. BK Usti nad Labem was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-45 second half run of BK Loko Plzen. They outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 53-37 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) helped adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) with 29 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen maintains seventh place in A2 with 8-24 record. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Inter Bratislava. BK Loko Plzen will play against higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's second-placed Levice where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Pecka 21+15reb, L.Toth 12+10reb+3ast, M.Kozlik 10+4reb, S.Vrubl 9+7reb+4ast, T.Kubiznak 9+3reb, V.Honomichl 8+2reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 29+7reb+3ast, T.Gottselig 11+10reb, B.Reese 10+10reb, T.Hruby 10+4reb, J.Holanda 7+1reb+1ast, J.Fohler 6+1ast
gschID: 168619


NH Ostrava - Inter Bratislava 78-61

NBL top team - NH Ostrava (18-14) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Inter Bratislava (9-23) 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. Inter Bratislava was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) added 13 points and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Inter Bratislava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NH Ostrava have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 18-14 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 22+5reb, D.Wright 21+7reb+5ast, M.Gniadek 15+5reb, R.Luettgerodt 10+4reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 3+4reb+1ast, F.Zbranek 3
Inter Bratislava: E.Ubilla 13+4reb+1ast, T.Durana 12, S.Gavran 12+12reb, M.Pesic 11+4reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 7+1reb, J.Musil 3+1reb
gschID: 168620


Levice - B&W Opava 82-57

Very expected game when 8th ranked B&W Opava (6-26) was smashed on the road by second ranked Levice (14-18) 82-57 on Wednesday. Levice made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Levice outrebounded B&W Opava 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Slovakian swingman Martin Sykora (190-81) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Levice's coach Peter Balint felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) answered with 13 points and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 7 points and 7 assists in the effort for B&W Opava. Levice maintains second place in A2 with 14-18 record having four points less than leader NH Ostrava. B&W Opava lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Levice will face BK Usti nad Labem (#6) at home in the next round. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.Bernard 18+4reb, M.Sykora 15+7reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 12+3reb+5ast, R.Klein 11+4reb, J.Vojtek 6+5reb+2ast, C.Hallett 4+1reb+1ast
B&W Opava: P.Dokoupil 13+4reb+1ast, M.Vanak 9+4reb+1ast, P.Strnisko 8+2reb+2ast, J.Blazek 7+5reb, J.Sirina 7+4reb+7ast, M.Miklosik 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168621


Svitavy - B&W Opava 100-92

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (13-19) won against at home 8th ranked B&W Opava (6-26) 100-92 on Saturday. Basketbal Svitavy made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game. B&W Opava was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for B&W Opava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava's coach David Klapetek gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with Chomutov. B&W Opava lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will face BK Loko Plzen (#7) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 30+8reb+2ast, M.Deloach 16+6reb+9ast, P.Milos 14+5reb, L.Horak 12+8reb+1ast, T.Macela 9+2ast, L.Moravec 9+2reb+1ast
B&W Opava: P.Dokoupil 21+5reb+2ast, J.Blazek 19+7reb+2ast, Z.Gudelj 15+7reb+2ast, M.Vanak 12+2reb+1ast, P.Strnisko 6+1reb+2ast, M.Kolovrat 6+2reb
gschID: 168622


Inter Bratislava - Levice 58-70

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-23) lost at home to second ranked Levice (14-18) 70-58 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levice outrebounded Inter Bratislava 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Inter Bratislava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard David Marek (188-85, college: S.Utah) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Marek is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) answered with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Inter Bratislava. Levice maintains second place in A2 with 14-18 record having four points less than leader NH Ostrava. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. Levice will face BK Usti nad Labem (#6) at home in the next round. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava.
Top scorers:
Levice: S.Modric 20+8reb+1ast, D.Marek 15+6reb+3ast, R.Urland 12+5reb+2ast, M.Bernard 8+5reb+2ast, P.Seman 5+3reb+2ast, M.Sykora 4+10reb+1ast
Inter Bratislava: S.Gavran 15+4reb+1ast, R.Kucsa 10+1reb+1ast, M.Pesic 9+8reb+1ast, M.Trivunovic 8+1ast, E.Ubilla 6+4reb+4ast, M.Zilik 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168623


Usti n/Labem - NH Ostrava 60-70

Everything went according to plan when first ranked NH Ostrava (18-14) defeated on the road 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-23) 70-60 on Sunday. It was a good game for American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Luettgerodt is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) answered with 12 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for NH Ostrava. They maintain first place in A2 with 18-14 record. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Levharti Chomutov (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's second-placed Levice.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 17+11reb+2ast, A.Ciz 14+5reb+5ast, M.Gniadek 12+4reb+2ast, S.Manousos 8+3reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 8+4reb+2ast, J.Aleksejevs 5+2reb
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 12+2reb+6ast, B.Reese 12+6reb+1ast, T.Gottselig 10+7reb+2ast, J.Holanda 8+4reb+1ast, T.Hruby 7+10reb+1ast, J.Fohler 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168624


Chomutov - Plzen 81-67

There was no surprise when 7th ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-24) lost on the road to third ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-19) 81-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-67. It was a good game for American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Pavel Hemmy (191-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Levharti Chomutov's coach Tomas Eisner used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov maintains third place in A2 with 13-19 record having five points less than leader NH Ostrava, which they share with Svitavy. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the seventh position with 24 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will face league's leader NH Ostrava on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Loko Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#4).
Top scorers:
Chomutov: R.Lowery 23+11reb+4ast, Z.Hanzlik 16+4reb+2ast, P.Hemmy 14+5reb+3ast, P.Pope 13+2reb+6ast, J.Krakovic 8+6reb+1ast, V.Sucharda 4+6reb
Plzen: J.Kovanda 16+6reb, L.Toth 14+6reb+2ast, L.Pecka 10+13reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 10+8reb+4ast, M.Kozlik 9+3ast, M.Norwa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 168625




Pecka's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old forward Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Plzen (they play in A2) and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Usti n/Labem (#0, 9-23) 82-80. It allowed Plzen to take over top position in the Czech Republic league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 24 games and recorded just eight victories. Pecka has many years of experience at Plzen, through which he has constantly improved. Ladislav Pecka averages this season 9.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov. He is American guard in his first season at Chomutov. In the last game Lowery recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Chomutov to another comfortable win 81-67 over Plzen (8-24) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Lowery is a newcomer at Chomutov and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also registered 4.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy (#-2). Meno got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 100-92 win against #2 ranked B&W Opava in a game of the week. The chances of Svitavy ranking at the top of A2, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meno could help Svitavy to bring them higher in the standings. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Pope (183-G-81) of Chomutov - 28 points and 6 rebounds
5. Derek Wright (175-G-86) of NH Ostrava - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Matej Venta (187-PG-84) of BK Prostejov - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85) of NH Ostrava - 17 points, 11 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 - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 28-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 22-7 
 3. BK Decin 21-8 
 4. BK Pardubice 20-9 
 5. BC Kolin 19-20 
 6. USK Praha 15-14 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 18-14 
 2. Levice 14-18 
 3. Chomutov 13-19 
 4. Svitavy 13-19 
 5. Inter Bratislava 9-23 
 6. Usti n/Labem 9-23 
 7. Plzen 8-24 
 8. B&W Opava 6-26 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha20.0 
 3. Grant, Levice19.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.0 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha17.3 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.0 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Gottselig, Usti n.7.9 
 6. Pesic, Inter B.7.8 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.2 
 9. Modric, Levice7.1 
 10. Houska, BK Decin7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Wright, NH Ostrava4.9 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.8 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava3.9 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Pope, Chomutov3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 4. Ames, BC Kolin2.3 
 5. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 7. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Henderson, Levice0.8 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 16-3 
 2. Randers 16-3 
 3. Lemvig 14-5 
 4. Aarhus BF 12-8 
 5. Koge BK 11-7 
 6. Stevnsgade 9-9 
 7. Glostrup 9-10 
 8. Virum 8-9 
 9. Haderslev 6-13 
 10. Jonstrup 5-13 
 11. ALBA 5-13 
 12. Solrod 0-18 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 22-14 
 2. Springfield A. 21-15 
 3. Dakota W. 19-16 
 4. Canton C. 19-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 18-17 
 6. Maine RC 15-22 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 11-27 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 9-28 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 28-11 
 2. Austin T. 22-14 
 3. Rio Grande VV 22-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 20-17 
 5. Texas L. 19-18 
 6. Reno B. 18-19 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 17-22 
 8. Idaho S. 16-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.2 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.5 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.5 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.6 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.0 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.1 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.3 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.9.3 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Thomas, Los A.8.9 
 6. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 8. Andrews, Los A.8.3 
 9. Horner, Springfi.8.3 
 10. Moore, Idaho S.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.1 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.6.2 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.5 
 10. Cooksey, Texas L.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 5. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Kent, Maine RC1.6 


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Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. GUG 2-0 
 2. Capitanes 1-0 
 3. Plaza 1-1 
 4. CDP 0-1 
 5. Cupes 0-1 
 6. Sameji 0-1 


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 19-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. Tarvas 15-7 
 4. Rapla 13-10 
 5. TTU 10-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 9-15 
 7. Parnu 3-19 
 8. Valga 3-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.8 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas17.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 5. Soo, Rapla17.4 
 6. Pilk, TTU17.1 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.5 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.3 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 6. Raadik, Parnu8.0 
 7. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.6 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Keedus, TTU3.4 
 6. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Pilk, TTU3.3 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas2.1 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
 10. Keedus, TTU1.7 
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 Ulikool1.5 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.0 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 10. Makke, TTU0.5 


Estonian KML round 23 best performance: Rait-Riivo Laane - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rapla, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Valga (#8, 3-21) 88-83. Rapla maintains the 4th position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rapla will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Laane had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Rapla and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Rait-Riivo Laane has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.2apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev. Raley-Ross had a very good evening with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Tln Kalev cruised to a 74-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 3-19). Tln Kalev's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Raley-Ross is a newcomer at Tln Kalev, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#5). He also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) of Valga/CKE (#8). Strupovics scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Strupovics' great performance Valga lost 83-88 to the higher-ranked Rapla (#4, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valga can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Strupovics he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Strupovics has individually a great season in Estonia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Parn (200-F-77) of Rapla - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-C-86) of Tln Kalev - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Valga - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Tln Kalev - 22 points and 8 rebounds
9. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luol DENG
  ENG
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Deng, ENG24.6 
 2. Bargnani, ITA22.8 
 3. Parker, FRA22.1 
 4. McCalebb, MKD21.4 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.1 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Navarro, ESP18.7 
 8. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 9. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 10. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  GER
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.5 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.3 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 8. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 9. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Da Silva, POR6.5 
 3. Teodosic, SRB5.7 
 4. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 5. Khryapa, RUS5.1 
 6. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, LTU4.6 
 8. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 9. Parker, FRA4.4 
 10. Cook, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Obie TROTTER
  USA
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Trotter, HUN2.8 
 2. Kirilenko, RUS2.6 
 3. McCalebb, MKD2.1 
 4. Kotti, FIN2.1 
 5. Hanga, HUN2.0 
 6. Kelati, POL2.0 
 7. Batum, FRA2.0 
 8. Andrade, POR1.8 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD1.7 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  BIH
  (217-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Begic, SLO1.9 
 2. Kaman, GER1.8 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 5. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 6. Mozgov, RUS1.5 
 7. Asik, TUR1.5 
 8. Ibaka, ESP1.2 
 9. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 10. Koufos, GRE1.1 


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  FINLAND   


Finnish 1st Division round 21 best performance: Brian Moultrie - by Eurobasket News
American Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked FoKoPo, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Huima (#9, 9-12) with 20-point margin 85-65. It allowed FoKoPo to consolidate first place in the Finnish 1st Division. FoKoPo have a solid 17-4 record. Moultrie just recently signed at FoKoPo and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Armstrong Atlantic State University star has very solid stats this year. Moultrie is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 14.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 84.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY. Nofflet had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Oulun NMKY lost that game 77-88 to slightly lower-ranked SayRi (#8, 9-12). Oulun NMKY 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 10-11 record. Nofflet is a newcomer at Oulun NMKY, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#6). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Lapua (#3). Baxley got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Lapua, leading his team to a 117-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Ura Basket (#10, 8-13). Lapua needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Baxley has a great season in Finland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.7ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 61.6% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Williams (198-F-85) of Lapua - 34 points and 9 rebounds
5. Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83) of Ura Basket - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Shawn Henderson (190-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo - 30 points and 3 rebounds
8. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85) of Tapiolan Honka - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Vernon Taylor (190-G-87) of SayRi - 22 points, 9 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)


Tapiolan Honka lands Phillips - by Eurobasket Center
Tapiolan Honka (1st Division) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-78kg-85, college: Illinois St.). In his first game he scored 27 points and added 5 assists helping his new team beat ToPo Akatemia 89-70. Phillips played most recently at Oulun NMKY (1st Division). He graduated Illinois State University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


1st Division Round 21: BC Nokia defeats Pyrinto II in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1st Division. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the 1st Division took place in Nokia. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Pyrinto II (14-7) to fifth ranked BC Nokia (14-7) 70-69 in the game for the fourth place. Pyrinto II was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of BC Nokia, which allowed them to win the game. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo, agency: Hightower Law Firm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) with 23 points and 6 rebounds. BC Nokia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Pyrinto II. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Ura Basket (#10) in Kaarina in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pyrinto II will play at home against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (17-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (9-12) 85-65. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Markus Molenius accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for Aanekosken Huima in the defeat. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 17-4 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with SayRi. Forssan Koripojat will play against Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere in the next round. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Jyvaskyla where 6th ranked Oulun NMKY (10-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-12) 88-77 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Vernon Taylor who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Josh Nofflet who recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saynatsalon Riento. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Huima. Oulun NMKY lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo. Saynatsalon Riento will meet Aanekosken Huima (#9) in the next round. Oulun NMKY will play against the league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-11) crushed at home 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-20) by 48 points 112-64, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Shawn Henderson who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Porvoon Tarmo. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. BC Jyvaskyla lost their nineteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Jyvaskyla will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat.

In the last two games of round 21 ToPo Akatemia was destroyed by Tapiolan Honka on the opponent's court 89-70. Lapua outscored Ura Basket in a home game 117-80.



