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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
 1. Hampton Sharks 0-0 
 2. Las Vegas K. 0-0 
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 14-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 6-1 
 3. Albany S. 4-1 
 4. Atlanta A. 4-1 
 5. Atlanta W. 4-2 
 6. Gainesville H. 3-3 
 7. Birmingham B. 3-5 
 8. Georgia G. 2-3 
 9. E.Point Jaguars 1-2 
 10. SW Fellowship 1-8 
 11. Georgia B. 0-0 
 12. Savannah G. 0-2 
California Northwest
 1. Fresno F. 4-3 
 2. S.Francisco R. 3-0 
 3. Bay Area M. 3-1 
 4. Sacramento H. 2-4 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. E.Bay Pitbulls 0-0 
 7. Modesto H. 0-0 
 8. NorCal B. 0-0 
 9. Richmond R. 0-0 
 10. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 11. Port City P. 0-1 
Canada
 1. ABA-Canada 0-0 
Expansion
 1. Buffalo 716ers 0-0 
 2. Carolina C. 0-0 
 3. Carolina Ch. 0-0 
 4. Carolina J. 0-0 
 5. Chicago S. 0-0 
 6. East Carolina T. 0-0 
 7. Long Beach R. 0-0 
 8. Milwaukee B. 0-0 
 9. Polk County F 0-0 
 10. Riverside R. 0-0 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 10-1 
 2. Richmond E. 7-0 
 3. Lynchburg L. 4-3 
 4. Greenville G. 3-2 
 5. Fayetteville F. 3-6 
 6. Palmetto SR 2-5 
 7. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 8. Seven Cities K. 1-4 
 9. Carolina D. 0-0 
 10. Hampton Stallions 0-2 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 8-4 
 2. Chicago Steam 6-0 
 3. Indiana SW 6-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 5-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 4-6 
 6. Michiana M. 1-2 
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-0 
 8. Ill City Beast 0-0 
 9. Indianapolis 0-0 
 10. Windy City 0-0 
 11. Peoria P. 0-3 
 12. Oakland CC 0-6 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 2-1 
 2. Staten Island V. 1-0 
 3. Connecticut T. 0-1 
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-1 
 2. Alaska Q. 5-1 
 3. Calgary C. 4-0 
 4. Olympia Rise 2-2 
 5. Kitsap Adm. 2-5 
 6. Alaska 49ers 1-1 
 7. Salem Sabres 1-1 
 8. Washington R. 0-2 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-4 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 5-1 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 5-2 
 2. Jackson S. 4-1 
 3. Missouri R. 3-2 
 4. Arkansas DS 0-0 
 5. N.E. Arkansas 0-0 
 6. Bluff City R. 0-3 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 3-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 9-0 
 2. LA Slam 4-2 
 3. San Diego Surf 4-2 
 4. Orange County N. 2-5 
 5. Hollywood M. 0-0 
 6. San Diego Sol 0-0 
 7. SoCal Swish 0-0 
 8. Central Valley T. 0-4 
 9. Las Vegas Def. 0-4 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 7-1 
 2. West Texas W. 3-2 
 3. Dallas Impact 2-1 
 4. Texas Fuel 2-1 
 5. Aberdeen Attack 0-0 
 6. Houston X. 0-0 
 7. Louisiana G. 0-1 
 8. Oklahoma S. 0-3 
Touring Team
 1. Electric C.Lions 4-2 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-3 
 3. Shizuoka G. 1-4 
 4. Chico Rage 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. Little Rock L. 0-1 
 8. NYC Thunder 0-1 


ABA Power Rankings end 2012 with same top three teams - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released is Power Rankings through Sunday, December 30th - and the Arizona Scorpions, Jacksonville Giants and South Carolina Warriors remained the top three teams and the year ended and the new year begins. "These three teams are very good," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "but the rest of the top 10 are also very good and we should see a lot of movement as we continue to play."

1. Arizona Scorpions (9-0)
2. Jacksonville Giants (14-1)
3. South Carolina Warriors (10-1)
4. Chicago Steam (6-0)
5. Richmond Elite (6-0)
6. Indiana State Warriors (6-0)
7. Gulf Coast Flash (6-1)
8. North Dallas Vandals (7-1)
9. Colorado Kings (5-1)
10. Seattle Mountaineers (6-1)
11. Los Angeles SLAM (4-2)
12. Atlanta Aliens (4-1)
13. Albany Shockwave (4-1)
14. Calgary Crush (4-0)
15. Atlanta Wildcats (4-2)
16. Jackson Showboats (4-1)
17. Conway Cyclones (5-2)
18. San Diego SURF (4-2)
19. Alaska Quake (5-1)
20. Detroit Hoops (5-2)
21. Lima Explosion (8-4)
23. Greenville Galaxy (3-2)
24. Fresno Flight (4-3)
25. Lynchburg Legends (4-3)
26. San Francisco Rumble (3-0)*
27. Gainesville Heat (3-3)
28. West Texas Whirlwinds (3-2)
29. Dallas Impact (2-1)*
30. Phenx City Bombers (3-3)
31. Jersey Express (2-1)*
32. Missouri Rhythm (3-2)

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



Next ABA game with #1 Scorpions on UBC TV Network - by Gianni Pascucci

On January 12, 2013, the Los Angeles Slam will meet ABA #1 ranked Arizona Scorpions at the L.A.Southwest College. The game will be telecasted on National UBC TV Network. Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, college: Missouri), Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska), Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC), Juaquin Hawkins (6'7''-F-73, college: Long Beach St.), Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) and Jerry Dupree (6'7''-F-81, college: USC) will wear the Los Angeles Slam shirts, Daniel McClintock (7'0''-C-77, college: N.Arizona), Robert Turner (6'9''-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) and Bryson Krueger (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Arizona St.) will lead the yet undefeated Scorpions.


Lions defeat Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci

The Electric City Lions outlasted Georgia Gwizzlies, 134-117 some nights ago in their last ABA game. Dunnell Webb (6'6''-G-89, agency: Ronsport, college: San Diego CC) was the game top performer with 47 pts in losing effort, Bo Ingram (6'5''-SF-90, college: Texas Arlington) added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Gwizzlies. The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies record is now 2-3 next game January 5th 1pm at Gainesville. Other next games are Jan 13 Electric City, Jan 18 Johnson City, Jan 20 and Jan 21 Phenix, Jan 26 East Point Jaguars and Jan 27 Southwest Warriors


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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.9 
 3. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.4 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.3 
 6. Lewis, La Union17.2 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.4 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.3 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Fierro, Atenas7.6 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.4 
 9. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 10. Mata, Penarol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 3. De los Santo., Arg.4.1 
 4. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 7. Cajal, Union Progr.3.7 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.7 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa1.6 
 8. Espinoza, Obras1.5 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 10. Lewis, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 5. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 6. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 8. Meyinsse, Regat.0.8 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 10. Ayarza, 9 de Julio0.8 


Luis Scola's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Argentinians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Argentinians who are currently playing abroad.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (11-20) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Phoenix Suns lost 107-111 on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 10 rebounds. Scola also added 2 blocks in 43 minutes on the court. It was Suns' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 80.6% in the 31 games he played so far. Scola has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Houston Rockets (16-14) 122-116 in the NBA last Friday. He recorded 23 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 24-8 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 11th year with the team. This season Ginobili has very high stats. He averages: 12.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 83.2%. Ginobili is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni was the major contributor in a Caja Laboral's victory against the 15th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-11) 84-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (12-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Nocioni is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 14.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(43-77), 3FGP: 61.4%(27-44) and FT: 73.5% in the 14 games. Nocioni has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Houston Rockets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-13) 87-84 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Houston Rockets have 16-14 record this season. It's Delfino's first year with the team. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg. Similarly like Nocioni and Ginobili above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is also Argentinian national team player.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #5. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Andres Nocioni in the Spanish ACB last game. Mainoldi, who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 77-84 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Mainoldi was the top scorer with 25 points in 26 minutes. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's roster. He is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.7rpg. This year Mainoldi also averages: 10.7ppg in the 15 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #6. Point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA) managed to help New York Knicks to win against the Phoenix Suns (11-20) 99-97 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes. The New York Knicks have a solid 21-9 record this season. It's Prigioni's first year with the team. Prigioni's overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #7. International point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (5-10) in their last game. Despite Richotti's very good performance CB Canarias was badly defeated 81-62 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. He was the top scorer with 17 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg in the 15 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams C.de Latte BRE (6-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance C.de Latte BRE was defeated 97-93 at home by the higher-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (#8). Fernandez scored 12 points, had 5 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls. It's Fernandez's first season with the team. Fernandez is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.2spg. Fernandez plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Matias Bortolin
Matias Bortolin
   #9. Former U17 international center Matias Bortolin (205-93, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-13) in their game against UBSC Graz (6-8) in the Austrian A Bundesliga, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. Bortolin was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were crushed 99-73 in Graz by the higher-ranked (#8) UBSC. It was Arkadia Lions' third consecutive loss in a row. Bortolin belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. Bortolin used to play for the Argentinian U17 national team two years ago.

Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino
   #10. Swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Sacred Heart University crushing them 77-38 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points and had 4 steals. The The George Washington University has conference record this season. This year Garino has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg. He is U19 international player as one years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati in their game against FCM Ferentino in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Porta cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 89-75. Porta's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 2.5spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a 2-point AcegasAps TR's victory against the 11th-ranked Pall.Trento (5-7) 71-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Filloy scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Acegas Aps Trieste (7-5) is placed sixth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite his Argentinian passport, Filloy previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Florida Atlantic to a victory against the Troy University (0-3) 61-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Florida Atlantic University has 2-2 conference record this season. This year Bertone has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #3. Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85, currently plays in Italy) led Agrigento to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Treviglio (9-6) 73-70 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Chiarastella recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 35 minutes. Moncada Solar Agrigento (11-5) is placed third in the Nazionale A. This year Chiarastella's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg in the seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the eighth-ranked Torino (7-6) 81-69 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Vico was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and had 3 steals. Bawer Matera (12-4) is placed second in the Nazionale A. Vico is currently fourth on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg and 3.3spg. Vico has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AcegasAps TR (7-5) 67-51 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Tezenis Verona (7-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2. This year Ghersetti's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg in the 13 games. Similarly like Vico and Chiarastella above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Pall.Trento (5-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Forray's good performance Pall.Trento was edged in an overtime 106-105 at home by the higher-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (#10). He recorded 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Forray's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #7. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO crushing them 96-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Musso recorded 9 points, 5 assists and 5 steals in 23 minutes. This year Musso's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in the 10 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia to win against one of league's weakest teams Air Avellino crushing them 91-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Filloy scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Filloy's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2spg. Similarly like five previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a FCM Ferentino's surprising victory against the third-ranked Givova Scafati 89-75 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Carrizo recorded 14 points in a mere 15 minutes. This year Carrizo's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.1rpg in the 11 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's victory against the closely-ranked Latina Basket 75-67 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Fabi was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fabi's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like seven previous players above, he has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



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Standings - NBL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Dec. 31: Crocodiles - 36ers 86-82
Dec. 31: Hawks - Tigers 72-80
Dec. 28: 36ers - Breakers 66-71
Dec. 30: Kings - Wildcats 61-95
Dec. 31: Taipans - Breakers 61-66

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 4: 36ers - Crocodiles
Jan. 5: Kings - 36ers
Jan. 5: Taipans - Wildcats
Jan. 5: Hawks - Breakers
Jan. 6: Tigers - Kings


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Madgen, Kings18.6 
 2. Jackson, Breakers17.4 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles17.1 
 4. Wilson, Taipans16.0 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats15.8 
 6. Johnson, 36ers15.1 
 7. Knight, Wildcats14.5 
 8. Deleon, Hawks13.8 
 9. Goulding, Tigers13.8 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 3. Crosswhite, Kings7.4 
 4. Schenscher, 36ers7.2 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.0 
 6. Scott, Tigers7.0 
 7. Forman, Hawks6.9 
 8. Lazare, Kings6.9 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.8 
 10. Petrie, 36ers6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.6 
 2. Gibson, 36ers4.9 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.5 
 4. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 5. Wilson, Taipans3.4 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.1 
 7. Henry, Kings3.1 
 8. Redhage, Wildcats2.8 
 9. Cadee, 36ers2.8 
 10. Goulding, Tigers2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.6 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.4 
 4. Edwards, Taipans1.3 
 5. Ervin, Crocodiles1.3 
 6. Henry, Kings1.1 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Gliddon, Taipans1.1 
 9. Williams, Taipans1.1 
 10. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.9 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.3 
 3. Forman, Hawks1.1 
 4. Schenscher, 36ers1.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats1.0 
 6. Garlepp, Kings0.8 
 7. Walker, Tigers0.7 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles0.7 
 9. Lazare, Kings0.7 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.0.6 


Brad Newley selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Australians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain). Newley led G.Canaria 2014 to a victory against the 13th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-9) 84-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (11-4) is placed fourth in the ACB. It's Newley's first season with the team. Newley has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.6%(63-104), 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 63.9%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Euroleague). Jawai contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-1) crushing them 100-78 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (1-0) is placed first in group F. This year Jawai averages: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 67.3%(37-55) and FT: 72.7% in the 11 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Baynes could not help Un.Olimpija (8-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 78-70 on the road by the lower-ranked KK Split (#9). Baynes scored 12 points. Baynes belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 2FGP: 57.5%(73-127) and FT: 62.7%. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #4. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Russia) was not able to help Lokomotiv (4-5) in their game against Khimky (6-2) in the Russian PBL, despite his good performance last Sunday. Maric recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Lokomotiv lost 100-104 in Khimki to the second-ranked Khimky. Maric belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This year he has very good stats: 12.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.9spg in the seven games. Maric is also Australian national team player.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (12-19) crushing them 129-91 in the NBA on Sunday night. He scored 7 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 24-8 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Mills averages only 5.6ppg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #6. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (1-0) in the Euroleague. Ogilvy recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. The seventh-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was edged 85-82 in Malaga by the higher-ranked (#3) Unicaja in the group E of Euroleague. This year Ogilvy's overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He is international player as he played for the Australian senior team one years ago.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #7. International swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of New Orleans 67-51 in the NCAA last Sunday. Drmic scored 20 points, had 8 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks. The Boise State University has conference record this season. Drmic's total stats this year are: 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team last year.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #8. Power forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point UCAM Murcia's victory against the sixth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (9-6) 77-75 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Barlow scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. UCAM Murcia (24-6) is placed in the ACB. This year Barlow's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #9. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nathan Jawai. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Ingles couldn't help Regal FC Barcelona (8-7) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (8-7). He scored 5 points. Regal FC Barcelona was edged 71-69 in Malaga by the lower-ranked Unicaja (#10). Ingles has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #10. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA in their game against the Yale University (8-7) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Dellavedova scored 24 points and added 6 passes in 32 minutes. But the St.Mary's, CA was badly defeated 78-62 in New Haven, CT by the Yale University. Dellavedova has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 14 games. Dellavedova is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Jorden Page (185-90, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Page couldn't help the St.Mary's, CA in their game against the University of Northern Iowa. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He scored 26 points (!!!). Page has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #12. International center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Nathan Jawai in the Euroleague last game. Andersen couldn't help Fenerbahce Ulker in their game against Regal FC Barcelona. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Andersen recorded only 2 points in 22 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 100-78. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg in the 11 games. Andersen is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Brock Motum (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Idaho State University crushing them 74-39 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Motum has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #14. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Valparaiso's victory against the Murray State University 66-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Broekhoff recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.0rpg in the 11 games. Broekhoff plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the UTSA in their game against the Utah State University in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. Hill recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. But his team lost 67-71. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. Hill used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (7-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 94-102 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. Irving was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Irving's second season in pro basketball. Irving belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 22.7ppg. He also averaged so far 3.9rpg, 5.6apg and 1.3spg in the 21 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help London Lions (7-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance London Lions was edged in an overtime 95-92 in Durham by the one of league's weakest teams Wildcats (#11). Sturt recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sturt is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Luke Devlin (203-F-91, college: Albany, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Albany to a victory against the U.S. Naval Academy 71-61 in the NCAA last Friday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University at Albany has conference record this season. Devlin has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Cal-Riverside (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Cal-Riverside lost 48-58 at home to the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. Patton recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. Patton has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games.

   #5. Taylor Johnston (201-F-90, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Binghamton in their game against the Cornell University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He scored 14 points in 36 minutes. But the Binghamton was edged 79-77 on their home court in Vestal, NY by the Cornell University. Johnston is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Binghamton's roster. Johnston has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games.

   #6. Dexter Kernich-Drew (198-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Washington State University to win against the Idaho State University crushing them 74-39 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kernich-Drew has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Ball St. in their game against the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. His team lost 68-77. Majok has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #8. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point S.Utah's victory against the University of Northern Colorado 51-50 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Heuir recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luke Devlin and both played together in the last NCAA game. Hooley contributed to Albany's victory against the U.S. Naval Academy 71-61. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. Hooley has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games.

   #10. Timothy Kearney (200-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help LF Basket in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 106-91. Kearney has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Swedish.



Australian NBL round 12 best performance: Will Hudson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Will Hudson (206-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Breakers, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat 36ers (#5, 5-9) 71-66. It allowed Breakers to consolidate first place in the Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Breakers has a very solid 11-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Hudson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Will Hudson averages this season 9.2ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles. Ervin had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists. It was enough for Crocodiles to edge the higher-ranked 36ers (#5, 5-9) 86-82. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Crocodiles managed to get this year. Ervin is a newcomer at Crocodiles, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports) of 36ers (#5). Schenscher scored 25 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Schenscher's great performance 36ers lost 66-71 to the higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 11-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 36ers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Schenscher could try to bring 36ers' a little bit higher in the standings. Schenscher has individually a great season in Australia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lucas Walker (203-F-84) of Tigers - 19 points and 13 rebounds
5. Stephen Weigh (198-F/G-87) of 36ers - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79) of Crocodiles - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Crocodiles - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



NBL Round 12: Kings are defeated by Perth Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

NBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 12 rounds left.

The most important game in the last round took place in Sydney between second ranked Kings (9-6) and fourth ranked Perth Wildcats (9-4) on Sunday night. Kings were crushed by Perth Wildcats at home 95-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kings. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats forced 22 Kings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kings' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists and forward Greg Hire (198-87, college: Augusta St.) who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) with 22 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats moved-up to second place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Perth Wildcats are looking forward to face Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kings will play against Melbourne Tigers (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Adelaide 36ers (#5) were upset in Wulguru by eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles 86-82. The winners were led by American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Russell Hinder supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) did not help to save the game for Adelaide 36ers. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 4-10 record. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will again play against higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#5) in Findon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Also Wollongong Hawks (#4) were upset in Gwynneville by seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers 80-72. The best player for the winners was Lucas Walker who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers' coach Chris Anstey used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Oscar Forman who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers (4-8) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the fourth position with five games lost. Melbourne Tigers will meet at home higher ranked Kings (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (11-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61. It was a good game for Cedric Jackson who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (11-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9) in Findon 71-66. Worth to mention a quality performance of Will Hudson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Wollongong Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 16 rebounds by Luke Schenscher of 36ers.


Crocodiles - 36ers 86-82

Adelaide 36ers (#5) were upset in Wulguru by eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles 86-82. Adelaide 36ers were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-16 third quarter run of Townsville Crocodiles. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. The winners were led by American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) did not help to save the game for Adelaide 36ers. International point guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 14 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 4-10 record. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will again play against higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#5) in Findon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: S.Weigh 21+10reb, A.Gibson 14+4reb+4ast, J.Cadee 10+1reb+3ast, D.Johnson 10+7reb, A.Petrie 10+8reb, L.Schenscher 10+2reb+6ast
Crocodiles: G.Ervin 23+5reb+10ast, L.Nevill 19+4reb, R.Hinder 17+9reb+3ast, P.Crawford 12+3reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 12+3reb+1ast, B.Allen 3
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Hawks - Tigers 72-80

Also Wollongong Hawks (#4) were upset in Gwynneville by seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers 80-72. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Melbourne Tigers outrebounded Wollongong Hawks 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Lucas Walker (203-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach Chris Anstey used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) added 8 points and 7 assists respectively. Melbourne Tigers (4-8) moved-up to sixth place. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the fourth position with five games lost. Melbourne Tigers will meet at home higher ranked Kings (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hawks: O.Forman 17+9reb, A.Deleon 10+2reb+4ast, A.MacMillan 9+2reb, R.Martin 9+4reb+3ast, G.Saville 8+3reb+7ast, D.Gruber 8+3reb
Tigers: L.Walker 19+13reb, C.Goulding 17+1reb+4ast, S.Scott 16+6reb+2ast, J.Flynn 13+1reb+6ast, T.Greer 11+9reb, A.Ballinger 4+4reb
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Taipans - Breakers 61-66

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (11-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Cairns Taipans (4-9) 66-61. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cairns Taipans won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers forced 23 Cairns Taipans turnovers and outrebounded them 41-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) replied with 23 points and international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) added 6 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers' next round opponent will be Wollongong Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 23+3reb+3ast, D.Rychart 8+2reb+2ast, A.Loughton 6+2reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 6+4reb+2ast, S.Edwards 6+1reb, C.Gliddon 5+2reb+3ast
Breakers: C.Jackson 17+4reb+6ast, W.Hudson 12+7reb, C.Bruton 10+1reb+1ast, M.Vukona 6+8reb, T.Abercrombie 5+6reb, C.Webster 5+3reb+1ast
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Kings - Wildcats 61-95

The most important game in the last round took place in Sydney between second ranked Kings (9-6) and fourth ranked Perth Wildcats (9-4) on Sunday night. Kings were crushed by Perth Wildcats at home 95-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kings. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats forced 22 Kings turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kings' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists and forward Greg Hire (198-87, college: Augusta St.) who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) with 22 points and forward Tom Garlepp (203-86, college: UCSB) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats moved-up to second place. Kings at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Perth Wildcats are looking forward to face Cairns Taipans (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kings will play against Melbourne Tigers (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Madgen 22+3reb+2ast, T.Garlepp 13+5reb, J.Weeks 7, G.Dann 6+6reb+2ast, D.Lazare 4+5reb, C.Henry 4+1reb+1ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 22+2reb+4ast, J.Wagstaff 15+4reb, E.Bartlett 13+4reb+3ast, G.Hire 11+7reb+6ast, S.Redhage 11+6reb+4ast, M.Dunigan 8+6reb+4ast
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36ers - Breakers 66-71

NBL top team - New Zealand Breakers (11-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-9) in Findon 71-66. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 24-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers dominated on the defensive end, holding Adelaide 36ers to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-3 record. Adelaide 36ers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Wollongong Hawks (#4) in Gwynneville in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: L.Schenscher 25+16reb+2ast, D.Johnson 15+8reb, S.Weigh 10+6reb+2ast, A.Gibson 7+4reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 5+1reb+2ast, J.Cadee 2+3reb+2ast
Breakers: W.Hudson 23+11reb, C.Jackson 17+5reb+7ast, T.Abercrombie 7+5reb+1ast, C.Webster 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pledger 5+4reb, C.Bruton 4+3reb+1ast
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Gala and NTL-Tudor on top - by Eurobasket News

Gala clinched the second win in the D1 championship. The favourites toppled Gyandzha 90:49 to improve at 2-0 record.
NTL-Tudor also stayed perfect. They shot down AzTOP 84:74 for the second win in a row.
AzDBTIA opened win count at the tournament. They knocked down BGU 105:70 to earn the initial win.



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Successful referees clinic held in Barbados - by Don Farrell


Bridgetown, Barbados - A total of 12 referees comprising 6 candidates and 6 for recertification attended the clinic. 5 countries were represented - Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago; the Clinic was conducted by Lubo Kotleba, Technical Director of FIBA and Glyne Clarke, Vice President, Technical of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC).

Written tests on the Official Basketball Rules and English, floor exams by the candidate referees and the physical test which was done by all referees were included in the 3 days of intensive discussion on rules and officiating.

Technical Director in closing the clinic indicated that he was pleasantly surprised at the quality of officiating given the fact that most of the candidates were from small islands where basketball was not necessarily the sport of choice and the level of the games based on world level may not be that high. He urged all referees to take the information home and share to their colleagues in an effort to improve the level of knowledge and officiating in general.

FIBA Instructor, Glyne Clarke thanked the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association for agreeing to host the Clinic on behalf of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation and FIBA Americas indicated that this was the third recertification clinic scheduled by the CBC and FIBA Americas this year with the other clinics held in Tortola, BVI and Nassau, Bahamas as efforts to improve basketball officials in the region continues.

A list of the attendees is below:

Barbados

Rene Batson (Refresher)
Andrew Mayers (Refresher)
Shakira Shorey (Refresher)
Ondre Alleyne (Candidate)
Jennifer Joseph-Hackett (Candidate)

Grenada

Ryan Alexis (Candidate)

Jamaica

Godfrey Austin (Refresher)
Ricardo Hayles (Refresher)
Michael Johnson (Candidate)

St. Vincent & Grenadines

Shem Olliviere (Refresher)
Michael Peniston (Candidate)

Trinidad & Tobago

Dexter Horsford (Refresher)
Charles Nathaniel (Candidate)



FIBA Americas



Ellerslie basketball kings at last - by Don Farrell

Ellerslie already had to wait 17 years for this moment.

Then came extra time.

The title drought finally came to an end as Kadeem Brathwaites 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime led Ellerslie to the United Insurance Schools Division Two basketball championship via yesterdays 82-80 extra time thriller over The Lester Vaughan School at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

It was the cruel end to three stirring, yet futile rallies from a valiant Lester Vaughan side that came into the title game as heavy underdogs.

But it was hard to root against a school that hadnt won since 1995. The men who came so close to ending the hex last year almost fell short once again, as Lester Vaughan twice battled back from daunting double-digit deficits to take the unlikeliest of leads with 36 seconds remaining.

This coming after Ellerslie stormed out to an initial 15-3 lead and then a 33-21 cushion on the back of Antoine Morris surreal 22-point first-half effort.

However, Demar Austin and Brandon Hope sparked two separate third-quarter comebacks before Shamar Rock and Zachary Cave got in on the act to erase a six-point (57-51) hole in the final minutes of the fourth.

Lester Vaughan even seemed to have one hand on the cup after Hope capped a 16-9 run with a go-ahead three-pointer (67-66) with 36 seconds left.

Morris, though, responded with a turnaround banker, and Akeil Straker had a chance to seal the deal in regulation with a pair of free throws, after Rock spilt two foul shots at the other end.

But Straker missed badly on both attempts before Morris half-court heave was way off the mark as time expired.

Good thing Brathwaite wasnt similarly off target. All wrapped up in bandages from prior falls, the wiry guard simply refused to stop attacking the rack, earning a pair of free throws before adding a floater and a spectacular running banker to open a decisive 79-72 cushion in overtime. He even found Morris in the open court for a breakaway dunk for good measure as Ellerslie seemingly put away the contest.

True to the games tone, Lester Vaughan still didnt call it quits, with Cave scoring six quick points in less than 20 seconds to cut Ellerslies lead to just one (81-80) with five seconds remaining. It proved too little too late, though, as Brathwaite added another free throw before the clock expired.

It was the anti-climactic finish to yet another of Lester Vaughans heroic comebacks the first of which was spurred by Brett Williams, who scored eight quick points of a 10-2 first-quarter run.

When Ellerslie built a then 33-21 advantage, it was Hope who relentlessly drove to the hoop to ignite a 11-4 rally before Austin and Cave capped the comeback by scoring 13 points between them spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth to lock the scores at 48.

Morris eventually ended the run, finishing with a game-high 39 points and the tournament MVP award, while Brathwaite scored 15 and Roderick Massiah had 13. Cave led Lester Vaughan with 26 points, Hope had 17 while Rock and Williams scored 13 apiece.

justin marville - nationnews



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Aleksander Lichodzijewski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belgian players, who play currently abroad.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland). He led Polpharma to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Start Gdynia (4-10) 80-73 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. Lichodzijewski was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (5-9) is placed eighth in the TBL. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. This year Lichodzijewski averages: 6.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 90.9% in the 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian senior national team four years ago.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom contributed to a CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (10-5) 81-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 5 assists. CAI Zaragoza (9-6) is placed sixth in the ACB. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.7%(27-46), 3FGP: 45.1%(23-51) and FT: 88.2%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Jonathan Tabu (184-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu managed to help Mapooro Cantu in a victory against the ninth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-7) crushing them 86-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 21 minutes. Mapooro Cantu (9-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tabu has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 45.1%(23-51) and FT: 91.3%(21-23) in the 13 games. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #4. Forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Sam Van Rossom in the Spanish ACB last game. Hervelle, who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Gescrap BB (10-5) to beat CAI Zaragoza (9-6). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gescrap BB was defeated 81-74 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#6). Hervelle's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 96-65 in Manchester by the higher-ranked Giants (#10). Hulsen was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 assists. This season Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team three years ago.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #6. Point guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Alabama in their game against the Tulane University (0-0) in the NCAA. Obasohan cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The Alabama was edged 53-50 at home by the Tulane University. Obasohan has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.8apg in the 15 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Belgian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an overtime Fileni BPA Jesi's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (5-7) 106-105 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 32 points (!!!), 7 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi (5-7) is placed tenth in the Lega2. Hoover has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg in the 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the Virginia Tech crushing them 97-71 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 42 points (!!!). The Brigham Young University has conference record this season. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. Haws has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) led Chattanooga to a victory against the High Point University 68-61 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. White scored 21 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 0-1 conference record this season. This year White's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.



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Bosnian recap at the 2012 Citta di Roma tournament! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnian recap at the 2012 Citta di Roma tournament!

KK SPARS exceeded all expectations in the 2012 Citta di Roma tournament and crushing Fenerbache by 18 in the finals!
A recap of Bosnian players who played in the tournament both for SPARS and other teams

Doko Salic: A coming out party for Doko , he dominated the competition in Rome averaging 21.8ppg 10.5rbpg and playing 36 minutes per game. His is a skilled, crafty scorer who shows a variety of moves and is tough. He plays hard and rebounds well. He has been playing against players older than him in Bosnia and internationally for the Serbian U16 and U18 teams and has played well. His weaknesses are a lack of passing skill and defense, particularly blocking shots. In four games Doko had zero assists and two blocks, the lack of blocks is surprising considering his physical development and size at 210cm.

Nedim Buza: He flashed the talent that made him the MVP this summer of Moscow Basketball without Borders Camp and also with the senior Bosnian National Team at the tender age of 17. He is a skilled scorer who shows a ton of upside, he is just still very inconsistent and is played at the four with KK SPARS domestically which isnt helping his skill development as he projects to be a 3 as an adult.

Aleksej Nikolic: Aleksej is Slovenian but his father was from Bosnia and he plays for KK SPARS and played very well in this tournament. He is a talented all-around player who flashes a lot of ability but lacks a super high upside. He is more of a combo guard than a pure point guard and is a good slasher and scorer.

Adi Zahiragic: he struggled mightily in the tournament even though he has flashed good ability with Bosnian youth teams in the past. He failed to hit his outside shot which is puzzling because it used to be a strength of his.

Amar Alibegovic: Bosnian/American who was surprise in this tournament. He has good size and decent scoring skills. He didnt play a lot in the tournament but averaged 6ppg and 3.3 rbpg and showed some ability as a future professional.

