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  ABA   


Standings

ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Jacksonville G. 16-1 
 2. Atlanta A. 6-0 
 3. Gulf Coast F. 6-2 
 4. Gainesville H. 5-3 
 5. Albany S. 4-1 
 6. Atlanta W. 4-2 
 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. S.Francisco R. 3-0 
 2. Bay Area M. 3-1 
 3. Sacramento H. 2-4 
 4. Port City P. 0-1 
 5. Central Valley T. 0-4 
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carolina W. 13-1 
 2. Richmond E. 8-0 
 3. Lynchburg L. 5-4 
 4. Greenville G. 4-2 
 5. Fayetteville F. 3-7 
 6. Palmetto SR 2-5 
 7. Tennessee Halos 1-1 
 8. Seven Cities K. 1-4 
 9. Hampton Stallions 0-2 
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 8-4 
 2. Chicago Steam 7-0 
 3. Indiana SW 6-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 6-2 
 5. Pontiac F. 4-7 
 6. Michiana M. 1-2 
 7. Peoria P. 0-3 
 8. 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. 7-1 
 2. Alaska Q. 6-1 
 3. Calgary C. 5-0 
 4. Salem Sabres 2-1 
 5. Olympia Rise 2-3 
 6. Kitsap Adm. 2-6 
 7. Alaska 49ers 1-1 
 8. Washington R. 0-2 
 9. Lakewood P. 0-5 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 5-1 
 2. Colorado C. 0-2 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-1 
 2. Jackson S. 4-1 
 3. Missouri R. 3-3 
 4. Bluff City R. 0-4 
Southeast
 1. Phenix City B. 3-3 
 2. Bahama PS 0-4 
Southern California
 1. Arizona S. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Surf 5-2 
 3. LA Slam 4-2 
 4. Fresno F. 4-3 
 5. Orange County N. 2-6 
 6. Z*Hollywood M. 0-0 
 7. Las Vegas Def. 0-4 
Southwest Central
 1. N.Dallas V. 8-1 
 2. West Texas W. 6-2 
 3. Texas Fuel 2-1 
 4. Dallas Impact 2-2 
 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 5-3 
 2. Cleveland Am-Pro 2-4 
 3. Ill City Beast 1-0 
 4. St.Louis S. 1-0 
 5. Shizuoka G. 1-4 
 6. Chicago F. 0-1 
 7. Little Rock L. 0-1 
 8. NYC Thunder 0-1 


JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) fall short to Chicago Legend Ronnie Fields & the Chicago ILL City Beast 127 to 89 - by Vance Marbury

Sunday January 13th Whitney Young High School, Chicago Illinois

The JT Focus Mgt CLEVELAND AM PRO'ERS (sponsored by Leff Electric) fall short to Chicago Legend Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) & the Chicago ILL City Beast 127 to 89. The Cleveland Am Pro'ers could not match up with the sharp shooting ILL City Beast. The Ill City Beast took control of the game from the 7:35 second mark in the second quarter until the conclusion of the game.

Cleveland faced off against an ILL City Beast team that featured Local Chicago Legend Ronnie Fields. For those of you who do not know who he is, Ronnie is current Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett high school teammate. On numerous occasion, KG has stated that Ronnie was the best player he ever played with High School and in the Pro's. Chicago also featured former Kent State Product Chris Singletary.

Cleveland lack of size proved to be the demise of the team. When Chicago did not score, offensive rebounds created multiple scoring oppurtunities for Chicago. One of the true bright spots for Cleveland this game is local Twinsburg Ohio product Spencer Naley, who before the season started was a unknown hoop product in the City of Cleveland. Spencer scored a season high of 27 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds to go with that.Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) contributed 19 pts 12 rebs 4 ast, Darvel Harris (5'6''-G-83) chipped in with 10 pts 6 ast 4 rebs. Ronnie Galloway added 17 pts 16 rebs. Dawan Cline (6'0''-G-92) who severly sprained his ankle in the 3rd quarter finished up with 10 pts 4 rebs.

Chicago was led by Chris Singletary (6'5''-G-88, college: Kent St.) 20 pts. I. Williams added 17 pts. K. Caston added 21 pts. E. Poole added 16 pts. Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) contributed 9 pts.

Cleveland next game will be this Sunday vs Lima Explosion in Lima Ohio at 3 pm.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darko PLANINIC
  Siroki W.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena15.4 
 3. Travis, Zadar15.3 
 4. Capin, Radnicki KG14.9 
 5. Sutalo, Siroki W.14.7 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 7. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.3 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona13.9 
 9. Bader, Szolnok13.7 
 10. Wright, Cedevita13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.3 
 3. Gordon, Partizan8.1 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.3 
 5. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.9 
 6. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Cekovski, MZT S.5.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
 10. Hamilton, Cibona5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Srdan SUBOTIC
  KK Split
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 2. Capin, Radnicki KG4.7 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.2 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.1 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea4.1 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.4 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona2.9 
 9. Green, Cedevita2.9 
 10. Sutalo, Siroki W.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 2. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 5. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 6. Travis, Zadar1.5 
 7. Lucic, Partizan1.5 
 8. Allen, Zadar1.5 
 9. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.5 
 10. Worthington, Radn.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  Partizan
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Musli, Partizan1.3 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 4. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 5. Kraljevic, KK Split0.8 
 6. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 7. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 9. Lalic, Krka0.6 
 10. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


2013 Afrobasket: Sitapha Savan may return for Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegalese basketball star, Sitapha Savan never envisioned himself playing professional sports while growing up in Senegal.

Hes been a pro in Spain since 2000-01, though, following his graduation from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

At his previous club, Gran Canaria, Savan played for six years.

Now the 34-year-old is on the books of Joventut Badalona.

I fell in love with basketball and worked really hard and had the opportunities to have a long career, Savan said to FIBA.com.

I'm really thankful for it. I just want to enjoy it as much as possible.

Attending the Naval Academy prepared him for the rigors of professional sports.

That was probably one of the hardest things I've done in my life, he said.

It's a very tough institution to graduate from, but it definitely gives you the weapons for the rest of your life to face any adversity.

He had adversity in his last season at Gran Canaria when suffering a serious Achilles injury.It was very tough, Savan said.It's one of those injuries in basketball that you notice a lot coming back.

It was a long process but thank God it's behind.

National teamDakar-born Savan, who played for Senegal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, called it a proud moment.

In fact, I'm looking at the possibility of going back to the national team this summer for the African Championship, he said.

I'd definitely like to be able to help these younger guys that are coming up.As a veteran now, it's what I'm trying to do here at Joventut.Maybe you will see me back in the national team this summer.

Senegal could have a good team.We've always had the potential, but we haven't been able to squeeze the most out of it, Savan said.I think that some veteran leadership is one of those things that might be needed and you know, I'll always try to convince my friend Boniface (N'Dong), for both of us to give it a go and try to take these young guys a long, pass along a lot of value and experience that we have.

In 2005, when Senegal finished runners-up to Angola at the Afrobasket, NDong was the tournaments MVP.There is also the temptation of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.That's another thing I mentioned to Boniface (former Unicaja Malaga, Barcelona), Savan said.

It would be a great way for us to end our international careers, to help our team make it to the World Cup in Spain where we have spent most of our careers.NDong (2.13m), now with Galatasaray, and Savan (2.01m) play on the frontline, traditionally an area of strength for their national team.Generally, the point guard position has been a problem, Savan said.

Sadly, in Africa, most of what we have had is big men. We've had guards, but maybe not such a big supply.In today's game, it's extremely important to have guard play because now, basketball is guard oriented as opposed to the bigs.

Source: fiba.com



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  APBL   


Metropolitan All-Stars win two away games - by Calvin Brown

The Metropolitan All-Stars @ the NOVA Hawks December 22, 2012

The Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the NOVA Hawks in overtime 109- 107. The All-Stars offset a stellar performance by Hawks point guard Joe (Jo Jo) Flegler (40 points, 9 assists), by using a balanced attack. The All-Stars were led by their high scoring shooting guard, Terrance Carter with 31 points, 11 rebounds, point guard Cedrick Stewart with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists, Antwon Hawkins with 13 points, 6 rebounds, Calvin Brown with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Burgess Williams 10 points rounded out the double digit scoring for the All-Stars. Will Schwartstein was very close to a double double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks usually high scoring forward, Tyrone Beale, was held to just 10 points but he did manage to get a game high 13 rebounds.
The All-Stars took a big 1st quarter lead only to have the Hawks come back by the half. The game sea sawed back and forth until the All-Stars triumphed in overtime 109 107.

The Metropolitan All-Stars @ the West Virginia Monarchs January 6, 2013

The Metropolitan All-Stars registered a 30 point victory against the over matched Monarchs 128 98. The All-Stars again had a very balanced attack led by their high scoring guard, Terrance Carter with 27 points, Cedrick Stewart with 21 points, Burgess Williams with 18 points, Curtis Massey and Curtis Crews both had 15 points and Calvin Brown was very close to a double double with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Ashton led the Monarchs 31 points on great long range shooting. Chris Grant had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs. Lance Washington with 17 points and J.D. Daniels with 10 points completes the double digit scoring for the Monarchs.
The All-Stars never trailed in this contest while registering the largest margin of victory of the season. The Monarchs travel to Maryland on Sunday, January 13, 2013 to take on the All-Stars again on the All- Stars home court at 1:00pm @ 4103 BENNING ROAD N.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20019.





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  AUSTRALIA   


The Spurs may add Aron Baynes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) is about to sign 27-year old Australian ex-international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington State) who currently plays Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is a dual citizen owning also New Zealand passport. In 10 Euroleague games this season he had 13.8ppg and 9.8rpg. He also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg. The last season Baynes played at Ikaros in Greek A1. In 23 games last year he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.7rpg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (10-11) season he played at EWE Baskets in German BBL. In 40 games that season he recorded 6.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Baynes also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Baynes won Lithuanian League championship title in 2010.
He was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Baynes played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. He also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 65.6%.
Baynes has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aron Baynes close to NBA contract - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australia could have a third player in the NBA in the coming days after reports Boomers centre Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) is close to signing with the San Antonio Spurs.

Several outlets are reporting the Spurs are close to finalising the signing of Baynes from Slovenian club Union Olimpija Ljubljana on a multi-year deal in which he would join the club for at least the rest of this season and next season while also giving San Antonio the chance to keep him for the following two seasons.

Baynes' move has yet to be completed but the reports stress the move is close to a conclusion. The 26-year-old Queenslander played for the Boomers at the London Olympics under the coaching of Brett Brown, an assistant coach with the Spurs, and impressed with his rebounding and defence while also showing some improvement on his offensive skills and foul problems.

Some scouts have labelled Baynes as the best centre in the European leagues where he has averaged 13.8 points and nine rebounds a game this season.

If Baynes joins the Spurs he will become the second Australian on the roster joining guard Patty Mills and will get the chance to claim a prized NBA championship ring later in the year with the Spurs a contender for the NBA title.

Former Tall Black Sean Marks played three seasons with the Spurs, including winning an NBA title in 2005. He now works in the Spurs front office as general manager of the franchises D-League team. Tall Blacks captain Kirk Penney and current NZ Breakers import Cedric Jackson have also had recent summer league/preseason trials with the Spurs.

Australians Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal have also played for the Spurs.

Injured centre Andrew Bogut is the other Australian currently in the NBA - he is hopeful of returning later this season after ongoing problems following ankle surgery.



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  BELARUS   


Svisloch tabs Oleksandr Dolenko, ex Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

BK Svisloch Osipovichi (Premier League) inked 23-year old Ukrainian point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-80kg-90, agency: New Trend Agency). He played recently at Halychyna in Ukrainian Superleague. In 10 games this season he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.6rpg. The last season Dolenko played also at Halychyna in Superleague. In 20 games last season he had 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg. He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago.
Dolenko has played also professionally in Adzhalyk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nikola Polyulyak is a newcomer at Svisloch, ex Halychyna - by Eurobasket News

BK Svisloch Osipovichi (Premier League) added to their roster 23-year old Ukrainian guard Nikola Polyulyak (192-84kg-90, agency: New Trend Agency). He just played at Halychyna in Ukrainian Superleague. In only one game this year he recorded only 2 points and 1 rebound.
The previous (10-11) season Polyulyak played at Halychyna in Superleague. But in three games that year he averaged only 0.7ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Svisloch adds Konate to their roster, ex BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

BK Svisloch Osipovichi (Premier League) added to their roster 22-year old Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91kg-91, agency: New Trend Agency). He just played at BC Donetsk in Ukrainian Superleague. But in three games this year he recorded only 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season Konate played also at BC Donetsk in Superleague. He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U16 in Rethimnon (Greece) six years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, FT: 42.9%.
Konate has played also professionally in DniproAzot.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Andy out with NBA Cavs and Injured again - by Mel Devonne

According to ESPN, Brasilian, and Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (205-C-82)
needs surgery for a torn leg muscle and could be sidelined two more months.
Anderson leads the NBA in rebounding and was on pace to be an all star for
the first time in his career.
Andersons career has been plagued by several injuries in the last 3 years and has
missed 92 games in the past two years, with a torn foot ligament, and a broken wrist.
This injury sets back the Cavs who were expected to be much improved this season.
Get well soon Andy, the Cavs need you.




