EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/08/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 14-2
 2. Jacksonville 11-3
 3. Atlanta E. 4-2
 4. Heartland H. 3-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 2-1
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Columbus R. 0-3
 9. E.Point Jaguars 0-9
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 5-4
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. NorCal B. 1-9
 4. Chico Rage 0-2
California South
 1. Arizona S. 19-3
 2. San Diego Sol 18-2
 3. San Diego S. 8-7
 4. LA Slam 6-12
 5. Riverside R. 1-7
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-14
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 11-6
 2. Richmond E. 10-2
 3. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-4
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 10-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Cleveland H. 0-1
 6. Porter County P. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carol.W. 14-0
 2. Carolina C. 9-5
 3. Carolina Ch. 8-6
 4. East Carolina T. 4-7
 5. Nashville S. 3-0
 6. Tennessee MH 2-10
 7. Fayetteville F. 2-13
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-8
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5
 2. Detroit Hoops 5-4
 3. Michiana M. 3-4
 4. Greencastle GK 2-0
 5. Indianapolis 2-0
 6. Lansing L. 1-1
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 10-1
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-7
 3. Island Vipers 3-8
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Pacific North
 1. Bay Area M. 20-9
 2. S.Francisco R. 18-4
 3. Richmond R. 18-7
 4. Port City P. 12-10
 5. E.Bay Pitbulls 9-13
 6. Sacramento H. 2-16
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 4-7
 3. Washington R. 0-1
 4. Calgary C. 0-4
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 7-3
 2. Panama City D. 0-3
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 22-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-9
 3. Crusaders 2-5
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Little Rock L. 15-6
 2. Bluff City R. 14-5
 3. Conway C. 11-7
 4. N.E. Arkansas 7-9
 5. Missouri R. 3-4
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. North Dallas 12-1
 2. Texas Fuel 12-2
 3. West Texas W. 5-6
 4. Oklahoma S. 4-7
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. Dallas Impact 1-6
 7. N.Texas F. 1-7
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 5-9
 2. Houston X. 1-2
 3. ABA-Canada 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Florida M. 0-4
 8. Chicago F. 0-6


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Cibona (12-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Cedevita (18-5) in Zagreb on Tuesday. The visitors managed to secure only four-point victory 106-102. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Levour Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Cedevita maintains second place with 18-5 record having just 0 points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Cibona at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cedevita will face HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Cibona will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd.

In the last game of round 23 KK Zagreb CO was destroyed by Krka on the opponent's court 84-65. Radnicki K. unfortunately lost to Helios in a home game 72-77. Bottom-ranked Zlatorog recorded a loss to Hemofarm on the road 54-58. Partizan defeated Buducnost on its own court 67-58. Union Olimpija beat Siroki WWin in Ljubljana 71-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 10 rebounds by David Simon of Radnicki K..


Cibona - Cedevita 102-106 OT
Sixth-ranked Cibona (12-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Cedevita (18-5) in Zagreb on Tuesday. The visitors managed to secure only four-point victory 106-102. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Cedevita forced 19 Cibona turnovers and had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cibona was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) helped adding 27 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Cedevita and five Cibona players scored in double figures. Cedevita maintains second place with 18-5 record having just 0 points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Cibona at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cedevita will face HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Cibona will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Cibona: T.Zubcic 24+13reb, A.Barbour 16+10reb+8ast, D.Harper 14+4reb+2ast, G.Suton 12+4reb, H.Kovacevic 11+1reb+4ast, D.Rudez 10+2reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 27+10reb, M.Car 24+7reb+4ast, L.Warren 24+12reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 16+7reb+1ast, H.Owens 6+3reb, D.Bagaric 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133101


Krka - KK Zagreb CO 84-65
There was an upset in Novo Mesto where higher ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-12) was crushed by thirteenth ranked Slovenian Krka (6-17) 84-65 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Krka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Krka outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 36-23 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Israeli-French point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hemofarm. KK Zagreb CO lost third consecutive game. Defending Croatian champion keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Krka will face higher ranked Helios (#11) in Domzale in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 19+9reb+4ast, A.Masic 15+5reb, D.Rancic 8+1ast, K.Simon 5+1reb+7ast, R.Rikic 4+1reb, D.Mulaomerovic 4+1reb+1ast
Krka: A.Nissim 16+2reb+3ast, S.Pavic 14+10reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 13+3reb+3ast, E.Muric 10+6reb, J.Lalic 8+6reb+2ast, U.Lucic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133102


Radnicki K. - Helios 72-77
There was a small surprise in Kragujevac where eleventh ranked Slovenian Helios (7-16) defeated 8th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (11-12) 77-72 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-72. Strangely Radnicki K. outrebounded Helios 51-30 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Stefan Bircevic (209-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radnicki K.'s coach Miroslav Nikolic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Helios maintains eleventh place with 7-16 record. Loser Radnicki K. keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Helios will face Krka (#13) in Novo Mesto in the next round.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 29+10reb+3ast, M.Scott 13+12reb, M.Pavkovic 12+4reb+6ast, S.Bircevic 12+17reb, B.Bakic 6+4reb+3ast, S.Markovic 0
Helios: D.Pasalic 19+10reb+2ast, K.Prepelic 17+4ast, D.Bubnic 11+5reb+1ast, S.Cebular 10+1reb+1ast, D.Gay 9+3reb+8ast, B.Cresnar 4+2reb
gschID: 133103


Hemofarm - Zlatorog 58-54
Not a big story in a game in Vrsac where 14th ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-21) was defeated by twelfth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (6-17) 58-54 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-54. Hemofarm dominated on the defensive end, holding Zlatorog to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 19 Zlatorog turnovers. Zlatorog was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. Center Alen Omic (213-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds and guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) scored 8 points and 5 assists. Hemofarm maintains twelfth place with 6-17 record, which they share with Krka. Zlatorog lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Hemofarm will face higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zlatorog will play at home against Radnicki K. (#8) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Zlatorog: N.Strnad 11+1reb, A.Omic 10+17reb, D.Vujasinovic 8+3reb+5ast, S.Atanackovic 7+3reb, L.Lapornik 7+5reb+1ast, M.Smrdelj 4+4reb+2ast
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 21+3reb+3ast, M.Pantic 10+9reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 8+5reb, D.Gagic 6+11reb, N.Otasevic 5+2reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 4+2ast
gschID: 133098


Partizan - Buducnost 67-58
The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Serbian Partizan's (17-6) home victory over 4th placed Montenegrin Buducnost (15-7) 67-58 on Wednesday. Buducnost trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 19-10 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 58-67 at the end of the game. Partizan forced 21 Buducnost turnovers. Buducnost was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) helped adding 9 points and 5 assists. Swingman Aleksa Popovic (201-87) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion maintains third place with 17-6 record having just one points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Partizan will face Union Olimpija (#7) in Ljubljana in the next round. Buducnost will play at home against Hemofarm in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: A.Popovic 12+6reb+2ast, B.Krstovic 10+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 9+1reb, N.Ivanovic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Anderson 6+2reb+1ast, H.Rizvic 6+3reb
Partizan: M.Macvan 12+11reb, D.Andjusic 11+1ast, V.Lucic 11+3reb, M.Raduljica 9+2reb+5ast, D.James 8+2reb+1ast, R.Katic 6+1reb
gschID: 133099


Siroki WWin - Union Olimpija 64-71
There was a minor upset in Siroki Brijeg where 5th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (13-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (12-11) 71-64 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Union Olimpija dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to HKK Siroki WWin's 28. Union Olimpija forced 24 HKK Siroki WWin turnovers. HKK Siroki WWin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Olimpija moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cibona. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Union Olimpija will face higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HKK Siroki WWin will play at home against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: J.Vladovic 17+3reb+6ast, F.Pilepic 16+1reb+1ast, I.Ramljak 10+7reb, D.Planinic 6+4reb, D.Persic 5+2reb+1ast, C.Collins 3+4reb
Union Olimpija: D.Thompson 19+3reb+1ast, V.Dasic 13+6reb+1ast, J.Blazic 11+3reb+1ast, R.Rothbart 8+3reb, G.Jeretin 8+4ast, D.Muric 4+2reb+2ast


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Adris Deleon claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Dominican Rep. Adris Deleon (180-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Blaze and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Blaze in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kings (#7, 9-16) 90-83. Blaze maintains the 3rd position in Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Blaze will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. In the team's last game Deleon had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Blaze's top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Deleon is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports) of Kings. Bose impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Kings lost that game 83-90 to the higher-ranked Blaze (#3, 15-9). Kings is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-16 record. Bose is a newcomer at Kings 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 Kings' star - former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86). Khazzouh scored 11 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Khazzouh's great performance Kings lost 61-66 to slightly higher-ranked Tigers (#6, 11-15). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Kings not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Khazzouh could try to bring Kings' a little bit higher in the standings. Khazzouh has individually a great season in Australia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) of Blaze - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 27 points and 2 rebounds
8. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of Crocodiles - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83) of Hawks - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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Joe Werner claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Joe Werner (201-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Wels and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Klosterneub. (17-7) 82-79. Wels is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Wels will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. In the team's last game Werner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Wels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Wisconsin at La Crosse graduate has very impressive stats this year. Werner is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Jean Francois (197-F-80, agency: I.D.S. Law) of BC Vienna. Francois impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead BC Vienna to another comfortable win 102-89 over slightly lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#-3, 8-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed BC Vienna to move up to -4th position in Group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Francois is a newcomer at BC Vienna 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of second-ranked Klosterneub.. Suljanovic scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Suljanovic's great performance Klosterneub. lost 79-82 to #4 ranked Wels. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Klosterneub. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Group A. Their record is 17 victories and 7 lost games. Suljanovic has a very solid season. In 22 games in Austria he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 64.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82) of BC Vienna - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sebastian Schaal (189-PG-90) of UBSC Graz - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85) of Kapfenberg - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

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


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 17-3 
 2. Al Manama 16-4 
 3. Al Ahli 15-5 
 4. Al Hala 13-7 
 5. Sitra 12-8 
 6. Issa Town 12-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 9-10 
 8. Al Ittihad 9-10 
 9. Bahrain Club 3-17 
 10. Al Najma 2-18 
 11. Samaheej 1-19 


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  BELARUS   


Courtney left Minsk-2006 - by Timur Tolokh
Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) moved to Turkey. Yesterday player signed contract with Hacettepe University. Eldridge averaged 5.6 points, 2.7 assits and 1.7 rebounds for Minsk in Belarus League as experienced point guard's stats at Eurochallenge Cup were 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds.In VTB-league Courtney averaged 8.1 points, 4.1 assits and 1.7 rebounds.BK Minsk-2006 let him go because this go chance for player keep play in strong league till the end of this season. BK Minsk-2006 got last game in VTB-League on 16 of march against Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.

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  BERMUDAS   


Tejour Riley enjoyed the season with McGill University - by Eurobasket News
Tejour Riley (94) enjoyed the season with McGill University and finished the Regular Season with 10-6 record. The team qualified to the Play-offs but lost to UQAM.
This season Tejour Riley joined McGill University (Canada-CIS). The Bermudas National Team averaged 4.2 points per game. He recorded 10 points in the game versus UQAM in the middle of the season.
In the last game UQAM won 75:72 and advanced to the next stage. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Gregory Saint-Amand who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Vincent Lanctot-Fortier chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Karim Sy-Morissette produced 20 points and Tejour Riley had 6 points and 4 rebounds.




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  BOSNIA   


Round 23: Capljina grabs 83-81 home win against No.1 Igokea - by Eurobasket News
Round 23 of the Bosnian D1 brought the second defeat for Igokea. The top ranked team of the league failed in Capljina as the home squad grabbed valuable 83-81 victory. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) had 27 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts, while Nemanja Kovacevic (193-G-85, agency: 011 Sports) added 22 pts. In the loosing squad, Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) delivered 19 points. After this game Igokea stays No.1 in the league with 19-2 score, while Capljina stays No.2 with 17-5. Third ranked Bosna ASA BHT had to work very hard to beat Servitium 106-101, OT. Armin Avdibegovic (188-PG-84) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81, agency: Prossin Sports Management) nailed 29 in defeat. Bosna improved its score to 16-5. Four more games were played last weakened. Round 24 is scheduled for March 10 and 11.

Regular Season - Round 23
Leotar-Zrinjski HT 94-88
Vogosca-Borac Nektar 94-85
Hercegovac-Varda HE 55-48
Bosna-Servitium 106-101 OT
Brotnjo-Celik 101-89
Capljina-Igokea 83-81

Regular Season - Round 24
Igokea-Brotnjo
Celik-Bosna
Servitium-Hercegovac
Varda HE-Vogosca
Borac Nektar-Leotar
Zrinjski HT-Mladost

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


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


William McFee finishes the season with University of New Brunswick - by Eurobasket News
William McFee (191-G) finishes the season with University of New Brunswick. The British V.Islands National Team player averaged 11.1 points per game.
In 2010-2011 he joined University of New Brunswick (CIS) and in 20 games averaged 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg. Last season he was named All-Atlantic Division Rookie of the Year -11, Atlantic Division All-Rookie Team -11, CIS Canadian All-Rookie Team -11.
In his top game this season he recorded 23 points against Cape Breton. In the last game he nailed 17 points as Dalhousie beat New Brunsw. 78:75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Varsity Reds won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tigers won last quarter 20-18. They also forced 21 Varsity Reds turnovers.


Avery Percival (198-F-85, college: Moberly JC) meanwhile finished the season with Brick. He averaged 2.5 points per game.



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Division A: Beroe extends winning streak, beats No.2 Academik in Plovdiv - by Eurobasket News
Round 15 of the Bulgarian Division A for men was played last weekend. There was no surprise as top ranked Beroe registered another win. This time Beroe cruised past Academik PL on the road 60-73 for perfect 15-0 record in the league. At the same time, Academik PL dropped to 10-4 score and stays the second ranked team in Division A. After this victory it is already clear that Beroe will end regular season as No.1. Atanas Radev (200-F-81) stepped up for Beroe with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 15 points. In the loosing squad, Martin Horozov (200-F-86) delivered 13 points. Four more games were played as a part of this round and results can be checked below. Round 16 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Regular Season - Round 15
Balkan 2-Chavdar 103-89
Vidabasket-Cherno More U20 78-85
Academik PL-Beroe 60-73
Dunav 2007-Academik BL 99-92
Shumen-Overgas 69-89

Regular Season - Round 16
Cherno More U20-Academik PL
Mar. 11, 2012 Overgas-Dunav 2007
Mar. 11, 2012 Academik BL-Balkan 2
Mar. 11, 2012 Chavdar-Vidabasket
Mar. 11, 2012 Beroe-Shumen

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


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William Yengue finished the season with Dalhousie - by Eurobasket News
William Yengue (193-F) finished the season with Canadian Dalhousie on a high note. The player from Cameroon averaged 13.0 points per game and 7.4 rebounds.
William Yengue joined the University in 2009-2010 and averaged 6.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 58.1%. Last season his stats read 6.2ppg, 4.1rpg.
In his top game he erupted with 29 points as Acadia beat Dalhousie 99:90 in January. In the last game Dalhousie lost to Cape Breton 61:85. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Tigers was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capers forced 24 Tigers turnovers. William Yengue had 2 points and 6 rebounds.



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Toronto Raptors planning to cut ties with guard Anthony Carter - by Eurobasket News
Now the rampant speculation can begin.

It wont necessarily be right but it will begin.

The Raptors are planning to cut ties with veteran point guard Anthony Carter (6'2''-PG-75, college: Hawaii), a move that will either mean a minor transaction or the opening of a roster spot just ahead of the March 15 NBA trade deadline.

But nothing is imminent and not too much should be read into the move to end Carters half-season with the team.

The 36-year-old was brought in to provide some veteran leadership and help new coach Dwane Casey get his culture change message through to the team.

That accomplished, Carter has now left the team and, according to a Raptors source, they will try to trade him to a playoff contender for a bit piece a player with no long-term contractual obligations - or simply waive him and have an open roster spot to play with.

That decision hasnt been made yet and likely wont for a few days, giving Carter and his agent a chance to find a new home with a team that might give the Raptors something like a relatively insignificant second-round draft pick.

The more likely scenario is that Carter clears waivers and the Raptors have an open roster spot to use on a young point guard to play behind Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Fourth-quarter charge sparks Lightning - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning knew everyone was going to give them their best shot in the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs.

It's hard to imagine the Saint John Mill Rats having any better shot left after Tuesday's first game. If they do, Game 2 should be nothing short of spectacular.

The Mill Rats threw everything they had at the Lightning and still couldn't topple the No. 1 seed, falling 106-105 in Saint John.

Game 2 of the the best-of-three NBL semifinal is in London on Friday.

The Lightning survived an inspired effort by the Mill Rats, who led by as many as 11 points in the second half.

It wasn't the usual suspects who brought the Lightning back. While everyone contributed, it was key shooting by guard Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) that kept the Lightning in the game when it threatened to get away.

When the Lightning needed to draw clear, it was Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) who hit three big threes.

'The game is 48 minutes long. You win the game in the fourth quarter,' Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'I never worry, because I know the players I have. I have gamers. I have winners. I have champions.

'Dean and Buford, they made crucial, crucial shots and we played great defence in the last five minutes.'

Richardson was really revved after the game, much like the game itself. It was back and forth, with the teams playing to their reputations. The Mill Rats live and die with their outside shooting and they were lighting it up from all over for three quarters.

'They were shooting the ball very, very well. But you just can't keep shooting that way for an entire game,' Richardson said. 'We didn't give them the same shots in the fourth quarter. We played better defence and they didn't have any inside presence.'

Dean is always a big defensive presence. With some of the Mill Rats guards running wild, he went in and slowed them down. His offence was a huge bonus. It's something that's been improving the last few weeks.

'For the first time this year, I'm really feeling healthy and confident,' Dean said. 'Everybody has had their ups and downs, but right now I'm in the best shape I've been all season.'

Dean is beginning to line up and shoot the ball without any second thoughts.

'Defence is still the first think I worry about,' he said. 'But the guys have been getting me the ball and telling me to shoot and I feel more confident now.'

Dean had 12 points, all of them on three-pointers. Buford was five-of-seven from the floor with three threes thrown in. He finished with 13 points.

Leading the Lightning was Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Shamari Spears (6'6''-F-86, college: Charlotte) with 18 points each.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Preview 50th CIS Mens BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca As the CIS mens basketball championship celebrates its 50th anniversary this week in Halifax,the Cartelon University Ravens hope to write some history of their own on sunday by winning their eigth WPMCGEE TROPHY,which would tie the all time record held by the Victoria Vikes. The question is Can anybody stop what might be the best Ravens team yet.The CIS FINAL 8,presented by subway and hosted by Atlantic University Sport,gets under way friday at the Metro Centre and culminates sunday at 4:30pm with the gold medal final. All games will be webcast by SSN Canada ssncanada.ca while Eastlink TV will have live broadcasts of the semi-finals and final.

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CBA Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Guandong ST - Xinjiang F.T. 97-92

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-92. Guandong Tigers forced 21 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including a 24-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American-Nigerian power forward Ike Diogu (203-83, college: Arizona St.) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Guandong Tigers and five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: Z.FangYu 25+5reb+2ast, B.Aaron 18+5reb+4ast, W.ShiPeng 15+3reb+4ast, S.James 14+9reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 6+2reb+4ast, W.Zheng 6+5reb
Xinjiang F.T.: P.Tim 17+5reb+4ast, M.Lati 16+2reb, D.Ike 13+9reb+1ast, M.Bateer 13+6reb+3ast, X.GuoChong 11+2reb, S.WeiBo 10+3reb+1ast
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Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 132-123

Beijing Ducks forced 19 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. Strangely Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Beijing Ducks 44-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. 34 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) had a double-double by scoring 52 points (!!!), 10 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 27 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) responded with 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Five Beijing Ducks and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 52+1reb+10ast, M.Randolph 27+10reb+2ast, Z.Xiaochuan 20+3reb+1ast, J.Zhe 17+6reb, C.Lei 10+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 3+3reb+5ast
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 42+6reb+1ast, G.Charles 27+15reb+2ast, X.Zhijiang 11+3reb+1ast, M.Kan 10+3reb+1ast, R.Junwei 9+6reb, L.XiaoMing 8+1reb+4ast
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Guangdong Leads Xinjiang 2-0 as Marbury Scores 52, Beijing and Shanxi Tied 1-1 - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong won its semi-final playoff matchup 97-92 to take a 2-0 lead over Xinjiang while Beijing defeated Shanxi 132-123 to even its series 1-1.

Zhu Fangyu had 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead Guangdong. Aaron Brooks had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Shipeng had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. James Singleton had 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Tim Pickett had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Xinjiang. Mulati scored 16. Ike Diogu had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Xu Guozhong scored 11 and Sun Weibo had 10. Xireligiang, Xinjiang's best native player, was absent from the game.

Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) had 52 points, 10 assists and 7 steals as he willed Beijing to even its series with Shanxi. Randolph Morris had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zhai Xiaochuan, who looks more and more like rookie-of-the-year and perhaps China's next NBA first-rounder, had 20 points and 3 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 10.

Marcus Williams had 42 points and 6 rebounds for Shanxi. Charles Gaines had 27 points and 15 rebounds. Xing Xiqiang had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Makan had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Ren Junhui had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 8 points and 4 assists.


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Best performance of Colombians playing abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Colombian players, who play currently abroad.


Enielsen Guevara
Enielsen Guevara
   #1. The best performed Colombian player this week who plays abroad is former international power forward Enielsen Guevara (204-82), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Guevara could not help Gaiteros (6-14) to beat Cocodrilos (15-4). He scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks in 17 minutes on the court. Gaiteros de Zulia lost 95-99 on the road to the second-ranked Cocodrilos. It was Gaiteros'' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Guevara averages: 4.3ppg, 2.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan as he used to play in Colombia. Former Bucaros starter played for the Colombian national team in 2010.


There are also other Colombians who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Colombian passport:

   #1. Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gran Canaria 2014 (8-15) to beat Real Madrid (18-4) despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Palacios also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. But C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 was badly defeated 90-72 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. It was Gran Canaria 2014''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Palacios averages: 8.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) contributed to an overtime Guaros'' victory against the league outsiderToros (3-13) 105-104 in the Venezuelan LPB last Sunday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Guaros de Lara (4-9) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the LPB. Ananguren has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) contributed to Toros'' surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Trotamundos (10-8) 112-103 in the Venezuelan LPB last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds in 33 minutes. Toros de Aragua (3-13) is located at the very bottom in the LPB. Urbina is currently third on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. Urbina has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan as he used to play in Colombia. Despite his Colombian passport, Urbina previously played for the Venezuelan national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

   #4. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) contributed to Bucaneros'' victory against the closely-ranked Guaros (0-3) 74-57 in the Liga Americas last Friday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Bucaneros de La Guaira (2-1) is placed seventh in group B. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Americas. This season Julio averages: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan as he used to play in Colombia.

   #5. Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Deivis Ananguren and both played together in the last Venezuelan LPB game. Zapata contributed to an overtime Guaros'' victory against the league outsiderToros (3-13) 105-104. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Zapata averages: 5.8ppg and 3.7rpg in the 13 games. Similarly like Julio and Urbina above he has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities as he used to play in Colombia.

   #6. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB could not help Guaiqueries (10-7) to beat Cocodrilos (15-4). Silva scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-69. This season Silva averages: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan as he used to play in Colombia.

   #7. Fernando Lucena (185-G-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Urbina and both played together in the last Venezuelan LPB game. Lucena contributed to Toros'' surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Trotamundos (10-8) 112-103. He scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Lucena''s overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 1.1rpg. He holds both Colombian and Venezuelan passports as he used to play in Colombia.

   #8. Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) was not able to help Gigantes (9-6) in their game against Panteras (6-14) in the Venezuelan LPB. Diaz cannot count Thursday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 88-93. This year Diaz''s overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg in the 13 games. Similarly like five previous players above, he has Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities as he used to play in Colombia.


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Best performance of Croatians playing abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Croatians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #1. The best performed Croatian player this week who plays abroad is former international guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84). He was the major contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker''s victory against the tenth-ranked Besiktas (8-13) 86-82 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Ukic recorded 18 points and added 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (14-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. Ukic has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 67.6% in the 14 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #2. The second best is former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84), who plays in Slovenia. Pasalic could not help Helios (7-16) to beat Cedevita (18-5) despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Pasalic also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. But the 11th-placed Helios Domzale was crushed 98-72 on the road by the second-ranked Cedevita in the group A of Adriatic League. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Pasalic belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #7 and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.5%(96-173), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 78.4%. Pasalic played for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #3. Number three best Croatian abroad this week is former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport). He led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the leader Unics Kazan (12-2) 69-65 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Loncar was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. BC Khimky Moscow Region (12-3) is placed second. Loncar''s team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Loncar is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This year he has very good stats: 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 72.4%(55-76), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.2% in the 12 games. Loncar played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #4. Center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Galatasaray (3-3) in their game against Olympiakos (3-3) in the Euroleague despite his very good performance on Thursday. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Andric also added 6 rebounds. But Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (#3) was defeated 88-81 in Athens by the second-ranked Olympiakos in the group E of Euroleague. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. This season Andric has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 4.2rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #5. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Unicaja Malaga (0-6) in their game against Gescrap BB (4-2) in the Euroleague despite his very good performance on Thursday. Peric was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. But Unicaja Malaga (#4) lost 55-59 in Bilbao to the second-ranked Gescrap BB in the group F of Euroleague. So far Unicaja Malaga lost all six games in the Top 16. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. It''s Peric''s first season with the team. This year Peric''s overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team five years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #6. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) was the main contributor in Zalgiris'' victory against the eighth-ranked Neptunas (6-11) 85-84 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. Popovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points and added 3 passes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (15-0) is placed second in the LKL. So far Zalgiris won all fifteen games in the Regular Season. Popovic''s total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #7. International power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hrvoje Peric as their both played in the Spanish ACB last game. Zoric couldn''t help Unicaja Malaga (13-10) in their game against CAI Zaragoza (12-11) despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Zoric also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Unicaja Malaga was badly defeated 76-59 in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked (#8) CAI Zaragoza. Zoric has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg and 4.2rpg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #8. Swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Roko-Leni Ukic and both played together in the last Turkish TBL game. Bogdanovic contributed to a Fenerbahce Ulker''s victory against the tenth-ranked Besiktas (8-13) 86-82 in a derby game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bogdanovic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #9. International center Ante Tomic (217-87) contributed to a Real Madrid''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena (4-2) 102-90 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Tomic scored 10 points in just 9 minutes. Real Madrid (4-2) is placed third in group F. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. This year Tomic''s total stats are: 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the 15 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Zoran Planinic
Zoran Planinic
   #10. Guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kresimir Loncar and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Planinic contributed to Khimky''s victory against the leader Unics Kazan (12-2) 69-65. He recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Planinic is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.2apg and 1.4spg. Planinic is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 an international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) couldn''t help Telekom Baskets (3-3) in their game against Szolnok (3-3) in the EuroChallenge despite his very good performance on Tuesday. Buljan was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 4 rebounds. His team was edged 96-94. Buljan averaged so far 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U20 an international forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Drago Pasalic as their both played in the Adriatic League last game. Bubnic contributed to Helios'' victory against the bottom-ranked Zlatorog (2-20) 73-67. He was the top player that evening. Bubnic recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Bubnic''s stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former international forward Marko Banic (205-84) faced previously mentioned Hrvoje Peric in the Euroleague last game. Banic contributed to a Gescrap BB''s victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (0-6) 59-55. He was the top player that evening. Banic scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Banic averaged so far 14.1ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U21 an international center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) contributed to a Lukoil Academik''s victory against the league outsiderChernomorets (2-18) 80-62 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Sundov scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Sundov averaged so far 12.7ppg and 5.1rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former U20 an international center Leon Radosevic (206-90) contributed to a Armani Milano''s victory against the league outsiderNovipiu CM (6-17) 83-60 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Radosevic recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Radosevic has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team two years ago.


There are also other Croatians who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Croatian passport:

   #1. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help Air Avellino (12-11) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-8) in the Italian SerieA despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Golemac also added 7 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. But Sidigas Avellino lost 73-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Golemac''s stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Croatian as he used to play in Croatia. Despite Golemac''s Croatian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #2. Ante Bilobrk (203-SF-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a Rilski Sportist''s victory against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia (16-4) 91-77 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Bilobrk was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rilski Sportist Samokov (12-8) is placed third in the NBL. Bilobrk has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 19 games.

   #3. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport) contributed to an AZS Koszalin''s victory against the leader Slask Wroclaw (16-11) 84-80 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. AZS Koszalin (12-15) is placed third. Milicic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in AZS Koszalin''s roster. Milicic has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #4. Igor Maric (196-F-85) contributed to Sentjur''s victory against the league leader Rogaska (6-12) 83-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Maric scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Sentjur (12-6) is placed fourth in the Telemach League. The Regular Season already ended. Maric is currently sixth on the league''s list of top scorers. He has very solid stats this season: 14.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) contributed to a KFUM Jamtland''s victory against the league outsiderEco Orebro (3-31) 91-72 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Klaric was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KFUM Jamtland Basket (13-21) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Basketligan. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Klaric has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg.

   #6. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) contributed to a Givova Scafati''s victory against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (14-6) 77-61 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Radulovic recorded 13 points and added 4 passes. Radulovic is currently second on the league''s list of most steals. He has very solid stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.9spg. Radulovic has both Croatian and Italian nationalities. Despite his Croatian passport, Radulovic previously played for the Italian national team and probably cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #7. Nikica Sljuka (187-G-87) couldn''t help Olimpi (11-3) in their game against Kutaisi (11-4) in the Georgian Superleague despite his very good performance on Friday. He recorded 17 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. His team lost 84-90. Sljuka has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in the 12 games.

   #8. Stipe Modric (206-F-79) contributed to Levice''s victory against the sixth-ranked Inter Bratislava (9-24) 70-58 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Modric scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg. Modric also holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian as he used to play in Croatia. Despite his Croatian passport, Modric previously played for the Slovenian national team.

   #9. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) couldn''t help Gaz Metan (18-5) in their game against Ploiesti (15-7) in the Romanian Division A despite his good performance on Sunday. He scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. His team was edged 75-72. Tomeljak is currently fourth on the list of best passers. He has very solid stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.5apg and 1.4spg.

   #10. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) is a teammate of previously mentioned Igor Maric and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Primorac contributed to Sentjur''s victory against the league leader Rogaska (6-12) 83-71. He scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Primorac has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 4.2rpg.


A1 Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Jolly (13-5) fell to third ranked KK Split (12-6) in overtime by nine points 94-103 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Jolly. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Split maintains third position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Zadar. Jolly at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KK Split will face Zabok (#4) in Zabok in the next round. Jolly will play at home against Dubrovnik.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 43 points (!!!) by Hrvoje Puljko of Jolly.


KK Split - Jolly 103-94 OT
Second-ranked Jolly (13-5) fell to third ranked KK Split (12-6) in overtime by nine points 94-103 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Jolly. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Jolly won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Jolly used huge pressure winning it 27-26 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-18. KK Split shot 62.0 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Jolly's players. Jolly was plagued by 38 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) contributed with 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) replied with 43 points (!!!) and forward Ivo Josipovic (205-75, agency: Court Side) added 19 points in the effort for Jolly. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Split maintains third position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Zadar. Jolly at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KK Split will face Zabok (#4) in Zabok in the next round. Jolly will play at home against Dubrovnik.
Top scorers:
Jolly: H.Puljko 43+4reb+1ast, I.Josipovic 19+4reb+1ast, R.Ross 10+5reb+2ast, M.Mrva 7+6reb, D.Vrsaljko 5+4reb+2ast, T.Petani 4+1reb
KK Split: S.Subotic 28+11reb+8ast, J.Sobin 22+4reb+3ast, L.Babic 17+7reb+4ast, B.Markulin 14+4reb, M.Filipovic 10+2reb, N.Vujcic 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 149488


Zabok - Svjetlost 65-57
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Zabok's (11-7) home victory over 5th ranked Svjetlost (9-9) 65-57 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Svjetlost won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Robert Lez (192-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points and 6 assists. Forward Antonio Crnjevic (195-94) contributed with 6 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Zabok's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian guard Marko Batina (198-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Svjetlost. Zabok maintains fourth position with 11-7 record. Loser Svjetlost keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Zabok will face higher ranked KK Split (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Svjetlost will play against Alkar Sinj.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: T.Kostomaj 16+10reb+3ast, M.Batina 15+5reb+1ast, L.Samadan 9+2reb, A.Stimac 8+4reb+2ast, K.Gamma 7+3reb, P.Zivkovic 2
Zabok: R.Lez 10+1reb+6ast, S.Jankovic 9+2reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 8+4reb, D.Bubalo 8+3reb, S.Zadravec 6+2reb+1ast, I.Tomas 6+3ast
gschID: 149484


Krizevci - Alkar Sinj 74-69
There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Alkar Sinj (7-11) lost on the road to tenth ranked Krizevci (7-12) 74-69 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Alkar Sinj won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alkar Sinj was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91, agency: PEPI SPORT) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Guard Roko Rogic (185-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) added 16 points in the effort for Alkar Sinj. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Krizevci maintains tenth position with 7-12 record. Loser Alkar Sinj dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Krizevci will face higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#6) in Darda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: J.Lozancic 16+4reb, N.Gaurina 14+2reb+1ast, R.Rogic 13+11reb+4ast, Z.Zupic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Curkovic 6+1reb+2ast, F.Bubalo 6+2reb+4ast
Krizevci: I.Mikulic 16+5reb+2ast, I.Grgat 13+8reb+1ast, L.Zitko 12+5reb+1ast, F.Gacesa 12+3reb+3ast, A.Hrkac 6+1reb, I.Buva 5+2reb
gschID: 149485


Borik - Darda 77-61
There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Borik Puntamika (8-11) won against 6th ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-10) in Zadar 77-61 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Vrijednosnice OS was better in fourth quarter 24-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Guard Luka Drezga (196-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) contributed with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Luka Panduric (192-93) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Vrijednosnice OS. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to eighth place. Loser Vrijednosnice OS keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Borik Puntamika will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Darda: A.Bicvic 17+4reb+1ast, V.Budimir 16+7reb+1ast, L.Panduric 11+8reb+4ast, M.Peraica 10+7reb, I.Milenkovic 3+1ast, M.Mandic 2
Borik: L.Drezga 20+5reb+1ast, P.Maric 14+3reb+2ast, T.Drazovic 10+2reb, M.Jurjevic 9+1ast, M.Cakarun 6+7reb+2ast, M.Grabovac 5+5reb
gschID: 149486


Dubrovnik - Zadar 56-103
Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Dubrovnik (3-15) was outscored at home by first ranked Zadar (14-4) 103-56 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrovnik's 36. They outrebounded Dubrovnik 42-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Zadar looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Dubrovnik's players. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Zadar players scored in double figures. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dubrovnik. Zadar maintains first position with 14-4 record. Dubrovnik lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Zadar will face Kvarner 2010 (#7) in Rijeka in the next round where they are favorite. Dubrovnik will play on the road against the league's second-placed Jolly (#2) in Sibenik.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: R.Ciklic 16+6reb+2ast, A.Ostric 12+6reb+1ast, I.Begic 10+1reb, M.Hajdic 9+6reb, M.Diminic 4+5reb, M.Peric 3
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 17+3reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 13+9reb+5ast, U.Zadnik 12+1reb+6ast, F.Sango 12+1reb+1ast, A.Delas 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 10+8reb+5ast


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  CUBA   


Georvys Elias - top Cuban player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Cubans who are currently playing abroad.


Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Elias could not help Tenerife (4-14) to beat Lan Mobel ISB (9-9) despite his very good performance on Friday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But the bottom-ranked Tenerife Baloncesto lost 73-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Lan Mobel ISB. Elias is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 53.1% in the 18 games he played so far. Elias played for the Cuban national team three years ago.


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

   #1. Roberto Amaro (197-F-69), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Anastasia (3-7) to beat Bigua (4-6) despite his good performance on Tuesday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. But the fifth-placed Anastasia de Fray Bentos was crushed 95-59 at home by the higher-ranked Bigua (#4) in the Serie 2 group. The Second Stage already ended. This season Amaro averages: 8.4ppg and 5.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and Uruguayan.


Other top Cuban players, who play abroad:

Angel Caballero (192-G-70) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) plays for Spot Up Medien Baskets in German ProB
Juan Mato (199-F/C-80) plays for Otero in Spanish EBA
Taylor Garcia (182-PG-87) plays for Otero in Spanish EBA
Georffri Silvestre (202-F/C-79) plays for Santa Cruz in Spanish EBA
Rangel Ramirez (206-C-75) plays for L''Alfas in Spanish EBA
Iram Almaguer (200-F/C-84) plays for La Palma in Spanish EBA
Alexis Lavastida (188-G-77) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish 1st Division
Kiyotsis Balves (200-F-80) plays for Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional
Augusto Duquesne (204-C-67) plays for B.Gais Neptune in Irish SuperLeague
Grismay Paumier (203-C/F-88) plays for Berck in French NM2
Ruperto Herrera (202-F-72) plays for La Union in Argentinian Torneo Federal
Reynaldo Garcia (187-G) plays for UTE in Ecuadorian National League

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


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NBL Round 4: Basketbal Svitavy defeats BK Loko Plzen in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
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.

Seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-25) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (14-19) on Wednesday. The visitors from Svitavy managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-59. 28 personal fouls committed by BK Loko Plzen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Levice. BK Loko Plzen at the other side keeps the seventh position with 25 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy is looking forward to face Inter Bratislava (#6) at home in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play against the league's leader NH Ostrava and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Levice (14-19) against sixth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (10-23) on Wednesday night. Host Levice was defeated by BK Usti nad Labem in a tough game in Levice 62-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levice. The winners were led by American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who scored that evening 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Troy Gottselig supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) did not help to save the game for Levice. Levice's coach Peter Balint rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to fifth place in A2. Levice at the other side keeps the second position with 19 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem will play against B&W Opava (#8) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against Levharti Chomutov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Second ranked host BK Prostejov (23-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Decin (21-9) 61-52. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Admir Alic produced 14 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov maintains second position in A1 with 23-7 record having just -1 point less than leader NH Ostrava. Loser BK Decin keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with BK Pardubice. BK Prostejov will meet BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ostrava. First ranked host NH Ostrava (19-14) defeated 3rd ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-20) 97-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levharti Chomutov. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for James Hughes who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NH Ostrava have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 19-14 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the fourth place with 20 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be BK Loko Plzen (#7) at home where they are favorite. Levharti Chomutov will play against the league's second-placed Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B&W Opava's home win over 5th ranked Inter Bratislava 91-75 was very exciting. Worth to mention a great performance of Jakub Blazek who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Inter Bratislava's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. B&W Opava maintains eighth position in A2 with 7-26 record. Inter Bratislava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 24 games lost. B&W Opava will face higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 4
In A1 BK Pardubice won against USK Praha on the opponent's court 81-66. CEZ Nymburk managed to outperform BC Kolin in a home game 83-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 8 assists by Vojtech Hruban of USK Praha.