Kenan Karahodzic: Serbian Bosnian who has been talked about a lot because of his 210cm size and skill, he didnt particularly standout in this tournament. He didnt play very much and didnt flash anything that would say he is an outstanding talent. At the same time you didnt see enough of him to say he isnt a decent prospect who could develop over time.



Miroslav Todic's 27 points lifts Forli to easy win - by Miljan Veskovic

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forli (6-6) crushed higher ranked Biancoblu Basket Bologna (7-5) in Forli 96-71 on Sunday. The game without a history. LeGamberi Foods Forli 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 Biancoblu Basket Bologna's 36. LeGamberi Foods Forli forced 21 Bologna's turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The key player for LeGamberi was Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Bosnian power forward is having good season in Italy averaging 14.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg shooting 52.6% for 2PT and 37.0% for 3PT.


Ivan Opacak selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Bosnians who are currently playing abroad.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Opacak could not help PGE Turow (10-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance PGE Turow lost 58-67 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Anwil. Opacak was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It's Opacak's first season with the team. This year Opacak averages: 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 86.4% in the 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). Bajramovic contributed to a Banvit BK's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (10-2) 74-67 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (11-2) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Bremer was not able to help Armani Milano (7-6) in their game against Cimberio Varese (12-1) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 9 points and added 6 passes in 30 minutes. But Armani Milano lost 77-83 in Varese to the leading Cimberio. This year Bremer's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.5apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 26.7% in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team one years ago. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda
   #4. An experienced power forward Ratko Varda (215-79, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) led his Serbian team Radnicki KG to a victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (9-6) 85-77 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Radnicki Kragujevac (8-7) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League. Varda's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Varda used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #5. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (7-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was crushed 80-50 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#4) G.Canaria 2014. Kuzmic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Kuzmic's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 6.0rpg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elvir Ovcina
Elvir Ovcina
   #6. Power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-12) in their game against EWE Baskets (12-5) in the German BBL, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Ovcina was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 32 minutes. But the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was badly defeated 102-86 in Oldenburg by the second-ranked EWE Baskets. Ovcina has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.9apg in the 12 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team seven years ago.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #7. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Brooklyn Nets to win against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-23) 97-81 in the NBA on Friday night. Teletovic recorded only 2 points. The Brooklyn Nets have 16-14 record this season. This year Teletovic averages just 2.1ppg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #8. Guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Halychyna edge the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (17-6) 91-90 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. Ikonic recorded 9 points. Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (13-10) is placed fifth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ikonic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Diego Kapelan
Diego Kapelan
   #9. International guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Apollon (4-6) in their game against AEL (4-6) in the Cypriot Division A. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Kapelan recorded 17 points. Kapelan is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. Kapelan used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team last year.

Sasa Vasiljevic
Sasa Vasiljevic
   #10. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Goran Ikonic and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game. Vasiljevic helped Halychyna edge the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (17-6) 91-90. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes. Vasiljevic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Terell Castle (182-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Eco Orebro's victory against the league outsider Nassjo 80-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Castle recorded 15 points and added 5 assists in 34 minutes. Castle is currently second on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Castle averages: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 2.1spg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Castle used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago. He played also for BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

   #12. U20 international power forward Dzenan Kurtic (206-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Denain Voltaire in their game against Olympique Antibes in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Kurtic recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.4rpg. Despite Kurtic played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team roster.

   #13. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Sinanovic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 84-73. Sinanovic has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. U20 international center Miljan Markovic (92, currently plays in Austria) helped UBSC Graz win their game against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 90-82 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Markovic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6spg. Markovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team last year.

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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Russia) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (4-5) 104-100 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes (made all of his seven free throws) in 39 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (6-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Planinic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Planinic averages: 15.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.0apg in the five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance the sixth-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 100-78 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 19 points (made all of his five free throws). Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to help Cedevita (9-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Suton's very good performance Cedevita was defeated 85-77 in Kragujevac by the lower-ranked Radnicki KG (#8). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Suton also added 8 rebounds. Suton's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg. Similarly like Bogdanovic and Planinic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (4-11) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok was crushed 97-71 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked (#10) Cibona. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Sehovic also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 11 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #5. Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Besiktas (0-1) in their game against Khimky (1-0) in the Euroleague. Markota recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes. The seventh-placed Besiktas lost 75-80 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Khimky in the group F of Euroleague. This year Markota's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #6. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Anadolu Efes in their game against CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague. Barac recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 90-71. Barac's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 3.4rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the league leader Sundsvall Dragons 76-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game. Bizaca was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Bizaca has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a LeGamberi Foods Forlž's victory against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO crushing them 96-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Todic was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Todic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 14.6ppg in the 12 games. Todic holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #9. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC 85-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. This year Begic's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #10. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) contributed to KTP-Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu 118-108 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Sunday. Sarcevic scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Sarcevic has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg.



KK Bosna finished the tournament with the win - by Eurobasket News

Sarajevo KK Bosna- Santa Barbara Breakers 102:96

KK Bosna finished the tournament with the win over Santa Barbara Breakers. The Bosnian team ended up the Groninger Basketball Week with 102:96 victory and clinched the 5th place.
Sarajevo KK Bosna won the first period 28-26 and dominated the second frame. The European team added a 26-17 rally for 11-point advantage at the halftime. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to win the third period 22-18 and reduced to 7 points with 10 minutes to go. They also posted a 31-30 rally in the last stanza however could not win the game.
Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) and Alin Demic (202-G/F-91) paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) and Sindis Demic (192-G/F-83) had 18 each. Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) followed them with 13 points in a win. Marquis Henderson Wright ended up with 25 points in defeat and Timothy Taylor notched 22. Michael Shawn Malat, Perrin Rudolphus Johnson and Joshua Warren Crawford delivered 11 points apiece.

Sarajevo KK Bosna: Ramo Rizvic 22, Alin Demic 22, Dino Hodzic 18, Sindis Demic 18, Edin Alispahic 13
Santa Barbara Breakers: Marquis Henderson Wright 25, Timothy Taylor 22, Michael Shawn Malat 11, Perrin Rudolphus Johnson 11, Joshua Warren Crawford 11



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Hoop It Up Foundation Thanks Supporters & Bloggers; Says College Recruits Doing Well - by David Edole

BVI Platinum News
The BVI Hoop It Up Foundation has dubbed 2012 as a successful year, but has called on the community to provide more support for youth initiatives.

Providing a number of camps to teach basketball skills and provide an avenue for academic studies, the Foundation capped the year with the completion of the 2012 Christmas Hoops basketball camp a few days ago.

According to the Foundation, the BVI youth were able to attend after school camps, vacation hoop camps, and several young men and women earned their way into American academic institutions.

"God has been really good to us this year; in this difficult economic time several sponsors and assistance from the BVI Government had made it possible for all our camps to be a reality," stated Steve Parillon, president of the Hoop It Up Foundation.

He added, "We would also like to thank all the parents who put their trust in us to help their children to become better basketball players and also help their children to pursue a basketball career in America. Special thanks also go out to all the media who have helped us spread the news of the great work the foundation has been doing."

Parillon noted that consistency is very important and to be able to conduct six basketball camps in a year was a great accomplishment. He also pointed out that they are not a big organization, but they have big aspirations.

"To the people of the BVI, we encourage you to be more supportive to youth programs and become more involve as much as you can with the youth. To the bloggers we thank you for your support, and constructive criticism, but we would like to see you dominate the positive news more than negative news. We pray 2013 will be a successful, blessed, and positive year in the BVI, and the BVI Hoop it Up Foundation will try its best to help contribute to that," the Foundation stated.

The Foundation highlighted the Virgin Islands showcase Camp, which gave several BVI players in 2012 the opportunity to showcase their talent in front several college coaches and scouts.

From the camp, 14 players were given the opportunity to attend different basketball institutions in the United States, joining the seven recruits from 2011.

According to the Foundation, Clinton Community College is out to a great start with 2012 recruit Kimani Stevens in the starting line up while 2012 recruits Dione Blyden and Bjorn Caleb are coming off the bench. Clintons next game host to Southwestern College January 9 2013.

At Sauk Valley Community College, the Foundation reports that the team is off to an 8-5 record with 2011 recruit Daven Ottley leading the team in scoring and rebounding, while 2012 recruit Wuli Frometa is still trying to work his way into the rotation. Sauks next game is away to Kankakee College on January 5.

The Foundation noted that the Lady Sauks are off to a 7-3 record and 2012 recruit Sheldeen Joseph is playing well for the team.

Siminole State College is off to a slow start, but according to the Foundation, 2011 recruit Killven Samuels is having a great season leading the team in scoring with over 17 points per game. Seminole next game is at home to Connors College January 10.

Roxbury Community College is off to a sizzling 10-1 start making their way into the top five in the nation and 2012 recruit Asim Beazer is having a solid season, according to the Foundation. Roxburys next game is home to Quinsigamond College on January 8.

The Foundation also pointed out Warner University, which is off to a 8-4 record after visiting the BVI for the first ever Tropical shootout. Halstead 'JR Chiverton, the 2012 recruit is 4th in scoring on the team with 12.6 points per game and 2nd in rebound averages with 5 per game. Warners next game is at Asshford University on January 5.

At Onpoint Basketball Academy, the Foundation noted that recruits Dominic Ward, JKwon Frett, Shamarr George and Cravern Andrew are all contributing to the team significantly.

The Hoop It Up Foundation also highlighted the success of its various programs in 2012, including, Books and Basketball after school camp , Future Star Academy and its vacation hoop camps in Easter, Summer and Christmas.



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Asian retail team to beat - by Don Farrell

The local Philippine Basketball League had a colourful opening ceremony on Sunday, 8 September at the Eastern Avenue Basketball Court, next to Cox Lumber.
The ceremony started with a parade down Eastern Avenue. The celebratory activities continued as teams lined the court.

Asian Retail took the team award for best uniform in the PABL division 3 league.
Ten teams will compete in the league. Asian Retail/Funky Tangs are the defending champions and have been victorious in three consecutive seasons. They have also claimed four of the last five championships.

Last season, they were led by five-time MVP Christian Ferrer and current MVP Robert Gonzales.



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Jiangsu Lions lost all the games in Holland - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Lions lost all the games in Holland at the Basketball Days Zwolle. The Lions were beaten by Netherlands Team and then by WNTA Falcons in the last game.
Netherlands Team won over Jiangsu Lions 109:77. Kasper Averink top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had 15. Quincy Treffers scored 14, while Yannick Franke had 13. Justin Boot delivered 21 points in defeat, while Tray Britt (191-G-88, college: N.Mexico St.), An Xing and Zhang Tui added 13 apiece.
WNTA Falcons smashed Jiangsu Lions 125:65.



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Delonte Holland agreed terms with Antranik, ex Islanders - by Eurobasket News

Antranik Beirut (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old USA ex-international forward Delonte Holland (201-100kg-82, college: De Paul). He played in the summer at Islanders in Colombian Copa Federacion.
In 2008 (four years after he left the college) Holland was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in second round (21st overall).
He attended De Paul University until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. he was selected to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game in 2012.
Hollands team made it to the Copa Federacion Semifinals in 2011. Holland was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
He is a very experienced player. Holland has played also professionally in Argentina (Atenas and 9 de Julio), Dominican Rep., France, Italy (Mazzeo San Severo), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), UAE, Ukraine, D-League (Idaho Stampede), Venezuela (Toros), United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) tabbed 33-year old Montenegrin international point guard Goran Jeretin (192-95kg-79, agency: Beo Basket). Jeretin managed to play in seven leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League. In 16 games last season he averaged just 2.3ppg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Jeretin also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.1apg (top 5) and 1.3spg. He also played at Artland Dragons in German BBL that season. In 6 games he had only 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg. Jeretin also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he had 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.0apg (top 5). The other team he played shortly was Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Jeretin had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In two LKL games he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 3.0apg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had 5.3ppg and 1.3apg. Jeretin also played 3 games in VTB United League where he had 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lokomotiv in Russian PBL. In 35 games he had 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Jeretin also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Jeretin was selected to Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2007. He also represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%.
Jeretin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv), Turkey (Turk Telekom), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



Keravnos at the top seat of the regular season for the 2012! - by Chris Mammides

After the unexpected loss of Michelin Etha last night against the team of Petrolin AEK Larnaka, and the parallel victory of Keravnos Strovolou over Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD, the Strovolos team is now at the top spot of the league and is waiving the 2012 from the top seat of the regular season.
Both games (Etha Vs AEK and ENAD Vs Keravnos) ended with road wins since Nikolas Papadopoulos's team succeeded a serious road win against Etha in Nicosia with 65-67 after playing a very good basketball in a game which was a derby from teh beggining untill the end with the score changing more or less 23 times before the final call finds the visitors succeeding a great road win, with Fisher in teh top performing role since he performed his best game since he arrived in Larnaka and joined forces with AEK Larnakas 1.5 years ago. The American forward ended the game with 23 points, and 3 rebounds followed by the experienced Serbian Cohadarevic who ended the gaem with 14 points and 4 rebounds. On the other hand the home team of Etha had no real assistance by its usual "suspects" since Adegboye was in a very low productivity (the Englsih point guard ended the game with 3 points and 3 assists) while the experienced newcomer Ivan Maras (207-PF-86, agency: Beo Basket) proved to be a great assistance but was obviously lacking the systems of the team since he arrived only some days before the game
and he didn't even knew his team-mates very well, at his first day in the Cyprus league he scored 7 points and dashed down 6 rebounds. Other than that, Etha's points came mainly by Dejan Cup who is waiving the 2012 with another great performance his top at this season as he ended the game with 19 points and 6 rebounds but he was all alone since the second in points was Poole but his 12 points were not enough to assist his team to win the game, moreover Williams 10 points and 4 rebounds proved too lithle also for Etha.

In the other game Keravnos played good basketball only for one period (the second one) but it was so good which let no real space for ENAD to react other than losing the game with just 7 points. Keravnos's new player, Bjulian was great as in his opener in the Cyprus league this season scored 7 points, dahsed down 13 rebounds and gave 4 assists numbers whih are much better than the ex player of Keravnos American Keenard who split ways on a common ground with the Strovolos team. Keravnos played in the last night's game without its top scorer Bobby Maze who took a special vacation and will be back in Cyprus today (after his short Xmas Holidays).

Enad, on the other hand played very well with the heroic veteran lewis Sims trying his best against a better team and the small deficit of just 7 points, was mainly due to his own very good game, the American veteran ended the game with 13 points and 6 rebounds the same exactly as the newcomer Vucasin Mandic who offer to his team 13 points in his opener in the Cyprus league this season. Razis also was very good against his ex team, since his 10 points and 4 rebounds gave him a post in the stand outs of his team. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) and Vaughn were the top scorers for Keravnos with 16 points per head followed by Trisokkas who scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the last game for 2012...


In the seatings now, Keravnos is at the top of the league followed by Etha with the same record (8-2) with third being APOEL followed by the 4th team of AEK Larnakas....



ENAD lands Mandic - by Chris Mammides

The last seated team of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD agreed financial terms with the Serbian forward Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82). The experience player knows very well the Cyprus league since he spent last season in APOEL Nicosia with quite solid numbers. The Serbian forward is expected to help the team with his ability in the rebounding area and with his experience in general.
Coach Christos Stylianidis will try his best to avoid the relegation since his team together with Omonoia Nicosia are the top favorite teams for the relegation.



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December update from the Danish Ligaen - by Christian Hamborg

During the Christmas break several Danish teams have made adjustments to their team.

The biggest news come from bottom-ranked Aalborg Vikings. Their two American imports Rob Delaney (194-G-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Lafayette) and Ryan Willen (204-F/C-89, college: Lafayette) both left the team with season-ending injuries. Two new players have been brought in while experienced Serbian center Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) has also joined the team (http://www.eurobasket.com/Denmark/basketball.asp?NewsID=300560)
At the point guard position Luis Guzman (193-G-87, college: Temple) will replace Rob Delaney. Luis Luis Guzman played collegiately for Temple and had 3 straight NCAA tournament appearances. Luis Guzman finished his senior season in the 09-10 season averaging 4.9 ppg and 3.9 apg. Luis Guzman then played 5 games in the Slovakian Extraliga averaging 15.3 ppg and 4.0 apg before getting injured. Luis Guzman then played one and a half season in the Dominican Rep. League. Luis Guzman is a former Dominican Republic National Team player and a two-time Dominican Republic LNB Champion.

The final addition to the Aalborg Vikings team is the 208 cm tall shooting forward Anthony Jones (208-F-89, college: Baylor). Playing four seasons and 129 games for the University of Baylor the 23 year old Anthony Jones was a two-time Big 12 Tournament Finalist and a two-time NCAA Elite Eight participant. In his Junior season Anthony Jones played 29.8 minutes per game and averaged 8.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg shooting FGP: 51.7% and 3PT: 39.4%. In his Senior season in 11-12 Anthony Jones' minutes dropped to 14.6 but he still averaged 5.2 ppg and 2.9 rpg shooting FGP: 56.4% and 3PT: 35.5%. Anthony Jones then signed a contract to play for Atomeromu SE Paks in the Hungarian A Division but left the team before playing a game.

The defending champions of Danish basketball Bakken Bears have also made a couple of changes. The German Head coach of Bakken Bears Philip Dejworek has been replaced. Bakken Bears is currently number 2 in the standings and will participate in the Danish Cup Finals in January. Philip Dejworek was in the middle of his third season in Denmark. During his stay in Denmark Dejworek coached 106 games and managed to win a total of 95 of these. Dejworek was a two-time Danish League Champion, Danish Cup Winner (2011) and was also voted two-time Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Coach of the Year.

His replacement will be one of the most experienced and winningest Danish coaches Steffen Wich who has coached the Bakken Bears team for several years winning several titles.

Bakken Bears has also announced the replacements for Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington) and Orane Chin (200-F-88, college: CS Fullerton). Tomko left the team for disciplinary reasons (http://www.eurobasket.com/Denmark/basketball.asp?NewsID=299794) while Orane Chin had a season-ending injury.

At the guard position Charles Parker (193-G-85, college: Millersville) has joined the team. The 27 year old guard played collegiately for Millersville (NCAA2) and in his Senior season (07-08) made it to the NCAA D2 Sweet 16 and was elected All-PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year. Charles Parker played in the D-league and EBA until joining Icelandic team Keflavik. Playing in the Icelandic-Express League Parker averaged 19.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 4.0 apg and 2.2 spg and was an Icelandic Lengjan Cup Finalist in which game he also was voted MVP.

At the Forward position 25 year old Canadian Marvell Waithe (205-F-87) becomes the newest member of the Bakken Bears team. Marvell Waithe played two seasons of NCAA basketball for the University of Arkanas playing 53 games. In his senior season Waithe averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.2 rpg. This will be Waithes first season playing overseas.

At Aarhus BC a coaching change has taken place. Icelandic coach Arnar Gudjonsson and assistant coach Allan Foss (former National team coach) has been replaced by former Danish National team coach Peter Hoffman . Peter Hoffman has a Danish and American passport and has severeal years of both playing and coaching experience in Denmark. As a player he won the National championship in 1998 and as a coach he won it in 2006. Peter Hoffman has also coached the Danish National Under 18 and Under 20 team and he managed to win the European Championships Div.C in Malta back in 2010. With 5 wins and 11 losses Aarhus BC is currently number 7 in the standings.

At Vaerlose BBK three experienced players will be joining the team but it is still unknown what role if any the three players will have on the team as no official statement has been made.
One of the better scoring guards in the Danish league last season Mads Rasmussen (191-F-86) had announced his retirement from basketball but now it seems he is trying a comeback. Mads Vaegter Rasmussen was the most scoring Danish player in the 11-12 season averaging 18.8 ppg (8th best in Ligaen) and also had 2.5 rpg and 2.4 apg.
Kristian Norsgaard (190-G-79) will also be attempting yet another comeback. The 33 year old guard finished last season at Falcon playing 12 games scoring 5.2 ppg.
Also former international Forward Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern) can be found on the Vaerlose BBK team card. Thomas Soltau was last seen playing in the Danish Ligaen in the 10-11 season playing 16 games averaging Score-1 (22.8ppg), 8.8rpg, FGP-2 (62.2%), 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 80.4%. What appeared to be a career-ending injury had him leave his team SISU Copenhagen in December 2010 but now two years later Thomas Soltau is attempting a comeback.

At Horsholm 79ers former Danish U20 national team player Alexander Bak (193-F-91) has returned to the team after having tried his luck in USA. 1991-born Alexander Bak is considered one of the better young Danish guards in the Danish Ligaen and had a lot of success individually averaging 14.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg. His 14.6 ppg was 6th best amongst Danish Players. Horsholm 79ers has 4 wins and 11 losses giving them a playoff berth with the 8th place in the league.



BMS Basketball finished Rinus de Jong Invitational campaign - by Eurobasket News

BMS Basketball finished Rinus de Jong Invitational campaign on the second place. The Danish junior team lost the Final game to Zalgiris U20.
In the Final game Zalgiris Kaunas overcame BMS Basket 85:70. Vaidus Kariniauskas erupted with 34 points, while Marius Grigonis added 18. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) delivered 11 points in a win. BMS Basketball got 18 points from Alexander Birketoft (202-C-93) and Yaw Gyamfi added 13. Nebosja Mitrovic produced 10 points in a loss.
BMS Basketball overcame BF Belgrade 101:86. Nvicebosja Mitro top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Strahinja Micovic replied with 20 points, while Alexander Birketoft had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
In Day 2 CBA lost to BMS Basketball 68:76.
BMS Basketball edged BA Riga 95:74. Zarko Jukic (200-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Andreas Meilby Amundsen had 18. Vaidus Kariniauskas finished the game with 16 points in defeat.



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Three games capping year in the League - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Texas L. 102-105
The Austin Toros erased a 20-point third-quarter deficit, only to lose on a 3-pointer in the waning seconds by Darius Rice (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL) as the Texas Legends took a 105-102 victory in an NBA D-League game Sunday afternoon at Cedar Park Center. The Toros (7-7) have dropped four of their last five games. The Legends improved to 9-5. Austin had the ball and was trailing 102-101 with 39 seconds left. After a mad scramble under the basket, Patrick Sullivan was fouled. Legends coach Eduardo Najera argued the call and was assessed a technical foul. Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) made the technical to tie the game, but Sullivan missed both of his free throws, and then Rice sank a trey with 3 seconds left. 'We probably got put into a rotation situation there, but that's one where our guy contested it,' coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'You live with it and have a chance to tie the game on the other end. But that play does not speak to what the game was, in my opinion.' The Toros turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and fell behind 51-44 at intermission. 'Our second quarter had no life,' Jenkins said. 'We just got off the road, but still, I was disappointed with our effort. When we're down 20, that's when we respond, instead of trying to be up 20.' Jamarr Sanders (6'4''-G-88, college: UAB)' soaring dunk with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter cut the Legends' lead to 89-80. Sanders and Tre Kelley (6'0''-PG-85, college: S.Carolina) combined for 23 fourth-quarter points to spearhead the comeback. 'We don't have any quit in us,' Sanders said. 'But at the same token, we'd rather play like we did at the end for a full 48 minutes.' Kelley and Sanders led the Toros in scoring with 26 and 21 points, respectively. Cory Joseph had 12 points as six Austin players finished in double digits. 'The comeback started on the defensive end, and we kind of let it lead to our offense,' Kelley said. 'As far as my individual game, I just had a little rhythm that I haven't had in a while.' The Toros' leading scorer, Justin Dentmon, missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Next up for the Toros' will be the Idaho Stampede at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Park Center. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers will visit. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande VV 106-104 OT
Houston Rockets assignee Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) had 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Vipers, but it wasn't enough as the Bakersfield Jam won 106-104 in overtime. The Vipers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Former Texas Longhorn Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) had 27 points to lead the Jam. James added 11 points and three blocks. Bakersfield's Renaldo Major had eight points and became the all-time leading scorer in NBA Development League history (3,812). Recently-acquired Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 24 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the Vipers. Teammate Mike Singletary added 18 points. Courtesy of: themonitor.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 105-84
The Springfield Armor continued to struggle with their offense Monday afternoon. But coach Bob MacKinnon was more concerned with what his players did when they didn't have the basketball - not enough. As a result, Springfield dropped a 105-84 decision to the Maine Red Claws in front of a sold-out Portland Expo crowd of 3,045. 'It was more (a problem) defensively,' MacKinnon said. 'We needed to put stops together. They'd get on a roll and we needed stops.' Maine jumped to a 20-point lead by the second quarter. Springfield rallied in spurts, but never cut the deficit below 14. 'We'd work it down, but we couldn't get over the hump,' said forward Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame), who led the Armor with 15 points and nine rebounds. 'We kept fighting, but we'd run into a wall. And they'd throw another big flurry at us.' Maine (10-5), which leads the NBA Development League's East Division, had five players score in double figures, led by Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown), who both pumped in 23 points. The Armor (4-8) not only lost their third straight, but are 1-7 in their last eight. Springfield remains in fourth place in the five-team East. 'We just haven't executed like we have been in practice,' Scott said. 'We've had some great practices, but that hasn't translated to the game.' The Armor were again without the services of leading scorer and rebounder James Mays. The 6-foot-8 forward has missed three games because of the flu. 'He's one of our leaders. He brings great energy for us,' Scott said. 'When you lose a guy like that, it hurts the team. But in this league, you have to know how to play without somebody.' MacKinnon said Mays is under doctor's orders not to travel and is unsure when he will return. 'But one guy doesn't make that big a difference,' MacKinnon said. 'It's a collective effort. Today, we didn't have a collective effort.' Springfield shot 42 percent but allowed Maine to shoot 49 percent. Plus, the Armor were awful at the free-throw line (8 for 18). Besides Scott, Springfield had four others in double figures - Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) and Ramone Moore (6'4''-G-89, college: Temple) (14 points apiece), Shawn Vanzant (11) and Christian Polk (10). Vanzant went down in pain with 4:37 left and was helped off the court, favoring his left leg. MacKinnon said he would be evaluated Tuesday. The Red Claws were down to eight players, missing two starters because of concussions, including 7-foot center Fab Melo, assigned to Maine by the Boston Celtics. Scott started the scoring with a 3-pointer, and the Armor led 10-8 when Cliff Tucker hit another 3. Then Maine went on a 10-2 run and Springfield never caught up. 'I think we played some of the best defense we've played all season,' Red Claws coach Mike Taylor said. The Red Claws had extra motivation to play well, with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in attendance alongside son Austin, Boston's director of player personnel. This was the first of nine meetings between the two New England rivals, who meet five times in January. The Armor return to the MassMutual Center Thursday for a 7 p.m. game against the Canton Charge. Courtesy of: masslive.com



Rockets' White refuses assignment to the Vipers - by Eurobasket News

The saga between the Houston Rockets and disgruntled forward Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) hit another and predictable twist Sunday when the rookie from Iowa State issued a statement refusing his assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. White, who suffers from an anxiety disorder and is afraid to fly, said the assignment would be unsafe."
I have chosen not to play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental heath professionals, White said in the statement. Gersson Rosas, who serves as both the Vipers general manager and the Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations, told The Monitor Sunday afternoon the Rockets are not commenting on the statement. The Rockets assigned White to the Vipers on Saturday night. In the NBA Development Leagues news release on the assignment, White was supposed to join the Vipers in Bakersfield, Calif. Sunday for their game against the Jam. The timing of move was interesting because White is afraid to fly and the Vipers were in the midst of a seven-game road swing that will take them from Bakersfield to the Valley, then Reno, Nev. and Sioux Falls, S.D.
White said the Rockets have not followed the advice of his doctors in order to treat his condition. It saddens and frightens me to know that in this situation all the decision makers involved have been informed of all the medical dynamics and yet still refuse to adhere to medical sensibility, White said.
White added: I do wish to play, but I only intend to do so with the collaboration and recommendation of trained professionals. The purpose of a doctors confirmation is to ensure that health decisions are made with the sole interest of health and not conflicted with business. My only hope is that decision makers involved realize that doctors are the only logical source to decide action. The Rockets selected White 16th overall in last springs NBA draft. White was not with the Rockets when the opened training camp last October in McAllen. He joined the Rockets in Houston after their weeklong stay in the Valley.
White has not played with the Rockets during the regular season. He has been at odds with the Rockets all season with what he believes is the teams unwillingness to accommodate his condition. He wishes to travel by bus to games whenever possible instead going on the teams chartered flights.
White played in four preseason games for the Rockets, averaging 2.3 points and 12.3 minutes. Right before the NBA season, White was supposed to be assigned to the Vipers, along with Donatas Motiejunas and Scott Macahdo. Only Motiejunas and Machado made it to the Valley. Thats when the rift between White and the Rockets escalated and became public with White lashing out at the team via Twitter. On Sundays statement, he ripped into the team and the league. There is an admitted lack of knowledge on behalf of the Rockets and the NBA, White said. It becomes transparent as they choose to forego the knowledge of trained professional and make independent decisions for something as complex as mental health without consulting any doctors. The Rockets have told me in recent conversations that it is their right to decline even their own doctors recommendations. The concept of not listening to medical consultants in medical situations is alarming. It is also alarming that a player is susceptible to fines for simply adhering to the recommendation of doctors.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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Luis Flores joins Hapoel Eilat, ex Titanes - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) agreed terms with 31-year old Dominican Rep. guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). Flores managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played last summer at Titanes in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Flores also played at Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague that season. In 20 games last season he had 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league semifinals. Flores also played 2 games in VTB United League where he recorded 15.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB. In 16 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (2011) summer Flores played at Leones in Dominican Rep. LNB. Another team he played that season for was BC Donetsk in Superleague. In 33 games that year he was second best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and averaged 3.6rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention.
In 2004 Flores was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) as #5 pick overall.
He attended Manhattan College and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Flores won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Import of the Year in 2010. Flores represented Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata (Argentina) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 88.9%.
Flores is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olimpiada), Italy (Fabriano), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Venezuela (Marinos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EBA   


EBA Wizards Win Big Over APBL NYC524 Squad - by EBA Media

EBA continues dominance over APBL teams


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The Eastern Basketball Alliance New York Wizards faced off against the APBL Eastern Division leading NYC524 squad on Friday 12/28 at Fundamental Sports Training in Westbury. For the Wizards it was a different date, against a different opponent, but the same outcome - a dominating 125-104 win!Wizards_Feature

What the NYC524 opponent found was what the APBL Jaguars found out just a few weeks earlier The Wizards are a physical and dominating defensive club! The Wizards held the 524 squad to just 14 points in the first quarter (this after holding the Jaguars to 24 points in a half just two weeks earlier).

We pride our self on our hard work and defensive effort Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr. Most clubs at this level consider defense what you do while waiting to score. To play for the Wizards you have to be able to cover. What makes this club unique though, is that as good as they are defensively, they can really fill it up and score some points.

The 524 squad was led by Lloyd Clintons 35 points, and James Williams 18 points and 13 rebounds.

APBL NYC524Clinton presentsmatch-upproblems Continued Cerillo He can score from deep and is long enough to post up

But the Wizards presented a team scoring problem for the NYC524 Team with 7 of its 11 dressed players scoring in double digits for the game!

The starting front court for the Wizards was outstanding! For the second straight game the Wizards were led in scoring by 66 small forward Khalil McDonald from Queens College who had 24 points and 7 rebounds. 66 power forward Brandon Lawley (Mansfiled) contributed 17 points while pulling down 14 boards, and 69 center Ant Cox (Farmingdale) scored 14 points with 13 rebounds (7 offensive rebounds).