Brasilian Coach Joao Costa Pick and Roll defense Specialist - by Mel Devonne

Brasilian Coach Joao Costa has coached in the US, Middle East, and the world and he wants to
share his experience with coaches in Brasil and worldwide.
He has launched a series on defending the Pick and Roll, which is essential in the pro basketball game.
Joao lives in Seattle Washington and his last coaching stint was with BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen
in Luxembourg Germany.
He has also coached with the North Texas fresh of the the US pro league, the ABA.
Check out his site for his coaching principles and more information on him at www.jcbasketballhoops.com



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Lukoil Academic added Bojan Popovic - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian 10 times in a row champion Lukoil Academic announced first new player for the new year. His name is Bojan Popovic (191-G-83). The contract is till the rest of the season, with an option to continue for the next year.

29-years old Serbian is expected to arrive in Bulgaria in the next couple of days. 191 cm tall former player of Serbian National team has no chance to participate for Lukoil vs Levski in the big derby of NBL. The game is in Sofia this Saturday.

Popovic is a product of FMP Zeleznik youth team. In his career he has plenty of trophies: Serbian Cup and Adriatic League trophy with Zeleznik in 2003, ULEB Cup with Dinamo Moscow in 2006, gold at the World University Games in Daegu in 2003 and silver at Eurobasket 2009 in Poland with Serbian National team.



Alexander Vezenkov among the best Bulgarian young athletes for 2012 - by Vladi Lazarova

One of the top Bulgarian young prospects Aleksandar Vezenkov (205-SF-95) was chosen among the best 10 young Bulgarian athletes for 2012, according to traditional viasport.bg site rankings. The winner will be officialy announced in a week. 206 cm talent from the Men's team of Greek Aris is the only basketball player in Top 10.

The summer of 2012 was great for Bulgarian youngster. First he got an invitation for Bulgarian U20 National team to play at Eurobasket Division B in Sofia. For 7 games and average 20,4 minutes, he made 5,6 points, 4,7 rebounds and 1,4 assists. Bulgarians finished 3rd and won their tickets for Eurobasket 2013, Division A.

17-years old prospect exploded a little bit later, at Eurobasket U18, Division A in Lithuania. For 9 games and 32,9 minutes per each of them, Vezenkov was huge averaging: 16,7 points (33/70 47,1% for 2 pts, 18/46 39,1% for 3pts, 30/31 96,8% free throw line ), 5,7 rebounds, 1,9 assists and 1,9 steals. Bulgaria finished 8th, but made a wonderful championship, after beating Turkey, Latvia and Croatia and was so close against Russia (53-56) and Slovenia (81-84), and losing at 1/4-finals by Serbia (79-88).

Bulgarian best young athletes for 2012 are: Albert Popov (ski-alpine), Alexander Vezenkov (basketball, Aris Thessaloniki), Angel Karanyotov (motorcycling), Antonio Vutov (football), Blagoy Naydenov (boxing), Borislava Damyanova (judo/sambo), Georgia Kadoglou (swimming), Ivaylo Ivanov (judo/sambo), Nia Dimitrova (biathlon), Tzvetan Stoyanov (chess).



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 16-3 
 2. Beijing Ducks 15-4 
 3. Shandong FB 12-7 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 12-7 
 5. Liaoning H. 11-7 
 6. Xinjiang FT 11-8 
 7. Zhejiang CB 10-8 
 8. Bayi R. 10-9 
 9. Guangsha L. 10-9 
 10. TianJin S. 9-10 
 11. DongGuan L. 9-10 
 12. Jiangsu D. 7-11 
 13. Foshan LL 7-12 
 14. Jilin NE T. 7-12 
 15. Fujian QB 7-12 
 16. Shanghai S. 5-14 
 17. Qingdao E. 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 9: Bayi R. - Qingdao E. 99-90
Jan. 9: Guangsha L. - Guangdong ST 85-91
Jan. 9: Jiangsu D. - DongGuan L. 126-119
Jan. 9: Jilin NE T. - TianJin S. 115-101
Jan. 9: Xinjiang FT - Foshan LL 108-101
Jan. 9: Shanxi Zh. - Fujian QB 106-105
Jan. 8: Liaoning H. - Beijing Ducks 105-124
Jan. 8: Shandong FB - Shanghai S. 102-80

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 11: Jiangsu D. - Guandong ST
Jan. 11: Jilin NE T. - Shandong FB
Jan. 11: Guangsha L. - Fujian QB
Jan. 11: Shanxi Zh. - Foshan LL
Jan. 11: DongGuan L. - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 11: Bayi R. - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 11: TianJin S. - Liaoning H.
Jan. 11: Qingdao E. - Shanghai S.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.4
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.4 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.8 
 3. Akognon, Liaoning.31.1 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.30.5 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha30.2 
 7. Randolph, Foshan29.2 
 8. Spencer, Jilin N.28.2 
 9. Marbury, Beijing27.8 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.5 
 3. Randolph, Foshan13.8 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.8 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 6. Ramos, Guangsha L.12.1 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB11.9 
 8. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.8 
 9. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.8 
 10. Li, Liaoning H.11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.6 
 2. Marbury, Beijing5.9 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.5 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.5.1 
 7. Hudson, DongGuan4.8 
 8. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.7 
 9. McGrady, Qingd.4.5 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Co, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
 7. Han, Bayi R.2.2 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 9. Jeter, Shandong FB2.1 
 10. Abbas, Shandong2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.4 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.1 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.0 
 5. Wang, Bayi R.1.7 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.1.4 


Doron Perkins Joins Chinese Foshan Long Lions - by David Pick

Free-agent guard Doron Perkins has penned a deal with the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese League, the players' international representatives told Eurobasket.

Perkins, one of the top on-the-ball defenders in Europe, was cut by Ukrainian BC Donetsk late last month but has already completed his CBA debut recording 7 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds over 30 minutes of action in Foshan's 108-101 road loss to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Despite a number of European teams that have shown interest in picking up roughly half of the former Euroleague standout's guaranteed Donetsk contract ($65k monthly), including Israeli powerhouse Hapoel Jerusalem, Perkins decided to test unfamiliar waters in China.

Upon leaving the U.S., Perkins consulted former Maccabi Tel Aviv teammate and the Toronto Raptors' scoring swingman Alan Anderson (Agency: Priority Sports), who starred for Chinese Shandong Flaming Bulls during the 2011-12 season, averaging 25.5 points, 5.5 boards, 4 dimes and 2.1 steals per. In March 2012, Anderson played eight games for the D-League's Canton Charge before securing a pair of 10-days with the Raptors, who went on to sign the Minneapolis native for the remainder of the season and the current one.

Perkins, a 6-foot-2 seven-year player from Santa Clara University, started the season in Ukraine appearing in two Eurocup games, six VTB League games, and 14-Ukrainian Superleague games for Donetsk, averaging 11 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest.

Perkins and Foshan will continue their two-game CBA road trip on Friday, January 11th, against the Shanxi Zhongyu.





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Krka waives Jurica Golemac - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) released 36-year old naturalized Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-102kg-77, agency: Beo Basket). In 6 Adriatic League games he played this season he had just 2.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg.
The last season Golemac played at Air Avellino in Italian SerieA. In 30 games last year he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg.
The most of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Kolossos in Greek A1. In 23 games that season he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg. Golemac also played at KK_Zadar in Croatian league that season. In four Adriatic League games that year he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg.
His team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2010. Golemac represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg.
Golemac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris-Levallois), Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem), Russia, Turkey, Germany (ALBA Berlin), Italy (Lottomatica Roma), Greece (Panathinaikos and Panellinios) and Croatia (KK Zadar).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 10-2 
 2. Etha 9-3 
 3. AEK 8-4 
 4. Apoel 7-5 
 5. Apollon 6-6 
 6. AEL 4-8 
 7. ENAD 2-10 
 8. Omonia 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 8: Apoel - Apollon 92-96
Jan. 9: Etha - AEL 86-71
Jan. 9: ENAD - AEK 61-77
Jan. 9: Omonia - Keravnos 58-76

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 11: AEK - Omonia
Jan. 11: Apollon - ENAD
Jan. 11: AEL - Apollon
Jan. 11: Keravnos - Etha


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Omonia
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lee-Ingram, Omonia19.9 
 2. Allen, Omonia19.6 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL17.2 
 4. Aleksic, AEL17.0 
 5. Brown, Apollon16.7 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos15.3 
 7. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 8. Kapelan, Apollon14.0 
 9. Morrison, Apoel13.4 
 10. Allen, AEL12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.2 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia8.3 
 3. Diggs, Omonia7.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEL7.8 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos7.4 
 6. Brown, Apollon6.8 
 7. Kaskiris, ENAD6.5 
 8. Wells, Apoel6.3 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.0 
 10. Johnson, Etha6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.4 
 2. Diggs, Omonia5.1 
 3. Aleksic, AEL5.0 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon4.1 
 5. Palalas, AEL3.7 
 6. Stiggers, Apoel3.5 
 7. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 8. Guillandeaux, AEL3.4 
 9. Panteli, AEK3.0 
 10. Adegboye, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel2.4 
 3. Diggs, Omonia2.4 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon1.9 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.9 
 6. Poole, Etha1.9 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.8 
 8. Allen, AEL1.8 
 9. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 10. Kremen, Apoel1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian VAUGHN
  Keravnos
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 2. Baker, Omonia1.6 
 3. Outerbridge, AEL1.6 
 4. Harrison, AEK1.4 
 5. Morrison, Apoel1.3 
 6. Jefferson, Apollon1.3 
 7. Brown, Apollon1.2 
 8. Lee-Ingram, Omonia0.9 
 9. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 10. Johnson, Etha0.5 



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EuroCup: Nymburk nip Bilbao on the road - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao - Nymburk 83:85

Nymburk came up with the biggest upset of the opening day of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech champions knocked down Bilbao in Spain for the first win in Group J. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) came up with 30 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Nymburk set the tone early. The visitors eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Bilbao reacted quickly stiffing defensively in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 36. But Nymburk made a run in the third term. The visitors poured in 27 points in the quarter and ensured a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Bilbao used a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. Raul Lopez and Lamotn Hamilton finally tied things up at 78 with just over a minute to go. Vasiliadis put the hosts in front 80:79 however Radoslav Rancik drained a triple to make it 82:80 for Nymburk. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) and Radoslav Rancik extended the lead to 4 points 85:81 and Bilbao could not recover in the time left. Andrew Naymick posted 20 points, while Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) had 12 points for the winners. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) notched 13 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 13, Lamont Hamilton 12
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 30, Andrew Naymick 20, Jiri Welsch 12



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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 16-2 
 2. Bakken 14-3 
 3. Horsens IC 13-4 
 4. SISU 10-7 
 5. Naestved 10-8 
 6. Randers 7-10 
 7. Horsholm 5-11 
 8. Aarhus BC 5-13 
 9. Vaerlose 4-13 
 10. Aalborg 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 9: Randers - Naestved 96-76
Jan. 9: Svendborg - Aarhus BC 83-61
Jan. 10: Horsens IC - Bakken
Jan. 10: SISU - Vaerlose
Jan. 12: Aalborg - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Donald RUTHERFORD
  Svend.
  (199-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Rutherford, Svend.24.4 
 2. Colas, Randers24.3 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.0 
 4. Ocana, Randers20.6 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.1 
 7. Delk, Vaerlose19.4 
 8. Walker, Naestved19.3 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg18.6 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.5 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC10.1 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus8.9 
 5. Walker, Naestved8.4 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.2 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Moritz, SISU7.6 
 9. Thomann, Horse.7.5 
 10. Baker, Vaerlose7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ortega, Randers7.4 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.0 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.7 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.1 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.9 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken4.1 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.1 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.1 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.4 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.4 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC2.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 7. Ortega, Randers1.8 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.7 
 10. Fields, Horsholm1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Washington, Svend.2.8 
 2. Colas, Randers2.6 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.0.9 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose0.9 
 9. Smith, SISU0.9 
 10. Frandsen, Naestv.0.9 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 11-8 
 2. Canton C. 11-8 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 10-8 
 4. Santa Cruz W. 9-5 
 5. Erie Bay H. 9-6 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 8-10 
 7. Iowa E. 5-10 
 8. Springfield A. 5-11 
West Conference
 1. Texas L. 11-5 
 2. Bakersfield J. 11-7 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 9-7 
 4. Rio Grande VV 8-8 
 5. Austin T. 8-9 
 6. Reno B. 7-8 
 7. Los Angeles D. 6-8 
 8. Idaho S. 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 9: Rio Grande VV - Ft.Wayne MA 97-116
Jan. 9: Reno B. - Erie Bay H. 94-90
Jan. 9: Sioux Falls S. - Springfield A. 73-101
Jan. 9: Maine RC - Bakersfield J. 131-124
Jan. 10: Ft.Wayne MA - Tulsa 66ers
Jan. 10: Canton C. - Santa Cruz W.
Jan. 10: Austin T. - Iowa E.
Jan. 10: Erie Bay H. - Texas L.
Jan. 11: Springfield A. - Maine RC
Jan. 11: Sioux Falls S. - Rio Grande VV
Jan. 11: Idaho S. - Reno B.
Jan. 11: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D.
Jan. 11: Santa Cruz W. - Tulsa 66ers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris DOUGLAS-ROBERTS
  Texas L.
  (201-G-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Douglas-R., Texas22.5 
 2. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 3. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers20.3 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.3 
 6. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.20.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.19.6 
 9. Joseph, Austin T.19.2 
 10. Dentmon, Austin18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.9 
 3. Harris, Iowa E.10.7 
 4. Varnado, Sioux F.10.0 
 5. Butch, Bakersfi.9.9 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.3 
 7. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Wilkerson, Austin8.9 
 10. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Wright, Iowa E.7.6 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.4 
 3. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.6 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.5.3 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 9. Karl, Idaho S.5.0 
 10. Uzoh, Springfield4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moon, Los A.2.8 
 2. Wright, Maine RC2.4 
 3. Scott, Springfield2.3 
 4. Downs, Maine RC2.2 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Johnson, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
 9. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 10. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Sioux F.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Varnado, Sioux F.3.9 
 2. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 3. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 4. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 5. Flowers, Los A.2.4 
 6. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 7. Gladness, Santa C.2.0 
 8. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 9. Orton, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Eric, Canton C.1.7 


Santa Cruz Warriors Waive Shawn Taggart - by Surujh Roopnarine

A day after being acquired via trade from the Springfield Armor in exchange for Paul Carter the Santa Cruz Warriors announced that they have waived 6-10 forward Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Memphis)
The 28-year old Taggart appeared in 13 games for Springfield this season, averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 41.1% from the field and 81.6% from the free-throw line.
The former Memphis Tiger is in his fourth professional season having played previously in Israel, Spain, China and Turkey.