Group A1
BK Prostejov - BK Decin 61-52

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Second ranked host BK Prostejov (23-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Decin (21-9) 61-52. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-52. American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) chipped in 15 points. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) produced 14 points and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov maintains second position in A1 with 23-7 record having just -1 point less than leader NH Ostrava. Loser BK Decin keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with BK Pardubice. BK Prostejov will meet BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 15+4reb+1ast, J.Prasil 14+1reb, D.Pandula 11+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 10+14reb+2ast, T.Peterson 6+6reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 3+1ast
BK Decin: A.Alic 14+1reb, L.Sanders 8+4reb+2ast, M.Soukup 7+4reb, T.Pomikalek 6+5reb, L.Stria 6+2reb, D.Burke 5+4reb
gschID: 168587


USK Praha - BK Pardubice 66-81

Rather expected game when 6th ranked USK Praha (15-15) was defeated at home by fourth ranked BK Pardubice (21-9) 81-66 on Tuesday. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 34. They outrebounded USK Praha 32-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) responded with 22 points and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. USK Praha lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. BK Pardubice will face league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. USK Praha will play against BK Decin (#3).
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 25+7reb, Z.Pospisil 11+1reb, C.Muirhead 10+4reb+4ast, M.Carnecky 10+1reb+4ast, O.Peterka 10+5reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 7+8reb
USK Praha: V.Hruban 22+1reb+3ast, P.Sedmak 10+1reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 8+8reb+2ast, V.Cvek 7+3reb, M.Vocetka 6, M.Mares 4
gschID: 168585


CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 83-71

Rather predictable result when first ranked CEZ Nymburk (29-1) defeated at home 5th ranked BC Kolin (19-21) 83-71 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who added 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward David Machac (204-80) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in A1 with 29-1 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the fifth place with 21 games lost. CEZ Nymburk will face BK Pardubice (#4) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 24+6reb+2ast, L.Wilson 22+5reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 11+2reb+6ast, R.Necas 10+7reb+3ast, M.Kremen 5+4reb+2ast, P.Benda 4+3reb+2ast
BC Kolin: D.Machac 17+6reb, R.Field 12+5reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 11+5reb, C.Barnes 11+5reb+3ast, R.Ames 9+2reb+4ast, R.Marko 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 168586


Group A2
Plzen - Svitavy 59-62

Seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (8-25) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (14-19) on Wednesday. The visitors from Svitavy managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-59. 28 personal fouls committed by BK Loko Plzen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to second place in A2, which they share with Levice. BK Loko Plzen at the other side keeps the seventh position with 25 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy is looking forward to face Inter Bratislava (#6) at home in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play against the league's leader NH Ostrava and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 13+10reb, M.Deloach 12+6reb+7ast, P.Milos 10+3reb, L.Horak 9+8reb+2ast, P.Mroz 8+6reb+1ast, L.Moravec 5+4reb+3ast
Plzen: M.Kozlik 21+5reb+2ast, L.Pecka 12+9reb, M.Norwa 8+8reb, S.Vrubl 6+3reb+6ast, T.Kubiznak 4+5reb, V.Honomichl 3+3reb
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NH Ostrava - Chomutov 97-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ostrava. First ranked host NH Ostrava (19-14) defeated 3rd ranked Levharti Chomutov (13-20) 97-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levharti Chomutov. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. Levharti Chomutov was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NH Ostrava made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. NH Ostrava outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 42-27 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Luettgerodt is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) added 17 points in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NH Ostrava have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 with 19-14 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the fourth place with 20 games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be BK Loko Plzen (#7) at home where they are favorite. Levharti Chomutov will play against the league's second-placed Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 20+9reb, R.Luettgerodt 17+4reb+5ast, A.Ciz 16+4reb+3ast, M.Gniadek 10+10reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 8+4reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 8+1reb+2ast
Chomutov: R.Lowery 17+6reb+3ast, P.Pope 17+1reb+1ast, V.Sucharda 14+5reb, J.Krakovic 9+6reb, J.Stepanek 6+1reb+1ast, Basta 4+1reb
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Levice - Usti n/Labem 62-71

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Levice (14-19) against sixth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (10-23) on Wednesday night. Host Levice was defeated by BK Usti nad Labem in a tough game in Levice 62-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levice. The winners were led by American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who scored that evening 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) did not help to save the game for Levice. Slovakian power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) added 7 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Levice's coach Peter Balint rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to fifth place in A2. Levice at the other side keeps the second position with 19 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem will play against B&W Opava (#8) on the road in the next round. Levice will play against Levharti Chomutov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 28+5reb+6ast, T.Gottselig 14+9reb, B.Reese 12+8reb+1ast, T.Hruby 5+6reb+2ast, S.Reinberger 4+2reb+1ast, A.Pistecky 2+2reb
Levice: S.Modric 18+5reb+3ast, K.Bridgewaters 11+2reb, J.Vojtek 7+5reb+1ast, P.Seman 6+3reb+2ast, R.Klein 5, D.Marek 5+2reb+2ast
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B&W Opava - Inter Bratislava 91-75

B&W Opava's home win over 5th ranked Inter Bratislava 91-75 was very exciting. Inter Bratislava was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 11-point lead after three quarters before a 28-1 charge of B&W Opava, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Inter Bratislava to just 1 points in fourth quarter. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 30 and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. B&W Opava forced 21 Inter Bratislava turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) who added 22 points, 5 assists and 7 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. At the losing side Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Slovakian forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) scored 14 points. Inter Bratislava's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. B&W Opava maintains eighth position in A2 with 7-26 record. Inter Bratislava lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 24 games lost. B&W Opava will face higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 22+1reb+5ast, P.Dokoupil 16+3reb+5ast, J.Blazek 16+8reb+4ast, M.Vanak 10+8reb+1ast, R.Klecka 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 8+1reb
Inter Bratislava: M.Pesic 17+9reb, A.Kuffa 14+4reb+2ast, M.Zilik 11+1reb, E.Ubilla 9+2reb+8ast, R.Kucsa 8+4reb+3ast, J.Musil 6+1reb
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CEZ Nymburk with the surprising win in VTB League - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
CEZ Nymburk - CSKA 79:60


Russian CSKA Moscow that had one loss in the League could not beat CEZ Nymburk tonight. The seventh ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk won 79:60. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners.
Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alexey Shved added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow. Defending Czech champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Azovmash. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow still keeps top position with two games lost. CEZ Nymburk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 24, Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) 14, Lamayne Wilson 13+11rebs
CSKA: Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) 10, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) 10



Jan Vesely - top Czech Republic player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Czechs who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90). He contributed to a Washington Wizards'' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) 101-98 in the NBA last Saturday. Vesely scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 8-29 record this season. This season Vesely averages: 3.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 40.6%. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #2. Number two best Czech abroad this week is former international forward Jiri Welsch (201-80). Welsch contributed to a Spirou Charleroi''s victory against the sixth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-10) 81-63 in the Belgian D1 last Friday. He recorded 5 points and added 4 passes. Belgacom Spirou (14-6) is placed second in the D1. This year Welsch''s overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 71.2% in the 20 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #3. Third place goes to former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79). Starosta contributed to a Grupo Iruna Navarra''s victory against the league outsiderClinicas Rincon (4-22) 75-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. Grupo Iruna Navarra (16-10) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Starosta is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(137-238) and FT: 43.5%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #4. Swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) contributed to a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-12) 72-55 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 8 points. FIATC Joventut Badalona (9-13) is placed 13th in the ACB. This year Barton''s total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. Former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Cajasol (11-11) to beat Assignia Manresa (12-11). Satoransky scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla was defeated 76-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Assignia Manresa (#9). It was Cajasol''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Satoransky has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #6. Center Ondrej Balvin (216-92) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky as their both played in the Spanish ACB last game. Balvin contributed to Cajasol''s victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-16) 76-60. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Balvin has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88) contributed to Cibona''s victory against the closely-ranked Union Olimpija (12-11) 61-58 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (12-11) is placed sixth in group A. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hampl has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #8. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) was not able to help Fontedoso Carrefour (7-10) in their game against Prat Juventud (11-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) despite his good performance on Saturday. Kohout was the second best scorer with 12 points in 32 minutes. But Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila was badly defeated 78-62 in Prat by the higher-ranked Juventud (#5). It was Fontedoso Carrefour''s third consecutive loss in a row. It''s Kohout''s first season with the team. He has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 4.5rpg. Kohout is also Czech Republic U20 national team player.

Tomas Voslajer
Tomas Voslajer
   #9. University an international center Tomas Voslajer (212-90) contributed to Prievidza''s victory against the eighth-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (8-24) 92-68 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday. He scored 8 points. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was Prievidza''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Voslajer has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg in the 28 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic university national team.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #10. Guard Jan Svandrlik (197-94) faced previously mentioned Ondrej Starosta in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Svandrlik was not able to secure a victory for Clinicas Rincon (4-22) in their game against Grupo Iruna Navarra (16-10). He cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. Svandrlik scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. The bottom-ranked CB Ins Oftamologico Clinicas Rincon was crushed 75-53 in Pamplona by the much higher-ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (#5). It was Clinicas Rincon''s third consecutive loss in a row. Svandrlik has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the U18 Czech Republic National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) couldn''t help Eco Orebro (3-31) in their game against KFUM Jamtland (13-21) in the Swedish Basketligan. Licartovsky scored only 4 points. His team was badly defeated 91-72. Licartovsky has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg in the 32 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.


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

   #1. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) contributed to Komarno''s victory against the eighth-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (8-24) 72-67 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Kratochvil scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. MBK Rieker Komarno (22-10) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was Komarno''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kratochvil has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg.

   #2. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was not able to secure a victory for Olimpi (11-3) in their game against Kutaisi (11-4) in the Georgian Superleague. Hoger cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi was defeated 90-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Kutaisi (#3). It was Olimpi''s first loss after three consecutive victories. Hoger has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg and 8.6rpg.

   #3. Martin Ides (217-C-80, college: Davidson) contributed to NBC''s victory against the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-14) 88-84 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He scored 6 points. Nuernberger Basketball Club (11-12) is placed ninth in the ProA. Ides has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.7rpg in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and German as he used to play in Czech Republic.


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Bishop's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Tony Bishop (201-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aalborg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Svendborg (#2, 23-4) 91-83. Aalborg maintains the 8th position in Danish league. Aalborg is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-18 record. In the team's last game Bishop had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Aalborg's top player in his first season with the team. Texas State University at San Marcos graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bishop. Bishop is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg,2.3spg and 50.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ryan White (177-PG-88). He is American guard in his first season at Aalborg. In the last game White recorded impressive 35 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Aalborg cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 23-4). Aalborg's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. White is a newcomer at Aalborg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pape Ba (207-F/C-80) of Falcon (#10). Ba scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Falcon, leading his team to a 92-85 win against the higher-ranked Vaerlose (#7, 11-16). Falcon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 7-20 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ba he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ba has a very solid season. In 20 games in Denmark he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 8.3rpg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demetrius Phillips (207-F-87) of Aabyhoj - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) of Aabyhoj - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jordan Glynn (200-F-89) of Naestved - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Christopher Sprinker (205-C/F) of Vaerlose - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joshua Alexander (193-G-87) of Bakken - 21 points and 12 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)


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Warriors call up Jeremy Tyler from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Andris Biedrins lost his starting center job Sunday, and the Warriors made another move Tuesday that might push the eighth-year veteran further down the bench.

Golden State recalled forward/center Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League. The 6-foot-10 rookie averaged 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes in five games with Dakota.

Biedrins has averaged 2.0 points in 31 games this season, and came off the bench behind Ekpe Udoh the last two games - a move that head coach Mark Jackson said was for the rest of the season. Udoh had 17 points in Monday's win at Washington - more points than Biedrins has scored in 68 starts dating back to Nov. 26, 2010, when he had 28 against Memphis.

In fact, Biedrins scored in double figures in only three of those 68 starts.

The Warriors host the Grizzlies tonight, and Biedrins said Monday he is OK with coming off the bench. 'If that helps our team, that's fine with me,' he said.

He played a total of 15 scoreless minutes the past two games, and could lose that time to Tyler.

Tyler, who - at $650,000 - makes one-fourteenth of Biedrins' $9 million salary, averaged just a tenth of a point less, 1.9, than Biedrins in his 14 games with the Warriors. And that came in 4.6 minutes a game, compared with Biedrins' 16.2.

Udoh has averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in his three starts this season.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


BayHawks suddenly a contender - by Eurobasket News
With the way this season has gone, who knows what the Erie BayHawks will look like two weeks or even two days from now?

However, if Erie can keep this group of players together, it will keep playing beyond its regular-season finale April 7 at Canton.

Right now, the BayHawks are playoff contenders.

Winners of its past four games, Erie took it to the Maine Red Claws 106-81 Tuesday. The BayHawks led by as many as 31 points and had six players score in double figures.

If the playoffs started today, the BayHawks (19-17) would be a very dangerous eighth and final seed.

With Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) back after stints with the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Hornets, Erie has a point guard who can score and make plays for others.

With New York Knicks rookie Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa), Erie has a 7-footer who can score, demand a double-team and defend the paint.

Having a dominant presence on the perimeter and interior allows everyone else to play their roles and not have to do extra.

Forward Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) can work the boards and not worry about scoring.

Versatile D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) doesn't have to expend extra energy playing point guard.

Now, the BayHawks have no control of how many games Jordan plays for them. He's expected to rejoin the Knicks after Friday's game against Reno. The Knicks might not send him down again, but since they're in playoff contention, I could see Jordan making a return.

However, it's Sloan who can determine whether Erie makes the playoffs. He nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds Tuesday.

A contribution he makes that often goes unnoticed is he speeds up the tempo for Erie. He loves to push the ball and, as a result, shooters like Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) and Kyle Spain get open looks.

Thompson and Spain combined for 9-of-14 shooting from 3-point range Tuesday.

Thompson had a game-high 22 points, going 6-of-8 from deep, while Spain added 12 off the bench.

With Sloan drawing the defense to him, he found Spain and Thompson open.

The problem for Erie is NBA teams need point guards like that, too, so there is a good chance Sloan will get another NBA call-up soon.

He'd rejoined Erie after the Hawks waived him, but the Hornets signed him to a 10-day deal less than 12 hours after he came back.

The BayHawks have veteran Keith McLeod (6'3''-PG-79, college: Bowling Green), who is proven, but he has a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for at least a week.

What Erie showed Tuesday is how good it can be. If the roster remains the same, the BayHawks will continue to show it in the playoffs.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Eyenga, Haragody back with Charge; team adds three others - by Eurobasket News
In a league in which standing pat means getting passed, the Canton Charge are trying to stay on the move.

General Manager Wes Wilcox added three players with some form of NBA experience on Tuesday the same day the NBA Development League Charges parent club, the Cleveland Cavaliers, assigned both Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) and Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) to Canton.

The Charge acquired 31-year-old Quinton Ross (6'6''-G/F-81, college: SMU), who has seven years of NBA experience with five different teams, through their No. 8 waiver preference spot.

They also acquired Anderson Alan (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and Shane Edwards (6'8''-F-87, college: UALR) as returning players since both last played in the D-League with the New Mexico franchise, which was purchased by the Cavaliers and moved to Canton last summer.

To add Edwards, the Charge injury-waived Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85), who is out at least another week with a thumb injury. The Charge maintain Agudios rights, meaning they can bring him back when hes healthy.

To make room for Ross and Anderson, the Charge outright waived forward Travis Franklin (6'7''-F-88, college: Colorado St.) and guard Antonio Graves (6'3''-G-85, college: Pittsburgh).

Difficult decisions? To say the least.

Franklin scored a team-high 29 points off the bench in a win Thursday. Graves, who had started the last three games, scored a team-high 22 in Saturdays win.

Now, they are gone as the Charge try to keep up with the D-League Joneses. In the last month, the league has added players such as Jamario Moon (Los Angeles), Dan Gadzuric (Texas), Donald Sloan (Erie), Julian Wright (Austin), Antonio Daniels (Texas), Mychel Thompson (Erie) and Alando Tucker (Texas).

Its a balance between continuity and being talented enough to compete as the league improves, Wilcox said. Its the nature of the league, and were adding three guys who have NBA experience.

The Charge have played well of late, winning six of their last eight and nine of their last 13 to improve to 19-18 overall. Entering Tuesday, that record was a half game out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

We played well, but we arent the same team that played well, Wilcox said. Manny (Harris) is in Cleveland, and he was an integral part of (our success). We won two terrific games against Iowa (last week), but we were still thin on the wing.

And Agudio was a huge part of our run, and now hes hurt.

Harris recently signed his second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers and could be signed for the rest of the season soon.

Wilcox was on the hunt for more talent and length, and he thinks he has achieved that.

Ross is a lanky 6-foot-6 wing who specializes on the defensive end. The Southern Methodist product became a Los Angeles Clippers regular and started on their last playoff team in 2005-06.

Ross hasnt play anywhere this season after a back injury ended his 2010-11 season with the Nets. He has averaged 4.1 points over his 458 career NBA games.

Anderson, 29, is a strong, 6-6 wing player who can score in a variety of ways.

A Michigan State alum who led the Spartans to the 2005 Final Four, Anderson then embarked on a pro career thats seen him play 53 games in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats, 36 games in the D-League and several seasons overseas.

Anderson was the second overall pick of the D-League draft last year by New Mexico. He played in 10 games, averaging 21.3 points, before leaving and signing with Regal FC Barcelona in Spain.

He played in China this season, averaging 25.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals in 31 games for Shandong FB.

Edwards, 24, is a long, 6-8 forward who played for the Denver Nuggets in the 2010 NBA Summer League and was in their training camp that same year. He was a D-League All-Star last season when he averaged 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds.

The University of Arkansas-Little Rock product worked out for the Spurs and Bulls this summer before the NBA lockout, then signed with an Italian team. He averaged nine points and 4.9 rebounds in nine games with Tezenis Verona before suffering a knee injury.

Anderson and Ross are expected to play tonight in the Charges road game at Springfield (Ma.). Edwards probably wont play this week as the Charge ease him back into playing shape.

These guys fit our identity, Wilcox said. Their natural instincts on the basketball court are going to fit very well with what (head coach) Alex Jensen (and assistants) Ira Newble and Thomas Scott want.

Graves and Franklin being waived leave Tyrell Biggs and T.J. Campbell as the only Charge players remaining from the original roster that started the season.

We focus so much on character because we understand the difficulty of making changes, Wilcox said. If I wasnt completely confident in the character of the guys we brought in, we wouldnt have done this.

These guys are true professionals. They know how it works and have been around. Im confident this team can come together.

Eyenga and Harangody each are on their second assignment with the Charge. A player can be assigned up to three times in an individual season. They are expected to play Thursday.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Spurs recall Ford - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs recalled guard T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. The 28-year-old Ford, who tore his left hamstring against the Bucks on January 10, practiced with the Toros on Monday as part of his rehab process. In 13 games with the Spurs this season prior to the injury, Ford averaged 3.9 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds. T.J. Ford spent last three seasons with the Pacers. Before that he played for the Raptors and Bucks.

Mad Ants conduct trades, acquire Goods - by Eurobasket News
The Mad Ants announced today that they have acquired Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) through a trade with the Dakota Wizards. The Mad Ants traded their 3rd round pick of the 2012 NBA D-League Draft.

Goods, a 6'3' 200lbs guard out of Stanford, was drafted by the Mad Ants in the 4th round of 2010 NBA D-League Draft. He played in one game for the Ants but finished the season with the Dakota Wizards where he averaged 18.2 points per game and finished 8th in the league in scoring. He started this season with the Wizards where he averaged 17.1 points in 8 games before heading overseas to play in Italy.

In a separate deal, the Mad Ants acquired Gadzuric Dan (6'11''-C-78, college: UCLA) and have traded him to the Legends for their 2nd round pick of the 2012 NBA D-League Draft.

Goods will join the team this Thursday night as they take on the Maine Red Claws at home in a 7:00pm game. To make room on the roster, the Mad Ants have waived Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87, college: S.Carolina).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Capitanes jump to 2-0 in SRT - by Eurobasket News
SRT 2012 started few days ago. Seven games are already played and Capitanes lead the standings with 2-0 record. In their first meeting, which was played on March 2, Capitanes outplayed Plaza 93-87. On Sunday, Capitanes registered another win. This time they handed 89-108 home loss to Sameji. Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) led the winners with 16 points and Lorenzo Davis (208-C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mountain St.) had one less. Plaza and GUG currently share the second place in the league. They have 2-1 record. Plaza defeated GUG last night 95-91 to join them at the second place. Sameji and CDP are winless after two games, while Cupes has 1-1 record. SRT continues today. CDP and Sameji played last night, but the results in not available yet.

Regular Season - Round 1
Feb. 29, 2012 GUG-Sameji 90-83
Feb. 29, 2012 Plaza-CDP 92-86 OT
Mar. 2, 2012 Cupes-GUG 83-118
Mar. 2, 2012 Capitanes-Plaza 93-87

Regular Season - Round 2
Mar. 4, 2012 CDP-Cupes 97-98
Mar. 4, 2012 Sameji-Capitanes 89-108
Mar. 6, 2012 Plaza-GUG 95-91
Mar. 6, 2012 CDP-Sameji


Sammy Mejia - top Dominican Rep. player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Dominicans who are currently playing abroad.


Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul). He led CSKA Moscow to a victory over the ninth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-10) 91-64 in the Russian PBL last Saturday. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (11-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was CSKA Moscow''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. This season Mejia averages: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Dominican Rep. national team seven years ago.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Number two best Dominican abroad this week is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA), who plays in the NBA. Ariza could not help the New Orleans Hornets (9-29) to beat the Chicago Bulls (32-8) despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Ariza also added 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. But the New Orleans Hornets lost 95-99 on the road to the Bulls. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in the 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Rep. and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Rep. senior national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #3. Third place goes to former international forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois). He was the main contributor in a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-12) 72-55 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Baez was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. FIATC Joventut Badalona (9-13) is placed 13th in the ACB. This year Baez has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 70.2% in the 17 games. He played for the Dominican Rep. national team in 2009.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. Power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) was the major contributor in an Assignia Manresa''s victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (11-11) 76-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Asselin scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Assignia Manresa (12-11) is placed ninth in the ACB. It was Assignia Manresa''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Asselin''s first season with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1bpg. Asselin is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Rep. and American. He used to play for the Dominican Rep. national team back in 2006. Asselin used to play also for Naco in Dominican Rep. league.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #5. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) was not able to help EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-18) in their game against LTi 46ers (8-17) in the German BBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. Greer was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. But EnBW Ludwigsburg was edged 63-61 in Giessen by the higher-ranked LTi 46ers (#15). It was EnBW Ludwigsburg''s third consecutive loss in a row. Greer''s overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg. He has both American and Dominican Rep. nationalities. Greer used to play for the Dominican Rep. national team three years ago. He used to play also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Rep. league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90) contributed to a St.Francis Xavier''s victory against the Capers (11-9) 92-77 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. He recorded only 1 points. The St.Francis Xavier has a very solid 16-4 record this season. It was St.Francis Xavier''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Madera''s overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.3rpg in the 21 games. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Rep. U17 team five years ago.


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

   #1. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (12-26) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (23-15) in the NBA despite his very good performance on Friday. Garcia was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 steals in 23 minutes. But the Sacramento Kings were defeated 115-107 on the road by the Lakers. It was Kings'' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It''s Garcia''s seventh season with the team. Garcia''s overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #2. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) contributed to a Gold Coast Blaze''s victory against the closely-ranked Cairns Taipans (14-11) 94-77 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Deleon recorded 23 points and added 3 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Gold Coast Blaze (15-9) is placed third in the NBL. It was Gold Coast Blaze''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deleon is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Deleon averages: 16.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in the 21 games he played so far.

   #3. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was not able to help San Martin Corrientes (7-21) in their game against Regatas Corrientes (13-14) in the Argentinian LigaA despite his very good performance on Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 18 rebounds. Martinez also added 4 blocks in 29 minutes. But the bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes was defeated 83-70 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Regatas Corrientes (#10). It was San Martin Corrientes'' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Martinez is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 12.6rpg and 2.4apg.

   #4. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) contributed to Toros'' surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Trotamundos (10-8) 112-103 in the Venezuelan LPB last Wednesday. Pena was the top player that evening. He scored 31 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 5 steals. Toros de Aragua (3-13) closes the standings in the LPB. Pena has very impressive stats this year: 23.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.0apg and 3.2spg in the five games.

   #5. Larry Turner (210-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) contributed to a Toyama Grouses'' victory against the seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (15-23) 79-76 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Turner also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Toyama Grouses (21-15) are placed third in Eastern group. It was Toyama Grouses'' fifth consecutive victory in a row. Turner''s overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Rep. and American. Strangely Turner has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: FIU) contributed to Lirija''s victory against the closely-ranked Torus Skopje (14-9) 91-83 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Superleague last Thursday. He scored 22 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Morban is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This year his overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games.

   #7. Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) contributed to Vaqueros'' victory against the closely-ranked Atleticos (1-2) 99-80 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. Salas Flores recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 25 minutes. His stats this season are: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0spg. Salas Flores is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Rep. and American. He used to play also for Metros de Santiago in Dominican Rep. league.

   #8. Sean Ogirri (188-G-86, college: Wyoming) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan''s victory against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (15-10) 71-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Ogirri was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points and added 4 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Ogirri''s stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg in the 26 games. He has both Nigerian and Dominican Rep. nationalities.

   #9. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sean Ogirri and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Feldeine contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan''s victory against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto (15-10) 71-67. He scored 17 points. Feldeine is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. Feldeine also holds two passports: Dominican Rep. and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side) was not able to secure a victory for Leeuwarden (9-13) in their game against Den Bosch (15-6) in the Dutch Eredivisie despite his good performance on Saturday. de Paula scored 12 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. His team was defeated 86-71. His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg. de Paula has Dominican Rep. and Dutch nationalities.


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Brandon Roy & Jamal Crawford Salute Tre Simmons - by David Pick

Some ballers just seem to have it all. Maybe they earned it after many years of practice or perhaps their talents are symptoms of good genetics and the right upbringing. There's also the element of luck from being in the right place at the right time. However, for guys like Tre Simmons, 'the best player from Seattle to have not played in the NBA,' according to Jamal Crawford, his on-court abilities were never an issue. Education and opportunities? Now there's a different story.

Former NBA All-Star
Brandon Roy and Portland Trailblazers' Crawford teamed up with Eurobasket, revealing Simmons' upbringing, college success, professional achievements and NBA dreams.

Simmons, who's been dominating the various European challenges with Czech Republic team CEZ Nymburk this season, received a tempting offer while home in Seattle, celebrating Christmas with his family. Euroleague's Khimki Moscow put a two year deal on the table, worth three times the amount of Simmons' current salary. Yet despite his numerous attempts to get released from his Czech contract, there was no chance Nymburk would let loose their leading scorer in three of the team's four competitions.

Garfield High

'Tre's story is different than mine and Jamal's,' explained Brandon Roy, Simmons' Garfield High School varsity teammate. 'Our story developed through basketball. We always had people around us making sure we would also handle the school side. When I first met Tre, he was just starting to develop that circle of people he needed to make sure he was doing what was necessary. We've been inseparable ever since.'

Simmons first hooped as an outsider in the parks rather than in the school gym. 'He was working out and I watched him,' Roy recalled. 'I was like, man, this dude is good. I asked my brother why he didnt play for the varsity team and he said 'Tre just never came to try out.''

'He was like 6-foot-4 but a point guard and so versatile,' Roy continued. 'I asked him if he was gonna try out and he said he might. Finally he tried out and he was that good he automatically started. You rarely get a guy who never played and then immediately becomes a starter for the top team in the state.'

Simmons and Roy eventually teamed up, challenging today's NBA phenom guard Jamal Crawford of Rainier Beach high school. By senior year, Simmons was clearly one of the top college prospects in the state. 'Tre all of a sudden is thinking like 'Wow, I got a chance to go to college?' I dont think he ever thought that was possible,' Roy supposed.

Huskies Dawgs

But Simmons was back on the streets once the schools checked out his academic grades.

'Tre had the same Division One talent that Jamal and I had, but the only difference was he didnt get the right schooling early on in his high school career because he didnt take it that seriously.'

Simmons ended up playing for Green River Community College where he erupted with 50+ point performances, en route to season averages of 29.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. 'We had to recruit Tre to U-Dub (University of Washington),' said Roy. 'Me and Will Conroy were always trying to get him because we knew what he could add to our team. If not for his early schooling years, he could have gone to any Division One college he wanted.'

In his junior year, Simmons joined the Huskies but was distracted by family issues and catching up academically. Two years later, Simmons, an All-Pac-10 team member, had broken school records with every stroke. His 80 treys shattered the previous school single-season record of 75 set by Deon Luton in 1998, and his 128 career 3-pointers are the third highest total in school history.

'A lot of times people wonder how come Brandon Roy just became a starter in his junior year in college and a lot of that was because Tre was that good,' explained Roy. 'I've always been a fan of Tre's, so when I was coming off the bench, I never made a fuss of it because I knew Tre was just as good.'

Click image to listen to Roy



Europe Bound

After college graduation, Simmons heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call out 60 rookies' names, none of which were his.

'It was unfortunate and we all had our fingers crossed but he wasnt able to get drafted. He was a little disappointed but the thing about Tre is he's just one of those guys you never see being down. I mean for him to end that year not getting drafted was huge but I never seen him upset about it. He just continues to roll with the punches,' said Roy.

'Tre is one of my favorite people because he's the same every time I see him. He's always chill, laid back, and I can relate to that,' Jamal Crawford told Eurobasket.

Nowadays, after spending the first 3 1/2 years of his overseas career in Israel winning back-to-back championships, Simmons is ballin' in the Czech Republic with CEZ Nymburk where he recently collected his second State Cup title. Nymburk recently qualified for the EuroCup Elite 8 round facing Russia's Spartak SPB in a home-and-away elimination series.

'On the court, Tre is an assassin,' Crawford said. 'He can score with the best of them, has one of the best shots and is really competitive. We've had a lot of battles and there's always fun.'

Still Dreaming?

During the summer, Simmons and the Seattle gang play pickup ball. 'Tre is still that good,' said Roy. 'When he comes home summertime he's just dominating, so me, him, Jamal, Nate Robinson and Terrence Williams need to spilt the teams just to make sure that there's an even competition. Tre is right there with all of us and we all played in the NBA for at least 3-4 years so I know his confidence is there but the time also has to be right and I think there is still a chance he can still play for an NBA team.'

After Roy's rookie season with the Blazers, the team was lacking good shooting. 'I was telling Kevin Pritchard our assistant general manager to bring in Tre. Just to get him to come to camp, give him a chance to prove himself because he's been overlooked and he said he remembered Tre being a real good shooter but sometimes it's really a matter of the right situation,' said Roy.

Crawford agreed, 'I have a lot of respect for Tre. I think he's generally regarded as the best player from Seattle to have not played in the NBA but that's never stopped him from working hard or playing professionally, despite having NBA talent.'

Tonight, Simmons, the Eastern European VTB League's third leading scorer with 96.2% from the charity stripe, plays against Russian empire CSKA Moscow, who's currently flashing a European best 37-3 record. Last time the two teams collided, Simmons dropped 26 points in a losing effort, therefore, revenge may be on the agenda.





Ivan Jeremic, Not Just An Assistant Coach - by Uygar Karaca
Lokomotiv Kuban powered its bench with asistant coach Ivan Eremic. There is already a great coach Bozidar Maljkovic and now with Jeremic, the Serbian effect in the team must be felt more heavily. In this short article, I would like to remind who Jeremic is and his achivements again.

Ivan Jeremic (in some documents written like Eremic) was an ex Yugoslavian basketball player and an ex student of Dusan Ivkovic. Ivkovic, worked at Radnicki and Jeremic was a young player of him. However, Jeremic was injured and decided to become a coach at the age of 19. He started to work as a junior coach in Red Star Belgrade and then took Beovuk from lower divisions to first division. At the same time, the started to take a role at Yugoslavian junior national team organization. Meanwhile, he was working with OKK Belgrade. After that, he again worked in lower divisions until 2002. The year 2002 was important for CSKA because the beginning of the new millenium was not good for the Red Army Club. The surprising Ural Great from Perm region, won the division two times and finished the CSKA domination. The next step was to bring Dusan Ivkovic to Moscow and they already knew that he is the right person.

With Ivkovic, Jeremic was at the bench where CSKA became the champions of Russia again and moreover, the team advanced to the F4 stage of Euroleague consecutively. After that, one of the interesting experiences for him was without doubt his tenure at Libyan national team and Al Shabab. Aleksandr Trifunovic became the head coach of Lietuvos Rytas at 2006-2007 season after Zmago Sagadin departured and one season later, he called Jeremic as an assistant. However, no glory came that year against Zalgris and the contracts of both coaches was not renewed. Next season, this time he joined to Sasa Obradovic at BC Kyiv bench; things were not bad at all but the club decided to release six important players of the team in the middle of the season and despite that, Obradovic-Jeremic duo made the team advance to the Eurochallange Quarter Final which was lost against the later finalists Cholet. 2010 was the year where CSKA promoted Evgeni Pashutin to the Senior Team from Juniors and his assistant was Jeremic again. He followed Pashutin when he left for UNICS next season and the team won Eurocup last year.

That's the short story of Jeremic. Usually, these kind of men are not the trending topic in the basketball world. However, that does not mean that they have no role in the successful organizations. Obviously, they are at the very center of the coaching team, just sit next to the head coach.


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Nizhny Novgorod send Artem Yakovenko to Unics on loan - by Eurobasket News
Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) will spend the reminder of the season in Kazan. The centre was sent on loan to Unics. Artem Yakovenko started the season with Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League the centre provided 11.0 points, 4.4 boards per appearance. In PBL his stats read 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. Previously Artem Yakovenko had stints with Krasnie Krilya, Sojuz Zaretchny, Khimky-2. He was the member of Russian U18 and U20 National Teams. The centre also attended Russian B National Team training camp in 2011. Eurobasket.com named Artem Yakovenko to Russian B Superleague All-Defensive Team in 2009.


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KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto will need a new Coach - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 34: Pyrinto (Tampere) will need a new Head Coach - next season. Pieti Poikola , 34, has announced, that this season will be his last one in Tampere for the time being. Poikola has been coaching Pyrinto almost four years winning bronze and twice gold for Tampere team. Tonight Pyrinto defeated Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 80-71 (48-46), even the contest was very close untill 35:15 minutes (69-70). Pyrinto (23-11) then won the last 4:45 minutes 11-1! Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led the hosts with 14pts/10rbs/5a. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored 17 pts for ToPo (18-15).
Bisons (Loimaa) cannot win at Kauhajoki. Local Karhu (21-13) was better with 85-78 (36-43) figures. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) and Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) combined 54 points for Karhu. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) led Bisons (23-9) with 21 pts. YMCA Lahti upset KTP (Kotka) 79-76 (37-36) after 13 lead changes and eight ties. And YMCA Lappeenranta lost the third quarter 12-32 vs Vilpas (Salo) and the game 75-84 (43-32). It was an important victory for Vilpas. Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) netted 24 pts for the visitors.

Pyrinto - ToPo 80-71 (48-46). (Damon Williams 14/10/5a, Kenneth Lowe 14, Antwine Williams 13 - Kimmo Muurinen 17, Chase Griffin 15, Josh Wilson 15. A: 822).
Karhu - Bisons 85-78 (36-43). (Clevin Hannah 29, Kelly Beidler 25/14, Todd Hendley 8 - Jeb Ivey 21, Matti Nuutinen 18, Mikko Koivisto 14. A: 688).
YMCA Lahti - KTP 79-76 (37-36). (Ryan Brooks 34, Malik Moore 16/9a, Sami Pekkola 11 - Jukka Matinen 20, Tim Blue 18/13, Jeremy Williams 14. A: 997).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Vilpas 75-84 (43-32). (Lawrence Hamm 17, Viljami Vanjoki 12, Pasi Riihela 12 - Roope Ahonen 24, Emmanuel Holloway 21, Allen Durhgam 14/10. A: 627).




Korisliiga Round 37: Loimaan Korikonkarit is defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu - 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 game between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-9) and fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (21-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu in a tough game in Kauhajoki 78-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth place with 21-13 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Namika Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they edged sixth-ranked KTP-Basket 79-76. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Malik Moore accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for KTP-Basket in the defeat. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 9-25 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (26-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked UU-Korihait (12-21) 91-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. Sami Lehtoranta fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedric Latimer produced 16 points for lost side. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 26-8 record. Loser UU-Korihait dropped to the eighth position with 21 games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Joensuun Kataja will meet KTP-Basket (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UU-Korihait will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Salon Vilpas (14-20) played at the court of 8th ranked LrNMKY (12-21). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. Worth to mention a great performance of Roope Ahonen who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists. Salon Vilpas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be Kouvot (#10) in Kouvola. LrNMKY will play on the road against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 37 ToPo lost to Pyrinto on the opponent's court 71-80.



LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas 75-84

The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Salon Vilpas (14-20) played at the court of 8th ranked LrNMKY (12-21). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. It looked good early as LrNMKY took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Salon Vilpas took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 4 assists. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for LrNMKY. Five LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be Kouvot (#10) in Kouvola. LrNMKY will play on the road against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 24+3reb+4ast, E.Holloway 21+3reb+2ast, A.Durham 14+10reb+1ast, J.Fields 8+11reb, M.Sandberg 6+1reb+1ast, K.Brace 4+1reb+1ast
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 17+6reb, V.Vanjoki 12+4reb+4ast, T.Tiedeman 12+4reb, P.Riihela 12+4reb, D.Haynes 10+5reb+5ast, M.Ojala 6+2reb
gschID: 141806


Namika Lahti - KTP 79-76

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they edged sixth-ranked KTP-Basket 79-76. It looked good early as KTP-Basket took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Namika Lahti took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Jukka Matinen (203-78) added 20 points respectively for KTP-Basket in the defeat. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 9-25 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 34+7reb, M.Moore 16+8reb+9ast, S.Pekkola 11+5reb+2ast, R.Suonio 7+2reb+1ast, J.Vanttaja 5+2reb, O.Aalto 4+2reb
KTP: J.Matinen 20+3reb, T.Blue 18+13reb+2ast, J.Williams 14+6reb, J.Lehtoranta 13+1reb+1ast, T.Crocker 6+2reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 3+5reb+7ast
gschID: 141807


Kauhajoki - Nilan Bisons 85-78

The game between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-9) and fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (21-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu in a tough game in Kauhajoki 78-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners and point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth place with 21-13 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Namika Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 29+4reb+4ast, K.Beidler 25+14reb+4ast, T.Hendley 8+4reb, V.Makalainen 7+3reb+1ast, J.Eskola 6+4reb, A.Huuskonen 5+4reb
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 21+5reb+4ast, M.Nuutinen 18+5reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 14+1reb, M.Zeno 12+14reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 6+4reb+1ast, S.Latvala 4+1reb
gschID: 141808


Pyrinto - ToPo 80-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Torpan Pojat (18-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (23-11) 80-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Torpan Pojat won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tampereen Pyrinto won last quarter 18-11. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) added 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Defending champion maintains third place with 23-11 record having just three points less than leader Kataja. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 14+5reb+4ast, D.Williams 14+10reb+5ast, A.Williams 13+4reb+2ast, A.Lehto 12+4reb+1ast, J.Niemi 11+2reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 7+6reb
ToPo: K.Muurinen 17+4reb+1ast, J.Wilson 15+1reb+3ast, C.Griffin 15+5reb+4ast, J.Hawkins 9+8reb+3ast, C.Lindbom 8+2reb, H.Mottola 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141809


Kataja - Korihait 91-56

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (26-8) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked UU-Korihait (12-21) 91-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated on the defensive end, holding UU-Korihait to just 7 points in first quarter. Joensuun Kataja forced 19 UU-Korihait turnovers. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) produced 16 points and the former international power forward Petri Heinonen (207-88) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 26-8 record. Loser UU-Korihait dropped to the eighth position with 21 games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Joensuun Kataja will meet KTP-Basket (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UU-Korihait will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Price 17+5reb, S.Haanpaa 15+4reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 15+9reb+1ast, J.Newson 14+9reb+1ast, B.Walker 8+1reb+6ast, E.Kajander 8+1reb
Korihait: C.Latimer 16+3reb, J.Heard 8+5reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 8+5reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 7+2ast, P.Rainamaa 6+4reb+1ast, N.Moore 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141805




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Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 7 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader MZT Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 16 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Torus Skopje (#4, 14-9) 70-55. It allowed MZT Skopje to jump to the first place in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. MZT Skopje have a solid 19-4 record. In the team's last game Cekovski had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Cekovski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old guard Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) of Rabotnicki. Bogoev impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Rabotnicki lost that game 69-83 to the higher-ranked Feni Indistrija (#2, 19-4). Rabotnicki managed to keep the same 6th spot in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Bogoev is a newcomer at Rabotnicki and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) of Lirija (#3). Radunovic scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Radunovic's great performance Lirija lost 70-85 to slightly lower-ranked Kumanovo (#5, 10-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lirija needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 14 victories and 9 lost games. Radunovic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (7th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo - 14 points and 11 rebounds
5. Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of Kumanovo - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Milan Janjusevic (196-F-83) of Kumanovo - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) of Kumanovo - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Feni Indistrija - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-C/F-79) of Rabotnicki - 14 points and 5 rebounds
10. Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88) of Torus Skopje - 19 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)


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Pachulia Scores Double-Double against Leaders - by Darbaiseli
Zaza Pachulia continues brilliant playing in NBA. Georgian center became such bold that scores double-double in games against leaders.

This morning, Hawks visited Indiana and used 7-point advantage till the end. Hawks won 101:96.

In the last quarter, Pachualia spent little time on the arena - 29:22 minutes though it was enough for double-double.

Zaza scored 4 from 7 2 points and all 4 free throws. Overall, he earned 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta has 23 victories and 15 losses. The team is still in the 6th place in Eastern Conference.
Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84)


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The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Give Ralph Held The Reigns Until The End Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
48 hours after it was announced that Predrag Krunic wouldnt be coaching the team any longer, the club have officially given the reigns to Ralph Held who had been assistant coach with Oldenburg since 2002 working with Don Beck and Predrag Krunic. Held will be head coach until the end of the season. Held led the team to a convincing win against Bremerhaven yesterday and it wasnt a hard decision for management giving Held the responsobility. 'We came together very quickly. He has spoken with all the players in the shortest time, prepared the team against Bremerhaven and celebrated a great win. He knows the team, has a clear direction, knows what must be done now and has the support of the whole organization', stated Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller. 'I am very happy about the confidence that has been given me and am ready to work. I have to praise the whole team, but also the fans for their enthusiasm. Now we must continue it to reach our goals', stated Ralph Held .

Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg


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Greeks abroad: First win for Ilias Zouros, good performance from Mavrokefalidis - by Diamadis Farmakis
Greek players and coaches, continue their battles, all around Europe. They start to become very important to their teams and for sure, they proove with the best way that, greek basketball, is not in .. 'crisis'. Lets see what some of them did, this weekend.

In Turkey, Ilias Zouros, grabbed his first win, as a head coach of Anadolu Efes, in the Turkish championship, in his third game with Efes.

The team from Instanbul, won Hacettepe on the road, 75-52 and remained in the second place of the standings, with 16 wins in 20 games.

This was the third game Efes gave, with Zouros in the bench, after the loses from CSKA in the Top 16 of Euroleague and from Galatasaray. Ilias Zouros, has the mission to lead Efes to the championship, after a long time.

We travel in Russia now, to see another great performance by Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84, agency:Repusports).


The Greek power forward, scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 steals, in Spartak's SP lose from Lokomotiv Kuban.

Mavrokefalidis, from the start of the season, is one of the leaders of the team from Saint Petersburg. In almost every game, he is between the top scorers of his team.




Old but gold.. :Why Greek A1 is a league for grown men? - by Dimitris Katsionis


I keep looking at the performance of this years Greek players in the A1 and note that many of them are having a career season. Most of them older than 30.. Some of them approach late 30s.. Keep in mind that the nature of Greek league is totally different than the other European leagues. There is a lot of tactic, physical game and strong defense in the mix that are not in favor of a players statistics. For example a player who averages 15 p.p.g. in A1 could easily score 18-19 in another, fast pace league. I remember David Blatts saying, regarding his experience in Greek A1: 'Winning by 15 in Greece is like winning by 30 elsewhere in Europe..'

Lets take a look at those players who prove the size of Greek basketball tank..

Dimos Dikoudis: (2.06-F/C-77, 15.6 pt-62% FG-4.4 reb) He found his appetite after last years leadind presence in AEK Athens. Markopoulos paired him perfectly with Marcus Goree but the Americans absence affected him. Its the leagues most 'pleasant' comeback.

Giannis Kalambokis: (1.95-G-78, 12.7 pt-54% FG-2.6 reb) I don't remember how many times he scored in crucial moments when Paok had stuck in the offense. Kalambokis maintains his energy on the court and he rewarded with a good contract in Gordon Herberts Alba Berlin.The perfect example of a player that developed late in his career but reached the ultimate goal for this kind of athletes by making the National team.

Christos Tapoutos: (2.08-F-82, 14.9 pt-41.4% 3pt-5.9 reb) He remains one of the most all around offensive players in Greece. Last summer he worked a lot to improve his already good- shooting ability and this is obvious now in the court. Tapoutos has also improve his leadership in Aris-NCAA-team as a captain and the way he utilize his teammates. Ranks 5th on the leagues at scoring and rebounding and 4th at playerss evaluation system. No question about defense.. Last year he ranked last in A1 on fouls per minute (indicative of his defensive mood). If Tapoutos was an average defensive player he would have a spot at Panathinaikos-Olympiakos roster now..

Angelos Tsamis: (1.92-G-81, 12.5 pr-4.6 reb-3.5 ast) He has attracted all eyes playing the most mature basketball of his career. Tsamis is a combination of intelligence, strength (one of the strongest wing players in the league) hard work garnished with highly motivation. He is the best player of the league's biggest surprise this year.

Nestoras Kommatos: (2.03-F-77, 20.4 pt-6.6 reb-2.2 ast) Its totally ironic that Marousi won its first after Kommatos had already left for Italy. That doesnt really matter now.. The Greek forward was putting on a show in almost every game. His performances against Olympiakos & Panathinaikos will remain as 'classics' as we have many years to see a Greek player perform like this against those two teams. Kommatos left for Naples and Sant Antimo averaging 20.4 ppg (1st in the league) and 6.6 rpg (6th)..

Giannis Gagaloudis: (1.92-G-78, 15.6 pt-6.0 ast-1.5 stl) Gagaloudis is a similar case with his ex-teammate , Kommatos. Those two guys (plus Haritopoulos who currently plays at ASVEL) carried Marousi, spending almost 35 minutes in the court in every game. Gaga ,known for his passionate personality, lead the league in assists but Marousis tragic financial situation forced him to leave A1 and sign IN Cyprus and Apollon Limassol.

Sotiris Karapostolou: (1.94-G-78, 12.0 pt-2.6 reb-2.9 ast) His clutching ability and cold blood established him as Kavalas leader. Karapostolou is a multitool for coach Priftis as he can really play on every perimeter spot. Latelly he spends a lot of time at point guard position. Giving to his team many lineup options with his versatile presence.

Christoforos Stefanidis: (1.85-PG-80, 5.8 pt-2.1 ast-89.7 % FT) His numbers simply don't tell the truth here. Stefanidis is one of the most 'fun to coach' players in the league. Disciplined, brain and automated style of playing that every coach loves and expects from him to take the right decision in the crucial moment. Coach Priftis pairs him with Karapostolou in the final minutes of the close games, not fearing to bench his star (Michael Taylor) .

Kostas Charalampidis: (1.89-G-76, 17.0 pt-4.4 ast-91.0 % FT) The 'Greek Navarro'.. This no exaggeration (especially if you notice the way he gets-fouled and goes to the line). Kostas Vasiliadis maybe is the most famous Greek shoter but Charalambidis is -no second thoughts- the best. His game is at it's best ,not when he kills the opponent with consecutive drives and shots from every single spot but when he faces the league's best defensive teams which make him think and work harder. The way he reads the defense and chooses his move is amazing. Being one of the best pick n roll players in the country and after so many years in the league, Charalambidis performs with an NBAers confidence. He is only 36 years old..

In conclusion, the Greek A1 demands mature mind and guts. Only for grown men..



A1 Week 22: Normal Games and Normal Results - by Chris Mammides
The 22nd week just ended with all the results characterized as normal without the big surprise or the big come-back. In SEF the top seated team of Olypiakos Piraeus of Coach Ivkovic thrashed into peaces the team of Coach Skourthopoulos with 100-63 in a game which the great deficit developed at the fourth period as the first three periods the deficit was not much less than the final 37 points. MVP of the game was the talented Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) while is worth mentioned the 10 assists offered by Spanoulis who is changing his game when needed and from a top gun he becomes an organizational tool to assist his team-mates for the best. AGOR thrashed the team of Peristeri with 75-46 with MVP being the forgotten' Brent Petway (204-F-85, college: Michigan) who ended teh game with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 bloc shots in one of his best games with AGOR's jersey. In PAOK's Sports Arena the home team of Coach Markopoulos started the game with a dominant way as the duet Aleksic and Dikoudis offered some great scoring in the first period when the dominance was totally on the hoem team's site but after the first period and the 21-13 the roles changed and Kolossos took over with the trio Hutten, Boykin and Tsamis in the leading roles turn around the game and finally ended the firts half with a +3 deficit on his hand. From then and on the leading roles changed a couple of dozen times before the home team finally wins the game after a really thrilling game and with Tsakaleris eing the man of the match with his great deffense at the crucial second half. In the other games we had two easy road wins by Panathinaikos in Maroussi and Aris in Ilysiakos in athrilling game at the end as Aris was leading the gaem in teh first half with as many as 22 points before the great come back from Coach Flevarakis team, while Kavala thrashed the team of KAOD in its home court succeeding the best ever record in the A1 league in its history.

The games in more analysis were as follows:

Olympiakos Piraeus - Ikaros Kallitheas 100-63
Quarters: 26-14, 51-31, 69-44 and the final 100-63
The team of Ivkovic dominated from the very first minute and was increasing radically the difference until the very end to the 37 points succeeding for a fourth time this season to reach the triple figure in its scoring record. There are not many details to be said in the specific game other than the great performance of Konstantinos Papanikolaou and Vangelis Mantzaris which both of them are leaving many prospective for the Greek National team this summer.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Konstantinos Papanikolaou 16, Keselj 12, Mantzaris 10, Hines 11, Dorsey 10
Ikaros: Baxter and Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, college: UNLV) 11 points each, Vasiljevic and Baynes 10 points each

AGOR - Peristeri 75-46
Quarters: 22-12, 43-19, 55-36 and 75-46
The team of Stergios Koufos added another one victory in its reach series this season after dominating in all edges against the poor team of Pedoulakis. Brent Petway was the man of the match after many weeks being in the shadow of his team-mates Christmas and Wright. Furthermore, a great game took place by Dedas who ended the game with 13 points in one of his best games with AGOR's jersey this season. AGOR had no problems against the young team of Coach Pedoulakis and dominated the game from the beginning. Peristeri tried to come back in the third period but with just two players giving their best, KAfkis and Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) (in another double-double figures game with 12 points and 12 rebounds) couldn't resist against the solid team of Koufos.
Top scorers:
AGOR: Brent Petway 21, Dedas 13, Christmas 11, Latovic 10
Peristeri: Haralampos Giannopoulos 12, Kafkis 13


Maroussi - Panathinaikos 56-96
Quarters: 11-26, 31-53, 42-70 and the final 56-96

The team of Coach Obradovic just before the first final of this season the Cup's final this Saturday against the team of Coach Ivkovic Olympiakos performed a nice training and tested his players and especially the injured Vougioukas against the youngsters of Coach Linardos who saw his talented forward Agravanis with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and was the stand out for his team and the only player with double digits for Maroussi.
Top scorers:
Maroussi: Agravanis 15
Panathinaikos: Calathes 13, Jasikevicius 12, Vougioukas 11 and 7 rebounds

Kavala - KAOD 100-86
Quarters: 22-19, 48-38, 78-52 and the final 100-86
The team of Coach Dimitris Priftis dominated the game from the beggining and with the start of the third period ended the game which became a typical story at teh last period with Taylor's best ever performance being the MVP of the week after joining the club of 40's as he scored 40 points against the team of Coach Kalafatakis who traveled in KAvala without his top scorer Charalambidis who was injured and couldn't help his team. Furthermore, Christoforos Stefanidis (185-PG-80) added another great performance this season in his most productive season in the last decade as he scored 20 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Top scorers:
KAvala: Taylor 40, Christoforos Stefanidis 20, Kostov 12
KAOD: Athinaiou 18, Kakaroudis and Hunt 13 points per player, Zaras 11 and Bavcic 10

Ilysiakos - Aris 74-79

Quarters: 12-26, 28-45, 46-60 and 74-79
Aris dominated at the beggining and for 35 minutes was in total control of the game mainly due to the amazing game by Tsaldaris but at the last five minutes the game became a derby as Coach Flevarakis team did the come-back changed the momentum and nearly succeeding a win but at the very end the players of Coach Alexandris found the strength to win a game of their own.








Kostas Koufos - top Greek player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Greeks who are currently playing abroad.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
#1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to an international power forward Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.). He contributed to a Denver Nuggets'' victory against the Houston Rockets (21-19) 117-105 in the NBA on Friday night. Koufos scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 22-18 record this season. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Koufos'' first year with the team. This season he averages: 5.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.7% (71-119) and FT: 62.9%. Koufos is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team. However Koufos has never played in Greece.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
#2. The second best performer abroad this week is an international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH). Despite his very good performance C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 was badly defeated 90-72 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 22 points; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Bramos'' third season in pro basketball. It was Gran Canaria 2014''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Bramos'' overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 86.5% in the 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
#3. Third place goes to an international center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85). Schortsanitis helped his Israeli team Maccabi T-A win their game against the closely-ranked Cedevita (18-5) 83-77 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (20-1) is placed first. It was his team''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Schortsanitis has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 59.7% (77-129) and FT: 62.5%. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
#4. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sofoklis Schortsanitis. But that was another game of his team in Israeli Premier League which we would like to mention. Papaloukas helped Maccabi T-A win their game against the league outsider Maccabi Haifa (3-15) 87-81. He scored 7 points and added 4 passes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (15-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. This year Papaloukas'' total stats are: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2008.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
#5. International forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) helped Armani Milano win their game against the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-17) 83-60 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. Fotsis recorded 9 points and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (13-9) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Fotsis has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
#6. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (4-12) to beat Lokomotiv (7-5) despite his good performance last Saturday. Mavrokefalidis scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Spartak St.Petersburg lost 67-79 in Kuban to the higher-ranked (#4) Lokomotiv. It was Spartak St.Petersburg''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Mavrokefalidis has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 4.7rpg in the 12 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
#7. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, agency: FCM) helped his Spanish team Gescrap BB win their game against the fourth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (0-6) 59-55 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Mavroeidis scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (4-2) is placed second in group F. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Mavroeidis has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
#8. Center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antonis Fotsis. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Bourousis helped his Italian team Armani Milano win their game against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (2-4) 85-72. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (3-3) is placed third in group G. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Bourousis has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 6.5rpg in the two games. He is also Greek national team player.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
#9. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: FCM) was not able to help ASVEL (10-10) in their game against Cholet (9-11) in the French ProA. Haritopoulos scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 67-71 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) Cholet. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
#10. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) was not able to secure a victory for Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their game against Real Madrid (4-2) in the Euroleague. Zisis cannot count Thursday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 17 minutes. The first-placed Montepaschi Siena (4-2) was defeated 102-90 in Madrid by the lower-ranked Real (#3) in the group F of Euroleague. Zisis'' team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is quite important. Zisis has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

#11. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help Enisey Krasnoyarsk (3-11) in their game against Asseco Prokom (7-8) in the VTB United League despite his good performance last Wednesday. Sakota was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team was badly defeated 89-73. Sakota has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

#12. Former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) helped Lottomatica Roma edge the league leader Montepaschi Siena (17-6) 77-76 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Kakiouzis recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 5.2rpg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2007.

#13. International swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dimitrios Mavroeidis and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Vasiliadis managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against the fourth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (0-6) 59-55. He scored 5 points. Vasiliadis'' stats this year are: 10.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

#14. Former U20 international guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help New Yorker Phantoms (12-12) in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (20-5) in the German BBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday his team was defeated 81-72. Milosevic recorded 10 points in only 13 minutes. Milosevic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

#15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) helped Canarias win their game against the one of league''s weakest teams CB Granada (6-20) 88-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Lampropoulos scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.

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

#1. Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79), who plays in Russia could not help Unics Kazan (12-2) to beat Khimky (12-3). Savrasenko recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. The first-placed Unics Kazan (12-2) was defeated 69-65 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky in the group A of VTB United League. It was Unics Kazan''s first loss after ten consecutive victories. There are only 2 games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Savrasenko has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian. Despite Savrasenko''s Greek passport, he previously played for the Russian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

#2. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84). Despite his good performance JL Bourg Basket lost 70-77 in Vichy to the one of league''s weakest teams (#18) JA Vichy. Tsagarakis was the second best scorer with 14 points. It was JL Bourg''s third consecutive loss in a row. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis'' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

#3. Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) contributed to Prievidza''s victory against the one of league''s weakest teams Vahostav-Zilina (8-24) 92-68 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night''s game. Livas scored 7 points. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Livas has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.0rpg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Livas has never played in Greece.

#4. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88) contributed to an Uppsala Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked LF Basket (18-15) 98-69 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 8 points in 21 minutes. Uppsala Basket (19-15) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Nakos has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 1.6apg. He has also Swedish citizenship.

#5. Leonid Iailo (206-F-73) was not able to help Mykolaiv (11-21) in their game against Hoverla (18-13) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Iailo scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. MBC Mykolaiv lost 71-84 in Frankivsk to the higher-ranked (#6) Hoverla. It was Mykolaiv''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Iailo has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 31 games. Iailo has both Greek and Ukrainian nationalities.

#6. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC) contributed to a White Eagles'' victory against the fourth-ranked Akropol (12-8) 86-72 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night''s game. He recorded 10 points and added 6 assists in 28 minutes. Koutras has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish. Despite Koutras'' Greek nationality, he previously played for the Swedish U20 national team.

#7. Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86) managed to help Saar-Pfalz Braves to win against the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-14) 71-54 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Karamatskos recorded only 4 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg. Karamatskos has dual citizenship: Greek and German.

#8. Notis Chalkidis (203-C-81) was not able to secure a victory for Durham Wildcats (2-20) in their game against Plymouth Raiders (13-5) in the British BBL. He cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. Chalkidis scored only 3 points. His team was crushed 92-70. He has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.2rpg in the 17 games.

#9. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84) faced previously mentioned Christian Koutras in the Swedish Basketettan last game. Kalpakas couldn''t help Akropol (12-8) in their game against White Eagles (19-0). He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Kalpakas recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes. His team was defeated 86-72. He has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg. Kalpakas has also Swedish citizenship.


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Tai Wesley "Holland is an easy place to live" - by Fred Roggen
I had a chance to talk to Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) of EiffelTowers Den Bosch. We talked about his stay in Holland.
In four years on the Utah State basketball team, graduate Tai Wesley finished his Aggies career as the best player in the WAC conference.
After graduating, Wesley showed an ability to finish around the basket in his first season of professional basketball for EiffelTowers Den Bosch in the Dutch Basketball League.
Wesley has had several big performances and considered as one of the best players in the league.
One thing is looking certain, that at 25 years of age, Tai Wesley has a nice future ahead of him in International level of basketball for many years to come.
Playing 28.3 minutes per game in 21 DBL contests, the 6-foot-7 forward was averaging 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. He shot 62.6 percent from the floor, 50.0 percent on three-pointers and 55.7 percent from the foul line.

After 4 years of NCAA basketball with the Aggies you turned pro last summer. Was that something you always planned to do? And how did you end up in Holland?
Yes it was always my dream to become a professional basketball player, and it's a great to be able to actually achieve it. I ended up in holland after my agent came to me with an offer and a phone call from coach korner. Everything sounded like a good fit so I signed the deal and was holland-bound.

You had great success at Utah State for four years. What are your favorite memories from Utah State?
My favorite memories at Utah state were the times I was able to win the WAC tournament with my teammates and advance to the big dance. Also I'll never forget the home court advantage I enjoyed there.

It isnt easy to adapt to a new country, a new city or a new home. How did you adjust?
Well it actually hasn't been too hard, because holland is an easy place to live, the food is good and everyone speaks English.

Do you enjoy living in Den Bosch?
I do like Den Bosch, it's a nice place to live and it has a rich basketball tradition.

What is different about playing basketball in Europe compared to playing basketball in the States?
The biggest difference for me would have to be how fast the game is played. Here in Europe the game is played so much faster.

How would you rank the quality of the Dutch league?
The Dutch league has really surprised me in the strength of it's teams.

Tai, tell me about one or two of the challenges that came along, things you felt you really had to work on.
The biggest challenge that I've faced is the rule difference in traveling. Here you can't do the open step which is hard to adjust to.

Is there a skill or a special aspect to your game that you think people haven't seen yet, or aren't aware of? You rebound, defend, do lots of things, but is there an underrated aspect to your game?
I think that I haven't really been able to show my shooting ability that much, especially from the 3 point line.

What is your role as a starting center of the EiffelTowers?
I feel like my role is to be a consistent scorer and rebounder as well as play solid defense.

What did you learn from a veteran as Dutch center Peter van Paassen?
I've learned a lot from Peter, he has so much knowledge of the game so I've tried to imitate what he does. The biggest thing I've learned from him is to be patient in the post.

With a convincing win over Lasaulec Aris last saturday, do you feel the team is now back where they should be?
I think that we're are taking the right steps to getting back to our winning ways.

What's been the best moment of the EiffelTowers' season so far?
Well I think the best is yet to come, but I did enjoy the winning streak we had.

How do you see EiffelTowers Den Bosch season playing out?
I know how I'd like the season to play out....I'd like it to end with a championship trophy back in Den Bosch.

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



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A Division Round 21: Leader Falco-Szova loses to Szolnok - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A Division 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, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Falco-Szova (18-3) recorded its third loss on the court of second ranked Szolnok on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Szolnok 79-74. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Falco-Szova won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Szolnok won last quarter 24-20. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) who recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Szolnok (17-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Falco-Szova. Falco-Szova at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Szolnok are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Falco-Szova will play on the road against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kormend (16-5) against eleventh ranked Szedeak (6-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Kormend was crushed by Szedeak in Szeged 84-61. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Gabor Drahos contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for Kormend. Kormend's coach Zoran Martic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Szedeak maintains eleventh place with 6-15 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi (#13) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Soproni (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Falco-Szova delivered the eighteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 13th ranked FS Debrecen (5-16) 94-76 in Szombathely. Djordje Pantelic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The best for the losing side was Miklos Szabo with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Falco-Szova. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. FS Debrecen lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. Falco-Szova will meet Kecskemeti (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play against Kaposvari (#9) and hope to secure a win.
FS Debrecen (5-16) survived in overtime against Jaszberenyi (5-16) by two points 96-94. Justin Ingram nailed 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. FS Debrecen moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Jaszberenyi. Jaszberenyi lost their third game in a row. FS Debrecen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kaposvari (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Kaposvar supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Albacomp (16-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Kaposvari (8-13). Albacomp smashed Kaposvari 81-59 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Akos Keller who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Albacomp. They moved-up to third place. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Albacomp will face Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play on the road against FS Debrecen.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked ZTE KK was crushed by PVSK Pannon in Pecs 103-66. Soproni beat Kecskemeti at home 84-78. Atomeromu destroyed Marso NYKK on the opponent's court 104-83.



PVSK Pannon - ZTE KK 103-66

There was no surprise in Pecs where 14th ranked ZTE KK (1-20) was crushed by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (11-10) 103-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. PVSK Pannon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. PVSK Pannon forced 21 ZTE KK turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Nikola Vasojevic (195-86) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88) added 14 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. ZTE KK lost their ninth game in a row. Defending champion stay dead last with 20 lost games. PVSK Pannon will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play at home against the league's second-placed Szolnok (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: E.Henderson 18+9reb+1ast, G.Kinter 14+4reb, D.Gaspar 7+1reb+4ast, G.Baki 7+1ast, T.Whitworth 6+1reb+1ast, T.Kelley 6+3reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 24+6reb+1ast, A.Ciric 19+3reb+2ast, N.Vasojevic 18+3reb+4ast, A.Lepsenyi 15+7reb, A.Csabay 8+1reb+2ast, N.Toth 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 146759


Szolnok - Falco-Szova 79-74

Top ranked Falco-Szova (18-3) recorded its third loss on the court of second ranked Szolnok on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Szolnok 79-74. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Falco-Szova won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Szolnok won last quarter 24-20. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) who recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Szolnok (17-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Falco-Szova. Falco-Szova at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Szolnok are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Falco-Szova will play on the road against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: C.Timberlake 20+6reb+5ast, T.Harazin 15+5reb+1ast, L.Kalman 13+7reb+6ast, B.Jancikin 8+1reb, T.Will 7+2reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 6+10reb+5ast
Szolnok: H.Nikolov 22+4reb+1ast, J.Mills 15+7reb+5ast, B.Gay 14+9reb+2ast, O.Trotter 14+3reb+10ast, M.Bader 5+8reb, Z.Trepak 5+2reb
gschID: 146754


Soproni - Kecskemeti 84-78

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Soproni (9-12) defeated at home higher ranked Kecskemeti (13-8) 84-78 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-13. But Kecskemeti won third quarter 26-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Soproni won last quarter 21-16. Soproni outrebounded Kecskemeti 36-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Kecskemeti was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Gabor Gombas (197-85, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively. Soproni moved-up to eighth place. Loser Kecskemeti dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Soproni will face higher ranked Kormend (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 21+5reb+3ast, K.Wittmann 13+5reb+1ast, B.Perine 13+2reb+5ast, I.Vukadinov 8+3reb, Z.Bencze 7+1reb, G.Denes 6+6reb
Soproni: D.Thomas 19+10reb+4ast, R.Keresztes 13+3reb+1ast, G.Gombas 13+9reb, B.Egemonye 11+5reb+1ast, Z.Vesztergom 8+2reb+2ast, N.Takacs 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146755


Marso NYKK - Atomeromu 83-104

Very expected game in Nyiregyhaza where 10th ranked Marso NYKK (7-14) was rolled over by sixth ranked Atomeromu (14-7) 104-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. Marso NYKK was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu shot 65.1 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Ferdinand Morgen (211-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five 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 fourth consecutive win for Atomeromu. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Marso NYKK keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Atomeromu will face PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round. Marso NYKK will play on the road against Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: B.Fields 15+5reb+4ast, F.Warrick 14+4reb+1ast, I.Miskovic 13+9reb, E.Sitku 13+6reb, M.Mohacsi 11+5reb+2ast, K.Nagy 10+2reb
Atomeromu: N.Williams 26+1reb, T.Kaman 17+4reb+2ast, F.Morgen 14+10reb+2ast, G.Koertelyesi 14+7reb, L.Williams 13+1reb+5ast, A.Toth 12+5reb+4ast
gschID: 146756


Kaposvari - Albacomp 59-81

The game in Kaposvar supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Albacomp (16-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Kaposvari (8-13). Albacomp smashed Kaposvari 81-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 38. They outrebounded Kaposvari 43-20 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded 11 points and 5 rebounds and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) added 17 points respectively. The victory was the third consecutive win for Albacomp. They moved-up to third place. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Albacomp will face Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play on the road against FS Debrecen.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Ahelegbe 17+1ast, C.Gosa 11+5reb+3ast, G.David 11+4reb, J.Lekli 7+3reb, K.Kiss 7+1ast, S.Kovacs 3+6reb+2ast
Albacomp: D.Hollis 21+6reb+2ast, A.Keller 17+12reb, M.El Amin 15+5reb+3ast, W.Chism 10+5reb+1ast, B.Simon 9+6reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 5+5reb+1ast
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Szedeak - Kormend 84-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kormend (16-5) against eleventh ranked Szedeak (6-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Kormend was crushed by Szedeak in Szeged 84-61. Kormend was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 55-26 second half run of Szedeak. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Gabor Drahos (185-79) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kormend. Kormend's coach Zoran Martic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Szedeak maintains eleventh place with 6-15 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi (#13) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Soproni (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 25+11reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 12+3reb, D.Townes 8+5reb+2ast, J.Eilingsfeld 5, G.Fodor 4+3reb, B.Sonyak 3+1reb
Szedeak: J.Levy 22+2reb+7ast, N.Dukic 13+6reb+1ast, Z.Kiss 13+3reb+1ast, G.Drahos 11+4reb+7ast, T.Ivosev 11+5reb, R.Laslo 5+1reb+1ast
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FS Debrecen - Jaszberenyi 96-94 OT

FS Debrecen (5-16) survived in overtime against Jaszberenyi (5-16) by two points 96-94. Jaszberenyi was tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 13-15. FS Debrecen made 33-of-41 charity shots (80.5 percent) during the game. FS Debrecen outrebounded Jaszberenyi 49-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Jaszberenyi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) nailed 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) accounted for 15 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the other American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FS Debrecen moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Jaszberenyi. Jaszberenyi lost their third game in a row. FS Debrecen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kaposvari (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: J.Hodges 27+5reb+4ast, M.Medve 16+3reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 13+7reb+1ast, K.Austin 12+9reb+2ast, A.Szogi 10, B.Horti 9+4reb+1ast
FS Debrecen: J.Ingram 43+6reb+8ast, M.Szabo 15+14reb+3ast, M.Schachtner 15+8reb+2ast, D.Moore 13+9reb+1ast, G.Boros 5+2reb+5ast, I.Kovacs 3+6reb+3ast
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Round 18
Falco-Szova - FS Debrecen 94-76

Leader Falco-Szova delivered the eighteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 13th ranked FS Debrecen (5-16) 94-76 in Szombathely. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. FS Debrecen managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Falco-Szova made 7 blocks. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Falco-Szova. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. FS Debrecen lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Jaszberenyi. Falco-Szova will meet Kecskemeti (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FS Debrecen will play against Kaposvari (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: M.Szabo 22+16reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 21+6reb+2ast, J.Ingram 18+2reb+4ast, D.Moore 6+5reb, V.Vas 5, I.Kovacs 2+4reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 21+3reb+9ast, C.Timberlake 20+10reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 18+19reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 13+4reb, T.Harazin 8+2reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 5
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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American Justin Ingram (185-PG-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for FS Debrecen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 26-year old playmaker had the game-high 43 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for FS Debrecen in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Jaszberenyi (5-16) in overtime 96-94. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in . FS Debrecen is placed at 12th position in Hungarian A Division. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. FS Debrecen have already lost 16 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Ingram had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be FS Debrecen's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Toledo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ingram is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.1ppg. Ingram is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of league's best team Falco-Szova. Pantelic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Falco-Szova to another comfortable win 94-76 over the lower-ranked FS Debrecen (#12, 5-16) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Falco-Szova still keep Round 18's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 18 matches. Pantelic is a newcomer at Falco-Szova 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 Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend (#4). Bell scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Bell's great performance Kormend lost 61-84 to the lower-ranked Szedeak (#11, 6-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kormend needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Bell has a great season in Hungary. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86) of FS Debrecen - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) of Kecskemeti - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86) of FS Debrecen - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84) of Szolnok - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) of Szedeak - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Nikola Vasojevic (195-G-86) of PVSK Pannon - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Clemente's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kiryat Tivon and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed Hapoel K/S (#14, 6-15) with 24-point margin 106-82. Kiryat Tivon maintains the 4th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kiryat Tivon will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Clemente turned to be Kiryat Tivon's top player in his first season with the team. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemente. Clemente is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.8ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 59.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Solomon Bozeman (185-G-87) of Hapoel Y/M. He is American guard in his first season at Hapoel Y/M. In the last game Bozeman recorded impressive 37 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Hapoel Y/M to another comfortable win 98-82 over the higher-ranked Hod Hasharon (#5, 11-10) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Hapoel Y/M to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Bozeman is one of the most experienced players at Hapoel Y/M and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ryan Bacon (200-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Elitzur Ramla (#9). Bacon got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Bacon's great performance Elitzur Ramla lost 92-101 to Ironi Ramat Gan (9-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Elitzur Ramla ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bacon could help Elitzur Ramla to bring them higher in the standings. Bacon has a very solid season. In 21 games in Israel he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 9.1rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rahshon Turner (201-F/C-75) of Hapoel Y/M - 19 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) of Hod Hasharon - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Gabe Blair (203-F-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 31 points and 12 rebounds
8. Matan Naor (195-SF-80) of Hapoel T-A - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dori Assaf (178-PG-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 11 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)


Being The Best You Can Be... - by T.J. Bannister
Everyday when I wake up I thank God for allowing me to see another day and to live in his beautiful world, then I think to myself how can I be the best man I can be today? I dont always make the right choices and actually a lot of times I make the wrong ones but thats where you have to ask for forgiveness and for God to show you the right way. I dont see how people can go through there lives each and everyday having an attitude or not being grateful for the blessings of life. Another thing that motivates me to be the best man I can be is the fact that both of my little cousins that I grew up with passed away at the age of 23 and their life was too short in my eyes. However, I know that God has a better place for them in heaven so that motivates me to be better for them and like Ive stated before I dont always make the right decisions but I ask for forgiveness and keep it moving. The last thing that helps me be the best man I can be is I think of people who are less fortunate who cant walk, talk, cant pay for things, homeless people and that also makes me strive to be better because its sad to see things like that. If I had special powers to help all of these people out I would do it with no hesitation, but I feel God allowed things to happen for us to show our love for him and give back to him by helping them out. So if anyone reads this take the time out of your busy day to be the best man or women you can be by helping Gods people who are struggling and are less fortunate. God bless you all and take care.

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Polonara to replace Gentile in the All Star Game - by Andrea Centenari
Achille Polonara (203-F-91) will replace Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) in the italian All Star Game that will take place at the Adriatic Arena in Pesaro on the next 11th of March.
Gentile is out of the game because of the injury reported in the last EA7 Emporio Armani Milano against Montepaschi Siena.
Polonara - 5,5 points and 3,5 boards in this season with Banca Tercas Teramo - will also compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.


Italian Nazionale A round 28 best performance: Bernardo Musso - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Napoli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, five rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ferentino (#3, 15-11) 102-101. It allowed Napoli to consolidate first place in the Argentinian Nazionale A. Napoli have a solid 23-5 record. In the team's last game Musso had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Napoli's top player in his first season with the team. Bernardo Musso has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg. Musso is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 2.8spg,57.7% FGP and 41.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group) of league's second-best Torino. Portannese had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Torino lost that game 82-88 to slightly higher-ranked Trento (#1, 19-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in . Torino still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 18-10 record is not bad at all. Portannese is a newcomer at Torino, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#3). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-F/C-91) of Ferentino (#3). Iannuzzi scored 21 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Iannuzzi's great performance Ferentino lost 101-102 to #1 ranked Napoli. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ferentino needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 23. Their record is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Iannuzzi has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Ruvo - 21 points and 18 rebounds
5. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 14 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marco Maganza (204-F/C-91) of Trieste - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) of San Severo - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) of Comsum.it SI - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) of Santarcangelo - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Diego Corral (205-C-86) of Anagni - 20 points, 8 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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NT member Mamadou Lamizana signs in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: VVG Sports, college: Rutgers) will continue his career in Puerto Rico. The Ivorian National Team member penned a deal with Bayamon for rest of the BSN season. Lamizana already made his debut with Bayamon last night. He had 7 points and 6 rebounds against Mayaguez. Bayamon celebrated 90-83 victory in this meeting. Mamadou Lamizana started this season in Japan and later moved to China. With Japanese Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix he had 10.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 11 games in BJ league. Later with TianJin Rongcheng he added 21.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 2.6 apg for 8 games in CBA. Mamadou Lamizana is not a new face in Puerto Rico as he already played there in the past. He was a member of Mayaguez last year. For 7 games with them Lamizana averaged 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2 assists.