The Wizards continue to have one of the best backcourts in minor league basketball. Two time EBA MVP Aubin Scott (LIU) contributed 17 points to go along with 8 assists. Aubin once again took the paint at will against his opponents creating easy shots for himself and his teammates. 63 Shavar Richardson (Florida Atlantic) contributed some efficient long range shooting for the second straight game finishing the contest with 13 points.

For any opponents of the Wizards this season, it will be the depth of this club which may be hard to match. If the Wizards players above didnt present enough difficulties for Team 524 in came 66 SaiQuon Stone (Southern Mississippi) with 12 points, 5 boards, and 4 steals, 62 Trinity Fields (Iona) with 14 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals, and 61 Eric Ferguson (Arkansas) 6 points, 6 assists, 4 steals,!

We will match up to any style of play Continued Cerillo Our purpose behind these games is to show the quality of our league (EBA) and the quality of my players for overseas opportunities. I think we are doing just that. Players dont need to be leading scorers to secure better opportunities. They need to be productive.

Example of this was the play of Kevin Terry (Montana State) who started the second half for the Wizards and totally changed the tempo of the game. Terry pushed the ball up and down the floor at a pace difficult for the opponents to match. This up tempo style of play produced 35 points for the Wizards in the quarter with Terry getting 3 assists and 2 steals. Early Mills (66) shot 3-4 from the filed finishing with 6 points, and Levy Mwanza (68) finished with 2 points and 2 rebounds.

Overseas coaches and GMs are recognizing the effectiveness in what is referred to as the Wizards Way, with 9 players securing overseas or paid contracts in slightly less than 2 seasons!



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  EGYPT   


Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai-Egypt 73:70

Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week. The Lithuanian team overcame Egypt 73:70 in the Final game and clinched the title.
Siauliai started with 21-18 and led three points at the halftime. The African team played better coming back from the lockers and won the third period 18-14. It gave them 1-point advantage at the end of 30 minutes, but the Lithuanian squad managed to seal the victory. They posted a 22-18 rally in the last stanza and grabbed the win.
Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) added 11. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) notched 9, whilst Chase Simon (198-G-89, college: Detroit Mercy), Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California), Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) and Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) had 8 each. Elgamel ended up with 20 points and T. el Ghannam scored 14 points in defeat. Elsabagh notched 13 and Elkerdany brought 8.

Siauliai: Laurynas Samenas 13, Vitali Liutych 11, Julius Jucikas 9, Chase Simon 8, Saulius Kuzminskas 8, Papa Dia 8,Aurimas Kieza 8
Egypt: Elgamel 20, T. el Ghannam 14, Elsabagh 13, Elkerdany 8



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TartuUlikool/Rock finished second in Holland - by Eurobasket News

TartuUlikool/Rock finished second in Holland at the Basketball Days Zwolle. The Estonian team won all the games except the last one and clinched the second position.
Tartu Ulikool/Rock won over United Arabic Emirates 106:56 in the Semifinal. Six players scored in double figures for the European side. Silver Leppik (189-G-83) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) as well as Kristo Saage had 14 each. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) brought 11, whilst Vallo Allingu and Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) had 10 each.
In the Final game Landstede Basketbal overcame TartuUlikool/Rock 85:66. Josh Magette top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Zack Novack added 21. Darryl Webb delivered 15, while Tanner Smith scored 8. Justin Ingram replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Joosep Toome (208-C-85) posted 11. Egidijus Dimsa delivered 7 and Silver Leppik as well as Timo Eichfuss added 6 each.



Maris Laksa claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Latvian Maris Laksa (205-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Tarvas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 20 points adding three rebounds for Tarvas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hito/Johvi (#9, 1-12) with 24-point margin 91-67. It allowed Tarvas to consolidate first place in the Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas has a very solid 13-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Laksa had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Providence College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Laksa is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.1ppg. Laksa is in league's top in and averages solid 55.9% FGP and 42.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young point guard Sander Saare (182-PG-94) of Hito/Johvi. Saare impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Hito/Johvi lost that game 67-91 to the higher-ranked Tarvas (#1, 13-4). Hito/Johvi are still at the very bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Hito/Johvi managed to get this year. Saare is well-known by Hito/Johvi fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Bamba Fall (217-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo (#3). Fall scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kalev/Cramo, leading his team to a 78-69 win against the lower-ranked TTU (#6, 6-7). Kalev/Cramo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Fall has a very solid season. In 6 games in Estonia he scored 9.0ppg. He also has 8.2rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Renato Lindmets (200-F-84) of Tarvas - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Andre Parn (202-F-77) of Rapla - 14 points and 4 rebounds
7. Keith McLeod (190-PG-79) of Kalev/Cramo - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) of Tarvas - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Gary Wilkinson (205-F/C-82) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Martin Paasoja (190-G-93) of Rapla - 14 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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Stats Leaders - Group B

Points Per Game
 Kristijan NIKOLOV
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Nikolov, MKD25.9 
 2. Kauffmann, LUX22.8 
 3. Hakanson, SWE22.0 
 4. Salash, BLR20.8 
 5. Magdevski, MKD20.1 
 6. Popovic, MNT17.4 
 7. Ciotlaus, ROM16.5 
 8. Niemisto, FIN16.4 
 9. Kandybovic, BLR15.6 
 10. Mandic, SUI15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maksim SALASH
  (203-C-96)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Salash, BLR14.3 
 2. Polite, SUI12.4 
 3. Berg, NOR11.1 
 4. Cate, ROM11.1 
 5. Lazic, BIH10.5 
 6. Skagius, SWE9.4 
 7. Ogunsipe, AUT8.7 
 8. Larsen, DEN8.5 
 9. Dozic, MNT8.4 
 10. Nikolic, MNT8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ludvig HAKANSON
  SWE
  (190-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Hakanson, SWE6.7 
 2. Benzouien, BEL3.6 
 3. Pavicevic, MNT3.6 
 4. Magdevski, MKD3.5 
 5. Kelly, DEN3.4 
 6. Arens, LUX3.3 
 7. Petkov, BUL3.3 
 8. Amiel, POR3.2 
 9. Hodi, HUN3.2 
 10. Nikolov, MKD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrej MAGDEVSKI
  MKD
  (190-G-96)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Magdevski, MKD4.4 
 2. Ciotlaus, ROM3.6 
 3. Demirtas, BEL3.2 
 4. Blatt, ISR3.1 
 5. Rozanek, SVK3.0 
 6. Cvetkovski, MKD2.9 
 7. Amiel, POR2.9 
 8. Hakanson, SWE2.6 
 9. Andelic, MNT2.5 
 10. Petkov, BUL2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gyorgy GOLOMAN
  (204-PF-96)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Goloman, HUN2.3 
 2. Cate, ROM2.3 
 3. Nikolic, MNT2.0 
 4. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 5. Salash, BLR1.8 
 6. Janicek, SVK1.7 
 7. Magdevski, MKD1.4 
 8. Andersen, DEN1.3 
 9. Skagius, SWE1.1 
 10. Boezeman, NED1.1 



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Damon Williams' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

39-year old forward Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Pyrinto and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He recorded a triple-double of 12 points addeding also 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed LrNMKY (#6, 10-9) with 19-point margin 101-82. Pyrinto maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need more victories to improve their 14-4 record. Williams has many years of experience at Pyrinto, through which he has constantly improved. Colorado State-Pueblo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 50.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP. He is American forward in his first season at KTP. In the last game Giles recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course KTP cruised to a 118-108 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kauhajoki (#5, 13-7). KTP's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Giles is a newcomer at KTP and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pyrinto's star - swingman Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86). Bratton scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Pyrinto, helping his team with a 101-82 easy win against the lower-ranked LrNMKY (#6, 10-9). Pyrinto needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 4 lost games. Bratton has a very solid season. In 5 games in Finland he scored 17.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Logins (200-F-88) of LrNMKY - 35 points and 6 rebounds
5. Jason Conley (196-G-81) of LrNMKY - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Alain Laroche (198-F-83) of Korihait - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of Korihait - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of KTP - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85) of Kauhajoki - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Matti Nuutinen (200-PF-90) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Kyle Shiloh joins Gaz Metan, ex St Vallier - by Eurobasket News

CS Gaz Metan Medias (Division A) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada). He has played for the last two seasons at St Vallier in French ProB. In 34 games last year he had 13.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg (in top 3). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
Shilohs team was regular season runner-up in Finnish League in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and UU-Korihait) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
Shiloh attended University of Nevada until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cholet released Everett - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) released 28-year old American guard Terrell Everett (193-83kg-84, college: Oklahoma). In 14 ProA games he played this season he had 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.9apg. Everett also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 6.3apg (top 3).
The last season he played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL. In 33 games last year he recorded 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.9apg (top 3) and 1.2spg.

Everett ended 2010-11 season at Cibona in Croatian league. In three Adriatic League games that season he recorded just 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. But the most of that year he spent at Iraklis in Greek B. In 7 games he recorded 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg and 2.4spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Everetts team made it to the Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team back in 2007.
Everett has played also professionally in Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk), France (JDA Dijon, Hyeres-Toulon and Chalon/Saor) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2006 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GABON   


FESTI NOEL 2012 - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

Basketball league in the estuary of the capital Libreville organized a big basketball tournament called "FESTI NOEL 2012 to celebrate the start of activities 2012-2013.
Many clubs Libreville (16 in total) in small classes cadets and junior boys and girls were opposed for two days.
And the best clubs are distinguished: USM Junior boys and Junior Girls Hope BC in ...
Nearly 300 people attended this event which was held at the school gymnasium national Lon Mba on 15 and 16 December 2012.

The league president was given a certificate of participation to each athlete and coaches.
Cut to all participants and jerseys to complete all the teams who took part in the competition.

Great initiative!



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  GERMANY   


Bonn: Marqus Blakely fails to pass medical tests - by Moritz Korff

The Telekom Baskets Bonn and Marqus Blakely (196-F-89, college: Vermont) have parted company, before the American was able to make his debut for the BBL team.
The 24-year-old did not pass the medical tests and is already on his way back home. "We are currently plagued by Murphy's Law", Bonn chairman Wolfgang Wiedlich stated. The Telekom Baskets will now look for another player to replace Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown), who was waived recently.



It's a comeback: NBC complets Smith deal and brings in Khartchenkov as well - by Moritz Korff

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) has commited to Nuernberger BC (2. Bundesliga Pro A) for the second time in his caree, while Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) left Leipzig to join NBC.

28-year-old Smith just ended his stint with the Gotha Rockets after 12 games played for the Pro A newcomer. Smith, who parted ways with the Rockets by mutual consent, averaged 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the Gotha team. During the 2010-11 campaign he had eight Pro A appearances for NBC (8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 6.1rpg).
Khartchenkov was the leading scorer of Uni-Riesen Leipzig this season, the Russia born German scored 15.5 points a contest for the Pro A side, nailing 30 of his 82 attempts from three point-territory, and also averaged 4 rebounds and close to 2 assists a game.



Muhammad El Amin Gets Try-Out With The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to sportando.net Muhammad El Amin (196-G/F-87, agency: Two Points, college: Stony Brook) has gotten a try-out with Beko BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. Muhammad El Amin is a 25 year old 196cm swingman from Magic Johnson country Lansing, Michigan. He is an explosive scorer, he loves to have the ball in his hands. A classic go-to player, the same he has enough court vision to make some team play. Last season he played for Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague), only pre-season, then moved to Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 32 games: 17.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.8%. He played at Stony Brook (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 16.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 79.7%. He turned professional in 2010-2011 and played fro PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 30 games: Score-1 (22.0ppg), 3.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 82.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-AEC 2nd Team -09
AEC Regular Season Champion -10, AEC Tournament Semifinals -10, All-AEC 1st Team -10, All-AEC Player of the Year -10, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -10, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team -11, 12, Hungarian Cup Semifinals -12, Hungarian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12, and Hungarian League Semifinals -12.

Source: www.sportando.net



Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented international center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Telekom Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Phoenix Hagen (#10, 7-9) 103-101. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Telekom Baskets is placed at 13th position in German BBL. Telekom Baskets is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. Wohlfarth-Bottermann has many years of experience at Telekom Baskets, through which he has constantly improved. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann averages this season 6.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American swingman Adam Hess (201-G/F-81) of Phoenix Hagen. Hess impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Phoenix Hagen was edged by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#13, 6-9) 103-101. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Phoenix Hagen keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Hess is a newcomer at Phoenix Hagen 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 British Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of NY Phantoms (#15). Boateng scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Boateng's great performance NY Phantoms lost 67-83 to the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#1, 13-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of NY Phantoms not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Boateng could try to bring NY Phantoms' a little bit higher in the standings. Boateng has individually a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81) of EWE Baskets - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dane Watts (203-F-86) of Ratiopharm - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) of B.Muenchen - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Brose Bask. - 21 points and 8 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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  GREECE   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pappas, Panionios20.2 
 2. Gagaloudis, Kavala18.9 
 3. Kiritsis, Ikaros18.6 
 4. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.2 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 6. McGrath, PA.15.1 
 7. Gibson, Ikaros14.3 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.14.3 
 9. Grant, Apollon14.1 
 10. Petrovic-S., Apol.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.3 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.3 
 3. Michel, KAOD7.2 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK6.8 
 6. Lasme, Panathin.6.8 
 7. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.6 
 8. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.5 
 9. Kanonidis, Periste.6.4 
 10. Vrkic, Ikaros6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 3. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.6 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.2 
 5. Grundy, Kavala4.1 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos4.1 
 7. Gagaloudis, Kavala3.7 
 8. Pappas, Panionios3.5 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.5 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.4 
 2. Grant, Apollon2.4 
 3. Palmer, KAOD2.4 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.2 
 5. Petway, AGOR2.0 
 6. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.9 
 7. Knowles, KAOD1.8 
 8. Klaiber, Apollon1.8 
 9. Mantzaris, Olympia.1.7 
 10. Batis, Panionios1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Coleman, Kavala1.8 
 3. Michel, KAOD1.5 
 4. Faye, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.3 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.1 
 8. Powell, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Turner, Apollon1.0 
 10. Wyatt, Ikaros0.9 



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  IRELAND   


Demons take Neptune by a basket in Cork Derby. - by Patrick Maher



Basketball Ireland Weekend Review

A single basket was all that stopped the two top teams in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague from losing at the weekend as UL Eagles and UCC Demons were both engaged in tight affairs.

While Demons emerged victorious from their scrap with Cork city rivals Bod Gais Neptune, UL Eagles suffered a shock defeat in Dublin at the hands of Killester. Elsewhere, DCU Saints continued their recent revival with a convincing win away to UCD Marian on Sunday.

Speaking after his teams heroic performance against UL Eagles in the IWA Centre in Clontarf on Saturday night, Killester head coach Tom Doherty was gushing with praise for his players.

These guys give everything, they epitomise hard work and unselfishness. Limerick have beaten us a few times in succession so pride was at stake and I think we deserved the win with the way, he said.

We wont be going overboard, there are a number of areas we need to improve on but we got a lot of things right [Saturday night].

A key area of success for Killester was their defensive rebounding as the inside rotation of Michael Bonaparte, Kieran OBrien, Alan Casey and Mike Westbrooks kept the powerful Eagles front court off the offensive boards.

Doherty also pointed to the containment job his team did on the potent UL backcourt of Rob Taylor and Scott Kinevane.

They (UL Eagles) are a class outfit and even when they were down 30 they came back at us to make it close in the end. Thankfully, unlike the Neptune game recently, we held our nerve and found a way to win when we needed to, said Doherty.

Killester will have little time to celebrate the win however as they are back in action mid-week in Cork against Bord Gais Neptune who will be eager to avenge their two point loss to UCC Demons over the weekend.

Despite trailing by 17 points at the half time mark in the Friday night fixture, Neptune rallied in the third and fourth quarter to bring the deficit down to just a single point with under a minute remaining.

However, Neptunes Darren Townes missed a golden opportunity to become the hero as his final shot attempt missed the target only to be rebounded by Demons Kenton Walker who was fouled and nailed one free-throw to secure victory for the home side as they improved to 10 wins on the season.

The game marked the second time this season that the Cork derby threw up a thrilling finish after a scrappy contest and sets up a hugely intriguing SuperLeague Cup semi-final in less than two weeks time between the sides when another capacity crowd is expected to enjoy the spectacle.

Perhaps conscious of that cup game ahead, Demons head coach Paul Kelleher was reluctant to be overly-joyous after the game.

We need to start improving our second half performances. That game should never have been that close at the end but we let them get out and start running in the second half which they can do exceptionally well.

We need to be more clinical, after a solid start by us they went on and buried us in the second half.

A contributing factor to Demons second half collapse was undoubtedly the absence of three key figures for them, namely Shane Duggan, Niall Murphy and Ciaran OSullivan with fatigue becoming a major factor late in the game.

Coach Kelleher will be hoping at least two of these will be back in full health come next weekend for their meeting with UCD Marian as well as the cup fixture with Neptune the following Friday night.

In their league match at the weekend, UCD Marian suffered from the absence of their American centre John Galvin as they fell to DCU Saints 65 to 81.

The win moves Saints to six wins and six losses on the season, placing them fourth in the league and just one game behind third placed Neptune.

There were strong performances from Saints inside out combination of Martins Provisors and Keith Anderson who combined for 44 points and had their team in a comfortable position throughout the game.

We talked before the game about the fact that we were bigger than them and we got a lot of use out of posting guys up which helped us build the lead, said Saints head coach Dave Donnelly.

They doubled down on us after a while and switched to zone which did cause us problems but Keith Anderson and Eoin Quill made some shots that stretched the floor again for us.

While the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague action took much of the attention over the weekend, the biggest basketball event was happening in Kerry as the 43rd Annual St Marys Basketball Blitz took place in Castleisland.

With over 183 games, 165 teams and 1650 plus competitors, the weekend is the biggest single basketball event in Ireland.

At the senior finals on Sunday an estimated crowd of 2,000 people attended to witness NUIG Mystics and Tralee Imperials in the womens final and home side Team Garveys take on Ballincollig in the mens.

The true essence of the blitz is in its sheer size however as competitions range from boys and girls in second class in primary school up to senior men and women playing in divisions one through four depending on their respective standard.

One of the finals that epitomised this range in level most was the enthralling encounter between Ultras and Lions in the Division 4 Mens final. Both teams comprise of friends who get together each Christmas just to play and after a brilliant game the score finished 16 to 16 and went into extra time.

In the last minute it was still level but the lions just had the edge and finished 21-18 winners with Rory McGrath walking away with the Most Valuable Players trophy.

Likewise, there was overtime in the fourth class primary school final as local schools Cordal and Scart played out a not-to-be-forgotten contest. After three minutes of added time and the loss of all the spectators fingernails, the girls from Cordal were the ones to lift the trophy courtesy of some late free-throws.

This has to be without a doubt one of the best blitz that we have had so far, from early St Stephens day the crowds have been in both hall supporting all the teams, remarked St Marys club PRO Brid Kenny on Sunday.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague

Friday December 28th

UCC Demons 68 (41) (K Walker 19 S Coughlin 18, C Cuff 16 ) Bord Gais Neptune: 66 (24) (D Townes 24, I McLaughlin 7, G Walsh 6)

Saturday December 29th

Killester 84 (42) (M Bonaparte 21, K O'Brien 12, A Casey 13) UL Eagles 76 (34) (R Taylor 14, J Killeen 19, S Kinevane 15)

Sunday December 30th

UCD Marian 65 (31) (K Foley 15, D James 15, C Meany 11) DCU Saints 81 (53) (M Provisors 22, K Anderson 22, P Glover 12)

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie


Kenton Walker (203-F, college: Creighton)



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Rishon axed coach Birnbaum - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) split ways with 58-year old coach Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman). Birnbaums team made it to the Israeli in 2007 and 2012 final.
He was selected to Israeli Premier League All-Star Game in 2012.

Birnbaum has coached previously another Israeli teams - Haifa/Nesher BC, Hapoel Eilat, Ramat Gan, Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Bnei Hasharon, Givat Shmuel and Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was named Israeli Coach of the Year back in 1999 and 2007. 

By Eurobasket Data Center



Luis Flores joins Hapoel Eilat, ex Titanes - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel Eilat (Winner League) agreed terms with 31-year old Dominican Rep. guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). Flores managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played last summer at Titanes in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in LNB South Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Flores also played at Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague that season. In 20 games last season he had 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg. He contributed to his team winning the cup and make to league semifinals. Flores also played 2 games in VTB United League where he recorded 15.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB. In 16 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
The previous (2011) summer Flores played at Leones in Dominican Rep. LNB. Another team he played that season for was BC Donetsk in Superleague. In 33 games that year he was second best scorer with impressive 16.7ppg and averaged 3.6rpg and 3.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention.
In 2004 Flores was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) as #5 pick overall.
He attended Manhattan College and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Flores won Venezuelan LPB championship title in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Import of the Year in 2010. Flores represented Dominican Republic at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata (Argentina) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 10 games: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 88.9%.
Flores is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Olimpiada), Italy (Fabriano), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), Israel (Hapoel Holon), Venezuela (Marinos).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hapoel Holon inks Dominic Waters - by Idan Seggev

Hapoel Holon agreed terms with the 27-year-old point guard Dominic Waters (185-PG-86, college: Portland St.), who started the season with Union Olimpija Ljubljana. Holon may release forward Tayler Smith who doesn't play at his top level so far, but also because of the lack of a pure point guard in the team. Waters played last season with the Belgic club Liege and finished with average of 12.3 pts & 4.1 ast, while this season he started with Union Olimpija Ljubljana, played 10 games in the Euroleague with average of 2.4 pts & 3.6 ast, while in the Adriatic league he had 3.5 pts & 2.6 ast.


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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
 1. Torino 12-3 
 2. Matera 12-4 
 3. Agrigento 11-5 
 4. Castelletto 10-5 
 5. Treviglio 9-6 
 6. Lucca 9-6 
 7. Bari 8-7 
 8. Chieti 8-8 
 9. Omegna 7-8 
 10. Firenze 7-8 
 11. Casalpusterlengo 7-8 
 12. Recanati 6-9 
 13. Ferrara 6-9 
 14. San Severo 6-9 
 15. Perugia 5-10 
 16. Reggio Calabr. 5-10 
 17. Latina Basket 5-11 
 18. Mirandola 5-11 
Folded
 1. Bologna 6-4 

Regular Season: Round 17

Dec. 30: Treviglio - Reggio Calabr. 87-74
Dec. 30: Lucca - Agrigento 83-86
Dec. 30: Matera - Torino 81-69
Dec. 30: Recanati - Omegna 77-69
Dec. 30: Latina Basket - Perugia 75-79
Dec. 30: Chieti - Casalpusterlengo 69-63
Dec. 30: Castelletto - Mirandola 66-75
Dec. 30: Firenze - Bari 66-71

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 5: Omegna - Treviglio
Jan. 6: Perugia - Ferrara
Jan. 6: Reggio Calabr. - Lucca
Jan. 6: Casalpusterlengo - Firenze
Jan. 6: Mirandola - Recanati
Jan. 6: San Severo - Matera
Jan. 6: Bari - Castelletto
Jan. 6: Torino - Latina Basket


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.3 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.7 
 3. Ferrarese, Trevigl.17.7 
 4. Ruggiero, Bari17.3 
 5. Casadei, Firenze16.8 
 6. Gueye, San Severo16.7 
 7. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 8. Pierini, Recanati15.9 
 9. Bolzonella, Castel.15.9 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.6 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.6 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.9 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.9 
 5. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 6. Benfatto, Ferrara8.7 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.6 
 8. Pazzi, Castelletto8.6 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.8 
 10. Bonessio, Bari7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Losi, Mirandola5.8 
 2. Piazza, Bologna5.6 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.7 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.5 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.9 
 6. Rajola, Chieti3.7 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze3.6 
 8. Santolamazza, Lati.3.0 
 9. Gnaccarini, Recana.2.9 
 10. Cantone, Matera2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Piazza, Bologna3.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca3.4 
 3. Tavernelli, Latina3.3 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.2 
 6. Maggio, San Severo3.2 
 7. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 8. Cortesi, Ferrara3.1 
 9. Gueye, San Severo3.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.8 
 2. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 4. Del Brocco, San S.1.0 
 5. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 6. Iannilli, San Seve.0.9 
 7. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 9. Pazzi, Castelletto0.8 
 10. Iannuzzi, Matera0.7 


Italian Nazionale A round 17 best performance: Emanuele Rossi - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Chieti, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Casalpusterlengo (#11, 7-8) 69-63. Chieti is placed at 8th position in Italian Nazionale A. Chieti is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-8 record. It's Rossi's second year at Chieti and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Emanuele Rossi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg,2.1spg and 51.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Alessandro Piazza (174-PG-87) of Reggio Calabr.. Piazza had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Reggio Calabr. lost that game 74-87 to the higher-ranked Treviglio (#5, 9-6). This loss caused Reggio Calabr. to drop to 16th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Piazza is a newcomer at Reggio Calabr., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) of Treviglio (#5). Perego showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Treviglio, leading his team to a 87-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Reggio Calabr. (#16, 5-10). Treviglio needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 6 lost games. Perego has a very solid season. In 15 games in Italy he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) of Castelletto - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) of Treviglio - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Luca Pignatti (195-F-86) of Mirandola - 18 points and 12 rebounds
7. Riccardo Casagrande (196-SF-88) of Lucca - 13 points and 8 rebounds
8. Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) of Lucca - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Manuel Diomede (188-PG-90) of Chieti - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tommaso Laquintana (187-PG-95) of Bari - 20 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)



Griffin's 34-point game gives him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Eric Griffin (203-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fileni BPA Jesi and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Fileni BPA Jesi in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pall.Trento (5-7) in overtime 106-105. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Fileni BPA Jesi is placed at 10th position in Italian Lega2. Fileni BPA Jesi 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 5-7 record. In the team's last game Griffin had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Fileni BPA Jesi's top player in his first season with the team. Campbell University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,2.2spg and 61.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports) of Tezenis VE. He is Nigerian-American forward in his first season at Tezenis VE. In the last game Lawal recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Tezenis VE to another comfortable win 67-51 over slightly higher-ranked AcegasAps TR (#6, 7-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Tezenis VE to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawal is a newcomer at Tezenis VE and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. Former Wayne State College (MI) star Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Fileni BPA Jesi's star - guard Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent). Hoover got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. He was another key player of Fileni BPA Jesi, helping his team with a 106-105overtime win against Pall.Trento (5-7). The chances of Fileni BPA Jesi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hoover could help Fileni BPA Jesi to bring them higher in the standings. Hoover has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.2spg and and 3PT: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) of Sigma Barcel. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Aget Service IM - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) of LeGanberi FO - 27 points and 4 rebounds
7. Charlie Westbrook (193-G-89) of Tezenis VE - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Delroy James (203-F-87) of FCM Ferentino - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of LeGanberi FO - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) of Pall.Trento - 14 points, 11 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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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round 24: No surprise as #1 Niigata Albirex defeats Shinshu BW - by Eurobasket News

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (17-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-11) 87-68. They outrebounded Shinshu BW 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Niigata Albirex looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and forward Taj Finger (205-86) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to face league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shinshu BW will play against Chiba Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (17-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-11) 95-76. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Nile Murry supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shinshu BW will play against Chiba Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (16-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-18) by 44 points 97-53, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Lawrence Blackledge who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Takuma Yamashiro who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Saitama Broncos lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saitama Broncos will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Osaka Evessa won against Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 82-72. Yokohama BC outscored Tokyo Cinq R. in a home game 76-52. Osaka Evessa was rolled over Takamatsu FA on the road 86-60. Yokohama BC defeated Tokyo Cinq R. on its own court 76-59. Saitama Bron. was beaten by Iwate Big Bulls in a road game 101-88.


Iwate Big Bulls - Saitama Bron. 97-53

Third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (16-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-18) by 44 points 97-53, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. Iwate Big Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 32. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 49-38 including 34 on the defensive glass. Iwate Big Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Iwate Big Bulls made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Saitama Broncos lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saitama Broncos will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: L.Blackledge 19+12reb+1ast, R.Okosa 18+8reb+6ast, D.Sneed 14+8reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 13+5reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 12+3reb+2ast, C.Dixon 7+6reb+6ast
Saitama Bron.: D.Baker 20+5reb, T.Yamashiro 16+9reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 9+10reb+4ast, W.Oliver 4+3reb, I.Hideo 2+1reb+5ast, Y.Nobihura 2+5reb
gschID: 200552


Takamatsu FA - Osaka Evessa 72-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (8-14) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Osaka Evessa (3-17) 82-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Takamatsu FA managed to win third quarter 14-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 45-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 8 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Brandon Penn (203-90, college: Rider, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Osaka Evessa maintains ninth position with 3-17 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Tokyo Cinq R.. Osaka Evessa will meet higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Takamatsu FA will play against Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: T.Kawabe 22+1ast, D.Cox 17+16reb+1ast, D.Lathan 8+2reb+3ast, M.Bell 8+14reb+1ast, S.Watanuki 8+5reb+1ast, N.Walkup 8+3reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 20+6reb, D.Lyons 16+9reb+1ast, Y.Kodera 15, P.Williams 9+5reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 4+3ast, M.Kita 2+1ast
gschID: 200551


Niigata Albirex - Shinshu BW 87-68

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (17-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-11) 87-68. They outrebounded Shinshu BW 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Niigata Albirex looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and forward Taj Finger (205-86) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to face league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shinshu BW will play against Chiba Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 18+3reb+1ast, T.Finger 15+7reb, S.Komatsu 15+1reb+4ast, C.Holm 10+12reb+1ast, K.Sato 9+3reb+5ast, H.Kondo 7+2reb+3ast
Shinshu BW: W.Marshall 20+7reb, E.Morris 14+5reb, J.Green 11+4reb+2ast, T.Goya 8+1reb+3ast, D.Curry 6+5reb+1ast, S.Yosuke 3+2ast
gschID: 200553


Yokohama BC - Tokyo Cinq R. 76-52

Very predictable result when second ranked Yokohama BC (16-6) smashed at home 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (8-14) 76-52 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-52. Yokohama BC dominated on the defensive end, holding Tokyo Cinq R. to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 22. Yokohama BC forced 21 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn) who recorded 18 points and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 17 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. Yokohama BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record behind leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Takamatsu FA. Yokohama BC will meet at home league's leader Niigata Albirex in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Takamatsu FA (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kennedy 27+10reb, D.Burns 15+3reb+4ast, M.Kabaya 12+2reb+6ast, K.Yamada 7+2reb+5ast, P.Faye 5+8reb, O.Kimura 4+2reb+3ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Barrett 18+4reb+3ast, C.Aoki 17+3reb+3ast, C.Sasaki 6+4reb+2ast, K.Sato 6+8reb, H.Takada 3+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 200554


Niigata Albirex - Shinshu BW 95-76

BJ League top team - Niigata Albirex (17-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Shinshu BW (13-11) 95-76. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Shinshu BW was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by swingman D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex and five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex will play against league's second-placed Yokohama BC on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shinshu BW will play against Chiba Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: R.Webb 23+8reb+2ast, N.Murry 19+7reb+6ast, K.Sato 16+1reb, Y.Ikeda 16+1reb, C.Holm 6+8reb+2ast, H.Kondo 6+4reb+3ast
Shinshu BW: E.Morris 16+5reb+1ast, J.Green 14+4reb+1ast, D.Curry 13+10reb+4ast, W.Marshall 12+3reb+2ast, T.Goya 11+3reb, T.Utsunomiya 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200549


Takamatsu FA - Osaka Evessa 86-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Osaka Evessa's (3-17) road loss to eighth ranked Takamatsu FA (8-14) 60-86 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The other American import power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Shun Watanuki (178-87) added 13 points and 5 steals 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. Takamatsu FA maintains eighth position with 8-14 record, which they share with Tokyo Cinq R. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Takamatsu FA will meet at home Tokyo Cinq R. (#8) in the next round. Osaka Evessa will play against Toyama Grouses and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 22+2reb, D.Lyons 14+14reb+7ast, R.Johnson 11+11reb+3ast, Y.Kodera 10, M.Suzuki 10+4reb+5ast, P.Williams 8+5reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 16+13reb+1ast, S.Watanuki 13+2reb+2ast, D.Lathan 9+2reb+2ast, D.Cox 8+6reb+2ast, N.Walkup 7+6reb+3ast, S.Takada 4+1reb
gschID: 200555


Yokohama BC - Tokyo Cinq R. 76-59

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Yokohama BC (16-6) beat at home 8th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (8-14) 76-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-59. The best player for the winners was American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) who recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record behind leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. Tokyo Cinq R. lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Takamatsu FA. Yokohama BC will meet at home league's leader Niigata Albirex in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Takamatsu FA (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 30+6reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 12+5reb, P.Faye 12+14reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 9+1reb+4ast, K.Yamada 6+1reb+3ast, O.Kimura 3+2reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: C.Aoki 15+8reb+5ast, J.Jones 13+12reb, R.Barrett 12+2reb+4ast, K.Sato 11+7reb+2ast, A.Inoue 2+2reb+1ast, T.Ito 2+1ast
gschID: 200550


Iwate Big Bulls - Saitama Bron. 101-88

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (2-18) were defeated on the road by third ranked Iwate Big Bulls (16-6) 101-88 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Saitama Broncos managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iwate Big Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 46. The best player for the winners was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Dameion Baker (192-78, college: Mount Olive) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Saitama Broncos lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saitama Broncos will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+6reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 20+11reb+2ast, D.Sneed 20+6reb, R.Okosa 16+7reb+3ast, T.Masato 9+2reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 8+2reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: Y.Kitamuki 20+6reb+2ast, D.Baker 19+7reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 16+6reb, Y.Nobihura 9+1reb+2ast, R.Orr 7+2reb+2ast, M.Haraguchi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200548



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Hajrizi, Player of The Year - by Dren Shporta

Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Trepca is Player Of The Year in Kosovo. Hajrizis main challengers in the concurrence for the Player of The Year award were his teammates, Besnik Azemi and Imer Tahiri.