Warriors cut Shawn Taggart - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors cut 28-year old forward Shawn Taggart (207-104kg-85, college: Memphis). Taggart also played at Springfield Armor earlier that season. In 13 D-League games this season he averaged 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg.
The last season he played at TED Istanbul in Turkish TB2L. In 21 games last year he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg and 7.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season Taggart played at Shanxi Zhongyu in Chinese CBA. In 8 games that year he had also great stats: 27.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg. The other team he played that season for was UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB. In 9 games he had 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. Another team Taggart played that season for was Dnipro in Ukrainian Superleague. In 9 games he had 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Last year (three years after he left the college) Taggart was drafted by Springfield Armor (D-League) in fifth round (78th overall).
The former University of Memphis standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements His college team won C-USA Tournament for two years in a row (2008 and 2009).
Taggart has played also professionally in Israel (Ironi Nahariya), Spain (Caceres Basket) and China (Henan Jiyuan).

By Eurobasket Data Center



66ers Sweep Showcase Skills Contests - by Eurobasket News

The Tulsa 66ers swept the 2012 NBA D-League Showcase skills contests with Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) winning the 3-Point Shootout and Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central) claiming the Slam Dunk Competition crown. The pair of contests were a part of the annual NBA D-League Showcase, hosted at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev. The 3-Point Shootout featured five racks around the arc with four balls worth one point and an additional "money ball" worth two points. Each player was also allowed to substitute any rack for a "money rack" where all shots were worth double. The maximum amount of points a player could score in one round was 34. The four competitors were given one minute to shoot with the top two scores advancing to the finals. The contest began with Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (Austin Toros) and Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, college: Oklahoma City) (Erie BayHawks) posting 15 points each followed by Reno's Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) sinking 16 points. Needing over 15 points to advance, Andrew Rautins netted 22 points to claim a spot in the final round. Landry, playing in front of the home crowd in Reno, scored 16 in the final round. Andrew Rautins started his round slow, sinking only one of the five shots on his first rack in the corner. The Syracuse product quickly recovered, sinking all five on the next rack. Andrew Rautins then made four shots on his "money rack" at the top of the arc before sinking all five on the fourth rack. With the contest already won, Andrew Rautins finished with three more makes on the final set - totaling 23 points.
In the Slam Dunk Competition, the four competitors received two dunks per round and were scored by five judges. Sutton advanced to the finals with a double pump rim rocker for 41 points and a 360 spin and slam for 42 points - his highest-scoring dunk of the night. In the finals, Sutton opened with a windmill dunk good for 40 points. His opponent - Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul) of the Reno Bighorns - responded with a behind-the-back jam for 46. Sutton countered with a behind-the-back of his own, scoring 38 points. Tucker struggled to get his original dunk down in his second turn and was given a 30 by the judges - giving Sutton a 78-76 victory. The 66ers return to action as a team on Thursday at noon against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for their final game in the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase. The game will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Standings - 1.Liiga

1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Balteco 11-0 
 2. Marcus 8-4 
 3. Tamsalu 7-5 
 4. TTU SK 7-5 
 5. BC Kalev II 4-8 
 6. Audentese/N. 4-8 
 7. Voru KK 3-8 
 8. Rapla KK 3-9 
Group B
 1. Kohila SK 10-1 
 2. Kures. SWE-7 7-3 
 3. TU/Rock II 7-5 
 4. Swedbank 7-5 
 5. Rapina 6-6 
 6. Elion/Corle 5-7 
 7. SK RIM T.Kalev 3-9 
 8. Parnu II 2-11 


Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-10) 93-79 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Kangur scored 8 points in only 14 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (11-3) is placed third in the SerieA. It's Kangur's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.7%(15-26), 3FGP: 46.8%(22-47) and FT: 84.6% in the 14 games he played so far. Kangur is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania). He helped Rudupis win their game against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-11) 99-85 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Vene recorded 10 points. Rudupis Prienu (11-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Vene is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 73.7%. Vene is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). He helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the league outsider VL Pesaro (2-12) 82-69 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Talts scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 11 minutes. Cimberio Varese (13-1) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Talts' overall stats are: 3.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%(17-26), 3FGP: 37.5% in the 14 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #4. Center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help Palma (4-7) to beat Prat Juventud (7-4). Veski scored only 4 points. Palma was edged 77-74 at home by the higher-ranked Prat Juventud (#3). Veski's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2010.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) plays for Craiova in Romanian Division A
Joonas Vaino (204-C/F-92) plays for Namika Lahti in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Kaspar Kaljula (182-G-89) plays for Sverresborg in Norwegian 1Div.



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine) led Hoverla to a double overtime (!!!) victory over the closely-ranked Azovmash (17-7) 107-98 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dykes scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (14-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in the 25 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Demarius Bolds
Demarius Bolds
   #2. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BC Kolin to a victory over one of league's weakest teams B&W Opava (6-14) crushing them 98-77 in the Czech Republic NBL last Thursday. Bolds was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bolds also added 5 assists and 3 steals. BC Kolin (12-8) is placed fifth in the NBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bolds' first season with the team. Bolds is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Bolds averages: 17.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg. Worth to mention Bolds played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Five years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #3. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help LrNMKY (10-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LrNMKY lost 88-96 on the road to the higher-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto. Conley had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 38 minutes. It was LrNMKY's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Conley is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Conley averages: 23.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg in the 21 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year Conley played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.

   #4. Jesus Mora (191-G-86, currently plays in Mexico) led Panteras to a victory over the 13th-ranked Guerreros (8-30) crushing them 109-86 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Thursday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Mora recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 4 assists. Panteras de Aguascalientes (26-12) is placed fifth in the LNBP. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Mora averages only 4.0ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and Mexican. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2012 Mora attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for APSE Venice.

Justin Knox
Justin Knox
   #5. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to a victory over the 14th-ranked Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (6-10) 80-67 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Knox recorded 30 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Vestelspor Manisa (10-6) is placed eighth in the TB2L. Knox is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Knox averages: 19.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg in the 16 games he played so far. Knox played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany for Team Munich.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #6. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL could not help TBB Trier (9-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Linhart's very good performance TBB Trier was defeated 90-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Linhart belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Olaseni Lawal
Olaseni Lawal
   #7. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Tezenis VE (7-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tezenis VE lost 64-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#12) Prima Veroli. Lawal had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds in 38 minutes. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). This year he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 13.6rpg, 1.5bpg and 2.1spg in the 14 games he played so far. Lawal is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Lawal played also for Team Brussels at the ESL in Las Vegas in 2010.

Allen Durham
Allen Durham
   #8. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Hapoel Afula (9-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Durham's very good performance Hapoel Afula was defeated 102-97 on the road by the much lower-ranked Kiryat Tivon (#12). He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds. Durham also added 3 assists. Durham is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Durham averages: 22.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2bpg and 1.4spg. He played two years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Lugano.

Jon Rogers
Jon Rogers
   #9. Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St., currently plays in Uruguay) led Union Atletica to a victory over the third-ranked Bigua (20-8) 89-77 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. Rogers was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Union Atletica (19-9) is placed fifth in Capital group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Rogers is currently third on the list of best blockers with 2.1bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.5ppg and 8.3rpg in the 27 games he played so far. He attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Atlanta.

Lawrence Blackledge
Lawrence Blackledge
   #10. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Marquette, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in an Iwate Big Bulls' victory against the tenth-ranked Gunma (4-20) crushing them 90-62 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Blackledge also added 4 blocks. Iwate Big Bulls (18-6) are placed first in Eastern group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Blackledge is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 12.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.1apg and 3.0bpg. Worth to mention Blackledge played also for Team Sevilla at the ESL in Salt Lake City five years ago.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Budivelnyk 1-0 
 2. Buducnost 1-0 
 3. Banvit BK 0-1 
 4. Triumph 0-1 
Group J
 1. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 2. Valencia 1-0 
 3. Gescrap BB 0-1 
 4. VEF Riga 0-1 
Group K
 1. Lokomotiv 1-0 
 2. Stelmet ZG 1-0 
 3. Cajasol 0-1 
 4. Spartak SP 0-1 
Group L
 1. Crvena Zvezda 1-0 
 2. Unics 1-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-1 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 1

I

Jan. 9: Buducnost - Triumph 90-69
Jan. 9: Budivelnyk - Banvit BK 76-69

J

Jan. 8: Valencia - VEF Riga 86-82
Jan. 9: Gescrap BB - CEZ Nymburk 83-85

K

Jan. 9: Stelmet ZG - Cajasol 76-67
Jan. 9: Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 70-84

L

Jan. 9: Ratiopharm - Crvena Zvezda 95-100
Jan. 9: Galatasaray - Unics 74-80

Top 16: Round 2

I

Jan. 16: Triumph - Budivelnyk
Jan. 16: Banvit BK - Buducnost

J

Jan. 15: VEF Riga - Gescrap BB
Jan. 16: CEZ Nymburk - Valencia

K

Jan. 16: Spartak SP - Cajasol
Jan. 16: Lokomotiv - Stelmet ZG

L

Jan. 16: Crvena Zvezda - Galatasaray
Jan. 16: Unics - Ratiopharm


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG22.7 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena20.6 
 3. McKee, Triumph20.2 
 4. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 5. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. Davis, Banvit BK18.0 
 8. Walsh, Spirou17.6 
 9. Mejia, Banvit BK17.6 
 10. Ray, Ratiopharm17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm8.5 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv8.4 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.1 
 4. Landry, Triumph7.5 
 5. Hervelle, Gescr.7.3 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK7.1 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.0 
 8. Duncan, Hapoel J-M7.0 
 9. Drozdov, Budivelnyk6.7 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.6.6 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. Greer, Azovmash6.2 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol5.6 
 8. Markovic, Valencia5.3 
 9. Rowland, VEF Riga5.3 
 10. McKee, Triumph5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 3. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
 4. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 5. Hervelle, Gescr.1.9 
 6. Mejia, Banvit BK1.9 
 7. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 10. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.7 
 2. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 5. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 
 6. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 7. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 8. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 9. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics0.9 


Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Budivelnyk - Banvit BK 76-69
Budivelnyk came from behind in the second half to outscore Banvit at the Sports Palace in Kyiv. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Budivelnyk to the opening win at Last 16 stage. Banvit enjoyed a strong start to the game. The Turkish team led by three points after the opening quarter 15:12. The visitors stretched the lead in the second term. Banvit accumulated an 8-point advantage at halftime. But Budivelnyk turned things around in the third term. The hosts used an 8:3 run to level things up at 47. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 57:54 advantage. Budivelnyk quickly boosted the lead to 7 points in the fourth frame. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Sammy Mejia dragged the Turkish side within two points 69:71 with just over a minute left in regulation. But Georgi Tsintsadze drained a triple and then Delaney followed with a jumper to seal the win for the hosts. Dainius Salenga finished with 14 points, while Georgi Tsintsadze added 12 points in the winning effort. Charles Davis answered with 21 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia netted 13 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Triumph 90-69
Buducnost made a decisive run in the third frame and cruised to the victory afterwards in the opening game of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin champions toppled visiting Triumph in front of the home crowd in Podgorica. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Buducnost accounted for a 24:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Triumph stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 24 points and narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 47:44 at halftime. But the third term belonged to Buducnost. The Montenegrin turned on aggressive defence. Triumph offence suffocated going for just 9 points in ten minutes. Buducnost capitalized boosting the margin to 9 points 62:53. The hosts went on a 13:2 run early in the final period to accumulate a 77:58 lead. Buducnost never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) provided 17 points, while Gerald Lee contributed 13 points in the win. Triumph answered with 20 points from Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU). Tywain McKee had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Russian team.

Group J
Valencia - VEF Riga 86-82
Valencia overcame the injury of Rodrigo San Miguel and the furious challenge from VEF Riga to post the opening win at EuroCup Last 16. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) dropped 27 points to lead the Spaniards to the opening win in Group J. Valencia jumped to a 4:0 lead at the start of the game. They stayed in front to post a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 7-point mark midway through the second quarter. However VEF Riga answered with a 14:0 run to take a 35:28 lead. They secured a 45:39 halftime lead as Valencia also lost Rodrigo San Miguel to an injury. Janicenoks and Donatas Zavackas stretched the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Valencia though went on a 20:1 run late in the quarter to ensure a 67:55 advantage. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) stopped the rot with a three-pointer to drag the Latvian champions within 9 points 58:67. VEF Riga narrowed the gap at 4-point mark midway through the fourth frame. Bertans put the visitors within 3 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Stefan Markovic seemed to seal it for Valencia with a three-pointer to make 84:78. But Janicenoks drained a triple and was fouled in progress to complete a four-point play 82:84. Rafael Martinez was sent to the penalty line and sank two free throws then to seal the win for Valencia. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 14 points each for the winning side. Earl Rowland answered with 21 points and 9 assists for VEF Riga. Donatas Zavackas provided 18 points in defeat.