BC Nokia - Pyrinto II 70-69

The most exciting game of round 21 in the 1st Division took place in Nokia. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Pyrinto II (14-7) to fifth ranked BC Nokia (14-7) 70-69 in the game for the fourth place. Pyrinto II was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of BC Nokia, which allowed them to win the game. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo, agency: Hightower Law Firm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (195-84) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. BC Nokia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Pyrinto II. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Ura Basket (#10) in Kaarina in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pyrinto II will play at home against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: G.January 20+15reb, D.Townes 20+12reb+1ast, T.Riihela 14+8reb+3ast, V.Tuominen 8+2reb+5ast, M.Ovaska 5+1reb, A.Keski-Koukkari 3+1reb
Pyrinto II: O.Heinonen 23+6reb+3ast, J.Vaananen 17+8reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 12+12reb+1ast, S.Liljeberg 7+4reb, J.Kilpinen 5+1reb, M.Marttinen 2+2reb+1ast
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FoKoPo - Huima 85-65

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (17-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (9-12) 85-65. It looked good early as Aanekosken Huima took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Forssan Koripojat took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 20 points. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 38. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Markus Molenius (203-92) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tuomas Viertola (196-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Aanekosken Huima in the defeat. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 17-4 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with SayRi. Forssan Koripojat will play against Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere in the next round. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: B.Moultrie 24+14reb, M.Molenius 16+7reb+2ast, T.Robinson 14+7reb+2ast, H.Coleman 9+4reb+1ast, J.Helenius 6+4reb, E.Johansson 6+3reb
Huima: B.Bojang 15+12reb+1ast, T.Viertola 14+5reb, T.Manning 10+4reb+3ast, M.Liukko 8+6reb, M.Penttinen 6+1reb, M.Santa 5+2reb
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SayRi - Oulun NMKY 88-77

An interesting game took place in Jyvaskyla where 6th ranked Oulun NMKY (10-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-12) 88-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Saynatsalon Riento. Oulun NMKY managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saynatsalon Riento forced 22 Oulun NMKY turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Vernon Taylor (190-87, college: Troy) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) who recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and swingman Henri Vihavainen (190-86) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saynatsalon Riento. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Huima. Oulun NMKY lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo. Saynatsalon Riento will meet Aanekosken Huima (#9) in the next round. Oulun NMKY will play against the league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
SayRi: V.Taylor 22+9reb+3ast, E.Thomas 18+13reb+3ast, A.Conerly 14+4reb+6ast, K.Naukkarinen 12+3reb+1ast, J.Luoma 11+4reb+1ast, E.Nieminen 8+7reb+2ast
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 34+17reb+2ast, H.Vihavainen 18+6reb+5ast, A.Kemppainen 12+3reb+1ast, J.Teppo 6+1reb+1ast, T.Yrjanheikki 6+1reb, J.Laakso 1+1reb
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Tapiolan Honka - ToPo Akatemia 89-70

Very expected game when 11th ranked Torpan Pojat (4-17) was crushed on the road by second ranked Tapiolan Honka (15-6) 89-70. Torpan Pojat was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 56-29 second half run of Tapiolan Honka. They also forced 26 Torpan Pojat turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 assists. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Joni Herrala (185-94) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Aapeli Huovinen (185-96) added 14 points in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tapiolan Honka maintains second place with 15-6 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo, which they share with Lapua. Torpan Pojat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Tapiolan Honka's next round opponent will be Oulun NMKY (#6) on the road. Torpan Pojat will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#7).
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: L.Phillips 27+2reb+5ast, V.Kopio 19+2reb, D.Dolenc 14+4reb, K.Naapi 10+1reb, T.Laitinen 7+7reb+2ast, A.Vanjoki 4+2reb+1ast
ToPo Akatemia: J.Herrala 21+6reb+2ast, A.Huovinen 14+2reb+2ast, J.Rajala 9+3reb, T.Babkin 6+11reb, J.Jousisto 5, J.Aho 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150258


Porvoon Tarmo - Jyvaskyla 112-64

Seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-11) crushed at home 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-20) by 48 points 112-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Porvoon Tarmo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Porvoon Tarmo well out of reach of BC Jyvaskyla shooting 72.6 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Porvoon Tarmo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Shawn Henderson (190-88, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) contributed with 30 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) answered with 22 points and swingman Reijo Ojanen (192-86) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Porvoon Tarmo. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. BC Jyvaskyla lost their nineteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Jyvaskyla will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 30+3reb, S.Henderson 29+5reb+3ast, J.Young 16+8reb, J.Nissinen 15+1ast, K.Hytonen 8+1reb, S.Beatovic 5+1reb+2ast
Jyvaskyla: J.Parkkinen 22+1reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 10+10reb, T.Kuukkanen 10+1reb+1ast, K.Kuokkanen 10+3reb, M.Markkanen 6+6reb, T.Manninen 3
gschID: 150253


Lapua - Ura Basket 117-80

Very predictable result when third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (15-6) smashed at home 10th ranked Ura Basket (8-13) 117-80. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Ura Basket's 38 and made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 29 Ura Basket turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Ville Turja felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Chaz Franklin (180-81, college: Roberts Wesleyan) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ura Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to second place, which they share with Tapiolan Honka. Ura Basket at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Ura Basket will play against BC Nokia.
Top scorers:
Lapua: E.Williams 34+9reb, W.Baxley 33+9reb+5ast, E.Jackson 13+4reb+2ast, H.Jokinen 11+4reb+2ast, K.Siven 8+7reb, J.Salo 7+1reb+2ast
Ura Basket: E.Andrews 31+13reb+2ast, C.Franklin 20+4reb+4ast, J.Alanko 18+7reb+1ast, S.Salminen 10+4reb, J.Saari 1+3reb+1ast, N.Lehtila 0+1reb
gschID: 150254




Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 17-4 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 15-6 
 3. Lapua 15-6 
 4. Pyrinto II 14-7 
 5. BC Nokia 14-7 
 6. Oulun NMKY 10-11 
 7. Porvoon Tarmo 10-11 
 8. SayRi 9-12 
 9. Huima 9-12 
 10. Ura Basket 8-13 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-17 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-20 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Simmons, Porvoon23.5 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.9 
 5. Conerly, SayRi21.2 
 6. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.2 
 7. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 8. Manning, Huima20.3 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 8. Williams, Lapua10.1 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.2 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.0 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.8 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.5 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.1 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.4 
 3. Jackson, Lapua2.1 
 4. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 6. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 10. Little, Porvoon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.1 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 8. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.9 
 9. Rajala, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Still, Porvoon Ta.0.8 


Zeno's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Nilan Bisons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Kataja (#1, 25-8) 88-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nilan Bisons maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nilan Bisons will need more victories to improve their 24-8 record. In the team's last game Zeno had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nilan Bisons' top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Zeno is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of LrNMKY. He is American forward in his first season at LrNMKY. In the last game Tiedeman recorded impressive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead LrNMKY to another comfortable win 89-71 over slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#10, 11-21) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed LrNMKY to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Tiedeman is a newcomer at LrNMKY and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#8). He also registered 4.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Nilan Bisons' star - guard Jeb Ivey (190-G-80). Ivey got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Nilan Bisons, helping his team with a 88-86 win against #1 ranked Kataja in a game of the week. Nilan Bisons needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 8 lost games. Ivey has a great season in Finland. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 44.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84) of LrNMKY - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) of Korihait - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Korihait - 21 points and 9 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)


1.DIVISION: BC Nokia - Pyrinto II 70-69 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 21: Only one round (March 11) left out of the reagular season. Then the top 4 teams continue season with the play-off-games. The winner of 1. Division goes up to Korisliiga (Top League). Today six contests and no big upsets. The closest game at Nokia, where local BC Nokia defeated Pyrinto II from nerighbour town Tampere 70-69 (41-32). Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) (20pts/15rbs) and Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) (20/12) were again the key players of BC Nokia team. Tarmo (Porvoo) crushed BC Jyvaskyla 112-64 (56-36). Benzor Simmons (195-G-88, college: Tenn-Martin) scored 30 points and Shawn Henderson (190-G-88, college: Idaho) added 29 pts. When Honka (Tapiola) beat ToPo Academy from Helsinki 89-70 (33-41), Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85, college: Illinois St.), the newcomer on Honka roster netted 27 pts. FoKoPo (Forssa) won over Huima (Aanekoski) 85-65 (32-31). Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic), newcomer on FoKoPo roster, scored 24 pts and grabbed 14 rbs. Korikobrat (Lapua) beat Ura Basket (Kaarina) 117-80 (59-42). Eric Williams (198-F-85, college: Tarleton St.) scored 34 pts and Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 33 pts. Riento (Saynatsalo) defeated YMCA Oulu 88-77 (50-30). New face on SayRi roster Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) started with 22 pts
BC Nokia - Pyrinto II 70-69 (41-32). (Gerald January 20/15, Darren Townes 20/12, Timo Riihela 14 - Osku Heinonen 23, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 17, Jari Pulkkinen 12/12).
Tarmo - BC Jyvaskyla 112-64 (56-36). (Benzor Simmons 30, Shawn Henderson 29, Jerrah Young 16 - Jani Parkkinen 22, Reijo Ojanen 10/10, Kalle Kuokkanen 10).
Honka, Tapiola - ToPo Academy 89-70 (33-41). (Lloyd Phillips 27, Villematti Kopio 19, Daniel Dolenc 14 - Joni Herrala 21, Aapeli Huovinen 14, Julius Rajala 9).
FoKoPo - Huima 85-65 (32-31). (Brian Moultrie 24/14, Markus Molenius 16, Tracy Robinson 14 - Baboucarr Bojang 15/12, Tuomas Viertola 14, Treylon Manning 10).
Lapua - Ura Basket 117-80 (59-42). (Eric Williams 34, Walter Baxley 33, Emmanuel Jackson 13 - Eze Andrews 31/13, Chaz Franklin 20, Jan-Axel Alanko 18).
SayRi - YMCA Oulu 88-77 (50-30). (Vernon Taylor 22, Eryk Thomas 18/13, Aubrey Conerly 14/6a - Josh Nofflet 34/17, Henri Vihavainen 18/5a, Aleksi Kemppainen 12).




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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 18-5 
 2. Charleville 18-6 
 3. Orchy 17-7 
 4. Souffel 16-8 
 5. Cognac 16-8 
 6. Blois 15-9 
 7. Roche 15-9 
 8. Sorgues 14-10 
 9. Lievin 13-11 
 10. Challans 13-11 
 11. Brest 12-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 11-13 
 13. Chartres 10-14 
 14. Rueil 9-15 
 15. Clermont 8-16 
 16. Montbrison 4-20 
 17. Le Puy 4-20 
 18. CFBB 2-21 


NM1 Round 24: Charleville-Mezieres defeat Souffelweyersheim in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Charleville-Mezieres (18-6) which hosted in Charleville 4th ranked Souffelweyersheim (16-8). Second ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get a 10-point victory 70-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Charleville-Mezieres made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Souffelweyersheim turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Souffelweyersheim helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds for Souffelweyersheim. Charleville-Mezieres maintains second position with 18-6 record having just -1 point less than leader St Quentin. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cognac. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Sorgues (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (18-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Stade Clermont (8-16) 78-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stade Clermont. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and Julien Lesieu who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Saint-Quentin maintains first position with 18-5 record. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Saint-Quentin will play against Lievin Basket (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stade Clermont will play against Blois (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between seventh ranked Blois (15-9) and 18th ranked CFBB (2-21) in Blois on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Blois outscored guests from Paris 84-51. The winners were led by Ville Kaunisto who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by Mouhammadou Jaiteh did not help to save the game for CFBB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Blois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Roche. CFBB lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Blois will meet Stade Clermont (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Rueil was beaten by Angers BC 49 on the road 78-72. Sorgues destroyed Brest on its own court 92-71. Challans unfortunately lost to Cognac in a road game 86-90. Montbrison managed to beat Le Puy at home 87-71. Roche was crushed by Orchy on the opponent's court 69-98. Lievin beat Chartres in a home game 61-54.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 38 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Mathieu Bigote of Cognac.


Charleville - Souffel 70-60

An interesting game for Charleville-Mezieres (18-6) which hosted in Charleville 4th ranked Souffelweyersheim (16-8). Second ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get a 10-point victory 70-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Charleville-Mezieres made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Souffelweyersheim turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Souffelweyersheim helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Charleville-Mezieres maintains second position with 18-6 record having just -1 point less than leader St Quentin. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Cognac. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Sorgues (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Charleville: F.Calvez 15+4reb+4ast, T.Toney 15+7reb+1ast, C.Belser 13+6reb+2ast, N.Racon 13+5reb+2ast, D.Pistre 7+4reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 7+7reb+4ast
Souffel: F.Broliron 12+3reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 12+5reb, J.Begarin 10+4reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 7+1reb, J.Alingue 6+10reb+1ast, S.Kancel 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147124


Angers BC 49 - Rueil 78-72

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (11-13) beat at home 14th ranked Rueil (9-15) 78-72 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-72. The winners were led by point guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) who scored that evening 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even 15 points by forward Karim Gourari (195-89) did not help to save the game for Rueil. Naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) added 7 points and 13 rebounds. Angers BC 49 maintains twelfth position with 11-13 record. Rueil lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. Angers BC 49 will meet higher ranked Vendee Challans (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rueil will play against Montbrison (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 13+7reb+1ast, M.Chupin 13+2reb, T.Ramphort 13+8reb+5ast, P.Drouault 10+1reb+1ast, S.Traore 9+2reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 7+11reb+3ast
Rueil: M.Niakate 15+1reb+2ast, K.Gourari 15+4reb+2ast, C.Mansare 13+3reb+3ast, G.Mdivani 9+9reb+1ast, T.Chevigny 8+1ast, S.Cabarkapa 7+13reb
gschID: 147125


Sorgues - Brest 92-71

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Etendard de Brest (12-12) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked Sorgues (14-10) 92-71 on Saturday. Sorgues made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Etendard de Brest turnovers. The winners were led by Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) supported him with 11 points and 5 assists. Five Sorgues players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) did not help to save the game for Etendard de Brest. Forward Jimmy Lupot (190-83) 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. Sorgues maintains eighth position with 14-10 record. Loser Etendard de Brest keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Sorgues will meet higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Etendard de Brest will play against Chartres (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 17+8reb+3ast, V.Ateba 14+1reb+3ast, A.Thinon 11+2ast, S.Mekdad 11+4reb+5ast, D.Griffin 10+6reb, D.Quincy-Jones 10+3reb+2ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 16+9reb+1ast, J.Lupot 12+2reb+2ast, J.Doreau 12+3reb+1ast, A.Liorel 9+2reb+5ast, J.Rathieuville 8+1reb+3ast, B.Vounang 7+8reb
gschID: 147126


Blois - CFBB 84-51

The game between seventh ranked Blois (15-9) and 18th ranked CFBB (2-21) in Blois on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Blois outscored guests from Paris 84-51. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. CFBB managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Blois dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 32. The winners were led by Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) did not help to save the game for CFBB. Guard Boris Dallo (193-94) 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. Blois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Roche. CFBB lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Blois will meet Stade Clermont (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Blois: V.Kaunisto 22+8reb+5ast, D.Davis 17+6reb+6ast, B.Recoura 15+7reb+1ast, T.Sani 10+5reb+1ast, M.Sy 8+2reb+1ast, P.Brochard 7+2ast
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 18+7reb, B.Dallo 13+4reb+2ast, C.Pontens 7+1ast, A.Chassang 6+2reb+1ast, A.Pesquerel 4+1reb, Y.Morin 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 147127


St Quentin - Clermont 78-73

NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (18-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Stade Clermont (8-16) 78-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stade Clermont. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stade Clermont won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Stade Clermont turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Saint-Quentin and four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin maintains first position with 18-5 record. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Saint-Quentin will play against Lievin Basket (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stade Clermont will play against Blois (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: D.Williams 20+7reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 13+8reb+2ast, J.Ball 12+2reb+5ast, K.Bichard 11+2reb+3ast, A.Rambur 10+3reb+3ast, G.Sylvain 5+1reb
Clermont: S.Naydenov 21+1reb+1ast, M.Diakite 12+3reb+2ast, X.Delarue 12+4reb+2ast, M.Jackson 11+8reb+2ast, B.Matanga 11+1reb+1ast, J.Cortey 4+8reb+7ast
gschID: 147120