Hajrizi was the reason why Trepca last season ended the domination of Sigal Prishtinas championships.

This was the only trophy missing in Hajrizis collection of Kosovos basketball and from now on - he is ready for internaional career.

TOP 5 PLAYERS VOTES:

1. Drilon Hajrizi (Trepca) - 60 points;
2. Besnik Azemi (Trepca) - 45 points;
3. Imer Tahiri (Trepca) - 44 points;
4. Samir Shaptahovic (Bashkimi and Peja) - 43 points;
5. Edmond Azemi (Sigal Prishtina) - 30 points;



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 12-1 
 2. Kazma 10-2 
 3. Al Sahel 10-2 
 4. Al Qadsia 9-1 
 5. Al Arabi 6-5 
 6. Al Jahraa 6-6 
 7. Al Nasar 5-6 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 5-6 
 9. Al Yarmook 3-9 
 10. Al Salmiyah 2-10 
 11. Al Tadhamon 1-10 
 12. Al Shabab 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 21

Dec. 30: Kazma - Al Yarmook 92-58
Dec. 30: Al Sahel - Al Nasar 79-67
Dec. 30: Al Salmiyah - Al Jahraa 51-73
Dec. 30: Al Shabab - Al Kuwait 46-97

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 4: Al Salmiyah - Al Arabi
Jan. 4: Al Kuwait - Al Nasar
Jan. 4: Al Qadsia - Al Sulaibikhat


Sulaibikhat signs Rodney Grace - by Greg

Al Sulaibikhat (D1) added to their roster 25-year old American swingman Rodney Grace (198-87). Grace is a Versatile player who can score in lots of different ways... nice overall quickness ... Great length ... Extremely active on both ends of the court ... and a very impressive player in transition... Grace will join guard Michael France who has already made a great name for himself in Kuwait. France is currently averaging 30.2ppg, 8rpg, 6apg, 2spg and recenlty scored a Career high 51 pts against Al Sahel club. Although the they lost the game, France was impressed with the heart and determination his young team displayed. With the addition of Rodney Grace, Sulabikhat hopes to improve on what is already a great season start.

By Eurobasket Data Center



D1 Round 21: Top-ranked Al Kuwait wins another game - by Eurobasket News

D1 top team - Al Kuwait (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Al Shabab (1-12) in Al Ahmadi 97-46. Al Kuwait have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Al Shabab at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Al Jahraa smashed Al Salmiyah on the road 73-51. Kazma destroyed Al Yarmook on its own court 92-58. Al Nasar unfortunately lost to Al Sahel in Abu Halifa 67-79.


Al Salmiyah - Al Jahraa 51-73

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Al Jahraa (6-6) crushed on the road 10th ranked Al Salmiyah (2-10) 73-51 on Sunday. Al Jahraa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Al Salmiyah lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 230938


Kazma - Al Yarmook 92-58

Very expected game when 9th ranked Al Yarmook (3-9) was smashed by third ranked Kazma (10-2) in Kuwait City 92-58 on Sunday. Kazma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Al Sahel. Al Yarmook lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost.
gschID: 230937


Al Shabab - Al Kuwait 46-97

D1 top team - Al Kuwait (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Al Shabab (1-12) in Al Ahmadi 97-46. Al Kuwait have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Al Shabab at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost.
gschID: 230936


Al Sahel - Al Nasar 79-67

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Al Sahel (10-2) won against 6th ranked Al Nasar (5-6) in Abu Halifa 79-67 on Sunday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Al Sahel. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kazma. Loser Al Nasar dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Al Sulaibikhat.
gschID: 230935



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Al Riyadi clinched third place at Groninger Basketball Week - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi clinched third place at Groninger Basketball Week in Holland. The team from Lebanon overcame Groningen Gasterra Flames 89:77 in the game for the 3rd place.
Al Riyadi opened the game with massive 30-15 lead but slowed down a bit later in the game. The hosts won the second frame 22-16 and then posted a 23-22 in the third quarter. Al Riyadi needed a 21-17 in the last stanza for the final result.
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 29 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 24. Ismail Ahmad Abdelmonaim delivered 21, while Omar Elturk had 8. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) posted 14 points in the losing effort and Jason Dourisseau added 13.
Rashad Anderson became the top-scorer of the tournament with 71 total points. His fellow Loren Woods was the best Rebounder with 60 Total rebounds.



Delonte Holland agreed terms with Antranik, ex Islanders - by Eurobasket News

Antranik Beirut (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old USA ex-international forward Delonte Holland (201-100kg-82, college: De Paul). He played in the summer at Islanders in Colombian Copa Federacion.
In 2008 (four years after he left the college) Holland was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in second round (21st overall).
He attended De Paul University until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. he was selected to Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game in 2012.
Hollands team made it to the Copa Federacion Semifinals in 2011. Holland was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
He is a very experienced player. Holland has played also professionally in Argentina (Atenas and 9 de Julio), Dominican Rep., France, Italy (Mazzeo San Severo), Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), UAE, Ukraine, D-League (Idaho Stampede), Venezuela (Toros), United Arab Emirates (Al Ahli), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris Kaunas U20 wins Rinus de Jong Invitational - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris Kaunas U20 wins Rinus de Jong Invitational. In the Final game Zalgiris Kaunas overcame BMS Basket 85:70. Vaidus Kariniauskas erupted with 34 points, while Marius Grigonis added 18. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) delivered 11 points in a win. BMS Basketball got 18 points from Alexander Birketoft and Yaw Gyamfi (184-G-92) added 13. Nebosja Mitrovic produced 10
In Game 1 Zalgiris Kaunas overcame Riga 82:75. The Lithuanian powerhouse of Kaunas only beated the young Latvians, in average only 17 years old, by routine and a more solid organisation. Tomas Dimsa top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Anzejs Pasecnics posted 17 points in the losing effort.
Zalgiris Kaunas closed Day 1 with the win over EiffelTowers 88:60. The Dutch team struggled in the first half, but failed later in the game. Tomas Dimsa led the way with 18 points, while EiffelTowers got 17 points from Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side).
Zalgiris Kaunas outscored BF Belgrade 87:71. Vaidus Kariniaukas paced all the winners with 16 points, while Tomas Dimsa and Marius Grigonis notched 12 points each. Nikola Pavlovic and Nikola Socanac replied with 11 points each in defeat.



Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week - by Eurobasket News

Siauliai-Egypt 73:70

Siauliai triumphs at Groninger Basketball Week. The Lithuanian team overcame Egypt 73:70 in the Final game and clinched the title.
Siauliai started with 21-18 and led three points at the halftime. The African team played better coming back from the lockers and won the third period 18-14. It gave them 1-point advantage at the end of 30 minutes, but the Lithuanian squad managed to seal the victory. They posted a 22-18 rally in the last stanza and grabbed the win.
Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) added 11. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) notched 9, whilst Chase Simon (198-G-89, college: Detroit Mercy), Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California), Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) and Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) had 8 each. Elgamel ended up with 20 points and T. el Ghannam scored 14 points in defeat. Elsabagh notched 13 and Elkerdany brought 8.

Siauliai: Laurynas Samenas 13, Vitali Liutych 11, Julius Jucikas 9, Chase Simon 8, Saulius Kuzminskas 8, Papa Dia 8,Aurimas Kieza 8
Egypt: Elgamel 20, T. el Ghannam 14, Elsabagh 13, Elkerdany 8



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 32-4 
 2. Toros 29-7 
 3. Halc.Rojos 28-8 
 4. Soles 27-9 
 5. Panteras 24-12 
 6. Pioneros 24-12 
 7. Fuerza Regia 22-14 
 8. Huracanes 20-15 
 9. Abejas 19-17 
 10. Barreteros 14-22 
 11. Corr.Victoria 14-22 
 12. Lechugueros 12-24 
 13. Guerreros 8-28 
 14. Osos 6-30 
 15. Gansos 6-31 
 16. Gigantes 3-33 

Regular Season: Round 36

Dec. 30: Toros - Abejas 97-95
Dec. 29: Gansos - Pioneros 93-99
Dec. 29: Guerreros - Soles 86-113
Dec. 30: Fuerza Regia - Lechugueros 81-74
Dec. 29: Halc.Rojos - Huracanes 78-60
Dec. 29: Osos - Panteras 76-96
Dec. 29: Gigantes - Barreteros 71-93
Dec. 29: Halc.Xalapa - Corr.Victoria 119-95

Regular Season: Round 37

Jan. 3: Pioneros - Gigantes
Jan. 3: Soles - Osos
Jan. 3: Corr.Victoria - Toros
Jan. 3: Huracanes - Fuerza Regia
Jan. 3: Panteras - Guerreros
Jan. 3: Barreteros - Gansos
Jan. 3: Lechugueros - Halc.Rojos
Jan. 3: Abejas - Halc.Xalapa


LNBP Round 36: Toros defeat Abejas 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.

Ninth-ranked Abejas (19-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Toros (29-7) in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday. Toros managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-95. Toros made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Abejas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Abejas' coach Daniel Jaule rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toros have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 29-7 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Abejas at the other side keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Toros are looking forward to face Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play at home against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (32-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Correcaminos (14-22) 119-95. The winners were led by American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and Lorenzo Mata supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) did not help to save the game for Correcaminos. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-4 record. Correcaminos at the other side keep the tenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Barreteros. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Correcaminos will play at home against the league's second-placed Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
13th ranked Guerreros (8-28) were outscored at home by fourth ranked Soles (27-9) with the biggest margin this round 113-86 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Justin Griffin who scored 33 points (!!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Michael Hunter who recorded 27 points. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Soles maintains fourth position with 27-9 record. Guerreros lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth place with 28 games lost. Soles will meet at home Osos (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guerreros will play against Panteras in Aguascalientes and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 36: Lechugueros lost to Fuerza Regia on the opponent's court 74-81. Halc.Rojos managed to outperform Huracanes in a home game 78-60. Panteras rolled over Osos on the road 96-76. Bottom-ranked Gigantes were crushed by Barreteros on its own court 71-93. Pioneros beat Gansos in Cancun 99-93.


Toros - Abejas 97-95

Ninth-ranked Abejas (19-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Toros (29-7) in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday. Toros managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-95. Toros made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Abejas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas' coach Daniel Jaule rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toros have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 29-7 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Abejas at the other side keep the ninth place with 17 games lost. Toros are looking forward to face Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play at home against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Abejas: V.Buelna 24+1reb+3ast, E.Phelps 23+12reb+6ast, S.Pettigrew 21+10reb+4ast, M.Mattis 11+9reb, E.Abdu 9+3reb+2ast, C.Castillo 4
Toros: W.Pagan 30+2reb+12ast, Q.Gonzalez 17+4reb+2ast, J.Lopez 17+10reb+1ast, B.Angley 13+3reb+4ast, T.McCray 9+3reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 188702


Fuerza Regia - Lechugueros 81-74

Very expected game in Monterrey where 12th ranked Lechugueros (12-24) were defeated by seventh ranked Fuerza Regia (22-14) 81-74 on Sunday. Fuerza Regia maintains seventh position with 22-14 record. Loser Lechugueros keep the twelfth place with 24 games lost. Fuerza Regia will meet Huracanes (#8) in the next round. Lechugueros will play against Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 188703


Halc.Xalapa - Corr.Victoria 119-95

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (32-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Correcaminos (14-22) 119-95. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Correcaminos was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the former international center Lorenzo Mata (205-86) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Angel Gonzalez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) did not help to save the game for Correcaminos. His fellow American import power forward DeAngelo Riley (206-88, college: Azusa Pacific) added 27 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-4 record. Correcaminos at the other side keep the tenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Barreteros. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Correcaminos will play at home against the league's second-placed Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: D.Riley 27+8reb+1ast, M.Allen 26+5reb+7ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 21+6reb+4ast, B.Robinson 11+14reb+4ast, F.Sanchez 4+2reb+1ast, B.Heredia 3+2reb+2ast
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 34+10reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 18+5reb+3ast, L.Mata 14+12reb, K.Sowell 12+1reb+4ast, V.Avila 12+4reb, D.Pearson 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 188707


Halc.Rojos - Huracanes 78-60

Very predictable result in Veracruz where third ranked Halcones Rojos (28-8) defeated 8th ranked Huracanes (20-15) 78-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Halcones Rojos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Halcones Rojos forced 25 Huracanes turnovers. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 16 points and 4 steals. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Miguel Ayala (198-82, college: UTEP) added 20 points respectively. Halcones Rojos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-8 record having four points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Loser Huracanes keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Halcones Rojos will meet Lechugueros (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Huracanes will play against Fuerza Regia (#7) in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 20+5reb, M.Ayala 20+3reb, O.Quintero 8+4reb+2ast, E.Basden 6+4reb+4ast, R.Marshall 4+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 2+2reb
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 16+12reb+3ast, D.Pinnock 16+4reb+3ast, L.Davis 15+2reb, M.Mitchell 11+1ast, C.Stinson 10+3reb+4ast, N.Alonzo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188706


Osos - Panteras 76-96

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Osos (6-30) were rolled over at home by fifth ranked Panteras (24-12) 96-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 37-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 38 points (!!!). Puerto Rican swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary, LA) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Four Osos players scored in double figures. Panteras maintains fifth position with 24-12 record, which they share with Pioneros. Newly promoted Osos keep the fourteenth place with 30 games lost. Panteras will meet at home Guerreros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osos will play against Soles in Mexicali and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osos: M.Helton 19+3reb+2ast, O.McCullough 17+11reb+2ast, N.Stallings 15+5reb+6ast, J.Camacho 11+4reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 8+2reb+4ast, J.Durazo 4+7reb+2ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 38+3reb+3ast, D.Huertas 25+3reb+4ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 15+4reb, A.Villalobos 5+1reb, L.Miguel Rangel 4+2reb+1ast, E.Ayileke 3+2reb
gschID: 188705


Gigantes - Barreteros 71-93

Everything went according to plan in Toluca where eleventh ranked Barreteros (14-22) outscored bottom-ranked Gigantes (3-33) 93-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Barreteros 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 Gigantes' 38. They outrebounded Gigantes 45-28 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Barreteros looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. Forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Horton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Joseph Kennerly (204-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma) who recorded 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barreteros moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Corr.Victoria. Gigantes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 33 lost games. Barreteros will meet at home Gansos (#15) in the next round where they are favorite. Gigantes will play against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: J.Kennerly 27+5reb+5ast, E.Swanson 12+2reb+3ast, E.Flores 11+3reb, K.Johnson 10+8reb+3ast, J.Inzunza 8+1reb+6ast, M.Munoz 3+5reb
Barreteros: J.Horton 21+6reb+13ast, F.Valencia 14+4reb+2ast, J.Habel 14+9reb+1ast, A.Donzella 13+3reb, R.Loera Almanza 9+6reb+1ast, R.McKoy 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 188704


Gansos - Pioneros 93-99

There was no surprise in Ciudad de Mexico where 15th ranked Gansos (6-31) were defeated by sixth ranked Pioneros (24-12) 99-93 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pioneros had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Forrest Fisher (193-80) chipped in 25 points. Pioneros' coach Josep Claros used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who recorded 26 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Alejandro Zarco (205-85) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panteras. Gansos lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifteenth position with 31 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gansos will play against Barreteros in Zacatecas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gansos: S.Shorter 26+6reb+9ast, C.Duran 20+1reb+1ast, A.Zarco 18+9reb+2ast, J.Perez 14+8reb+2ast, N.Nweke 9+7reb, G.Edson 5+2reb+1ast
Pioneros: H.Hernandez 27+12reb+3ast, F.Fisher 25+1reb, S.Soriano 11+6reb+1ast, H.Llamas 11+6reb, E.Sanchez 5+1reb+2ast, M.Williams 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188701


Guerreros - Soles 86-113

13th ranked Guerreros (8-28) were outscored at home by fourth ranked Soles (27-9) with the biggest margin this round 113-86 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 113-86. Soles dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Guerreros' 36. They outrebounded Guerreros 39-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Soles shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized American swingman Justin Griffin (194-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) who scored 33 points (!!!). The former international forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 23 points. Griffin attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Five Soles players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Michael Hunter (178, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded 27 points and his fellow American import forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Soles maintains fourth position with 27-9 record. Guerreros lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth place with 28 games lost. Soles will meet at home Osos (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guerreros will play against Panteras in Aguascalientes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guerreros: M.Hunter 27+2reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 17+5reb+2ast, G.Williams 13+3ast, C.Dixon 9+11reb+1ast, F.Hernandez 6+3reb, Y.Castro 6+1reb+4ast
Soles: J.Griffin 33+2reb+1ast, R.Martinez 23+4reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 17+5reb+4ast, J.Horne 16+10reb, I.Nolasco 10+5reb, M.Lizarraga 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 188700



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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News

Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) tabbed 33-year old Montenegrin international point guard Goran Jeretin (192-95kg-79, agency: Beo Basket). Jeretin managed to play in seven leagues in three countries last year (!!!). He played most recently at Un.Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League. In 16 games last season he averaged just 2.3ppg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Jeretin also played 10 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.1apg (top 5) and 1.3spg. He also played at Artland Dragons in German BBL that season. In 6 games he had only 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg. Jeretin also played 5 games in EuroChallenge where he had 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.0apg (top 5). The other team he played shortly was Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Jeretin had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In two LKL games he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 3.0apg. He also played 3 games in Euroleague where he had 5.3ppg and 1.3apg. Jeretin also played 3 games in VTB United League where he had 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Lokomotiv in Russian PBL. In 35 games he had 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Jeretin also played 15 games in EuroChallenge where he had 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. Jeretin was selected to Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2007. He also represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%.
Jeretin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv), Turkey (Turk Telekom), Ukraine (BC Kyiv), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol) and Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiskoRaznatovic)



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Six games recap from Monday night - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio S. - Brooklyn N. 104-73
At this rate, the Nets don't need Phil Jackson. They need a time machine for Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois). The point guard continued his unforgettable season for the wrong reasons, finishing with just eight points in an embarrassing 104-73 blowout Monday night to the Spurs. It was Williams' worst game of the season, just in time to add to what should be an extensive resolution list. 'Nope,' Williams said when asked if he ever had scored just eight points with two assists. The Nets didn't have Gerald Wallace, who sat with a bruised knee, and they got no production from Williams, who continued his inexplicable descent into ordinary. His matchup with Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) represented the biggest gap at the AT&T Center. Williams was sloppier with the ball. He shot just 3-of-11, getting outscored by Parker by 12 points. 'I think we are a little out of whack right now as a group. I know I am, individually,' he said. 'I've got to play better. I've got to find ways to get better. Even on bad nights, I don't play like this. This doesn't even feel like it's me out on the court. I've just got to snap out of it. I put a lot of pressure on myself early. I was really excited about this year. Coming into the season, I felt like we had a great team. I still feel like we have a great team and I want to be able to help the team more and play better. And tonight was another night I didn't help.' Williams opened up the game with a 3-pointer, which represented his only points until nearly five minutes into the second half. He air-balled another 3-pointer and had his drive blocked by Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) in the first quarter, finishing the half with three points on 1-of-5 from the field. The Nets were outscored by 35 points with Williams on the floor, including 30-5 in a horrific third quarter. Their five points represented a franchise-low for the third quarter, and that includes the ugliest seasons in New Jersey. 'Man, I don't even know,' Joe Johnson said. Williams hasn't been the same player since he was dealt from the Jazz to the Nets, and he's been worse since signing a five-year deal worth about $100 million in July. GM Billy King said on the radio Sunday that Williams might be burnt out from playing consecutive summers overseas (in the Turkish league and Olympics). Williams, who has been dealing with nagging injuries - including a bum ankle and wrist - essentially agreed. 'I didn't take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning,' Williams said. 'I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general. 'I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven't had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn't want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.' Johnson scored 12 and Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 11 for the Nets, but neither scored after the first half. The Nets (16-15) dropped to 2-1 under P.J. Carlesimo, who had guided them to victories over the vulnerable Bobcats and Cavaliers. The Spurs (25-8) have won six straight. The Nets have yet to contact Jackson about coaching the Nets, according to two sources familiar with the coaching search, but he remains at the top of their list. The job is a lot less appealing if they play like they did Monday. 'I already said we can't call ourselves champions,' Williams said. 'We have a long way to go, even though I told you we had a great team on paper and we needed time to jell. I didn't think it would take this long. I haven't really figured out why we can't jell. We just need to play better and I think everybody knows that.' Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

Oklah.City T. - Phoenix Suns 114-96
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) returned from a cut above his eye to finish with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 114-96 on Monday night. Oklahoma City extended its home-court winning streak to 12 games - longest in the NBA - and won on New Year's Eve for the fifth straight year since the franchise moved from Seattle. The Thunder closed 2012 by winning 15 of its last 17 games. Luis Scola scored 24 points to lead Phoenix, which dropped its sixth straight game and fell to the Thunder for the seventh straight time. The Suns haven't beaten Oklahoma City since December 19, 2010. Westbrook left the game late in the first half with a cut over his right eye that required stitches. In his absence, the Thunder started the second half with Reggie Jackson at point guard and went on a 12-0 run to seize control. Oklahoma City never trailed again, although Phoenix pulled within two points twice in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. After missing about seven minutes of game time, Westbrook came straight from the locker room with tape above his eye, checked in with 6:24 left in the third quarter and went to work. He drew a foul and made both free throws, and after a two-handed dunk by Durant, Westbrook drilled a 17-foot jumper, then hit three free throws after being fouled behind the arc. Westbrook then assisted on a basket by Serge Ibaka and followed with a 3-pointer to put Oklahoma City ahead 82-68, its biggest lead of the game, at the 3:44 mark. Scola had seven points in a 9-2 run by the Suns that pulled them within 84-78 by quarter's end and Phoenix closed within 87-85 with 9:05 left on a basket by Jermaine O'Neal, but Nick Collison answered with a 16-foot jumper for the Thunder, and after a couple of empty possessions by both teams, Thabo Sefolosha's 3-pointer with 7:32 left put Oklahoma City up 92-85. The Thunder put the game away with a 12-2 run, capped by a eight-foot floating jumper by Westbrook in the lane with 3:08 left to make it 104-89. Durant recorded his 13th outing this season of 30 points or more, but had a poor shooting night, finishing 11-of-24 from the field. Westbrook, who has struggled with his shot in recent games, finished 7-of-16. Ibaka scored 16 points, Sefolosha added 14 points and Collison had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) added 16 points for Phoenix, while Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and O'Neal had 12 points. The Thunder led 54-53 at halftime, but lost Westbrook temporarily after he was inadvertently elbowed by Scola while attempting a layup with 1:32 left in the half. Westbrook went down, bleeding from around his right eye, as no foul was called and play continued. The Suns stayed in the game in the half by shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent (6 of 14) from 3-point range. Sebastian Telfair hit three 3-pointers in four attempts in the first half but didn't score again. Courtesy of: startribune.com

Houston R. - Atlanta H. 123-104
James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 28 points and the Houston Rockets rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 123-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. The Rockets were coming off a 30-point defeat by Oklahoma City and had allowed at least 120 points in their last two games - both losses. On Monday night they used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to build a big lead and hold on for the win. Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) had 21 points to lead the Hawks, who saw a four game winning streak snapped with the loss. Houston was up by 15 points in the fourth quarter before Atlanta used a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 102-97 with about five minutes remaining. Carlos Delfino (6'7''-SF-82) scored five quick points after that, before a three-point play by Harden extended Houston's lead to 110-97 less than a minute and a half later. The Rockets had a nice play soon after that when Harden stole the ball from John Jenkins and passed to Marcus Morris, who found Omer Asik on an alley-oop dunk. Houston coach Kevin McHale had implored his team to take better care of the ball after having 24 turnovers in each of the last two games. He seemed to have gotten through to his young team, as the Rockets had just nine, despite the Hawks entering the game forcing more than 16 a game. Atlanta led by one point early in the second quarter before Houston used a 16-0 run to take a 46-31 lead 6 1/2 minutes before halftime. The run started with three straight 3-pointers by Houston. Delfino made the first and third ones and Patrick Patterson sunk the second one. But Houston wasn't done with its 3-point barrage, and Tony Douglas ended the run with another 3. The Hawks missed seven shots in that span as they went more than four minutes without scoring. Atlanta finally found some offense after that, but the Rockets didn't slow down and had soon extended their lead to 60-40 after a pair of free throws by Harden with about two minutes left in the second quarter. Harden made a 3-pointer just before halftime to leave Houston up 64-46. Houston has won five straight over Atlanta, including a 109-102 win earlier this season when Harden had a career-high 45 points. He wasn't as dominant this time, but was still able to extend his career-long streak of games with 20-plus points to 13 games. Atlanta's Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 17 with seven rebounds in his return after missing a game with a hip injury, and Al Horford had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Delfino returned from a two-game absence with an illness to score 22 points, with six 3-pointers. Asik added 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets and Jeremy Lin added 16 points with eight assists. Houston was up by eight with about two minutes left in the third quarter before the Rockets used a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 90-73. Delfino got it going with a 3-pointer and also had a layup in that span. The Hawks used an 18-8 spurt in the first half of the third quarter to cut Houston's lead to 72-64. Atlanta shook off a second quarter where it shot just 29.2 percent by making three, 3-pointers to start the second half. Courtesy of: usatoday.com

Orlando M. - Miami Heat 110-112 OT
Nikola Vucevic (6'11''-C-90, college: USC) put together the finest performance of his brief professional career on Monday, but his 20 points and team-record-setting 29 rebounds weren't enough to put his Orlando Magic over the top against the visiting Miami Heat on New Year's Eve. Miami prevailed by a final score of 112-110 in overtime. The loss drops Orlando to 0-6 without Glen Davis. Without Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore, the Magic received balanced scoring as Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA)'s 28 points led four other Magic players in double digits. Behind him were J.J. Redick (23 points), Vucevic, Josh McRoberts (12 points, a season-high), and Andrew Nicholson (10). Third-string point guard Ish Smith got his second start filling in for the injured Nelson and Moore. Though Smith played 14 minutes, it was Hedo Turkoglu who ran the offense for Orlando. His playmaking abilities helped Orlando's thin point guard rotation. Turkoglu finished with nine points and eight assists, but did commit five turnovers. Miami turned the Magic's 17 turnovers into 27 points, none bigger than Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette)'s fast-break jam with 6.2 seconds remaining in overtime. Wade intercepted a pass Redick intended to throw to Turkoglu and took it the length of the floor for the easiest two points he'd score all night, giving Miami a four-point lead. The crowd of 19,311 set a new attendance record for Amway Center, but many of the fans in attendance supported Miami. Monday's game featured 13 lead changes. Despite McRoberts' best efforts, the Magic were unable to contain LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84). The reigning Most Valuable Player poured in 36 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists, going 15-of-16 from the foul line. Wade atoned for a Dwight Howard-like showing from the foul line--he went 3-of-10--by making the key steal of Redick's pass. Courtesy of: orlandopinstripedpost.com

Chicago B. - Charlotte B. 81-91
Heads down, no smiling, church-like quietness. In the words of Taj Gibson, that is what a 'swagger-less'' locker room looks and sounds like. Then again, allowing a team to end an 18-game losing streak on your own home court? That's about the time swagger turns to embarrassment. 'Right now you can look around in this locker room and see it in everyone's face,'' Gibson said after the Bulls lost to Charlotte 91-81 on Monday afternoon at the United Center. 'There's that look of letdown, and you can see the heads are hanging. 'Even though our record is still above .500 (16-13), our record should be way better than what it is now. We've given away a lot of games that we've should have won. It comes down to our will. It's time to push ourselves and get back to winning. Get that swag back.'' That won't happen playing the way the Bulls did Monday. The Bulls were out-rebounded for a fourth consecutive game, played without Kirk Hinrich (multiple injuries) and Joakim Noah battled flu-like symptoms. The team lacked energy and emotion. The Bulls have seemed emotionless ever since their dramatic win in New York against the Knicks 11 days ago. Since then, they've looked like a team going through the motions. 'We're not a 48-minute team,'' head coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'For some reason, and I've got to figure this out, I have to have us ready at the start of the game; we have to have an edge at the start of the game. We can't ease our way into the game and say, We're good, we'll get it corrected.' It doesn't work like that.'' Falling behind 28-18 to a Charlotte team that had last won a game Nov. 24 wasn't what Thibodeau envisioned. But neither was getting blown out by Atlanta and Houston before winning an ugly game against Washington over the last week. The Bulls looked like they gained control of the game in the second and third quarters, out-scoring the Bobcats 47-37 during that span. But Charlotte (8-23) leaned on the speed of their guards to push the intensity of the game in the fourth, and the Bulls had no answer. Guards Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) (18 points), Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke), as well as reserves Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon, kept the Bulls on their heels throughout the fourth quarter, attacking the rim off the break. Henderson finished with 16 points, while Sessions and Gordon each had 15. 'Their speed and quickness, to me that's one of their strengths,'' Thibodeau said of the Bobcats. 'If you don't have floor balance you're going to have problems.'' The Bulls were led by 20 points from Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), while Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) chipped in 19 points and 14 rebounds, but that meant very little for a team that has lost three of its last four games. 'You got to always keep that inner-child, man,'' guard Nate Robinson said. 'To me that's the biggest gift you can have. Playing basketball, always having that feeling like you played with when you was a kid, playing with no worries. 'As long as we play hard it will all take care of itself. Tough times never last, tough people do, and I think we're a tough group. 'We'll get it back.'' Courtesy of: suntimes.com