Gescrap BB - CEZ Nymburk 83-85
Nymburk came up with the biggest upset of the opening day of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech champions knocked down Bilbao in Spain for the first win in Group J. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) came up with 30 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors. Nymburk set the tone early. The visitors eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Bilbao reacted quickly stiffing defensively in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 36. But Nymburk made a run in the third term. The visitors poured in 27 points in the quarter and ensured a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Bilbao used a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. Raul Lopez and Lamotn Hamilton finally tied things up at 78 with just over a minute to go. Vasiliadis put the hosts in front 80:79 however Radoslav Rancik drained a triple to make it 82:80 for Nymburk. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) and Radoslav Rancik extended the lead to 4 points 85:81 and Bilbao could not recover in the time left. Andrew Naymick posted 20 points, while Jiri Welsch had 12 points for the winners. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) notched 13 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Group K
Stelmet ZG - Cajasol 76-67
Zastal Zielona Gora claimed the opening win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Cajasol in Group K opener. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) nailed 27 points and issued 6 assists to lead the hosts. Zastal found themselves trailing by two points after the opening quarter 15:17. Cajasol stretched the margin in the second frame. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) completed his first-half 8-point tally to give the visitors a 39:30 lead. Zastal however came off the dressing room firing from all guns. They ignited an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit. Oliver Stevic pulled Zastal in front 49:48 midway through the period. Joan Sastre Morro and Latavious Williams regained the lead for Cajasol but Oliver Stevic capped the period with a jumper to level things up at 57. The lead changed hands for several times before Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley drained back-to-back triples making it 71:64 for the home team. Luka Bogdanovic answered from downtown but Walter Hodge followed with five points in a row to seal the win for the hosts. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. John Holland answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 70-84
Lokomotiv led from start to finish to upset Spartak SP at the start of Last 16 campaign for both teams. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) scored 21 points to lead the Krasnodar team. Lokomotiv silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 26:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Spartak slowly adjusted their game in the second frame. The Russian side fired 23 points to cut the deficit to 11 points heading into the second half. Spartak tried to erase the deficit in the third term but Lokomotiv hung on tight. The visitors secured a 62:52 lead into the fourth period. Lokomotiv dropped 22 points in the final stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleks Maric added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Lokomotiv. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak SP. Zack Wright chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Group L
Ratiopharm - Crvena Zvezda 95-100
Crvena Zvezda clinched the opening win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They upset Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) exploded with 32 points to lead the Serbian powerhouse. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Crvena Zvezda were able to eke out a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The Serbian side cleared off in the second quarter. Vuk Radivojevic drained three triples in a row to give the visitors a 32:27 lead. Soon Igor Rakocevic made it a double-digit lead 42:32. Crvena Zvezda arrived at halftime up by 9 points 48:39. The third term brought little relief for Ulm. They lagged behind throughout the period as Crvena Zvezda accumulated a 69:58 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The hosts erupted for 37 points in the final period but Crvena Zvezda hung on tight to their lead and snatched an important road win at the end. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, while Elton Brown added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 12 boards for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray banked 19 points in defeat.

Galatasaray - Unics 74-80
Unics opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign in style. They bettered Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 23 points to pace the visitors. It seemed to be going Galatasaray way in the opening frame. The Turkish team gained control and raced to a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cenk Akyol stretched the gap to 5 points midway through the second term. However Unics finished the half strong and cut the deficit at one-point mark 35:36. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Galatasaray secured a slim one-point lead heading into the final stanza 55:54. The hosts were still up by three 67:64 with just over three minutes to go in regulation. However Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) triggered a 6:0 run from the visitors as they posted a 70:67 lead. Chuck Eidson made it 75:69 with one minute remaining in regulation. David Hawkins kept the hosts hopeful with a three-pointer but Samoylenko and Mire Chatman seal the win for Unics in the dying seconds. Ian Vougioukas provided 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Michael Wilkinson added 14 points for Unics. David Hawkins answered with 20 points for Galatasaray. Jamont Gordon had 18 points in defeat.



Cedomir Vitkovac gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Buducnost and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Triumph (#4, 0-1) with 21-point margin 90-69. Buducnost maintains the 2nd position in Eurocup group I. But it's just the very beginning of the Top 16 and Buducnost won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Vitkovac had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Buducnost and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vitkovac has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 52.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of second-ranked Stelmet ZG. Hodge impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 6 assists. Of course Stelmet ZG cruised to a 76-67 relatively comfortable win over Cajasol (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won their first game. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Hodge is well-known by Stelmet ZG fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.7ppg (#1). He also recorded 5.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) of second-ranked Valencia. Martinez scored 27 points. He was a key player of Valencia, leading his team to a 86-82 win against #4 ranked VEF Riga in a game of the week. Valencia has a very good start of the Top 16. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Martinez also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Martinez has a very solid season. In 7 games in Eurocup he scored 14.3ppg. He also has FGP: 76.0% and 3PT: 43.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80) of Unics - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85) of CEZ Nymburk - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of CEZ Nymburk - 30 points and 7 rebounds
10. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of VEF Riga - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 9 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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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 17-4 
 2. Pyrinto 16-5 
 3. Kataja 16-5 
 4. KTP 15-6 
 5. Kauhajoki 14-7 
 6. Kouvot 10-11 
 7. LrNMKY 10-11 
 8. Salon Vilpas 7-14 
 9. Korihait 6-15 
 10. Lapua 6-15 
 11. FoKoPo 5-16 
 12. Namika Lahti 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 8: Kataja - LrNMKY 99-70
Jan. 6: Pyrinto - LrNMKY 96-88
Jan. 9: Korihait - Pyrinto 90-81
Jan. 4: KTP - Kataja 88-99
Jan. 2: Pyrinto - Kataja 87-79
Jan. 9: Kauhajoki - FoKoPo 85-67
Jan. 9: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 80-75
Jan. 9: Namika Lahti - KTP 67-82
Jan. 9: Nilan Bisons - Lapua 101-80

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 11: KTP - Nilan Bisons
Jan. 12: Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto
Jan. 12: Lapua - Kataja
Jan. 12: LrNMKY - Kauhajoki
Jan. 12: FoKoPo - Kouvot
Jan. 12: Namika Lahti - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Conley, LrNM.23.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.6 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.3 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.5 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua17.6 
 6. Logins, LrNM.17.0 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.17.0 
 8. Ulmer, Pyrinto16.9 
 9. Tolbert, Lapua16.7 
 10. Atupem, Salon Vil.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.5 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.8 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki8.8 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 5. Fields, Kataja8.3 
 6. Giles, KTP8.2 
 7. Thorpe, FoKoPo8.2 
 8. Thornton, FoKoPo8.0 
 9. Logins, LrNM.8.0 
 10. Johnson, Namika7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.0 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 5. Smith, Kataja4.5 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.4 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo4.1 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.7 
 2. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 3. Coleman, Lapua2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Fields, Kataja1.7 
 8. Williams, KTP1.7 
 9. Holloway, Namika L.1.7 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 2. Fields, Kataja1.2 
 3. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.9 


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait beat now Pyrinto - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 21: UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) is a dangerous team - at least on home court. Dec 30 Korihait upset Top League leader Bisons (Loimaa) 87-84 and tonight Korihait beat Pyrinto (Tampere) 90-81 (48-36). Korihait record is only 6-15, so defeating teams with 17-4 and 16-5 records is big news. Korihait had finally again three American players on the roster. Newcomers T.J. Robinson (203-F-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Long Beach St.) (10pts/10rbs in 30 minutes) and Demond Watt (200-F-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) (8pts/10rbs in 26:37 minutes) helped of course, but Finnish players Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) (21 pts) and Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) (19 pts) led the hosts in points. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86, college: Rhode Island) led Pyrinto with 18 pts. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) added 17 pts, but was 1/9 from behind the arc. Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) DNP.
Bisons (Loimaa) scored 101 points vs Korikobrat (Lapua) and that was 21 points too much for Lapua: 101-80 (48-39). Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) played 22:24 minutes and hit 7/10 from behind the 3-point-line. Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) had a double-double 20pts/10rbs as well as Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech): 18pts and 16 assists! Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) again leading Lapua with 15 pts.
Karhu (Kauhajoki) crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) 85-67 (42-33). Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge) led Karhu with 17 pts. Andrais Thornton (203-F-85, college: NW Missouri St.) (FoKoPo) had a double-double 15pts/10rbs.
Kouvot (Kouvola) and Vilpas (Salo) made their contest tight with 14 lead changes and nine ties. Kouvot won finally 80-75 (38-32). Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) scored game high 24 pts. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Vilpas with 21 pts. And the only loss at home for YMCA Lahti, when KTP came from Kotka and captured the victory with 67-82 (37-45) figures. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) (KTP) netted game high 23 points.

UU-Korihait - Pyrinto 90-81 (48-36). (Villematti Kopio 21, Mikko Jalonen 19, Alain Laroche 18 - Lamonte Ulmer 18, Carl Lindbom 17, Damon Williams 15. A: 655).
Bisons - Lapua 101-80 (48-39). (Mikko Koivisto 21, Ryan McDade 20/10, Martin Zeno 18/16a - Samuel Haanpaa 15, Trey Hampton 14, Dominique Coleman 13. A: 708).
Karhu - FoKoPo 85-67 (42-33). (Tremaine Ford 17, J'Nathan Bullock 15/10, Eldar Skamo 14 - Andrais Thornton 15/10, Jahmar Thorpe 14, Charlie Burgess 14. A: 531).
Kouvot - Vilpas 80-75 (38-32). (Gilberto Clavell 24, Ilari Seppala 18, Chris Hester 12 - Shawn Atupem 21/5a, Adam Brown 11, Jukka Kataja 11. A: 832).
YMCA Lahti - KTP 67-82 (37-45). (Louis Johnson 20/8, Thomas Kelley 16, Jordan Hasquet 11 - Timo Heinonen 23/9, Antwine Williams 18, Sefton Barrett 9. A: 612).



Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (7-3) in their last game. Despite Koponen's good performance the fourth-placed Khimky lost 77-92 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) BC Astana in the group A of VTB United League. He recorded 11 points in 26 minutes on the court. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year Koponen averages: 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 44.4% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Slovenia. Rannikko was not able to help Un.Olimpija (8-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Un.Olimpija was defeated 70-56 at home by the second-ranked Zvezda. Rannikko was the second best scorer with 12 points. Rannikko is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.2%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 88.1%. Rannikko is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Salin. He was not able to secure a victory for Un.Olimpija (8-8) in their game against Zvezda (11-5). Salin recorded 9 points in 25 minutes. But Un.Olimpija lost 56-70 on their home court in Ljubljana to the second-ranked Zvezda. Salin belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #2 with 1.9spg. This year his other stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 72.2% in the 15 games. Salin is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #4. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) led Solna Vikings to a victory over the closely-ranked LF Basket (8-12) 84-75 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Ahonen scored 25 points and added 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Solna Vikings (13-8) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Ahonen has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje (9-7) 76-69 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Lee recorded 13 points in 21 minutes. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (9-7) is placed fourth in the Adriatic League. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 4.1rpg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Lee plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (4-10) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (7-7) in the Italian SerieA. Kotti scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Vanoli Cremona was badly defeated 87-71 in Reggio Emilia by the higher-ranked Trenkwalder RE (#8). Kotti's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 6.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #7. U20 international forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Duke University in a victory against the Wake Forest University (0-1) 80-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Murphy scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Duke University has 2-0 conference record this season. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 6.2rpg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also Finnish U20 national team player. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #8. Power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Prat Juventud's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (4-7) 77-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Caven scored 7 points. CB Prat Juventud (7-4) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Caven's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish U20 national team.

Lauri Toivonen
Lauri Toivonen
   #9. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to UTPA's victory against the Houston Baptist University (0-1) 70-60 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Toivonen scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The University of Texas-Pan American has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Toivonen's total stats are: 6.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.