Cognac - Challans 90-86

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Cognac (16-8) won against at home 8th ranked Vendee Challans (13-11) 90-86 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-20. But Vendee Challans won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cognac made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) who scored that evening 38 points (!!!) and 4 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) supported him with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 26 points and 8 rebounds by forward Fabien Herard (198-79) did not help to save the game for Vendee Challans. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) added 24 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Cognac have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Souffel. Loser Vendee Challans dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Lievin. Cognac will meet Roche (#7) on the road in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against Angers BC 49 and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cognac: M.Bigote 38+4reb+4ast, C.Bertorelle 24+7reb+8ast, J.Godin 11+6reb+8ast, M.Buval 8+7reb, N.Kaczmarow 4+1reb, I.Saounera 3
Challans: F.Herard 26+8reb+3ast, J.Almanson 24+6reb+3ast, S.Cherasse 11+2reb+3ast, S.Girma 10+3reb, N.Gouacide 6+5reb, R.Boissie 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 147121


Montbrison - Le Puy 87-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-20) lost on the road to seventeenth ranked Montbrison (4-20) 87-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Montbrison. Le Puy ASMB managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 36-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montbrison looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The winners were led by Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) who scored that evening 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. St Robert is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Montbrison's coach Marc Berjoan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists by swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) did not help to save the game for Le Puy ASMB. Forward Raphael Wilson (195-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Montbrison moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Le Puy. Le Puy ASMB lost eighth consecutive game. Montbrison will meet higher ranked Rueil (#14) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Puy ASMB will play against the league's second-placed Charleville-Mezieres where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: L.Biela 28+6reb+3ast, J.St Robert 18+7reb+3ast, K.Mondesir 16+3reb, R.Aubry 15+9reb+3ast, B.Tillon 4+9reb+10ast, G.Filet 4+1ast
Le Puy: R.Wilson 16+5reb+2ast, M.Gotagni 15+1reb+2ast, G.Sene 11+4reb+10ast, S.Borval 11+4reb+2ast, R.Martin 8+3reb+1ast, Y.Smail 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147122


Orchy - Roche 98-69

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Orchesien BC (17-7) outplayed 6th ranked Roche (15-9) in Orchies 98-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. Orchesien BC outrebounded Roche 42-18 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The winners were led by Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who scored that evening 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) supported him with 16 points. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. 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. Even 18 points and 5 steals by forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) did not help to save the game for Roche. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) added 14 points. Orchesien BC maintains third position with 17-7 record behind leader St Quentin. Loser Roche keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Blois. Orchesien BC will meet bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Roche will play against Cognac (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 16+2reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 13+2reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 13+6reb+1ast, R.Malet 10+3reb+5ast, J.Verbeke 10+4reb+2ast, D.Hayes 9+2reb
Roche: A.Toto N'Kote 18+2reb, L.Simmons 14+2reb, R.Pegon 10+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 7+2reb+3ast, F.Bateko 6+1reb+1ast, P.Clerence 5+3reb
gschID: 147123


Lievin - Chartres 61-54

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Chartres (10-14) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Lievin Basket (13-11) 61-54 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lievin Basket outrebounded Chartres 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) supported him with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) did not help to save the game for Chartres. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) added 6 points and 4 assists. Lievin Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Challans. Chartres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Lievin Basket will meet league's leader Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chartres will play against Etendard de Brest (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 13+3reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 12+3ast, T.Sanborn 11+13reb+1ast, M.Hachi 6+1reb, V.Mendy 6+11reb+2ast, A.Hoard 5+3reb+1ast
Chartres: M.Ipouck 19+11reb+3ast, L.Avramovic 10+2reb, H.Jalce 6+2reb, A.Barakaou 6+1reb, G.Merie 6+4reb+4ast, G.Lemon 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147119




Jeremiah Wood claims French ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Evreux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 20 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Quimper (#17, 6-18) 77-74. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Evreux moved-up to the 15th position in the French ProB. Evreux is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 24 games. Wood turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne. Osby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Maurienne to another comfortable win 89-75 over the lower-ranked Le Portel (#14, 10-14) being unquestionably team leader. Maurienne's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Osby is a newcomer at Maurienne and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. University of Maryland alumni Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of top-ranked Boulazac. Monroe scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Monroe's great performance Boulazac lost 75-83 to the lower-ranked Boulogne (#7, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Boulazac needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 5 lost games. Monroe has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Rohnert (197-G-87) of Denain - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77) of Limoges - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Alex Dunn (210-C/F-82) of Rouen - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81) of Le Portel - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 23 points and 5 rebounds
10. Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) of Rouen - 24 points and 4 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 - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.6 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.9 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.1 
 4. Almanson, Challans16.8 
 5. Bluntt, Orchy16.6 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.16.3 
 7. Petrovic, Orchy16.3 
 8. Belser, Charleville15.9 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 10. Herard, Challans15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.8 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.2 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin8.5 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.8.5 
 6. Avramovic, Chart.8.2 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest8.0 
 8. Toney, Charleville7.9 
 9. Cabarkapa, Rueil7.8 
 10. Mendy, Lievin7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 3. Ball, St Quentin4.7 
 4. Dessart, Lievin4.5 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.5 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 7. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 9. Tillon, Montbrison4.4 
 10. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 3. Pistre, Charleville1.9 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 6. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 7. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
 8. Bigote, Cognac1.7 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Morin, CFBB1.5 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Davis, Blois1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Ipouck, Chartres1.1 
 9. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 10. Toney, Charleville1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 7: MZT Skopje beats Torus Skopje in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Torus Skopje (#3). Torus Skopje was defeated at home 55-70 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje (19-4) keeps a position of leader. Torus Skopje at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo 2009 (#5) at home in the next round. Torus Skopje's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lirija (14-9) against fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Lirija was defeated by Kumanovo 2009 in Kumanovo 85-70. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Milan Janjusevic contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Lirija. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place in with 10-13 record. Lirija at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against league's leader MZT Skopje on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Skopje was also quite interesting. Second ranked Feni Indistrija (19-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-15). Feni Indistrija defeated Fersped-Rabotnicki 83-69 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jarrid Frye who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Eftim Bogoev responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place in with 19-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader MZT Skopje. Loser Fersped-Rabotnicki keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet at home Lirija (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Strumica. Local ABA Strumica (2-16) was outscored by seventh ranked Vardar (5-12) 115-64. Newly promoted Vardar maintains seventh place in Play Out with 5-12 record. ABA Strumica lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Vardar's next round opponent will be Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija.

The best stats of 7th round was 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Vladimir Georgievski of Vardar.



Kumanovo - Lirija 85-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lirija (14-9) against fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (10-13) on Saturday night. Visiting Lirija was defeated by Kumanovo 2009 in Kumanovo 85-70. Lirija was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 50-27 second half run of Kumanovo 2009. Kumanovo 2009 forced 22 Lirija turnovers and outrebounded them 43-18 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) added 14 points in the effort for Lirija. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four Lirija players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place in with 10-13 record. Lirija at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will play against league's leader MZT Skopje on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lirija will play against the league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: B.Radunovic 19+6reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 14+1reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 11+2reb+1ast, C.Morban 10+2reb+4ast, T.Simic 9+3reb, D.Tasovski 6+4reb+3ast
Kumanovo: A.Kostoski 20+7reb+3ast, M.Janjusevic 17+8reb+2ast, U.Lukovic 16+8reb, D.Mikic 14+11reb, M.Janevski 11+1reb+2ast, D.Stanimirovic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168294


Torus Skopje - MZT Skopje 55-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Torus Skopje (#3). Torus Skopje was defeated at home 55-70 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Torus Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje (19-4) keeps a position of leader. Torus Skopje at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo 2009 (#5) at home in the next round. Torus Skopje's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: J.Reynolds 19+6reb, D.Karadzovski 12+4ast, I.Dimcevski 9+6reb, B.Trajkovski 6+3reb, B.Krstevski 4+7reb, N.Karakolev 2
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 16+11reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 12+5reb+2ast, N.Vucurovic 12+5reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 12+4reb+4ast, N.Dahlman 10+5reb, C.Davis 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 168295


Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 69-83

The game in Skopje was also quite interesting. Second ranked Feni Indistrija (19-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (8-15). Feni Indistrija defeated Fersped-Rabotnicki 83-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-69. It was a great evening for American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) helped adding 11 points. At the losing side guard Eftim Bogoev (185-80) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Serbian power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place in with 19-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader MZT Skopje. Loser Fersped-Rabotnicki keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet at home Lirija (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: E.Bogoev 26+5reb+3ast, N.Jelesijevic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 10+9reb+2ast, Z.Stojanov 4+1reb, J.Petrovski 4+2reb+2ast, V.Zujovic 4+4reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 11+1reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 10+3reb+1ast, V.Brckov 10+1reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 9+3reb+2ast, M.Gjurov 8+1ast, J.Frye 8+8reb+5ast
gschID: 168293


Group Play Out
ABA Strumica - Vardar 64-115

The game with biggest result difference took place in Strumica. Local ABA Strumica (2-16) was outscored by seventh ranked Vardar (5-12) 115-64. ABA Strumica was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Newly promoted Vardar maintains seventh place in Play Out with 5-12 record. ABA Strumica lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Vardar's next round opponent will be Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija.
gschID: 168296




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 19-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 19-4 
 3. Lirija 14-9 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-9 
 5. Kumanovo 10-13 
 6. Rabotnicki 8-15 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 5-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-13 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Rabot.
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Rabot.19.4 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija18.0 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.17.9 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 5. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija16.3 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus16.2 
 10. Filipovic, Lirija15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo8.3 
 2. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 3. Dahlman, MZT S.7.7 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.5 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.5 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.7.1 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija6.8 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Morban, Lirija4.3 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.7 
 3. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.5 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.3 
 6. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 8. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.3 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija2.1 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 4. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 6. Tasovski, Lirija1.3 
 7. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 8. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 10. Turner, Torus S.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.0.9 
 7. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 10. Reynolds, Torus S.0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Georgian Superleague round 16 best performance: Larry Blair - by Eurobasket News
American guard Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for MIA Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (41 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Dinamo Tbilisi (#6, 7-8) 87-74. MIA Academy maintains the 5th position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MIA Academy will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Blair had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be MIA Academy's top player in his first season with the team. Former Liberty University star has very solid stats this year. Blair is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.3ppg. Blair is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.9apg) and averages impressive 3.6spg,55.6% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was young Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) of Samedicino. Dvalishvili had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Samedicino cruised to a 74-66 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Rustavi (#11, 1-13). This victory allowed Samedicino to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Dvalishvili is one of the most experienced players at Samedicino and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) of Sokhumi (#4). Atuashvili scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sokhumi, leading his team to a 91-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Batumi (#10, 2-13). Sokhumi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Atuashvili has a very solid season. In 13 games in Georgia he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mikheil Chochua (193-G-87) of Samedicino - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87) of Sokhumi - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Keyon Carter (203-F-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Armia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rezo Didia (203-F-87) of Kutaisi - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86) of Olimpi - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Revaz Atanelishvili (207-C-86) of Armia - 16 points and 6 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)


Superleague Round 16: Dinamo Tbilisi is defeated by MIA in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). MIA (9-6) won against visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (7-8) 87-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when MIA's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-22 extending their advantage to 13 points. MIA outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 44-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the other American import forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. MIA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. MIA is looking forward to face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and TSU (#7). TSU was smashed at home by 62 points 56-118 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by international swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) who scored that evening 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and Will Thomas supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) did not help to save the game for TSU. 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 (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. TSU at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kutaisi. Third ranked host Kutaisi (11-4) defeated their biggest opponent Olimpi (11-3) 90-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olimpi. Rezo Didia fired 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Giorgi Gamqrelidze produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists for lost side. Kutaisi maintains third position with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Newly promoted Olimpi keeps the second place with three games lost. Kutaisi will meet MIA (#5) in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.

In the last two games of round 16 bottom-ranked Rustavi lost to Samedicino on the opponent's court 66-74. Sokhumi outscored Batumi in a home game 91-52.



Samedicino - Rustavi 74-66

Rather expected game in Tbilisi where 11th ranked Energy Invest (1-13) was defeated by ninth ranked Samedicino-Academia (6-9) 74-66 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Samedicino-Academia forced 21 Energy Invest turnovers. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) chipped in 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) produced 20 points and guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to seventh place. Loser Energy Invest stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: M.Chochua 31+6reb+3ast, A.Dvalishvili 24+12reb+5ast, K.Tomaradze 5+2reb+1ast, M.Abaishvili 4+3reb+8ast, G.Shvangiradze 3+1reb, G.Kvetenadze 2+4reb
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 20+4reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 14+3reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 13+2reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 13+3reb+6ast, T.Toudjani 4+9reb+3ast, D.Gugava 2+4reb
gschID: 166607


Sokhumi - Batumi 91-52

Very predictable result in Tbilisi where fourth ranked Sokhumi (9-6) smashed 10th ranked Batumi (2-13) 91-52 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sokhumi. Batumi managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokhumi dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 26. They outrebounded Batumi 50-25 including a 38-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokhumi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Batumi's players. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) fired 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Sokhumi's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) added 22 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Sokhumi maintains fourth position with 9-6 record, which they share with MIA Academy. Loser Batumi keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Sokhumi'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:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 27+6reb+6ast, S.Atuashvili 19+14reb, R.Rogava 11+8reb+4ast, L.Patsatsia 10+6reb+3ast, V.Janashia 10+1reb, G.Jgerenaia 8+5reb+3ast
Batumi: I.Mikeladze 22, L.Keshelava 15+8reb+2ast, G.Revazashvili 13+4reb+1ast, N.Ramishvili 1+2reb+1ast, M.Ninua 1+3reb+3ast, L.Eliadze 0+7reb+1ast
gschID: 166604


MIA Academy - Dinamo Tbilisi 87-74

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). MIA (9-6) won against visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (7-8) 87-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when MIA's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-22 extending their advantage to 13 points. MIA outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 44-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 41 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the other American import forward Tracy Smith (203, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. MIA's coach Giorgos Ketselidis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian forward Aleksandar Zecevic (201-75) scored 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. MIA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. MIA is looking forward to face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: L.Blair 41+3reb+4ast, T.Smith 15+9reb+1ast, J.Tubbs 10+5reb+3ast, A.Trepalovac 6+13reb+2ast, G.Nikoladze 5+6reb+3ast, M.Bokolishvili 3+1reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: A.Zecevic 18+4reb+4ast, K.Carter 17+7reb+7ast, D.Sanadze 16+1reb, M.Oluic 14+6reb+2ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 3+6reb+4ast, I.Lezhava 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166605


TSU Tbilisi - Armia 56-118

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and TSU (#7). TSU was smashed at home by 62 points 56-118 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 7 points in first quarter. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 92 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 34. They outrebounded TSU 65-25 including a 50-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armia players were unselfish on offense dishing 38 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by TSU's players. The winners were led by international swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) who scored that evening 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American Will Thomas (203-86) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Armia players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) did not help to save the game for TSU. Forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. TSU at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Armia: W.Thomas 19+7reb+3ast, R.Atanelishvili 16+6reb+1ast, A.Boisa 16+5reb+9ast, J.Richardson 13+3reb+2ast, Z.Babiashvili 10+5reb, V.Minashvili 10+10reb+4ast
TSU Tbilisi: M.Chitashvili 15+5reb+3ast, D.Khizanishvili 13+1reb, V.Beruashvili 9+5reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 7, V.Chkareuli 6+5reb, S.Shermadini 4+2reb
gschID: 166606