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Senators season ends in TCCAA Region VII tournament - by Arnault Desira
From njcaa.org:

The Walters State Senators appeared to have turned the corner on a difficult season with great showings in their final two regular season games heading into the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament.

All that went away in the opening 20 minutes of their opening game of the tournament Tuesday at Jackson State Community College. The eighth seeded Volunteer State Pioneers built a 20-point halftime lead and fended off a second half rally by the ninth seeded Senators to claim a 69-53 victory to advance to the tournament's second round.

With the win, the Pioneers improve to 15-14 on the season, and they will take on top seeded Columbia State (18-6) Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.

The loss ends a long season for the Senators with a 14-17 record. It was also the last game in a Walters State uniform for sophomores Austin Gardner, Brock Southerland, Lamar McKnight, Cyrille Sandjon and Andy Farmer.

Vol State used a 56 percent (14 of 25) showing in the opening half to grab the lead early in the contest and they never trailed in the final 38 minutes. Conversely, the Senators struggled throughout the half, making only 27.3 percent (9 of 33) of their shots, including only 2 of 11 from long range.

After taking a 42-22 lead at the half, the Pioneers scored the opening bucket of the second half to take their largest lead of the game, but Walters State got back in it with outside shots finally finding the net.

The Senators hit 8 of 14 attempts from behind the 3-point line in the final 20 minutes, as they cut the deficit in half by the 8:50 mark. Walters State eventually got the margin cut to 57-50, but a 6-0 run by Vol State put the game away, as they held the Senators to only three points in the final seven minutes of the contest.

The Pioneers ended the game shooting 50 percent (25 of 50) from the field, including 7 of 12 from long distance. Vol State hit six of their 3-pointers in the first half, and they knocked down 12 of 16 free throws in the win.

Hunter Harris paced the Pioneers with 21 points, and he added nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Barry Robertson added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Treshawn Coleman tacked on 10 points and EJ Perry had nine in the victory.

Walters State shot slightly better in the second half, but still managed to make only 29.4 percent (20 of 68) of their shots in the defeat. The Senators committed only 11 turnovers in the contest compared to 18 for Vol State but they were outrebounded 42-33.

Gardner led Walters State with 17 points in the contest, including five 3-pointers. Dedron Pillow added 10 points off the bench for the Senators, and McKnight tallied seven points in his final game.




Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Algie Key (Barton CC, Kan.), Kenny Willis (Phoenix College, Ariz.) and Brandon Stolz (Hostos CC, N.Y.) have been named NJCAA Mens Basketball Players of the Week for games Feb. 20-26.

The Player of the Week in Division I was Key. Willis was Player of the Week in Division II, while Stolz was tabbed as the Division III Player of the Week.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Algie Key; Barton Community College, Kan.
Guard; Decatur, Ga.; Columbia High School
In Bartons lone game of the week, Key (6 3) put together a complete performance that led the Cougars to an 84-69 win over Colby CC (Kan.). The freshman connected on 10-of-18 shots from the field and hit 12-of-14 free throws for a career-high 32 points. Key also totaled six assists, four rebounds and two steals in the victory. Barton and Key go on the road Wednesday to face Pratt CC (Kan.) and close out the regular season at home Saturday against Cloud CCC (Kan.).

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kenny Willis; Phoenix College, Ariz.
Guard; Warner Robbins, Ga.; Warner Robbins High School
Willis (6 1) had impressive showings for Phoenix who went 1-1 in their two games last week. In an 88-53 rout of Mesa CC (Ariz.), Willis hit 5-of-11 3-pointers and totaled 23 points. The sophomore also added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to the effort. Despite dropping a 101-98 heartbreaker to Cochise College (Ariz.), Willis scored 38 points and pulled down six boards. With their regular season complete, Willis and the No. 2 seeded Bears will host Glendale CC (Ariz.) in the semifinal round of the Region 1 Tournament.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Stolz; Hostos Community College, N.Y.
Guard; Bronx, N.Y.; Harry Truman High School
Stolz (6 3) had a standout effort for Hostos against top-ranked Sullivan CCC (N.Y.), but it wasnt enough as the Caimans suffered a 71-58 loss. The sophomore made 7-of-13 shots from the field including two 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. Stolz also racked up seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the defeat. Hostos and Stolz have completed their 2011-12 regular season.

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Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 13)
Division I: Canon Fields (G) Allen CC, Kan.
Division II: Kevin Thompson (G) Dakota County Tech, Minn.
Division III: Korey Fisher (G) Passaic CCC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games Nov. 14-20)
Division I: Kaheem Ranson (G) Seward CCC, Kan.
Division II: Brendan Cooper (F) Lakeland CC, Ohio
Division III: Chris Austin (G) Ulster CCC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 21-27)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F) Odessa College, Texas
Division II: Quasim Jones (G) Johnson CCC, Kan.
Division III: Jerome Parkins (G) Gateway CC, Conn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 28 Dec. 4)
Division I: Devon Branch (G) Cloud CCC, Kan.
Division II: Maurice Lewis-Briggs (F) CC of Beaver County, Pa.
Division III: Bakari Turner (G) Cedar Valley College, Texas

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 5-11)
Division I: Darren Goodson (F) Pensacola State College, Fla.
Division II: Deontray Dorsey (G) Waubonsee CC, Ill.
Division III: Carl Clemons (F) Broome CC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 12-18)
Division I: None
Division II: Darrell Robinson (G) Cuyahoga CC, Ohio
Division III: Paul Becklens (G) Roxbury CC, Mass.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 2-8)
Division I: Kevin Smith (G) Frederick CC, Md.
Division II: DeAndre Upchurch (G) Highland CC, Kan.
Division III: Taylor Small (G) Vermilion CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 9-15)
Division I: Jon Augustin-Fairell (C) Indian River SC, Fla.
Division II: Matt Kelly (G) North Central Missouri College
Division III: Jeromy OBrien (G) Itasca CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 16-22)
Division I: Jamie Adams (G) Colby CC, Kan.
Division II: Carlos Smith (F) Baltimore City CC, Md.
Division III: Deon Boyce (F) Davidson CCC, N.C.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 23-29)
Division I: Coty Clarke (F) Lawson State CC, Ala.
Division II: Desmond Williams (G) CC of Rhode Island
Division III: JaMario Clayton (G) Ocean CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 30 Feb. 5)
Division I: Antonio Valiente (G) St. Petersburg College, Fla.
Division II: Johnell Thompson (G) Chandler-Gilbert CC, Ariz.
Division III: JaMario Clayton (G) Ocean CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 6-12)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F) Odessa College, Texas
Division II: Nate Duhon (G) Lansing CC, Mich.
Division III: Armin Cane (G) Atlantic Cape CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 13-19)
Division I: Charles Eaton (G) Lawson State CC, Ala.
Division II: Mike Craig (F) South Mountain CC, Ariz.
Division III: Raheem Jolliffe (G) Sandhills CC, N.C.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 20-26)
Division I: Algie Key (G) Barton CC, Kan.
Division II: Kenny Willis (G) Phoenix College, Ariz.
Division III: Brandon Stolz (G) Hostos CC, N.Y.

Courtesy of www.njcaa.org


Erie Men's Basketball Wins Region 3 Championship - by Arnault Desira
#5 Erie CC (24-4) 87, Mercyhurst North East (17-14) 62

ECC Leader - Dequan Jones (tournament MVP) 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists

BUFFALO, N.Y. March 4 Led by sophomore guard Dequan Jones (Brooklyn, N.Y./Pacific), the Erie Community College men's basketball team recorded an 87-62 victory over Mercyhurst North East Sunday afternoon to win the Region III Tournament at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center. The Kats, the nation's fifth-ranked team, improve to 24-4 overall and have won the past two Region III Tournaments.

Jones scored 26 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists to earn the tournament's most valuable player honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by ECC's Eyimofee Edukugho (Warri, Nigeria/Our Savior New American School), Mercyhurst North East's Dejuan McGaughy and Geovonte Rose; Monroe Community College's Andre Armstrong and Genesee Community College's Deylon Bovell.

Edukugho had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second-straight double-double in the tournament. McGaughy led the Saints with 20 points while Rose added 13 points and six steals.

ECC sank six three-point field goals in the first half as the Kats opened a 44-29 lead. Sophomore guard Sam Hattin (Hamilton, Ont./Our Savior) had 15 points, including three three-pointers, while Jahmill Jenkins (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) added 11 points and four assists.

ECC advances to the NJCAA Division II Tournament, held March 20-24 in Danville, Ill.




Top 10 (DIII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Mohawk Valley CC
 2. Central Lakes CC
 3. Roxbury CC
 4. Bronx CC
 5. SUNY-Delhi
 6. Sandhills CC
 7. Cedar Valley JC
 8. Herkimer County
 9. Sullivan CC
 10. Milwaukee Tech


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Bashkimi in chase of first victory in the second round - by Dren Shporta
The team of Naser Oskacek, Bashkimi, tonight is looking to achieve its first win of the second part of the season. After a catastrophic three first matches, when they lost all of them, orange boys tonight are hoping to register their first victory of the spring season in BKT Superliga.

Bashkimi has lost three important matches against their arch and direct rivals in classification table. Against Drita they are hoping to show their best to come back. Oranges have lost the third place in classification after the bad results taken in matches against Trepca, Peja and Kolegji Univers.

On the other hand, Drita is hoping for a surprise while Bashkimi is not in its best. With their solid experienced players like Bexhet Demolli (87) and Driton Sylejmani in combination with promising Arian Memeti, Alban Hyseni and co. coach Gyltekin Selimi has a team for real surprise. The match will be played tonight at Sezair Surroi court in Prizren starting at 18:00.




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VEF Riga rolled over Estonian representative - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga rolled over Estonian representative in VTB league. The Latvian side scored three digits and won 103:89.
The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Kalev/Cramo was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kalev/Cramo's 38 and made 16-of-20 charity shots during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) added 23 points respectively for the guests.
Budivelnyk earlier overcame VEF Riga 99:89. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 36-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Suad Sehovic led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Dairis Bertans came up with 15 points and 6 assists and Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.



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Coach A Update!! - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello basketball world , a lot has happen since my last blog. The NBA celebrated its all-star game and more important my team inched closer to a finish to the season. I was impressed with the efforts of my team this pass week. Energy is the question , and how can i push out more of it. The measurement on coaching is very high when comes to your critics. What has amaze me is most critics of athletes or coaches never played there sports. This is like a common worker becoming a lawyer over night. Two different worlds. This is a crazy way of thinking and more important a creation of a bad mentality. To understand the life of an athlete or coach is by far understood better by another athlete or coach. For i am only human but blessed to have been in this sport for over 30+ years. This year was the worst year of my professional career and a disgrace at times. But through my faith i am realizing the gifts that God has given me is my way to give back to the game. This is my second season in Lebanon and i have learned so much about this league and mentality of the country. The players are competitive , lack fundamentals but very competitive. It really would be a good league if the referees were more consistent and clubs would build there youth programs on a bases of development for there future this league would be even better. So many players play one way for there careers without adding any new things to there game. Its sad and disappointing from a coaching stand point. Each year players should work weaknesses of there game to become complete. This should be the goal of player and coach! Yes we as coaches are not perfect but coaches who truly understand this win more than just trophies!! Coach A

WABA League: Riyadi tame Champville in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Champville 104:100 (OT)

Riyadi recorded the first win in the quarterfinal series versus Champville. The defending champions however needed an overtime to outscore their Lebanese rivals Champville. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) scored 31 points to lead the charge.
Riyadi pulled ahead in the opening frame and built a 26:23 lead after ten minutes. But Champville quickly erased the deficit in the second term. Riyadi bounced back late in the half taking a 52:41 halftime lead. The hosts controlled the pace in the third term. They established a 68:59 advantage with one quarter remaining. But Champville staged an incredible fourth-quarter run to pull ahead 74:72. Riyadi had to use all of their experience to send the game into overtime. The teams exchanged baskets for 91:91 draw after the first extra term. Riyadi though unloaded 13 points in the second overtime and pulled away as winners. Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) netted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) answered with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Champville. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had 28 points and 10 rebounds to his tally.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 31, Ahmad Ismail 24+11 boards, William Pharis 18+10 boards
Champville: Samuel Hoskin 33+11 boards, Garnett Thompson 28+10 boards



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Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris win the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris win the latest games in VTB League. The Lithuanian titans were stronger their opponents.
Zalgiris overcame Krasnie Krilya in Samara. Guests from Kaunas outscored Krasnie Krilya 79:59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. The best player for the winners was Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Robertas Javtokas chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Lietuvos rytas edged Azovmash 72:61. It looked good early as Azovmash took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietuvos rytas had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Azovmash was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-72. Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tyrese Rice chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests.



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Jedinstvo win against Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Ulcinj - Jedinstvo 89:90 (23:24, 20:26, 22:21, 24:19)
Ulcinj - SC Gimnazija. Spect: 200. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar), Lakicevic (Budva).
Ulcinj: Latkovic 8, Djurisic 9, Kopitovic, Klikovac 2, Djeljosevic, Lalovic, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 19, Unkasevic 6, Taflaj, Tepavcevic 28, Markasevic, Djurkovic 17.
Jedinstvo: Radovic 3, Musovic 2, Kovacevic 2, Miljic 13, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 14, Omerovic 4, Babaca 5, Ticevic, Knezevic 18, Nisavic, Rajovic, Arso Lekovic (196-F/G-90) 29.


Adriatic League: Buducnost lost in Belgrade and said goodbye to the third position - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost lost tonight in Belgrade againts its arch rivals Partizan (67-58 for Partizan) and said goodbye to the third place and the Final Four game against Cedevita. They will have to face Maccabi instead and although nothing is impossible, it will be extremly hard to beat them in Israel and fight for the championship. But Dejan Radonjic's guys surprised us many times this season and if they repeat it once again they will be officially considered as one of the biggest surprise in Europe this year.

Partizan started the game well, got the lead in the first quarter and increased it in the second quarter so everything was pretty much decided in the first half. Radonjic's team tried something in the last quarter but there was not only a little chance and Partizan got a deserved victory. However, it seems that Buducnost was more focused on the match againts Valencia in Eurocup, although this one was important also.

Milan Macvan had a double double (22 points, 11 rebounds), Danilo Andjusic and Vladimir Lucic scored 11 points each. For Buducnost Aleksa Popovic scored 12 points and Bojan Krstovic added 10 points.


Adriatic League: Buducnost lost in Belgrade and said goodbye to the third position - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost lost tonight in Belgrade againts its arch rivals Partizan (67-58 for Partizan) and said goodbye to the third place and the Final Four game against Cedevita. They will have to face Maccabi instead and although nothing is impossible, it will be extremly hard to beat them in Israel and fight for the championship. But Dejan Radonjic 's guys surprised us many times this season and if they repeat it once again they will be officially considered as one of the biggest surprise in Europe this year.

Partizan started the game well, got the lead in the first quarter and increased it in the second quarter so everything was pretty much decided in the first half. Radonjic's team tried something in the last quarter but there was not only a little chance and Partizan got a deserved victory. However, it seems that Buducnost was more focused on the match againts Valencia in Eurocup, although this one was important also.

Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had a double double (22 points, 11 rebounds), Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points each. For Buducnost Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) scored 12 points and Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) added 10 points.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska27.4 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.20.9 
 3. Vucurovic, Mogren19.3 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.18.7 
 5. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.7 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen17.3 
 7. Bulatovic, ABS P.17.2 
 8. Petkovic, Danilovg.16.8 
 9. Nicaj, KK Podgorica16.1 
 10. Ljujic, Jedinstvo14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica8.5 
 2. Lopicic, Lovcen7.8 
 3. Popovic, Sutjeska7.1 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.6.7 
 5. Pejovic, Sutjeska6.7 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska6.6 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.6.5 
 8. Devrnja, ABS P.6.4 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj6.2 
 10. Djurkovic, Ulcinj6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.7 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar3.5 
 3. Bulatovic, ABS P.3.3 
 4. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.3 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.1 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.5 
 8. Seferovic, Mogren2.4 
 9. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj2.4 
 10. Milosevic, Teodo2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.6 
 2. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.5 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska2.3 
 4. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.6 
 5. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.6 
 6. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.6 
 7. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.5 
 8. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 9. Vucurovic, Mogren1.5 
 10. Ivanovic, Mornar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.1 
 4. Djurkovic, Ulcinj0.9 
 5. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 6. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 8. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 9. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 10. Milosev, Sutjeska0.7 


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Hocema Game; Camerounian vs Camerounian - by Christopher Rodgers

Assalamu Alaykum Hello everyone,

Took another loss this pass weekend; It was an up and down paced game with Hoceima coming out very strong from the get go. I got into foul trouble early which hendered my game early on.
I started to heat up later in the second half as we cut the lead down to 7 points. But we could not hold on to our same intensity and excution that got us back into the match, resulting in a defeat. Shots out to my teammate from the Cameroon national team Christian Bayang (193-G-87). He played well from the start and had a solid game all the way through. InchAllah howya, I will see you in again in the opening round of the playoffs most likely.

Overall, I had a great time on the trip. The Team bus ride there is a bit long, but anyone who has ever been to Hoceima knows of its amazing mountain views sitting right next to the mediterranean off the coast of Spain Al-hamdoulah marshAllah; Beautiful peaceful tourist city. I got a chance to walk a round a bit and view the city in the morning a few hours before the match. It was like nothing i'd ever seen before. Highly recommend anyone to vacation there. That place is a perfect spot to get away and relax.

One thing we as a team can take from the loss on saturday, is that our new system seemed to work well when we moved the ball around. Everytime we were patient offensively while looking to execute all the way to the end, we scored. What a shocker right? lol..
On another note; During the game i took a nasty spill and twisted my knee. Hamdoulah! Praise be to God! I did not get seriously injured. It was crazy how it happen, because the way i fell was like sideways off balanced splits. You dont realize how much balance u actually have intil you take a fall.
This week I will continue to rehab and take it slow intil i get back to full strength. Which inchalah should be in the next few days. For all athletes out there, in every sport there is always the risk of injury. It just comes with the territory. I found that over the years strength trainning is very important in keeping you healthy preventing your body from breaking down. Firstly, Hamdoulah! being in God's grace The protector of all things watching over me is a plus. . If i did not have a strong lower leg strength as well, i could have easily torn my knee legiments. Weight trainning is key as i learned early on in high school and than later on at University of Arizona. In college, long practices mixed in with weight training/conditioning it really taught me just how much your body can endure on a daily basis. They say that going to college for 4years litterally takes 10years physically off your life. Thats how hard training can become all year around. And if thats the case than im 28 going on 38yrs old; Arizona is a top 10 school almost every year for basketball in the nation. It Has an excellent program and sport facilities. I like to go back there and train when i can. Its been a couple years since i last trained there but inchalah i plan to go back soon.

As i wrap things up for this weeks blog; I would like to end with tell you about this weeks work. I will focus particularly on a leg regimen 8by4 leg press 6by4 leg extentions 4by1min wallsit routine. This short but durable workout this week is to test my knee recovery and prepare me for the next upcoming match against Sale. The number 1 team in the league. I will keep you all posted on how training is going this week inchalah. Planning on getting treatment later on today and than back to the gym aftwards later tonight. Thanks again for your time and interest in my blog. As always be safe and intil next time inchalaah Have a great week take care!

Salam-Peace




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D1: Player of the Week (No. 9, FINAL) - by Eurobasket News
Brad Karp of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been named the final NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Karp was selected based on his performances from Feb. 19 - 26 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings. Karp also received this honor on Feb. 7.

Karp, a 6-4 sophomore guard, from Valparaiso, Ind., scorched the nets in an upset of No. 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) and helped the Cougars to a second win on the week. In the 94-72 triumph over St. Francis (Ill.) on Feb. 22, Karp netted 18 points and notched eight rebounds. On Feb. 25 in the victory against Robert Morris, Karp hit for a game-best 31 points, while shooting 12-for-16 (.750) from the field. That scoring output was his sixth of over 30 points this year, including his second one against the Eagles.

He averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week. Karp shot 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the field. He has led the Cougars to a No. 3 seed in the upcoming Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a 22-8 record.

In the NAIA, he ranks third in scoring (23.8 ppg), 11th in field goal percentage (.596) and 22nd in rebounding (8.6 rpg).

Nominees: David Lane, Union (Tenn.); Rustin Dowd, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan; Reco Anderson, Park (Mo.); Sergio Trocha, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kalen Kimberland, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Robert Lovaglio, Loyola (La.); Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.); Brandon Williams, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Given Kalipinde, Biola (Calif.); Cam Miller, Mountain State (W.Va.).

2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 2: Josh Orta, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Week 3: Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 4: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 5: Walter Hill, Shorter (Ga.)
Week 6: Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 7: Kyle Erickson, Montana Western
Week 8: Antonio Marshall, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 9: Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.)

Courtesy of www.naia.com


D2: National championship starts today - by Eurobasket News
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the bracket for the 21st Annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The 32-team, single elimination format will take place from March 7 - 13 in Point Lookout, Mo., on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

The tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. CST on the first three days, with eight games scheduled. March 10 sees quarterfinal action beginning at 1 p.m. and the semifinals are set for March 12 at 6 and 8 p.m. The Championship final, which will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, will be tipped at 6 p.m. on March 13.

NeuLion is the NAIA's Digital Media Partner and official video-streaming company of 10 select NAIA National Championship events. The first 30 matches from Point Lookout, Mo., will be available via live video stream for $29.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. Also, one can purchase the all-tournament package of all four basketball tournaments for $49.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) will face Tennessee Wesleyan in the events first contest at 8:30 a.m. on March 7. Northwestern is tied for the all-time National Championship wins record of 28 with No. 2 Oregon Tech.

Defending national champion Cornerstone (Mich.) is one of 16 unseeded programs and takes on No. 8 Northwest (Wash.) on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. The Golden Eagles won their second overall title (1999) last year and became the first No. 3 seed to win it all since 1996.

No. 1-ranked in the Coaches' Poll, Northwood (Fla.) earns the top seed for the first time in school history. The Seahawks are looking to become the sixth different program since 1992 to win the title as the No. 1 seed. Northwood is tied with No. 5 McPherson (Kan.) for the most wins on the season (30). The champions out of The Sun Conference will do battle against the host school, College of the Ozarks, on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Ozarks is making its tournament-record 16th trip to the event. The Bobcats are one of five qualifiers to be playing it their 10th-or-more event.

Rookies Cal Maritime and Lourdes (Ohio) will compete against top-five seeds. The Keelhaulers will play No. 4 Dordt (Iowa) on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. In just its second year of varsity existence, Lourdes faces No. 2 Oregon Tech on Thursday at Noon.

Three conferences landed four programs in the championship field, which is the most among any conference or independent. The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Mid-Central College Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference all send a quartet to Point Lookout.

BRACKET

Courtesy of www.naia.com


D1: National championship schedule - by Eurobasket News
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Heart of America Athletic Conference will host the 75th Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Mens Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., March 14-20, 2012. Coined College Basketballs Toughest Tournament, the championship event is the longest running national collegiate tournament in any sport.

The Championship, which celebrates its 75th anniversary with this years tournament, showcases collegiate athletics arguably at its purest form. This historic Kansas City event has thrived on incredible performances, iconic individuals and a passionate fan base that have brought significant contribution to the event.

In all, 32 teams will compete in 31 games over six days with the national champion crowned on Tuesday, March 20. The championship game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network with Roger Twibell and Rich Zvosec calling the action. Tipoff for the championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).

The field of 32 will be announced on Wednesday, March 7. The tournament is a single-elimination format featuring 18 automatic qualifiers from 12 Division I affiliated conferences and independent institutions, one host berth and 13 at-large teams.

The NAIA and official tournament sponsor Buffalo Funds offer an affordable and fun experience for the entire family. In six days the NAIA will incorporate DST Systems Youth Day, U.S. Bank Championship Night and various Champions of Character events to name a few. Additionally, in honor of the tournaments 75th anniversary, the NAIA will be recognizing its 75th Anniversary All-Star Team at halftime of the title game and have Mrs. Hellen Naismith-Carpenter, granddaughter of Dr. James Naismith, awarding the Maude Naismith trophy to the 2012 National Champion.

This much anticipated and historic Kansas City event, which draws approximately 40,000 fans each year, gets underway with a Championship Tip-Off Banquet, which will draw a crowd of over 900 people, on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. On Tuesday evening, the NAIA will formally induct Mr. Bob Burchard of Columbia College (Mo.) and Mr. Clarence Bevo Francis of the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Also, the Pattison family will award Champions of Character scholarships to a select number of student-athlete participants.

Single session game tickets (starting at $5 for students and $12 for adults), family four packs, group tickets and all-tournament tickets may be purchased through the Municipal Auditorium Box Office or through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster.com. To commemorate the 75th Anniversary, Price Chopper is offering tickets for $7.50, starting March 1. For a list of complete ticket packages and tournament information visit NAIAHoops.com.



2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Mens Basketball National Championship Game Dates and Times (CT)

Wednesday, March 14 First Round (Parade of Champions between the 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. games)
Session 1: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 2: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 First Round
Session 3: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session4: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Friday, March 16 Second Round (Brown Bag Friday bring your lunch to the tourney)
Session 5: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Session 6: 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 Quarterfinals (DST Systems Youth Day kids wearing a sports jersey get in FREE)
Session 7: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

Monday, March 19 Semifinals live on 610 Sports Radio (High School Champions of Character Awards Reception, Scout Night, Salute to Service Men & Women)
Session 8: 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20 Championship Game live on CBS Sports Network and 610 Sports Radio (U.S. Bank Championship Night, Tribute to the NAIA 75th Anniversary Team)
Session 9: 7 p.m.


Special Events
Tip-Off Banquet Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom
Tournament participants, coaches, sponsors, fans, staff and honorary coaches gather for a pre-tournament celebration

Parade of Champions Wednesday, March 14, between 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. games, Municipal Auditorium
All NAIA student-athlete participants honored in a special on-court recognition ceremony

Brown Bag Friday Friday, March 16
Fans can bring their own lunch and spend the noon hour at the tournament

DST Systems Youth Day Saturday, March 17
Kids wearing youth team jerseys from any sport get in FREE, all day and all games.

High School Champions of Character Awards Reception Monday, March 19, on-court recognition ceremony during halftime of 6 p.m. game
10th Annual NAIA Champions of Character High School Awards presented to Kansas City Metro area high school student-athletes who exemplify the Champions of Character values in and out of competition. Nearly 100 high school athletes will be recognized

U.S. Bank Championship Night / Service Night / 75th Anniversary Team Tribute Tuesday, March 20, approximately 7 p.m.
Watch the top two teams compete for the title and stay as Mrs. Hellen Naismith-Carpenter, granddaughter of tournament founding father Dr. James Naismith, presents the championship trophy. Additionally, at halftime of the event the NAIA will make a special tribute presentation to members of the 75th Anniversary All-Star Team. Championship night also marks Service Night (all men and women of service in uniform or with valid ID get in FREE).

Courtesy of www.naia.com




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$40000 fine for Kobe Bryant - by Eurobasket News
When this season's NBA All-Star Game is mentioned, the first thing likely to come to mind is how Dwyane Wade's hard foul left Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) with a broken nose and a concussion.

Now, you can add a financial component to any discussion of Bryant during the weekend festivities.

The NBA fined the Los Angeles Lakers guard $40,000 for missing a news conference and a mandated charity appearance for NBA Cares during all-star weekend in Orlando, according to a league official.

In addition, the official said, the NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and guard Rajon Ron-do $20,000 each for missing their charity appearances.

Courtesy of www.canada.com


Lamar Odom gets Mark Cuban's support - by Eurobasket News
In his first public comments after forward Lamar Odom's (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) return following a 10-day personal leave, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban expressed confidence that Odom is fully committed to the team.

'I'm not worried about that at all,' Cuban said before the Mavericks' game Tuesday night's 95-85 win over the New York Knicks.

Cuban, however, acknowledged that there was significant concern among Odom's teammates about the issue. Some Mavericks were bothered that Odom, who was expected to miss only one game and return after the All-Star break, met with his agent and Cuban in Dallas last week while the team was on a road trip and in the midst of a stretch of nine games in 12 days.

Odom, who had three points on 1-of-9 shooting and four rebounds in 23 minutes against the Knicks, was not available after the game.

Odom originally left the team on the Wednesday before the All-Star break to tend to a family matter, which sources confirmed was his father's illness. The reasoning for Odom's delayed return isn't clear to the media or his teammates, but Cuban said the meetings in Dallas were necessary.

'Because you've got to deal with things,' Cuban said. 'The goal is to solve the problem, not to look good. I can't tell you how many times players have been concerned about other players. That's just the nature of the beast. As I said, I've been through it a lot of times. I've got to try to put together a plan and stick through it in those cases. That's exactly what I did.'

It's also a goal to help the team win, and the Mavs were 0-4 during Odom's leave.

However, Cuban has no regrets about how Odom's situation was handled. He made his return in Saturday night's win over the Utah Jazz, contributing nine points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 18 energetic minutes. Odom has planned to have a one-game rehab stint with the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate, but that was canceled because the Mavs determined they needed him as soon as possible.

Yet Cuban considered dealing with Odom's unspecified personal issues to be the top priority.

'If you don't solve the problem, you might be back there and might make it look good, but it won't solve anything,' Cuban said. 'There's a time when you have to be there and a time when you have to be away, and you've got to know the difference between the two. Just making appearances, just to say you're there without solving the problem, does more harm than good.'

Cuban said Odom communicated with him throughout his paid leave, adding that it was not a surprise that Odom didn't report to the team immediately after the All-Star break. There were rumors flying that Odom wanted a buyout of his contract -- possibly in an attempt to return to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers -- but those have been firmly denied by Odom and Cuban.

'That's wrong,' Odom said Saturday. 'I'm lucky, I'm blessed to be able to play for a team like this, an organization like this.'

Added Cuban on Tuesday: 'That was never the issue despite what you read. You know what's more interesting is that there's a whole lot of people, myself included, who like to use the media to try to create drama and stir up controversy. And it's so easy, it's hard not to. Getting all the emails and questions I got from L.A. reporters when Lamar was in Dallas was enlightening and not surprising. That's just the way the media game is played in professional sports.'

Coach Rick Carlisle was bluntly critical of Odom during his Friday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, saying that patience with Odom had worn thin throughout the organization after an underachieving first half of the season. Carlisle also said that Odom needed to play with much more effort and energy upon his return to end questions about his commitment to the Mavs.

On Tuesday, Cuban insisted that he had no questions about Odom's commitment.

'Is he here? Is he here? Is he here?' Cuban said. 'He played great the first game back. He played not as well but well the second game back. He's done everything he asked. He was here early this morning shooting. That's in.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Sacramento approves arena plan to keep Kings - by Eurobasket News
The only place the Sacramento Kings are moving to is a new downtown home in California's capital.

A year after almost being wiped off the NBA map, Sacramento cleared the most critical political hurdle late Tuesday night when the City Council approved a plan to help finance an estimated $391 million arena, setting off cheers through the cramped chambers that spilled onto the streets of downtown with a message that echoed from Anaheim to Seattle and across the basketball world.

'Long live Sacramento, and long live the Kings!' shouted Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson (6'1''-G-66, college: California) to a sea of supporters that packed the grounds for the historic vote.

The non-binding term sheet, signed off by the Kings and the NBA last week, will keep the team in Sacramento for at least another 30 years.

Cheers rang out from supporters who cramped the council's chambers when the plan passed by a 7-2 vote - the last coming with Johnson screaming 'Yeeeees!' - and pushed the city's portion of the agreement forward. Binding contracts from all sides, which are expected to be a formality, could be signed as soon as April.

Asked what the biggest challenge remaining was, Johnson told the crowd: 'That everybody behind me is not hung over going into tomorrow.'

Under the agreement, the city will contribute $255.5 million to the project, mostly by leasing out parking garages around the facility. The city is also exploring an option to establish a parking authority instead.

The Kings have agreed to pay $73.25 million and arena operator AEG will contribute $58.75 million. The remaining gap will be covered by a ticket surcharge, advertising around the facility, the sale of public lands and a sponsorship campaign to sell bricks and plaques around the complex. Construction is expected to begin in the late spring or early summer next year on the arena, which would open for the 2015-16 season in the downtown rail yards.

'I want to thank you on behalf of my family and our organization for taking the next step forward,' Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof told the council. 'We look forward in working with you throughout this process and we are excited about this. We appreciate your efforts. This is a great day for Sacramento.'

The meeting packed the council chambers to its capacity of about 500 and residents on both sides clogged downtown with signs, shirts and even songs.

City Manager John Shirey told the council that the decision would be 'one of the toughest votes of your career' and implored members to approve the plan for the economic benefit, job creation and immeasurable notoriety of remaining a major professional sports city, saying 'there are only 30 of those (NBA) franchises in all the world and we happen to have one of them.'

'The status quo is not really an option before you this evening,' Shirey said. 'If we do nothing, the Kings will likely leave Sacramento.'

Maloof walked into the chamber just before the meeting to a light standing ovation. He was later joined by rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, who also drew light cheers.

'I'm glad I came down here. This is a historical time for the city,' said Thomas, who was invited by the mayor to attend.

A line of residents snaked around City Hall and seemingly every TV truck and radio station in the Central Valley was broadcasting outside. One fan wore Johnson's old Phoenix Suns jersey among the scores of Kings signs and jerseys in the crowd. A group of about 120 supporters of the plan wore white T-shirts with black letters that read '5 Votes.'

'This is bigger than basketball,' said Michael Tavares, one of the leaders of the group called (hash)Fans, which stands for Fund Arena Now Sacramento. 'It's about making Sacramento a destination.'

Opponents and proponents of the plan were allowed to speak for 2 minutes. Each side was granted 45 minutes, and those who couldn't reach the lectern in the allotted time were allowed to stand in acknowledgement of their support afterward.

The more than 4-hour meeting brought out some animated speakers, including a man who wore a hard hat and sang a song to start construction soon, a young woman who started to cry while arguing other public works such as schools and parks were being ignored, and others just raised their voices and pounded their fists. Most, however, remained civilized.

Those against the plan argued it steers public money toward a private company, that sports arenas don't produce enough - or any - economic benefit and that the project is being rushed. Some also asked for the plan to be put to a public vote.

'This city is on the verge of insolvency. As far as I know, we still technically qualify for bankruptcy under federal law,' said Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy, who opposed the plan. She added the project 'will scoop up every nickel and dime' left in the city's budget.

Proponents echoed the mayor and city manager's stances, trumpeting job creation and saying the economic loss if the Kings left would be even worse. In the end, those voices spoke to the majority.

The passage of the plan highlighted a turnaround for a town that once seemed assured of losing its only major professional sports team.

The Kings appeared determined to move to Anaheim last year before Johnson convinced the NBA to give the city one last chance to help finance an arena. At one point, Johnson seemed so certain the team was gone he called the process a 'slow death' and compared the city's efforts to keep the Kings a 'Hail Mary.'

Johnson made a desperate pitch to the NBA Board of Governors last April, promising league owners the city would find a way to help finance a new arena to replace the team's current outdated suburban facility. He also bought time by presenting more than $10 million in commitments for new advertising, ticket purchases and other financial support from regional businesses for this season.

The NBA's relocation committee, headed by Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett - who moved the team now known as the Thunder from Seattle in 2008 - recommended that the league give the city a shot to follow through and handed down a March 1 deadline to come up with a plan to help finance an arena. Johnson delivered the agreement last Thursday - on March 1, no less - to send the plan to the City Council.

'A year ago, this was the longest of long shots,' Johnson said. 'That's one heck of a comeback.'

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Rip Hamilton injured again - by Eurobasket News
With everything else in place for the Bulls - theyve won seven consecutive games, have the best record in the NBA (32-8), a healthy Derrick Rose and they play 16 of their final 26 regular-season games at home - Richard Hamilton's (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) latest injury puts the focus on general manager Gar Forman. If Hamilton cant be counted on, do the Bulls need to make a trade before the March 15 deadline?

Dont hold your breath. Forman, John Paxson and Tom Thibodeau like their team with or without Hamilton - and its hard to blame them. Hamiltons shoulder injury, which he suffered in the first minute of the Bulls 92-72 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at the United Center, actually bumps the Bulls into their most productive starting lineup.

With Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer starting, the Bulls are 12-1 this season (13-1 if you include Monday nights game, when Brewer played 39 minutes and Hamilton played 83 seconds). The only loss was at Atlanta (109-94), when the Bulls were playing their fourth game in five nights and third straight on the road. Since then theyve won 10 straight with that lineup, all by nine points or more, with an average margin of 17 points.

Paxson, Forman and Thibodeau have put together an improved team that can handle the rigors of the post-lockout regular-season better than most. The Bulls are 11-2 in the tail end of back-to-back games, including nine straight after beating the Pacers on Monday night.

Thibodeau gives the Bulls a big advantage, especially in an unconventional season. Carlos Boozer credited Thibodeau with keeping the team focused on the moment getting better in practice, concentrating on the woeful Charlotte Bobcats instead of the Celtics two days later or the showdown with the Heat the following week.

When asked, from an opposing coachs perspective, what the Bulls most admirable quality is after Derrick Rose, Pacers coach Frank Vogel didnt hesitate. Tom Thibodeau and the system that they have in place, he said. The fact that they go long stretches with guys on the injury list and they dont skip a beat because they play the right way. They [work] their tails off. They share the ball offensively and execute.

But what happens when everybody else gets a chance to catch their breath in the playoffs? What happens when every teams focus is on the next game? Will the Bulls still have the same advantage when the marathon becomes a sprint? The Bulls and Pacers played five games in 13 days in their first-round playoff series last season. NBA teams are playing seven and eight games in that span during the compressed post-lockout schedule this season.

Though it doesnt seem critical right now, the postseason is when the upgrade that Hamilton gives the Bulls might be missed. If not against the Pacers or Knicks or Hawks or Magic, there is still the daunting prospect of a seven-game series with the Heat to win the Eastern Conference.

Do the Bulls have enough without Hamilton to beat the Heat?