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Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (17-16) 117-110 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Parker had a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 11 passes in 36 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-10 record this season. It's Parker's 12th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Parker averages: 19.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.2apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 81.9% in the 35 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum led Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-15) 102-97 in the NBA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Batum scored 26 points (!!!), had 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots. The Portland Trail Blazers have 19-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.5apg, 1.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 87.6%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Miami Heat (23-10) 96-89 in the NBA on Friday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 19-13 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. Noah has very impressive stats this season: 12.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2.1bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.9% and FT: 81.0% in the 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Noah played for the French national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in France.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #4. Small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket edge in an overtime the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (10-6) 113-111 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Gelabale recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Gelabale's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg and 3.5rpg. Gelabale is also French national team player.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #5. International center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards edge the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-8) 101-99 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 5-28 record this season. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Seraphin has very impressive stats this year: 11.1ppg and 5.3rpg in the 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Guyanese and French. Seraphin plays currently for the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #6. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) helped Indiana Pacers win their game against the Washington Wizards (5-28) 89-81 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers have 21-14 record this season. Mahinmi's overall stats this year are: 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #7. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (17-16) 117-110. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Diaw's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4apg in the 37 games. He is also French national team player.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #8. Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. De Colo, who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (27-10) to beat the New York Knicks (23-11). He recorded 9 points in only 9 minutes. But the San Antonio Spurs were badly defeated 100-83 on the road by the Knicks. This year De Colo's total stats are: 3.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 32 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #9. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Partizan win their game against the 11th-ranked Cibona (6-10) 74-68 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Westermann recorded 9 points and had 3 steals. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (11-5) is placed third in the Adriatic League. Westermann has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #10. Forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (8-8) in their last game. Despite Kirksay's very good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 68-72 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Kirksay also added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Kirksay belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4 with 1.7spg. This year he also averages: 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg in the 16 games. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the French senior national team. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #11. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers to win against the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 in a derby game in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Turiaf has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.6rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland) helped PGE Turow win their game against the ninth-ranked Siarka Jezioro 95-81 in the Polish TBL on Thursday night. Cel scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cel is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.1rpg. This year his other stats are: 11.5ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Mickael Gelabale in the Spanish ACB last game. Moerman was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB in their game against Valencia Basket. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged in an overtime 113-111. Moerman has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the French national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Tariq Kirksay in the Spanish ACB last game. Heurtel helped Caja Laboral win their game against the ninth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes 72-68. He recorded 5 points and added 3 passes in 13 minutes. Heurtel has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.1apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Utah Jazz in the NBA. Beaubois scored 7 points and added 3 passes. His team were defeated 100-94 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.8apg. Beaubois used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-7) 103-85 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Nissim scored 19 points and added 5 passes. Hapoel Eilat (8-4) is placed second in the Winner League. Nissim's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to an easy victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio (0-4) crushing them 82-62 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Sy scored 25 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 31 minutes. The New Mexico State University has 2-2 conference record this season. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.6rpg in the 33 games he played so far. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Al Moutahed (3-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Al Moutahed was defeated 91-84 on the road by the leading Sagesse. Samaha recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Samaha has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #4. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently studies in the States) led N.C.Central to an easy victory against the Virginia University of Lynchburg (18-18) crushing them 97-28 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The N.Carolina Central has 1-0 conference record this season. Galaya has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.8apg. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and French.

   #5. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance his team lost 68-80 in Tenerife to the much lower-ranked (#12) CB Canarias. He recorded 12 points (made all of his six free throws) in only a mere 14 minutes. Tillie has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 16 games. He holds both Dutch and French passports.

   #6. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against one of league's weakest teams Melilla Baloncesto 82-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Ott recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Ott has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5spg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #7. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Lithuania), who plays in the Lithuanian LKL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos was defeated 99-85 at home by the leading Rudupis. Konate recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Konate has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 5.2rpg.

   #8. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Levice crushing them 80-56 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. He scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Meno is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Meno averages: 17.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.2apg. He holds both Congolese and French passports.

   #9. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help VL Pesaro in their game against Cimberio Varese in the Italian SerieA. Bryan scored 6 points in only 12 minutes. His team lost 69-82. He has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 3.1rpg in the 14 games. Bryan has French and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Foolad Mahan in their game against Mahram in the Iranian Superleague. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 78-75. Kone has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.



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Viktor Sanikidze selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the sixth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (0-2) 98-92 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Sanikidze scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (2-0) is placed second in group F. It's Sanikidze's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 76.2% in the 12 games he played so far. Sanikidze is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory against the New Orleans Hornets (9-25) 95-86 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have a solid 20-13 record this season. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 77.0% in the 33 games. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy). Markoishvili contributed to Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (7-7) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 19 points. Mapooro Cantu (10-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Markoishvili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cantu's roster. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 91.7%(22-24). He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the league outsider Panelefsiniakos (2-9) 94-76 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Olympiacos this season. His team is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Shermadini is also Georgian national team player.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #5. Former international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Amchit (8-3) 82-65 in the Lebanese Division A in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Tskitishvili also added and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Champville (7-4) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Tskitishvili belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 19.3ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.8bpg and 1.2spg in the six games. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #6. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the third-ranked Banvit BK (0-1) 76-69 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Tsintsadze recorded 12 points and added 4 assists. Budivelnyk Kyiv (1-0) is placed first in group I. This season Tsintsadze has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel J-M (6-6) to beat Maccabi T-A (11-1). Pullen scored 8 points and added 9 passes in 31 minutes. Hapoel J-M lost 71-79 at home to the leading Maccabi T-A. Pullen is currently third on the list of best passers with 4.8apg. This year his other stats are: 13.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. Pullen is a naturalized American. He is also Georgian national team player. Strangely Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #8. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help FIATC Joventut (7-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was defeated 88-77 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Fisher was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 passes. Fisher is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.5apg. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #9. International power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-91, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (15-21) crushing them 109-89 in the NBA last Tuesday. Shengelia scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Brooklyn Nets have 20-15 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Shengelia averages just 1.2ppg in the 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #10. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Treviglio (9-7) crushing them 71-40 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Saturday night. Metreveli scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Omegna this season. His team is placed eighth in the Nazionale A. Metreveli is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, currently plays in Turkey) led Karsiyaka to a victory over the tenth-ranked Erdemir (5-9) 64-54 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Thomas scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (11-3) is placed fourth in the TBL. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to a Stelmet ZG's victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (0-1) 76-67 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Hosley recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 36 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (1-0) is placed second in group K. This year Hosley has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #3. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Sigma Barcellona (10-4) to beat C.de Latte BRE (7-6). He scored 5 points in 9 minutes. The league leader Sigma Barcellona was crushed 101-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) C.de Latte BRE. It was Sigma Barcellona's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Sanders' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sanders has never played in Georgia.



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 9: TBB Trier - Neckar L'burg 79-73
Jan. 9: Bayreuth - Telekom Baskets 77-61
Jan. 9: Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 72-71
Jan. 30: Ratiopharm - LTi 46ers
Jan. 30: Phoenix Hagen - EWE Baskets
Feb. 13: s.Oliver Baskets - MBC
Mar. 3: Fraport SKY - ALBA
Apr. 23: Bremerhaven - Brose Bask.
Jan. 30: NY Phantoms - B.Muenchen


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm16.6 
 2. White, Phoenix16.4 
 3. Brooks, LTi 46ers16.2 
 4. Thompson, ALBA15.5 
 5. Burrell, Bremerha.15.5 
 6. Peacock, Fraport15.3 
 7. Bell, Phoenix Hagen14.8 
 8. Nachbar, Brose B.14.1 
 9. Turek, Neckar L.14.1 
 10. Gavel, Brose Bask.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.1 
 3. Anderson, s.Oliv.7.2 
 4. Boateng, NY Phant.6.6 
 5. Roberts, B.Mue.6.6 
 6. Robertson, Fraport6.6 
 7. Burtschi, Bremerha.6.6 
 8. McGhee, Bayreuth6.4 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.6.3 
 10. Gordon, Phoenix6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.6 
 2. Rice, B.Muenchen5.0 
 3. White, Phoenix4.5 
 4. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.3.9 
 6. Gibson, Fraport SKY3.8 
 7. Wood, ALBA3.8 
 8. Burrell, Bremerha.3.6 
 9. Timberlake, MBC3.6 
 10. Taylor, Neckar L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Robertson, Fraport2.0 
 2. White, Phoenix1.8 
 3. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 4. Linhart, TBB Trier1.6 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.5 
 6. Duggins, Walter T.1.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 8. Burtschi, Bremerha.1.5 
 9. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 10. Young, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Phoenix .
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gregory, Phoenix2.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.6 
 3. Ford, Brose Bask.1.3 
 4. Wohlfarth-B., Tele.1.3 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 7. Turek, Neckar L.1.1 
 8. Zirbes, Brose Bask.1.1 
 9. Morrison, Bremerha.1.1 
 10. Frease, Walter T.1.0 


Dirk Nowitzki selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 94-100 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Nowitzki also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 43.5% in the eight games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman, who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaman's good performance the Dallas Mavericks were defeated in an overtime 119-109 in Miami by the Heat. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kaman also added 3 blocks. This season Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 79.7%. Kaman is a naturalized American. He played for the German national team in 2011. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain). He led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Toppert was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (10-6) is placed fifth in the ACB. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 84.6% in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert played for the German national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #4. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Maccabi T-A (0-2) 71-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Pleiss scored only 2 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-0) is placed third in group F. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg. Pleiss is also German national team player.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #5. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Pepperdine University (1-1) 78-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Gonzaga University has 2-0 conference record this season. Harris has been at the team for four years. This year Harris' total stats are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the nine games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Hawaii's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (2-1) 90-88 in the NCAA last Thursday. Standhardinger scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The University of Hawaii has 2-0 conference record this season. Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.

Mario Blessing
Mario Blessing
   #7. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the David Lipscomb University (1-4) crushing them 98-61 in the NCAA last Monday. Blessing recorded 16 points in a mere 19 minutes. The South Carolina Upstate has 2-0 conference record this season. Blessing has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Thomas Reuter
Thomas Reuter
   #8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington (1-3) in their last game. Despite Reuter's good performance the E.Washington lost 66-81 in Missoula, MT to the University of Montana. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Reuter has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2010.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #9. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Tenn Tech (#5) was crushed 83-52 at home by the Belmont University. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ogbe has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #10. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Elon (1-1) in their game against the Princeton University (0-0) in the NCAA. Koch scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Elon (#3) was defeated 74-64 on their home court in Elon, NC by the Princeton University. Koch has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Columbia's victory against the U.S.Military Academy 64-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lo scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. Lo has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Vanderbilt's victory against the College of William & Mary 64-50 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Bright scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks. Bright has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

   #13. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polonia's victory against one of league's weakest teams UMKS Kielce 77-73 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) last Wednesday. Machowski scored 9 points. Machowski has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team six years ago.

   #14. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the North Carolina State University in the NCAA. Heckmann scored 5 points in 31 minutes. His team lost 73-78. Heckmann has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg in the 12 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

   #15. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Monmouth in their game against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and had 3 steals. His team was defeated 71-59. Dileo has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team four years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (3-8) 84-73 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night. Stojic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telenet Oostende (7-4) is placed third in the Ethias League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Stojic has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (12-4) 103-91 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game. Sarovic recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (12-3) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's fifth 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. Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #3. Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 81-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Mesghna scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. The University of Maine has 2-0 conference record this season. This year Mesghna has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games. He has both German and Eritrean nationalities.

   #4. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Timor's good performance Hapoel Tel-Aviv was defeated 94-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#9). He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Timor has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Israeli and German.

   #5. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Dongbu Promy's victory against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT (13-16) 76-71 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night. Sensley recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dongbu Promy (12-18) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Sensley has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was edged 94-93 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked (#9) KFUM. Igbavboa had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes. Igbavboa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #7. Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Golden Hawks crushing them 93-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday. Seferagic scored 14 points. Seferagic has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg. He holds both German and Canadian passports.

   #8. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (3-10) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Melilla Baloncesto lost 73-82 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Palencia_Baloncesto. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg and 1.2apg in the 13 games.

   #9. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Bar Timor in the Israeli Winner League last game. Rice contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 94-88. He scored 9 points. This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.

   #10. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Polpharma in the Polish TBL. Tomaszek scored 6 points. His team was defeated 85-81. Tomaszek has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He has German and Polish nationalities.



EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda fire past Ratiopharm Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Crvena Zvezda 95:100

Crvena Zvezda clinched the opening win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They upset Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) exploded with 32 points to lead the Serbian powerhouse.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Crvena Zvezda were able to eke out a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The Serbian side cleared off in the second quarter. Vuk Radivojevic drained three triples in a row to give the visitors a 32:27 lead. Soon Igor Rakocevic made it a double-digit lead 42:32. Crvena Zvezda arrived at halftime up by 9 points 48:39. The third term brought little relief for Ulm. They lagged behind throughout the period as Crvena Zvezda accumulated a 69:58 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The hosts erupted for 37 points in the final period but Crvena Zvezda hung on tight to their lead and snatched an important road win at the end. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, while Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 12 boards for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) banked 19 points in defeat.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 20+12 boards, Allan Ray 19
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 32, Boris Savovic 17, Elton Brown 16+10 boards



Deandre Washingtion (I Cant Quit, Because This Is What I Really Want To Do) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DeAndre Washington (196-F/G-89, college: Washburn) is a 196cm forward from Powder Springs, Georgia. He played at Valdosta State (NCAA2) and then finished his college career at Washburn. He recently played for the Atlanta Blaze (NCAA2) and took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You played this year in the ABA, but have aspirations of coming overseas. Has the strong play of your ex teammate Logan Stutz made you hungry to come play in Europe?

Ive been hungry to play in Europe since my last game at Washburn. Logan always tells me "man you would do really good out here". Im proud to see he is doing very well in Germany and its motivation for me to possibly do as well in Germany in the future.


You finished at Wasburn in 2011 and this is your second professional season. Your first experience was playing at the Court Side Eurochallenge Camp in Las Vegas (Sharks team) in 2011. The market in general seems to always be very competitive. How have you experienced it since turning professional? Is it a bit discouraging that its so tough landing a job?

It is VERY discouraging that its so tough landing a job. The market is so small with each team having thousands of options to choose from. Many players have stopped playing and began working regular jobs due to how tough the market is. I cant quit , this is what I really want to do.

Your ex teammate Logan Stutz has been tearing up the PRO A in Germany for Essen. What do you know about basketball in Germany and how much would you like to play in Germany?