Kutaisi - Olimpi 90-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kutaisi. Third ranked host Kutaisi (11-4) defeated their biggest opponent Olimpi (11-3) 90-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olimpi. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Olimpi won second period 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kutaisi won last quarter 25-21. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) fired 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists and the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kutaisi maintains third position with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Newly promoted Olimpi keeps the second place with three games lost. Kutaisi will meet MIA (#5) in the next round. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena STU.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 18+5reb+4ast, D.Barbakadze 17+5reb+4ast, R.Didia 17+8reb+7ast, L.Tsekvava 12+6reb+9ast, R.Matiashvili 12+9reb+1ast, T.Babunashvili 12+3reb+2ast
Olimpi: G.Gamqrelidze 20+4reb+10ast, N.Sljuka 17+4ast, M.Berishvili 17+3reb+3ast, I.Todorovic 11+10reb+1ast, N.Tutus 11+6reb+3ast, I.Hoger 3+3reb
gschID: 166603




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Blair, MIA Academy29.3 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.7 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi23.3 
 4. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 5. Carter, Dinamo T.22.6 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy17.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.4 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi16.4 
 10. Sljuka, Olimpi16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.6 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.0 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.5 
 4. Revazashvili, Batu.10.0 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 6. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 7. Smith, MIA Academy9.3 
 8. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.2 
 9. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.5 
 2. Woodside, Armia7.2 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.9 
 4. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 5. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 7. Artsividze, Rustavi5.5 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.5 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Dina.5.4 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.6 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 3. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.2.2 
 7. Mikeladze, Batumi2.1 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 9. Dvalishvili, Samed.2.0 
 10. Woodside, Armia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.4.2 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia1.5 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 7. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Hoger, Olimpi1.0 


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


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  GERMANY   


Bjoern Schoo claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Heidelberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Kirchheim (#3, 15-8) 94-82. Heidelberg is placed at 10th position in German ProA. Heidelberg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-12 record. In the team's last game Schoo had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Heidelberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bjoern Schoo averages this season 8.4ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) of Kirchheim. Uskoski impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Kirchheim lost that game 82-94 to the lower-ranked Heidelberg (#10, 11-12). This loss caused Kirchheim to drop to 3rd position in . His team's 15-8 record is not bad at all. Uskoski is a newcomer at Kirchheim and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Webmoebel (#5). Stommes showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Webmoebel, leading his team to a 96-84 win against the lower-ranked Leitershofen (#15, 5-18). Webmoebel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 13 victories and 10 lost games. Stommes has a great season in Germany. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (7th best). He also has FGP: 51.7% and 3PT: 48.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85) of NBC - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Leitershofen - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Fleischmann (205-F-86) of Webmoebel - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Aaron Cook (186-G-83) of Crailsheim - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Martin Samarco (191-G-85) of Karlsruhe - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Travis Reed (203-C-79) of Braves - 17 points and 9 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)


Chevon Troutman claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT) had an amazing evening in the last round for B.Muenchen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Art.Dragons (#4, 17-8) with 27-point margin 97-70. B.Muenchen is placed at 6th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. B.Muenchen will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. In the team's last game Troutman had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be B.Muenchen's top player in his first season with the team. Chevon Troutman averages this season 12.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers. Redding impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Walter Tigers cruised to a 90-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#16, 7-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Walter Tigers keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Redding is a newcomer at Walter Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Walter Tigers' star - American Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports). Young showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Walter Tigers, helping his team with a 90-80 win against the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#16, 7-17). The chances of Walter Tigers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Young could help Walter Tigers to bring them higher in the standings. Young has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 10.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrell Everett (193-G-84) of Bremerhaven - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jared Homan (206-C-83) of B.Muenchen - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Tyler Smith (201-F-86) of Bayreuth - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Anthony Smith (196-G-86) of Bremerhaven - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of ALBA - 10 points and 14 rebounds
9. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of Telekom Baskets - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


BBL Round 25: Leader Brose Baskets lose to Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Brose Baskets (21-3) recorded its third loss in Frankfurt on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-13) 76-68. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated on the defensive end, holding Brose Baskets to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 21 Brose Baskets turnovers. American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 19 points for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 12-13 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with three games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and are hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked ALBA Berlin (18-6). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. DaShaun Wood contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with 25 points and 6 assists for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#8) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where host Bayern Muenchen (#7) rolled over 4th placed Artland Dragons with 27-point difference 97-70 on Sunday evening. Chevon Troutman stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side David Holston responded with 15 points and 6 assists. Bayern Muenchen (14-11) moved-up to sixth place. Artland Dragons lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to secure a win.
TBB Trier (9-16) survived in overtime against EWE Baskets (12-12) by nine points 82-73. Andreas Seiferth nailed 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. The victory was the third consecutive win for TBB Trier. They maintain fourteenth place with 9-16 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (2-23) made lots of trouble for thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (10-15) on Saturday. The visitors from Bayreuth managed to secure only nine-point victory 91-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Danny Gibson fired 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. BBC Bayreuth maintains thirteenth place with 10-15 record. BG Goettingen lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. BBC Bayreuth will face TBB Trier (#14) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will play against Artland Dragons (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Phoenix Hagen were defeated by Walter Tigers in Tuebingen 90-80. Telekom Baskets was beaten by s.Oliver Baskets at home 65-69. EnBW L'burg lost to LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 61-63. Ratiopharm managed to outperform NY Phantoms in a home game 81-72.
The best stats of 25th round was 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Reggie Redding of Walter Tigers.



Walter Tigers - Phoenix Hagen 90-80

There was no surprise in Tuebingen where 15th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-17) was defeated by twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (11-14) 90-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Walter Tigers made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Phoenix Hagen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) produced 23 points and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Walter Tigers maintains twelfth place with 11-14 record. Phoenix Hagen lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Walter Tigers will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 25+10reb+5ast, J.Young 24+7reb+4ast, V.Duggins 20+5reb+3ast, T.Nash 8+1reb+2ast, N.Simon 7+2reb, L.Campbell 2+1reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 23+4reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 19+3reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 12+2reb+2ast, D.White 9+6ast, A.Constantine 7+6reb, B.Kruel 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133315


Goettingen - Bayreuth 82-91 OT

Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (2-23) made lots of trouble for thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (10-15) on Saturday. The visitors from Bayreuth managed to secure only nine-point victory 91-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-14. But BG Goettingen won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where BG Goettingen used huge pressure winning it 20-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 3-12. BBC Bayreuth made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded BG Goettingen 51-29 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. BG Goettingen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 9 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Max Weber (201-85) added 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth maintains thirteenth place with 10-15 record. BG Goettingen lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. BBC Bayreuth will face TBB Trier (#14) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will play against Artland Dragons (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 28+1reb+4ast, O.Jeanty 20+8reb, E.Ibekwe 14+8reb+1ast, T.Smith 9+15reb+6ast, B.Hunter 6+14reb+1ast, M.Shtein 5+1reb
Goettingen: M.Weber 21+1ast, M.Bauscher 17+5reb+4ast, P.Horne 15+3reb+1ast, J.Allen 11+3reb+3ast, S.Evans 10+9reb, R.Sykes 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133316


B.Muenchen - Art.Dragons 97-70

An interesting game where host Bayern Muenchen (#7) rolled over 4th placed Artland Dragons with 27-point difference 97-70 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Artland Dragons' 34 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Artland Dragons' players. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) responded with 15 points and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 14 points. Bayern Muenchen (14-11) moved-up to sixth place. Artland Dragons lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 26+10reb, J.Homan 20+8reb+7ast, J.Wallace 14+2reb+4ast, J.Foster 10+1reb+2ast, J.Jagla 7+1reb, S.Hamann 5+3reb+9ast
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 15+2reb+6ast, B.Thomas 14+3reb, D.Fenn 11+3reb+2ast, A.Hess 10+1reb, N.Peavy 7+5reb+1ast, G.Gruenheid 7+8reb
gschID: 133317


Telekom Baskets - s.Oliver Baskets 65-69

No shocking result in a game in Bonn where fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (16-9) defeated 8th ranked Telekom Baskets (12-12) 69-65 on Sunday. Telekom Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 15-10 charge of s Oliver Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) fired 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for s Oliver Baskets. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains fifth place with 16-9 record. Loser Telekom Baskets keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face EWE Baskets (#10) in Oldenburg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Telekom Baskets will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Boone 12+7reb+1ast, I.Elliott 11+5reb, C.Kramer 11+4reb+2ast, R.Harris 10+1reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 9+3reb+2ast, A.King 8+9reb
Telekom Baskets: T.Battle 14+4reb+4ast, T.Gaffney 11+14reb+3ast, C.Ensminger 10+5reb+3ast, B.Veikalas 9+3reb, Z.Buljan 7+4reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 7+4reb
gschID: 133312


LTi 46ers - EnBW L'burg 63-61

Everything could happen in Giessen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked LTi 46ers and 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg had identical 7-17 record. This time LTi 46ers used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Ludwigsburg 63-61 on Saturday night. LTi 46ers made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) fired 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) chipped in 12 points. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. LTi 46ers (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 18 games lost. LTi 46ers will face higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against Bayern Muenchen (#6).
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 14+5reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 12+2reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 12+3reb, W.Bernard 9+2reb+2ast, K.Archibong 8+9reb, A.Nolen 4+5ast
EnBW L'burg: J.Greer 15+5reb+1ast, A.Harris 12+7reb+1ast, J.Green 11+1reb+3ast, J.Lischka 7+8reb+1ast, M.Howard 5+6reb+1ast, E.Jazvin 4+2reb
gschID: 133313


Ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 81-72

Very predictable result when second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (20-5) beat at home 9th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (12-12) 81-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while New Yorker Phantoms only scored seven points from the stripe. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) fired 26 points for the winners. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second place with 20-5 record behind leader Brose Baskets. Loser New Yorker Phantoms dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face Phoenix Hagen (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. New Yorker Phantoms will play against LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 26+4reb+2ast, K.Nankivil 14+5reb, J.Bryant 11+9reb+1ast, D.Watts 9+8reb, S.Esterkamp 9+3reb+3ast, T.Mason-Griffin 7+1reb+4ast
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 14+12reb+1ast, I.McElroy 13+7reb+2ast, M.Umeh 11+2reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 10+1reb+1ast, R.Melzer 10+4reb+1ast, L.Greer 7+2reb
gschID: 133314


ALBA - Bremerhaven 83-82

Sixth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked ALBA Berlin (18-6). ALBA Berlin managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin outrebounded Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with 25 points and 6 assists and guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#8) in Bonn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 15+2reb+6ast, H.Schaffartzik 14+2reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 14+3reb+2ast, T.Francis 10+14reb, D.Allen 8+7reb+1ast, B.Taylor 8+2ast
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 25+4reb+6ast, A.Smith 19+6reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 17+4reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 9+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 6+4reb+2ast, A.Gordon 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 133309


Fraport SKY - Brose Baskets 76-68

Top ranked Brose Baskets (21-3) recorded its third loss in Frankfurt on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (12-13) 76-68. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated on the defensive end, holding Brose Baskets to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 21 Brose Baskets turnovers. American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 19 points for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 12-13 record. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with three games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 19+3ast, Q.Robertson 12+4reb+1ast, J.Herber 11+2reb, J.Burtschi 10+8reb+1ast, J.Davidson 9+2reb+2ast, D.Gibson 8+2reb+2ast
Brose Baskets: M.Slaughter 15+3reb, B.Roberts 13+5reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 11+3reb, A.Gavel 10+2reb+6ast, P.Suput 9+4reb+2ast, K.Tadda 4+1reb
gschID: 133310


TBB Trier - EWE Baskets 82-73 OT

TBB Trier (9-16) survived in overtime against EWE Baskets (12-12) by nine points 82-73. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 15-13 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-4. TBB Trier made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89) nailed 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points respectively for EWE Baskets in the defeat. Four TBB Trier and five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for TBB Trier. They maintain fourteenth place with 9-16 record. EWE Baskets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: A.Seiferth 19+4reb, J.Washington 14+6reb, D.Joyce 13+4ast, P.Zwiener 12+6reb+2ast, N.Linhart 7+2reb+5ast, D.Dojcin 6+3reb
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 19+4reb, R.Burrell 13+10reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 12+5reb+2ast, A.Chubb 12+6reb+1ast, B.Brown 10+3reb+6ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 3+1ast
gschID: 133311




ProB Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Herten - Langen 100-91 OT

Herten overcame Langen 100:91 in overtime. Nixon top-scored for the winners with 34 points and Taylor added 19. Drury replied with 25 points in the losing effort.

Top scorers:
Langen: N.Drury 25+3reb+6ast, L.Fitzgerald 15+19reb+5ast, M.Voeller 14+7reb+1ast, J.Domdey 14+4ast, G.Raebel 9+3reb+3ast, M.Schneider 8+3ast
Herten: Z.Nixon 34+5reb+5ast, J.Taylor 19+5reb+3ast, C.Hackenesch 16+20reb, V.Kittmann 16+14reb+1ast, R.Wright 13+4reb+1ast, M.Berger 2+1reb+1ast


gschID: 170439


Vechta - Hanau 80-72

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-15. But Hanau won second period 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Hanau's 24. Guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) stepped up and scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side center Ilja Ickert (201-81) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) scored 10 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Hanau: I.Ickert 15+5reb, A.Sharda 10+4reb+4ast, M.Schick 10+4reb, J.Cunningham 9+1reb, C.Miles 8+8reb+1ast, D.Michalczyk 7+4ast
Vechta: F.Stuckemann 21+8reb+5ast, D.Krause 12+1reb, A.Rudowitz 12+3reb+2ast, M.Smallwood 9+6reb+1ast, M.Reid 7+5reb+5ast, D.Madrich 6+4reb
gschID: 170436


Leipzig - Dorsten 85-82

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Dorsten won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Richard Frohlich (206-86, college: UTSA) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Tom Lipke (194-86, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five USC Leipzig and four Dorsten players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: T.Bryant 20+8reb+2ast, T.Lipke 16+8reb+2ast, N.Pelaj 14+1reb, B.Poole 12+7reb+3ast, J.Cadmus 8+7reb+4ast, G.Hagner 8+3reb
Leipzig: R.Frohlich 21+6reb, R.Schirmer 13+4reb, W.Simon 13+10reb+1ast, L.Morinia 12+5reb+3ast, M.Pratt 11+7reb+7ast, K.Kranz 9+1reb
gschID: 170437


SU Medien - Dragons 90-78

The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. Dragons Rhoendorf was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) stepped up and scored 28 points and 7 assists for the winners and center Daniel Theis (207-92) chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side forward Florian Koch (197-92) responded with 18 points and Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dragons: F.Koch 18+2reb+2ast, N.Larsen 13+4reb+3ast, S.Turnbull 12+4reb+4ast, E.Jones 10+10reb, T.Kasper 7+2reb, E.Tukiss 7+2reb
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 28+7ast, H.Sant-Roos 25+5reb+3ast, D.Theis 22+10reb+1ast, L.Gertz 6+3reb+6ast, F.Theis 5+6reb, J.Wessels 2+1reb
gschID: 170438