A hundred percent, Boozer said. I think the guys that came back from last year are better than last year. And hungrier. Obviously we want everybody to be healthy. We want to be healthy going into the playoffs. Knock on wood, hopefully we will be. But once we get to that point, whoever we got, we ride with.

Hamilton has missed 17 of the Bulls 40 games this season, including Monday night. Hes never played more than five consecutive games. He suffered a groin injury in his fourth game on Dec. 30 against the Clippers. He aggravated it on Jan. 4 against the Pistons. He suffered a thigh bruise on Jan. 25 against the Pacers. And Monday he suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to simply stop playing in the middle of a possession.

It could be awhile before hes back. But Thibideau did not want to contemplate the Bulls prospectus without Hamilton down the stretch and into the playoffs.

I dont look at it that way, Thibodeau said. Were hopeful hell be back sooner rather than later. Were disappointed for him because he put a lot of work in to getting back. But we also feel we have more than enough to win with.

Thats a tough call. Even if the Bulls wanted to make a move, theres an inherent risk. The Bulls seem so dependent on energy-and-effort, chemistry, selflessness and Thibodeau molding a team that fits his philosophy that even Dwight Howard believe it or not would come with some trepidation.

Then again, Thibodeau is flexible enough to work anybody into his overall scheme, whether they fit his philosophy or not. One thing I like that Thibs has done is hes taken different offenses from the teams that his players have come from and incorporated that into their offense, New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams said. Youll see the cross-screen from Utah, youll see the flex from Utah; youll see the old Chicago play for Deng before he got there; youll see the Memphis play for Kyle Korver that they ran in Philly; They brought a lot of good stuff from other teams and all those guys are used to it.

More than likely the Bulls will stick with what theyve got and take their chances. You cant blame them for liking their odds. But their chances of taking that next step are still better with Hamilton than without him.

We know what he brings to the table. We know his history, Brewer said. One of the best guys to move without the basketball, what he does shooting wise.

Most important team is we have him down the stretch. We felt pretty positive about him coming back and slowly but surely working his way and getting minutes. His shot was coming back. His conditioning was coming back. Its just unfortunate he came up and got hurt. Hopefully its not as serious as it looked and we can get him back on the court, because hes definitely missed.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Clippers pursuing Ray Allen and Jamal Crawford - by Eurobasket News
Over the next week and a half, the Los Angeles Clippers will make a strong push to acquire a starting shooting guard, according to multiple sources close to the situation. Ever since Chauncey Billups season ended due to a torn left Achilles tendon, the Clippers have been searching for a replacement two-guard.

They tried to sign J.R. Smith after he returned from China, but he decided to join the New York Knicks. They even worked out free agent shooting guards such as Michael Finley and Jermaine Taylor. Now, the Clippers are hoping to solve their problem with a trade prior to the March 15 deadline.

As of right now, Randy Foye and Travis Leslie are the only true shooting guards on the Clippers roster. Foye has been the starter since Billups injury, but the team continues to look for an upgrade. Leslie, a second-round pick in this years draft, has appeared in just eight games for the Clippers.

The Clippers have expressed interest in Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan), according to sources.

The Boston Celtics arent actively shopping Allen, but they are listening to offers. Its unclear what Boston would want in exchange for Allen, but the two teams will continue to talk as the deadline approaches. Los Angeles will have some competition as they pursue Allen, since many teams have expressed interest in the 36-year-old shooting guard. Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro was Allens teammate on the Milwaukee Bucks from 1998-2000.

The Portland Trail Blazers may look to move Crawford at some point over the next ten days. Sources close to the situation say that Crawford will opt-out of the final year of his contract to test free agency this summer. Rather than losing him for nothing this offseason, Portland may decide to deal him. The Clippers are among the teams expressing the most interest in Crawford, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Los Angeles tried to sign-and-trade for Crawford during the offseason, but the Atlanta Hawks didnt want to take back any contracts.

Other shooting guards who could be on the move before the deadline include O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies, Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets and Anthony Morrow of the New Jersey Nets. If these players are put on the block, expect the Clippers to be among the teams expressing interest.

The Clippers currently sit at 22-14 and hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Since Billups injury on February 6, Los Angeles has gone 7-7 with losses against struggling teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. The Clippers are definitely a team to keep an eye on as the trade deadline approaches. If they dont make a move, it wasnt for lack of trying.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Spurs recall Ford - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs recalled guard T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. The 28-year-old Ford, who tore his left hamstring against the Bucks on January 10, practiced with the Toros on Monday as part of his rehab process. In 13 games with the Spurs this season prior to the injury, Ford averaged 3.9 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds. T.J. Ford spent last three seasons with the Pacers. Before that he played for the Raptors and Bucks.

Toronto Raptors planning to cut ties with guard Anthony Carter - by Eurobasket News
Now the rampant speculation can begin.

It wont necessarily be right but it will begin.

The Raptors are planning to cut ties with veteran point guard Anthony Carter (6'2''-PG-75, college: Hawaii), a move that will either mean a minor transaction or the opening of a roster spot just ahead of the March 15 NBA trade deadline.

But nothing is imminent and not too much should be read into the move to end Carters half-season with the team.

The 36-year-old was brought in to provide some veteran leadership and help new coach Dwane Casey get his culture change message through to the team.

That accomplished, Carter has now left the team and, according to a Raptors source, they will try to trade him to a playoff contender for a bit piece a player with no long-term contractual obligations - or simply waive him and have an open roster spot to play with.

That decision hasnt been made yet and likely wont for a few days, giving Carter and his agent a chance to find a new home with a team that might give the Raptors something like a relatively insignificant second-round draft pick.

The more likely scenario is that Carter clears waivers and the Raptors have an open roster spot to use on a young point guard to play behind Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Warriors call up Jeremy Tyler from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Andris Biedrins lost his starting center job Sunday, and the Warriors made another move Tuesday that might push the eighth-year veteran further down the bench.

Golden State recalled forward/center Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91, college: Louisville) from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League. The 6-foot-10 rookie averaged 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes in five games with Dakota.

Biedrins has averaged 2.0 points in 31 games this season, and came off the bench behind Ekpe Udoh the last two games - a move that head coach Mark Jackson said was for the rest of the season. Udoh had 17 points in Monday's win at Washington - more points than Biedrins has scored in 68 starts dating back to Nov. 26, 2010, when he had 28 against Memphis.

In fact, Biedrins scored in double figures in only three of those 68 starts.

The Warriors host the Grizzlies tonight, and Biedrins said Monday he is OK with coming off the bench. 'If that helps our team, that's fine with me,' he said.

He played a total of 15 scoreless minutes the past two games, and could lose that time to Tyler.

Tyler, who - at $650,000 - makes one-fourteenth of Biedrins' $9 million salary, averaged just a tenth of a point less, 1.9, than Biedrins in his 14 games with the Warriors. And that came in 4.6 minutes a game, compared with Biedrins' 16.2.

Udoh has averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in his three starts this season.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Kyrie Irving hoping to play on U.S. team in 2016 - by Eurobasket News
Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) isn't going to play for Australia in the 2012 Olympics because he wants to be part of the United States team in 2016.

Irving talked recently to U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was also his coach at Duke. Krzyzewski told Irving he wasnt sure if hed be the head coach in 2016, but would be involved with USA Basketball in some capacity.

Thats what made my decision that much easier, Irving said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. It kind of disappointed my Aussie fans, but its all part of the important future and my development (with the Cavs), especially this summer and the future.

Being part of the USA (team) is always a dream of mine. Its a good feeling knowing Ill be able to play for my country.

Irving has dual citizenship. He was born in Australia while his father, Drederick, was playing professional basketball there.

Still learning
Because Irving is a 19-year-old rookie, Cavs coach Byron Scott understands his point guards reluctance to seize control of the team, but says that will change.

He holds back at times, Scott said. I dont think hes fully comfortable in that role right now. Chris Paul was the same way. He had problems yelling at guys that had been in the league 10 years.

Theres nothing wrong with that, Scott added. All that is to me is showing you respect the fact the guy has been in this league and hes done some good things, but you can still show leadership just by the way you communicate with that person.

Scott, who watched Paul develop when the two were in New Orleans, is confident Irving will become the same type of floor general, as well as a team leader off the court.

As his game grows, hell start being more of an outspoken leader when the time is right, Scott said. Its something hes going to have to feel comfortable doing.

Courtesy of http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com


Tuesday's games review (6): Pistons overcome Bryant, beat Lakers 88-85 in OT - by Eurobasket News
Detroit P. - LA Lakers 88-85 OT
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) calmly dribbled to his right and made a 19-foot fadeaway at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime. It would have been easy for the Detroit Pistons to fold - but the mood at The Palace is finally beginning to feel different. 'Kobe, he's a phenomenal player. He's going to hit those,' Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) said. 'We didn't hang our heads. We pretty much just dug down deep in overtime.' Stuckey scored six of his 34 points in overtime, and the Pistons recovered from Bryant's tying shot to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 88-85 on Tuesday night. Bryant and Metta World Peace both had chances to tie it late in overtime but couldn't connect from beyond the arc. 'Everyone played a little tired,' Bryant said. In front of only their third home sellout of the season - with Gladys Knight performing at halftime - the Pistons won despite scoring only nine points in the third quarter. Detroit started 4-20 under new coach Lawrence Frank, but the Pistons have gone 9-6 since. 'When you just have a short amount of time with this lockout and stuff like that - new team, new coach - everything's brand new,' Stuckey said. 'It's going to take time. It's all a process.' Down 74-71 in the fourth, Stuckey shook free of Bryant with a nifty crossover dribble, stepping back to make a shot from near the free throw line. He then put the Pistons ahead with a driving layup. World Peace stole the ball near midcourt and went the other way for a layup to put the Lakers ahead 76-75, but Stuckey's 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds left gave the Pistons a two-point lead. Bryant's shot over Tayshaun Prince forced the extra session, and neither team led by more than three in overtime. The Pistons won by forcing the Lakers to take bad shots from the perimeter late. With Detroit up 86-85, World Peace forced a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down. After that miss, Stuckey drove hard to the basket and drew a foul, sinking both free throws with 36.8 seconds remaining. Bryant missed a quick 3-pointer from the top, but the shot clock was still on for the Pistons, who had to settle for a perimeter shot by Jason Maxiell that missed badly. The Lakers rebounded and called a timeout. The Pistons had a foul to give and used it immediately on Bryant. When the Lakers inbounded again, Bryant - anticipating another foul - tossed up a quick 3-pointer that missed. World Peace came up with the ball and had time to dribble back to 3-point range and toss up a turnaround that missed as well. 'Nothing went well, and we paid for it with a loss,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. 'I was very disappointed in our team defense. All they did was drive the ball every time and they got layup after layup after layup.' Andrew Bynum had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers. Before the game, Brown said in no uncertain terms he thought Bryant should be an MVP candidate, but the star guard shot only 8 of 26 on Tuesday, finishing with 22 points. He started the game with a black mask protecting his injured nose but switched back to a clear one while struggling through the first half. 'The mask we tried tonight didn't work,' he said. 'It just slid all over the place.' While Bryant struggled to find any rhythm from outside, Bynum was too much for the Pistons to handle around the basket. His alley-oop dunk from Steve Blake gave the Lakers a 37-25 lead, and it looked like Los Angeles might overpower the Pistons. Stuckey helped Detroit rally, hurting the Lakers with his ability to drive to the basket. 'Stuckey did an unbelievable job of attacking the paint,' Frank said. 'Kobe made a great shot to put the game into overtime and yet our guys kept the resolve.' Stuckey cut the lead to one with a three-point play, and Detroit eventually went ahead. The Pistons led 45-41 at halftime. Bryant had nine points on 2-of-10 shooting in the first half. The Lakers outscored Detroit 20-9 in the third quarter, and Bryant had success with more high-percentage shots. His alley-oop from Pau Gasol gave Los Angeles a 59-52 lead, and Bryant added a runner to make it 61-54. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Dallas M. - New York K. 95-85
While Linsanity is already simmering down a bit in New York, Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) keeps having big games for the Dallas Mavericks like he has for so long. Nowitzki scored nine of his 28 points in a game-clinching run after the Mavericks had lost the lead by going scoreless the first 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, and Dallas beat the Knicks 95-85 on Tuesday night. 'This was a much-needed win. It was a big character win,' Mavericks guard Jason Kidd said. 'We responded with some stops and Dirk made some big shots.' Nowitzki made a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 4:34 left, starting a 14-0 run when the 11-time All-Star forward scored nine points. That was right after the Knicks, who had trailed by as many as 19, scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 78-77 when Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) penetrated to make a shot with about 5 minutes left. It was their first lead since scoring the game's first four points, and didn't last long. 'The rhythm I had there in the second half, I was definitely looking for the ball,' said Nowitzki, who scored 24 after halftime. 'I was chasing the ball sometimes, I was looking at Kidd and basically telling him, just bring it over here and let me try and take it home.' Jeremy Lin had 14 points and seven assists, solid numbers but only half of what he had nearly 2A weeks ago when the Knicks won at home against Dallas. He had 28 points and 14 assists in that game before the All-Star break that ended a six-game winning streak for the Mavericks, and started a stretch of six losses in eight games before Tuesday night. The Knicks are 2-4 since then, and have consecutive losses for the first time since Lin became a starter a month ago. Stoudemire had 26 points. Tyson Chandler, who got his NBA championship ring from the Mavericks before the game, had six points, eight rebounds and a technical foul. When Nowitzki made a short baseline shot with 2:27 left to stretch the lead to 88-78, Chandler was standing at the scorer's table waiting to get back into the game. He was motioning for a travel call against his former teammate, and even tapped an official running by before Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni called timeout. 'First half we did a great job containing him,' Stoudemire said of Nowitzki. 'Second half, he was able to get it going a little bit, a couple of open shots, a couple of tough shots, a couple of travel shots. But he played well.' Chandler got called for the technical during the stoppage in play, and Nowitzki made the free throw. Rodrigue Beaubois added 18 points for the Mavericks, while Kidd had 15 points and six assists. Dallas, which lost at Oklahoma City on Monday night, wraps up a stretch of nine games in 12 days with three road games in three nights, starting Thursday in Phoenix. Mavericks fans were cheering loudly with 13 seconds left in the third quarter when Nowitzki, with JR Smith pushing against him, finally moved around and drew the foul while driving toward the basket. Nowitzki made both free throws to make it 77-63, but the Mavericks didn't score again until he dominated in the game-turning spurt. Lin wasn't even on the court the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter when the Knicks briefly took the lead. 'We made a run with our second team,' Lin said. 'We couldn't close this game out and they obviously did a great job of getting defensive stops. Those stops led to quick easy buckets and Dirk is a clutch player who scores a lot in the fourth quarter.' The Mavericks played without starting center Brendan Haywood and post player Brandan Wright, who missed his third consecutive game after a concussion. Coach Rick Carlisle said Haywood still had some swelling after rolling his ankle on the opening possession in the loss at Oklahoma City, but would travel with the team. Wright will not make the upcoming three-game trip. Haywood became the Mavs starter after Chandler got a $56 million, four-year contract with the Knicks in a sign-and-trade that was part of a three-team deal at the start of training camp. In a short ceremony before the game, Chandler became the last player from the Mavericks' 2010-11 team to get his NBA championship ring. A video of Chandler's highlights from last season was shown before the 7-foot-1 center got a nice ovation from Mavericks fans. 'To us, he was that missing piece last year that took us over the top,' Nowitzki said. 'I was happy to see him get a great ovation by the crowd. That was a special moment for him and for us. I'm glad everything got their ring now and we can focus on getting to the playoffs.' *Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com

Miami Heat - New Jersey N. 108-78
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) saluted his grandmother. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) made a halfcourt shot to end his easy night. Dwyane Wade stood with no pain afterward. After a two-game slide, the Miami Heat got rolling again. James scored 21 points, Bosh added 20 in his return to the lineup and the Heat led by as many as 40 points on the way to rolling past the New Jersey Nets 108-78 on Tuesday night. 'One good quality, of many qualities that we have on this basketball team, is the ability to own 'it,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'And the last two games, we did not play the way we're capable of. We certainly did not play to our identity on either end of the court.' That was fixed in a hurry. The Heat made 12 of their first 15 shots on the way to a 10th straight home win. James finished 9 for 11, adding nine rebounds and six assists, and the 78 points allowed matched Miami's season-best. About the only thing that didn't go right for Miami turned out to be no big deal. Wade turned his right ankle late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 13 points. Wade missed six games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle, though said he would play against Atlanta on Wednesday and would have returned against the Nets if needed. 'Not worried at all,' Wade said. Deron Williams, who was coming off an NBA season-high 57 points in a win over Charlotte, scored 16 for the Nets. MarShon Brooks scored 12 and Johan Petro added 11 for New Jersey, which lost to the Heat for the ninth straight time. Miami's lead was 64-37 at the half, the Heat having shot a season-best 66 percent in the first two quarters. 'This team is better than us and they came out and played like it,' Williams said. 'No reason to analyze it.' New Jersey was without Brook Lopez, who's expected to miss the next three weeks with a sprained right ankle. His replacement, Shelden Williams, went scoreless in 17 minutes. Miami's 'Big Three' of James, Bosh and Wade combined for 54 points on 24 of 33 shooting. All 12 Heat players either scored or logged double-figure minutes and even little-used center Eddy Curry got into the act, getting into his 10th game of the season and playing the final 5:59. Bosh had missed Miami's last three games while dealing with the death of his grandmother, and had a message written to her on his game sneakers. 'She wouldn't have it any other way,' Bosh said. 'She'd tell me, 'Go back to work. Work hard.' She lives on in our minds, so I came back to work.' With the win, Miami (29-9) pulled within two games of the Chicago Bulls (32-8) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. And the Heat are apparently getting into scoreboard-watching mode, with Spoelstra spending part of the team's shootaround Tuesday morning going over the latest standings and where Miami matches up among the other NBA elite. Maybe the Heat were inspired. Other than an early five-point deficit, there was little to worry about in this one, other than one misstep from Wade. He turned the ankle shortly before halftime, waved off assistance from Heat trainer Jay Sabol as he walked off the floor, and was replaced in the second-half starting lineup by Shane Battier. 'Not a concern, just more a precaution,' James said. 'We had the game, I don't want to say under wraps, but we had a good comfortable lead to start the second half.' Wade was joking and laughing on the bench with teammates during the second half. He walked with no limp after the game, and appeared at his locker without any ice or other visible signs of treatment. Everything was going Miami's way, even in the first quarter when Dexter Pittman posted up against the Nets' Kris Humphries to the left of the basket. He turned, shot wildly, watched the ball kiss the top of the backboard and fall softly through the hoop. Miami led by as many as 27 in the first half, then stretched the lead to 33 in the third quarter and as many as 40 in the fourth. 'A rough night for us,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. 'We talked about having good starts. We were down early and we were down late. They were about three steps quicker than us. They played kind of more of a playoff level and we were more of a preseason level and it showed in their performance. Give them all of the credit. This wasn't one of our better nights.' Norris Cole scored 13 points, Battier added 11 and Pittman finished with 10 for the Heat, who outrebounded New Jersey 43-29. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Charlotte B. - Orlando M. 100-84
Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) scored a season-high 29 points, Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 100-84 Tuesday night. The Bobcats came in having lost 21 of their last 22 games, but seemed to get a spark after coach Paul Silas was ejected in the second quarter with the team trailing by 18. The Bobcats also got a big game from rookie center Bismack Biyombo, who battled toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard and had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Howard had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Ryan Anderson added 14 points and 11 boards for the Magic. The Bobcats improved to 5-31. With Charlotte leading 84-82, Henderson, who finished with 16 points, began to take over. He scored twice against another former Duke player, J.J. Redick, drawing a pair of fouls both times. Although he missed both free throw attempts, Henderson came right back and knocked down another jumper over Hedo Turkoglu to push the Bobcats' lead to eight. They were never really threatened again and pulled away despite some poor foul shooting down the stretch. Maggette came into the game averaging 16.9 points over the previous 10 games and had his previous season high of 24 Sunday night against New Jersey. The turning point came in the second quarter. Silas was ejected for the second time this season for arguing with his team down 18 points. But his early departure only seemed to ignite the Bobcats. The Bobcats went on a 22-1 run spanning the halves to build a 51-48 lead, turning around a game that seemed destined to be a blowout. Bobcats veteran forward Boris Diaw, a regular starter, did not play amid uncertainty surrounding his future with the team. Charlotte president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed Tuesday night that he met with Diaw recently about the veteran's expiring contract. Higgins said Diaw's agent, Doug Neustadt, approached him about the possibility of a trade or buyout that would allow his client a chance to move to another team this season. Diaw is under contract for $9 million this season, which could make him it difficult to trade at his current salary. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Atlanta H. 96-101
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 27 points and nine rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their third straight victory, 101-96 over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the third, and fell three points shy of his season high. Jannero Pargo (6'2''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) had 16 points, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each scored 12 for the Hawks. David West scored a season-high 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost two straight. Danny Granger had 19 points and eight rebounds, and George Hill scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana. The Hawks led by as much as 10 points in the first half, but Granger's 3-pointer tied it at 62. West's basket gave Indiana its last lead at 71-69 before Williams answered with a 3-pointer. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Houston R. 97-92 OT
The streaky Boston Celtics are winning again, just in time for an Atlantic Division showdown with the first-place Philadelphia 76ers. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored seven of his 30 points in overtime on Tuesday night as the Celtics recovered from a second-half slumber to beat the Houston Rockets 97-92 for their fifth consecutive win since the All-Star break. The Celtics had lost five in a row heading into the break. ''We're starting to play good basketball, and we're starting to win games where we don't play good basketball,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ''And that may be more important.'' Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) grabbed 13 rebounds to pass Shaquille O'Neal and move into 12th on the NBA's career list. Ray Allen scored 21, including a 3-pointer to give Boston the lead with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Rajon Rondo had 12 assists, but all of his nine points came in the first quarter and he missed an open layup with a chance to clinch it in regulation. Goran Dragic tied it for the Rockets to force overtime. It was the second straight overtime game for Boston, which beat the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Celtics could tie the Sixers atop the division with a victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. ''We're still not there yet,'' Rondo said. Luis Scola had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 17 boards for Houston, which lost for the fourth game in a row. The Rockets, who had been outrebounded in 10 consecutive games, grabbed 57 rebounds to 38 for Boston. Garnett finished with 13,100 rebounds, one more than O'Neal. ''I think when you're old, you have a milestone every night,'' Rivers said. Houston trailed 57-47 with 8 minutes left in the third but outscored the Celtics 21-6 over the rest of the quarter. Boston made just one basket in the final 8:58 of the period, and just one more in the first 7:16 of the fourth. The Celtics trailed 80-70 with 5:33 left before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking advantage of back-to-back Houston airballs and 24-second clock violations and making it a three-point game, 80-77, on a fast break from Pierce to Rondo to Allen with 2:49 left. ''We started doing the worst thing you can do on the road: Just start playing the score as opposed to playing the game,'' Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. ''We lost our rhythm a little bit and then we just got too conservative trying to run the clock, trying to play perfect basketball.'' Houston again ran down the 24-second clock, with Kyle Lowry forcing up a 30-footer at the buzzer. This one caught the rim and Dalembert got the rebound and made a layup. Pierce made two free throws, then Garnett grabbed another defensive rebound - tying O'Neal - and made a pair of free throws to make it 82-81. Courtney Lee missed a scoop shot, and Allen got the rebound. The Celtics moved the ball up in transition and then Allen got the ball in the left corner, sidestepped Lee's lunge and drained a 3-pointer to give Boston an 84-82 lead with 36 seconds left. Scola missed again for Houston and Allen got the rebound. Rondo broke for the basket and got the ball with a clear shot, but he missed the uncontested layup. Scola hit Dragic for a long jumper to tie it. Allen had a contested shot at the buzzer to win it in regulation, but it went off the back of the rim. ''The fact that we were in overtime was very lucky. What are the chances that Rondo misses a wide-open layup with nobody close to him?'' Scola said. ''The fact that we played the overtime was a bonus, was a present. We lost the game before that.'' Allen opened the scoring in overtime, and after Dragic's jumper, Garnett gave Boston an 88-86 lead. Pierce then ran off seven straight Celtics points, starting with a three-point play that gave them the lead for good. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com




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Fourth-quarter charge sparks Lightning - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning knew everyone was going to give them their best shot in the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs.

It's hard to imagine the Saint John Mill Rats having any better shot left after Tuesday's first game. If they do, Game 2 should be nothing short of spectacular.

The Mill Rats threw everything they had at the Lightning and still couldn't topple the No. 1 seed, falling 106-105 in Saint John.

Game 2 of the the best-of-three NBL semifinal is in London on Friday.

The Lightning survived an inspired effort by the Mill Rats, who led by as many as 11 points in the second half.

It wasn't the usual suspects who brought the Lightning back. While everyone contributed, it was key shooting by guard Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) that kept the Lightning in the game when it threatened to get away.

When the Lightning needed to draw clear, it was Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) who hit three big threes.

'The game is 48 minutes long. You win the game in the fourth quarter,' Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'I never worry, because I know the players I have. I have gamers. I have winners. I have champions.

'Dean and Buford, they made crucial, crucial shots and we played great defence in the last five minutes.'

Richardson was really revved after the game, much like the game itself. It was back and forth, with the teams playing to their reputations. The Mill Rats live and die with their outside shooting and they were lighting it up from all over for three quarters.

'They were shooting the ball very, very well. But you just can't keep shooting that way for an entire game,' Richardson said. 'We didn't give them the same shots in the fourth quarter. We played better defence and they didn't have any inside presence.'

Dean is always a big defensive presence. With some of the Mill Rats guards running wild, he went in and slowed them down. His offence was a huge bonus. It's something that's been improving the last few weeks.

'For the first time this year, I'm really feeling healthy and confident,' Dean said. 'Everybody has had their ups and downs, but right now I'm in the best shape I've been all season.'

Dean is beginning to line up and shoot the ball without any second thoughts.

'Defence is still the first think I worry about,' he said. 'But the guys have been getting me the ball and telling me to shoot and I feel more confident now.'

Dean had 12 points, all of them on three-pointers. Buford was five-of-seven from the floor with three threes thrown in. He finished with 13 points.

Leading the Lightning was Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Shamari Spears (6'6''-F-86, college: Charlotte) with 18 points each.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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Titan Men Back in Final 16 After 2 Overtime Upset of No. 1 Hope - by Arnault Desira
The Illinois Wesleyan men's basketball team upset the No. 1-ranked team in the country, topping Hope 108-101 in two overtimes in the NCAA Division III second round at Holland, Mich. on Saturday (March 3).

In scoring their high-point total for the season, Illinois Wesleyan improved to 21-7 in ending Hope's 23-game winning streak and giving the Flying Dutchmen only their 10th loss at DeVos Fieldhouse in 112 games. Hope's season ends at 27-2.

The Titans will now meet No. 15-ranked Wooster (26-5), who was a 92-79 winner over Capital in the second round, at a site to be announced Sunday.

The other teams in the sectional will be No. 22 Wittenberg, an 87-70 winner over Carroll, and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin champion North Central, who was a 72-68 winner over Washington U.



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NBL Round 1: OceanaGold N. loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL just started.

The most important game of round 1 took place in Auckland between Auckland P. beat OceanaGold N. (1-1) 84-74 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Auckland P. OceanaGold N. managed to win third quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded OceanaGold N. 54-38 including a 40-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) stepped up and scored 30 points for the winners and American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Auckland P.'s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. OceanaGold N. will play next round against Wellington S. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Auckland P. will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bay Hawks in Tamatea.
Wellington S. (0-1) recorded its first loss in New Plymouth. Visitors were defeated by Taranaki MA (1-0) 84-80. American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Damon Rampton accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Anthony Gurley (192-88, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Wellington S. in the defeat. Wellington S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Taranaki MA will play against league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wellington S. will play on the road against OceanaGold N. (#4) in Dunedin to get more than just one victory in their record.
Quite upsetting was Harbour H.'s 16-point home defeat in a game versus OceanaGold N. 107-91. Loser Harbour H. still closes the standings with two games lost. OceanaGold N. will meet at home Wellington S. (#8) in the next round. Harbour H. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Auckland: Auckland P. (#1) and Harbour H. (#7). Harbour H. was crushed at home by 33 points 79-112 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of Tyler Newbold who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auckland P. maintains first place with 2-0 record. Harbour H. at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Auckland P.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea and it will be for sure the game of the week. Harbour H. will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke.

In the last game of round 1 winless Southland S. lost to undefeated Bay Hawks on the opponent's court 81-90.



Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 84-80

Wellington S. (0-1) recorded its first loss in New Plymouth. Visitors were defeated by Taranaki MA (1-0) 84-80. It looked good early as Wellington S. took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Taranaki MA had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Wellington S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-84. Wellington S. was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Damon Rampton (203-76, college: Morningside) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Anthony Gurley (192-88, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Wellington S. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wellington S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Taranaki MA left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Bay Hawks. Defending champion Wellington S. still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Southland S.. Taranaki MA will play against league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wellington S. will play on the road against OceanaGold N. (#4) in Dunedin to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: D.Hudson 24+5reb+3ast, J.Leasure 14+1reb+4ast, L.Abrams 12+7reb, D.Rampton 12+10reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 9+5reb+2ast, M.Abdelhamid 7+9reb+1ast
Wellington S.: A.Gurley 21+6reb+3ast, D.Ekenasio 14+2reb, J.Crowe 13+4reb+5ast, J.Kench 11+2reb, T.McLean 7+1ast, A.Trousdell 6+6reb+1ast
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Harbour H. - Auckland P. 79-112

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Auckland: Auckland P. (#1) and Harbour H. (#7). Harbour H. was crushed at home by 33 points 79-112 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Auckland P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Harbour H.'s 40 and made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Auckland P. forced 24 Harbour H. turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tyler Newbold (196-86, college: Utah St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Auckland P. players scored in double figures. American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Charlie Piho (194-85, college: Brewton Parker) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Harbour H.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auckland P. maintains first place with 2-0 record. Harbour H. at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Auckland P.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea and it will be for sure the game of the week. Harbour H. will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: T.Newbold 25+7reb+2ast, I.Muhammad 20+6reb+5ast, L.Tait 14+3reb+9ast, T.Smith-Milner 12+4reb, H.Allen 11+4reb+4ast, H.O'Riley 8+3reb+1ast
Harbour H.: Z.Atkinson 17+11reb, B.Anderson 11+1reb+3ast, C.Piho 11+5reb+3ast, K.Smith 10, J.Bailey 9+4ast, M.Done 9+2reb+1ast
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Bay Hawks - Southland S. 90-81

Bay Hawks used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Southland 90-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Southland S. won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bay Hawks players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Southland S.'s players. It was a very good performance for American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian-American forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Craig Bradshaw (208-83, college: Winthrop) added 15 points in the effort for Southland S. Bay Hawks' next round opponent will be Taranaki MA (#3) in New Plymouth, which may be the game of the day. Southland S. will play on the road against Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: K.Johnson 22+12reb+1ast, G.Young 17+5reb+4ast, P.Winitana 15+2reb+5ast, J.Kenny 13+2reb+3ast, M.Natanahira 10+4reb, D.Davies 9+6reb+1ast
Southland S.: K.Braswell 28+6reb+2ast, C.Bradshaw 15+4reb+1ast, D.Peck 10+3reb+1ast, L.Abney 9+9reb, D.Prewster 8+4reb, S.Tilby 5+5reb
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Harbour H. - OceanaGold N. 91-107

Quite upsetting was Harbour H.'s 16-point home defeat in a game versus OceanaGold N. 107-91. Loser Harbour H. still closes the standings with two games lost. OceanaGold N. will meet at home Wellington S. (#8) in the next round. Harbour H. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke.
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Auckland P. - OceanaGold N. 84-74

The most important game of round 1 took place in Auckland between Auckland P. beat OceanaGold N. (1-1) 84-74 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Auckland P.. OceanaGold N. managed to win third quarter 26-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded OceanaGold N. 54-38 including a 40-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) stepped up and scored 30 points for the winners and American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Auckland P.'s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, college: UNLV) scored 19 points. Four OceanaGold N. players scored in double figures. OceanaGold N. will play next round against Wellington S. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Auckland P. will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bay Hawks in Tamatea.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: L.Tait 30+4reb+3ast, I.Muhammad 13+15reb+4ast, H.Allen 12+5reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 10+2reb+1ast, T.Newbold 7+9reb, B.Ruscoe 6+7reb+1ast
OceanaGold N.: M.Dickel 19+4reb+3ast, A.Wright 14+8reb+5ast, A.Tisby 12+13reb+1ast, S.King 12+4reb, R.Buckrell 7+4reb+1ast, M.Trueman 7+2reb
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BLNO Round 20: Leader Froya Basket loses to Tromso - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BLNO. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Froya Basket (16-3) recorded its third loss in Laksevag on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Tromso (12-7) in overtime 71-69. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 6-4. The best player for the winners was American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Gary Wallace (190-88, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Froya Basket at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Froya Basket will play on the road against Langhus IL in Oslo and is hoping to win this game.

The best stats of 20th round was 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by Cooper Land of Asker Aliens.



Gimle BBK - Froya Basket 65-78

There was no surprise in Bergen where 6th ranked Gimle BBK (9-12) was defeated by first ranked Froya Basket (16-3) 78-65 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 13 points. Froya Basket made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while Gimle BBK only scored seven points from the stripe. Gimle BBK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) chipped in 22 points. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Froya Basket maintains first position with 16-3 record. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Froya Basket will face bottom-ranked Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: E.Gabrans 22+4reb+3ast, P.Bullock 19+9reb+4ast, A.Ouakkaha 11+6reb+2ast, N.Phillip 10+6reb, M.Kombat 9+11reb+1ast, R.Silavs 7+5reb+3ast
Gimle BBK: A.Stien 22+6reb+4ast, P.Smith 16+11reb+1ast, S.Enge 9+7reb+2ast, F.Gnatt 8+2reb+2ast, D.Hammer 4+9reb, E.Fjaerestad 3
gschID: 167013


Froya Basket - Tromso 69-71 OT

Top ranked Froya Basket (16-3) recorded its third loss in Laksevag on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Tromso (12-7) in overtime 71-69. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 6-4. The best player for the winners was American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Gary Wallace (190-88, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Byerson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Froya Basket at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Froya Basket will play on the road against Langhus IL in Oslo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tromso: B.Byerson 23+9reb+1ast, G.Wallace 17+7reb, M.Sahlertz 10+3reb, H.Issalhi 9+2ast, V.Hansen 4+1reb, G.Mihaylov 2+2reb
Froya Basket: M.Kombat 19+10reb+1ast, P.Bullock 15+6reb, E.Gabrans 8+7reb+5ast, A.Ouakkaha 8+4reb+1ast, R.Silavs 6+1ast, K.Otabor 5+4reb
gschID: 167011


Asker Aliens - Baerum Basket 85-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Asker Aliens' (15-5) home victory over one of their biggest challengers Baerum Basket (12-6) 85-75 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) produced 28 points and 9 rebounds and guard Stian Mjos (182-89) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader Froya Basket. Loser Baerum Basket keeps the third place with six games lost. Asker Aliens will face league's leader Froya Basket in Laksevag in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baerum Basket will play on the road against Centrum in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: C.Land 35+16reb+2ast, A.Lee-Ingram 24+9reb+2ast, M.Midtvedt 11+2reb+3ast, F.Bohn 7+7reb, S.Gustavsen 5+3reb+6ast, E.Stien 3+1reb+4ast
Baerum Basket: R.Ferranti 28+9reb+2ast, S.Mjos 18+1reb+5ast, T.Mjos 11+4reb+2ast, M.Eckhoff 8+1reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 4+1reb, O.Fritzen 2+3reb
gschID: 167012


Gimle BBK - Tromso 62-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Gimle BBK's (9-12) home loss to fifth ranked Tromso (12-7) 62-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Gimle BBK was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gimle BBK to just 6 points in second quarter. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gimle BBK's 28. The best player for the winners was American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Hani Issalhi (187-84) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Byerson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Tromso players scored in double figures. American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Anders Stien (195-90) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Tromso have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Gimle BBK lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tromso: M.Sahlertz 16+2reb+2ast, B.Byerson 16+14reb+3ast, H.Issalhi 14+3reb+4ast, G.Wallace 14+2reb+2ast, V.Hansen 13+6reb, G.Mihaylov 9+1reb+1ast
Gimle BBK: P.Smith 20+7reb, A.Stien 18+4reb+2ast, S.Enge 10+2reb, E.Fjaerestad 6+3ast, D.Berg 5+1reb, D.Hammer 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 167009


Langhus - Ammerud Bskt 69-67

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Oslo where eighth ranked Langhus IL (1-19) edged 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-19) 69-67 on Sunday. Langhus IL forced 25 Ammerud Bskt turnovers and had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Langhus IL made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Donny Calton (201-81, college: Auburn) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds. The other American import point guard Terrance Randolph (180-71, college: Va Intermont) chipped in 5 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Langhus IL's coach Rodney Hawthorne used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Langhus IL maintains eighth position with 1-19 record. It was Ammerud Bskt's eleventh loss in a row. They keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Langhus IL will face league's leader Froya Basket in Laksevag in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Langhus: D.Calton 32+18reb+3ast, B.Andersen 11+1reb+2ast, K.Christensen 8+1reb, J.Stian Olsen 7+1reb, T.Randolph 5+12reb+7ast, A.Kristiansen 2+1reb+1ast
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 25+8reb+3ast, T.Hagen 12+10reb+1ast, O.Okoroafor 11+7reb+7ast, M.Bryn 8+7reb+2ast, T.Mufoncol 7+6reb+1ast, Z.Mahojlovic 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 167010




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2Liga Round 22: Handlopex AZS defeats Unia Tarnow 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 4 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 22 in the 2Liga took place in Tarnow. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Unia Tarnow (10-10) to third ranked Handlopex AZS (13-7) 81-80 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Handlopex AZS made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Unia Tarnow turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Handlopex AZS made 10 blocks. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) chipped in 25 points and 5 steals during the contest. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Handlopex AZS maintains third position in Group C with 13-7 record having nine points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Unia Tarnow at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Handlopex AZS is looking forward to face Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#4) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round. Unia Tarnow will play on the road against Novum Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (21-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked SMS PZKosz (3-17) in Wladyslawowo 86-65. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and Karol Debski supported him with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Even 12 points and 4 assists by guard Jakub Maksymiuk (189-93) did not help to save the game for SMS PZKosz. 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 Open Florentyna have an impressive 21-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 21-0 record. SMS PZKosz lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Open Florentyna will play against Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SMS PZKosz will play on the road against GKK Gorzow in Gorzow Wklp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
2Liga top team - Slask II W. (19-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-8) in Wroclaw 111-65. Radoslaw Hyzy fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Maciej Lepczynski produced 20 points and 5 blocks for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slask II W. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B with 19-3 record. Pogon Prudnik lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Slask II W.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Wroclaw to the arena WKK Obiekty.
2Liga top team - PWiK Piaseczno (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Pulaski Warka (4-17) 101-82. Worth to mention a great performance of Andrzej Paszkiewicz who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PWiK Piaseczno have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group C with 19-1 record. Pulaski Warka lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. PWiK Piaseczno's next round opponent will be AZS II Polit.W-wa (#13) in Warszawa which should be an easy win for them.
The game in Krakow was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked WKK Obiekty (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (12-10). WKK Obiekty managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of AZS AGH Alstom. Piotr Niedzwiedzki had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. WKK Obiekty's coach Tomasz Niedbalski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. WKK Obiekty moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with AZS AWF K-ce. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. WKK Obiekty's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Wroclaw Slask II W..