I know Germany is a beautiful country to play in Andre very competitive. The German leagues are no push over. I would love to play in such a competitve and historic place like Germany


You started your college career at Valdosta State (NCAA2). Why did you transfer to Washburn (NCAA2)?

I transfered to Washburn because I would be able to showcase all of my abilities. Coach Chipman allowed me to play basketball without over controlling me and he allowed me to lead our team.

At Washburn you played the positions 3-5, but also played some point guard due to injuries. What is your biggest strength as a player?

My biggest strength as a player is my ability to score and pass the ball. At Washburn I had a few games of 10+ in assists. Driving to the basket then dropping Logan off with a nice pass. I can play the 1-4 positions which makes me unique.


What is a hidden strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away on the court?

A hidden strength in my game is my basketball IQ. Many many players dont think the game out. Having basketball IQ is a must when stepping on the court.


You played together with Logan Stutz. What is your fondest memory of him on and off the court?

My fondest memory of Logan off the court is him owning this small Yorkie dog. Every time I saw Logan walking the dog it would make me laugh because he is 6'8 and the dog was so small. Plus the little dog hated me. My fondest memory on the court with Logan was the run we made to the championship as the last placed team in the MIAA tournament our first year together.


Who was the toughest player that you had to defend in college that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

Bernard James was a tough matchup for me because he was 6'10 and real strong in the post.

What was the most important thing that you could learn from Bob Chipman that has made you better as a player?

One thing I learned from Coach Chipman was how to lead a team.

What kind of experience was it playing in the ABA for the Atlanta Blaze (WBA)? How were you able to develop your game this year playing there?

Playing in the ABA was fun and game like . The talent level as up and down. some games it was compeititve and other it was a easy win. I hurt my ankle so my ABA run ended a little earlier this summer. My team the Atlanta Blaze had a lot of talent from all over Georgia.

If you could describe yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now, how would you describe yourself?

I feel I can help any team right now because I will help make the current players they have better. I will also help in the scoring/rebound/ and assists category. I will help a team win more than anything.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was Bourne Identity 2 . Pretty good movie


Thanks for the chat Deandre.




Veteran Jerome Lagrange in Crailsheim - by Moritz Korff

According to swp.de the Crailsheim Merlins have added another new player to their roster. 34-year-old veteran Jerome LaGrange (190-G-78, college: Livingstone) is currently working out with the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team and could play his first game for the Merlins against Duesseldorf on Sunday.
He graduated from NCAA D2 school Livingstone College in 2003 and has lots of international experience. Over the years he played in Hungary, Croatia, Cyprus, Bosnia, Romania and most recently Kosovo.
If Lagrange will make his debut for the Crailsheim, he will be already the 8th American who will see action for the Merlins this season!



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Kostas Vasiliadis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (10-6) in their last game. Despite Vasiliadis' very good performance Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 113-111 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket. He was the top scorer with 27 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) in 38 minutes on the court. Vasiliadis is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 14.9ppg. He also averaged so far 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 90.5%(57-63) in the 16 games he played so far. Vasiliadis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. He was not able to help Spartak St.Petersburg (0-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance the fourth-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 84-70 in Kuban by the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 9 rebounds. Mavrokefalidis has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 69.2%. He played for the Greek national team in 2011.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Koufos was not able to secure a victory for the Denver Nuggets (21-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Denver Nuggets lost 97-101 in Minnesota to the Timberwolves. Koufos was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. This year Koufos has relatively solid stats: 7.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(123-210) and FT: 55.6% in the 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #4. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia couldn't help Lokomotiv (6-4) in their last game. Despite Calathes' very good performance Lokomotiv (#4) lost 81-89 in Kaunas to the leading Zalgiris in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Calathes also added 9 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Calathes averages: 15.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.8spg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Calathes is also Greek national team player. He used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) was the major contributor in an Unics Kazan's victory against the fourth-ranked Galatasaray (0-1) 80-74 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Vougioukas recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Unics Kazan (1-0) is placed first in group L. This season Vougioukas has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg. Vougioukas plays currently for the Greek national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Zisis, who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Gescrap BB (10-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gescrap BB was edged in an overtime 113-111 in Valencia by the higher-ranked (#3) Basket. Zisis recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg in the 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #7. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Kaimakoglou led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-6) 74-63. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Unics Kazan (8-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kaimakoglou has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg. He is also Greek national team player.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #8. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-9) crushing them 79-57 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Papaloukas recorded only 1 points and added 3 passes in 12 minutes. It was his first game for CSKA Moscow this season. His team is placed second in group B. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Papaloukas used to play for the Greek national team back in 2008.

Christos Tapoutos
Christos Tapoutos
   #9. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne (3-11) in their game against Tofas (6-8) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Tapoutos also added 6 rebounds. Tapoutos' total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Greek national team eight years ago.

Nikos Barlos
Nikos Barlos
   #10. Forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Sigma Barcellona (10-4) crushing them 101-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Barlos scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (7-6) is placed sixth in the Lega2. Barlos' stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg in the 13 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former University international center Giorgos Galiotos (213-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Euroins Cherno More in their game against Beroe in the Bulgarian NBL. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Galiotos was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Galiotos belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #5. His total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 8.4rpg. Galiotos used to play for the Greek university national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the league outsider VL Pesaro 82-69 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Sakota scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. This year Sakota's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against the closely-ranked LF Basket 84-75 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Toutziarakis scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Toutziarakis is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. He also averaged so far 12.4ppg and 1.3apg in the 20 games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia 80-68 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Lampropoulos recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

   #15. International forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano in their game against Cantu in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Fotsis scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 76-84. He has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.8rpg in the 14 games. Fotsis is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

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

   #1. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Maccabi Haifa (8-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite Calathes' very good performance Maccabi Haifa was defeated 89-84 on the road by the much lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#10). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.6apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oakland to a victory against the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1-5) 91-79 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Oakland University has 2-1 conference record this season. This year Petros' total stats are: 9.0ppg and 8.4rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #3. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Duesseldorf Baskets (10-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Duesseldorf Baskets was badly defeated 99-79 in Vechta by the second-ranked SC Rasta. Tzakopoulos was the top scorer with 19 points. Tzakopoulos' total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.

   #4. Nicholas Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point BG Goettingen's victory against the eighth-ranked Science City Jena (8-8) 88-85 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Livas recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. BG Goettingen (13-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Livas is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 3.0apg. Livas is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #5. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Juvecaserta's surprising victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (11-3) 88-81 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Mavraides scored 9 points in 16 minutes. JuveCaserta (7-7) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Mavraides has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Mavraides used to play for Aris Thessaloniki in Greek league.

   #6. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS was not able to secure a victory for the University of Toronto (5-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the University of Toronto (#3) was defeated 82-74 in Kingston, ON by the Golden Gaels. Hill was the top scorer with 23 points. Hill is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill averages: 20.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian.

   #7. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Keravnos Strovolou to win against the league outsider Omonia 76-58 in the Cypriot Division A last Wednesday. He scored only 3 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Demertzis is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg.

   #8. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Akropol's victory against the third-ranked Taby Basket 87-86 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. This season Koutras has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 10.1apg and 2.7spg. Koutras has both Greek and Swedish nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Koutras previously played for the Swedish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #9. Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help one of league's weakest teams ENAD (3-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance ENAD was badly defeated 77-61 at home by the higher-ranked AEK (#3). Kounas was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 passes. Kounas averaged so far 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.8apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #10. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Uppsala Basket in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan. Nakos scored 5 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 65-80. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 1.8apg in the 20 games. Nakos has dual citizenship: Greek and Swedish.



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 11-1 
 2. Hapoel Eilat 8-4 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 8-4 
 4. Netanya 7-5 
 5. Hapoel J-M 6-6 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 6-6 
 7. Elizur Ashkelon 5-7 
 8. Hapoel T-A 5-7 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 5-7 
 10. Hapoel Holon 4-8 
 11. Maccabi Ashdod 4-8 
 12. Galil Gilboa 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 6: Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 94-88
Jan. 7: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 89-84
Jan. 7: Maccabi Ashdod - Netanya 88-86
Jan. 6: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel Eilat 85-103
Jan. 6: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 71-79
Jan. 6: Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa 69-59

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 13: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel J-M
Jan. 13: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon
Jan. 13: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Holon
Jan. 13: Bnei Hasharon - Netanya
Jan. 13: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa
Jan. 13: Maccabi T-A - Elizur Ashkelon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.9 
 2. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.7 
 3. Simpson, Maccabi17.8 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.17.6 
 5. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.3 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.3 
 7. Dove, Elizur Ashke.17.1 
 8. Moore, Elizur A.16.7 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.3 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.0 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.11.2 
 3. Calathes, Maccabi10.0 
 4. Wright, Maccabi9.8 
 5. Jones, Bnei H.9.8 
 6. Washington, Netan.9.6 
 7. Uter, Maccabi9.5 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi8.7 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi8.3 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Maccabi Haifa
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.2 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi5.5 
 3. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.8 
 4. Bradley, Netanya4.5 
 5. Perry, Elizur A.4.3 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.1 
 7. Berkowitz, Bnei H.4.0 
 8. Israeli, Maccabi4.0 
 9. Washington, Netan.3.8 
 10. Smith, Galil Gilb.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 2. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.2 
 5. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 7. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
 8. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.1.8 
 10. Jones, Bnei H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.5 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.2.0 
 3. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.6 
 4. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.5 
 5. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Wright, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.1 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.1.0 
 10. Green, Galil Gilb.1.0 



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Doron Perkins Joins Chinese Foshan Long Lions - by David Pick

Free-agent guard Doron Perkins has penned a deal with the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese League, the players' international representatives told Eurobasket.

Perkins, one of the top on-the-ball defenders in Europe, was cut by Ukrainian BC Donetsk late last month but has already completed his CBA debut recording 7 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds over 30 minutes of action in Foshan's 108-101 road loss to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Despite a number of European teams that have shown interest in picking up roughly half of the former Euroleague standout's guaranteed Donetsk contract ($65k monthly), including Israeli powerhouse Hapoel Jerusalem, Perkins decided to test unfamiliar waters in China.

Upon leaving the U.S., Perkins consulted former Maccabi Tel Aviv teammate and the Toronto Raptors' scoring swingman Alan Anderson (Agency: Priority Sports), who starred for Chinese Shandong Flaming Bulls during the 2011-12 season, averaging 25.5 points, 5.5 boards, 4 dimes and 2.1 steals per. In March 2012, Anderson played eight games for the D-League's Canton Charge before securing a pair of 10-days with the Raptors, who went on to sign the Minneapolis native for the remainder of the season and the current one.

Perkins, a 6-foot-2 seven-year player from Santa Clara University, started the season in Ukraine appearing in two Eurocup games, six VTB League games, and 14-Ukrainian Superleague games for Donetsk, averaging 11 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest.

Perkins and Foshan will continue their two-game CBA road trip on Friday, January 11th, against the Shanxi Zhongyu.





Matteo Raminelli joins Treviglio - by Eurobasket News

Blu Basket CoMark Treviglio (Nazionale A) agreed terms with 30-year old center Matteo Raminelli (203-83). He already started the season at Bologna (Nazionale A). In 10 games this season he had 10.6ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.7bpg.
Raminelli has played previously for six other Italy teams: Fileni BPA Jesi, Oderzo, Casalpusterlengo, Senigallia, Santarcangelo and Castelletto.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 11-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 6-4 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 4-6 
 4. BK Almaty 4-6 
 5. Tobol 3-7 
 6. BK Kapshagay 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 9: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay 83-75
Jan. 10: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay



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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 13-2 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 13-3 
 3. BK VEF-LSPA 12-3 
 4. RSU 11-5 
 5. ViA Riga 10-5 
 6. VeA 9-5 
 7. Kvele 8-6 
 8. Livani 6-8 
 9. VEF skola 5-9 
 10. Ogres 5-9 
 11. Gulbene 4-9 
 12. Ridzene 4-9 
 13. DSN 4-11 
 14. Liepaja-2 3-11 
 15. Valmiera BSS 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 9: Ridzene - BK VEF-LSPA 90-109
Jan. 9: RSU - Valmiera BSS 81-60
Jan. 9: DSN - Jelgava/LLU 56-72
Jan. 10: Ogres - Gulbene
Jan. 10: Kvele - Saldus
Jan. 11: Livani - VeA
Jan. 12: Gulbene - VeA
Jan. 13: Valmiera BSS - Ridzene



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Sagesse 10-1 
 2. Al Riyadi 8-2 
 3. Amchit 8-3 
 4. Champville 7-4 
 5. Byblos 6-4 
 6. Moutahed 6-5 
 7. Bejjeh 4-7 
 8. Hoops 2-8 
 9. Anibal 1-9 
 10. Antranik 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 6: Sagesse - Moutahed 91-84
Jan. 9: Bejjeh - Antranik 91-75
Jan. 5: Amchit - Champville 65-82
Jan. 7: Byblos - Al Riyadi
Jan. 8: Anibal - Hoops