Gotha - Stahnsdorf 75-69

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-9. But RSV Eintracht won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RSV Eintracht was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Marko Simic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: T.Schoeps 18+4ast, K.Williams 17+14reb+1ast, K.Watson 13+1reb+1ast, O.Mackeldanz 10+8reb, Y.Evans 5+3reb, T.Modersitzki 4+4reb
Gotha: M.Monk 15+9reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 15, K.Klein 14+2reb+3ast, T.Baker 14+7reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 8+6reb, K.Schaffartzik 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 170434


Noerdlingen - Rist Wedel 83-85

The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-83. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Noerdlingen's 36. They outrebounded Noerdlingen 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach Ozhan Gurel allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 27 points and forward Josef Eichler (200-87) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 27+3reb+3ast, F.Brutting 18+1reb+1ast, J.Eichler 15+5reb+1ast, D.Rotim 11+4reb+2ast, K.Johnson 10+9reb+2ast, H.Debelka 2+1reb
Rist Wedel: F.Boeke 22+8reb, A.Pettaway 20+14reb+3ast, A.Johnston 15+6reb+5ast, F.Luehring 9+3reb, K.Gausa 8+5reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 5+1reb
gschID: 170435


BSW Sixers - Schwelm 79-86

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BSW Sixers won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Alexander Starr (196-84, college: Centenary) chipped in 20 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). At the losing side American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: F.Diestelhorst 16+3reb, S.Ahnsehl 16+3reb+5ast, A.Fleetwood 15+8reb+2ast, R.McLemore 14+8reb+2ast, W.Gardner 6+2reb+4ast, P.Muensinger 5+1reb
Schwelm: A.Starr 20+3reb+2ast, J.Holmes 19+12reb+5ast, J.Smith 11+2reb+4ast, K.Speier 10+4reb+1ast, M.Dohmen 10+2reb, J.Ducker 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 170432


Hannover - TSV Troester 73-75

Hannover Tigers trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 30-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-75 at the end of the game. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) stepped up and scored 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points. Four TSV Troester players scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) scored 13 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 32+8reb+1ast, S.Janzen 14+5reb, R.Williams 13+3reb+4ast, L.Oehlmann 6+9reb, T.Welzel 4+2reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 2+2reb
TSV Troester: D.Harris 12+2reb+1ast, M.Stuckey 12+4reb+1ast, I.Pavic 11+3reb, P.Neumann 10+7reb, T.Korndoerfer 9+3reb, D.Schmidt 9+1ast
gschID: 170433




ProA Round 25: Leader Mitteldeutscher BC loses to Gloria Giants - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (18-5) recorded its fifth loss in Duesseldorf on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Gloria Giants (12-11) 85-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. Mitteldeutscher BC trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. Gloria Giants shot 28 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Mitteldeutscher BC only scored seven points from the stripe. 34 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cordero Bennett (188-87) chipped in 21 points. Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Gloria Giants is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (15-8) against eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg (11-12) on Saturday night. Host Kirchheim Knights were defeated by USC Heidelberg in Kirchheim 94-82. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Clint Sargent contributed with 25 points for the winners. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for Kirchheim Knights. USC Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karlsruhe and NBC. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with eight games lost. USC Heidelberg will play against BG Karlsruhe (#8) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Jena was also quite interesting. Third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (16-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Science City Jena (11-13). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure a 5-point victory 98-93 on Saturday. Aaron Cook stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Tyler Kepkay responded with 13 points and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play against Cuxhaven BasCats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Karlsruhe, where 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 (14-10) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-12) 81-62. The game was dominated by American players. Justin Howard nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. BG Karlsruhe's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BG Karlsruhe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Heidelberg and NBC. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be USC Heidelberg (#10) on the road. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg.
An interesting game took place in Paderborn, where higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (13-10) were outleveled at home by tenth ranked NBC (11-12) 92-73 on Friday. Cory Abercrombie fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. NBC moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the fifth position with ten games lost. NBC will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Webmoebel Baskets will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 25 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Leitershofen were defeated by Webmoebel in Paderborn 96-84. Braves beat Ehingen at home 71-54. ETB Wohnbau won against Cuxhaven on the opponent's court 81-77.



Duesseldorf - MBC 85-77

Top ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (18-5) recorded its fifth loss in Duesseldorf on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Gloria Giants (12-11) 85-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. Mitteldeutscher BC trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. Gloria Giants shot 28 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Mitteldeutscher BC only scored seven points from the stripe. 34 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cordero Bennett (188-87) chipped in 21 points. Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Gloria Giants is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: H.Vilhjalmsson 19+7reb+2ast, R.Holcomb Faye 13+2reb+3ast, L.Hinnant 11+3reb+1ast, J.Collins 10+5reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 8+2reb, S.Leutloff 7+5reb
Duesseldorf: C.Bennett 21+1reb+1ast, R.Keerles 15+7reb+1ast, P.Flomo 14+9reb, M.Liyanage 12+2reb, D.Mims 9+7reb, L.Hall 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141541


Webmoebel - Leitershofen 96-84

There was no surprise in Paderborn where 15th ranked Leitershofen (5-18) was defeated by fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (13-10) 96-84 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Webmoebel Baskets. Leitershofen was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Webmoebel Baskets' coach Thomas Glasauer used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets maintains fifth place with 13-10 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face ETB Wohnbau (#7) in Essen in the next round. Leitershofen will play at home against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: S.Bowlin 21+6reb+1ast, J.Lipke 19+3reb+2ast, D.Richardson 18+5reb, C.Hassan 13+6reb+1ast, D.Veney 6+3reb+2ast, A.Chalusiak 4+1reb+1ast
Webmoebel: J.Stommes 25+7reb+5ast, J.Mason 21+4reb+4ast, J.Diggs 13+4reb+2ast, M.Jost 12+7reb, O.Wendt 9+5reb+5ast, M.Fleischmann 7+5reb
gschID: 141542


Karlsruhe - Chemnitz 81-62

We should mention about the upset which took place in Karlsruhe, where 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 (14-10) was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-12) 81-62. The game without a history. BG Karlsruhe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) accounted for 21 points and 5 assists. BG Karlsruhe's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BV Chemnitz 99 in the defeat. BG Karlsruhe have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Heidelberg and NBC. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. BG Karlsruhe's next round opponent will be USC Heidelberg (#10) on the road. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Schmidt 13+1reb+3ast, G.Johnson 13+6reb+2ast, D.Lawson 12+6reb+1ast, A.Rosenthal 8+4reb, J.Schaffrath 7+4reb, T.Ishizaki 4+2reb+3ast
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 21+2reb+5ast, J.Howard 18+10reb+2ast, M.Stockton 11+1reb+6ast, D.Jones 10+4reb+1ast, J.Moore 9+5reb+2ast, R.Roessler 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 141543


Braves - Ehingen 71-54

There was a small surprise in Homburg where fourteenth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-17) defeated 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-14) 71-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saar-Pfalz Braves. Ehingen/Urspringschule was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saar-Pfalz Braves shot 21 for 30 from the free-throw line, while Ehingen/Urspringschule only scored four points from the stripe. Saar-Pfalz Braves forced 19 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. American center Travis Reed (203-79, college: Long Beach St., agency: Court Side) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Four Saar-Pfalz Braves players scored in double figures. Forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) produced 8 points and 9 rebounds and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saar-Pfalz Braves maintains fourteenth place with 7-17 record. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Buechert 10+5reb+1ast, V.Matthews 9+6reb, T.Jahn 8+9reb, A.Calvin 7+4reb+1ast, G.Williamson 7+3reb+4ast, M.Mueller 5+2ast
Braves: T.Reed 17+9reb, P.Alawoya 13+3reb, L.Jeka 11+2reb+5ast, N.Okorie 10+4reb, N.Valentic 9+2reb, E.Land 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141538


Jena - Crailsheim 93-98

The game in Jena was also quite interesting. Third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (16-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Science City Jena (11-13). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure a 5-point victory 98-93 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 13 points and 8 assists and power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play against Cuxhaven BasCats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jena: C.Roquette 17+2reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 13+1reb+8ast, J.Voigtmann 12+6reb+1ast, K.Barker 12+4reb+4ast, J.Black 11+6reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 10+4reb+1ast
Crailsheim: A.Cook 25+4reb+4ast, M.Hill 20+2reb+5ast, J.Buck 17+5reb+1ast, D.Webb 13+6reb+2ast, B.Baptist 10+5reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 8+1reb
gschID: 141539


Kirchheim - Heidelberg 82-94

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (15-8) against eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg (11-12) on Saturday night. Host Kirchheim Knights were defeated by USC Heidelberg in Kirchheim 94-82. It looked good early as Kirchheim Knights took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then USC Heidelberg had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Kirchheim Knights were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-94. USC Heidelberg shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. USC Heidelberg had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) added 18 points in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. USC Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karlsruhe and NBC. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with eight games lost. USC Heidelberg will play against BG Karlsruhe (#8) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 31+13reb, C.Brooks 18+3ast, N.Menck 8+4reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 8+1reb+1ast, B.Griffin 6+1reb, S.Adeberg 5+1reb+1ast
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 27+14reb+5ast, C.Sargent 25+1reb+1ast, S.Watts 17+3reb+4ast, J.Williams 16+5reb+2ast, K.Barth 6+7reb+5ast, P.Zipser 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141540


Cuxhaven - ETB Wohnbau 77-81

Very expected game when 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-14) were defeated at home by seventh ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-11) 81-77 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ETB Wohnbau made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ETB Wohnbau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Canadian-Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) fired 23 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 21 points and American guard Dwuan Rice (180, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. ETB Wohnbau have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Duesseldorf. Cuxhaven BasCats lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against Science City Jena (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.El Domiaty 21+4reb+3ast, J.Capel 18+4reb+1ast, D.Rice 10+7reb+6ast, D.McDaniel 9+4reb, M.Bogdanov 9+1reb+4ast, N.Gerwig 6+7reb+2ast
ETB Wohnbau: D.Kapelan 23+2reb, C.Alexander 15+5reb+4ast, M.Buljevic 15+3reb+1ast, S.Schroter 9+4reb, J.Henley 8+4reb, K.Wysocki 6+1reb
gschID: 141537


Round 17
Webmoebel - NBC 73-92

An interesting game took place in Paderborn, where higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (13-10) were outleveled at home by tenth ranked NBC (11-12) 92-73 on Friday. The game without a history. NBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for NBC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. American power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four NBC players scored in double figures. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ole Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. NBC moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the fifth position with ten games lost. NBC will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Webmoebel Baskets will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: M.Fleischmann 21+5reb+1ast, O.Wendt 11+2reb+4ast, J.Diggs 9+5reb+1ast, M.Jost 8+5reb+3ast, B.Spoeler 7+1reb, D.Lieneke 4+1reb+3ast
NBC: C.Abercrombie 22+7reb+4ast, J.Harris 15+4reb+2ast, W.Chavis 14+2reb+5ast, I.Okoye 11+6reb+1ast, C.Adler 9+4reb+1ast, J.Reile 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141579




Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Jared Jordan Is Arguably The Best Point Guard When Allowed To Do What He Wants To - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket after the 77-70 win against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen.


Congrats on the 77-70 win against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Were you more shocked or pissed of the 9-0 Tigers start which is hard to believe can happen to start a game in your living room?

They had been playing well, and it hasn't been long since we beat them on their home court. So we knew they were going to come out ready, just not that ready.

The fourth quarter was tight until the 10-0 Wurzburg run. What was key in this run for getting the win?

Tubingen is a tough team that is very capable of scoring, luckily down the stretch we had a little more in the tank, hit some clutch shots and fed off the crowds energy to come away with a victory.

The next game is against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. What is your memory of the 71-61 win at home earlier in the season?

I remember how excited we were to get a shot at the first place team on our home court. We made them play our game, didn't let Jared Jordan pick us apart and got some big time stops in that last quarter.

Bonn have developed further as a team and brought in important insurrance with Taylor Battle. Will keeping Jared Jordan in check and keep Bonn out of the zone 80% of the way to the win?


Yeah that's going to be our mission. Definitely easier said than done, he a great player, who if allowed to do what he wants is arguably the best point guard in the league. Playing on the road is never easy but if we do what we want to do we're going to have a shot in the end.


Are all the trade rumours about Dwight Howard good for his mental health?


Dwight Howard's mental health is always high. I think he would prefer to know where he's going to be and ink a long term deal but his mental health is something you'll never have to worry about.

What will you remember most from the 2012 Oscars?


Probably Sacha Baron Cohen dumping those 'ashes' on Ryan Seacrest. I had actually been up late the previous nights watching the NBA All Star festivities so I didn't catch it live, but got a kick out of the YouTube video.

Who would you like to see host the oscars in 2013?

I think Hugh Jackman and Chris Rock did the best job. But my vote would be for Eddie Murphy...or actually anyone except Billy Crystal

Thanks Jason for the chat.


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.6 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.16.2 
 3. Wood, ALBA15.6 
 4. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 6. Swann, Ratiopharm15.3 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.4 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.14.3 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.0 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.5 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.2 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen7.1 
 8. Davidson, Fraport6.8 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.2 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.8 
 7. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.7 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.7 
 3. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Dorris, EnBW L.1.3 
 8. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 9. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.4 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.3 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.1.0 


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) Our Eurochallenge Success Has Come With Playing With Intensity In Every Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell) is a 31 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 10th professional basketball season and fifth playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. Last season with the Dragons, he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 1 game: 7pts, 5reb, 3ast, 3steals; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2% He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game with FC Bayern Munich March 4th.



How important was the win in Eurochallenge after the bitter home loss to ratiopharm Ulm?

It was an important win for us. We lost a few games in a row and hopefully that win can get us rolling again.

The Artland Dragons are 5-1 in Eurochallenge play. What has been the secret of the success this round?

During this round, we played with intensity every game. Even in the games where we were struggling, we stayed together as a team to get the job done.

The next game is against FC Bayern MUnich. How excited are you about playing this famous German sports team?

-FC Munich has had great tradition and is a world famous club. I'm definitely excited for the game.

They have struggled on the road, but are strong at home. What area of their game will Artland have to be most aware of?

I think we will have to control the rebounding and take care of the ball on offense. We must keep them from getting easy second chance points.

You will be playing against Darius Hall for the first time. What is your nicest memory of the friendly big guy from your Artland days?

This will actually be the second time that I'm playing against D Hall. I played against him when I played in Oldenburg and he was in Artland. The nicest thing about D Hall is that he can always make people laugh.

What will you remember most about Jason Kidd when he retires? He has announced that he might?

I will remember that he was a terrific passer and a great competitor.

What is your take on the Dwight Howard trade rumors? Is this good for his mental health?

It's not really good for his mental state, but I think he has to let the Magic know if he wants to stay or be traded somewhere else. I think that would make things a lot easier.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Happening

Thanks for the chat Bryan.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.9 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.19.1 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.4 
 6. Reid, MBC17.6 
 7. Stommes, Webmoebel17.3 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.2 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.5 
 10. Harris, NBC16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.9 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.8 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.5 
 4. Black, Jena8.1 
 5. Moore, Karlsruhe7.8 
 6. Webb, Crailsheim7.7 
 7. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.5 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Richardson, Leiter.7.2 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.2 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.3 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.5 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven4.5 
 6. Chavis, NBC4.4 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.1 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen1.6 
 7. Alexander, ETB W.1.6 
 8. Harris, NBC1.6 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen1.4 
 10. Capel, Cuxhaven1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.0 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 9. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


Zamal Nixon (Hertener Lions) We Respect TV Langen And Know It Wont Be An Easy Series - 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 TV Langen this weekend.