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22:
In Group A Trefl II Sopot lost to Astoria Bydg. on the opponent's court 67-85. Zyrardowianka was outscored by AZS UWM Olsz. in a home game 65-90. Zuraw Gniewno recorded a loss to AZS PP Poznan on the road 85-71. Ksiezak Lowicz defeated GKK Gorzow on its own court 95-86. KK Swiecie beat Korsarz Gdansk in a road game 89-84.
In Group B MKS Skierniew. destroyed HK Zory at home 84-55. Nysa Klodzko unfortunately lost to AZS AWF K-ce on the opponent's court 56-71. Alba Chorzow rolled over UMKS Piotrc. in a home game 85-60. MCKiS Jaworz. was crushed by BM Wegiel Stal on the road 86-47. GTK Gliwice beat Mickiewicz on its own court 90-80.
In Group C Tur Bielsk Pdl. destroyed UKS Siemaszka in Bielsk Podlaski 83-64. UMKS Kielce outscored MKS Limbach at home 94-66. Rosa II Radom rolled over AZS II Polit.W-wa on the opponent's court 20-0. Novum Lublin defeated Wisla AWF Kr. in a home game 78-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds by Lukasz Kuczynski of Tur Bielsk Pdl..



Group Group A
Astoria Bydg. - Trefl II Sopot 85-67

Very expected game in Bydgoszcz where 9th ranked Trefl II Sopot (8-11) was defeated by second ranked Astoria Bydg. (15-5) 85-67 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Astoria Bydg.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-8 extending their advantage to 18 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 12 blocks. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Astoria Bydg.'s coach Jaroslaw Zawadka allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side point guard Jakub Schenk (172-94) responded with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks and forward Filip Malgorzaciak (188-93) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Astoria Bydg. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 15-5 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser Trefl II Sopot keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face Zyrardowianka (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trefl II Sopot will play against Korsarz Gdansk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 38+10reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 13+5reb, D.Szyttenholm 9+7reb+2ast, W.Pagacz 7+4reb, A.Barszczyk 6+3reb+2ast, A.Andryanczyk 5
Trefl II Sopot: F.Malgorzaciak 14+1reb+4ast, A.Lebiedzinski 13+5reb, D.Brembly 12+2reb+1ast, K.Piechaczek 10+3reb+1ast, J.Schenk 7+7reb+6ast, L.Jaskiewicz 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 144310


Zyrardowianka - AZS UWM Olsz. 65-90

Very predictable result when seventh ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (10-10) smashed on the road 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-16) 90-65 on Sunday. The game without a history. AZS UWM Olsz. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. AZS UWM Olsz. had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jacek Chojnacki (180-88) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Four AZS UWM Olsz. players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 19 rebounds and swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) scored 19 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. AZS UWM Olsz. moved-up to sixth place in Group A. Zyrardowianka lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. AZS UWM Olsz. will face higher ranked Zuraw Gniewno (#5) in Gniewino in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zyrardowianka will play at home against the league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. (#2) in Bydgoszcz.
Top scorers:
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 29+10reb+2ast, J.Chojnacki 13+4reb+3ast, K.Kawalek 12+4reb+2ast, J.Andrusiewicz 11+6reb, M.Olejko 6+2reb, P.Spica 6+2reb+1ast
Zyrardowianka: M.Lapinski 19+3reb, M.Szwed 13+19reb, T.Chojecki 12+1reb+2ast, L.Owczarek 8+1reb+4ast, M.Kuran 6, J.Mus 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 144311


AZS PP Poznan - Zuraw Gniewno 85-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Zuraw Gniewno's (10-9) road loss to fourth ranked AZS PP Poznan (13-5) 71-85 on Saturday. The game without a history. AZS PP Poznan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zuraw Gniewno's 32. They outrebounded Zuraw Gniewno 37-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 14 blocks. Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four AZS PP Poznan players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Pawel Strychalski (189-86) responded with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and guard Pawel Matysiak (185-87) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. AZS PP Poznan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group A with 13-5 record. Loser Zuraw Gniewno keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. AZS PP Poznan will face GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zuraw Gniewno will play at home against AZS UWM Olsz. (#6) in Olsztyn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: T.Gierwazik 19+2reb+1ast, P.Hybiak 14+2reb+8ast, M.Sobkowiak 14+11reb+1ast, T.Baszak 11+1reb, M.Piazdecki 6+5reb, P.Stankiewicz 6+4reb+1ast
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Matysiak 16+3reb+2ast, P.Strychalski 15+3reb+7ast, L.Zimniewicz 11+6reb+2ast, P.Pawlowski 9+4reb, B.Bichowski 7+1ast, M.Wilk 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 144312


SMS PZKosz - Open Florentyna 65-86

2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (21-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked SMS PZKosz (3-17) in Wladyslawowo 86-65. The game was mostly controlled by Open Florentyna. SMS PZKosz was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Open Florentyna forced 20 SMS PZKosz turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Open Florentyna players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by SMS PZKosz's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and swingman Karol Debski (198-84) supported him with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 4 assists by guard Jakub Maksymiuk (189-93) did not help to save the game for SMS PZKosz. Guard Nikodem Sirijatowicz (187-94) added 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals 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. Open Florentyna have an impressive 21-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 21-0 record. SMS PZKosz lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Open Florentyna will play against Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SMS PZKosz will play on the road against GKK Gorzow in Gorzow Wklp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 17+6reb+1ast, K.Debski 16+10reb+2ast, J.Sulowski 11+3reb+2ast, R.Niesobski 11+2reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 11+6reb+14ast, S.Buczyniak 8+3reb+2ast
SMS PZKosz: J.Maksymiuk 12+2reb+4ast, M.Witlinski 10+3reb, N.Sirijatowicz 9+3reb+5ast, D.Jeszke 8+3reb+1ast, K.Radwanski 7+1reb, K.Borowski 7+3reb
gschID: 144307


Ksiezak Lowicz - GKK Gorzow 95-86

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (14-6) beat at home 11th ranked GKK Gorzow (4-15) 95-86 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-86. Ksiezak Lowicz forced 19 GKK Gorzow turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Damian Janiak (191-89) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tomasz Nogalski (192-79) chipped in 26 points during the contest. At the losing side center Rafal Peczek (205) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and guard Marcin Plawucki (175-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 assists. Four GKK Gorzow players scored in double figures. Ksiezak Lowicz maintains third position in Group A with 14-6 record having eight points less than leader Open Florentyna. GKK Gorzow lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will face KK Swiecie (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. GKK Gorzow will play against SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: T.Nogalski 26+2reb, D.Janiak 22+6reb+4ast, K.Kromer 16+10reb+2ast, B.Wluczynski 8+2reb+4ast, R.Wojciechowski 8+4reb+12ast, A.Rajkowski 7+13reb
GKK Gorzow: T.Ejsmont 19+1reb, L.Wojciechowski 18+2reb, R.Peczek 18+16reb+2ast, M.Plawucki 14+4reb+15ast, P.Suwala 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Owczarek 7+7reb
gschID: 144308


Korsarz Gdansk - KK Swiecie 84-89

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Korsarz Gdansk (9-9) was defeated at home by ninth ranked KK Swiecie (9-11) 89-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. KK Swiecie made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Korsarz Gdansk turnovers. Guard Tomasz Herman (190-76) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Zbigniew Malinowski (185-84) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) during the contest. Four KK Swiecie players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Korsarz Gdansk's coach Andrzej Kwasniewski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Swiecie moved-up to eighth place in Group A. Loser Korsarz Gdansk dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. KK Swiecie will face higher ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
KK Swiecie: T.Herman 24+8reb+4ast, Z.Malinowski 23+6reb+3ast, P.Robak 17+3reb+2ast, P.Poliwka 12+7reb, M.Kubacki 6+2reb, M.Grod 4+4reb
Korsarz Gdansk: B.Sarzalo 20+10reb+4ast, J.Zalucki 20+4ast, P.Renkiel 20+13reb+5ast, M.Chudy 8+2reb+3ast, P.Rduch 7+6reb+3ast, K.Sadowski 5+2ast
gschID: 144309


Group Group B
MKS Skierniew. - HK Zory 84-55

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Skierniewice where tenth ranked MKS Skierniew. (9-13) outleveled 9th ranked HK Zory (9-13) 84-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. MKS Skierniew. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to HK Zory's 26 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. MKS Skierniew. forced 23 HK Zory turnovers and outrebounded them 46-22 including a 35-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Skierniew. made 8 blocks. Forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) during the contest. Four MKS Skierniew. players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Miroslaw Frankowski (196-74) responded with 19 points and forward Jacek Rduch (197-81) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. MKS Skierniew. moved-up to ninth place in Group B, which they share with defeated HK Zory. MKS Skierniew. will face higher ranked GTK Gliwice (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 23+6reb+1ast, P.Czaplicki 16+12reb, R.Jarosz 12+10reb+10ast, M.Krawiec 10+2reb+1ast, P.Tradecki 8+4reb+5ast, A.El-Ward 6+3reb
HK Zory: M.Frankowski 19+4reb, J.Rduch 11+5reb, M.Marczyk 11+1reb+4ast, A.Andula 8+3reb+1ast, K.Zielinski 2+4reb+1ast, A.Bialdyga 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144617


AZS AWF K-ce - Nysa Klodzko 71-56

Very expected game in Katowice where 12th ranked Nysa Klodzko (6-16) was defeated by fourth ranked AZS AWF K-ce (15-7) 71-56 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 9 blocks. Forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) chipped in 14 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with WKK Obiekty. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face UMKS Piotrc. (#14) in Piotrkow in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nysa Klodzko will play at home against HK Zory and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: K.Nowak 23+5reb+1ast, T.Milewski 14+1reb+2ast, P.Jurczynski 9+3reb+4ast, M.Dziemba 8+4reb+2ast, K.Kurdubski 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ecka 4+6reb+6ast
Nysa Klodzko: M.Lipinski 12+5reb+4ast, J.Bartkowiak 11+5reb+3ast, R.Ciesla 10, R.Ulrich 8+7reb, J.Gadomski 8+9reb+1ast, M.Weiss 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144618


Alba Chorzow - UMKS Piotrc. 85-60

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Alba Chorzow (11-11) smashed at home 14th ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-19) 85-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Alba Chorzow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to UMKS Piotrc.'s 36. Alba Chorzow forced 19 UMKS Piotrc. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alba Chorzow made 14 blocks. Power forward Marcin Weselak (204-79) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Piotr Podbial (191-85) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four Alba Chorzow players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and guard Bartosz Pelka (180-89) scored 15 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Alba Chorzow maintains eighth position in Group B with 11-11 record. UMKS Piotrc. lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. Alba Chorzow will face higher ranked Pogon Prudnik (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UMKS Piotrc. will play against AZS AWF K-ce (#3) in Katowice.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: M.Weselak 19+11reb, P.Podbial 15+6reb+4ast, L.Wojcik 13+2reb+3ast, A.Spychala 12+7reb, K.Tyborowski 7, K.Wozniak 4+3reb+1ast
UMKS Piotrc.: D.Kalinowski 21+15reb+1ast, B.Pelka 15+3reb+1ast, K.Leski 10+3reb, A.Tomczynski 6, M.Lada 5+1reb+2ast, A.Misztela 2+1reb
gschID: 144619


Slask II W. - Pogon Prudnik 111-65

2Liga top team - Slask II W. (19-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Pogon Prudnik (14-8) in Wroclaw 111-65. The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pogon Prudnik's 36. Slask II W. forced 22 Pogon Prudnik turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slask II W. looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Pogon Prudnik's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 21 blocks. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Five Slask II W. players scored in double figures. Swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) produced 20 points and 5 blocks and swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slask II W. have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B with 19-3 record. Pogon Prudnik lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Slask II W.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Wroclaw to the arena WKK Obiekty.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 23+12reb+3ast, M.Lopatka 21+10reb+3ast, A.Grygiel 16+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 11+3reb+4ast, N.Kulon 10+5reb+5ast, P.Bochenkiewicz 8+5reb
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 20+3reb+1ast, T.Madziar 9+4reb, M.Lakis 9+5reb+4ast, J.Oleksy 6, S.Kucia 6+1reb, T.Lakis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 144620


AZS AGH Alstom - WKK Obiekty 69-78

The game in Krakow was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked WKK Obiekty (15-7) played at the court of 6th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (12-10). WKK Obiekty managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of AZS AGH Alstom. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. WKK Obiekty forced 24 AZS AGH Alstom turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when WKK Obiekty made 10 blocks. International forward Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-93) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jakub Koelner (182-93) chipped in 28 points during the contest. WKK Obiekty's coach Tomasz Niedbalski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Lukasz Pajak (205-86) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four AZS AGH Alstom players scored in double figures. WKK Obiekty moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with AZS AWF K-ce. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. WKK Obiekty's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Wroclaw Slask II W..
Top scorers:
WKK Obiekty: J.Koelner 28+1reb+2ast, J.Grzelinski 18+2reb+8ast, P.Niedzwiedzki 18+14reb, T.Jozefiak 8+2reb+1ast, S.Dusilo 4+3reb, D.Martyniak 2+3reb
AZS AGH Alstom: L.Pajak 16+5reb+1ast, T.Bryzek 14+4reb+1ast, G.Dudzik 12+10reb, M.Szewczyk 10+1reb+5ast, P.Gworek 8+5reb+2ast, M.Hajduk 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 144621


BM Wegiel Stal - MCKiS Jaworz. 86-47

Not a big story in a game in Ostrow Wlkp. where 11th ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (7-15) was rolled over by second ranked BM Wegiel Stal (16-6) 86-47 on Saturday. The game without a history. BM Wegiel Stal led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to MCKiS Jaworz.'s 24. BM Wegiel Stal forced 19 MCKiS Jaworz. turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 11 blocks. The former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. Four BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Marcin Sroda (196-83) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dawid Grochowski (190-89) scored 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BM Wegiel Stal maintains second position in Group B with 16-6 record having four points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser MCKiS Jaworz. keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face Mickiewicz (#13) in Katowice in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MCKiS Jaworz. will play at home against AZS AGH Alstom in Krakow.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: W.Szawarski 21+7reb+4ast, M.Dymala 19+6reb+6ast, M.Kalowski 13+6reb, L.Olejnik 12+4reb, J.Dryjanski 7+6reb, M.Zebski 6+3reb+2ast
MCKiS Jaworz.: M.Sroda 9+6reb+1ast, D.Grochowski 9+1reb+2ast, R.Lemanski 7+3reb+1ast, M.Matysiak 6+3reb, S.Klocek 4+6reb, N.Kujon 4
gschID: 144622


GTK Gliwice - Mickiewicz 90-80

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked GTK Gliwice (12-10) beat at home 13th ranked Mickiewicz (6-16) 90-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by GTK Gliwice. Mickiewicz was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GTK Gliwice forced 25 Mickiewicz turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GTK Gliwice made 9 blocks. Forward Tomasz Stankala (195-89) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. GTK Gliwice's coach Jacek Adamczak used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Michal Batorski (199-88) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GTK Gliwice moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with AZS AGH Alstom. Loser Mickiewicz dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. GTK Gliwice will face MKS Skierniew. (#9) in Skierniewice in the next round. Mickiewicz will play at home against the league's second-placed BM Wegiel Stal in Ostrow Wlkp..
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: T.Stankala 20+10reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 19+4reb+2ast, P.Malona 18+11reb+1ast, L.Nawrot 15+8reb, T.Wrobel 6+1reb+2ast, K.Leszczynski 5+2reb+4ast
Mickiewicz: G.Zadecki 18+5reb+1ast, M.Batorski 15+8reb+1ast, L.Kosmowski 15+1reb+1ast, M.Moralewicz 11+5reb+5ast, M.Jagiela 8+2reb+6ast, L.Jaworski 8+3reb
gschID: 144623


Group Group C
Unia Tarnow - Handlopex AZS 80-81

The most exciting game of round 22 in the 2Liga took place in Tarnow. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Unia Tarnow (10-10) to third ranked Handlopex AZS (13-7) 81-80 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Handlopex AZS made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Unia Tarnow turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Handlopex AZS made 10 blocks. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) chipped in 25 points and 5 steals during the contest. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Przemyslaw Cygan (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four Unia Tarnow players scored in double figures. Handlopex AZS maintains third position in Group C with 13-7 record having nine points less than leader Open Florentyna, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Unia Tarnow at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Handlopex AZS is looking forward to face Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#4) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round. Unia Tarnow will play on the road against Novum Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: P.Ucinek 25+3reb+3ast, P.Mis 25+18reb+2ast, K.Banys 13+7reb+1ast, M.Sowa 6+7reb, J.Musijowski 4+2reb+4ast, M.Osiniak 4+2reb
Unia Tarnow: T.Zych 20+9reb+8ast, P.Cygan 20+11reb+1ast, K.Uriasz 11+1reb+2ast, L.Grys 10+1reb+1ast, D.Szewczyk 9+12reb+6ast, F.Put 4+3reb
gschID: 144624


UKS Siemaszka - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 64-83

There was no surprise in Piekary where 11th ranked UKS Siemaszka (7-14) was outplayed by fourth ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (13-7) 83-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tur Bielsk Pdl.. UKS Siemaszka was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tur Bielsk Pdl. forced 28 UKS Siemaszka turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 14 blocks. Forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side guard Lukasz Kasperzec (187-74) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Milosz Gruca (191-79) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. UKS Siemaszka's coach Lukasz Kasperzec rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tur Bielsk Pdl. moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with Handlopex AZS. UKS Siemaszka lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will face Handlopex AZS (#3) in Rzeszow in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UKS Siemaszka will play on the road against MKS Limbach (#5) in Limanowa.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 33+22reb+3ast, A.Zabielski 18+13reb+1ast, T.Szczepinski 17+3reb+1ast, M.Rapucha 8+3reb+10ast, K.Jozwiuk 5+1reb+1ast, J.Jozwiuk 2+3reb+1ast
UKS Siemaszka: L.Kasperzec 22+5reb+3ast, M.Gruca 9+6reb, P.Fediuk 8+2reb+4ast, P.Stecko 7+3reb+3ast, L.Durbas 5+2reb+2ast, M.Jedrzejczyk 4+2reb
gschID: 144625


UMKS Kielce - MKS Limbach 94-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked UMKS Kielce (15-5) outleveled at home 5th ranked MKS Limbach (11-9) 94-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. UMKS Kielce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. UMKS Kielce outrebounded MKS Limbach 39-28 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by MKS Limbach's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 7 blocks. Swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pawel Bacik (187-88) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side forward Piotr Kwandrans (200-79) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. UMKS Kielce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group C with 15-5 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser MKS Limbach keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. UMKS Kielce will face Rosa II Radom (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. MKS Limbach will play against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: M.Wrobel 19+7reb+1ast, A.Busz 14+3reb+3ast, D.Kolacz 12+2reb+2ast, P.Bacik 10+8reb+4ast, G.Kij 9+2reb+2ast, J.Lewandowski 8+2reb
MKS Limbach: P.Kwandrans 20+6reb+2ast, A.Peciak 14+12reb+1ast, M.Biranowski 11+1reb, P.Kindlik 9+3reb+3ast, W.Rykala 9+3reb, W.Hasior 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144626


AZS II Polit.W-wa - Rosa II Radom 0-20

Rather expected game in Warszawa where 13th ranked AZS II Polit.W-wa (3-17) was crushed by tenth ranked Rosa II Radom (9-11) 20-0 on Saturday. Rosa II Radom have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams. AZS II Polit.W-wa lost ninth consecutive game. AZS II Polit.W-wa at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Rosa II Radom will face league's second-placed UMKS Kielce at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AZS II Polit.W-wa will play against the league's leader PWiK Piaseczno (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 144627


Pulaski Warka - PWiK Piaseczno 82-101

2Liga top team - PWiK Piaseczno (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Pulaski Warka (4-17) 101-82. It looked good early as Pulaski Warka took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PWiK Piaseczno had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Pulaski Warka was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-101. PWiK Piaseczno forced 20 Pulaski Warka turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. PWiK Piaseczno players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) contributed with 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) replied with 30 points and 5 assists and forward Daniel Wilkusz (203-88) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pulaski Warka. Five PWiK Piaseczno and four Pulaski Warka players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PWiK Piaseczno have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group C with 19-1 record. Pulaski Warka lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. PWiK Piaseczno's next round opponent will be AZS II Polit.W-wa (#13) in Warszawa which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 30+3reb+4ast, A.Paszkiewicz 21+6reb+11ast, W.Bocianowski 15+3reb+4ast, M.Wojtynski 15+1reb+1ast, P.Andres 13+9reb+3ast, R.Pietrzak 4+1reb
Pulaski Warka: R.Sobilo 30+2reb+5ast, D.Wilkusz 22+7reb+1ast, A.Kulik 10+1reb+1ast, P.Adamczyk 10+1reb+8ast, J.Stefaniuk 3+1reb+1ast, T.Galan 3+3reb
gschID: 144628


Novum Lublin - Wisla AWF Kr. 78-77

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Novum Lublin (9-11) edged at home 7th ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (9-11) 78-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Novum Lublin made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Wisla AWF Kr. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Novum Lublin made 8 blocks. Swingman Jakub Karolak (192-93) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) responded with 32 points and 4 assists and swingman Dariusz Depta (198-86) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Novum Lublin moved-up to seventh place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Wisla AWF Kr. Novum Lublin will face higher ranked Unia Tarnow (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 21+5reb+1ast, M.Gospodarek 19+3reb+3ast, M.Wisniewski 12+10reb+1ast, B.Ciechocinski 8+3reb+1ast, P.Bajtus 6+9reb+1ast, B.Karolak 5+2ast
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 32+3reb+4ast, D.Depta 15+12reb+1ast, M.Piech 14+6reb+1ast, K.Pilch 6+1ast, G.Radwan 6+4reb+2ast, M.Kepka 4+2ast
gschID: 144630




1Liga Round 25: Rosa Radom defeats AZS Kutno 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 25 in the 1Liga took place in Radom. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked AZS Kutno (12-11) to fourth ranked Rosa Radom (15-9) 72-71 on Saturday evening. AZS Kutno was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Rosa Radom, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 AZS Kutno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa Radom made 15 blocks. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) stepped up and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Marcin Kosinski chipped in 19 points and 4 blocks. At the losing side swingman Grzegorz Malecki (197-84) responded with 19 points and 4 steals. AZS Kutno's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rosa Radom have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-9 record. AZS Kutno lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Polonia. Rosa Radom are looking forward to face Polonia (#9) in Przemysl in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS Kutno will play at home against Sudety in Jelenia Gora and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sokol Lancut (16-7) against twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (10-14) on Saturday night. Host Sokol Lancut was defeated by Olimp MKS Start Lublin in Lancut 69-56. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Michal Aleksandrowicz accounted for 18 points and 5 blocks. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for Sokol Lancut in the defeat. Olimp MKS Start Lublin maintains twelfth place with 10-14 record. Sokol Lancut lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against league's leader Start Gdynia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Lancut will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Stargard supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Spojnia (14-9). Spojnia smashed MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza 77-51 on Wednesday. Piotr Wojdyr fired 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Michal Woloszyn produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Spojnia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Znicz Basket. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Spojnia will meet MKS Znicz Basket (#6) in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth-ranked Sportino (5-18) gave a tough game to seventh ranked MKS Znicz Basket (14-9) in Inowroclaw. The visitors from Pruszkow managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sportino. Worth to mention a great performance of Przemyslaw Szymanski who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Sportino's coach Aleksander Krutikov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Spojnia. Sportino at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. MKS Znicz Basket's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#5) in Stargard. Sportino will play on the road against P.Cukier SIDEn (#10) in Torun.
An interesting game took place in Krosno where higher ranked Polonia (12-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked MOSiR Krosno (6-18) 75-65 on Sunday. Slawomir Nowak stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. MOSiR Krosno have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Polonia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. MOSiR Krosno will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 25 P.Cukier SIDEn was destroyed by SKK Siedlce on the opponent's court 80-56. Bottom-ranked Sudety unfortunately lost to AZS Szczecin in a home game 76-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 11 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by Radoslaw Basinski of SKK Siedlce.



Sportino - Znicz Basket 71-73

Thirteenth-ranked Sportino (5-18) gave a tough game to seventh ranked MKS Znicz Basket (14-9) in Inowroclaw. The visitors from Pruszkow managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sportino. It looked good early as Sportino took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MKS Znicz Basket had a 23-10 second period charge getting the lead and Sportino was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-73. MKS Znicz Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Sportino's 20. MKS Znicz Basket forced 21 Sportino turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Lukasz Bonarek (198-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Puerto Rican guard Francis Jonathan Han (185-87, college: Fairfield) answered with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sportino. Four Sportino players scored in double figures. Sportino's coach Aleksander Krutikov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Spojnia. Sportino at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. MKS Znicz Basket's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#5) in Stargard. Sportino will play on the road against P.Cukier SIDEn (#10) in Torun.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: P.Szymanski 17+9reb+2ast, D.Czubek 14+3reb+3ast, L.Bonarek 14+11reb, A.Misiewicz 8+5reb, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 8+2reb+4ast, A.Sulinski 7+2reb
Sportino: F.Jonathan Han 17+8reb+7ast, T.Zablocki 12+5reb+1ast, M.Strzelecki 12+7reb, D.Adamczewski 10+3reb+5ast, M.Ustarbowski 8+2reb+1ast, G.Kukielka 8+1ast
gschID: 141080


SKK Siedlce - P.Cukier SIDEn 80-56

Very expected game when 10th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (11-12) was crushed on the road by third ranked SKK Siedlce (16-7) 80-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by SKK Siedlce. P.Cukier SIDEn was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers and outrebounded them 44-26 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. SKK Siedlce looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners and swingman Michal Przybylski (194-84) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) responded with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Lukasz Kwiatkowski (207-79) scored 8 points and 9 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. SKK Siedlce have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. SKK Siedlce will face AZS Szczecin (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against Sportino in Inowroclaw.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: A.Czerwonka 21+3reb, M.Przybylski 15+6reb+4ast, R.Basinski 11+14reb+7ast, K.Sulima 11+3reb+4ast, L.Ratajczak 10+2reb+1ast, P.Kowalczuk 8+5reb+4ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: L.Zytko 18+3reb+5ast, J.Jarecki 9+2reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 9+3reb+1ast, D.Przybyszewski 8+4reb, L.Kwiatkowski 8+9reb, D.Witos 2
gschID: 141081


Sudety - AZS Szczecin 76-85

Rather predictable result in Jelenia Gora where eleventh ranked AZS Szczecin (10-13) defeated bottom-ranked Sudety (3-21) 85-76 on Saturday. Sudety was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of AZS Szczecin, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Sudety turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS Szczecin made 9 blocks. Guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five AZS Szczecin players scored in double figures. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Artur Kijanowski (180-88) scored 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. AZS Szczecin maintains eleventh place with 10-13 record. Sudety lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. AZS Szczecin will face higher ranked SKK Siedlce (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sudety will play against AZS Kutno (#8).
Top scorers:
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 21+7reb+3ast, M.Raczynski 18+2reb+3ast, K.Mielczarek 12+9reb+2ast, M.Dudek 12+5reb+3ast, M.Wojcik 10+2ast, K.Pytys 6+4reb
Sudety: M.Sterenga 32+8reb, A.Kijanowski 15+1reb+5ast, B.Jozefowicz 10+4reb+5ast, S.Balcerzak 6, J.Wilusz 4+5reb+1ast, P.Minciel 4+8reb
gschID: 141082


Rosa Radom - AZS Kutno 72-71

The most exciting game of round 25 in the 1Liga took place in Radom. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked AZS Kutno (12-11) to fourth ranked Rosa Radom (15-9) 72-71 on Saturday evening. AZS Kutno was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Rosa Radom, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 AZS Kutno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa Radom made 15 blocks. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) stepped up and scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Marcin Kosinski chipped in 19 points and 4 blocks. At the losing side swingman Grzegorz Malecki (197-84) responded with 19 points and 4 steals and forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) scored 12 points. AZS Kutno's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rosa Radom have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-9 record. AZS Kutno lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Polonia. Rosa Radom are looking forward to face Polonia (#9) in Przemysl in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS Kutno will play at home against Sudety in Jelenia Gora and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 21+6reb+2ast, M.Kosinski 19+4reb+1ast, J.Zalewski 8+1reb+2ast, P.Kardas 8+1reb+6ast, H.Radke 5+7reb+3ast, T.Pisarczyk 4+2reb
AZS Kutno: G.Malecki 19+3reb, A.Perka 12+4reb+1ast, M.Marciniak 10+4reb, D.Kalinowski 7+5reb+3ast, T.Deja 7+3reb, S.Grzesinski 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141083


MOSiR Krosno - Polonia 75-65

An interesting game took place in Krosno where higher ranked Polonia (12-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked MOSiR Krosno (6-18) 75-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by MOSiR Krosno. Polonia was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MOSiR Krosno forced 24 Polonia turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MOSiR Krosno made 9 blocks. Forward Slawomir Nowak (198-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Artur Mikolajko (197-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Tomasz Przewrocki (192-76) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. MOSiR Krosno have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Polonia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. MOSiR Krosno will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: S.Nowak 21+10reb+2ast, P.Pluta 15+7reb+2ast, R.Partyka 12+3reb+1ast, M.Piotrkowski 9+5reb, D.Oczkowicz 9+2reb+1ast, D.Neumann 5+1reb+1ast
Polonia: A.Mikolajko 13+11reb+2ast, M.Miszczuk 11+2reb, T.Przewrocki 10+3reb+2ast, B.Bal 8+1reb, A.Machowski 8+3reb+1ast, H.Mazur 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141084


Sokol Lancut - Start Lublin 56-69

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sokol Lancut (16-7) against twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (10-14) on Saturday night. Host Sokol Lancut was defeated by Olimp MKS Start Lublin in Lancut 69-56. The game without a history. Olimp MKS Start Lublin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olimp MKS Start Lublin forced 22 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Strangely Sokol Lancut outrebounded Olimp MKS Start Lublin 41-27 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) accounted for 18 points and 5 blocks. Four Olimp MKS Start Lublin players scored in double figures. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and center Maciej Klima (205-82) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sokol Lancut in the defeat. Olimp MKS Start Lublin maintains twelfth place with 10-14 record. Sokol Lancut lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against league's leader Start Gdynia on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Lancut will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: M.Aleksandrowicz 18+2reb+2ast, P.Luszczewski 14+12reb+1ast, K.Michalski 12+3reb+5ast, P.Kowalski 11+7reb+1ast, S.Szymanski 9+1reb+4ast, R.Krol 5
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 18+11reb, J.Szurlej 13+2reb+4ast, M.Klima 11+8reb, W.Pisarczyk 8+6reb+1ast, P.Bogdanowicz 2+4reb, J.Balawender 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141078


Spojnia - MKS DG 77-51

The game in Stargard supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Spojnia (14-9). Spojnia smashed MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza 77-51 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Spojnia. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza managed to win 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 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza to just 6 points in third quarter. Spojnia held MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Spojnia forced 20 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers and outrebounded them 44-28 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 8 blocks. Center Piotr Wojdyr (217-90) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-84) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Spojnia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Znicz Basket. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Spojnia will meet MKS Znicz Basket (#6) in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: P.Wojdyr 16+9reb, A.Parzych 14+2reb+7ast, T.Stepien 10+3reb+4ast, W.Grudzinski 8+13reb, L.Bodych 6+5reb, T.Ochonko 6+3reb+5ast
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 12+7reb+1ast, L.Grzegorzewski 11+2reb+2ast, K.Morawiec 10+3reb, P.Zielinski 8+6reb+1ast, G.Grochowski 6+6reb+3ast, L.Szczypka 2+1ast
gschID: 141079




Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 21-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 15-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 14-6 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 13-5 
 5. Zuraw Gniewno 10-9 
 6. AZS UWM Olsz. 10-10 
 7. Korsarz Gdansk 9-9 
 8. KK Swiecie 9-11 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 8-11 
 10. Wilki Morskie 7-13 
 11. GKK Gorzow 4-15 
 12. Zyrardowianka 4-16 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-17 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 19-3 
 2. BM Wegiel Stal 16-6 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 15-7 
 4. WKK Obiekty 15-7 
 5. Pogon Prudnik 14-8 
 6. AZS AGH Alstom 12-10 
 7. GTK Gliwice 12-10 
 8. Alba Chorzow 11-11 
 9. MKS Skierniew. 9-13 
 10. HK Zory 9-13 
 11. MCKiS Jaworz. 7-15 
 12. Nysa Klodzko 6-16 
 13. Mickiewicz 6-16 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-19 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 19-1 
 2. UMKS Kielce 15-5 
 3. Handlopex AZS 13-7 
 4. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 13-7 
 5. MKS Limbach 11-9 
 6. Unia Tarnow 10-10 
 7. Rosa II Radom 9-11 
 8. Novum Lublin 9-11 
 9. Wisla AWF Kr. 9-11 
 10. Staco MNLK 9-11 
 11. UKS Siemaszka 7-14 
 12. Pulaski Warka 4-17 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-17 


2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (192-F/G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.3 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.0 
 3. Kuczynski, Tur B.20.9 
 4. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.9 
 5. Swiech, MKS S.19.7 
 6. Peciak, MKS L.19.6 
 7. Zurawski, Open F.18.9 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.8 
 9. Lapinski, Zyrardow.18.8 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.11.9 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.7 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow11.0 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.4 
 6. Fras, Trefl I.10.1 
 7. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.7 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.9.2 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.5 
 2. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.3 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.3 
 4. Kindlik, MKS L.5.9 
 5. Hybiak, AZS P.5.9 
 6. Jarosz, MKS S.5.7 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.6 
 8. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 9. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.4 
 2. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.2 
 3. Rapucha, Tur B.4.1 
 4. Chojecki, Zyrardow.4.1 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.3.9 
 6. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 7. Misztela, UMKS P.3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.7 
 9. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.3.4 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.6 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Misztela, UMKS P.2.3 
 5. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 6. Rostalski, AZS P.2.2 
 7. Labedz, Rosa I.2.2 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.2.1 
 9. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 
 10. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.1 


Asseco Prokom adds latest two victories abroad - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom adds latest two victories in VTB League for 7-8 record. The Polish team managed to beat Enisey and Minsk-2006.
At first Asseco Prokom beat Enisey 89:73. The game was mostly controlled by Asseco Prokom. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists Przemyslaw Zamojski (186-G-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. Dusan Sakota produced 12 points and Andrei Trushkin added 14 points respectively for the guests.
Later Asseco Prokom edged Minsk-2006 89:79. Minsk-2006 was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-33 second half run of Asseco Prokom. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Przemyslaw Zamojski chipped in 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests.



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Quebradillas wins their second straight overtime game: - by Luis Modestti

In another overtime thriller, Quebradillas defeated Brujos de Guayama 107-102. This was the second straight win for Quebradillas in overtime, this time with another hero.

Ricky Davis (201-F/G-79, college: Iowa) led Quebradillas with 24 points and made a key basket with 33.9 left in overtime and two free throws with 13.8 seconds to seal the win. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Elgin CC) added 17 and tapped in the ball with 2.9 seconds in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Guayama was led by Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) who scored 34 points and Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) followed with 22.

Quebradillas established control of the game in the second half as they had a 70-60 lead after 30 minutes. In the final quarter Quebradillas had a 73-61 lead with eight minutes to go and a 15-3 run by Guayama tied it at 76.

Guayama took an 82-81 lead after a three-point play by Wilfredo Pagan (184-PG-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) and had an 86-81 advantage with 40 seconds left. After that Guayama only scored a free throw and Quebradillas found a way to tie it led by Shannon and Davis.

In overtime Quebradillas had to deal with the loss of Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) due to foul trouble but Orlando Santiago (186-G-75, college: Dowling) and Ricky Davis scored in the clutch and secured another win for them.

Now Quebradillas sit on top of the BSN standings with a 3-0 record while Guayama is 1-2.



Wins for Bayamon and San German on Tuesday: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon defeated Indios de Mayagez 90-83. This was the first loss by Mayaguez this season.

Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 21 points, Carmelo Antrone Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) 15 and Alejandro Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) 12 for Vaqueros who controlled most of the game.

In the loss Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had 20 and Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) 17.

Both teams now have a 2-1 record.

Atleticos de San German defeated Capitanes de Arecibo 95-89 led by Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82, college: UTEP) who netted 20 points, 14 of them came from the free throw line. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) was also key with 18 points.

Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) had 24 and Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) 21 for Arecibo who own a 1-3 record.



San German signs Leon Powe: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German announced the signing of former NBA player Leon Powe (203-F-84, college: California). He is expected to play Thursday for San German.

Powe played six seasons in the NBA, three of them with the Boston Celtics where he won the championship in 2008.

He is expected to make a big impact in the league along with Harris Mike (198-F-83, college: Rice) who could play for them next week.

The team already released Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul) and could get rid of Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) as soon as Harris gets to Puerto Rico.