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Amchit
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 40.3
 1. Emmett, Amchit40.3 
 2. Harper, Sagesse29.5 
 3. Gray, Anibal26.8 
 4. Blair, Hoops26.2 
 5. Gadson, Antranik25.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville24.4 
 7. Williams, Bejjeh23.0 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos22.3 
 9. Ampim, Antranik21.7 
 10. Terry, Champville20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Byblos
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Fraser, Byblos16.4 
 2. Bagaric, Amchit12.5 
 3. Ampim, Antranik12.4 
 4. Tskitishvili, Cham.12.0 
 5. Johnson, Anibal11.7 
 6. Luca, Hoops11.0 
 7. Salyers, Moutahed9.6 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed9.4 
 9. Woods, Al Riyadi9.3 
 10. Sims, Sagesse9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blair, Hoops6.6 
 2. Akl, Sagesse6.4 
 3. Fahed, Moutahed6.3 
 4. Chatfield, Mouta.5.6 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.6 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 7. Zaloum, Antranik5.5 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos5.4 
 9. Khoury, Amchit5.3 
 10. Emmett, Amchit5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Bejjeh
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Bejjeh2.9 
 2. Youngblood, Byblos2.7 
 3. Blair, Hoops2.7 
 4. Harper, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Gray, Anibal1.9 
 6. Zaloum, Antranik1.9 
 7. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 8. Emmett, Amchit1.7 
 9. Mneimneh, Byblos1.7 
 10. Fahed, Moutahed1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Anibal
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Anibal3.1 
 2. Tskitishvili, Cham.2.8 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 4. Fraser, Byblos2.2 
 5. Bagaric, Amchit2.0 
 6. Khazzouh, Sagesse2.0 
 7. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.8 
 8. Ampim, Antranik1.5 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 10. Bawji, Moutahed0.9 



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Standings

Diekirch League Standings
 1. Sparta 14-2 
 2. Etzella 12-4 
 3. Amicale 11-5 
 4. Musel Pikes 9-7 
 5. Residence 8-8 
 6. Contern 7-9 
 7. T71 7-9 
 8. Soleuvre 6-10 
 9. Basket Esch 5-11 
 10. Black Star 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Black Star - Sparta
Jan. 12: Basket Esch - Musel Pikes
Jan. 12: T71 - Contern
Jan. 13: Etzella - Residence
Jan. 13: Soleuvre - Amicale


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. McDaniel, Black S.25.9 
 2. Schumacher, T7124.7 
 3. Green, Soleuvre24.3 
 4. Kennedy, Residence24.1 
 5. Bryant, Black Star23.9 
 6. Smith, Sparta21.7 
 7. Frazier, Contern21.6 
 8. Simpson, Etzella21.6 
 9. Ulin, Sparta21.4 
 10. Pellum, Residence20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.2 
 2. Powell, Contern12.1 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.11.4 
 4. Gary, Musel Pikes11.2 
 5. Sharry, T7110.4 
 6. Frazier, Contern10.2 
 7. Kennedy, Residence10.0 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes9.7 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.6 
 10. Golson, Amicale9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ulin, Sparta6.0 
 2. Bryant, Black Star4.6 
 3. Schumacher, T714.4 
 4. Green, Soleuvre4.0 
 5. Schartz, Amicale3.8 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.6 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.6 
 8. Golson, Amicale3.6 
 9. Smith, Sparta3.5 
 10. Schmit, Musel Pik.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jones, Contern2.7 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.2.6 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.4 
 4. Bryant, Black Star1.9 
 5. Simpson, Etzella1.9 
 6. Schumacher, T711.9 
 7. Delgado, Etzella1.7 
 8. Green, Soleuvre1.6 
 9. Schwartz, Musel P.1.6 
 10. Koster, Residence1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. McDaniel, Black S.1.1 
 2. Pelham, Soleuvre0.9 
 3. Hoffmann, Sparta0.9 
 4. Powell, Contern0.9 
 5. Gary, Musel Pikes0.9 
 6. Fisher, Amicale0.9 
 7. Sharry, T710.8 
 8. Frazier, Contern0.7 
 9. Simpson, Etzella0.6 
 10. Hublart, Sparta0.6 


Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 16 - by Eurobasket News

American Mychal Green (193-G/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Soleuvre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 29-year old swingman had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat T71 (#7, 7-9) 103-91. Soleuvre maintains the 8th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Soleuvre is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Soleuvre's top player in his first season with the team. Ohio University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.9ppg), assists (4th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Ryan Sharry (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of T71. Sharry impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as T71 lost that game 91-103 to slightly lower-ranked Soleuvre (#8, 6-10). This loss caused T71 to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Sharry is a newcomer at T71 and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Soleuvre's star - American Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90). Tapscott showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Soleuvre, helping his team with a 103-91 win against slightly higher-ranked T71 (#7, 7-9). The chances of Soleuvre 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, Tapscott could try to bring Soleuvre's a little bit higher in the standings. Tapscott has a very solid season. In 6 games in Luxembourg he scored 22.2ppg. He also has 9.3rpg, 1.7bpg and FGP: 59.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elton Frazier (196-F-88) of Contern - 27 points and 24 rebounds
5. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) of Black Star - 23 points and 14 rebounds
6. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) of Musel Pikes - 17 points and 16 rebounds
7. Leon Powell (200-F-88) of Contern - 18 points and 17 rebounds
8. Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes - 20 points and 14 rebounds
9. Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) of T71 - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 34-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 30-8 
 3. Soles 29-9 
 4. Toros 29-9 
 5. Panteras 26-12 
 6. Pioneros 26-12 
 7. Fuerza Regia 23-15 
 8. Huracanes 22-15 
 9. Abejas 19-19 
 10. Barreteros 16-22 
 11. Corr.Victoria 15-23 
 12. Lechugueros 12-26 
 13. Guerreros 8-30 
 14. Osos 6-32 
 15. Gansos 6-33 
 16. Gigantes 3-35 

Regular Season: Round 39

Jan. 10: Corr.Victoria - Panteras
Jan. 10: Huracanes - Barreteros
Jan. 10: Guerreros - Toros
Jan. 10: Gansos - Fuerza Regia
Jan. 10: Lechugueros - Pioneros
Jan. 10: Abejas - Soles
Jan. 10: Halc.Rojos - Gigantes
Jan. 10: Halc.Xalapa - Osos


Happy New Years! - by Majic Dorsey

What's Good Mexico. I want to say congrats to all the teams, and players who have made it to the end of the season healthy and strong. Playoffs start in a week. Who will brung the Championship home this year? It's a few teams that look really tough, and have a chance to win it all. Also shout out to my homies in LNBP this season for the first time, And they both doing really good. I wanna say keep up the good work! Marcus From Tampico and my Boy during off season Ian Young. Both are putting up good games right now. So i Wish both of them the best of luck finishing up, and ill see y'all this summer in Florida. Also best of luck to all the organization and clubs who have worked hard to put a good team together to win it all. Best of luck in the Playoffs and Happy New Years as well. God Bless and the ??? Is "WHO WILL WIN IT ALL THIS LNBP SEASON" WILL IT BE YOU? MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana)


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Pekovic, Kirilenko power Timberwolves over slumping Hawks, 108-103 - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is bulldozing the paint and Ricky Rubio is ready to start ramping up his minutes, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves hope that they can withstand another long stretch without All-Star forward Kevin Love. Larry Drew's Atlanta Hawks have hit the skids after a superb start to the season, prompting the coach to label them "soft," which never sits very well with professional athletes. Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) added 21 points and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night. Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons and will be without Love for the foreseeable future while he deals with a broken right hand for the second time this season. Terry Porter filled in as coach and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid. "We were really motivated," said Pekovic, who has eight double-doubles in his last 13 games. "I think everybody was motivated with all that's happening with all our players. I think everybody wants to step up and show more." Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five. They lost for the first time this year when Smith and Horford each get a double-double. "There's some guys in there that are going to have to be held accountable," Drew said. "As we move forward, if this doesn't change, there's going to have to be some changes. That's plain and simple. I'm not going to sit back and watch our guys come out and not be energized to play. That's totally unacceptable." Rubio had eight assists, four steals and four points in 18 minutes in his first game back after missing the previous four with back spasms. He returned from a torn left ACL in the middle of last month and has had to deal with groin and back problems during his comeback. But he said he's eager to see how his body responds on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City when he plays in games on consecutive days for the first time since his knee injury. "I think it's going to be a good test," Rubio said. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 to start the fourth but had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. Dante Cunningham then stole the inbounds pass and Luke Ridnour knocked down two free throws to seal the win. The Wolves have been the worst 3-point shooting team in the league virtually all season, but they hit 8 of 15 against the Hawks to get a big win before a four-game road trip. While the Heat and Knicks grabbed all the headlines in the first two months of the season, the Hawks quietly put together a solid start that kept them right on their heels. They won 19 of their first 28 games, beating the likes of Oklahoma City, Indiana (twice), the Clippers and Memphis along the way. But they lost at Detroit and home against Boston in a back-to-back last weekend, scoring just nine points in the third quarter against the Celtics. "We waited way too long to start playing," Drew said. "The first half we were soft, soft. We did not guard very well. I thought physically they did just about anything they wanted to." The Hawks had a team meeting after being blitzed by the Celtics in the second half, and Smith bristled at being called soft. "I'm not rolling with the soft part," Smith said. "We didn't come out with the energy. Soft is not how we play." NOTES: Porter interviewed for an assistant position on Drew's staff when he was hired in Atlanta. How'd that go? "I didn't get it," Porter said with a chuckle. ... The Timberwolves played host to 16-year-old Cody Metz as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Metz is a devoted fan who has suffered from numerous complications following surgery on a brain tumor five years ago. Metz watched the game from a suite and planned to accompany the team on a road trip to Oklahoma City. "This definitely gives me something to look forward to," Metz said. "I'm really excited."
Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



EuroCup: Buducnost ease past Triumph in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Triumph 90:69

Buducnost made a decisive run in the third frame and cruised to the victory afterwards in the opening game of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin champions toppled visiting Triumph in front of the home crowd in Podgorica. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Buducnost accounted for a 24:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Triumph stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 24 points and narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 47:44 at halftime. But the third term belonged to Buducnost. The Montenegrin turned on aggressive defence. Triumph offence suffocated going for just 9 points in ten minutes. Buducnost capitalized boosting the margin to 9 points 62:53. The hosts went on a 13:2 run early in the final period to accumulate a 77:58 lead. Buducnost never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) provided 17 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) contributed 13 points in the win. Triumph answered with 20 points from Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU). Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Russian team.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 24+12 boards, Aleksa Popovic 17, Gerald Lee 13
Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 20, Tywain McKee 18



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 23-11 
 2. Brooklyn N. 20-15 
 3. Boston C. 18-17 
 4. Philadelph.76 15-22 
 5. Toronto R. 13-22 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 21-14 
 2. Chicago B. 19-14 
 3. Milwaukee B. 18-16 
 4. Detroit P. 13-23 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-28 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 23-10 
 2. Atlanta H. 20-14 
 3. Orlando M. 12-23 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-25 
 5. Washington W. 5-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 27-8 
 2. Denver N. 21-16 
 3. Portland TB 19-15 
 4. Utah Jazz 19-18 
 5. Minnesota T. 16-16 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 28-8 
 2. Golden St.W. 22-12 
 3. LA Lakers 15-20 
 4. Sacramento K. 13-22 
 5. Phoenix Suns 12-25 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 28-10 
 2. Memphis G. 23-10 
 3. Houston R. 21-15 
 4. Dallas M. 13-23 
 5. N.Orleans H. 10-25 

Regular Season: Round 70

Jan. 9: LA Clippers - Dallas M. 99-93
Jan. 9: Cleveland C. - Atlanta H. 99-83
Jan. 9: Chicago B. - Milwaukee B. 96-104
Jan. 9: Toronto R. - Philadelph.76 90-72
Jan. 9: N.Orleans H. - Houston R. 88-79
Jan. 9: Golden St.W. - Memphis G. 87-94
Jan. 9: Boston C. - Phoenix Suns 87-79
Jan. 9: San Antonio S. - LA Lakers 108-105
Jan. 9: Denver N. - Orlando M. 108-105
Jan. 9: Oklah.City T. - Minnesota T. 106-84
Jan. 9: Charlotte B. - Utah Jazz 102-112

Regular Season: Round 71

Jan. 10: Indiana P. - New York K.
Jan. 10: Sacramento K. - Dallas M.
Jan. 10: Portland TB - Miami Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 30.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.1 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.0 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 4. Harden, Houston R.26.5 
 5. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat20.8 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 10. Curry, Golden S.20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers12.4 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.1 
 6. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 7. Vucevic, Orlan.10.9 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.5 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.5 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.1 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 6. Calderon, Toron.7.8 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 8. Parker, San A.7.1 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.0 
 10. Lawson, Denver N.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 3. Jennings, Milwauke.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 5. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 9. World Peace, LA La.1.8 
 10. Kidd, New York K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix2.0 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 


Miami Heat welcomes back Varnado - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat inked 25-year old forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi State). Its actually his comeback to the Heat as he played here before. Varnado played recently at Boston Celtics. But in 5 NBA games this season he averaged just 1.2ppg. Varnado also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce earlier that season. In 10 D-League games this year he had 14.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.4apg and 3.9bpg. The other team he played shortly were the Heat. The most of last season Varnado spent at Lottomatica Roma in Italian SerieA. In 14 games he had 10.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.9bpg. Another team he played that season for was Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 12 games he had 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0bpg. Varnado also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.2bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Tuscany Pistoia in Italian Lega2. In 33 games that year he had very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.8spg and 3.1bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Three years ago Varnado was drafted by the Heat in second round (41st overall). He attended Mississippi State until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Varnado played in the final of SEC Tournament in 2010. He received also All-SEC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2008 and 2010 at his college time. Varnado represented USA at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 71.4%, FT: 72.2%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kevin Love out 8-10 weeks with broken right hand - by Eurobasket News

Former Lake Oswego High School standout Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star visited a hand specialist in New York on Wednesday. It's the latest major injury to a team that has suffered them all season long. Love missed the first three weeks of the regular season after breaking his hand in the preseason. He returned faster than most expected, played for about a month and broke two bones in his shooting hand in a game last week against Denver. Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game after helping Team USA to the gold medal in the London Olympics. Yahoo! Sports first reported the surgery. Courtesy of: oregonlive.com


Carmelo Anthony suspended one game for confrontation with Kevin Garnett - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) has been suspended for one game without pay for confronting Boston's Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) in the arena tunnel, near the players locker rooms, and in the parking garage following the Celtics at Knicks game on January 7, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game, Jackson said. Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Mondays game and therefore a suspension was warranted.
Anthony will serve his suspension on January 10 when the Knicks play the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Varejao out for six to eight weeks. - by Bryan Floyd

Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) will require surgery to repair a "a small longitudinal split in the vastus medialis" and is expected t be out for 6-8 weeks. It's basically a torn quad muscle for Varejao. Andy was having an All Star caliber season and it is sad to see him go down like this. Most people suspected that the injury was more severe than a simple knee bruise. Players typically dont miss as many games as he did with just a contusion. One thing is for sure Varejao will no longer going to be mentioned on the trade market. Point guard Kyrie Irving had this to say "It's disappointing, "Obviously for the second season in a row for me, I don't have the big man that I started with. We miss his effort. And more or less his intelligence as a basketball player. When he's not out there, we lose a little bit of leadership, but most importantly, we lose effort. We got 14 (points), 14 (rebounds) from him every single night. We miss that right now."