Indiana P. - Memphis G. 88-83
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 88-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-PG-87, college: Texas) had 17 points and David West added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have won five of six. George also had six rebounds and five assists. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Marc Gasol scored 13 for the Grizzlies, who have lost three of four. West made two foul shots with 6:09 to play to give the Pacers a 72-71 lead after they trailed by as many as 10 in the second half. Indiana played without starting point guard George Hill, who injured his right thigh against the Phoenix Suns last week. Coach Frank Vogel had said Hill was a game-time decision and he was even listed as a starter right before tipoff. Augustin started in place of Hill. Randolph made two free throws to give Memphis a 67-56 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter. But Indiana scored the last four points of the period and Ben Hansbrough had two 3-pointers early in the fourth to get the Pacers within three. George had a key steal and dunk, and West's free throws gave the Pacers the lead for good. The Grizzlies turned the ball over and West made two more foul shots to make it 74-71 with 5:37 left. Tony Allen dunked and hit a free throw and Darrell Arthur scored, but George, West and Augustin combined to help the Pacers to an 82-76 advantage late in the game. Augustin and Lance Stephenson each made two foul shots in the final seconds to help Indiana hold on. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com



Rockets' White refuses assignment to the Vipers - by Eurobasket News

The saga between the Houston Rockets and disgruntled forward Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) hit another and predictable twist Sunday when the rookie from Iowa State issued a statement refusing his assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. White, who suffers from an anxiety disorder and is afraid to fly, said the assignment would be unsafe."
I have chosen not to play, because the doctors and I believe it to be unsafe for unqualified Rockets front office personnel to make medical decisions, as they are not mental heath professionals, White said in the statement. Gersson Rosas, who serves as both the Vipers general manager and the Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations, told The Monitor Sunday afternoon the Rockets are not commenting on the statement. The Rockets assigned White to the Vipers on Saturday night. In the NBA Development Leagues news release on the assignment, White was supposed to join the Vipers in Bakersfield, Calif. Sunday for their game against the Jam. The timing of move was interesting because White is afraid to fly and the Vipers were in the midst of a seven-game road swing that will take them from Bakersfield to the Valley, then Reno, Nev. and Sioux Falls, S.D.
White said the Rockets have not followed the advice of his doctors in order to treat his condition. It saddens and frightens me to know that in this situation all the decision makers involved have been informed of all the medical dynamics and yet still refuse to adhere to medical sensibility, White said.
White added: I do wish to play, but I only intend to do so with the collaboration and recommendation of trained professionals. The purpose of a doctors confirmation is to ensure that health decisions are made with the sole interest of health and not conflicted with business. My only hope is that decision makers involved realize that doctors are the only logical source to decide action. The Rockets selected White 16th overall in last springs NBA draft. White was not with the Rockets when the opened training camp last October in McAllen. He joined the Rockets in Houston after their weeklong stay in the Valley.
White has not played with the Rockets during the regular season. He has been at odds with the Rockets all season with what he believes is the teams unwillingness to accommodate his condition. He wishes to travel by bus to games whenever possible instead going on the teams chartered flights.
White played in four preseason games for the Rockets, averaging 2.3 points and 12.3 minutes. Right before the NBA season, White was supposed to be assigned to the Vipers, along with Donatas Motiejunas and Scott Macahdo. Only Motiejunas and Machado made it to the Valley. Thats when the rift between White and the Rockets escalated and became public with White lashing out at the team via Twitter. On Sundays statement, he ripped into the team and the league. There is an admitted lack of knowledge on behalf of the Rockets and the NBA, White said. It becomes transparent as they choose to forego the knowledge of trained professional and make independent decisions for something as complex as mental health without consulting any doctors. The Rockets have told me in recent conversations that it is their right to decline even their own doctors recommendations. The concept of not listening to medical consultants in medical situations is alarming. It is also alarming that a player is susceptible to fines for simply adhering to the recommendation of doctors.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



Hayward comes back to The Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old forward Lazar Hayward (198-102kg-86, college: Marquette). Its actually his comeback to the Timberwolves as he played here before. Hayward just played at Los Angeles D-Fenders. He was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Part of last season Hayward spent at 66ers. In three D-League games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.7apg. He was called during the season by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In three NBA games he averaged impressive 24.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.7apg.
Two years ago Hayward was drafted by Washington Wizards in first round (30th overall). He attended Marquette University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Hayward played in the final of NBA. he was voted NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team in 2010 at his college time. Hayward represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.2%.

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Mavs hope Cunningham can provide energy - by Eurobasket News

In an attempt to inject a burst of energy into their offense, the Dallas Mavericks recalled point guard Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91, college: Oregon St.) from the D-League on Monday.
A rookie from Oregon State, Cunningham played seven games for the Frisco-based Texas Legends and averaged 18.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37 minutes per contest. The 6-4, 194-pounder had earlier averaged just 2.3 points in 3.4 minutes while playing seven games for the Mavs before they sent him to the D-League on Dec. 11. I think its good to have high energy athletic guys around, coach Rick Carlisle said. He had a stint in the D-League, he got a chance to play some minutes, so now hell be back with us until -- if and when -- we decide to have him go back down. Cunningham will be battling Darren Collison, Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois for playing time as the Mavs (12-19) face the Washington Wizards (4-24) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Verizon Center. He did some good things (for the Legends) and he got some good minutes, Carlisle said of Cunningham. Thats important. It was a positive experience.
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Staten, Browne Lead WVU - by Eurobasket News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Guards Juwan Staten (6'1''-G) and Gary Browne (6'1''-G-92) combined for 34 points and eight assists, and the Mountaineers made a season-high 32 free throws, as West Virginia pulled out a 74-67 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.

The Colonels (10-3) erased a 16-point second half deficit to tie the game at 61-61 with 4:21 to play on a deep 3-pointer from Morgantown native Ryan Parsons.

On its next possession, forward Eric Stutz (6'8''-F) hit two free throws to give Eastern Kentucky its first lead since 15:58 of the first half.

But the Mountaineers (7-5) hit nine of 10 free throws in the final four minutes to pull away. West Virginia finished 32-of-39 on the afternoon, its most made attempts since hitting 35 against Villanova on Feb. 1, 2003.

It was a tale of two halves as the Mountaineers shot 46 percent on 13-of-28 shooting to take a 35-22 halftime lead. West Virginia made just 33 percent of its second half shots and went 0-for-5 from behind the arc.

We dont listen and stop running our offense, and they have hit a couple of 3s and all of a sudden they have momentum going, said coach Bob Huggins. And we are kind of hanging our heads. Next thing you know, here it comes.

Eastern Kentucky climbed its way back into the contest after shooting a blistering 63 percent in the second half on 17-of-27 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.

Sixty-three percent they shoot in the second half, that is ridiculous, said Huggins. And Im not taking anything away from them, and Jeff (Neubauer) did an unbelievable job. The Celtics shouldnt shoot 63 percent against us in here.

EKUs Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers to finish with a game-best 21 points - his sixth 20-point game of the season.

West Virginias Aaric Murray and Dominique Rutledge came up big down the stretch as Murray scored on a bucket down low to tie the game at 63-63 with 3:57 to play.

Rutledge, a 60 percent free throw shooter, later hit the first of two free throws to give WVU a 66-63 lead with 2:34 to play. West Virginia led the rest of the way as Rutledge, Browne, Murray and Staten would go 8-for-8 from the line to close the game.

We won it at the foul line and we won it because we made some athletic plays, added Huggins.

Brown and Staten each finished with 17 points, with Staten totaling 12 in the second half.

Eastern led in the opening two minutes before West Virginia used an 11-2 run after a three-point play from Browne to take an 11-6 lead at the 14:36 mark.

Murray put WVU on top, 31-16, with 2:19 left in the first half on a two-hand dunk in the middle of the lane after running the floor on a fast break. He finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.

Forward Deniz Kilicli was the only other Mountaineer in double-figures, adding 10 points and five rebounds.

Guards Mike DiNunno and Orlando Williams added 10 apiece for the Colonels.

Both teams committed 13 turnovers.

The Mountaineers, now 5-0 at home, open Big 12 Conference play against Oklahoma on January 5, at the WVU Coliseum.
Courtesy of: http://www.wvusports.com



Muhammad Shoots the Phoenix Past the Prairie Stars - by Eurobasket News

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Junior Sultan Muhammad (6'1''-G) (Grand Rapids, Mich.) made his first five three-point attempts and scored a career-high 21 points on Sunday afternoon, sparking Green Bay (6-7) to an 84-43 victory over Illinois Springfield in the final tune-up for the Phoenix before Horizon League play begins on Thursday. Green Bay has held its opponents to just 48.3 points per game and a 32.8 percent shooting percentage during its current three-straight winning streak.

Muhammad, who tallied 17 points in the opening half, scored his first five points during a 20-0 run to turn an 8-5 lead into a 28-5 advantage with 8:40 to play in the first half. Muhammad added four more three-pointers in the period as the Phoenix lead grew to 51-17 at the break.

The junior college transfer from South Suburban College finished his best game in a Phoenix uniform with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from long range. His performance helped Green Bay shoot a season-high 59.3 percent (32-54) from the field and 57.1 percent from long range (8-14).

Green Bay went 18-of-26 from the field in the opening half and had assists on 16 of its 18 made field goals. Sophomore Keifer Sykes (5'10''-PG) (Chicago, Ill.), celebrating his 19th birthday, had nine points and six assists in the first half. Sykes finished 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.

UIS missed 12 consecutive shots during Green Bay's 20-0 run and shot only 6-of-30 from the field in the first half. The Prairie Stars shot 15-of-58 for the game (25.9 percent), a low for a Phoenix opponent in the history of the Resch Center and a low for any opponent since Idaho shot 22.6 percent on Nov. 17, 2000.

Green Bay cooled slightly after halftime but extended its lead to 44 points on two occasions, including on Muhammad's last bucket in the lane to become the third Phoenix player to tally 20 or more points in a game this season.

Junior Alec Brown (7'1''-F/C) (Winona, Minn.) was efficient for the second game in a row, making 7-of-10 shots en route to 17 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Junior Kam Cerroni (Sussex, Wis.) and sophomore Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points each while a quartet of Phoenix players scored four apiece as every player in uniform scored.

Junior Daniel Turner (McCordsville, Ind.) returned to the floor after missing the previous seven games with an injury and tallied four points.

In addition to Sykes, freshman Carrington Love (Milwaukee, Wis.) dished out a career-high six assists as the Phoenix finished with a season-high 24 helpers. Fellow freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) notched a career-high 11 rebounds as Green Bay held a 38-30 edge on the glass.

Green Bay opens Horizon League play on Thursday at Wright State at 6 p.m. The contest in Dayton will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports32.
Courtesy of: http://www.greenbayphoenix.com



Justin Gant Records Double-Double As Sycamores Down Redbirds In MVC Opener - by Eurobasket News

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State sophomore Justin Gant (6'8''-C-91) recorded his second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Sycamores held on late for a 77-75 victory over visiting Illinois State in front of 5,808 fans inside Hulman Center.

The Sycamores improved to 8-4 and 1-0 in MVC play while Illinois State fell to 9-4, 0-1 MVC. Indiana State has won 2-of-3 MVC openers under third-year head coach Greg Lansing.

Gant nearly had his double-double in the first half, but finished by hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer of the first possession of the game to go with 11 rebounds, an assist as well as a blocked shot.

He was one of four Sycamores to reach double figures scoring as Jake Odum (6'4''-PG-91) had another stellar game all-around with 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes of action. Odum was 4-of-5 from the field, including a perfect 2-of-2 mark from 3-point range and was 7-of-8 at the free throw line.

Devonte Brown scored a career-high 12 points off the bench to go with seven rebounds and two assists as well as steal while Manny Arop reached double figures scoring for the seventh consecutive contest with 10 points.

The Sycamores won the battle of the glass by a 46-36 margin. ISU had 17 offensive rebounds in the contest while Illinois State had 13 and second chance points were even at 13-10. Indiana State outscored the Redbirds 38-18 in the paint despite a double-double from Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael who had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

ISU hit 26-of-60 shots from the field (43.3 percent) and limited the Redbirds to just 23-of-62 (37.1 percent), but Illinois State was able to hang around as they made 12 3-pointers in the game, including three each from Tyler Brown and Zeke Upshaw. Nick Zeisloft launched a 3-pointer that narrowly missed at the buzzer as ISU earned the league opening victory.

Indiana State has now won six consecutive games inside Hulman Center against Illinois State and Lansing improved to 4-1 against the 'Birds. ISU is now 13-6 when opening Valley play at home, including a perfect 3-0 mark in the MVC lidlifter against Illinois State at home.

Odum had six assists in the game to give him 355 for his career and moved him into ninth place on the ISU all-time career list.

Carmichael hit a lay-up with 13:04 left in the first half to take a 13-11 lead, but the Sycamores would score the next 11 points of the game, starting with a conventional 3-point play from Arop to push the Sycamores ahead 14-13. Gant scored the final six points of the run by himself as ISU found itself ahead 22-13 with 10:21 left before halftime.

Zeisloft hit a trey with 4:39 remaining in the first half to knot the score at 27 but Gant tipped one in to answer and then Mahurin hit a pair of free throws to stake the Sycamores to a 31-27 advantage. Odum hit a 3-pointer at the 2:34 mark and then drained a pair of free throws with 30 seconds on the clock as ISU finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 36-27 lead into the half.

Gant continued his strong play in the second half with a lay-up at the 16:42 mark to put the Sycamores ahead 42-32 before the Redbirds scored the game's next four points to trim the ISU cushion down to just six points. Indiana State responded with the next five points in the game to take a 47-36 lead with 14:59 remaining on a free throw by Brown.

Illinois State was one of the top team's in the MVC on the road in non-conference play and would not fade as they scored five points in a row to get within 58-53 at the 8:24 mark before Odum hit two charity tosses to restore a seven-point advantage.

Brown scored a lay-up with 3:41 left to make it 73-62 in favor of the Sycamores but the Redbirds scored 11 of the game's next 13 points, including a trey by Zeke Upshaw with 34 seconds left to trim the ISU cushion down to 75-73.

Arop would convert 1-of-2 free throws with 30 seconds left to make it 76-73. Bryant Allen answered 12 seconds later with a driving lay-up to make it 76-75 and Gant hit 1-of-2 free throws with seven seconds left to stake ISU to a 77-75 lead.

Zeisloft took a feed from Carmichael and raced down the court where his 3-pointer from the deep left wing was just a bit off to the right and Indiana State held on for the victory.

The Sycamores return to action on Wednesday, January 2 when they travel to Northern Iowa for its first road league game of the season. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and can be seen live nationally on ESPN3.
Courtesy of: http://www.gosycamores.com



UH Edges Cal State Northridge In Big West Opener - by Eurobasket News

HONOLULU The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team made a successful Big West debut with a 74-71 win over Cal State Northridge Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

In a see-saw contest, UH (7-5, 1-0 Big West) overcame a shaky start, built a double-digit lead, squandered the lead in the second half, before finally rallying in the closing minutes to nab a victory in its first-ever Big West contest.

As expected UH won on the strength of its frontcourt of Vander Joaquim (6'10''-C-90), Isaac Fotu and Christian Standhardinger (6'8''-F-89). Both Joaquim (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Fotu (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles, while Standhardinger led UH with 17 points. Freshman Brandon Jawato added 12 points off the bench for UH.

The Matadors (9-4, 0-1 Big West), who entered league play with the best non-conference record among Big West squads, were led by Stephan Hick's 25 points.

UH used its considerable advantage inside to foul out three CSUN players and earn 31 trips to the free throw stripe. The 'Bows however nearly gave away the win by converting only 16 of those attempts.

For the second straight game UH got off to a miserable start. The Matadors began the game on a 13-2 run, while the Rainbow Warriors accumulated more turnovers (7) than points (5) through the first seven minutes of the game.

But then the 'Bows turned it around midway through the first half. In a little more than three minutes UH scored 18 unanswered points to turn an eight-point deficit into a double-digit lead and send the Stan Sheriff Center crowd into a frenzy. It was part of a 25-3 run by the 'Bows, who led by as many as 14 points before taking a 44-33 lead into the locker room.

After shooting a sizzling 61 percent from the floor in the first half, UH cooled down considerably, shooting just 35 percent after the break. As a result of its shooting woesboth from the field and on the lineUH fell behind by five points, 61-56, with seven minutes left.

UH went on an 8-2 run to reclaim the lead and would go up for good with one minute remaining on a Joaquim free throw with one minute left. After Hauns Brereton nailed a pair of crucial free throw with nine seconds left to extend the lead to three points, the Matadors had one last chance to send the game in overtime but Landon Drew's three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

UH will continue its six-game homestand when it hosts a pair of Big West games next week, beginning with a matchup versus Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.hawaiiathletics.com



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WWU's Paul Jones named Red Lion/GNAC Player of the Week - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University forward Paul Jones has been named the Red Lion/Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 23-31.

Jones, a senior from Kent (graduate of Kent-Meridian High School), had 26 points, six rebounds and two blocks in leading the Vikings to a 98-62 non-conference victory over Thompson Rivers BC.

WWU, off to a 10-0 start, extended its winning streak over two seasons to 16 with the triumph. That is the second-longest victory string in both school and GNAC history.

Jones, a preseason GNAC all-star pick, is averaging 15.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. He leads the GNAC in 3-point accuracy at 70.6 percent (12-of-17) and is shooting 62.9 percent (49-of-79) overall from the field.

WWU, ranked No.5 nationally, is at No.7 Seattle Pacific on Thursday (7 p.m.), Jan. 3, for a GNAC counter.



WWU's Paul Jones named Red Lion/GNAC Player of the Week - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - W.Washington forward Paul Jones (6'4''-F/G) has been named the Red Lion/Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 23-31.

Jones, a senior from Kent (graduate of Kent-Meridian High School), had 26 points, six rebounds and two blocks in leading the Vikings to a 98-62 non-conference victory over Thompson Rivers BC.

WWU, off to a 10-0 start, extended its winning streak over two seasons to 16 with the triumph. That is the second-longest victory string in both school and GNAC history.

Jones, a preseason GNAC all-star pick, is averaging 15.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. He leads the GNAC in 3-point accuracy at 70.6 percent (12-of-17) and is shooting 62.9 percent (49-of-79) overall from the field.

WWU, ranked No.5 nationally, is at No.7 Seattle Pacific on Thursday (7 p.m.), Jan. 3, for a GNAC counter.



Grand Canyon University Continues Winning Ways, Defeats Northern New Mexico - by Eurobasket News

The Grand Canyon University mens basketball team continued their winning ways with an 82-69 victory over Northern New Mexico tonight at GCU Arena. The win was the 11th straight for the Antelopes, who improved to 12-2 overall, while the Eagles fell to 4-14 on the season.

The 11-game win streak is the longest for GCU since winning 11 straight to open the 1988-89 season as the Lopes also improved to 10-0 at home this season. The 82 points also marked a new season-high for the Lopes, as they had previously scored 78 points on two occasions.

GCU posted a 49.1 field goal percentage (28-for-57) in the contest and held the advantage in rebounds, 38-32, including 26 defensive boards. The 'Lopes were aided by 33 points off the bench and were able to score 23 points off 20 Eagles turnovers.

I thought our effort tonight was very good, said head coach Russ Pennell. When you take six days off, your conditioning can be a little suspect, but I thought we played hard. The guys came with good energy, which is the positive side of having days off because their legs were more refreshed. Overall, I was happy with our effort tonight.

The Lopes were led by Killian Larson (6'9''-C), who posted a GCU-career-high 23 points and led the squad with 10 rebounds. Jeff Lowery (6'1''-PG) matched his season-high with 11 points, while Braylon Pickrel added 10 points.

GCU shot 45.7 percent (16-for-35) from the field in the first half and scored 24 points in the paint. The Lopes were able to score 13 points off 12 Northern New Mexico turnovers and saw 16 points come from the bench in the first 20 minutes.

Larson led the Lopes at the half with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Blake Davis added seven points.

The squads were tied at three points apiece before the Lopes used an 11-2 run to build a 14-5 advantage with just under 16 minutes to play in the first. GCU built their first double-double lead at 19-8 with 12:25 on the clock, but were outscored 4-0 by the Eagles over the next three minutes as they pulled within seven points.

GCU extended their lead to 12 points at 24-12 with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half before Northern New Mexico once again made it a five point contest at 24-19 with seven minutes to play. The Lopes outscored the Eagles, 14-5, over the next five minutes to give themselves a first half-high 14-point lead and carried a 38-27 advantage into the locker room.

The two teams went basket for basket to open the second half, both scoring seven points over the first five minutes before the Eagles went on a 4-0 run to pull within eight points at 47-39. Northern New Mexico would pull within six points at 55-49 and 57-51 around the halfway point of the second as they outscored GCU 24-19 in that time.

The Lopes went on to post a 9-2 run of their own to once again build a double-digit advantage at 66-53 and matched their first half-high with a 14-point lead at 69-55 with seven and a half minutes on the clock. GCU went on to lead by as many as 17 points, but the Eagles pulled back within 10 points, 77-67, with 1:45 to play. However, the Lopes used a 5-2 run to close out the game and preserve the victory.

GCU improved their field goal percentage in the second half as they shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22), and drained 18 of their 23 free throw attempts (78.3 percent).

GCU will resume Pacific West Conference play when they travel to Riverside, Calif., to take on California Baptist on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. (Arizona time). Fans can follow the action live by visiting www.gculopes.com.

We understand this stretch we are facing with eight of our next 12 games on the road and we realize how difficult it is going to be, added Pennell. We have to try to do things at a higher rate, both on defensive stops and executing on the offensive end. We will work on getting a little bit better every day at practice so we are able to stand up against whatever we face. Most of the time, these games come down to just a few possessions and usually the team that executes the best will win. Our effort the next few days at practice needs to be high for us to find success on this trip.
Courtesy of: http://www.gculopes.com



Bears Deny Tars Tangerine Tourney Title, 79-66 - by Eurobasket News

WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 30, 2012) - Rollins played catch-up nearly the entire game and couldn't get over the hump in the second half, falling to Shaw 79-66 in the title game of the 38th annual Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament.
The loss halts the Tars (8-2) eight game winning streak and keeps head coach Tom Klusman at 598 career victories. Shaw improves to 6-4 on the year.

Dave Diakite (6'6''-F) capped a big weekend with 20 points and six rebounds to lead Rollins. Adam Allen added 11 off the bench and Kyle McClanahan put up 10 points. Both Diakite and McClanahan were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Taurus Dortch (6'2''-G-86) led the Bears with 23 points while tournament Most Outstanding Player Karron Johnson added 17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. Latrail McCoy was also named All-Tournament, chipping in 15 points and five rebounds.

Rollins came out firing as a Mitch Woods 3-pointer three minutes in gave the Tars an 11-3 lead. Things quickly took a turn as Rollins would shoot just 2-for-7 with four turnovers during the next eight minutes, allowing the Bears to jump ahead 28-16.

The Tars were down by as much as 16, 37-21, in the frame and went into the locker room in a 41-28 hole.

A Dortch 3-pointer with 19:15 to play put Shaw up by a game-high 17 early in the second half. Later in the frame, Brett Chance hit from long range that sparked a 9-2 run and got the Tars to within 58-52 at the 11:42 mark. Diakite netted six during the spurt.

The Bears then extended their lead to 11 before the Tars again got to within 64-58 with 5:26 to play. Rollins was again down six with 1:46 to play after a Woods 3-pointer, but Dortch answered on the ensuing possession and closed the door on the Rollins.

Rollins had its second-worst shooting night of the season, hitting 39 percent (20-51) from the field and just 9-of-24 from the 3-point line. Shaw shot 50 percent in the game and beat the Tars on the boards, 32-31. Each team had 10 turnovers.

Since winning four-straight Tangerine Tournament titles in the early 2000s, Rollins is now in a three-year championship drought. Over the course of the 38-year old event, The Tars have won a record 13 championships and now finished runner-up 10 times.

Rollins will take six-days off before traveling to Tampa to face the 12-0, 22nd-ranked Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. from the renovated Martinez Center. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.
Courtesy of: http://www.rollinssports.com



Florida Tech Tips Off SSC Play Wednesday at Barry - by Eurobasket News

GAME INFORMATION
Florida Tech at Barry
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 4 p.m.
Health & Sports Center (1,935)

TICKET INFORMATION
Adults $5
Children (12 and Under) $3

SERIES INFORMATION
53rd Meeting
History: FIT 24-28 (.461)
Current Streak: FIT, 1
Last 10: 5-5
Last 4: FIT 3-1
Billy Mims vs. Barry: 5-9
Orlando Gonzalez vs. Florida Tech: 2-0

MEDIA INFORMATION
Live Video and Audio: FloridaTechSports.com/live
Live Stats: FloridaTechSports.com
FIT Play-By-Play: J.C. Meyerholz

THE STARTING FIVE
(1) Florida Tech will play its first game of 2013 on Wednesday when it travels to Miami Shores to open Sunshine State Conference action against Barry.

The Panthers closed out 2012 with a 97-78 win over Iowa Wesleyan on Dec. 19 at the Clemente Center. Chris Carter was one of three players to score in double figures for head coach Billy Mims as he finished with a career-high 34 points. He connected on 11-of-18 from the field, 6-of-12 from the three and 6-of-8 from the line in FITs fifth victory of the season. Carter has now scored in double digits in his first eight games of his Panther career.

(2) Leading NCAA Division II in steals per game is none other than Florida Techs own Julius Reid. Reid, a senior guard from Cocoa, Fla., swiped five steals against Iowa Wesleyan. He now has 37 steals on the season and is averaging 4.6 per game. As of Monday, Dec. 17, Drurys Brandon Lockhart trailed Reid at 4.29 steals per game.

(3) With FITs win over Iowa Wesleyan on Dec. 19, head coach Billy Mims is now only one win away from his 200th NCAA victory. Mims earned 79 wins in his first NCAA head coach position at Barry, nine at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and 111 at Florida Tech. His win total at FIT is third-most in program history behind Andy Russo (125) and FIT Sports Hall of Fame member Tom Folliard Sr. (124).

(4) As of Dec. 27, the Panthers led the SSC in scoring (84.8 ppg) and offensive rebounds (15.0 rpg), ranked second in rebounding (38.2 rpg) and steals (10.9 spg) and third in scoring margin (+13.6), field goal percentage (.475) and rebounding margin (+6.0).

Compared to the Panthers, the Buccaneers ranked last in scoring (70.0 ppg), fourth in offensive rebounds (12.3 rpg) and rebounding (37.5 rpg), eighth in steals (6.8 spg), seventh in scoring margin (+4.9) and ninth in field goal percentage (.397) and rebounding margin (-0.8).

(5) After the Panthers and Buccaneers meet on the hardwood, FIT will briefly step out of SSC play on Saturday to travel to Palm Beach Atlantic. The two teams will square off twice over the Panthers last 18 games. FITs remaining 16 contests are against SSC foes.

ABOUT BARRY
Barry enters Wednesdays Sunshine State Conference opener having won both of its games at the Courtyard by Marriott Holiday Classic, which took place Dec. 18-19 at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
The Buccaneers ended a two-game skid on Dec. 18, defeating Missouri Western 68-64 and then edged St. Martins 69-67 in the finale.
Barry trailed by as many as 16 points twice in the first half against Missouri Western and seven at the halftime break. However, over the final 20 minutes, the Buccaneers outscored their counterpart 43-32 behind seven three-pointers. They finished the game 14-of-30 from the arc.
Trailing by one late against St. Martins, Justin McCoy sank a three-pointer with one second remaining to guide Barry to a two-point win.
Four players are currently averaging double figures in points with McCoys 13.6 points per game leading the way. He is followed closely by Bryan Van Cott (13 ppg), Chad Renfro (11.6 ppg) and Aaron Martin (10.8 ppg).
Filip Toric, a senior transfer from NCAA Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State, leads the Sunshine State Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards per game, and defensive rebounding at 6.6 rebounds per game.
Toric is from Zagreb, Croatia, which is 10.8 miles or 29 minutes from David Usics hometown of Velika Gorica, Croatia.
Bryan Van Cott has been impressive behind the arc for Barry in its first eight games, connecting on 47%, or 16 of his 34 three-pointers.
Two days before Puerto Rico-Mayaguez defeated Florida Tech 97-95 in overtime on Nov. 21, Barry defeated the Tarzans 87-53 for its second win of the season.
Orlando Gonzalez is in his second stint as the acting head coach of the Buccaneers. He is 21-21 overall and 2-0 against the Panthers.
Gonzalez is filling in for Cesar Odio, who is battling leukemia for the second time after being diagnosed in April.
In 18 years at the helm of Barrys program, Odio has led the Buccaneers to three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and established a school record for wins (23) in a season twice.
Courtesy of: http://www.floridatechsports.com



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Cavaliers Close 2012 with 87-69 Win over Wesleyan - by Eurobasket News

RADNOR, Pa. After 20 days without game action, it took the Cabrini College men's basketball a few minutes to find its touch, but after 40 minutes, the Cavaliers improved to 7-3 on the year with an 87-69 win over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals.

The Blue and White connected on 50% of its field goal attempts, including 12-26 from beyond the three point line. Sophomore Aaron Walton-Moss led the Cavaliers with 26 points in just 15 minutes off the bench on 10-12 shooting. Senior Jeremy Knowles (6'1''-G) added 13 points, while junior Fran Rafferty tallied 11.

The Cardinals tool early control of the score board building a 14-7 lead just five minutes into the game. Cabrini responded with a 13-1 spurt, capped by a Walton-Moss lay-up, establishing a 20-15 lead. A Knowles' three pointer in the final minute of the opening stanza gave the Blue and White a 40-28 lead.

The Cavaliers built their lead by turning defense into offense. Cabrini held the Cardinals to 1-12 from three-point range and converted nine Wesleyan turnovers into 16 first half points.

Cabrini turned up its defensive pressure in the second half as a steal by junior Corey Frizzera led to an A.J. Williams lay-up and a 47-31 lead just over two minutes into the half. Wesleyan cut the lead back to seven points with a 9-0 run of its own. A Williams three-pointer stemmed the tide and sent the Cavaliers on a 12-4 lead, extending their lead to 62-44 with 10:46 to play.

The Blue and White overcame a 43-31 rebound disadvantage with a season-low six turnovers and season-high 12 made three-pointers. Cabrini also held the Cardinals to 4-20 from three-point range and turned 16 Wesleyan turnovers into 25 points.

Williams finished the game with nine points, while senior DeLeon Floyd and freshman John White added eight points each. Floyd and seniors Goran Dulac joined junior Tim McDaniels with five rebounds. McDaniels also recorded a game-high four assists.