Herten is about to embark in the playoffs this weekend against TV Langen. How excited are you about this challenge?


Im very excited about this weekend we have a really good team and were playing well so i'm excited to see how far we can go in the playoffs

Herten as the second seed is playing TV Langen the seventh seed. Herten goes in as the favorite. TV Langen have nothing to lose. How has the team got ready not going into the series to relaxed?

We respect Langen and we know it isn't going to be an easy series, so our level of respect for them alone will have us ready to play and not go into the series relaxed

Herten finished the season with a three game winning streak. What does the team still need to work on to get even better throughout the playoffs?


We need to keep getting better defensively and keep getting better at executing our plays offensively

TV Langen have 2 strong scoring Americans with Nathan Drury and Luke Fitzgerald. What will be key to winning this series?

The key to winning the series will be containing those two defensively, and if we can throw them off their game we should be fine

You came very late to the team. Were you surprised that it took so long to find a professional team despite a solid senior year at Houston?

No I wasn't surprised people already warned me how tough it was going to be getting a job overseas for this season, so I just had to stay ready until my opportunity came

You have ate up the PRO B. Is the PRO A the next step for you?

I can't say whats next right now all I can do is focus on finishing up this season strong, and after that i'll see what opportunities presents its self


Was it a bit shock for you going to the PRO B and seeing things on the court a bit easier than in the NCAA?

Yeah it was kind of a surprise but there is also a lot of good talent in this league as well


How important has the young German Vincent Kittman been for the team? What do you like most about his game?

Vince is a really good player, and he's helped the team out a lot. I think his strengths are the energy he plays the game with, and he ability to rebound the basketball

What is your fondest memory of Q Calhoun at Houston who is having a solid career in Poland now?

my fondest memories of Q would have to be his athleticism. He could always turn a bad ally oop pass into a spectacular play

What are your early 2012 NCAA Final 4 picks?

Duke, Kentucky, Missouri, & Syracuse

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

The best player would have to be Derrick Rose, he didn't have his best games against my school, but nobody else i've played against is having the type of success that he is right now.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was Final destination 5. I watched it last night.

Thanks Zamal for the chat.




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  GREECE   


Greek A1 round 21 best performance: Ronald Davis - by Eurobasket News
American guard Ronald Davis (190-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aris, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Kavala (#6, 10-10) with 21-point margin 78-57. Aris is placed at 8th position in Greek A1. Aris is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ronald Davis averages this season 9.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Court Side) of AGOR. Wright had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for AGOR to edge slightly higher-ranked Panionios (#4, 13-7) 77-76. AGOR's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at AGOR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another AGOR's star - American guard Dionte Christmas (196-G-86). Christmas showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of AGOR, helping his team with a 77-76 win against slightly higher-ranked Panionios (#4, 13-7). AGOR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Christmas has a great season in Greece. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of Peristeri GS - 13 points and 13 rebounds
5. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Panathinaikos - 9 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) of PAOK - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) of Panionios - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) of Kolossos - 21 points
9. Jon Diebler (198-G-88) of Panionios - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) of Marousi - 14 points and 9 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)


Greek A2 round 21 best performance: Spyros Magounis - by Eurobasket News
Guard Spyros Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Panelefsiniakos, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Doxa Lefkadas (#10, 10-11) 76-74. It allowed Panelefsiniakos to consolidate first place in the Greek A2. Panelefsiniakos have a solid 17-4 record. In the team's last game Magounis had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Panelefsiniakos' top player in his first season with the team. Spyros Magounis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.9ppg) and averages impressive 59.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-G-86) of Perama Ermis. Tsarouchas had a very good evening with 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Perama Ermis to another comfortable win outscoring AEK/Argous (#16, 0-21) 125-62. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Perama Ermis keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Tsarouchas is one of the most experienced players at Perama Ermis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of AEK (#3). Sklavos scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of AEK, leading his team to a 88-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Panerythraikos (#12, 9-12). AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Sklavos has a great season in Greece. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Milicevic (204-F-82) of Perama Ermis - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Doxa Lefkadas - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) of Pagrati - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-G-91) of Perama Ermis - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 16 assists
9. Spyros Kekelis (181-G-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of OFI - 20 points and 3 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)


A1 Round 21: AGOR defeats Panionios in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the A1 took place in Athens. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Panionios (13-7) to fifth ranked AGOR (12-7) 77-76 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-76. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Dionte Christmas (196-86, college: Temple) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AGOR have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted AGOR maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. AGOR are looking forward to face Peristeri GS (#11) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios will have a break next round.
Marousi has finally registered their first victory this season after 19 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Athens, where they defeated Peristeri GS (6-13) 58-52. Forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) nailed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Prodromos Nikolaidis accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Peristeri GS in the defeat. Marousi maintains thirteenth place with 1-19 record. It was Peristeri GS's fifth loss in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Marousi will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Peristeri GS will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A1 top team - Olympiakos (19-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KAOD (7-12) in Dramas 73-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KAOD. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis who scored 9 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jeremy Hunt who recorded 5 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiakos have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-1 record. Newly promoted KAOD keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aris. Olympiakos will meet at home Ikaros (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. KAOD will play against Kavala (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Thessaloniki where higher ranked Kavala (10-10) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Aris (7-12) 78-57. It was a good game for Ronald Davis who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Aris' coach Vangelis Alexandris felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aris moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KAOD. Kavala at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Aris' next round opponent will be Ilysiakos (#10) in Athens.

In the last two games of round 21 Ilysiakos lost to Kolossos on the opponent's court 48-64. Panathinaikos outscored PAOK in a home game 85-65.



Panionios - AGOR 76-77

The most exciting game of round 21 in the A1 took place in Athens. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Panionios (13-7) to fifth ranked AGOR (12-7) 77-76 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-76. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Dionte Christmas (196-86, college: Temple) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Alex Stepheson (205-87, college: USC) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AGOR have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted AGOR maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. AGOR are looking forward to face Peristeri GS (#11) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Christmas 19+6reb+4ast, Z.Wright 19+8reb+3ast, D.Latovic 18+6reb+1ast, B.Petway 8+6reb, P.Dorkofikis 5+1reb+1ast, N.Papanikolaou 3+1ast
Panionios: J.Diebler 16+6reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 14+5reb+1ast, A.Stepheson 13+5reb+2ast, M.Batis 10+5reb+3ast, S.Nadjfeji 9+7reb+4ast, W.Keys 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 152471


Aris - Kavala 78-57

An interesting game took place in Thessaloniki where higher ranked Kavala (10-10) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Aris (7-12) 78-57. The game was mostly controlled by Aris. Kavala was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kavala's 16. Aris forced 20 Kavala turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Naturalized American guard Dan Mavraides (193-88, college: Princeton) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Aris' coach Vangelis Alexandris felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) answered with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Sotiris Karapostolou (194-78, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: FCM) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Kavala. Aris moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KAOD. Kavala at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Aris' next round opponent will be Ilysiakos (#10) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Aris: R.Davis 25+3reb+1ast, D.Mavraides 12+3reb+1ast, D.Verginis 10+1reb+2ast, G.Bogris 7+3reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 7+1reb, C.Tapoutos 6+5reb+3ast
Kavala: M.Pasalic 16+3reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 11+2reb+6ast, C.Kostov 6, V.Symtsak 6+10reb+3ast, M.Taylor 5+2ast, C.Stefanidis 4+4reb
gschID: 152472


KAOD - Olympiakos 55-73

A1 top team - Olympiakos (19-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked KAOD (7-12) in Dramas 73-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KAOD. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. KAOD managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiakos forced 19 KAOD turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 9 points and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) who recorded 5 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiakos have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-1 record. Newly promoted KAOD keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Aris. Olympiakos will meet at home Ikaros (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. KAOD will play against Kavala (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: M.Keselj 13+1ast, V.Spanoulis 9+1reb+4ast, P.Antic 9+2reb+3ast, G.Printezis 9+5reb, K.Sloukas 8+4reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 8+5reb
KAOD: K.Charalampidis 10, D.Ceranic 9+3reb+1ast, I.Athineou 8+3reb+1ast, T.Zaras 8+2ast, G.Michel 6+6reb, K.Kakaroudis 5+2reb
gschID: 152473


Kolossos - Ilysiakos 64-48

Very expected game in Rodou where 9th ranked Ilysiakos (7-13) was defeated by third ranked Kolossos (14-5) 64-48. The game was mostly controlled by Kolossos. Ilysiakos was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ilysiakos to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Ilysiakos 41-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Nikos Liakopoulos (191-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Naturalized American center Steve Panos (206-88, college: Weber St.) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) answered with 9 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) added 8 points in the effort for Ilysiakos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kolossos maintains third place with 14-5 record having six points less than leader Olympiakos. Ilysiakos at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Kolossos' next round opponent will be PAOK (#7) in Thessaloniki. Ilysiakos will play at home against Aris in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: N.Liakopoulos 21+1reb+1ast, S.Panos 9+7reb, S.Hopson 7+4reb, A.Tsamis 7+3reb+5ast, K.Charissis 7+8reb+1ast, R.Boykin 6+9reb+1ast
Ilysiakos: H.NaNa 9+5reb, L.Kaselakis 9, D.Cohadarevic 8+4reb, N.Chatzis 6+2reb+1ast, R.Stefanov 6+2reb, D.Thompson 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 152468


Panathinaikos - PAOK 85-65

Very predictable result in Athens where second ranked Panathinaikos (17-2) smashed 7th ranked PAOK (8-12) 85-65. It looked good early as PAOK took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panathinaikos had a 22-14 second period charge getting the lead and PAOK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-85. Panathinaikos forced 22 PAOK turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by PAOK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (206-77) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Nikos Pappas (194-90, agency: FCM) added 18 points in the effort for PAOK. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-2 record having just three points less than leader Olympiakos. PAOK at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Marousi (#13) on the road which should be another easy win for them. PAOK will play against Kolossos (#3) in Rodou.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: K.Kaimakoglou 18+2reb+2ast, D.Logan 16+1ast, N.Calathes 13+3reb+2ast, A.Maric 9+11reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 9+4reb+3ast, K.Tsartsaris 9+3reb+2ast
PAOK: D.Dikoudis 19+5reb+3ast, N.Pappas 18+3reb+3ast, D.Stiggers 6+1reb+1ast, U.Duvnjak 6+1reb+3ast, M.Aleksic 5+1reb+1ast, M.Giannakidis 4
gschID: 152469


Peristeri GS - Marousi 52-58

Marousi has finally registered their first victory this season after 19 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Athens, where they defeated Peristeri GS (6-13) 58-52. It looked good early as Peristeri GS took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Marousi had a 18-6 second period charge getting the lead and Peristeri GS was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-58. Marousi dominated on the defensive end, holding Peristeri GS to just 6 points in second quarter. Forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) nailed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Panagiotis Kafkis (197-80) added 7 points and 10 assists respectively for Peristeri GS in the defeat. Marousi maintains thirteenth place with 1-19 record. It was Peristeri GS's fifth loss in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Marousi will play against league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Peristeri GS will play on the road against AGOR (#5) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Marousi: P.Nikolaidis 16+5reb+3ast, A.Kanonidis 14+9reb+1ast, L.Akepsemaidis 11+2reb+2ast, G.Demertzis 9+3reb+2ast, V.Sakellariou 8+3reb, S.Fazianos 0
Peristeri GS: G.Edwards 13+13reb, H.Giannopoulos 11+6reb+2ast, B.Jovovic 9+2reb, P.Kafkis 7+3reb+10ast, S.Psaropoulos 5+1reb, S.Manolopoulos 4+3reb
gschID: 152470




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR19.4 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.0 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Beck, Ikaros16.0 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.6 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.9 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros14.6 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.1 
 2. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.6 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.3 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. Bavcic, KAOD6.0 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 10. Tapoutos, Aris5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.4.7 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.2 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.4.0 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.5 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wright, AGOR2.4 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ikaros1.7 
 5. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 8. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 9. Thompson, Ilysi.1.6 
 10. Gagaloudis, Marou.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 9. Petway, AGOR0.8 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 19-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-2 
 3. Kolossos 14-5 
 4. Panionios 13-7 
 5. AGOR 12-7 
 6. Kavala 10-10 
 7. PAOK 8-12 
 8. Aris 7-12 
 9. KAOD 7-12 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-13 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-13 
 12. Ikaros 5-15 
 13. Marousi 1-19 


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 21-0 
 2. Amsterdam 16-5 
 3. Leiden 2 15-4 
 4. De Hoppers 15-6 
 5. Cangeroes 14-7 
 6. Red Giants 11-8 
 7. Goba 10-11 
 8. De Groene 7-12 
 9. Akrides 7-13 
 10. Punch 7-14 
 11. Almonte 6-14 
 12. Hoofddorp 6-15 
 13. Rotterdam 2 5-16 
 14. Jugglers 3-18 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 18-3 
 2. Szolnok 17-3 
 3. Albacomp 16-4 
 4. Kormend 16-5 
 5. Atomeromu 14-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-8 
 7. PVSK Pannon 11-10 
 8. Soproni 9-12 
 9. Kaposvari 8-13 
 10. Marso NYKK 7-14 
 11. Szedeak 6-15 
 12. Jaszberenyi 5-15 
 13. FS Debrecen 4-16 
 14. ZTE KK 1-20 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.1 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.21.9 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 4. Ciric, PVSK P.21.3 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari21.3 
 6. Doyne, PVSK P.20.9 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak20.6 
 8. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.3 
 10. Levy, Szedeak19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.5 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.8 
 7. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.8 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.7 
 9. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.8 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.4 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.2 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.9 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.4 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.8 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak2.4 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 6. Doyne, PVSK P.2.3 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.8 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Keller, Albacomp1.3 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.1 
 6. Chism, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 8. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 9. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Hines, ZTE K.0.9 


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  ICELAND   


Icelandic Express L. round 18 best performance: Junior Hairston - by Eurobasket News
American forward Junior Hairston (203-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thor Thorl, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Fjolnir (#10, 7-11) with 19-point margin 105-86. Thor Thorl is placed at 3rd position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thor Thorl will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Hairston had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Thor Thorl, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Towson University star has very solid stats this year. Hairston leads league in rebounds with 15.4rpg. Hairston is in league's top in and averages impressive 5.1bpg and 53.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Haukar was edged by the higher-ranked Tindastoll (#7, 9-9) 68-64. Haukar is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Haukar managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Haukar, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell (#6). Hankins-Cole showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Hankins-Cole's great performance Snaefell lost 100-101in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Keflavik (#4, 12-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Snaefell needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Hankins-Cole has a great season in Iceland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-G-78) of Snaefell - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marquis Hall (183-PG-87) of Snaefell - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Giordan Watson (178-G-85) of Grindavik - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Joshua Brown (187-G-88) of KR - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  IRAQ   


MaJic Dorsey Inks Deal with Duhok of Iraq - by Surujh Roopnarine
Coming off the best season of his professional career, LNBP Player of the Year MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Court Side, college: S.Indiana) has inked a lucrative deal with top Iraqi club Duhok. Duhok has a critical game coming up on Monday in Lebanon as they will face Riyadi-Aramex of Jordan for a spot in the FIBA Asia Clubs Championships which will take place in Lebanon later this year. Having lost in the quarterfinals of the WABA league to the same club, Duhok added the 30-year old Dorsey to pair with veteran big man Malcolm Battles as their two imports. Dorsey, a Baltimore, Maryland native, spent this past season in Mexico, beginning the season with Halcones UV Xalapa before playing the majority of his time Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio. With Aguilas is where Dorsey truly made his mark. In 27 games he averaged a league-leading 30.5 points per game, to go along with 2.4 rebounds, 8.7 assists (#2) and 2.1 steals (#2) over 27 contests. For his efforts, Dorsey was named the Eurobasket.com LNBP Player of the Year and Import Player of the Year.
In consecutive games he set the LNBP and then FIBA assists records, tallying 21 and 23 respectively.
A veteran of five NBA D-League seasons, the 6-1 Dorsey has started 72 of 147 career D-League games, with career averages of 9.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.3 steals while shooting 43.2% from the field and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
Dorsey arrived in Lebanon a few days ago and has already begun training with Duhok and head coach Tamer Radif. Though the contract is for only a two week period, an impressive showing here could lead the way to further opportunities in the region. According to Dorsey, Coach Radif is a great person and accepted me as soon as I stepped off the plane, he has treated me like his own son and I hope to re-ay the favor by helping the team advance to the Asian Clubs Championships. Regarding new teammate Malcolm Battles, He is a true professional both on and off the court. We knew each other from our time splaying in Mexico and he wholeheartedly endorsed the clubs decision to bring me in, saying I was the best point guard he had ever seen in person. He's also really helped me adjust to the culture differences and feeling comfortable while with the club.
Coming off such a spectacular season statistically, Dorsey is ready for a new challenge and opportunity that awaits on Monday. According to Dorsey, Elie El Khoury was instrumental in helping me land the opportunity with Duhok, and I am truly grateful for the chance to make the fans and club management proud.