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Aleksey Kirjanov gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Aleksey Kirjanov (206-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best TEMP-SUMZ and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 5-17) with 16-point margin 93-77. TEMP-SUMZ is placed at 2nd position in Russian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TEMP-SUMZ will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. Kirjanov turned to be TEMP-SUMZ's top player in his first season with the team. Aleksey Kirjanov averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old forward Andrey Petukhov (207-F-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) of Spartak V.. Petukhov impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Spartak V. to edge the higher-ranked Severstal (#5, 13-13) by 6 points 73-67. Spartak V.'s 8th position in the standings has not changed. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Spartak V. managed to get this year. Petukhov is well-known by Spartak V. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84) of Univ.Surgut (#4). Lekavicius showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Lekavicius' great performance Univ.Surgut lost 74-85 to the lower-ranked Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 7-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Univ.Surgut needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Lekavicius has a great season in Russia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.4ppg (6th best) and assists with 5.2apg (best passer). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 63.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) of Rjazan - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-F/C-90) of Rjazan - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Sergei Khlopov (198-F-78) of TEMP-SUMZ - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. Anton Ageev (192-G-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Amiran Amirkhanov (187-G-86) of Severstal - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Aleksander Pushkin (203-F-87) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 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)


Nizhny Novgorod send Artem Yakovenko to Unics on loan - by Eurobasket News
Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) will spend the reminder of the season in Kazan. The centre was sent on loan to Unics. Artem Yakovenko started the season with Nizhny Novgorod. He tallied 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League the centre provided 11.0 points, 4.4 boards per appearance. In PBL his stats read 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. Previously Artem Yakovenko had stints with Krasnie Krilya, Sojuz Zaretchny, Khimky-2. He was the member of Russian U18 and U20 National Teams. The centre also attended Russian B National Team training camp in 2011. Eurobasket.com named Artem Yakovenko to Russian B Superleague All-Defensive Team in 2009.


Spartak SP, CSKA and Krasnie Krilya lost unexpectedly - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP, CSKA and Krasnie Krilya lost unexpectedly in VTB League.
Russian CSKA Moscow that had one loss in the League could not beat CEZ Nymburk tonight. The seventh ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk won 79:60. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chester Simmons orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alexey Shved added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. The game took place in Kuban where fourth ranked Lokomotiv won against visiting Spartak St.Petersburg 85:77. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) helped adding 18 points. Loukas Mavrokefalidis responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) scored 15 points.
Krasnie Krilya lost to Zalgiris 59:79. The best player for the winners was forward Paulius Jankunas who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Robertas Javtokas chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Aaron Miles added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.


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Banjanin number one in Serbian B League for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Mladost Zemun, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Konstantin (13-7) with 18-point margin 79-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Mladost Zemun to take over top position in the Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mladost Zemun has a very solid 13-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Banjanin turned to be Mladost Zemun's top player in his first season with the team. Nenad Banjanin averages this season 12.9ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Kemal Karahodzic of Spartak. Karahodzic had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Spartak was edged by the lower-ranked Radnicki Stud. (#12, 7-13) 84-81. This loss caused Spartak to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Karahodzic is well-known at Spartak and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dragoljub Sikman of Napredak A. (#8). Sikman scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Napredak A., leading his team to a 90-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#13, 7-13). Napredak A. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Sikman has a great season in Serbia. After 20 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. Milan Dondur) of Beovuk 72 - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) of Viva Basket - 21 points and 11 assists
6. Milic Blagojevic (200-G/F-91) of Radnicki Stud. - 16 points and 15 rebounds
7. Sekula Jovanovic) of Sabac - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nenad Kasabasic (190-G-84) of Crnokosa - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Predrag Brankovic (185-G-83) of Jedinstvo NB - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Perica Mitic (184-G-85) of Crnokosa - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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ASEAN League: Saigon Heat surprise Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Saigon Heat 67:72

Saigon Heat registered the second straight win in the ASEAN League. They surprised the Singapore Slingers on the road to improve at 2-7 record. Thorpe Jahmar (198-F-84, college: Houston) scored 24 points to lead the Vietnam team. The Slingers in the meantime suffered the fifth defeat in a row.
The hosts led by a single point after a close first frame 16:15. The Slingers stretched the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 35:32 halftime advantage. But the Saigon Heat turned things around in the third term. The visitors exploded with 26 points to ensure a 7-point buffer before the fourth quarter. The Slingers tried to save the game in the final minutes as Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) levelled things up at 67. But John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Thorpe Jahmar sealed the win for the Heat.
Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while John Smith added 12 points for the winners. Graham Louis answered with 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Slingers. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) produced 15 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 19+18 boards, Little Donald 15
Saigon Heat: Thorpe Jahmar 24, Jonathan Jones 14+11 boards, John Smith 12



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Jersin's 25 points give him D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Boris Jersin (183-G-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for Triglav Strazisce and receives a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Triglav Strazisce in his team's victory, helping them to beat Radenska (#8, 7-12) in overtime 103-96. Triglav Strazisce maintains the 3rd position in Slovenian D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Triglav Strazisce will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. Jersin turned to be Triglav Strazisce's top player in his first season with the team. Jersin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 63.1% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ziga Percel (188-G-89) of Hrastnik. He is a guard in his second season at Hrastnik. In the last game Percel recorded impressive 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Hrastnik to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Konjice (#12, 5-14) 95-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Hrastnik keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Percel is well-known at Hrastnik and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) of Radenska (#8). Spesic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . Despite Spesic's great performance Radenska lost 96-103in overtime to the higher-ranked Triglav Strazisce (#3, 14-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Radenska 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, Spesic could try to bring Radenska's a little bit higher in the standings. Spesic has individually a great season in Slovenia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sanel Dzombic (198-G-78) of Hrastnik - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Blaz Lobe (202-F/C-84) of Grosuplje - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Matic Korosec (194-F-89) of Triglav Strazisce - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Beno Pungartnik (192-G-82) of Terme Olimia - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) of Konjice - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davor Barovic (211-C-90) of Branik - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Tilen Rap (195-F-92) of Konjice - 16 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)


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Mobis Crush Egis in Game 1 - by Kevin Campigotto
The Jeonju KCC Egis were looking to take the first step in becoming repeat champions on Wednesday night when they hosted the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus, but instead got blown out in their own building 91-65. Ulsan commited half as many turnovers, outrebounded KCC, had ten more assists, twice as many steals, and more blocks. The star of the game was Ulsan's Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) who had 33 points and 14 rebounds while guard Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) had 26 points, shooting 6 of 9 from 3-point range. KCC's top scorer was Ha Seung-Jin (221-C-85) who had 19 points and 8 rebounds.

The game was highly competitive in the first half and Ulsan lead by a single point at the break. In the third quarter Ulsan opened the flood gates scoring 33 points to KCC's 16. The 33 points was one point shy of what Ulsan had scored in the first two periods. Ulsan's inside oustide game shredded the KCC defence and all throughout the third quarter Ulsan guards buried wide open 3s. Leather was guarded primarily by KCC import Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) who finished the game with 4 fouls. Ha Seung-Jin however only commited one foul. Ha needs to find a better balance between defending the rim and staying out of foul trouble because if Leather is allowed to score at will this will be a short series.

KCC was without starting guard Tony Atkins and his speed and defence on the perimeter were clearly missed. Throughout the third Ulsan's guards were able to move the ball and find wide open shooters who lit up the score board. Another looming question for KCC will be whether the replacement of the younger but smaller DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan) with Watkins was a wise decision. Why a team with the largest player in the league felt they needed to get more size and sacrifice Sims' diverse offensive skills is a question that has yet to be answered.

Game 2 is set for Friday night in Jeonju.


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Trifon Poch announced Asefa Estudiantes new head coach - by Eurobasket News
Asefa Estudiantes announced the name of their new head coach. Trifon Poch will take over the team for the reminder of the season. Estudiantes parted ways with Jose Vicente Hernandez yesterday. Trifon Poch was last seen working with CB Granada. He left the team in January 2011. Previously the specialist worked with Alicante, Girona, Cornella, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. He also worked with the Spanish National Team in 1994. Trifon Poch was named ACB Coach of the Year back in 2005. He guided the Spanish B National Team in 1995. Trifon Poch led his teams to Catalun Championship and U18 Spanish titles.


Marc Gasol''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Spaniards who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Marc Gasol (212-85, agency: Interperformances). He led his USA team Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks (23-17) 96-85 in the NBA last Wednesday. Gasol was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. Gasol also added 5 assists and 4 blocks in 41 minutes on the court. The Memphis Grizzlies have 22-15 record this season. It was Memphis Grizzlies'' fourth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Gasol''s fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 15.4ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.1apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 76.3% in the 37 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80). He was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers'' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-19) 104-85 in the NBA last Wednesday. Gasol scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 31 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers have a solid 23-15 record this season. It was Los Angeles Lakers'' third consecutive victory in a row. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Lakers'' roster. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 78.8% in the 38 games. Gasol is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89). He contributed to an Oklahoma City Thunder''s victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-17) 92-88 in the NBA last Wednesday. Ibaka scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in Division W Northwest. The Oklahoma City Thunder has quite an impressive 30-8 record this season. Ibaka''s overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.2bpg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 65.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish as he used to play in Spain. Ex-C.B. L''Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #4. Guard Ricky Rubio (192-90), who plays in the NBA could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-19) to beat the Phoenix Suns (17-20) despite his very good performance on Thursday. Rubio recorded 13 points (made all of his seven free throws) in 31 minutes. But the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 95-104 on the road to the Suns. It''s Rubio''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 8.3apg and 2.3spg in the 39 games. Rubio is also Spanish national team player.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #5. International point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (190-81) contributed to a Toronto Raptors'' victory against the New Orleans Hornets (9-29) 95-84 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and added 6 assists. The Toronto Raptors have not so impressive 13-26 record this season. Calderon has been at the team for seven years. Calderon is currently third on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 8.7apg. Calderon plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Jan Martin
Jan Martin
   #6. Power forward Jan Martin (203-84, agency: Court Side) contributed to an Galil Gilboa''s victory against the tenth-ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-12) 73-61 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. He scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (12-5) is placed second in the Premier League. It was Galil Gilboa''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Martin''s overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 17 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Spanish U20 team eight years ago.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #7. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an Angelico Biella''s victory against the 15th-ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-15) 73-62 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Miralles recorded only 2 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Angelico Biella (10-12) is placed 11th in the SerieA. This season Miralles has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Spanish passport but never been selected to any of Spanish national teams:

   #1. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), who plays in the NBA could not help the Houston Rockets (21-19) to beat the Utah Jazz (19-19) despite his very good performance on Wednesday. Scola recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. But the Houston Rockets were crushed 104-83 on the road by the Utah Jazz. It was Rockets'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Scola is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fifth year in Rockets'' roster. Scola has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6apg. Scola has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish as he used to play in Spain. Despite his Spanish passport, Scola previously played for the Argentinian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Spanish team.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs'' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (5-32) 102-72 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 25-12 record this season. This year Splitter''s overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 34 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish as he used to play in Spain. Despite Splitter''s Spanish passport, he currently plays for the Brazilian national team and cannot be called to the Spanish team.

   #3. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, college: Louisville) contributed to a Air Avellino''s victory against the 16th-ranked Banca Tercas (7-16) 75-63 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. Dean scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sidigas Avellino (12-11) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Dean belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #6. This season he has very high stats. Dean averages: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Dean used to play also for Polaris World Murcia in Spanish league.

   #4. Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH) contributed to a GECR Indalo''s victory against the 12th-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (11-17) 82-68 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (15-13) is placed eighth in the LigaA. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Davis is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This year he has very good stats: 11.3ppg and 9.3rpg in the 18 games. Davis is a naturalized American. He used to play also for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April ''98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.

   #5. Carlos Fernandez (197-F-87, college: IlIinois Tech) contributed to a Worcester Wolves'' victory against the ninth-ranked Cheshire Jets (6-13) 95-79 in the British BBL last Saturday. Fernandez scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Worcester Wolves (17-5) is placed second in the BBL. It was Worcester Wolves'' third consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez''s overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.9apg.

   #6. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) contributed to Hebraica''s victory against the sixth-ranked Wanderers (2-8) 98-73 in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. Barrera recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 14 minutes. Barrera belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #1 and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year he has very good stats: 11.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 8.6apg and 2.4spg in the 34 games. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities as he used to play in Spain.

   #7. Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82) contributed to Levice''s victory against the eighth-ranked B&W Opava (7-26) 82-57 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and added 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Sanchez has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Lucas Victoriano (190-G-77, agency: Interperformances) was not able to help San Martin Corrientes (7-21) in their game against Penarol (19-9) in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. His team lost 92-97. Victoriano is currently seventh on the league''s list of best passers. This year his total stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg in the 19 games. Victoriano also holds two passports: Spanish and Argentinian as he used to play in Spain.

   #9. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) contributed to Wuber-Est.Bahia''s victory against the closely-ranked Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (9-19) 90-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Sanchez is currently second on the league''s list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This season he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.6spg. Sanchez has dual citizenship: Spanish and Argentinian as he used to play in Spain.

   #10. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) was not able to help Capitanes (1-3) in their game against Indios (2-1) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He cannot count Thursday''s game as one of the best ones. Garces recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 70-80. This year his total stats are: 5.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. Garces holds both Panamanian and Spanish passports as he used to play in Spain.


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Manock Lual makes it to First Team All-Stars - by Eurobasket News
Manock Lual (198-F-89) finished the year with University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. He makes it to First Team All-Stars at the end of the season.
In 2007-2008 he joined the University of Prince Edward Island (CIS, starting five) and remains until now. This year he averaged 17.1 points per game.
In his top game he erupted with 33 points and 10 rebounds. UPEI beat Memorial 93:83 at that time. Manock Lual finished however with 6 points and 4 rebounds as St.Mary's outleveled UPEI 89:77. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 33-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for guard Jerome Smith who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.



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Basketligan Round 34: Sodertalje Kings defeat Sundsvall Dragons in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Basketligan.

An interesting game for Sodertalje Kings (22-12) which hosted in Sodertalje their biggest opponent Sundsvall Dragons (20-13). First ranked Sodertalje Kings managed to get a 11-point victory 91-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Sundsvall Dragons. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings 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. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Johnell Smith (185-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The other American import center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Mark Tyndale (196-86, college: Temple) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for Sundsvall Dragons. Sodertalje Kings maintains first position with 22-12 record. Sundsvall Dragons at the other side dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Sodertalje Kings are looking forward to face 08 Stockholm (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sundsvall Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. 08 was beaten by Uppsala on the road 86-76. Solna lost to Jamtland on its own court 83-93. Boras managed to outperform Eco Orebro in a road game 88-82. Norrkoping managed to beat LF Basket at home 102-94.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 27 points by Boakai Lalugba of Jamtland.



Sodertalje - Sundsvall 91-80

An interesting game for Sodertalje Kings (22-12) which hosted in Sodertalje their biggest opponent Sundsvall Dragons (20-13). First ranked Sodertalje Kings managed to get a 11-point victory 91-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Sundsvall Dragons. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings 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. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Johnell Smith (185-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The other American import center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Mark Tyndale (196-86, college: Temple) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sundsvall Dragons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings maintains first position with 22-12 record. Sundsvall Dragons at the other side dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Sodertalje Kings are looking forward to face 08 Stockholm (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sundsvall Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 28+1reb+3ast, D.Pita 22+2reb+1ast, K.Simms 21+5reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 10+5reb, J.Andersson 6+4reb+3ast, T.Borg 2
Sundsvall: N.Zivcevic 16+3reb+1ast, M.Tyndale 16+6reb+3ast, H.Baeringsson 16+6reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pierre 8+2ast, A.Nilsson 6+3reb
gschID: 132338


Uppsala - 08 86-76

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Uppsala Basket (19-15) beat at home 8th ranked 08 Stockholm (15-18) 86-76 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Uppsala Basket made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American power forward Delvon Johnson (206-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Johan Akesson (210-84, agency: Warren Sports International) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for 08 Stockholm. Five Uppsala Basket and four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Uppsala Basket moved-up to fifth place. Loser 08 Stockholm keeps the eighth position with 18 games lost. Uppsala Basket are looking forward to face KFUM Jamtland (#9) on the road in the next round. 08 Stockholm will play against the league's leader Sodertalje Kings and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: R.Eriksson 18+1reb+2ast, D.Johnson 17+16reb+1ast, J.Jeansson 15+2reb+2ast, R.Carter 12+3reb+6ast, S.Grundberg 11+4reb+1ast, M.Nakos 7+2reb+1ast
08: J.Blom 19+5reb+4ast, J.Akesson 14+8reb, H.Magnusson 12+2reb+1ast, N.Hedstrom 10+3reb+5ast, G.Nystrom 6+2reb, J.Leguia 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132339


Solna - Jamtland 83-93

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Solna Vikings (17-17) lost at home to ninth ranked KFUM Jamtland (13-21) 93-83 on Tuesday. The game without a history. KFUM Jamtland led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Stamper is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Solna Vikings. Five Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KFUM Jamtland maintains ninth position with 13-21 record. Loser Solna Vikings keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. KFUM Jamtland are looking forward to face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Solna Vikings will play against Boras Basket and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: B.Lalugba 27+4reb+1ast, E.Zabas 26+7reb+9ast, J.Stamper 18+14reb, J.Ronstrom 8+1reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 8+4reb+3ast, A.Karlsson 3+1reb+1ast
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 16+1reb+1ast, J.Flowers 16+8reb+1ast, W.Walker 13+6reb+3ast, W.Beck 11+4reb+5ast, L.Myrthil 10+8reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 9+4reb
gschID: 132340


Eco Orebro - Boras 82-88

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Boras Basket (20-14) won against on the road bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (3-31) 88-82 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Pro Management Agency) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Brandon Barton (192-88) replied with 27 points and American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eco Orebro. Boras Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-14 record. Loser Eco Orebro stay dead last with 31 lost games. Boras Basket are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#7) at home in the next round. Eco Orebro will play against LF Basket in Lulea and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 28+4reb+5ast, M.Palm 18+10reb+2ast, R.Zamroz 15+2ast, J.Thomas 14+8reb, C.McKnight 11+7reb+1ast, M.Goransson 2+1reb
Eco Orebro: B.Barton 27+2reb+3ast, D.Watt 17+8reb+1ast, P.Hampton 13+4reb+1ast, T.Oglesby 8+2reb+4ast, B.Toombs 8+8reb+1ast, A.Pleick 5+4reb+9ast
gschID: 132341


Norrkoping - LF Basket 102-94

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked LF Basket (18-15) lost on the road to third ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-12) 102-94 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 63-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Norrkoping Dolphins shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for Latvian point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 assists. The former international forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Marcus Relphorde (200-88, college: Colorado) replied with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (205-87, college: Valparaiso) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for LF Basket. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place. LF Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins are looking forward to face Sundsvall Dragons (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: G.Watt 17+4reb+2ast, M.Lindquist 17+1reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 16+2reb+9ast, M.Ringstrom 16+4reb+3ast, O.Ayuba 10+6reb+3ast, A.Saks 9+5reb+3ast
LF Basket: M.Relphorde 24+7reb+4ast, K.Ramsey 16+4reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 14+9reb+2ast, A.Person 13+2reb+3ast, E.Salon 12+2reb, M.Pahlmblad 11+1reb+4ast
gschID: 132342




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Hacettepe found their new PG - by Sinan Can
HACETTEPE Universitesi signed Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) in replacement for Sherron Collins who released last week. Eldridge is expected to arrive Ankara today. American point guard has spent most of his career at Poland since he graduated from NC-Greensboro college was played at Belarusian team Bk Minsk-2006. Eldridge averaged 5.6 points, 2.7 assits and 1.7 rebounds for Minsk in Belarus League as experienced point guard's stats at Eurochallenge Cup were 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds including 1.5 steals in 6 games at Round 1 of competition. Eldridg is reported as a team player and a good defender.

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Azovmash lost the game in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash lost the game in Vilnius to Lietuvos rytas in VTB League. Lietuvos rytas edged Azovmash 72:61. It looked good early as Azovmash took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietuvos rytas had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Azovmash was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-72. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Budivelnyk earlier overcame VEF Riga 99:89. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 36-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Suad Sehovic led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat.



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Prestigious Award for High-Flying Eagles - by Jeff King
The Newcastle Eagles were awarded the Frank Brennan Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement at this year's Sport Newcastle Annual Awards Dinner. This is the second time The Eagles have won the award, the first being in 2006.

The award reflects the outstanding contribution The Eagles have made to sport within the city and the North-East and in a soccer-mad environment it is testimony to their ability and standing within the community that they have been given this award for the second time.

Basketball rightly deserves to be celebrated in Newcastle with the job Managing Director Paul Blake and Head Coach Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) do on and off the court to promote the game in Newcastle and across the region.

Flournoy was on hand at the dinner to accept the award and he was accompanied by veteran star forward Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider).

Flournoy commented, 'This is a fantastic achievement for the club and everyone that works for it from the management to the players to the staff and the volunteers and of course to the fans. We are proud to fly the basketball flag in Newcastle and the reguion and its excellent to see that the work and efforts we all put in have been rewarded so well. The Eagles is a family and always will be and its great that we can take such an honoured award and display it in our home.'



There were further awards on the night for two of the Eagles School of Excellence players, 17-year old Jack Wilson an England Under-18 international and co-captain of the Eagles Under-18 side and Lucy Keeney who plays for The Eagles Under-16's Girls were both given Rising Stars award which recognise up and coming sporting talent in the city.



Best performance of British playing abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British who are currently playing abroad.


Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. The best performed British player this week who plays abroad is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke). He led his USA team Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) 112-91 in the NBA last Friday. Deng was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have a very good 32-8 record this season. It was Chicago Bulls'' seventh consecutive victory in a row. It''s Deng''s eighth year with the team. Deng has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 76.7% in the 33 games he played so far. Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. He is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #2. The second best is former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington), who plays in Turkey. Mensah-Bonsu could not help Besiktas (4-2) to beat Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. But the second-placed Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul was edged 78-77 at home by the leading Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the group K of EuroChallenge. Mensah-Bonsu''s team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Mensah-Bonsu''s first season with the team. Mensah-Bonsu is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very high stats. Mensah-Bonsu averages: 16.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.6%(42-64) and FT: 68.0%. He played for the British national team two years ago.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #3. Number three best British abroad this week is an international forward Joel Freeland (208-87). Freeland was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (13-10) in their game against Valencia Basket (12-11) in the Spanish ACB despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 17 points in a mere 16 minutes. But Unicaja Malaga lost 58-68 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Valencia Basket. It was Unicaja Malaga''s third consecutive loss in a row. Freeland is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(101-175), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 71.4% in the 20 games. Freeland is also a member of the British senior national team.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #4. Forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova) contributed to a Memphis Grizzlies'' victory against the Toronto Raptors (13-26) 102-99 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies have 22-15 record this season. It was Memphis Grizzlies'' fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cunningham''s overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham used to play for the British national team back in 2008. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) was not able to secure a victory for Hacettepe University (7-14) in their game against Karsiyaka (12-8) in the Turkish TBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. Bryan-Amaning was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Bryan-Amaning''s third season in pro basketball. But Hacettepe University was crushed 100-76 on the opponent court by the higher-ranked (#6) Karsiyaka. It was Hacettepe University''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Bryan-Amaning has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.8spg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and British. Bryan-Amaning is also in the roster of the British national team.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #6. Guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut) contributed to a Detroit Pistons'' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (5-32) 109-94 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 10 points. The Detroit Pistons have not so impressive 13-26 record this season. This season Gordon has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Gordon played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster. However Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #7. International guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) contributed to a CEZ Nymburk''s victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-6) 91-61 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Lenzly scored 5 points. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (3-3) is placed second in group I. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Lenzly''s overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Lenzly plays currently for the British national team. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Dzaflo Larkai
Dzaflo Larkai
   #8. Power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) contributed to a Okinawa GK''s victory against the tenth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-28) 79-69 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Larkai recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (31-7) is placed first in Western group. It was Okinawa GK''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larkai''s overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 5.6rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the British national team back in 2008.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #9. Former international center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) contributed to a Lagun Aro GBC''s victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (12-11) 76-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Betts scored only 4 points. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (13-10) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was Lagun Aro GBC''s third consecutive victory in a row. Betts'' total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the British national team three years ago.

Liam Potter
Liam Potter
   #10. Power forward Liam Potter (213-86, college: Sacred Heart) couldn''t help Prievidza (22-10) in their game against Nitra (21-11) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Potter scored 8 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in 28 minutes. BC Prievidza was edged in an overtime 83-81 on the opponent court by the lower-ranked (#3) Nitra. It was Prievidza''s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Potter''s total stats are: 5.4ppg and 4.8rpg in the 32 games. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the British U20 national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) was the major contributor in Charleville-Mezieres'' victory against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim (16-8) 70-60 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 35 minutes. Toney has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Toney used to play for the British national team three years ago. He used to play also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

   #12. Former U18 an international guard Josh Owen-Thomas (186-92) couldn''t help the University of Calgary (14-6) in their game against the Vikies (14-4) in the Canadian university league CIS despite his good performance on Wednesday. He scored 11 points in 29 minutes. His team was edged 90-88. Owen-Thomas has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2010.

   #13. International guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) couldn''t help CB Tarragona 2017 (10-16) in their game against Basquet Mallorca (11-15) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 69-73. Van Oostrum has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the British national team.


There are also other British who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry British passport:

   #1. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist) couldn''t help Prievidza (22-10) in their game against Nitra (21-11) in the Slovakian Extraliga despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Phillips also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 minutes. But BC Prievidza was edged in an overtime 83-81 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Nitra. It was Prievidza''s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Phillips belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #4. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Phillips averages: 15.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg in the 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bermudas and British as he used to play in United Kingdom. Despite Phillips'' British passport, he currently plays for the Bermudas national team and is not eligible to play for the British team.

   #2. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips as their both played in the Slovakian Extraliga last game. Guede was the main contributor in Prievidza''s victory against the eighth-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (8-24) 92-68. He was the best player in that game. Guede scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; not bad, considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Guede has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg.

   #3. Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) was the main contributor in Levice''s victory against the eighth-ranked B&W Opava (7-26) 82-57 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Bernard scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Astrum Levice (14-19) is placed second in A2 group. Bernard has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.5rpg in the 23 games.

   #4. Michael Creppy (190-G-86, college: Clark Atlanta) couldn''t help Naestved (17-10) in their game against Horsens IC (12-15) in the Danish Ligaen despite his very good performance on Thursday. He scored 16 points. But Team FOG Naestved was defeated 81-75 in Horsens by the lower-ranked Horsens IC (#4). It was Naestved''s first loss after three consecutive victories. Creppy''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Creppy has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Creppy used to play also for Worcester Wolves in British league.

   #5. Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield) contributed to an Ford Burgos'' victory against the second-ranked Menorca Basquet (17-9) 72-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Phillip scored only 4 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Autocid Ford Burgos (16-10) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. Phillip averaged so far 14.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

   #6. Mike Helsby (195-G/F-89) couldn''t help the Memorial University (10-10) in their game against the Axemen (14-6) in the Canadian university league CIS despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Helsby also added 7 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. His team lost 75-83. Helsby''s stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Canadian.

   #7. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed to a Saar-Pfalz Braves'' victory against the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-14) 71-54 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Jeka recorded 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Jeka belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #3. This season he has very good stats: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg. Jeka has both British and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama) contributed to a Musel Pikes'' victory against the closely-ranked Etzella (17-4) 90-69 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Friday. Perre recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals. Perre is currently ninth on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Perre averages: 20.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Perre has never played in United Kingdom.

   #9. Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence) couldn''t help Norrkoping Dolphins (21-12) in their game against Eco Orebro (3-31) in the Swedish Basketligan. Hanke cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 102-97. This season Hanke averages just 1.8ppg. He is a naturalized American. Hanke used to play also for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.

   #10. Kris Douse (198-F-86, college: Point Park) contributed to an overtime Keflavik''s victory against the closely-ranked Snaefell (14-10) 101-100 in the Icelandic Express League last Thursday. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Douse has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7spg in the six games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and British as he used to play in United Kingdom.


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Malvin, the defending champions, defeat Trouville - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the defending champions, beat Trouville 75-52 to take a 1-0 lead for the best of five LUB quarter final games. Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) with 19 points was the best scorer for Malvin and he added 9 rebounds and 1 block and Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) netted 8 points with 2 rebounds. For Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) scored 15 points with 6 rebounds and Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) added 5 points and 4 rebounds. In another quarter final game, Defensor Sporting is 1-0 after defeating Welcome 73-66. For Defensor Sporting Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) 20 points 3 rebounds 7 assists, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 18 points 8 rebounds 3 assists 3 blocks, and Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.) 10 points 8 rebounds.

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ASEAN League: Saigon Heat surprise Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Saigon Heat 67:72

Saigon Heat registered the second straight win in the ASEAN League. They surprised the Singapore Slingers on the road to improve at 2-7 record. Thorpe Jahmar (198-F-84, college: Houston) scored 24 points to lead the Vietnam team. The Slingers in the meantime suffered the fifth defeat in a row.
The hosts led by a single point after a close first frame 16:15. The Slingers stretched the margin in the second term. They accumulated a 35:32 halftime advantage. But the Saigon Heat turned things around in the third term. The visitors exploded with 26 points to ensure a 7-point buffer before the fourth quarter. The Slingers tried to save the game in the final minutes as Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) levelled things up at 67. But John Smith (188-G-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Thorpe Jahmar sealed the win for the Heat.
Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while John Smith added 12 points for the winners. Graham Louis answered with 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Slingers. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) produced 15 points in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 19+18 boards, Little Donald 15
Saigon Heat: Thorpe Jahmar 24, Jonathan Jones 14+11 boards, John Smith 12



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Day 23: CEZ Nymburk defeats leader CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in VTB United League.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Russian CSKA Moscow (12-2) on the court of seventh ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by CEZ Nymburk 79-60. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) contributed with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds for CSKA Moscow. CSKA Moscow's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Czech champion (7-7) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Azovmash. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Unics. CEZ Nymburk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Azovmash in Mariupol and is hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. The game took place in Kuban where fourth ranked Lokomotiv won against visiting Spartak St.Petersburg (10-4) 85-77. It was a great evening for American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ali Traore helped adding 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lokomotiv maintains fourth place with 8-6 record. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Lokomotiv will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#8) at home in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Latvian VEF Riga in a game in Kyiv versus Ukrainian Budivelnyk (#8) 99-89. It was an exceptional evening for Suad Sehovic who led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Dairis Bertans came up with 15 points and 6 assists for VEF Riga in the defeat. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth place with 5-9 record. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Budivelnyk will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
The game between 5th ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (7-8) and seventh ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-6) in Samara ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas outscored Krasnie Krilya 79-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. The best player for the winners was Paulius Jankunas who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to sixth place. Krasnie Krilya at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Kalev/Cramo (#9) in Tallinn. Krasnie Krilya will play at home against the league's leader Unics Kazan (#1).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Kalev/Cramo was beaten by VEF Riga on the road 103-89. Asseco Prokom won against Enisey on its own court 89-73. Minsk-2006 unfortunately lost to Asseco Prokom in Gdynia 79-89. Lietuvos rytas managed to beat Azovmash at home 72-61.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 20 points and 6 rebounds by Donatas Motiejunas of Asseco Prokom.



Lokomotiv - Spartak SP 85-77

One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. The game took place in Kuban where fourth ranked Lokomotiv won against visiting Spartak St.Petersburg (10-4) 85-77. Spartak St.Petersburg was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 39-28 second half run of Lokomotiv. Spartak St.Petersburg was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lokomotiv maintains fourth place with 8-6 record. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Lokomotiv will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#8) at home in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: J.Massey 21+8reb+3ast, A.Traore 18+2reb+1ast, S.Bykov 15+1reb+3ast, M.Sheleketo 13+4reb+1ast, R.Blakney 4+3reb, M.Grigoryev 4+5ast
Spartak SP: L.Mavrokefalidis 16+8reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 15+5reb, V.Dragicevic 13+1reb+2ast, A.Kotishevskiy 7+2reb+1ast, V.Zavoruev 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Halperin 5+3ast
gschID: 152142


VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 103-89

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (8-7) beat at home 9th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-13) 103-89. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Kalev/Cramo was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kalev/Cramo's 38 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 35-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Joosep Toome (202-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) added 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five VEF Riga and four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place. Kalev/Cramo lost twelfth consecutive game. Defending Estonian champion keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round. Kalev/Cramo will play on the road against Zalgiris (#6) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Zavackas 21+9reb+3ast, K.Berzins 18+7reb, A.Kavaliauskas 14+2reb, D.Bertans 12+1reb+2ast, G.Jahovics 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bailey 8+1reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 23+2reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 19+1reb+2ast, J.Toome 17+10reb+1ast, T.Sokk 11+4reb+4ast, G.Arbet 7+4ast, K.Saks 6+1reb
gschID: 152143


Krasnie Krilya - Zalgiris 59-79

The game between 5th ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (7-8) and seventh ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (6-6) in Samara ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kaunas outscored Krasnie Krilya 79-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Krasnie Krilya was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 44-26 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Robertas Javtokas (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Lithuanian champion moved-up to sixth place. Krasnie Krilya at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Kalev/Cramo (#9) in Tallinn. Krasnie Krilya will play at home against the league's leader Unics Kazan (#1).
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 17+6reb, R.Javtokas 12+7reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 10+4reb, M.Rakovic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 7+2reb+4ast, D.Salenga 7+2reb+2ast
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 18+6reb+4ast, A.Miles 9+3reb+4ast, N.Balashov 8+2reb, J.Hayes 7+1reb+1ast, D.Labovic 6+4reb, R.Alijevas 4+2reb
gschID: 152144


Asseco Prokom - Enisey 89-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk's (3-11) road loss to seventh ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (7-8) in Gdynia 73-89. The game was mostly controlled by Asseco Prokom. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prokom made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Przemyslaw Zamojski (186-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced 12 points and power forward Andrei Trushkin (205-81) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Asseco Prokom's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: P.Zamojski 22+1reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 14+8reb+1ast, J.Blassingame 13+2reb+11ast, P.Frasunkiewicz 7+3reb, R.Witka 6+1reb+2ast, L.Seweryn 5+1reb
Enisey: A.Trushkin 14+4reb, D.Sakota 12+4reb+3ast, L.Baxter 10+6reb, B.Chase 7+2reb, E.Kikanovic 7+3reb, V.Zaytsev 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 170114


Asseco Prokom - Minsk-2006 89-79

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (7-8) won against 9th ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (1-14) in Gdynia 89-79. Minsk-2006 was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-33 second half run of Asseco Prokom. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Przemyslaw Zamojski (186-86, college: Independence CC, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Asseco Prokom's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and forward Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-78) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Asseco Prokom's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Motiejunas 20+6reb+2ast, P.Zamojski 19+4reb, P.Szczotka 10+5reb+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 7+9reb+1ast, F.Dmitriev 6+2reb, Q.Day 6+2reb+1ast
Minsk-2006: A.Kudrautsau 20+5reb+3ast, A.Lashkevich 16+9reb+2ast, C.Eldridge 16+4ast, J.Sinica 12+2reb+2ast, J.Knox 7+2reb, A.Kojenets 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 152139


CEZ Nymburk - CSKA 79-60

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Russian CSKA Moscow (12-2) on the court of seventh ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by CEZ Nymburk 79-60. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alexey Shved (196-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CSKA Moscow. CSKA Moscow's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Czech champion (7-7) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Azovmash. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Unics. CEZ Nymburk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Azovmash in Mariupol and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 24+6reb+2ast, P.Benda 14+7reb+1ast, L.Wilson 13+11reb+5ast, P.Pumprla 10+6reb+2ast, A.Abrams 8+1reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 5+1reb+3ast
CSKA: J.Gordon 10+2reb, A.Vorontsevich 10+6reb+2ast, A.Ponkrashov 10+1reb+1ast, A.Shved 8+5reb+3ast, S.Kaun 6+3reb, E.Voronov 5+2reb
gschID: 152140


Lietuvos rytas - Azovmash 72-61

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Ukrainian Azovmash (7-7) lost to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (9-5) in Vilnius 61-72. It looked good early as Azovmash took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietuvos rytas had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Azovmash was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-72. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Azovmash's 26. They outrebounded Azovmash 37-25 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Lietuvos rytas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader CSKA. Azovmash at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos rytas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Azovmash will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 16+2reb+4ast, J.Valanciunas 16+6reb+1ast, A.Jomantas 11+7reb+1ast, P.Samardziski 7+4reb, L.Roberts 6+4reb, M.Katelynas 5+6reb
Azovmash: D.Ewing 11+1reb+4ast, O.Hunter 10+9reb, J.Randle 9, M.Walsh 8+3reb+1ast, J.Crispin 7+3reb+2ast, R.Rancik 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152141


Budivelnyk - VEF Riga 99-89

An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Latvian VEF Riga in a game in Kyiv versus Ukrainian Budivelnyk (#8) 99-89. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 36-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Lithuanian-Ukrainian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for VEF Riga in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains eighth place with 5-9 record. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Budivelnyk will meet at home higher ranked Zalgiris (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VEF Riga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: S.Sehovic 25+6reb, M.Anisimovas 15+4reb+3ast, J.McClinton 13+3reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 12+7reb+2ast, D.Zabirchenko 10+2reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 9+2reb+3ast
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 15+3reb+6ast, S.Valters 15+1reb+1ast, M.Bailey 14+3reb+5ast, D.Zavackas 13+3reb+1ast, T.Cain 8+3reb+1ast, G.Jahovics 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 152138




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Mahram and Riyadi draw first blood in semifinal series - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Mahram - Zob Ahan 100:86
Mahram recorded the first win in the WABA League semifinal series versus Zob Ahan. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) came up with 27 points to lead Mahram to the win in the opener.
Mahram dominated right from the start. They established a 23:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan got within striking distance in the second frame. The visitors trailed by just three points at the interval 44:47. But Mahram did not allow their opponents to pull in front. The hosts finished the third term up by 5 points 71:66. They then went on a 20:11 run late in regulation to clear off for the win. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) produced 22 points, while Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) delivered 18 points each in the victory. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Connecticut) answered with 47 points for Zob Ahan. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 20 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 27, Mahdi Kamrani 22, Farid Aslani 18, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 18+20 boards
Zob Ahan: Rashad Anderson 47, Loren Woods 20+14 boards


Riyadi - Champville 104:100 (OT)
Riyadi recorded the first win in the quarterfinal series versus Champville. The defending champions however needed an overtime to outscore their Lebanese rivals Champville. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) scored 31 points to lead the charge.
Riyadi pulled ahead in the opening frame and built a 26:23 lead after ten minutes. But Champville quickly erased the deficit in the second term. Riyadi bounced back late in the half taking a 52:41 halftime lead. The hosts controlled the pace in the third term. They established a 68:59 advantage with one quarter remaining. But Champville staged an incredible fourth-quarter run to pull ahead 74:72. Riyadi had to use all of their experience to send the game into overtime. The teams exchanged baskets for 91:91 draw after the first extra term. Riyadi though unloaded 13 points in the second overtime and pulled away as winners. Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) netted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) answered with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Champville. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had 28 points and 10 rebounds to his tally.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 31, Ahmad Ismail 24+11 boards, William Pharis 18+10 boards
Champville: Samuel Hoskin 33+11 boards, Garnett Thompson 28+10 boards





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Juanita Ward claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Levski and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Levski in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Slavia (#7, 0-20), the league's bottom-ranked team 88-84. Levski maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. Levski is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-11 record. Ward turned to be Levski's top player in her first season with the team. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ward is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.5ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 52.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old former international center Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) of Montana 2003. Makarieva impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Montana 2003 was edged by slightly higher-ranked Neftochimic (#2, 16-4) 81-80. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Montana 2003 still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Makarieva is a newcomer at Montana 2003 and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Maria Tsankova (180-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked Neftochimic. Tsankova scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Neftochimic, leading her team to a 81-80 win against #4 ranked Montana 2003. Neftochimic is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Tsankova has a very solid season. In 17 games in Bulgaria she scored 11.4ppg. She also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89) of Dunav 8806 - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Aleksandra Delcheva (202-C-87) of Slavia - 12 points and 11 rebounds
6. Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) of Levski - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) of Dunav 8806 - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) of Neftochimic - 28 points and 6 rebounds
9. Ralitsa Naneva (178-F-86) of Beroe 07 - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Dunav 8806 - 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)


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CIS women's basketball Friday roundup: Martlets clinch RSEQ crown for first time since 1996 - by Eurobasket News
ANTIGONISH, NS - The fifth seeded StFX X-Women rewarded the hometown Antigonish faithful with a 65-59 win over the fourth seeded Memorial Sea-Hawks in Subway AUS Women's Basketball quarterfinal action Friday evening. The X-Women advance to Saturday's semi-finals where they will face the top seeded Acadia Axewomen at 6:00 pm.