Senior guard Shasha Brown (5'11''-G) led Wesleyan (6-5) with 21 points, while fellow senior Mike Callaghan tallied 19. Junior Glen Thomas secured a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Cavaliers will travel to Dover, Del. on Wednesday when they travel to Wesley College (10-4). Game time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Berkeley Stifles Allegheny, 57-54 - by Eurobasket News

HOBOKEN, N.J. Isaac Robinson scored 21 points off the bench, including nine straight during a pivotal stretch late in the second half, and Berkeley (N.J.) College upended Allegheny, 57-54, Sunday on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. The Gators held Berkeley to its lowest scoring output of the season, but couldn't manufacture a win in the first-ever meeting between the programs.

The Gators had several potential game-tying looks in the waning seconds, but were unable to capitalize on missed free throws. Allegheny relied heavily on the three 28 of the team's 48 shots were from beyond the arc but the team connected on just 32% of its long-distance attempts.

A combination of good defense and turnovers prevented either team from settling into an offensive rhythm, but the Gators further complicated their efforts by knocking down just 3-of-10 from the free-throw line while pulling down a season-low 27 rebounds. In addition, Allegheny was credited with a season-low 10 assists and was denied a block for the first time all season.

A three by Josh Valentic followed by consecutive baskets by Ryan Stanko gave Allegheny a 49-41 lead with six minutes left in regulation. Unfortunately, Isaac Robinson canned two triples during a nine-point spurt to erase the deficit, while the Gators turned the ball over five times and scored just five points the rest of the way.

Valentic led Allegheny with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Devone McLeod (13) and Stanko (10) also finished the night in double figures.

The Gators powered in front, 15-8, after the first six minutes of action, but went cold from the floor as the Knights pulled ahead, 23-17. Berkeley didn't score in the last 8:17 of the first half, but despite the severe drought, Allegheny's lead was just six (29-23) at the break.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Lakeland owns second half in win over Macalester - by Eurobasket News

Macalester returned to action for the first time since Dec. 5 when it hosted Lakeland (Wis.) Sunday afternoon at the Leonard Center. The Scots led 39-34 at the break, but managed just 22 second half points as the Muskies rallied to win 74-61.



Kyle Bernhard (Fy., Sleepy Hollow, Ill. / Dundee-Crown) knocked down 4-of-6 from outside the arc for 12 points, and Justin Wasik (Jr., Chicago, Ill. / Maine South) added 10 points for Macalester. Each contributed three assists.



Sam Marshall (Sr., Sun Prairie, Wis.) had nine points and seven boards and, and Samson Bialostok (So., North Woodmere, N.Y. / Lawrence) finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Hans Erickson (So., La Crosse, Wis. / Logan) dished out four assists.



The Muskies were led by Jake Schwarz with 30 points and nine rebounds, while Justin Ward added 17 points and nine boards. Lakeland, which came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in scoring, shot 55% in the second half of play. Lakeland moves to 9-2 on the season.



Macalester, now 3-5 on the campaign, host Hamline Wednesday (Jan. 2) at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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10th TIA Cup Inter-school Basketball: Hosts TIA, Bagmati win title - by Dinesh Thapa

Hosts Trungram International Academy (TIA) and Bagmati School won the boys and girls cetegory of the 10th TIA Cup Inter-school Basketball Championships. Kesang Thakuri posted 16 points as TIA edged HIMS 33-30 in the boys final. In the girls section final, Bagmati beat Daffodil 31-21 riding on 14 points from Shanti Shrestha. Valley Public won the third place playoff in both sections. Biplav Khadka (TIA) and Upama Pokhrel (Bagmati) were adjudged the MVPs.

Nepal Basketball Association President Mr. Lama Tendi Sherpa and All Nepal Football Association Vice President Karma Tshering Sherpa handed over the prizes to the winners and runners up teams.



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Australian NBL reaches half way point - by Mike Lacey


Round 11 of the Australian National Basketball League concluded on New Years Eve. As the curtain fell on 2012, a similar sight emerged as the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats again, as in 2011, emerged as the teams to beat.
The Breakers rounded out their two game road trip with a win in Cairns, 66-61, to take hold of top spot on the ladder with an 11-3 record. A couple of days earlier Perth Wildcats (9-4) had demolished the Kings (9-6) in Sydney 95-61. Wollongong Hawks (8-5), third on the table surprisingly lost at home to Melbourne Tigers 80-72 in overtime.
These four teams with 9 wins already under their belts have opened up a significant gap on the chasing four, Adelaide 36ers (5-9), Cairns Taipans (4-9), Melbourne Tigers (4-8) and Townsville Crocodiles (4-10).
In 2011 the Breakers and Wildcats also led the pack but were being challenged by Townsville, Cairns and the now defunct Gold Coast Blaze. This season the chasers are Wollongong who after a very strong start has lost four of their last five and the surprise package the Sydney Kings. The Shane Heal coached Kings have, up until their towelling against Perth played with real poise and confidence despite losing their senior guard James Harvey to a serious injury. Shooting guard Ben Madgen has been a revelation, leading the league in scoring at 18.6 ppg but the lack of a reliable scoring weapon in the post may ultimately hurt their title hopes.
The Hawks, Wildcats and Breakers have similar traits. All three teams have a solid group of experienced players who have been together for a number of seasons and know what championship winning basketball is about. All three clubs have stability on and off court and have stood behind their coaching teams even when they have not been as successful as they are currently. Andrej Lemanis at the Breakers and Rob Beveridge at the Wildcats have between them won the last three championships and despite the good showing of the Heal coached Kings and Gordie McLeod coached Hawks it is hard to bet against a repeat of last years final; Perth Wildcats versus New Zealand Breakers.




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Rookies U18 win 2012 ipNX Rookies Basketball Tournament - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rookies basketball academy U18 men team Sunday emerged winner of the 2012 ipNX Rookies Basketball Tournament at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with a 46-41 points victory over Warriors Basketball Academy.

The winner (Rookies) trailed their opponent by 08-16 points at the end of the first quarter but came back strongly into the game to win the second and third quarter (16-08, 14-05) to take a nine points advantage going into the last quarter with a 38-29 points superiority.

The Jonathan Odia tutored Rookies however, lost the last quarter to the Warriors Academy by 08-12 points but was not enough to turn the table against them as they run away with a 46-41 points win to become champion of one of the foremost youth competition in Nigeria.

Rookies Academy youthful forward Abdulhakim Ado emerged as the tournament most promising and most valuable player while the duo of Elizabeth Balogun and Blessing Odia of the Royal Rookies team winner of U18 women competition were adjudged the most promising player and most valuable player in the women cadre.

Raptors Academy Lagos and High Flyers basketball team, Warri, Delta State won the U14 and U16 men categories respectively.

Tournament initiator and coordinator Coach Mark Balogun told a cross section of the media that he is satisfied with the level of participation and promised that the annual tournament will continue to get better.

The ipNX Rookies tournament has continue to serve as avenue for the recruitment of young players by top clubs in Nigeria, some of the players who were discovered from the Rookies tournament in the past include USA-based Churchill Odia (Comets BC and Nigeria national team); Daniel Dawodu played club competition for Union Bank BC and once captained Nigeria U19 national team in 2007 among others.



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Mahalbasic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Asseco Prok. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Kotwica (#10, 4-10) with 24-point margin 85-61. It allowed Asseco Prok. to take over top position in the Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Asseco Prok. has a very solid 10-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Mahalbasic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rasid Mahalbasic averages this season 9.1ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Stelmet ZG. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Stelmet ZG. In the last game Borovnjak recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Stelmet ZG was edged by the lower-ranked Siarka Jezioro (#9, 5-9) 99-95. Stelmet ZG managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 9-5 record is not bad at all. Borovnjak is a newcomer at Stelmet ZG and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Asseco Prok.'s star - guard Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81). Blassingame scored 18 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). He was another key player of Asseco Prok., helping his team with a 85-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Kotwica (#10, 4-10). Asseco Prok. confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Blassingame has a great season in Poland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Stelmet ZG - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80) of PGE Turow - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Trefl Sopot - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) of Polpharma - 25 points and 7 rebounds
8. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Siarka Jezioro - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) of Trefl Sopot - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83) of Siarka Jezioro - 25 points 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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CSM Bucuresti signs Brian Morris, ex Cordon - by Eurobasket News

CS Municipal Bucuresti (Division A) signed 25-year old American forward Brian Morris (205-87, college: Humboldt State). He just played at Cordon in Uruguayan LUB league. Morris managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In three LUB games this season he had 12.0ppg and 9.0rpg. The last summer he played at Portland in IBL. In 7 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg. Morris also played at Vitoria in Portuguese LPB earlier that season. In 15 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Quilmes in Argentinian TNA. In 10 games he recorded 8.8ppg and 5.2rpg.
His team won IBL Continental Division Regular Season.
The previous (2011) summer Morris played at Vancouver in IBL.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Morris was voted All-CCAA Player of the Year and All-CCAA 1st Team in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Morris has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata) and IBL (Vancouver Volcanoes).
He attended Humboldt State until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kyle Shiloh joins Gaz Metan, ex St Vallier - by Eurobasket News

CS Gaz Metan Medias (Division A) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada). He has played for the last two seasons at St Vallier in French ProB. In 34 games last year he had 13.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.9spg (in top 3). A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
Shilohs team was regular season runner-up in Finnish League in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Finland (Kouvot and UU-Korihait) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
Shiloh attended University of Nevada until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Pure Youth 12-3 
 2. Taiwan Mobile 10-6 
 3. Dacin Tigers 9-6 
 4. Yulon Luxgen 7-9 
 5. Bank of Taiwan 6-8 
 6. Taiwan Beer 6-9 
 7. KKL 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 20

Dec. 30: Taiwan Beer - Pure Youth 75-79
Dec. 30: Yulon Luxgen - Taiwan Mobile 62-69
Dec. 30: KKL - Bank of Taiwan 61-71

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 11: KKL - Taiwan Beer
Jan. 11: Taiwan Mobile - Bank of Taiwan


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. King, KKL23.6 
 2. Taylor, Bank o.20.9 
 3. Davis, Pure Youth18.6 
 4. Allen, Taiwan Beer18.5 
 5. Lin, KKL18.5 
 6. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.18.0 
 7. Howell, Dacin Tige.16.1 
 8. Chen, Bank o.15.2 
 9. Tsai, Pure Youth14.0 
 10. Zuo, Taiwan Beer13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor KING
  KKL
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. King, KKL14.9 
 2. Howell, Dacin Tige.14.2 
 3. Davis, Pure Youth13.2 
 4. Taylor, Bank o.12.8 
 5. Allen, Taiwan Beer11.6 
 6. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.9.1 
 7. Zhou, Bank o.7.8 
 8. Chou, Yulon Luxgen6.7 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Beer6.4 
 10. Cheng, Taiwan Mob.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kuan-Lun LIN
  KKL
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Lin, KKL4.3 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 3. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.9 
 4. Chen, Pure Youth3.3 
 5. Lai, Taiwan Beer3.1 
 6. Chen, Taiwan Mobile3.0 
 7. Wu, Taiwan Mobile2.9 
 8. King, KKL2.8 
 9. Lin, Dacin Tigers2.6 
 10. Tsai, Pure Youth2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Bank o.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Taylor, Bank o.2.2 
 2. Liu, Taiwan Beer2.1 
 3. King, KKL1.8 
 4. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.8 
 5. Cheng, Taiwan Mobi.1.6 
 6. Ke, Pure Youth1.5 
 7. Tsai, Pure Youth1.5 
 8. Chen, Pure Youth1.4 
 9. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 10. Chen, Yulon Luxg.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Quincy DAVIS
  Pure Youth
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Davis, Pure Youth2.3 
 2. King, KKL1.8 
 3. Felix, Taiwan Mobi.1.8 
 4. Taylor, Bank o.1.7 
 5. Howell, Dacin Tige.1.2 
 6. Zhou, Bank o.1.0 
 7. Allen, Taiwan Beer0.9 
 8. Liu, Taiwan Beer0.9 
 9. Wu, Taiwan Mobile0.9 
 10. Te-Wei, Yulon L.0.9 


Quincy Davis gets MVP of the Week award for Taiwanese SBL - by Eurobasket News

American Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Pure Youth and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Taiwan Beer (#6, 6-9) 79-75. It allowed Pure Youth to consolidate first place in the Taiwanese SBL. Pure Youth have a solid 12-3 record. It's Davis' second year at Pure Youth and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.2rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Joseph Taylor (205-F-85, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Bank of Taiwan. Taylor impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Bank of Taiwan cruised to a 71-61 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked KKL (#7, 3-12). This victory allowed Bank of Taiwan to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Taylor is a newcomer at Bank of Taiwan and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#2). He also registered 12.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Byron Allen (203-C-81, agency: SDJ Sports) of Taiwan Beer (#6). Allen scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Allen's great performance Taiwan Beer lost 75-79 to the higher-ranked Pure Youth (#1, 12-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Taiwan Beer ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Allen could help Taiwan Beer to bring them higher in the standings. Allen has a great season in Taiwan. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (5th best). Allen attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Po-Chen Chou (196-SG-90) of Yulon Luxgen - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Noel Felix (205-C/F-81) of Taiwan Mobile - 19 points and 18 rebounds
6. Chun-Wei Lee (199-C-88) of Taiwan Beer - 13 points and 10 rebounds
7. Tsun-Kai Zuo (188-F-86) of Taiwan Beer - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Taylor King (203-F-88) of KKL - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kuan-Lun Lin (187-G-84) of KKL - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tai-Hao Wu (203-F/C-85) of Taiwan Mobile - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - TBL

TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 12-1 
 2. Anadolu Efes 11-2 
 3. Banvit BK 11-2 
 4. Karsiyaka 10-3 
 5. Galatasaray 10-3 
 6. Besiktas 8-5 
 7. TED Kolejliler 8-5 
 8. Erdemir 5-8 
 9. Aliaga 5-8 
 10. Tofas 5-8 
 11. Gaziantep 4-9 
 12. Mersin 4-9 
 13. Turk Telekom 4-9 
 14. Olin Edirne 3-10 
 15. Antalya 2-11 
 16. Hacettepe 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Dec. 30: Fener.Ulker - Aliaga 95-61
Dec. 29: TED Kolejliler - Mersin 88-85
Dec. 29: Karsiyaka - Olin Edirne 82-70
Dec. 29: Gaziantep - Antalya 79-72
Dec. 30: Hacettepe - Turk Telekom 75-80
Dec. 30: Banvit BK - Galatasaray 74-67
Dec. 30: Besiktas - Erdemir 73-62
Dec. 31: Tofas - Anadolu Efes 71-94

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 5: Antalya - Banvit BK
Jan. 5: TED Kolejliler - Besiktas
Jan. 5: Tofas - Mersin
Jan. 5: Galatasaray - Hacettepe
Jan. 5: Olin Edirne - Tofas
Jan. 5: Erdemir - Karsiyaka
Jan. 6: Aliaga - Gaziantep
Jan. 7: Anadolu Efes - Fener.Ulker


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Mersin
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Karadeniz, Mersin20.2 
 2. Stanojevic, TED K.19.8 
 3. Penney, TED K.18.6 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka17.3 
 5. Burtt, Tofas17.3 
 6. Brown, Turk T.16.6 
 7. Henderson, Erdemir16.3 
 8. Yagmur, Olin Edirne16.0 
 9. Lewis, Antalya15.6 
 10. Marshall, Erdemir15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Gaziantep
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Dorsey, Gaziantep12.3 
 2. Yucel, TED K.10.2 
 3. Francis, Aliaga10.0 
 4. Stimac, Banvit BK8.5 
 5. Elonu, Tofas8.2 
 6. Heytvelt, Tofas6.8 
 7. Stanojevic, TED K.6.8 
 8. Sneed, Mersin6.6 
 9. Prince, Mersin6.5 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Turk T.
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Brown, Turk T.5.6 
 2. Woodside, TED K.5.2 
 3. Dixon, Karsiyaka5.2 
 4. Eldridge, Hacettepe4.7 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir4.6 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.4.3 
 7. Guney, Antalya4.3 
 8. Gordon, Anadolu4.3 
 9. Burtt, Tofas4.1 
 10. Theodore, Antalya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Antalya
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Theodore, Antalya1.9 
 2. Eldridge, Hacettepe1.8 
 3. Vujacic, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Hawkins, Galatasa.1.6 
 5. Shumpert, Aliaga1.5 
 6. Lewis, Antalya1.5 
 7. Prince, Mersin1.4 
 8. Kulcebas, Hacette.1.4 
 9. Chalmers, Aliaga1.4 
 10. Simmons, Banvit1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles RHODES
  Gaziantep
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rhodes, Gaziantep2.1 
 2. Parakhouski, Olin1.7 
 3. Yucel, TED K.1.1 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.0 
 5. Arnold, Aliaga1.0 
 6. Karaman, Fener.Ul.0.9 
 7. Bayav, Erdemir0.8 
 8. Kulcebas, Hacette.0.8 
 9. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.8 
 10. Vidmar, Besiktas0.8 


Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Selcuk Univ. 12-3 
 2. Usak 12-3 
 3. Maliye Milli 12-3 
 4. Darussafaka 11-4 
 5. Yesilgiresun 10-5 
 6. Trabzonspor 9-6 
 7. Akhisar Bld 9-6 
 8. Vestel 9-6 
 9. Final Genclik 8-7 
 10. Balikesir 7-8 
 11. Gelisim 7-8 
 12. Pertevniyal 6-9 
 13. Istanbul B.B. 6-9 
 14. Bandirma Kir. 6-9 
 15. Baskent Genclik 5-10 
 16. Istanbulspor 3-12 
 17. Pi Koleji 3-12 
 18. Izmir BSB 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 15

Dec. 29: Yesilgiresun - Pertevniyal 86-82
Dec. 28: Final Genclik - Selcuk Univ. 84-82
Dec. 29: Baskent Genclik - Pi Koleji 79-76
Dec. 30: Darussafaka - Balikesir 76-83
Dec. 29: Vestel - Gelisim 75-60
Dec. 29: Istanbul B.B. - Maliye Milli 74-89
Dec. 29: Izmir BSB - Akhisar Bld 70-81
Dec. 30: Bandirma Kir. - Istanbulspor 65-57
Dec. 29: Trabzonspor - Usak 62-73

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 4: Gelisim - Final Genclik
Jan. 4: Pi Koleji - Bandirma Kir.
Jan. 5: Istanbul B.B. - Vestel
Jan. 5: Maliye Milli - Yesilgiresun
Jan. 5: Balikesir - Baskent Genclik
Jan. 5: Selcuk Univ. - Darussafaka
Jan. 5: Istanbulspor - Trabzonspor
Jan. 5: Akhisar Bld - Pertevniyal
Jan. 6: Usak - Izmir BSB


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.25.0 
 2. Carter, Usak19.8 
 3. Hall, Darussafaka19.2 
 4. Lowery, Balikesir18.9 
 5. Waller, Vestel18.5 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld18.5 
 7. Knox, Vestel18.3 
 8. Graham, Maliye Mil.17.2 
 9. Moses, Final Gencl.16.9 
 10. Dobie, Trabzonspor16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 KZell WESSON
  Baskent .
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wesson, Baskent12.9 
 2. Bristol, Istanbuls.10.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld9.9 
 4. Sykes, Bandirma.9.8 
 5. Johnson, Istanbul.9.7 
 6. Moses, Final Gencl.9.3 
 7. Pasco, Balikesir9.1 
 8. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.8.7 
 9. Knox, Vestel8.6 
 10. Brown, Pertevniyal8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alex GORDON
  Yesilgiresun
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gordon, Yesilgires.6.3 
 2. Dobie, Trabzonspor6.2 
 3. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.5.1 
 4. Hall, Darussafaka4.8 
 5. Porrini, Gelisim4.7 
 6. Williams, Maliye M.4.5 
 7. Eris, Istanbul B.B.4.3 
 8. Kan, Baskent4.3 
 9. Gen, Yesilgiresun4.1 
 10. Kavut, Pi Koleji4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.8 
 2. Reed, Pertevniyal2.3 
 3. Gordon, Yesilgires.2.1 
 4. Brown, Bandirma.2.0 
 5. Waller, Vestel1.9 
 6. Carter, Usak1.9 
 7. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.8 
 8. Porrini, Gelisim1.8 
 9. Williams, Maliye M.1.6 
 10. Kolaric, Istanbul.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric BUCKNER
  Usak
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Buckner, Usak1.9 
 2. Sykes, Bandirma.1.5 
 3. Johnson, Istanbul.1.5 
 4. Bristol, Istanbuls.1.5 
 5. Knox, Vestel1.3 
 6. Carter, Usak1.2 
 7. Ofoegbu, Yesilgire.0.9 
 8. Morrow, Akhisar0.9 
 9. Wesson, Baskent0.8 
 10. Yetim, Usak0.8 


TBL Round 13: Anadolu Efes closed the round with the win over Tofas - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between second ranked Galatasaray (10-3) and fourth ranked Banvit BK (11-2) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Galatasaray was defeated by Banvit BK in a tough game in Balikesir 67-74. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) fired 17 points for the winners. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) produced 18 points for lost side. Banvit BK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Karsiyaka. Banvit BK is looking forward to face Antalya (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Galatasaray will play against Hacettepe (#16) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Fenerbahce Ulker delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Aliaga (5-8) 95-61 in Istanbul. Worth to mention a great performance of international Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Bo McCalebb contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Fenerbahce Ulker's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Aliaga. Fenerbahce Ulker (12-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Aliaga at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tofas and Erdemir. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against league's second-placed Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aliaga will play at home against Gaziantep (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bursa supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Anadolu Efes (11-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Tofas (5-8). Anadolu Efes smashed Tofas 94-71 on Monday. Dusko Savanovic stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Chinemelu Elonu responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). 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 Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Tofas keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Erdemir and Aliaga. Anadolu Efes will meet at home league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play against Olin Edirne (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Mersin (4-9) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked TED Kolejliler (8-5) in Ankara. TED Kolejliler managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. Kirk Penney nailed 30 points for the winning side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for TED Kolejliler. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Besiktas. Mersin at the other side keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. TED Kolejliler's next round opponent will be Besiktas (#6) in Istanbul. Mersin will play on the road against Tofas (#10) in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Ankara: Turk Telekom (#13) and Hacettepe (#15). Hacettepe was defeated at home 75-80 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Dee Brown fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Turk Telekom (4-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Gaziantep and Mersin. Hacettepe lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Turk Telekom's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena .

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olin Edirne was defeated by Karsiyaka in a road game 82-70. Besiktas beat Erdemir at home 73-62. Antalya lost to Gaziantep on the opponent's court 72-79.


Tofas - Anadolu Efes 71-94

The game in Bursa supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Anadolu Efes (11-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Tofas (5-8). Anadolu Efes smashed Tofas 94-71 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Tofas managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Tofas only scored eight points from the stripe. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international power forward Semih Erden (211-86) chipped in 13 points. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) scored 10 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Tofas keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Erdemir and Aliaga. Anadolu Efes will meet at home league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play against Olin Edirne (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: D.Savanovic 22+4reb+1ast, S.Vujacic 15+1reb+1ast, S.Erden 13+4reb, S.Guler 11+2reb+2ast, J.Farmar 9+4reb+2ast, J.Lukas Gordon 7+3reb+4ast
Tofas: C.Elonu 21+12reb+1ast, C.Altintig 13+1reb, S.Burtt 10+2reb+5ast, I.Yildirim 7+1reb+2ast, J.Heytvelt 6+3reb, K.Sipahi 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198990


Karsiyaka - Olin Edirne 82-70

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Olin Edirne (3-10) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Karsiyaka (10-3) 82-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Karsiyaka. Olin Edirne was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 24 points for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Greek forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford) added 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Karsiyaka moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Galatasaray. Olin Edirne lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Karsiyaka will face Erdemir (#8) on the road in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Tofas (#10) in Bursa.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: J.Diebler 24+4reb+1ast, B.Dixon 20+3reb+5ast, W.Thomas 9+9reb+3ast, U.Sonkol 8+2reb+2ast, B.Pacun 6+3reb+1ast, S.Senturk 5+4reb+5ast
Olin Edirne: C.Tapoutos 16+8reb, A.Parakhouski 13+8reb, Y.Sonsirma 11+1reb+3ast, M.Yagmur 8+2reb+2ast, D.Jelinek 7+1reb+3ast, B.Yarangume 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198994


Besiktas - Erdemir 73-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Besiktas' (8-5) home victory over 8th ranked Erdemir (5-8) 73-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Besiktas. Erdemir was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovenian power forward Gasper Vidmar (211-87) fired 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Croatian forward Damir Markota (209-85) chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds. Besiktas' coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Serbian center Emre Bayav (212-87) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian forward Jure Balazic (204-80) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with TED Kolejliler. Loser Erdemir keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Besiktas will face TED Kolejliler (#7) in Ankara in the next round. Erdemir will play at home against Karsiyaka.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: G.Vidmar 13+7reb+1ast, D.Ewing 10+1ast, M.Guler 9+3reb, S.Cetin 8+3reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 7+2reb+5ast, P.Christopher 6+2reb+1ast
Erdemir: E.Bayav 21+5reb, J.Balazic 12+7reb, M.Mahmutoglu 8+1reb, G.Henderson 7+1reb+7ast, S.Marshall 4+4reb+4ast, A.Pars 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 198993


Banvit BK - Galatasaray 74-67

The game between second ranked Galatasaray (10-3) and fourth ranked Banvit BK (11-2) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Galatasaray was defeated by Banvit BK in a tough game in Balikesir 67-74. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) fired 17 points for the winners. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (211-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) produced 18 points and naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Banvit BK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Karsiyaka. Banvit BK is looking forward to face Antalya (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Galatasaray will play against Hacettepe (#16) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: C.Davis 17+1reb+2ast, V.Stimac 12+4reb+2ast, K.Bajramovic 10+4reb+1ast, K.Simmons 9+7reb+1ast, E.Cinko 8+2reb, S.Mejia 8+4reb+4ast
Galatasaray: D.Hawkins 18+3reb+2ast, E.Dagli 17+5reb, M.Macvan 12+6reb, E.Arslan 7+2ast, F.Aldemir 5, C.Akyol 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198992


Fener.Ulker - Aliaga 95-61

Leader Fenerbahce Ulker delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Aliaga (5-8) 95-61 in Istanbul. The game without a history. Fenerbahce Ulker led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Aliaga's 40. Fenerbahce Ulker forced 21 Aliaga turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Aliaga's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international Emir Preldzic (205-87, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce Ulker's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) added 21 points in the effort for Aliaga. Fenerbahce Ulker (12-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Aliaga at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Tofas and Erdemir. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against league's second-placed Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aliaga will play at home against Gaziantep (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: R.Sato 18+3reb, E.Preldzic 15+2reb+9ast, B.McCalebb 14+3reb+5ast, I.Karaman 11+4reb, O.Onan 10+1reb+4ast, B.Ermis 7+1reb+4ast
Aliaga: L.Chalmers 21+1reb+3ast, T.Francis 19+10reb, E.Goerkem 8+3reb, P.Shumpert 5+4reb+2ast, M.Arnold 4+7reb+1ast, C.Senturk 3+4ast
gschID: 198989


Hacettepe - Turk Telekom 75-80

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Ankara: Turk Telekom (#13) and Hacettepe (#15). Hacettepe was defeated at home 75-80 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Hacettepe was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Turk Telekom, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) fired 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. American forward Michael Glover (200-87, college: Iona) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Polat Kaya (197-86) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Turk Telekom (4-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Gaziantep and Mersin. Hacettepe lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Turk Telekom's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena .
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: D.Brown 21+4reb+6ast, D.Pasalic 13+6reb+4ast, A.Saruhan 12+5reb+3ast, M.Zupan 11+7reb+2ast, C.Altay 9+3reb+1ast, B.Guney 8+3reb
Hacettepe: P.Kaya 18+3reb+2ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 15+4reb+1ast, C.Bennerman 15+3reb+4ast, M.Glover 15+7reb+2ast, C.Eldridge 6+4reb+5ast, H.Besok 4+6reb
gschID: 198987


Gaziantep - Antalya 79-72

Rather expected game when 15th ranked Antalya (2-11) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Gaziantep (4-9) 79-72 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-83, college: Memphis, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Mutlu Akpinar (203-83) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) produced 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Gaziantep moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Turk Telekom and Mersin. Antalya lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Gaziantep will face higher ranked Aliaga (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antalya will play against Banvit BK (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: M.Akpinar 19+4reb+4ast, I.Swann 14+8reb+4ast, A.Collins 14+8reb+1ast, J.Dorsey 13+13reb+2ast, H.Demirel 6+1reb, M.Ademoglu 5+3reb+1ast
Antalya: J.Theodore 23+3reb+6ast, R.Lewis 20+4reb+2ast, J.Davidson 13+7reb, R.Oz 6+4reb+1ast, W.Carter 4+10reb, S.Yildirim 2
gschID: 198991


TED Kolejliler - Mersin 88-85

Eleventh-ranked Mersin (4-9) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked TED Kolejliler (8-5) in Ankara. TED Kolejliler managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Mersin won second period 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when TED Kolejliler won last quarter 21-19. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Mersin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin, agency: Duran International) nailed 30 points for the winning side and Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four TED Kolejliler players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Mutlu Demir (210-87) added 17 points respectively for Mersin in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for TED Kolejliler. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Besiktas. Mersin at the other side keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. TED Kolejliler's next round opponent will be Besiktas (#6) in Istanbul. Mersin will play on the road against Tofas (#10) in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: K.Penney 30+3reb+2ast, J.Stanojevic 17+10reb+4ast, B.Woodside 15+9ast, N.Yucel 13+13reb, A.Kavaklioglu 6+3reb+1ast, R.Murat Kaya 5+3reb
Mersin: A.Karadeniz 30+6reb+1ast, W.Solomon 18+1reb+1ast, M.Demir 17+4reb, H.Koseoglu 7+1reb+5ast, J.Prince 6+11reb+1ast, D.Holston 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198988



Dusko Savanovic gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Anadolu Efes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old power forward had the game-high 22 points adding four rebounds for Anadolu Efes in his team's victory, helping them to crush Tofas (#10, 5-8) with 23-point margin 94-71. Anadolu Efes is placed at 2nd position in Turkish TBL. They are still close to the very top. Anadolu Efes would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. It's Savanovic's second year at Anadolu Efes and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dusko Savanovic averages this season 9.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87) of Tofas. Elonu impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Tofas lost that game 71-94 to the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#2, 11-2). This loss caused Tofas to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Elonu is a newcomer at Tofas 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 American Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Mersin (#12). Karadeniz got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Karadeniz's great performance Mersin lost 85-88 to the higher-ranked TED Kolejliler (#7, 8-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mersin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karadeniz could try to bring Mersin's a little bit higher in the standings. Karadeniz has individually a great season in Turkey. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (best scorer). Ali Karadeniz has also Turkish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Antalya - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of TED Kolejliler - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Torin Francis (210-C-83) of Aliaga - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jon Diebler (198-G-88) of Karsiyaka - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87) of Fener.Ulker - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83) of Gaziantep - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of TED Kolejliler - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Tim Duncan on rewinding the clock, health and getting yelled at - by David Edole

By Eddie Sefko / Reporter

Chris Kaman was talking about Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) this morning after the Mavericks shootaround and said the old fossil is pretty remarkable.