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  IRELAND   


Ron Thompson injury report correction / weekend reports and scores. - by Patrick Maher
Speaking with Ron Thompson at the Neptune / U.C.C. Blue Demons game at the Mardyke Arena Cork on Friday night last I was reliably informed that the reason for Thompsons release from the team is a coaching decision and not because of injury as I cited in last week,s preview of upcoming games.Thompson has been one of if not the top import player in The top import player in The Nivea for Men sponsored superleague here in Ireland right throughout the almost completed season.
Patrick Maher : maherprobasket@gmail.com Tel : +353 862094347.

BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY REPORT

NEPTUNE CLAIM SECOND IN SOUTHERN CONFERENCE AND HOME ADVANTAGE


In the final weekend of the regular season, Bord Gais Neptune ensured second place in the Northern Conference ahead of UL Eagles, while UCC Demons earned two wins over the weekend.

Bord Gais Neptune Head Coach, Mark Scannell, was delighted after his side confirmed second place in the Southern Conference following their 82-56 win over Moycullen.

The win was the perfect response following their 84-80 defeat to UCC Demons on Friday night and they can now look forward to home advantage against UCD Marian in the quarter finals of the Play Offs.

Former Killester star Michael Bonaparte was drafted into the squad last week and he made an immediate response for Neptune with 20 points against Demons before top scoring with 19 points against Moycullen.

It was crucial we got home advantage in the Play Offs, said Scannell. Home advantage is extremely important and the results over the last few seasons in the Play Offs outline this.

We were probably tipped to come third in the conference so it shows we are making progress, he added. We played really well against Demons and were unlucky to lose and followed it up with a great performance against Moycullen. I am also delighted with how our bench performed.

UCC Demons are showing real title form of late after following up their derby win over Bord Gais Neptune on Friday with a devastating 85-66 showing against UCD Marian on Sunday.

Demons will boast home advantage in the semi final Play Offs and will play the winners from the 11890 Killester/UL Eagles quarter final clash.

A nice way to finish off three double header weekends in a row, said Demons Head Coach Paul Kelleher. We were a little bit sloppy on Friday but against UCD Marian we were energized and I thought we played extremely well. We are pleased we have the home advantage but its going to be a tough ask against either Killester or Eagles.

UL Eagles finished third in the Southern Conference but they ended their regular season in disappointing fashion, losing 80-75 at home to Belfast Star.

Eagles wont be afforded too much time to recover as they face a daunting trip to reigning champions 11890 Killester in their quarter final clash next weekend.

For Star, they finish outside of the Play Off places but they will be heartened by a much improved end to the season.

On Sunday, 11890 Killester sent out a serious signal of intent by beating their capital rivals DCU Saints 73-54.

Both sides have already assured themselves of a Play-Off place with Saints progressing straight to a home semi final as Northern Conference winners.

In a low scoring contest, Jermaine Turner top scored with 16 points for Killester.

Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

Friday March 2nd 2012

Nivea for Mens Superleague
UCC Demons 84 (48) (N Murphy 22, S Atupem 20, C OSullivan 11) Bord Gais Neptune 80 (47) (M Bonapart 20, P Taylor 16, G Noonan 15)

Saturday March 3rd 2012
Nivea for Mens Superleague
Bord Gais Neptune 82 (42) (M Bonaparte 19, I McLoughlan 15, R Downey 13) Moycullen 56 (30) (L Enos 20, P OBrien 14, C Nihill 8)

UL Eagles 75 (33) (J Killeen 18, E Quigley 14, M Hall 12) Belfast Star 80 (35) (S Summersgill 19, S Dawson 19, J Johnson 17)
ath 8, T Solan 8, J Wilkins 5) DCU Mercy 79 (39) (L Peat 18, S Woods 10, C Newton 9)

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 55 (22) (I McHale 22, R OMalley 11, D McGarrity 8) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 54 (33) (A Piper 14, J OKeeffe 12, P Brennan 8)

Team Meadowlands St.Brendans 55 (20) (F OSullivan 20, L OSullivan 12, R OSullivan 8) Ballon 86 (49) (M Tamausauskas 25, A Statkus 21, M Cepliauskas 13)

Portlaoise 71 (45) (D Debosz 19, K Donoghue 17, G Dunne 14) Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 94 (41) (P Peldzius 26, P Freeman 18, C Macmichaell 16, W Archambault 16)

Sunday March 4th 2012
Nivea for Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons 85 (49) (S Atupem 27, N Murphy 16, K Hosford 12) UCD Marian 66 (34) (O McNally 16, K Foley 14, D James 8)

DCU Saints v 11890 Killester, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30
10, E Caffery 7) Waterford Wildcats 65 (33) (N Mullally 17, C Kavanagh 16, K Maher 12)

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One



Neptune 49 (26) (K Reddy 21,I Skejrus 8, J ODonoghue 9) Maree 70 (27) (L Conroy 24, C Crowley 15, C Hart 11)

Blue Demons 68 (31) (S McCarthy 20, N Hartigan 18, T OHalloran 10) Team Garveys St.Marys 94 (37) (J Tehan 20, A Ftizgerald 16, D Wall 24)

courtesy : Jolie Niland www.basketballireland.ie




Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse)


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 14-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 12-5 
 3. Hapoel Holon 11-6 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 10-7 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 10-8 
 6. Hapoel J-M 9-8 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 8-9 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 7-10 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 5-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-12 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-15 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.1 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.21.0 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.2 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.1 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Duncan, Maccabi18.2 
 8. Asbury, Elitzur18.1 
 9. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.0 
 10. Travis, Galil Gil.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.10.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.0 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.0 
 4. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi7.8 
 8. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 9. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.2 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.4 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.5 
 6. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.6 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.2.4 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 3. Limonad, Ironi A.2.0 
 4. Robinson, B.C. H.2.0 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 7. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 9. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Uter, Maccabi2.0 
 3. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.9 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 10. Skeen, Ironi A.1.0 


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Enel Brindisi celebrate Final Four title - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi - Fileni Jesi 77:74

Enel Brindisi claimed LegaDue Final Four (Cup) title. They overcame Fileni Jesi in the championship game in Bari tonight. Jimmy Hunter (197-G-77, college: Life) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Enel Brindisi jumped to an early lead. They grabbed a 27:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. Enel Brindisi maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 8 points 39:31. Fileni Jesi struggled to get any closer throughout the third term. They faced a 9-point deficit heading into the fourth period 49:58. Fileni Jesi did not surrender and kept the intrigue alive till the final buzzer. They got within a striking distance in the dying minutes but Enel Brindisi kept calm and eked out a tough win at the end. Marco Giuri (194-G-88) finished with 16 points, while Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Wilmington) notched 15 points in the victory. Richard McConnell (182-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 27 points for Fileni Jesi. Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) had 16 points in the loss.

Enel Brindisi: Jimmy Hunter 19, Marco Giuri 16, Craig Callahan 15
Fileni Jesi: Richard McConnell 27, Jeff Brooks 16



Yaniv Green leaves Banca Tercas Teramo - by Eurobasket News
Yaniv Green (206-C/F-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) leaves Banca Tercas Teramo and will not continue with the team. The Israeli player averaged 4.1 points per game.
In August Banca Tercas Teramo added to their roster 31-year old Israeli big man Yaniv Green. Green came from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel). Last season he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.0rpg (Euroleague) and also 3.8ppg, 2.4rpg (Israeli League). In 2005 he won Euroleague title together with Maccabi. That year he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.3rpg in EuroLeague and in Israeli Premier League showed 8.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 53.5%.
In 2007-2008 moved to CSK VVS Samara (Russia-A Superleague, starting five) and in FIBA EuroCup showed 11.6ppg, Reb-2 (8.4rpg), 1.0apg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), 2FGP: 51.2%, FT: 60%. In Russian League his stats read 8.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.3%, FT: 71.1%.
After another three seasons with Maccabi, in 2011-2012 he moved to Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy-SerieA).



stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Portannese, Torino15.5 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.3 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.0 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.15.0 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.8 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino14.6 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.5 
 10. Pazzi, Trento14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.5 
 4. Tessitori, Comsum..8.3 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.3 
 6. Gandini, Trieste8.3 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.0 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.8 
 10. Raminelli, Castel.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.5 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 6. Vico, Matera3.0 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Forray, Trento2.8 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.2 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 5. Maggio, Pavia2.8 
 6. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 7. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 5. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 9. Cotani, Castelletto0.9 
 10. Corral, Anagni0.9 


SerieA Round 23: CS Bologna is defeated by Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked CS Bologna (13-9) and ninth ranked Cimberio Varese (12-10) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. CS Bologna was crushed by Cimberio Varese in Varese 86-63. The game without a history. Cimberio Varese led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) responded with 14 points. Cimberio Varese moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sidigas AV. CS Bologna at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Armani Mit. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Bologna will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Siena. First ranked host Montepaschi Siena (16-6) defeated 4th placed Armani Milano (13-9) 77-68. It was an exceptional evening for Australian center David Andersen (212-80) who led the winners and scored 13 points. Nikolaos Zisis accounted for 13 points. Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Armani Milano in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-6 record. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Montepaschi Siena will play against Cimberio Varese (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Armani Milano will have a break next round.
The game in Avellino was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Bennet Cantu (13-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Air Avellino (12-10). Bennet Cantu managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Greg Brunner who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Marques Green produced 32 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Bennet Cantu moved-up to third place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Loser Air Avellino keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Cimberio VA. Bennet Cantu will meet Otto Caserta (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Novipiu CM in Casale and hope to secure a win.
Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (5-17) gave a tough game to thirteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (9-12). Benetton Treviso managed to secure only three-point victory 66-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Benjamin Ortner orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso maintains thirteenth place with 9-12 record. Novipiu CM lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Air Avellino (#8).
An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-12) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (7-15) 87-71 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. It was a great evening for David Lighty who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Banca Tercas. Loser Lottomatica Roma dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Umana Venezia won against Banca Tercas on the opponent's court 78-68. Scavolini PS unfortunately lost to Otto Caserta in a home game 75-81. Fabi Shoes managed to beat Angelico BI on the road 73-63. Sidigas AV defeated Banca Tercas on its own court 75-63.



Banca Tercas - Umana Venezia 68-78

Very expected game in Teramo where 15th ranked Banca Tercas (7-15) were defeated by fifth ranked Umana Venezia (13-7) 78-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Banca Tercas was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. His fellow American import forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Umana Venezia and five Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Umana Venezia will face Angelico Biella (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banca Tercas will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: A.Young 18+4reb+2ast, K.Clark 16+1reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 12+3reb+1ast, T.Slay 11+7reb, T.Bowers 9+3reb+4ast, M.Allegretti 5
Banca Tercas: B.Brown 15+9reb+3ast, B.Cerella 15+6reb+2ast, A.Polonara 13+4reb, R.Fultz 12+2ast, D.Brown 11+2reb+4ast, M.Borisov 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 150813


Vanoli CR - Acea Roma 87-71

An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-12) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (7-15) 87-71 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli-Braga. Lottomatica Roma was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Lottomatica Roma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jason Rich (191-86) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Banca Tercas. Loser Lottomatica Roma dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: L.D'Ercole 17+1reb+2ast, J.Rich 15+4reb+4ast, D.Lighty 14+10reb, D.Cinciarini 13+1reb, M.Tusek 10+3reb, M.Milic 7+5reb+1ast
Acea Roma: N.Djedovic 14+8reb+1ast, J.Varnado 12+3reb+1ast, C.Tucker 10+3reb+1ast, M.Kakiouzis 10+6reb, L.Datome 8+5reb, N.Gordic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150809


Scavolini PS - Otto Caserta 75-81

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Otto Caserta (10-11) defeated on the road higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-9) 81-75 on Sunday. Scavolini Pesaro trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-81 at the end of the game. Otto Caserta forced 21 Scavolini Pesaro turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Charlie Bell (191-79, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 15 points and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 23 points and 6 steals and guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Otto Caserta moved-up to tenth place. Scavolini Pesaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Otto Caserta will face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, C.Bell 15+3reb+1ast, G.Maresca 14+2reb+1ast, A.Doornekamp 12+6reb, A.Collins 11+1reb+1ast, J.Kudlacek 5+3reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 23+2reb+2ast, D.Hackett 16+3reb+1ast, J.White 14+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+7reb+2ast, M.Cusin 7+9reb, D.Cavaliero 2+1reb
gschID: 150810


Angelico BI - Fabi Shoes 63-73

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Angelico Biella (10-12) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (8-12) 73-63 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-63. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dominated on the defensive end, holding Angelico Biella to just 6 points in third quarter. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro forced 21 Angelico Biella turnovers and had a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Valerio Mazzola (205-88) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. American point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St.) responded with 23 points and the other American import guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) scored 15 points. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro maintains fourteenth place with 8-12 record. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face higher ranked CS Bologna (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 14+8reb, S.May 12+6reb, J.McNeal 11+1reb+2ast, V.Mazzola 11+6reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 10+3reb+4ast, F.Di Bella 7+2reb+3ast
Angelico BI: J.Pullen 23+2reb, A.Coleman 15+2reb+1ast, A.Miralles 10+5reb, T.Dragicevic 6+8reb, G.Jurak 5+3reb+2ast, M.Soragna 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150811