The X-Women received a complete team effort from their lineup as Vanessa Pickard (180-G-92), Kiley Delong, Jocelyn Moore and Anne Kiberd all had solid games for the blue and white. Delong was named AUS Subway Player of the Game for StFX, collecting 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, delivering a gritty performance in the win.

Veteran fourth year Sea-Hawks forward and AUS first team all-star Ally Forsey (191-F-90) was named Subway Player of the Game in the losing effort for Memorial, collecting a game high 22 points, along with five rebounds.

StFX came out of the gate flying, racing out to an 11-0 lead in the opening minutes off the backs of a raucous home crowd at the Oland Centre. Jocelyn Moore scored 10 points in the first quarter for the X-Women as StFX came out on top after 10 minutes of play with a 15-10 lead over the visiting Sea-Hawks.

Memorial didn't let the first quarter faze them however, as they stormed back into the game going on a 21-10 run in the second quarter to grab a 31-25 lead at half time.

The Sea-Hawks held onto the lead throughout the majority of the third quarter, but the X-Women kept pace as they didn't let the visitors extend their lead higher than five points. Anne Kiberd nailed a key three pointer late in the third quarter to get the X-Women back into the game and give them a close 43-41 advantage after three quarters of play.

The fourth quarter was where both teams showed some offensive flash as it was a high scoring 22-18 final ten minutes. Vanessa Pickard and Kiley Delong each had seven points in the quarter for the blue and white who held onto their lead for the entire quarter. The Sea-Hawks pulled to within two points but were unable to catch the hometown X-Women as they sealed the 65-59 victory, ending the Sea-Hawks season in the process.

AUS Rookie of the Year Vanessa Pickard scored 17 points for StFX and also had four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and four steals. Jocelyn Moore scored 14 points and had seven boards, along with three steals, while Kiberd and Kolbi Roper each scored nine points apiece for the X-Women. Roper had seven rebounds in the game.

Providing secondary scoring to Memorial's Forsey was Grace Fishbein who collected 11 points and six rebounds. Emily Jameson added eight points and Samantha Kavanagh scored seven.

Looking at the numbers, the X-Women shot 32.9% from field goal range, 33.3% from the three point line and 63.6% from the free throw line. The Sea-Hawks were 33.9% from field goal range, 44.4% from the three point line and 71.4% in free throws.

Moving forward, the X-Women will face the AUS top seeded and CIS No. 7 Acadia Axewomen Saturday night at 6:00 pm in the first semi-final game. The Sea-Hawks were officially eliminated with the loss. Saturday's semi-final can be viewed live online at www.ssncanada.ca.

Source: StFX Sports Info



OTTAWA - After falling 58-49 to the Badgers in their season opening game last November, the Gee-Gees got their revenge Friday evening at Montpetit Hall, opening the Final Four tournament with a 63-49 semi-final victory to send them to the OUA gold medal game tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m.

The Gee-Gees got off to a shaky start in the first quarter, demonstrating some playoff jitters as they struggled to capitalize on their offensive rebounds. Nonetheless, they managed to hold a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Gee-Gees started to fall flat in the second quarter, as Brock would go on a six point run to pull ahead 25-17. With a minute and a half left in the first half, three-time OUA East Player of the Year Hannah Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C) (Toronto, Ont.) helped turn things around for her team, bucketing two points under the net and kick-starting an eight point run, including a three from fourth-year forward and Second Team All-Star Jenna Gilbert (Ottawa, Ont.), a lay-in by second-year guard Emilie Cyr (Montreal, Qu.), and a free-throw from fifth-year forward and OUA East Defensive Player of the Year Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.). With just under a minute left, Lennox tied things up with another free throw, but Brock would draw a foul and follow through with two of their to lead by two points at the half, 27-25.

I think we were just really nervous. Its our first really important playoff game, noted Gilbert on their slow start. At half-time we just stayed calm and realized that we were much better than this, we just needed to calm down and start it with defence, and the offence would come.

And the Gee-Gees did just that. Despite a continued strong offensive push by Brock in the opening minutes of the third, which saw another two points from third-year forward Samantha deJong (St. Catherines, Ont.), the Garnet and Grey started some scoring streaks of their own. Gilbert started things off with back to back shots, followed by a strong performance by second-year guard Sarah Nolette (168-G) (Edmonton, Alta.), scoring two threes, two free-throws, as well as a steal, to help her team to a 44-41 lead heading into the last frame.

Lennox continued to be a force on defence, amassing 14 rebounds by the end of the third quarter. Lennox would go on to pick up a total of 23 rebounds, 7 points, earning her Player of the Game honours.

The fourth quarter would see a change of pace for the Gee-Gees, allowing them to extend their lead. A nice drive to the hoop by Rookie of the Year Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.), followed by two consecutive baskets by Hannah Sunley-Paisley would force Brock to call a time-out. But this would be no help, as Nolette scored another three pointer to extend the lead to 10 points with just over five minute left in the game. With a double team on Hannah Sunley-Paisley down-low, the Gee-Gees were successful in finding Gilbert behind the arc, as she hit back-to-back threes. The Gee-Gees would maintain control of the game in the final minutes to win it, 63-49.

Head coach Andy Sparks was pleased with the win, but explained that his team must be prepared to start off strong tomorrow evening if they hope to take home the OUA Championship. We cant play like that tomorrow night. The reality is that we got through with a win. But if you look at rebounding, Bess picking up 23 boards, it would have been nice some of them had of resulted in something positive for us. In general, defence wins and fortunately we defended for the whole game.

With the win, the Gee-Gees now advance to the OUA Championship tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall, and will face the winner of this evenings second semi-final match-up between Carleton and Windsor. The winner of tomorrows OUA Championship game will advance to the CIS Championship Tournament at Calgary, March 15-19.

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Source: Ottawa Sports Info


Canada West semifinal 1


REGINA, Sask. Kris Young's 28 points led the UBC Thunderbirds women's basketball team to a 72-55 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in a Canada West semifinal game on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport on the campus of the University of Regina.

Young had 13 points at the break and caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in the final 10 minutes alone to help UBC pull away from Saskatchewan late.

The Huskies were within 10 points of UBC for most of the first three quarters and pulled to within seven after a pair of Riley Humbert free throws late in the third, but the Thunderbirds put together an 11-2 run to push the lead up to 16 two minutes into the fourth and cruised to victory.

UBC will play the winner of the Regina/Fraser Valley semifinal on Saturday night in the Canada West championship game at 5 p.m. Pacific, while Saskatchewan will play for third place in the conference against the loser of the other semifinal.

Both games will be broadcast live on Canada West TV.

Young ended up 11-for-18 from the field and hit all four of her three-pointers. Zara Huntley was 8-for-11 from the field and scored 18, while Alexandra Vieweg had 11 points and tied Young for the team lead with seven rebounds. As a team, UBC shot 56% from the field compared to 36% for Saskatchewan.

Katie Miyazaki led the Huskies with 20 points and collected a game-high six steals. Dalyce Emmerson had a team-high six rebounds for Saskatchewan.

NOTES: UBC will earn an automatic berth to the 2012 CIS Championship with a win on Saturday night and will head to Saskatoon to compete in the CIS West Regional next weekend with a loss in the conference championship game on Saturday ... Saskatchewan will participate in the CIS West Regional as the host school regardless of how the Huskies do on Saturday.

Source: Regina Sports Info

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The sixth seeded Dalhousie Tigers upset the third seeded Saint Mary's Huskies 80-53 in Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal action Friday night in Antigonish, NS. The Tigers played consistently over four quarters and were led by AUS second team all-star Keisha Brown's impressive 31 point performance.

The first quarter was low scoring as both teams were trying to find their legs in the early going. The Tigers narrowly outscored the Huskies 13-12 after ten minutes of play.

The second quarter is where the Tigers really took over the game as they were cashing in on virtually every opportunity they had as they cruised to a 39-27 lead at half time.

The Huskies were unable to pick away at the Tigers lead as Keisha Brown continued her hot play in the third frame, netting eight points en route to a 16-13 third quarter advantage for the Tigers. Dalhousie upped their lead to 55-40 after three quarters of play against their Halifax rival.

If the game wasn't already in the books, the Tigers put a stamp on the evening in the fourth quarter as they continued to capitalize on their chances and outscore a deflated Huskies squad 25-13, closing out the impressive 80-53 victory in a game where many pundits had the Huskies as the favorite.

Dalhousie Subway Player of the Game Keisha Brown netted a game-high 31 points and also had seven rebounds and four steals. Also factoring in to the Tigers offense was Rachael Harrison who contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, and Courtney Thompson (175-G) who scored 10. Cailin Crosby added eight points and six rebounds for the Tigers.

CIS leading scorer and Huskies Subway Player of the Game Justine Colley scored a team high 20 points for Saint Mary's and had six rebounds, while Susanne Canvin had a double-double night with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Looking at the numbers the Tigers shot 43.5% from field goal range, 40.0% from the three point line and 76.9% from the free throw line. The Huskies were 34.4% from field goal range, 33.3% from the three point line and 41.2% from the free throw line.

With the win, the Tigers move on to face the tournament second seeded and CIS ranked No. 10 Cape Breton Capers Saturday evening in the second semi-final matchup at 8:00pm at the StFX Oland Centre in Antigonish, NS. The host and fifth seeded StFX X-Women tip off against the top seeded Acadia Axewomen in the other semi-final at 6:00 pm.

Source: StFX Sports Info


MONTREAL - Anneth Him-Lazarenko of Panama City racked up a 'double-double' with 17 points and a game-high dozen rebounds as McGill defeated Concordia 56-49 at Love Competition Hall, Friday.

It was kind of like winning the lottery, in more ways than one.

McGill did come away with the big prize, capturing their first league title in 16 years, to advance to the CIS championship in Calgary, March 17-19. They also won financially as they will save a good chunk of money by not having to fly to Saskatoon for a two-game CIS regional tourney, which will produce a wild-card spot at the Nationals.

Kaylah Barrett, a sophomore guard from Brampton, Ont., scored a game-high 23 points in a losing cause for Concordia, which gets the consolation prize and will now have to spend about $20,000 for that trip to the Midwest. Teammate Natasha Raposo, a freshman from Montreal, added 13 points in just 17 minutes of playing time.

'It was a great accomplishment for this team to (finally) win the conference title, said conference coach of the year Ryan Thorne, in his ninth season as bench boss at McGill. 'This is a team that took a while to build and it also took some time to get them to believe that we could have excellence in athletics as well as in academics.'

Concordia scored the opening basket but never led again after that. The Martlets jumped into a very comfortable 16-6 lead after the opening quarter, extending that to 30-16 at the half and 48-29 after three quarters. But the wheels almost fell off in the final stanza, as the Stingers mounted a furious comeback, which fell seven points short, outscoring McGill 20-8.

'We started out well and had a real good three quarters but we got a little tight in the fourth quarter and let the lead slip a bit,' noted Thorne. 'But the girls were tough, resilient and kept working hard. The lead that we built was just so hard for Concordia to overcome but they were a tough competitor.'

McGill had a season-high 63 rebounds, compared to only 36 by Concordia but the Stingers crawled back in the game as a result of a 20-9 advantage in turnovers.

Only six Martlets made the scoresheet. Lazarenko shot 7-for-17 from the floor and made only three of nine attempts from the charity stripe in 30 minutes of court-time.

'We were really ready with our game plan at the start, which was to box (them) out, push the ball (up court) and don't give the ball away, which we did a little bit,' confessed Lazarenko, a 5-foot-10 centre who earned all-conference honours for the third time in four years. 'But we did an amazing job boxing-out and I think that's what gave us a lot of transition buckets and a big lead. I didn't have my best season offensively but it was important to step up when we had a big game and I think I was able to do that today.'

Teammate Francoise Charest, a third-year point-guard from Quebec City, added 14 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of court-time.

'Everyone played a solid game but Frankie (Francoise) was our leader out there, especially early on,' said Thorne of Charest, who connected for a pair of treys and went 4-for-4 from the line. 'She knocked down shots and got to the basket.'

Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Natalie Larocque (168-G) (9 pts, 8 rbs) of Quebec City, Marie-Eve Martin (6) of Granby, Que., Valerie L'Ecuyer (6) of Mirabel, Que., and Tiye Traore (4), a rookie from Sudbury, Ont.

McGill shot 39.4 per cent from the field and made just four of 22 attempts from three-point range. They sunk 57.1 per cent of the free-throws (12 of 21). The Stingers did not fare much better, connecting on 26.2, 18.2 and 61.9, respectively.

The Martlets have more than a week to recover and prepare before heading out to Nationals around March 13.

MARTLET MURMURS: Each member of the Martlets, including the coaching staff, took turns in the post-game tradition of climbing up a step-ldder and cutting down a strand of string from the basket at one end of the court.... The game was played before an enthusiastic crowd of 360, including numerous hand-made signs... The fittest fans, no doubt, were a male foursome, clad only in designer boxers, each wearing a painted number on the bare backs for their favourite Martlets: 8 (Charest), 7 (Shelby Eveleigh), 13 (Gabriela Hebert) and 6 (Him-Lazarenko).

Source: McGill Sports Info

OTTAWA - For the third time in four years, the Windsor Lancers will be meeting the uOttawa Gee-Gees in the OUA Gold medal game, after Windsor defeated the Carleton Ravens 76-56 Friday evening in the second semi-final match-up of the OUA Final Four weekend.

Third-year forward and OUA West Player of the Year Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, FR) was yet again a dominant force for the Lancers in their win, picking up a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. She was named OUA Player of the Game. Carletons fourth-year guard Alyson Bush (Ottawa, Ont.) led the Ravens with 20 points and three rebounds.

The first quarter saw a fairly even match-up between both teams. Second-year guard Krista Van Slingerland (Waterloo, Ont.) nailed a three and fifth-year forward Ashleigh Cleary (Kemptville, Ont.) hit a jumper to put Carleton ahead at the first quarter break.

The Ravens held the lead for the first half of the second quarter, but the Lancers soon responded with a strong offensive push to which the Ravens had no answer. The Lancers went on to outscore the Ravens 28-13 while recording an impressive 76.5 field goal percentage, to take a 42-30 lead. The shooting skill was not uncharacteristic for the Lancers, who were the second best shooting team in the country in the regular season (44.4 per cent).

The Lancers strong offensive play continued in the second half, scoring 16 and 18 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively, while limiting the Ravens to 13 points in both quarters. Despite a late fourth quarter nine point run for the Ravens, it would not be enough as the Windsor would go on to take the win, 76-56.

The Lancers will now face the Gee-Gees tomorrow evening in the OUA gold medal game at 8:00 p.m., while the Carleton Ravens will face the Brock Badgers at 6:00 p.m. in the bronze medal game. Both games will be held at Montpetit Hall.

Both of Saturdays games will be broadcast live on SSN Canada. They will also be broadcasted on tape delay on Rogers Cable 22 in Ottawa area. Gold medal match will be shown at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, replays on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. of both matches, starting with the gold medal match.

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Source: Ottawa Sports Info


REGINA - The University of Regina's women's basketball team advanced to the Canada West championship game after a 72-56 victory over Fraser Valley in a conference semifinal game on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Regina's Carly Graham hit four three-pointers in the third quarter alone and six in the game as the fifth-year guard poured in a team-high 22 in the victory.

The No. 1-ranked Cougars will square off with No. 3 UBC on Saturday night, with the victor being crowned Canada West champions and earning an automatic berth to the 2012 CIS Championships in Calgary. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Though the Cougars entered Friday's game as the top-ranked team in the country, it was Fraser Valley that jumped out to a quick start. Led by Sarah Wierks (188-F), the Cascades scored the game's opening eight points before the U of R finally got on the board with a pair of Danielle Schmidt free throws over three minutes into the game.

After a three-pointer by Fraser Valley's Kayli Sartori put the Cascades back up by eight, the Cougars went on a momentum-changing run that saw the home side score 23 of the game's next 27 points over the last five minutes of the first and the first five of the second to build up a double-digit advantage.

The Cascades cut the deficit to four at the half, setting the stage for Graham's heroics in the third quarter.

Graham hit four three-pointers in less than five minutes in the third quarter, leading a Cougar charge that saw the U of R outscore UFV by a 24-13 margin to take a 15-point advantage into the fourth, which they held on to down the stretch for the victory. Graham, who fell just one three-pointer short of setting a new University of Regina single-game record, also had eight rebounds for the Cougars.

We were absolutely terrible in the first half and were incredibly lucky to be up at halftime, Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said. Carly simply took the game over for us in the third quarter, and that's the benefit of having so many quality veterans that can step up for us. Hopefully we'll be able to build on our second-half momentum tomorrow against UBC.

Lindsay Ledingham scored 13 points and added eight rebounds for the Cougars, while Joanna Zalesiak had 12 points and led all players in both assists (10) and steals (5). Jennilea Coppola came off the bench to tie for the game high with 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes on the floor.

Sarah Wierks tied Graham for the game high with 22 points for Fraser Valley and pulled down 10 rebounds to notch the Cascades' lone double-double of the contest. Sartori ended up with 15 points, while Nicole Wierks had 11 rebounds.

Fraser Valley will square off with Saskatchewan on Saturday night in the Canada West third place game, though it's already known that the Cascades will participate in the CIS East Regional next weekend in Ottawa. The Cascades and the Huskies will tip off at 5 p.m. at the CKHS.

NOTES: Saturday's conference championship game between Regina and UBC will be a rematch of the final from the only other time the Cougars hosted the Canada West Final Four ... the Cougars scored a 73-36 win over the Thunderbirds in that game to claim their only Canada West title to date.

Source: Regina Sports Info




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One spot available for the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos and University of Cyprus booked a spot for the Playoff Semifinals. Both teams eliminated their rivals with perfect 2-0 in the series. Keravnos handed 105-44 and 40-88 defeats to Akademia to reach the next stage. University of Cyprus was better than Achilleas twice 63-38 and 42-60. Keravnos and University of Cyprus will meet each other in the Semis. AEL also reached the next stage, but they didnt play in the QFinals. The Limassol team was the regular season champ and advanced to the Semis directly. They wait for the winner of Olympos - APOP. They will meet tomorrow in crucial Game Three as the score is 1-1 now. Olympos will be the host.

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ZBL Round 8: Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary beats BK Pliska Studanka by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (4-26) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (15-15) in Pardubice on Wednesday. The visitors from Karlovy Vary managed to secure only one-point victory 49-48. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Slovakian forward Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-87) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Sarka Kucerova (181) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Renata Brezinova (189-90) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for BK Pliska Studanka. BK Pliska Studanka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with Valosun Brno. BK Pliska Studanka at the other side keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary is looking forward to face VSE Praha (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Pliska Studanka will play against DSK Karlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Frisco Sika (23-7) against fourth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (17-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Frisco Sika was crushed by Sokol Hradec Kralove in Hradec Kralove 71-52. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Lenka Bartakova (175-91) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and Michaela Hartigova who added 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach Miroslav Volejnik allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Barbora Kasparkova (182-92) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains fourth position in Group A1 with 17-13 record. Defending champion Frisco Sika keeps the second place with seven games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against league's leader USK Praha at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Frisco Sika will play against Basket Slovanka MB in Vodochody and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for USK Praha (30-0) which played road game in Trutnov against 3rd ranked Kara Trutnov (18-12). Top-ranked USK Praha had an easy win 98-53. The winners were led by Delisha Milton-Jones who scored that evening 21 points. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Lenka Vetrovcova did not help to save the game for Kara Trutnov. Undefeated USK Praha have an impressive 30-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A1 with 30-0 record. Kara Trutnov lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with VS Praha. USK Praha will meet Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) on the road in the next round. Kara Trutnov will play against VS Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Aldast Strakonice (14-16) which hosted in Strakonice one of their biggest challengers VSE Praha (9-21). Third ranked Aldast Strakonice had an easy win 78-62. The best player for the winners was Zora Skrabalova who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aldast Strakonice maintains third position in Group A2 with 14-16 record having sixteen points less than leader USK Praha. Newly promoted VSE Praha keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Aldast Strakonice's next round opponent will be league's leader Valosun Brno on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. VSE Praha will play against the league's second-placed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ZBL top team - Valosun Brno (15-15) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they beat sixth ranked DSK Karlin (1-29) 86-68. Chloe Kerr orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Valosun Brno have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A2 with 15-15 record, which they share with Karlovy Vary. DSK Karlin lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 29 games lost. Valosun Brno will face Aldast Strakonice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. DSK Karlin will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8
In Group A1 Slovanka MB was beaten by VS Praha on the road 73-66.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 17 points and 11 rebounds by Eva Viteckova of USK Praha.


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Hradec Kralove - Frisco Sika 71-52

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Frisco Sika (23-7) against fourth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (17-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Frisco Sika was crushed by Sokol Hradec Kralove in Hradec Kralove 71-52. The game without a history. Sokol Hradec Kralove led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded Frisco Sika 44-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Lenka Bartakova (175-91) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) who added 10 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach Miroslav Volejnik allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Barbora Kasparkova (182-92) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Alena Hanusova (189-91) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains fourth position in Group A1 with 17-13 record. Defending champion Frisco Sika keeps the second place with seven games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against league's leader USK Praha at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Frisco Sika will play against Basket Slovanka MB in Vodochody and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Frisco Sika: B.Kasparkova 17+5reb, A.Hanusova 8+5reb+2ast, T.Peckova 7+3reb+1ast, M.Stalvant 7+1reb, J.Thomas 6+5reb+3ast, R.Stehlikova 5+4reb
Hradec Kralove: L.Bartakova 25+4reb+4ast, K.Rosenbaumova 11+4reb+3ast, M.Hartigova 10+14reb+1ast, K.Pochobradska 7+6reb+1ast, M.Cepelkova 6+1reb, K.Zavazalova 5+5reb
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Trutnov - USK Praha 53-98

An interesting game for USK Praha (30-0) which played road game in Trutnov against 3rd ranked Kara Trutnov (18-12). Top-ranked USK Praha had an easy win 98-53. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kara Trutnov's 28. The winners were led by American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored that evening 21 points and the former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84) supported her with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by center Lenka Vetrovcova (188-84) did not help to save the game for Kara Trutnov. International swingman Katerina Hindrakova (176-88) added 13 points for the hosts. USK Praha have an impressive 30-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A1 with 30-0 record. Kara Trutnov lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with VS Praha. USK Praha will meet Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) on the road in the next round. Kara Trutnov will play against VS Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: L.Vetrovcova 15+9reb, K.Hindrakova 13+2reb+1ast, P.Zaplatova 8+1reb+2ast, A.Skokanova 6+5reb, H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 5+3reb, M.Steffanova 2+3reb+1ast
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 21+3reb+3ast, A.Montanana 14+5reb, P.Kulichova 12+7reb+1ast, F.Eldebrink 12+4reb+1ast, E.Viteckova 10+2reb, M.Zrustova 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 168832


VS Praha - Slovanka MB 73-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked VS Praha's (18-12) home victory over 6th ranked Basket Slovanka MB (16-14) 73-66 on Wednesday. VS Praha dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Slovanka MB's 30. VS Praha forced 19 Basket Slovanka MB turnovers. Center Petra Reisingerova (195-73) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Belgian power forward Evelien Callens (188-84) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four VS Praha players scored in double figures. American center Mellisa D'Amico (195-86, college: Notre Dame) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Hana Nezdarilova (170-84) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Basket Slovanka MB. VS Praha moved-up to third place in Group A1, which they share with Trutnov. Loser Basket Slovanka MB keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. VS Praha will face Kara Trutnov (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Basket Slovanka MB will play against the league's second-placed Frisco Sika in Brno.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: M.D'Amico 17+9reb+1ast, P.Pospisilova 12+3reb+1ast, H.Nezdarilova 11+6reb+4ast, L.Sipova 7+3reb+1ast, L.Tesarikova 6+7reb, E.Dujsikova 5+7reb
VS Praha: P.Reisingerova 19+8reb, K.Elhotova 14+1reb, E.Callens 12+7reb+3ast, T.Vyoralova 10+7reb+3ast, K.Bartonova 8+3reb+9ast, T.Vorlova 6+5reb
gschID: 168830


A2
Pardubice - Karlovy Vary 48-49

Fifth-ranked BK Pliska Studanka (4-26) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (15-15) in Pardubice on Wednesday. The visitors from Karlovy Vary managed to secure only one-point victory 49-48. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Slovakian forward Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-87) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Sarka Kucerova (181) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Renata Brezinova (189-90) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Hana Kramperova (176-85) added 9 points in the effort for BK Pliska Studanka. BK Pliska Studanka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A2 leader, which they share with Valosun Brno. BK Pliska Studanka at the other side keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary is looking forward to face VSE Praha (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Pliska Studanka will play against DSK Karlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: R.Brezinova 12+9reb+2ast, H.Kramperova 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pavlasova 9+3reb, M.Jedlickova 5, S.Petraskova 4+2reb+1ast, B.Habetinkova 4+1ast
Karlovy Vary: L.Krc-Turbova 17+7reb+1ast, S.Kucerova 13+8reb, J.Houdkova 7+3reb, B.Sedlackova 4+3reb, K.Holmes 3+2reb, M.Muchova 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 168835


DSK Karlin - Valosun Brno 68-86

ZBL top team - Valosun Brno (15-15) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they beat sixth ranked DSK Karlin (1-29) 86-68. DSK Karlin was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Valosun Brno dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to DSK Karlin's 40. Valosun Brno forced 19 DSK Karlin turnovers and outrebounded them 48-37 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Chloe Kerr (191-85, college: USC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Irena Borecka (176-80) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Arnika Brown (187-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and center Irena Spirkova (191-82) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for DSK Karlin. Five Valosun Brno and four DSK Karlin players scored in double figures. Valosun Brno have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A2 with 15-15 record, which they share with Karlovy Vary. DSK Karlin lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 29 games lost. Valosun Brno will face Aldast Strakonice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. DSK Karlin will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DSK Karlin: A.Brown 16+14reb+2ast, A.Hunkova 14+3reb, I.Spirkova 14+9reb+2ast, L.Mersch 13+7reb+4ast, B.Emmelova 6+2reb+1ast, A.Buldrova 3+2reb
Valosun Brno: C.Kerr 23+12reb, I.Borecka 18+3reb+2ast, V.Vlkova 14+3reb+4ast, E.Mrhalkova 11+4reb, K.Sedlakova 10+11reb+2ast, E.Kmetova 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 168833


Strakonice - VSE Praha 78-62

An interesting game for Aldast Strakonice (14-16) which hosted in Strakonice one of their biggest challengers VSE Praha (9-21). Third ranked Aldast Strakonice had an easy win 78-62. It looked good early as VSE Praha took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aldast Strakonice had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and VSE Praha was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-78. The best player for the winners was international center Zora Skrabalova (195-81, college: Illinois St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Slovakian point guard Diana Benuskova (170-89) chipped in 13 points. Four Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures. American forward Marshae Dotson (180-87, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Dalila Eshe (191-84, college: Florida) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aldast Strakonice maintains third position in Group A2 with 14-16 record having sixteen points less than leader USK Praha. Newly promoted VSE Praha keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Aldast Strakonice's next round opponent will be league's leader Valosun Brno on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. VSE Praha will play against the league's second-placed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VSE Praha: M.Dotson 16+11reb+1ast, D.Eshe 14+6reb+1ast, M.Mackulinova 7+2reb, J.Krizova 6, D.Harapesova 6+3reb+4ast, A.Filarova 5+2reb
Strakonice: Z.Skrabalova 17+8reb+1ast, K.Krizova 14+3reb+1ast, D.Benuskova 13+4reb+3ast, A.Jenisova 11+1reb+3ast, K.Linhartova 7+2reb+2ast, L.Balakova 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168834




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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-sarja Round 25: Undefeated Catz Lappeenranta loses their first game against Peli-Karhut - 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 crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Catz Lappeenranta (24-1) in Kotka on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Peli-Karhut (18-7) 84-64. It ended at the same time the 24-game winning streak of Catz Lappeenranta. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Peli-Karhut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Puerto Rican forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 18-7 record having six points less than leader Catz. Catz Lappeenranta at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Peli-Karhut are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kerava Energia Team (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Catz Lappeenranta will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aanekosken (17-8) against fifth ranked Espoo Team (11-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Aanekosken was defeated by Espoo Team in a tough game in Espoo 63-70. The former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and Jenni Janina Muurinen accounted for 5 points and 17 rebounds. American forward Madina Ali (182-87, college: W.Virginia) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Aanekosken in the defeat. Espoo Team have a solid series of three victories in a row. Espoo Team maintains fifth place with 11-14 record. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Espoo Team will play against HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Aanekosken will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Forssan Alku (#4) was upset in Forssa by seventh ranked Torpan Pojat 88-77. Kaihla Szunko fired 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Vanessa House produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Torpan Pojat (8-17) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with HoNsU. Loser Forssan Alku keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Torpan Pojat will meet at home higher ranked Aanekosken (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Forssan Alku will play against Espoo Team and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked HoNsU (8-17) crushed at home 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-24) by 46 points 95-49, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Charlee Underwood who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. HoNsU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ToPo. Kerava Energia Team lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. HoNsU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Espoo Team (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kerava Energia Team will play against the league's second-placed Peli-Karhut in Kotka.



Espoo Team - Huima 70-63

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aanekosken (17-8) against fifth ranked Espoo Team (11-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Aanekosken was defeated by Espoo Team in a tough game in Espoo 63-70. Aanekosken was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Espoo Team made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Espoo Team outrebounded Aanekosken 42-31 including 36 on the defensive glass. Aanekosken was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (made all of her ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and German center Jenni Janina Muurinen (186-84) accounted for 5 points and 17 rebounds. American forward Madina Ali (182-87, college: W.Virginia) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Sanna Jamsen (183-79) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Aanekosken in the defeat. Espoo Team have a solid series of three victories in a row. Espoo Team maintains fifth place with 11-14 record. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Espoo Team will play against HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Aanekosken will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: L.Wilson 29+14reb+2ast, V.Holtta 11+3reb+1ast, A.Holopainen 9, S.Vartiainen Rinta 6+3reb+2ast, J.Janina Muurinen 5+17reb+2ast, E.Leino 4
Huima: M.Ali 17+8reb+2ast, S.Jamsen 11+8reb, D.Jernigan 11+4reb+2ast, K.Robinson 7+1reb, M.Bland 7+3reb+1ast, S.Viitanen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146603


HoNsU - Kerava 95-49

Seventh ranked HoNsU (8-17) crushed at home 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-24) by 46 points 95-49, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. HoNsU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Kerava Energia Team to an opponent 22.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.4 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Kerava Energia Team 60-46 including a 45-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. HoNsU shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 71.4 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Katja Summala (173-89) contributed with 31 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five HoNsU players scored in double figures. Center Silja Paavola (183-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Centhya Hart (185-89, college: St.John's) added 12 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Kerava Energia Team. HoNsU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ToPo. Kerava Energia Team lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. HoNsU's next round opponent will be higher ranked Espoo Team (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kerava Energia Team will play against the league's second-placed Peli-Karhut in Kotka.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: K.Summala 31+3reb+2ast, C.Underwood 20+14reb+6ast, M.Sten 13+13reb+2ast, K.Lind 13+1reb+2ast, T.Lepisto 10+8reb+4ast, A.Karkkainen 4+9reb+2ast
Kerava: S.Paavola 14+16reb+1ast, C.Hart 12+18reb+1ast, S.Helenius 7+3reb+2ast, L.Juhola 7+3reb+3ast, E.Raikkonen 4+2reb, M.Heikkila 3+1reb
gschID: 146604


PeKa - Catz 84-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Catz Lappeenranta (24-1) in Kotka on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Peli-Karhut (18-7) 84-64. It ended at the same time the 24-game winning streak of Catz Lappeenranta. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Peli-Karhut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Puerto Rican forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. At the losing side Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Kirby Copeland (182-85, college: Virginia Tech, agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 18-7 record having six points less than leader Catz. Catz Lappeenranta at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Peli-Karhut are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kerava Energia Team (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Catz Lappeenranta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
PeKa: Y.Jones 20+15reb+1ast, B.Bruszewski 19+7reb, R.McCants 16+8reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 12+3reb+4ast, A.Pounds 9+4reb+1ast, R.Piipari 5+2reb+3ast
Catz: E.Reshetko 21+14reb, K.Copeland 15+11reb+3ast, D.Pounds 9+5reb, A.Anderson 9+7reb+2ast, H.Vapamaa 7+4reb+1ast, L.Aaltonen 3+4reb
gschID: 146605


FoA - ToPo 77-88

Forssan Alku (#4) was upset in Forssa by seventh ranked Torpan Pojat 88-77. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Alku's 44. Forward Kaihla Szunko (187-88, college: Cent.Michigan) fired 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Canadian-Nigerian center Dorcas Olorunnife (182-90, college: Idaho) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat (8-17) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with HoNsU. Loser Forssan Alku keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Torpan Pojat will meet at home higher ranked Aanekosken (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Forssan Alku will play against Espoo Team and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: E.Nurmi 22+4reb+5ast, K.Szunko 21+8reb+4ast, M.Eerikinharju 17+2reb+1ast, L.Saarinen 12+10reb+1ast, S.Wahlgren 7+1reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 5+3reb+4ast
FoA: V.House 24+9reb+7ast, H.Koponen 20+4reb, D.Olorunnife 13+9reb+3ast, S.Evans 10+8reb, N.Jarvikangas 5+3reb, A.Awkward 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146606




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  FRANCE - Women  


French LFB round 22 best performance: Mistie Mims (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American center Mistie Mims (191-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Challes, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while her team edged out Landes (#6, 11-11) 66-63. Challes maintains the 3rd position in French LFB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Challes will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. It's Mims' second year at Challes and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Former Duke University star has very solid stats this year. Mims is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.7ppg. Mims is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Amisha Carter (186-PF-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Union Hainaut. Carter had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Union Hainaut to edge the lower-ranked Arras (#11, 9-13) in overtime 71-68. Union Hainaut's 7th position in has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Carter is a newcomer at Union Hainaut, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#2). She also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian forward Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of Tarbes (#5). Murphy showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Tarbes, leading her team to a 88-81 win against the lower-ranked Nice (#14, 4-18). Tarbes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Murphy has a very solid season. In 8 games in France she scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krystal Thomas (195-C-89) of Lyon - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Lyon - 22 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84) of Landes - 15 points and 15 rebounds
7. Aurelie Bonnan (187-F/C-83) of Nantes - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Lattes Montp. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aminata Diop (196-C-83) of Nantes - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 18-4 
 2. Lattes Montp. 18-4 
 3. Challes 17-5 
 4. Mondeville 13-9 
 5. Tarbes 12-10 
 6. Landes 11-11 
 7. Union Hainaut 11-11 
 8. Nantes 10-12 
 9. Villeneuve 10-12 
 10. Charleville 9-13 
 11. Arras 9-13 
 12. Aix-en-Provence 6-16 
 13. Lyon 6-16 
 14. Nice 4-18 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Mims, Challes19.7 
 2. Carter, Union H.17.8 
 3. Gomis, Villeneuve17.3 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.6 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve16.2 
 6. Hurst, Aix-en-P.15.5 
 7. Williams, Nantes14.4 
 8. Joens, Bourges14.1 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.13.7 
 10. Stampalija, Union13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Humphrey, Landes11.2 
 2. Carter, Union H.9.6 
 3. Sanni, Villeneuve9.2 
 4. Diawara, Charlevil.9.1 
 5. Bonnan, Nantes8.5 
 6. Kraayeveld, Ville.8.3 
 7. Skrba, Lattes M.7.8 
 8. Aziz, Lyon7.7 
 9. Mims, Challes7.7 
 10. Coulibaly, Mondev.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Celine DUMERC
  Bourges
  (169-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Dumerc, Bourges5.1 
 2. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 3. Wambe, Villeneuve4.9 
 4. Lawson-Wade, Latt.4.9 
 5. Sauret Gille., Lyon4.5 
 6. Bouderra, Charlevi.4.5 
 7. Manic, Landes4.5 
 8. Konate, Nice4.1 
 9. Sharp, Mondeville4.0 
 10. Lepron, Tarbes3.7