I think hes done a good job of taking care of his body over the years, Kaman said of the Spurs big man who is having a terrific showing in his 16th season. Hes lost some weight. Hes a lot lighter and able to last a little longer in games. I think he can get another two, three maybe even five years out of that body. I know it doesnt seem like it. But look at the way hes been playing.

To that, Duncan grinned and said:

Kaman has no idea what hes talking about.

Even Kaman will admit to that sometimes, but in this case, the evidence suggests hes right.

Duncan will go down as one of the top 10 players ever to grace an NBA court, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. And this season, at 36 years of age, hes throwing in 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Hes got loads of help on the Spurs roster, of course, and that helps. But hes lighter than hes been in years and thats allowed him to remain effective in many areas of the game even athletically, although thats never been his biggest asset.

I feel healthy right now and thats a big part of it, Duncan said. With Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) and my role changing on the team, Im not asked to carry the team night in and night out. My minutes are managed. Its giving me a really good feeling right now. Feel healthy.

Popovich feels very blessed to have had somebody like Duncan to lean on and vice-versa throughout his coaching tenure with the Spurs.

He is remarkable, Popovich said. Hes playing at an all-star level, obviously. Its a credit to what he does all year long, especially in the summer.

He works out consistently. And by that, I dont mean hes throwing tires. He does stretching, flexibility sort of things. And hes adamant about what he puts in his body. Hes cut. Theres no fat there. And it helps him maintain a little bit of athleticism.

He was never a leaper, or Mr. Quick. But hes driving by people. Hes pivoting, starting and stopping better than he ever has. All those things. Hes playing better than he has probably in the last two, three or four years.

Popovich, of course, has a part in this. Hes limited Duncan to 30 minutes or less in most games for the last few years and thats probably extended his career. Even if theres not another five years left in there, hes got at least one more season on his contract.

So Ill follow him for another year, Popovich said. I havent coached him in about 10 years. We dont even talk to each other. Were tired of looking at each other. Im just glad he shows at the games.

As for not getting coached, Duncan laughed: Thats an absolute lie. I get screamed at just like everybody else.



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Moore number one in Ukraine for round 33 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Cameron Moore (208-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ferro-ZNTU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat BC Odessa (#13, 5-17) 80-73. Thanks to this victory Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to the 3rd position in the Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ferro-ZNTU will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. Moore turned to be Ferro-ZNTU's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star has very solid stats this year. Moore. Moore is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.2ppg) and averages impressive 60.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of league's second-best Azovmash. Greer had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 14 assists. It was enough for Azovmash to edge the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#14, 5-19) 90-86. This victory allowed Azovmash to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 17-5 record is not bad at all. Greer is a newcomer at Azovmash, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Azovmash's star - American guard Manny Harris (196-G-89). Harris scored 19 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Azovmash, helping his team with a 90-86 win against the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#14, 5-19). Azovmash needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 5 lost games. Harris has a very solid season. In 12 games in Ukraine he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78) of BC Donetsk - 28 points and 13 rebounds
5. Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-F-92) of BC Kyiv - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. James Florence (185-G-88) of Kryvbasbasket - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Manny Harris (196-G-89) of Azovmash - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of Azovmash - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Derrick Zimmerman (191-G-81) of DniproAzot - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Budivelnyk - 20 points, 7 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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United Arabic Emirates clinched 4th place in Holland - by Eurobasket News

United Arabic Emirates clinched 4th place in Holland at the Basketball Days Zwolle.
Tartu Ulikool/Rock won over United Arabic Emirates 106:56 in the Semifinal. Six players scored in double figures for the European side. Silver Leppik paced all the winners with 22 points and Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) as well as Kristo Saage had 14 each. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) brought 11, whilst Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) and Justin Ingram had 10 each.
NYC Warriors beat United Arabic Emirates 105:99 in the game for the 3rd place. The American side managed to grab the last victory at the tournament. Alexander Machowski erupted with 30 points and 20 rebounds, while Morakinqo Williams had 23. Jonathan Dunn nailed 19 and Robert Giles (194-G-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Ball St.) brought 14. Salah Sultan and Mohamed Latif replied with 21 points each in the losing case. Rashid Alzaabi netted 15, while Ali Abbas brought 10.



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BBL Round Up Sun 30 Dec - by Paul Nilsen

One Health Sharks Sheffield and Glasgow Rocks picked up important victories in the BBL Championship on Sunday as they kept up the heat on the teams above them in the final games of 2012.

The Sharks enjoyed a 87-68 success over the Manchester Giants at the EIS, Sheffield while the Rocks picked up a 95-78 victory over the Cheshire Phoenix at the Emirates Arena.

Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) was the main man for the Sharks in the victory as he netted 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the victory.

The Giants had earlier reduced the deficit to just five points at 53-48 midway through the third quarter, but the Sharks broke the game open with an 18-0 cross-quarter burst to take the score out to 71-48 in the final period and the home side held on for the all-important victory.

At the Emirates Arena, Donald Robinson's 23 points for the Rocks was enough to help the home side pick up the victory and move themselves into joint fifth position in the BBL Championship table as a result.

The Phoenix had closed the gap to just nine points at 77-68 with six minutes remaining in the contest, but that was as close as they would get as the Rocks enjoyed a 13-2 burst to take the score out to 90-70 and ended the game as a contest as the home side picked up the victory.

In the BBL Trophy, there were victories for the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles as both ended 2012 on a high.

The Riders defeated EBL side, Essex Leopards 63-105 at the Brentwood Centre, while the Eagles enjoyed a comfortable 73-102 victory over the Durham Wildcats at the Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.

A combination of Darius Defoe and Joe Chapman were the main stars for the Eagles as they bagged 22 points a-piece in the victory.

The visitors lead for the majority of the contest and enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 32 points with the score at 68-100.

As a result of the two Trophy games on Sunday, the Eagles will meet the Worcester Wolves in the quarter-finals, while the Riders will go up against the winners of the Reading Rockets and Surrey Heat contest in the next round.



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CSM Bucuresti signs Brian Morris, ex Cordon - by Eurobasket News

CS Municipal Bucuresti (Division A) signed 25-year old American forward Brian Morris (205-87, college: Humboldt State). He just played at Cordon in Uruguayan LUB league. Morris managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In three LUB games this season he had 12.0ppg and 9.0rpg. The last summer he played at Portland in IBL. In 7 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.3apg. Morris also played at Vitoria in Portuguese LPB earlier that season. In 15 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5spg. The other team he played that season for was Quilmes in Argentinian TNA. In 10 games he recorded 8.8ppg and 5.2rpg.
His team won IBL Continental Division Regular Season.
The previous (2011) summer Morris played at Vancouver in IBL.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Morris was voted All-CCAA Player of the Year and All-CCAA 1st Team in 2010 and 2011 at his college time.
Morris has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata) and IBL (Vancouver Volcanoes).
He attended Humboldt State until 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nacional adds Maxey to their roster, ex Bucaros - by Eurobasket News

Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (LUB) added to their roster 34-year old American forward Erron Maxey (198-100kg-78, college: Providence). He played last summer at Bucaros in Colombian Copa Federacion. Maxey also played at Niigata Albirex in Japanese BJ League that season. In 55 games last season he recorded 12.4ppg and 6.6rpg.
He was voted USBasket.com All-SEBL Metro A-League South Division 1st Team in 2012.
The previous (2011) summer he played at Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand NBL. In 17 games he averaged 13.9ppg and 4.8rpg. He helped them to win the league title. The other team Maxey played that season for was Union Atletica. In 14 LUB games that year he was second best scorer with impressive 25.0ppg and had 9.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg.
Maxey is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Atenas, Obras and Quimsa), Australia (Gold Coast Blaze), Chile (Universidad de Concepcion), Finland, Hungary, Mexico (Santos) and Puerto Rico.
Maxey attended Providence College until 2001 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Santa Barbara Breakers participated at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Santa Barbara Breakers participated at the International Tournament in Holland. The American side finished on the 6th place. KK Bosna beat Santa Barbara Breakers102:96 in the last game. Sarajevo KK Bosna won the first period 28-26 and dominated the second frame. The European team added a 26-17 rally for 11-point advantage at the halftime. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to win the third period 22-18 and reduced to 7 points with 10 minutes to go. They also posted a 31-30 rally in the last stanza however could not win the game. Ramo Rizvic (6'7''-F-87) and Ali Demic paced all the winners with 22 points each, while Dino Hodzic (6'3''-PG-90) and Sindis Demic had 18 each. Edin Alispahic followed them with 13 points in a win. Marquis Henderson Wright ended up with 25 points in defeat and Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) notched 22. Michael Shawn Malat, Perrin Rudolphus Johnson and Joshua Warren Crawford delivered 11 points apiece.
In Day 2 Siauliai won over Santa Barbara Breakers in Day 2 of the Groninger Basketball Week. The Lithuanian team beat the US representative 108:88 for 1-1 record.
Siauliai started strong and took 25-12 lead at the end of the first period. Santa Barbara Breakers however replied with 29-26 and reduced to 51:41 at the halftime. Siauliai continued to dominate the court in the third quarter and after 31-19 answered for all the question about the winner. Santa Barbara Breakers managed to close the game with 28-26 for the final result. Laurynas Samenas top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Papa Dia nailed 18. Saulius Kuzminskas (6'11''-C/F-82, college: California) delivered 15, Lewis Jackson had 14 and Vitali Liutych posted 13. Crawford ended up with 18 point in defeat, while Johnson had 15. Ch.Adams brought 14 and O'Neil scored 11.
In Day 1 Al Riyadi overcame Santa Barbara Breakers 88:79. Al Riyadi started the game with 15-13 and posted massive 25-11 surge in the second period. The American team was too far to give up and replied with 27-19 burst in the third period and reduced to 8 points after 30 minutes. Al Riyadi however needed a narrow 29-28 rally to seal the victory. Ahmad Ibrahim top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Ismail Ahmad Abdelmonaim notched 13. Amir Saoud delivered 12, whilst Jean Abdel Nour and Anderson had 9 each. Chase Charles-Thomas Adams ended up with 20 points in defeat and Perrin Rudolphus Johnson as well as Derrick O'Neil brought 14 each. Hondre Brewer delivered 10 points in the losing effort.




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Women News


Mondeville inks Noelle Quinn - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) signed 27-year old Bulgarian ex-international guard Noelle Quinn (183-79kg-85, college: UCLA). She already started the season at Elitzur Ramla in Israeli D1 league. She helped them to win the cup. The last summer Quinn played at Washington in WNBA. In 30 games she had 6.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2007 she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as #4 pick overall.
The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standout is in her sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2010. Quinn also represented Bulgaria at the ESPN College Three Point Championships five years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Quinn has played also professionally in Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Turkey (Botas) and WNBA (Los Angeles Sparks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's another such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (11-12) and this (12-13) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).

The Best Player in Europe last year was unanimously Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. The Olympic Games MVP showed her huge potential at every stage. She led US National Team in the Olympic Games in London, together with UMMC she earned Euroleague Bronze Medal. The list of the last season awards is also impressive: All-Euroleague 1st Team, All-Russian PBL Player and Forward of the Year, All-Olympic Games Best Player and Best Center. It seems there is no more titles she can get.
Point Guard of the Year is French Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) who plays for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France. Celine had an impressive season with French NT as they won silver medal in London. She was named All-Olympic Games Best Guard (her stats were 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.4apg). Durmec also celebrated French LFB Championship.
The Best Shooting Guard of the Year award goes to Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. American player played last season at Galatasaray Istanbul in Turkey, this season she moved to Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg. With almost 21 points per game she was the best scorer in the Euroleague last season. She won gold medal during the Olympic Games in London last summer.
For small forward position our correspondents selected Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84). The American superstar has been a key player of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region for the last two years. Her team reached Euroleague Final Eight and Russian PBL Finals. She was selected All-Euroleague 1st Team. During the summer she advanced to the WNBA Finals with the Minnesota Lynx. By averaging 16.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg she was named All-WNBA 1st Team. Seimone is also the Olympic gold medalist from London.
Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor is the Power Forward of the Year. American forward played last year for Spanish Rivas Ecopolis and led her team to the Euroleague Final (they were defeated by Ros Casares Valencia 65-52 in the final game). Asjha was named Final Four MVP. During the summer she played for Connecticut Sun in WNBA and reached WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. She also represented USA during the Olympic Games in London. Of course the US Team won gold medal.
Last season's best center was without any doubt Candace Parker of UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The All-Europe 2nd Team includes two Americans - Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul and Tina Charles (193-C-88) of TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. They are joined by two Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges, Sebrian forward Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron and Polish superstar Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu.
Coach of the Year is Spanish Miguel Mendez who led Rivas Ecopolis to the Euroleague Final Game.

All-Europeans Player of the Year goes to Celine Dumerc. The French poing guard was unanimously voted as the best european player last season.
Dumerc is joined in the All-First team by her teammate Frida Eldebrink. Frida signed at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges after sucessful season in Czech Rep. where she won a national title with USK Praha. In the summer she was the best scorer during the Qualifications to Eurobasket with almost 21 points per game.
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) is the Best Small Forward for the second consecutive year. 23-year old Spanish player plays for Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul in Turkey. Last season she led her team to Euroleague Final Eight averaging 14.7ppg.
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha definitely deserved to be voted All-Europe Power Forward of the Year. Eva showed her shooting potential during the Olympic Games in London where she averaged impressive 15.2ppg and was named Alll-Olympic Games 1st Team.
Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Fenerbahce was selected the Best Center of the Year. Last season she spent at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russia. The best shot-blocker in the European basketball has been also a key player for the Belarusian NT in the summer while Qualifications Round for the Eurobasket 2013.
In the second team we have Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region as a point guard, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb in shooting guard and Polish swingman Agnieszka Bibrzycka. In power forward there is Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of Nadezhda Orenburg and Isabelle acoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region as a center.

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2012

All-Europe 1st Team 2012
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Candace Parker
Parker
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Asjha Jones
Jones
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Player of the Year: Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Point Guard of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Russia Russia Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) / UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Small Forward of the Year: Russia Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Turkey Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey)
Center of the Year: Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Coach of the Year: Poland Miguel Mendez of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team
France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Russia Russia Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) / UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Russia Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Turkey Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey)
Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team
Turkey Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Turkey)
France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Turkey Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Hungary Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)
Poland Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention
Poland Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Homend Antakya Belediyesi (Turkey)
Slovakia Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Poland Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Atlanta Dream (WNBA) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Poland Moore Maya (183-SG-89) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2012

All-Europeans 1st Team 2012
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Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Eva Viteckova
Viteckova
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Veremeenko
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Player of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Point Guard of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Small Forward of the Year: Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Power Forward of the Year: Czech Republic Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.)
Center of the Year: Turkey Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team
France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Czech Republic Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.)
Turkey Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team
Russia Poland Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA
Croatia Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia) / Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb (Croatia)
Turkey Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Russia Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Russia sabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention
Turkey Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Turkey)
Turkey Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Atlanta Dream (WNBA) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul
Turkey Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Hungary Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)
Slovakia Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)



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Eurobasket.com Awards 2012 - by Greg

Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's another such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (11-12) and this (12-13) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).

The Best Player in Europe last year was unanimously Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. The Olympic Games MVP showed her huge potential at every stage. She led US National Team in the Olympic Games in London, together with UMMC she earned Euroleague Bronze Medal. The list of the last season awards is also impressive: All-Euroleague 1st Team, All-Russian PBL Player and Forward of the Year, All-Olympic Games Best Player and Best Center. It seems there is no more titles she can get.
Point Guard of the Year is French Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) who plays for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France. Celine had an impressive season with French NT as they won silver medal in London. She was named All-Olympic Games Best Guard (her stats were 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.4apg). Durmec also celebrated French LFB Championship.
The Best Shooting Guard of the Year award goes to Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. American player played last season at Galatasaray Istanbul in Turkey, this season she moved to Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg. With almost 21 points per game she was the best scorer in the Euroleague last season. She won gold medal during the Olympic Games in London last summer.
For small forward position our correspondents selected Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84). The American superstar has been a key player of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region for the last two years. Her team reached Euroleague Final Eight and Russian PBL Finals. She was selected All-Euroleague 1st Team. During the summer she advanced to the WNBA Finals with the Minnesota Lynx. By averaging 16.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg she was named All-WNBA 1st Team. Seimone is also the Olympic gold medalist from London.
Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor is the Power Forward of the Year. American forward played last year for Spanish Rivas Ecopolis and led her team to the Euroleague Final (they were defeated by Ros Casares Valencia 65-52 in the final game). Asjha was named Final Four MVP. During the summer she played for Connecticut Sun in WNBA and reached WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. She also represented USA during the Olympic Games in London. Of course the US Team won gold medal.
Last season's best center was without any doubt Candace Parker of UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The All-Europe 2nd Team includes two Americans - Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul and Tina Charles (193-C-88) of TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. They are joined by two Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges, Sebrian forward Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron and Polish superstar Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu.
Coach of the Year is Spanish Miguel Mendez who led Rivas Ecopolis to the Euroleague Final Game.

All-Europeans Player of the Year goes to Celine Dumerc. The French poing guard was unanimously voted as the best european player last season.
Dumerc is joined in the All-First team by her teammate Frida Eldebrink. Frida signed at Cercle Jean Mace Bourges after sucessful season in Czech Rep. where she won a national title with USK Praha. In the summer she was the best scorer during the Qualifications to Eurobasket with almost 21 points per game.
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) is the Best Small Forward for the second consecutive year. 23-year old Spanish player plays for Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul in Turkey. Last season she led her team to Euroleague Final Eight averaging 14.7ppg.
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha definitely deserved to be voted All-Europe Power Forward of the Year. Eva showed her shooting potential during the Olympic Games in London where she averaged impressive 15.2ppg and was named Alll-Olympic Games 1st Team.
Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Fenerbahce was selected the Best Center of the Year. Last season she spent at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russia. The best shot-blocker in the European basketball has been also a key player for the Belarusian NT in the summer while Qualifications Round for the Eurobasket 2013.
In the second team we have Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region as a point guard, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb in shooting guard and Polish swingman Agnieszka Bibrzycka. In power forward there is Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of Nadezhda Orenburg and Isabelle acoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region as a center.

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2012

All-Europe 1st Team 2012
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Candace Parker
Parker
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Asjha Jones
Jones
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Player of the Year: Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Point Guard of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Russia Russia Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) / UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Small Forward of the Year: Russia Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Turkey Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey)
Center of the Year: Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Coach of the Year: Poland Miguel Mendez of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team
France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Russia Russia Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) / UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Russia Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Turkey Asjha Jones (191-F/C-80) of Rivas Ecopolis (Spain) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / Pankup TED Kayseri Kolejspor (Turkey)
Turkey Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) / Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team
Turkey Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Turkey)
France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Turkey Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Hungary Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)
Poland Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Galatasaray Istanbul (Turkey) / Connecticut Sun (WNBA) / TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention
Poland Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Homend Antakya Belediyesi (Turkey)
Slovakia Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Poland Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Atlanta Dream (WNBA) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Poland Moore Maya (183-SG-89) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2012

All-Europeans 1st Team 2012
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Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Frida Eldebrink
Eldebrink
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Eva Viteckova
Viteckova
Anastasiya Veremeenko
Veremeenko
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Player of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Point Guard of the Year: France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Small Forward of the Year: Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Power Forward of the Year: Czech Republic Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.)
Center of the Year: Turkey Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team
France Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
France Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech. Rep) / Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (France)
Poland Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Spain)
Czech Republic Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Rep.)
Turkey Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team
Russia Poland Becky Hammon (175-PG-77) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA
Croatia Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia) / Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb (Croatia)
Turkey Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Russia Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of CCC Polkowice (Poland) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Russia sabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention
Turkey Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (Turkey)
Turkey Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Ros Casares Valencia (Spain) / Atlanta Dream (WNBA) / Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul
Turkey Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Hungary Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) of Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia) / UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary)
Slovakia Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) of Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia)



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Mondeville inks Noelle Quinn - by Eurobasket News

USO Mondeville (LFB) signed 27-year old Bulgarian ex-international guard Noelle Quinn (183-79kg-85, college: UCLA). She already started the season at Elitzur Ramla in Israeli D1 league. She helped them to win the cup. The last summer Quinn played at Washington in WNBA. In 30 games she had 6.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2007 she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as #4 pick overall.
The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standout is in her sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2010. Quinn also represented Bulgaria at the ESPN College Three Point Championships five years ago.
She is quite experienced player. Quinn has played also professionally in Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Russia (Spartak Vidnoye), Turkey (Botas) and WNBA (Los Angeles Sparks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Serbia U18 clinch third place at Torneo di Barakaldo - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Italy U18 70:62

Serbian U18 National Team celebrated victory in the consolation final of Torneo di Barakaldo in Spain. They knocked down Italian counterparts to step onto the pedestal. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) came up with 22 points to pace the winners.
Serbia led by a single point after ten minutes of game 21:20. They kept Italy behind throughout the second quarter. Serbia entered the second half up by three points 37:34. Serbia cleared off in the third term. They went on a 17:10 run to ensure a 10-point buffer before the final stanza 54:44. Italy outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) provided 18 points, while Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) added 16 points for Serbia. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) answered with 17 points for Italy. Allegra Botteghi (180-SF-95) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Aleksandra Crvendakic 22, Sanja Mandic 18, Dragana Stankovic 16
Italy U18: Cecilia Zandalasini 17, Allegra Botteghi 9



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Eurobasket.com Mid Season End of the Year Awards Predictions - by Steve Dolan

Eurobasket.com Malta Awards Predictions are based on the information supplied to the Eurobasket.com Correspondent for Malta. If we have selected CO Categories at the end of the season it will be narrowed down to one but right now the two are very close. These are not the final results; this information is based on information supplied at this point.

Champions: Luxol

Coach of the Year: Christophe Stolp : Club has won all 3 cups to this Point

CO-Players of the Year: Mollie Williams (187-F, college: Washington) 6'2" F (Luxol) 19.9ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.2apg (8), 2.7spg (7), 2.0bpg (1)

CO-Player of the Year: Brietta Thomas (180-G-90, college: Louisiana Tech) 5'11" G (Loyola) 29.3ppg (1), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1)

Positions Player of the Year

Point Guard of the Year: Brittaney Thomas (175-G-88) 5'9" PG (Phoenix) 30.4ppg (1st), 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg

Shooting Guard of the Year: Brietta Thomas 5'11" SG (Loyola) 29.3ppg (1), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1)

Small Forward of the Year: Stephanie De Martino (184-F-93) 6'1" SF (Depiro) 23.0ppg (3), 9.0rpg (7), 3.3apg, 2.5spg (5), .7bpg (6)

Power Forward of the Year: Mollie Williams 6'2" F (Luxol) 19.9ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.2apg (8), 2.7spg (7), 2.0bpg (1)

Center of the Year : Khadi Sagna 6'2" C (Hibs) 19.4ppg (6), 14.0rpg (2), 19spg, 1.0bpg (3)

1st Team:

PG: Brittaney Thomas 5'9" PG (Phoenix) 30.4ppg (1st), 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg

SG: Brietta Thomas 5'11" SG (Loyola) 29.3ppg (1), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1)

SF: Stephanie De Martino 6'1" SF (Depiro) 23.0ppg (3), 9.0rpg (7), 3.3apg, 2.5spg (5), .7bpg (6)

PF: Mollie Williams 6'2" F (Luxol) 19.9ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.2apg (8), 2.7spg (7), 2.0bpg (1)

C: Khadi Sagna 6'2" C (Hibs) 19.4ppg (6), 14.0rpg (2), 1.9spg, 1.0bpg (3)

2nd Team

G: Greta Zarb 5'7" G (Luxol) 11.9ppg (9), 3.2rpg, 2.2spg, 1.4apg

G: Leanne Sciberras (189-SG-90) 6'3" SG (Athleta) 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg (1), 3.3spg (2)

SF: Alexis Cutajar F (Phoenix) 12.0ppg (8), 9.1rpg (6), 1.0spg

PF: A Ratomanska 5'11" F (Athleta) 20.8ppg (4), 9.6rpg (5), 1.9apg (10), 3.2apg (3)

C: Latisha Belcher (187-F/C-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) 6'2" C (Depiro) 16.8ppg (7), 13.0rpg (3), 2.9spg (5), .8bpg (4)

All Import Team:

PG: Brittaney Thomas 5'9" PG (Phoenix) 30.4ppg (1st), 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg

SG: Brietta Thomas 5'11" SG (Loyola) 29.3ppg (1), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1)

F: Mollie Williams 6'2" F (Luxol) 19.9ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.2apg (8), 2.7spg (7), 2.0bpg (1)

PF: Khadi Sagna 6'2" C (Hibs) 19.4ppg (6), 14.0rpg (2), 19spg, 1.0bpg (3)

C: Latisha Belcher 6'2" C (Depiro) 16.8ppg (7), 13.0rpg (3), 2.9spg (5), .8bpg (4)

All Domestic Team:

G: Greta Zarb 5'7" G (Luxol) 11.9ppg (9), 3.2rpg, 2.2spg, 1.4apg

G: Leanne Sciberras 6'3" SG (Athleta) 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg (1), 3.3spg (2)

F: A Ratomanska 5'11" F (Athleta) 20.8ppg (4), 9.6rpg (5), 1.9apg (10), 3.2apg (3)

F: Alexis Cutajar F (Phoenix) 12.0ppg (8), 9.1rpg (6), 1.0spg

F: Stephanie De Martino 6'1" SF (Depiro) 23.0ppg (3), 9.0rpg (7), 3.3apg, 2.5spg (5), .7bpg (6)

All Defensive Team

G Brietta Thomas 5'11" SG (Loyola) 29.3ppg (1), 11.9rpg (4), 1.4apg, 3.7spg (1)

G Leanne Sciberras 6'3" SG (Athleta) 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.9apg (1), 3.3spg (2)

F A Ratomanska 5'11" F (Athleta) 20.8ppg (4), 9.6rpg (5), 1.9apg (10), 3.2apg (3)

F: Mollie Williams 6'2" F (Luxol) 19.9ppg (5), 15.9rpg (1), 2.2apg (8), 2.7spg (7), 2.0bpg (1)

C: Latisha Belcher 6'2" C (Depiro) 16.8ppg (7), 13.0rpg (3), 2.9spg (5), .8bpg (4)



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Team Effort Leads Phoenix Over Wichita State - by Eurobasket News

WICHITA, Kan. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay women's basketball team (9-2) used a team effort and an explosive second half to defeat Wichita State (6-6) 63-42 in its final nonconference road game of the 2012-13 season. The win featured eight Phoenix players in double-digit minutes and 17 assists on 23 field goals.

"This was a big win over a very athletic team in a hostile environment, and our defense played exceptionally well," head coach Kevin Borseth said.

Green Bay opened the game on an 8-0 run, sparked by threes from seniors Lydia Bauer (6'0''-F) (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.). The Shockers responded with a 9-2 run of their own over the next five minutes led by Jessica Diamond, who finished the first half with a team-high nine points.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, with the Phoenix posting a 28% mark and the Shockers hitting just 25% from the field. Bauer led Green Bay with nine first-half points on 3-of-6 shooting from long range, while fellow senior Sarah Eichler (5'11''-F) (Grafton, Wis.) pitched in eight.

Green Bay shot 77.8 percent (14-18) from the field in the second half, and opened it on a 12-5 run with a turn-around layup by redshirt senior Jenny Gilberton (Wabasha, Minn.). Gilbertson played 24 minutes, tallying five points and five rebounds.

With four fouls each, Ritchie and Eichler were forced to head to the bench with more than 11 minutes remaining. Green Bay's bench, led by redshirt junior Breannah Ranger (Skokie, Ill.) didn't miss a beat while pushing the lead to more than 20 points. The Phoenix held the Shockers scoreless for more than seven minutes late in the half on a 13-0 run, sparked by Ranger's nine points and team-high six rebounds.

"Jenny and Breannah came into this game and rallied the troops, they both played outstanding today and gave us a spark when we needed it the most. Our whole bench had a great game today," Borseth said.

Green Bay held the Shockers to just 29.7 percent from the floor, and allowed the home team to score just seven points over the last 10 minutes of the second half.

Eichler led the Phoenix with 15 points, while Bauer added 11. Ritchie and redshirt Sophomore Megan Lukan (Barrie, Ontario, Can.) added seven points. Lukan also posted seven assists on the day, one shy of tying her career high.

The win marked the eighth time this season Green Bay has held an opponent to 50 points or less, and the Phoenix continued its dominance in the paint outscoring the Shockers 26-6 inside.
Courtesy of: http://www.greenbayphoenix.com



No. 15/14 Flyers fall to Bowling Green in road game - by Eurobasket News

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio No. 15/14 Daytons bid to post its first ever undefeated non-conference slate came up one game short as the Flyers fell 65-40 to Bowling Green Sunday at the Stroh Center in UDs final non-conference game this season and its third game of a four-game road swing.

UD is 12-1 after the loss, while the Falcons improve to 9-3 overall.

The 40 points is the lowest output for the Flyers since a 78-38 loss to Connecticut last season (Nov. 27, 2012). Heading into the game Dayton was first in the Atlantic 10 in scoring offense with 82.6 ppg, which was also in the Top 10 in the NCAA rankings.

Freshman Kelley Austria (6'0''-G) and senior Samantha Mackay (5'8''-G) both scored eight points to pace UD. Prior to this result, UD had at least three players score in double figures in their first 12 games of the season, including four games with at least five players scoring in double figures.

Dayton also lost the battle of the boards for the first time this season, 43-39. This despite nine rebounds from sophomore Ally Malott and a career-high eight rebounds from freshman Amber Deane.

In addition to the season low for points, UD also shot a season-low 12.5 percent (3-of-24) from three-point range, 25.5 percent (13-of-51) on field goal percentage, and dished a season-low five assists.

BGSU led 28-25 at the half, in which there were seven ties and three lead changes. Austria paced Dayton with eight points. MacKay scored three consecutive fast break layups and finished the half with six points.

It marks the third time this season the Flyers have trailed at the half. The 25 first-half points are the second lowest this season for UD. Dayton had just 24 first-half points in its 60-53 win over Michigan State on Dec. 8.

The Flyers, who lead the A-10 in free throw percentage, shot just 50 percent (5-of-10) from the line in the first half and finished the game just 11-of-18 from the charity stripe. The Falcons shot 82 percent (9-of-11) from the line in the first half and 87.5 percent (21-of-24) for the game.

UD had 11 first-half turnovers while Bowling Green had just three. For the game, the Falcons had 13 turnovers to UDs 21. BGSU capitalized, outscoring Dayton 19-5 on points off turnovers.

Daytons conference opener is at Butler (Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon ET) three busloads approximately 150 Flyer fans will make the trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse courtesy of Dayton women's basketball. Dayton returns to UD Arena for its home conference opener against La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://daytonflyers.com



O'Neill's Career Days Propels Hoops Past Marist - by Eurobasket News

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jennifer O'Neill (5'6''-G-90) admitted she didn't have the best pregame shootaround - missing shot after shot.

It didn't take long for O'Neill to put it behind her against Marist.

The sophomore scored a career-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half, and No. 7 Kentucky pulled away Marist 78-56 to earn its 11th straight victory.

O'Neill's play on both ends helped wear down Marist. Kentucky's 3-point leader coming in at 39 percent, she hit 4 of 7 attempts and 7 of 11 overall from the field to easily surpass her previous best of 15 points. O'Neill also set career highs with four steals and four 3-pointers.