Benetton TV - Novipiu CM 66-63

Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (5-17) gave a tough game to thirteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (9-12). Benetton Treviso managed to secure only three-point victory 66-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Novipiu CM was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-10 charge of Benetton Treviso, which allowed them to win the game. Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Israeli-Polish point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Novipiu CM. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso maintains thirteenth place with 9-12 record. Novipiu CM lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Air Avellino (#8).
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: B.Ortner 14+7reb, G.Mekel 11+3reb+5ast, J.Viggiano 9+3reb+3ast, M.Goree 9+4reb+1ast, J.Thomas 8+5reb+2ast, A.De Nicolao 8+4reb
Novipiu CM: R.Minard 12+3reb+5ast, G.Temple 12+3reb+1ast, O.Stevic 11+9reb, S.Pierich 8+5reb, J.Hukic 6+7reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 4+1reb
gschID: 150812


Sidigas AV - Bennet Cantu 63-72

The game in Avellino was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Bennet Cantu (13-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Air Avellino (12-10). Bennet Cantu managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-63. Bennet Cantu forced 21 Air Avellino turnovers. The best player for the winners was American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Bennet Cantu players scored in double figures. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) produced 32 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Bennet Cantu moved-up to third place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Loser Air Avellino keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Cimberio VA. Bennet Cantu will meet Otto Caserta (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Novipiu CM in Casale and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: D.Perkins 17+5reb+5ast, G.Brunner 15+15reb+1ast, V.Micov 14+3reb+4ast, M.Markoishvili 10+1reb, N.Mazzarino 7+1reb+1ast, G.Shermadini 3+2reb
Sidigas AV: M.Green 32+8reb+2ast, L.Johnson 11+12reb+1ast, J.Golemac 10+7reb+3ast, R.Slay 8+5reb, A.Infanti 2+2reb, M.Ferrara 0
gschID: 150806


Montepaschi - Armani Mit 77-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Siena. First ranked host Montepaschi Siena (16-6) defeated 4th placed Armani Milano (13-9) 77-68. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Australian center David Andersen (212-80) who led the winners and scored 13 points. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Five Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) added 16 points respectively for Armani Milano in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-6 record. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Montepaschi Siena will play against Cimberio Varese (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Armani Milano will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Andersen 13+4reb+2ast, N.Zisis 13+2reb+2ast, M.Thornton 11+4reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 10+1ast, D.Moss 10+5reb, P.Aradori 7+3reb+1ast
Armani Mit: S.Mancinelli 16+3reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 14+13reb+2ast, M.Hairston 13+2reb+2ast, O.Cook 9+4reb+6ast, N.Melli 8+4reb, A.Fotsis 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150807


Cimberio VA - CS Bologna 86-63

The game between third ranked CS Bologna (13-9) and ninth ranked Cimberio Varese (12-10) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. CS Bologna was crushed by Cimberio Varese in Varese 86-63. The game without a history. Cimberio Varese led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) responded with 14 points and American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) scored 13 points. Cimberio Varese moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sidigas AV. CS Bologna at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Armani Mit. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Bologna will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 14+5reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 12+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 11+5ast, J.Talts 10+6reb+1ast, T.Weeden 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Diawara 8+11reb+4ast
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 14+1reb+2ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 13+3reb, G.Poeta 11+2reb+3ast, D.Werner 9+2reb, K.Lang 6+4reb, A.Gigli 6+6reb
gschID: 150808


Round 21
Sidigas AV - Banca Tercas 75-63

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Air Avellino (12-10) beat at home 15th ranked Banca Tercas (7-15) 75-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Banca Tercas was better in fourth quarter 27-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Banca Tercas 45-25 including a 38-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Slovenian-Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Air Avellino's coach Francesco Vitucci used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) responded with 14 points and 5 steals and the former international point guard Robert Fultz (189-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 6 points and 5 assists. Air Avellino maintains seventh place with 12-10 record, which they share with Cimberio VA. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Air Avellino will face bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banca Tercas will play on the road against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: R.Slay 17+6reb, L.Johnson 16+11reb+2ast, J.Golemac 15+5reb+5ast, V.Gaddefors 10+4reb+2ast, M.Green 6+6reb+4ast, V.Spinelli 6+2reb+3ast
Banca Tercas: V.Amoroso 14+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 11+1reb, B.Brown 7+5reb, R.Fultz 6+2reb+5ast, Y.Green 6+2reb, M.Borisov 5+4reb
gschID: 168962




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


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 19-8 
 2. Trieste 18-8 
 3. Perugia 11-14 
 4. Santarcangelo 10-17 
 5. Comsum.it SI 8-19 
 6. Firenze 7-19 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 24-4 
 2. Torino 18-10 
 3. Treviglio 16-11 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 15-11 
 5. Pavia 14-14 
 6. Castelletto 9-18 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 14-11 
 2. Bari 14-12 
 3. Chieti 13-13 
 4. San Severo 11-15 
 5. Fabriano 7-18 
 6. Ruvo 3-23 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 22-5 
 2. Orlandina 16-10 
 3. Ferentino 14-11 
 4. Latina Basket 12-14 
 5. Matera 11-14 
 6. Anagni 10-15 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.17.9 
 4. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.9 
 5. White, Scavolin.16.4 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.1 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI15.9 
 9. Green, Sidigas AV15.7 
 10. Andersen, Montep.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.4 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Smith, Otto C.7.5 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.4 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.1 
 9. Dragicevic, Angeli.6.5 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.4 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.9 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.1 
 6. Stipcevic, Cimberi.4.0 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna4.0 
 8. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.4 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.0 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Collins, Otto Case.1.8 
 9. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.8 
 10. Poeta, CS Bologna1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.5 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 5. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 6. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.9 
 8. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 9. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 
 10. Ress, Montepaschi0.7 


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  JAPAN   


Round 18: Hokkaido L. defeats Toyota Alvark in the closest game of the week - 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 3 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 18 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Toyota Alvark (24-12) to fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (17-19) 73-71 on Friday evening. Toyota Alvark was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Hokkaido L., which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-19 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (16-20) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-15) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) notched 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Ivan McFarlin supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth position with 16-20 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against higher ranked Hokkaido L. (#5) in Saporro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyota Alvark (24-12) against fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (17-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyota Alvark was defeated by Hokkaido L. in a tough game in Saporro 71-76. The best player for the winners was Takehiko Orimo who scored 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Jeff Gibbs who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-19 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido L. will meet Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) defeated 4th ranked Panasonic Trians (20-16) 79-71. It was a good game for J.R. Sakuragi who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Aishin Sea Horses' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-9 record. Panasonic Trians lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) defeated 4th ranked Panasonic Trians (20-16) 81-72. Kevin Young had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-9 record. Panasonic Trians lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Tochigi Brex lost to Hitachi SR on the opponent's court 82-86. Bottom-ranked Toshiba BT outscored Mitsubishi DD in a home game 75-56. Mitsubishi DD recorded a loss to Toshiba BT on the road 87-83.


Aishin SH - Panasonic T. 79-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) defeated 4th ranked Panasonic Trians (20-16) 79-71. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-14 Panasonic Trians' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-71 at the end of the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Aishin Sea Horses' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) replied with 26 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) added 15 points in the effort for Panasonic Trians. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-9 record. Panasonic Trians lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 23+12reb+4ast, T.Furukawa 16+2reb, S.Kashiwagi 15+5reb+6ast, K.Young 9+6reb, S.Asayama 8+5reb+2ast, A.Richardson 4+4reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 26+4reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 15+4reb+1ast, F.Aono 9+9reb, C.O'Bannon 9+5reb, A.Custis 5+6reb+1ast, Y.Abe 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137531


Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 76-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Toyota Alvark (24-12) against fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (17-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Toyota Alvark was defeated by Hokkaido L. in a tough game in Saporro 71-76. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) who scored 23 points. International guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-19 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido L. will meet Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 23+3ast, R.Sakurai 13+5reb+1ast, T.Klette 12+5reb, J.Lewis 9+6reb+3ast, J.Kurino-Dews 7+4reb+1ast, T.Abe 7+6reb+3ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 18+11reb+1ast, P.Ricci 14+6reb, K.Takeuchi 11+6reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 8+4reb, Y.Okada 7+4ast, T.Shonaka 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 137525


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 86-82

Rather expected game in Osaka where 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (16-20) was defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-15) 86-82 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tochigi Brex won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hitachi Sunrockers won last quarter 21-19. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 30 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) with 25 points and 7 assists and the former international guard Yuta Tabuse (173-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 10 points. Tochigi Brex's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 21-15 record having six points less than leader Aishin SH. Tochigi Brex lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 20 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Hokkaido L. (#5) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 30+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 27+12reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 12+1reb, C.Maraker 7+3reb+3ast, H.Kashiwakura 6+5reb+3ast, T.Sakai 2
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 25+4reb+7ast, Y.Tabuse 10+4reb+2ast, I.McFarlin 10+5reb, D.Yamada 6+3reb+2ast, C.Garnett 6+5reb+1ast, K.Takeda 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137526


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 75-78

Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (16-20) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (21-15) 78-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Tochigi Brex, which allowed them to win the game. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) notched 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) added 15 points and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth position with 16-20 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against higher ranked Hokkaido L. (#5) in Saporro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 35+5reb+2ast, I.McFarlin 14+5reb, R.Anzai 10+2reb+1ast, C.Garnett 7+3reb+1ast, D.Yamada 4+6reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 4+5reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: C.Maraker 16+7reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 15+2reb+4ast, J.Takeuchi 11+8reb+1ast, T.Iwaguma 10, J.Smith 8+6reb, F.Nishimura 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 137527


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 75-56

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Kanagawa where eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (7-29) smashed 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-24) 75-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi Dolphins' 24. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 44-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) with 15 points and American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 7-29 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 15+12reb, S.Merritt 14+9reb+2ast, Y.Kuwahara 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 10+4reb, S.Kikuchi 9+3reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+5ast
Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 15+2reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 10+4reb+1ast, B.Allen 9+9reb, Z.Abe 8+1reb, A.Minatoya 3+4reb+1ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 3+6reb
gschID: 137528


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 87-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Kanagawa where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-24) were defeated by bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (7-29) 87-83 on Sunday. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) scored 33 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) with 29 points and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 7-29 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 33+2reb+2ast, C.Moss 13+12reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 10+2reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 7+1reb+4ast, Y.Kagami 7+6reb+4ast, S.Merritt 5+8reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 29+4reb+7ast, S.Utsumi 16+1reb, B.Allen 12+17reb+1ast, Z.Abe 11+1reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 5+6reb, J.Uzawa 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137529


Aishin SH - Panasonic T. 81-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kariya. First ranked host Aishin Sea Horses (27-9) defeated 4th ranked Panasonic Trians (20-16) 81-72. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-9 record. Panasonic Trians lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: T.Furukawa 21+1reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 16+2reb+7ast, K.Young 13+11reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 12+8reb+3ast, S.Asayama 8+3reb, A.Richardson 5+7reb+3ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 19+2ast, C.O'Bannon 16+7reb+3ast, K.Hirose 15+6reb+3ast, F.Aono 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Abe 8+2ast, H.Kinoshita 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 137530


Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 73-71

The most exciting game of round 18 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Toyota Alvark (24-12) to fifth ranked Hokkaido L. (17-19) 73-71 on Friday evening. Toyota Alvark was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Hokkaido L., which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) scored 15 points. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-19 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 21+3reb, T.Orimo 20+2reb+1ast, J.Lewis 13+13reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+3reb+6ast, T.Abe 6+4reb+6ast, D.Noguchi 4+1reb
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 17+12reb, Y.Okada 15+1reb, T.Ito 7+3reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 6+2reb, K.Takeuchi 6+3reb+1ast, K.Matsui 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137524




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 27-9 
 2. Toyota Alvark 24-12 
 3. Hitachi SR 21-15 
 4. Panasonic T. 20-16 
 5. Hokkaido L. 17-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 16-20 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 12-24 
 8. Toshiba BT 7-29 


BJ League Round 41: Osaka Evessa is defeated by Yokohama BC - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Osaka Evessa (24-11) and sixth ranked Yokohama BC (18-18) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Osaka Evessa was defeated by Yokohama BC in a tough game in Osaka 59-66. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Osaka Evessa won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 18-18 record. Osaka Evessa lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Yokohama BC and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Akita. Second ranked host Akita Happinets (23-14) defeated 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (22-13) 105-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Kyle Swanston accounted for 26 points. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for Fukuoka Rizing in the defeat. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 23-14 record having seven points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Akita Happinets will again play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. First ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-12) defeated 3rd placed Kyoto Hannar. (23-12) 96-81. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Dixon who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Rick Rickert produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-12 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will again meet at home Kyoto Hannar. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
Sendai 89ers (#5) were upset in Oita by eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils 89-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. The game was dominated by American players. T.J. Cummings orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 13-23 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. Oita Heat Devils' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Sendai 89ers (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (30-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Shimane Magic (20-17) 81-63. Narito Namizato stepped up and scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-7 record. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fourth position with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Shimane Magic (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 41: Niigata Albirex won against Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 81-73. Miyazaki SS managed to outperform Iwate Big Bulls in a home game 79-73. Saitama Bron. recorded a loss to Toyama Grouses on the road 85-71. Chiba Jets was defeated by Shinshu BW on its own court 79-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 13 rebounds by Ira Brown of Toyama Grouses.



Osaka Evessa - Yokohama BC 59-66

The game between second ranked Osaka Evessa (24-11) and sixth ranked Yokohama BC (18-18) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Osaka Evessa was defeated by Yokohama BC in a tough game in Osaka 59-66. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Osaka Evessa won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 18-18 record. Osaka Evessa lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Yokohama BC and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 19+7reb+7ast, W.Marshall 11+5reb+1ast, M.Bell 8+7reb, S.Takeda 6, C.Aoki 6+2reb+1ast, D.Tamura 4+1ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 21+8reb+1ast, D.Burns 17+6reb+4ast, M.Kabaya 9+1reb+2ast, P.Faye 6+3reb, O.Kimura 5+2reb, M.Simmons 3+4reb
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Takamatsu FA - Niigata Albirex 73-81

Very expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-33) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (20-17) 81-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Takamatsu FA 50-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 23 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Dwight Gordon (188-88, college: Biola, CA) chipped in 4 points and 10 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 20-17 record, which they share with Shimane SM. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth position with 33 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#4).
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 29+12reb, K.Smith 25+5reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 14+3reb, S.Takada 5+7reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 0+5reb+2ast, M.Kita 0+1reb
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 15, K.Sato 12+2reb+2ast, C.Holm 12+23reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 12+1reb+2ast, E.Maxey 10+4reb, N.Murry 8+5reb+4ast
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Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers 89-83

Sendai 89ers (#5) were upset in Oita by eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils 89-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sendai 89ers. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-11. But Sendai 89ers won third quarter 27-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oita Heat Devils made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Taj Finger (203-86) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 13-23 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. Oita Heat Devils' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Sendai 89ers (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 26+7reb+2ast, J.Dukes 17+10reb+7ast, T.Shimura 13+2reb+4ast, T.Komoda 10+2reb, R.Singleton 9+6reb+1ast, F.Toncinic 5
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 25+5reb+2ast, T.Finger 20+9reb+1ast, N.Takushi 18+1reb+10ast, M.Lottich 12+7reb+4ast, W.White 7+5reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 3+2reb+1ast
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Miyazaki SS - Iwate Big Bulls 79-73

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (17-20) defeated at home 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-28)