"Coach (Matthew) Mitchell just motivated me to go out there and play my hardest and that's what I tried to do," O'Neill said of her shooting from behind the arc. "I always feel comfortable with my outside shot, but I probably started to feel it with my third one."

O'Neill's two 3-pointers in the second half were crucial to keeping the Wildcats safely ahead of the determined Red Foxes. Her first one at 18:25 gave Kentucky a 13-point lead and while her second nearly nine minutes later made it 58-43.

"That was a great offensive lift that she gave us," Mitchell said of O'Neill. "Marist forced us to step up on the perimeter and she made some big shots."

Marist rallied to get within eight points twice in the final 7 1/2 minutes before Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth made three free throws to stretch the lead to 11. O'Neill made one of two foul shots for a 64-52 advantage and Kentucky pulled away after that.

Stallworth also finished with 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting.

For Kentucky (12-1), Marist offered just the non-league challenge the Wildcats needed. The defending Southeastern Conference regular season champions open the league portion Thursday against Florida.

Kentucky can take heart in overcoming some early sluggishness and two early deficits before its depth and defense eventually wore down the Red Foxes late in the game.

"It was a tough turnaround today to get ready in one day and now you can exhale a little bit and take some time to reflect on a very successful non-conference portion," Mitchell said. "I have to believe that our players are tremendously excited for what we considered the most important part of our season. We are really excited about that."

Kentucky scored 35 points off 27 Marist turnovers.

"We focused on fewer turnovers, which we didn't accomplish," Marist coach Brian Giorgis said. "And, actually we had done a pretty decent job until late. ... . Our plan, at least defensively, was to make them beat us from the perimeter. That's what they did. They hit a lot of big shots from the perimeter."

Elizabeth Beynnon had 15 points for the Red Foxes (5-6), who fell to 1-17 against ranked opponents.

The Wildcats had a tough act to follow after crushing Alcorn State. They also set a school record Friday by holding the winless Braves to 20 percent shooting.

Marist offered much more of a challenge, having won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference the past seven seasons. The Red Foxes had four players averaging at least nine points.

Nearly five minutes passed before Beynnon scored Marist's first field goal, but that was all the Red Foxes needed to get warmed up and stay close to Kentucky through much of the first half. Physical defense helped Marist, which disrupted the Wildcats' passing and movement.

Marist's problem was containing Stallworth, who scored six of Kentucky's first eight points off layups and 12 of the Wildcats' first 28 overall.

Kentucky got a brief scare when A'dia Mathies went out in the early minutes after hitting her head on the floor during a loose-ball scramble. The senior went to the locker room for observation but returned about four minutes later.

Mathies left the game again with 3:54 remaining in the first half, this time holding her left wrist after being tied up under the basket. She later described it as a funny bone aggravation and returned to score 10 points.

Fortunately for Kentucky, the Wildcats had enough talent to cover Mathies' absence and now aim to show it against the SEC.

"We got some new players and some players that didn't play last year, including these two right here (O'Neill and Stallworth)," Mathies said. "We're just coming together offensively and defensively as a team and making steps towards become a better team heading into SEC play."
Courtesy of: http://www.ukathletics.com



No. 4 Duke Routs Monmouth 73-32 - by Eurobasket News

DURHAM, N.C. Duke's defense was too quick, too tall and too strong for overmatched Monmouth, and it added up to a share of an NCAA record.

The fourth-ranked Blue Devils held Monmouth to a Division I record-tying three points in the first half of a 73-32 rout Sunday.

The Hawks managed just one field goal in the opening 20 minutes against the Blue Devils (11-0). They matched the NCAA's halftime scoring mark set in 2003 by Savannah State against Florida State and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech.

"You're not necessarily trying to do that, per se, but we were trying to be very focused on things that we were trying to accomplish defensively," coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

Tricia Liston scored 15 points, Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92) had 13 points and Haley Peters (6'3''-G/F-92) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who could afford an off day from star sophomore Elizabeth Williams.

She had 11 rebounds but matched a career low with seven points - nine below her average - on 1-of-7 shooting.

The Blue Devils shot 42.9 percent, built a 55-28 rebounding advantage, forced 29 turnovers, turned them into 28 points and set the school record for lowest shooting percentage allowed in a half. It was the fifth time this season that Duke held its opponent to 45 or fewer points.

"We were really trying to make a statement with our defense today and create from there," Liston said.

Monmouth (3-8) shot just 4 percent in the first half; Duke's previous low was 9.1 percent allowed in 2005 to Ball State. The Cardinals also owned the old mark of seven points scored in the opening half against Duke one year earlier.

"I hate to use the word, but we played scared in the first half, offensively, to me," Monmouth coach Jenny Palmateer said. "We played a little intimidated in the first half, and I don't think we did in the second."

The opponent's early futility largely masked what for a while was a sluggish, subpar day for the Blue Devils - who begin the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference play later this week with a visit to North Carolina State. The Wolfpack knocked top-seeded Duke out in the quarterfinals of last season's ACC tournament.

"Our defense better be sharp against that team," McCallie said. "Certainly, we have reminders of last year."

McCallie says she isn't worried about an offense that, in its first game since a two-game sweep in Southern California ended Dec. 22, finished with a season-high 24 turnovers and a season-low 13 assists.

Duke also went eight minutes between field goals and - despite a 29-3 halftime lead - scratched out its lowest point total in an opening half this season.

"That's funny - three was ours, too," Palmateer said with a laugh.

Indeed, that was nothing compared to the Hawks' struggles.

Monmouth played without injured leading scorer Alysha Womack (5'7''-G-91), a 16-point scorer who missed her second straight game with a hyperextended knee. The Hawks' only basket of the half came on Shira Shecht's jumper with just over 10 minutes left.

They missed both their first 12 shots and their last 12 before the break, and their second field goal didn't come until Betsy Gadziala's layup with 18 minutes to play.

Chevannah Paalvast had 13 of her 15 points in the second half for Monmouth.
Courtesy of: http://www.goduke.com



No. 14 Cowgirls Topple SDSU to Win Title, 80-72 - by Eurobasket News

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Toni Young (6'2''-F-91) scored 30 points and Liz Donohoe scored 25 to lead No. 14 Oklahoma State to an 80-72 win over San Diego State and take the Surf 'N Slam Classic title.

Young also had 15 rebounds. Tiffany Bias (5'6''-G-92) had 12 points and 13 assists as the Cowgirls (11-0) ran their nation-best winning streak to 17 dating to last season's WNIT championship.

The Aztecs (8-4) last led at 21-18. Donohoe's 3-pointer put Oklahoma State ahead 24-21 and though San Diego State tied it three times after that, the Cowgirls never trailed again.

Donohoe made four free throws in the final minute to keep San Diego State at bay. The Aztecs did not get closer than four points in the half.

Chelsea Hopkins had 13 points and 10 assists for the Aztecs. Courtney Clements also had 13 points and Deajanae Scurry scored 12 for San Diego State.

Young was named the tournament's MVP, while Bias was also named to the all-tournament team.
Courtesy of: http://www.okstate.com



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Franklin Pierce University Rebounds with 57-41 Win over Dillard at Big Easy Challenge - by Eurobasket News

WESTWEGO, La. (December 30, 2012) -- The Franklin Pierce University women's basketball team rebounded on Sunday with a 57-41 win over Dillard on the final day of the 2012 Big Easy Challenge at the Alario Center in Westwego, La. The Ravens, who suffered a 70-60 setback to Young Harris on Saturday in the challenge, improved to 6-4 with the win over the Bleu Devils. Dillard fell to 2-10.

Three Ravens scored in double-figures as Franklin Pierce shot a solid 41 percent (21-of-51) from the field. Freshman center Kara Charette (Fairhaven, Mass.) dropped in 18 points on a strong 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while also collecting three rebounds.
Senior guard Tiffany Johnson (5'11''-G/F-91) (St. Albans, Vt.) had a strong all-around game by recording double-figures in both points (15) and rebounds (11). She was a solid 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, while also swiping four steals.

Junior backcourt-mate Brittany Martelle (5'4''-G) (Brookfield, Conn.) came off the bench to bomb in a pair of three-pointers and total 12 points.

Franklin Pierce also held an impressive 44-30 advantage on the boards. In addition to Johnson's 11 rebounds, junior guard Brooke Coderre (Woonsocket, R.I.) collected seven boards. Sophomore forward Caitlin Hopkins (Holtsville, N.Y.) and junior guard Kate McDonald (Fall River, Mass.) logged six and five rebounds, respectively.

Jazzmin Smith paced Dillard's offensive attack as she was her team's lone double-figure scorer with a game-high 20 points. The Bleu Devils struggled mightily on the offensive end by committing 17 turnovers and shooting just 25 percent (13-of-53) from the field.

The Ravens jumped all over the Bleu Devils by scoring 20 of the game's first 23 points 10 minutes into the contest. Charette logged the opening five points with back-to-back layups and a free throw sandwiched between the two.

Johnson put in six points to aid the surge, while Martelle threw in both of her triples during that time. Senior guard Brooke Long (Richmond, Va.) also added a trey to help the Ravens take the early upperhand.

Dillard tried to claw back and reeled off 10-straight points to pull within seven at 20-13 with 7:25 left until halftime. Smith had eight of her team's 10 points during the run.

Franklin Pierce, though, didn't flinch and went back to work, this time using a 14-4 rally to close out the half and build a 34-17 lead at the intermission. Charette, Johnson and sophomore guard Dyamond Gardner (Cambridge, Mass.) netted four points apiece in the half's closing run.

The Bleu Devils failed to mount a meaningful run in the second half to make it a game. Dillard was able to pull within seven at 48-41 with 5:05 left, but the Ravens scored the contest's final nine points to end the threat and seal the victory. Johnson keyed the final run with a three-pointer.

Franklin Pierce returns to action next Sunday when the Ravens play host to Saint Michael's at 1:30 p.m. in The Fieldhouse in Rindge.

For more information on Franklin Pierce women's basketball, please visit the team's page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu (.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceRavens). Fans wishing to purchase Franklin Pierce women's basketball apparel can do so on the athletic department's online store at athletics.franklinpierce.edu/store (.)
Courtesy of: http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu



Women's Basketball Blasts RedHawks, 89-52 - by Eurobasket News

SOMERS, Wis. (Dec. 30, 2012)-- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside women's basketball squad closed out the calendar year and its non-conference slate with a dominating 89-52 victory over Indiana University Northwest on Sunday afternoon inside DeSimone Gymnasium. Four players ended the day in double figures while the Rangers' defense generated 31 turnovers.

The 24th-ranked Rangers (6-2) led wire-to-wire, racing out to an 8-0 lead. The visiting RedHawks (6-14) closed the gap to just three with 16:08 remaining in the opening half and again with 14:48 left before UW-Parkside a 20-4 offensive to take a commanding 19-point advantage. The Rangers continued to pull away in the opening half, enjoying a 49-26 lead at intermission, sinking 56.7 percent (17-for-30) of its shots from the floor.

UWP cruised in the second half, leading by at least 25 points the rest of the way en route to the 37-point blowout victory.

Gaby Bronson led the Ranger scoring effort, netting 16 points in just 19 minutes of action while also collecting four steals. Jaleesa Trussell finished seven-for-11 from the floor for a season-high 14 points while also tallying four steals. Sierra West chipped in a dozen points while dishing out six assists. Alayna Cotter was the fourth Ranger in double figures, coming off the bench and chipping in a season-high 10 points along with five rebounds.

Val Zulevic led IU Northwest with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds while Brianne Wischman added 10 points.

The Rangers held a 42-18 edge in points in the paint and finished the afternoon with 19 steals.

UW-Parkside returns to the hardwood on Thursday, beginning Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a 5:30 p.m. showdown against Missouri S&T University in Rolla, Mo.
Courtesy of: http://www.parksiderangers.com



Battista Powers No. 2 Bentley to 10-0 with 76-58 Win at Bridgeport - by Eurobasket News

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Junior All-America and Academic All-America Lauren Battista (6'0''-F) (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) erupted for 26 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds as Bentley University, the second-ranked women's basketball in Division II, remained undefeated with a wire-to-wire 76-58 non-conference win over the University of Bridgeport Sunday afternoon at Hubbell Gym.

The road win gave Bentley its first 10-0 start in 15 years, since the 1997-98 team opened with 18 consecutive victories, and extended the team's winning streak against East Region opposition to 23 games. Bridgeport, which trailed by double figures for most of the final 36 minutes, saw its record fall to 6-4.

It didn't take Battista and her teammates long to establish control of this one as the game's first 12 points went up on the Falcon side of the scoreboard. The six-foot forward scored seven of her 26 before the Purple Knights netted their first points of the game, and the fast Bentley start also included a three-pointer from senior guard and co-captain Kelsey Roberson (Arlington, Mass./Arlington Catholic HS).

After the Purple Knights pulled within six at 13-7, Bentley embarked on a 16-3 explosion that resulted in a 29-10 lead with 11 minutes left in the opening half. Sophomore guard Kelsey Mattice (5'7''-G) (Cicero, N.Y./North Syracuse Cicero HS) had the first nine as she knocked down three triples in a span of about 90 seconds.

By the time that run concluded, Bentley had made 10 of its first 16 shots.

Bentley cooled down significantly over the rest of the first half, making only four of its final 23 from the floor, but Bridgeport could do no more than draw to within 10 at the break, 41-31.

The differential remained between eight and 14 points for the first ten minutes of the second, until a 6-0 Falcon spurt pushed it to a 16-point game, 63-47, with 7:47 left. Freshman guard Jane White (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan HS) fueled that one with both a three-pointer and a lay-up, and the Falcons maintained a lead before 14 and 18 the rest of the way.

Battista's 26-point effort matched the second highest offensive output of her career, trailing only the 29 she scored at Bridgeport a year ago. She's played three career games in Hubbell Gym and has amassed three double-doubles while averaging 26.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.

Battista, who moved ahead of Janet Kerrigan '94 into 17th on Bentley's all-time scoring list with 1,172 points, shot 12 of 19 overall and also provided four assists.

The Bentley bench outscored Bridgeport's reserves 28-0 with Mattice, White and senior forward Caleigh Crowell (Harwich, Mass./Worcester Academy) leading the way. Mattice finished with 10, all coming in a span of 2:05 during the first half and White helped out with eight points in 13 minutes. Crowell helped out with eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Junior guard Christiana Bakolas (Manchester, N.H./Central HS), senior guard Courtney Finn (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop HS) and Roberson also contributed to the win. Bakolas finished with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Finn's line included ten rebounds, five assists and six points. Roberson delivered a season-best seven assists in addition to scoring five points.

The combo of six-foot senior Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, Conn.) and guards Priscilla Dodoo (Worcester, Mass.) and Aziza Patterson (Teaneck, N.J.) accounted for all but six of Bridgeport's points. Carter finished with 20, Dodoo had a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double, and Patterson provided 16 points, eight assists and five steals.

Bentley heated up to 54 percent shooting in the second half and finished at 43 percent while the Purple Knights became the ninth Falcon opponent this year to shoot under 40 percent, finishing at just .338. The Falcons dominated the boards (54-40 with 18 at the offensive end) and made as many free throws (13) as UB attempted.

Bentley will be back at home Saturday for a 1:30 pm Northeast-10 encounter with Saint Anselm.
Courtesy of: http://bentleyfalcons.com



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UMass Boston Outlasts Maine Maritime Academy In Key Largo Classic - by Eurobasket News

KEY LARGO, Fla.Behind double-doubles from Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.), UMass Boston (8-2) outlasted Maine Maritime Academy (3-4) 69-60 in double overtime Saturday afternoon in the Key Largo Classic semifinals.

The pair of underclassmen forwards combined to outscore the Mariners in double overtime (8-4) and finished with 34 points and 39 rebounds in the Beacons third-straight win. With the victory, UMass Boston advances to Monday's Championship Game to take on the winner of Fitchburg State and Elmira.

Morrison was dominant in the paint, finishing with 14 points and a career-high 24 rebounds. She pulled down 12 offensive and 12 defensive boards to tie Eileen Fenton ('91) and Jennifer Allen ('84) for the fifth-most rebounds by a Beacon in a single game.

Her front-court mate was just as impressive, as Murphy poured in a game-high 20 points and added 15 rebounds. She grabbed four offensive rebounds in her fourth career double-double.

Guards Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) and Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) joined the front-court in double-figures. Perra finished with 16 points and added a game-high five assists and four 3-pointers. Pina chipped in with 11 points, three assists and five rebounds in the Beacons third-straight victory.

Mary Badeen led three Mariners in double-figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes off the bench.

UMass Boston earned the victory by grabbing 26 offensive rebounds and forcing 31 Maine Maritime turnovers.

The two teams traded leads over a slow first half, with the Beacons grabbing their largest lead of the stanza 25-20, behind a Perra 3-pointer with one second to go before the break.

UMass Boston carried the momentum into the second half as they extended the lead to 13 three minutes into the second half. Perra opened up the half by knocking down two more threes and Murphy added a layup to cap off the Beacons 11-0 run at the 17:56 mark.

The Beacons held on to a three possession lead for the next 12 minutes before the Mariners finally cut into the lead. Maine Maritme used a 7-0 run between the 5:13 and 3:02 of the second half to tie the score at 43 and set up a thrilling final 66 seconds.

Morrison put the Beacons up 45-43 with two free throws with 1:06 left, but Mary Badeen tied it at 45 with two free throws of her own on the next possession. After Badeen forced a steal, she put her team up 47-45 with 31 seconds to go on a layup, but Pina would have the answer. The Beacons senior guard took a pass from Morrison and connected on a layup with 17 seconds to go to force overtime.

The first overtime would follow a similar pattern, as the Beacons jumped out a slight lead and then needed a late basket to overcome Badeen and the Mariners. UMass Boston scored the first four points to take a 51-47 lead but trailed by two with 30 seconds to go when Badeen hit the second of two free throws. This time Pina found Murphy on a layup with 20 seconds to go and the Beacons defense held Maine Maritime shotless to extend the game five more minutes.

Morrison and Murphy wanted no piece of a third overtime, as the pair scored six of the first eight points in overtime to give UMass Boston a 62-58 lead three minutes into the session. After two missed shots by the Mariners, Perra put the game out of reach with her fourth 3-pointer of the day to give the Beacons a 65-58 lead.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Defense Powers Spartans to Coaches vs. Cancer Championship - by Eurobasket News

YORK, PA The nationally ranked York College women's basketball squad rode a great defensive effort to capture the title of the Sixth Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament on Sunday afternoon in York. The Spartans defeated a hot College of New Jersey squad 56-48 at the Grumbacher Center to earn the title.

The Spartans improve to 10-0 overall while the Lions had their seven-game win streak snapped as they fall to 8-3. York is ranked 11th in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll and 12th in the D3hoops.com Poll.

The opening half featured two teams playing outstanding defense. The Lions took an early 7-2 lead before the Spartans went on a 15-1 run fueled by two three pointers from senior Loreta Tonuzi (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) and a triple from Kelsey Murphy (5'10''-G) (Olney, Md./Good Counsel). The Lions trimmed the Spartan lead to 17-14 courtesy of a quick 6-2 spurt, however, York responded with an Aja Wallpher (5'8''-G) (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) jumper and another Murphy three to wrestle back momentum.

The Spartans got a third Murphy three and a quick Wallpher steal and bucket to take a 31-19 lead just prior to the half. The Lions got a free throw with three seconds left in the half as the Spartans took the 11-point lead to the break.

York came out of the break and slowly built on their halftime lead. The Lions got to within 10 on an Angelica Esposito jumper with 12:21 left in the game. The Spartans responded with 15-6 run as the York lead grew to 54-35 with 7:02 left in the game. That 19-point margin proved to be the high water mark for the York lead in the game.

The Lions made the game closer than it appeared courtesy of a 9-0 run against the Spartan reserves at the end of the game.

York was powered by All-Tournament team members Wallpher and Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic). Wallpher was named the tournament MVP as she tallied 11 points, nine assists, five steals, three rebounds, and one blocked shot in 37 minutes of play. Wallpher was 4-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line. Hicks notched her seventh double-double of the year with a pair of game-highs as she had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Hicks was a very efficient 6-for-8 from the floor including 1-of-2 from three while she nailed all five of her free throws in the win.

Murphy and Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) each chipped in with nine points while Haley also had seven rebounds.

Candace Vigo was named to the All-Tournament team for the Lions as she tossed in a team-high 15 points in the championship game loss. Vigo also had four rebounds and two assists in her 27 minutes of work. Kelly Coughlin added nine points and three rebounds to the Lion offense.

York shot 41.3% from the floor and a very efficient 7-of-16 (43.8%) from three. The seven threes are a huge bounce back from Saturday night's 1-for-9 effort from beyond the arc against Wheaton. York finished the game 11-for-17 (64.7%) from the stripe.

The Green and White held TCNJ to 34% shooting from the field while the Lions went just 3-for-19 from three including 0-for-11 from distance in the second half.

The Spartans continue their season-high seven game home stand with a non-conference contest against Elizabethtown on Thursday night at 6:00 pm at Wolf Gymnasium.
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Oswego State Suffers First Setback In 70-41 Loss - by Eurobasket News

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Oswego State women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season (8-1) after dropping a 70-41 decision to William Paterson (8-3) in the first round of the Catholic University Courtyard US Capital Holiday Tourney on Sunday night. The Lakers will face the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg at 2 p.m. in the consolation game.

William Paterson built a 38-17 halftime lead due in large part to a 20-2 run for nearly the first 11 minutes of the game. The Pioneers controlled the lane during the first half, outscoring the Lakers 16-0 in the paint.

Oswego State was unable to cut the lead to fewer than 20 points in the second half, as the Lakers allowed a season-high 70 points.

Guards Kari Kipper (Sr., Loudonville, N.Y.) and Lauren Nunziato (Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.) paced the Oswego State with eight points each, while Taryn Smith (Sr., Ontario, N.Y.) came off the bench to grab five rebounds. Oswego State shot 27.1 percent from the floor (13-for-48) and 60.0 percent from the free throw line (9-for-15).

William Paterson was led by Dana Jeter, who scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field. She was joined in double-digits by Floriana Borova, who added 14 points. The Pioneers finished the contest going 25-for-58 from the field (43.1 percent) and 6-for-12 from long range (50.0 percent).
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Serbia U18 clinch third place at Torneo di Barakaldo - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18 - Italy U18 70:62

Serbian U18 National Team celebrated victory in the consolation final of Torneo di Barakaldo in Spain. They knocked down Italian counterparts to step onto the pedestal. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) came up with 22 points to pace the winners.
Serbia led by a single point after ten minutes of game 21:20. They kept Italy behind throughout the second quarter. Serbia entered the second half up by three points 37:34. Serbia cleared off in the third term. They went on a 17:10 run to ensure a 10-point buffer before the final stanza 54:44. Italy outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) provided 18 points, while Dragana Stankovic (193-PF-95) added 16 points for Serbia. Cecilia Zandalasini (181-SF-96) answered with 17 points for Italy. Allegra Botteghi (180-SF-95) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U18: Aleksandra Crvendakic 22, Sanja Mandic 18, Dragana Stankovic 16
Italy U18: Cecilia Zandalasini 17, Allegra Botteghi 9



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Standings - WKBL

WKBL Standings
 1. Woori Hansae 18-5 
 2. S-Birds 16-7 
 3. Bichumi 11-13 
 4. KB Stars 10-13 
 5. Winnus 7-15 
 6. One FX 7-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Dec. 29: Woori Hansae - KB Stars 71-57
Dec. 30: Bichumi - One FX 66-52
Dec. 31: KB Stars - Bichumi 58-61
Dec. 30: Winnus - S-Birds 50-53

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 3: Winnus - Woori Hansae
Jan. 4: KB Stars - S-Birds
Jan. 5: Winnus - One FX


WKBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Amber HARRIS
  Bichumi
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Harris, Bichumi19.5 
 2. Thompson, Woori H.19.5 
 3. Beon, KB Stars18.4 
 4. Sanford, One FX17.8 
 5. Kim, One FX16.5 
 6. Lim, Woori Hansae16.1 
 7. Kraayeveld, S-Birds15.1 
 8. Sin, Winnus14.4 
 9. Han, Winnus14.4 
 10. Kang, KB Stars11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nakia SANFORD
  One FX
  (194-C-76)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sanford, One FX11.7 
 2. Harris, Bichumi11.5 
 3. Sin, Winnus11.2 
 4. Thompson, Woori H.10.2 
 5. Kraayeveld, S-Birds8.3 
 6. Heo, One FX8.3 
 7. Jung, KB Stars7.3 
 8. Choi, S-Birds6.6 
 9. Lee, Bichumi6.5 
 10. Park, Woori Hansae6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yoon-Ah CHOI
  S-Birds
  (169-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Choi, S-Birds5.9 
 2. Sin, Winnus4.9 
 3. Beon, KB Stars4.9 
 4. Lee, Bichumi4.6 
 5. Park, Woori Hansae3.9 
 6. Kim, One FX3.5 
 7. Park, Bichumi3.4 
 8. Kim, S-Birds3.1 
 9. Heo, One FX2.9 
 10. Lim, Woori Hansae2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lee, Bichumi1.8 
 2. Harris, Bichumi1.8 
 3. Thompson, Woori H.1.6 
 4. Park, Woori Hansae1.6 
 5. Choi, S-Birds1.5 
 6. Lee, S-Birds1.5 
 7. Sanford, One FX1.5 
 8. Ji, Woori Hansae1.5 
 9. Han, Winnus1.4 
 10. Kang, KB Stars1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Amber HARRIS
  Bichumi
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, Bichumi2.0 
 2. Kim, S-Birds1.4 
 3. Sin, Winnus1.1 
 4. Kraayeveld, S-Birds1.0 
 5. Jung, KB Stars1.0 
 6. Thompson, Woori H.0.9 
 7. Yang, Woori Hansae0.9 
 8. Kim, One FX0.8 
 9. Sanford, One FX0.8 
 10. Ha, S-Birds0.7 


WKBL Round 21: S-Birds defeat Winnus in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Winnus (7-15) gave a tough game to second ranked S-Birds (16-7) in Guri on Sunday. The visitors from Anshan managed to secure only three-point victory 53-50. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 32-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when S-Birds made 8 blocks. American forward Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-81, college: Oregon, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Yoon-Ah Choi (169-85) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was international power forward Jung-Ja Sin (185-80) with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Woori Hansae. Winnus at the other side keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face KB Stars (#4) in Seoul in the next round. Winnus will play at home against One FX in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Seoul. Fourth ranked Bichumi (11-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed KB Stars (10-13) 61-58 in the fight for the third place. American power forward Amber Harris (195-88, college: Xavier) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and Seon-Hwa Lee accounted for 25 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for KB Stars in the defeat. Bichumi moved-up to third place. KB Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Bichumi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KB Stars will play at home against the league's second-placed S-Birds (#2) in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Woori Hansae's (#1, 18-5) victory against 3rd placed KB Stars (10-13) 71-57. The best player for the winners was Tina Thompson who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Yeon-Ha Beon who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds. Woori Hansae maintains first place with 18-5 record. Loser KB Stars dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Woori Hansae will meet Winnus (#5) in the next round. KB Stars will play against the league's second-placed S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Bichumi (11-13) beat at home 6th ranked One FX (7-16) by 14 points 66-52, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Amber Harris who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bichumi moved-up to third place. One FX at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Bichumi will have a break next round. One FX will play on the road against Winnus (#5) in Guri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



KB Stars - Bichumi 58-61

Important game to mention about took place in Seoul. Fourth ranked Bichumi (11-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed KB Stars (10-13) 61-58 in the fight for the third place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-9. But KB Stars won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bichumi brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American power forward Amber Harris (195-88, college: Xavier) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and international center Seon-Hwa Lee (181-88) accounted for 25 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) added 9 points and 10 assists respectively for KB Stars in the defeat. Bichumi moved-up to third place. KB Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Bichumi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KB Stars will play at home against the league's second-placed S-Birds (#2) in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bichumi: S.Lee 25+6reb+2ast, A.Harris 19+16reb+2ast, J.Park 10+5reb+6ast, A.Go 4+1reb+1ast, M.Sun Lee 3+10reb+5ast, Y.Lee 0
KB Stars: S.Jung 20+10reb, A.Hong 13+1reb, M.Jeong 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Beon 9+4reb+10ast, A.Kang 5+5reb+1ast, Y.Jin 0
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Bichumi - One FX 66-52

Fourth ranked Bichumi (11-13) beat at home 6th ranked One FX (7-16) by 14 points 66-52, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Bichumi. One FX was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding One FX to just 5 points in first quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Amber Harris (195-88, college: Xavier) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. International guard Mi Sun Lee (175-79) contributed with 15 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Nakia Sanford (194-76, college: Kansas, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for One FX. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bichumi moved-up to third place. One FX at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Bichumi will have a break next round. One FX will play on the road against Winnus (#5) in Guri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bichumi: M.Sun Lee 15+3reb+8ast, S.Lee 14+4reb, A.Harris 12+14reb+2ast, J.Park 9+4reb+3ast, A.Go 7+1ast, B.Hong 5+7reb+2ast
One FX: Y.Heo 16+11reb+4ast, J.Kim 14+3reb+3ast, N.Sanford 14+12reb+3ast, J.Kim 3+1ast, J.Lee 2, S.Jin 2+1reb
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Winnus - S-Birds 50-53

Fifth-ranked Winnus (7-15) gave a tough game to second ranked S-Birds (16-7) in Guri on Sunday. The visitors from Anshan managed to secure only three-point victory 53-50. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 32-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when S-Birds made 8 blocks. American forward Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-81, college: Oregon, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Yoon-Ah Choi (169-85) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was international power forward Jung-Ja Sin (185-80) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Ashley Robinson (193-82, college: Tennessee) scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Woori Hansae. Winnus at the other side keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face KB Stars (#4) in Seoul in the next round. Winnus will play at home against One FX in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S-Birds: C.Kraayeveld 10+14reb+2ast, Y.Choi 8+8reb+5ast, E.Ha 7+6reb, Y.Kim 7+3reb+2ast, D.Kim 6+3reb+2ast, Y.Lee 5+1reb+1ast
Winnus: J.Sin 16+6reb+3ast, C.Han 11+11reb+2ast, E.Joo Cho 10+1ast, A.Robinson 9+13reb+2ast, B.Kim 2+3reb, J.Kim 2+1reb+2ast
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Woori Hansae - KB Stars 71-57

Very significant was Woori Hansae's (#1, 18-5) victory against 3rd placed KB Stars (10-13) 71-57. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-57. Woori Hansae dominated on the defensive end, holding KB Stars to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KB Stars' 22. They outrebounded KB Stars 42-24 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tina Thompson (188-75, college: USC, agency: Merit Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Eunk-Young Kim (176-83) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Woori Hansae maintains first place with 18-5 record. Loser KB Stars dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Woori Hansae will meet Winnus (#5) in the next round. KB Stars will play against the league's second-placed S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: T.Thompson 18+11reb+1ast, E.Kim 18+7reb+1ast, J.Yang 10+8reb+4ast, H.Park 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Lim 8+6reb+3ast, H.Bae 8+4reb+2ast
KB Stars: Y.Beon 20+6reb+3ast, S.Jung 12+10reb+1ast, M.Jeong 9+1reb+2ast, S.Park 6+4reb+1ast, A.Kang 5+3reb+3ast, A.Hong 5+2ast
gschID: 202408