The Spurs may add Aron Baynes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs (NBA) is about to sign 27-year old Australian ex-international center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington State) who currently plays Union Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is a dual citizen owning also New Zealand passport. In 10 Euroleague games this season he had 13.8ppg and 9.8rpg. He also played 16 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg. The last season Baynes played at Ikaros in Greek A1. In 23 games last year he recorded 13.6ppg and 8.7rpg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Center of the Year and named to 1st Team.
The previous (10-11) season he played at EWE Baskets in German BBL. In 40 games that season he recorded 6.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Baynes also played 5 games in Eurocup where he recorded 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2spg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Baynes won Lithuanian League championship title in 2010.
He was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Baynes played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004. He also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 65.6%.
Baynes has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended Washington State until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recap of 11 games on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

N.Orleans H. - Houston R. 88-79
Don't look know, but the Hornets have won three in a row. And after Wednesday night's thrilling 88-79 come-from-behind win over the streaking Rockets, it'd be hard not to get excited. Well, unless you're a part of the team. Minutes after, they're minds already were on Friday night's home game against Minnesota and beyond. 'It's three in a row but at the same time, we have to continue to get better,' said forward Jason Smith, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. 'We can't be complacent with this three in a row. There's a lot of games left, a lot of season left.' No doubt that's the message coach Monty Williams will preach to his team when they gather against Thursday for practice. He'll also likely extol the virtues of always being prepared, singling out reserve guard Roger Mason Jr. Mason didn't play in New Orleans' Monday night win over San Antonio. Two nights later, against Houston, he finished with 17 points in 16 minutes, including 15 points in the fourth quarter. 'He didn't hang his head,' Williams said. 'He came back the next day and got his shots in and prepared the way you're supposed to.' 'I knew that the law of percentages would catch up,' said Mason, who was only 1 of 4 in his previous two appearances. 'I was able to hit some shots that I know I can hit. I just keep working, staying in the gym and I feel good.' Mason's play helped offset a poor night from both Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. The team's two leading scorers combined for just five points, with Gordon going 2 of 12 and Anderson missing on all seven shot attempts. For Houston, James Harden led with 25 points, but only three came in the fourth quarter. No other Rocket scored in double figures. It was Mason who led the Hornets (10-25) out of the depths of another third quarter in which they've been outscored. This time New Orleans went into the final 12 minutes down 10 points. But after Smith blocked a Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) shot to open the quarter, the Hornets got rolling. Brian Roberts hit a four-foot shot and then Mason scored seven straight points to pull New Orleans to within one point of Houston (21-15). The Rockets' Toney Douglas (6'1''-PG-86, college: Florida St.) hit a layup to push Houston's lead back to three before Roberts made two free throws. A Mason 3-pointer gave New Orleans a lead it wouldn't give up in the final 6 minutes. The run, which was 22-2, was matched by a raucous if partially filled New Orleans Arena. For the first time this season, Williams and his players had a home-court advantage. 'We didn't even have a packed house and it was crazy,' Williams said, before later adding, 'The people who did come, I thank them with all my heart because that energy - the screaming, the applause even when we're down - that means a lot to me, our staff, our players. 'We just want our fans to understand we want to do well for ourselves and our families, but we play for them as well.' In fact, that energy likely played a factor in a fourth quarter in which the Hornets forced four turnovers and didn't allow Houston to take many good shots. The Rockets were just 4 of 19 in the quarter while New Orleans won the rebounding battle 14-6 in the final 12 minutes. And now New Orleans has won three straight, all against Southwest Division opponents. Courtesy of: wwltv.com

LA Clippers - Dallas M. 99-93
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 19 points and 16 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-93 on Wednesday night, extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 13 games. Matt Barnes added 19 points off the bench, and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers (29-8), who took sole possession of the NBA's best record from Oklahoma City with their third straight win overall. Darren Collison scored 22 points for Dallas. O.J. Mayo added 17 and Dirk Nowitzki had 15. At 13-23, the Mavs fell 10 games below .500 for the first time since March 30, 2000, two months after Mark Cuban bought the team. They've lost four in a row overall and three straight on the road, where they are 5-16. The Clippers led the entire first half, fell behind by 10 points in third quarter and then regained the lead for the first time in the fourth on Paul's steal and layup that made it 82-80. They took the lead for good on Barnes' 3-pointer that keyed an 8-0 run. Los Angeles forced former Clipper Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) into two misses while Collison airballed another shot in that stretch as the Clippers went ahead 90-83. Nowitzki's jumper pulled Dallas to 95-93. Griffin hit a turnaround jumper to give the Clippers a four-point lead before Collison missed a 3-pointer in the right corner. Caron Butler came up with two big offensive rebounds off consecutive misses by Griffin and Paul with 39 seconds left. After taking two timeouts, Paul missed an 18-footer with 24 seconds left and Dallas called timeout. Collison scrambled looking for a shot before he passed to Vince Carter, who missed. Paul got fouled and made both shots for a 99-93 lead while fans chanted "MVP!" Los Angeles played flatly in the third, when the Mavs used a 22-8 run to take a 75-65 lead. Shawn Marion's 3-pointer early in the spurt gave Dallas its first lead of the game and snapped the Clippers' streak of leading for 10 straight quarters. The Clippers rallied at the end of the period, scoring seven in a row, punctuated by Barnes' 3-pointer that beat the buzzer to trail 75-72. The Clippers led the entire first half, sparked by Barnes' 11 points, including three 3-pointers. The Mavs scored seven straight points to tie the game at 50-all on Collison's hook before Paul got around Mayo to hit a running jumper at the buzzer, keeping the Clippers ahead 52-50 at the break. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

San Antonio S. - LA Lakers 108-105
SAN ANTONIO - Not even a hard-fought loss against a longtime rival did little to brighten the mood of one of the more tumultuous seasons in the storied history of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108-105 victory Wednesday night. Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F/G-78, college: Butler Co.CC) had 14 each for San Antonio (28-10), which has won 11 straight at home. Splitter also had a career-high 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 23 and Earl Clark 22 for Los Angeles (15-20). Bryant was 10 for 24 from the field, missing a 3-pointer on his final attempt that would have tied the game. Clark missed a follow-up 3 off a long rebound. What can the Lakers take from such a battle? 'We lost five in a row,' Bryant said. 'It's pretty self-explanatory.' Coming off a 125-112 loss at Houston on Tuesday, the Lakers fought until the final buzzer. Bryant's 3-pointer pulled Los Angeles to 105-99 with 3:32 remaining. The 3 led to dueling cries of support between a large contingent of Lakers fans seated near the Los Angeles bench and Spurs fans. Did the effort give Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni reason to smile? 'No, not really,' he said. 'I'm proud of their effort. They fought. They fought last night against Houston. You can see the team getting some traction, but we're a long ways away from a smile.' Antawn Jamison's layup pulled the Lakers to 105-102 following a timeout, but Artest missed a layup and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions. Emanuel Ginobili hit a 3-pointer that gave the Spurs a six-point lead, but Clark responded with his own 3 to close to 108-105, setting up Bryant's final attempt. The Spurs missed five shots and had four turnovers in the final 5 minutes, turning a 10-point lead into a nail-biting finish for the sell-out crowd. 'We kind of stopped,' Emanuel Ginobili said. 'We need rhythm this year. We are getting used to playing faster and we just didn't do it. We were playing one-on-one instead of doing what we do best and that's to penetrate, kick and pass the ball.' Even with Lakers big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill out with injuries, the Spurs managed only a 48-40 rebounding advantage. Los Angeles forced 19 turnovers to keep the game close throughout. Parker's 17-foot jumper gave the Spurs their largest lead at 83-66, but the Lakers quickly pared the 17-point deficit. Artest hit a 3, Bryant made a pair of jumpers and Clark had a 21-foot jumper to pull the Lakers to 83-75 with 49.3 seconds left in the third. 'The closer it gets, the easier it is to focus and be ready,' Emanuel Ginobili said. 'Of course, you worry because we were up by 16 and we just messed up the whole game. Like I said before, it was disappointing to see the team play like that, but at least we got the win.' Bryant had a sluggish start offensively and the Lakers fell behind 54-45 at the half. His first basket came with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter and he closed the half 2 for 6 from the field. Bryant credited his poor shooting to Spurs second-year player Kawhi Leonard. 'It was Kawhi's defense,' Bryant said. 'He did a good job.' Leonard finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 33 minutes while primarily guarding Bryant and World Peace. 'Kawhi Leonard was the start of the show as far as I'm concerned,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'He had a great night and is getting better and better defensively and starting to find his way offensively. I thought that was great.' NOTES: Lakers G Steve Blake (abdominal surgery) missed his 28th game of the season. Howard (shoulder), Gasol (concussion) and Hill (hip) also sat out the game. The Spurs had every player on their current roster active. ... The Lakers haven't lost five in a row since April 3-10, 2011. ... The Lakers are 1-12 when trailing after the first quarter this season. ... The Spurs evened their overall record against the Lakers at 74-all. San Antonio has a 46-29 advantage at home. ... Bryant holds the Spurs opponent record for most field goal attempts - 41 on Feb. 14, 2004. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com

Golden St.W. - Memphis G. 87-94
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 18 points and the Memphis Grizzlies completed a 3-0 road trip with a 94-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. Mike Conley added 16 points and Marc Gasol finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to help Memphis make its quick West Coast swing more memorable. The Grizzlies (23-10) also won at Phoenix on Sunday and at Sacramento on Monday. Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors (22-12) lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season. After falling behind by five late in the fourth quarter, Curry made a pull-up 3-pointer and Thompson drew a fast-break foul to set up the tying free throws. Gasol answered with a reverse layup under heavy pressure, pumping his fist in celebration to give the Grizzlies the lead again. In the end, defense sealed the game for Memphis. Mike Conley stole David Lee's pass before getting fouled and making both free throws. On the next possession, Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) blocked Jarrett Jack's shot and that led to a layup for Conley that gave the Grizzlies an 88-82 lead with 1:51 remaining. Lee followed with a jumper, but Gay answered back with an 18-footer. Curry's 3-pointer brought the Warriors within three for a moment before Randolph made two free throws to finish off Golden State with 13.2 seconds left. The Warriors were coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 115-89 setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. They fell to 9-2 after a loss this season. The length of Randolph and Gasol gave Golden State fits on both ends of the floor. Memphis took advantage of several second-chance opportunities and started to pull away behind its big men in the second quarter. On one play, Randolph grabbed two straight offensive rebounds - with Lee falling to the floor - before he finished a layup through a crowd of defenders to highlight a 16-2 run to put the Grizzlies up 45-32. Two late 3-pointers and a reverse layup by Curry eased a horrible defensive half for the Warriors some. After shooting 54 percent from the floor and going ahead by 14 points, Memphis only led 55-46 at the break. Golden State held the Grizzlies to 5 for 18 shooting in the third quarter, getting a spark from Thompson's two 3s and Jack's aggressiveness. Jack got Tony Allen to jump on a pump-fake and made a long jumper while getting fouled to start a three-point play, and Curry swished another from the perimeter to tie the game at 74 midway through the fourth. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Chicago B. - Milwaukee B. 96-104
Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan. Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) had 16 points and Monta Ellis finished with 14 for Milwaukee, which made 10 of 22 3-point attempts. Larry Sanders grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots. Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped their last two games against Milwaukee at the United Center. The Bulls blew a 27-point lead in the third quarter as Milwaukee snapped a nine-game losing streak against Chicago with a 93-92 victory on Nov. 26. Boozer has recorded a double-double in six consecutive Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Jr. Dunleavy (17) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. ( (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))games while playing some of his best basketball in three seasons with the Bulls. It's the best such streak for Chicago since Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) also had a double-double in six straight games in 2009. The Bucks parted ways with Scott Skiles on Monday in what was called a mutual decision, and turned to his top assistant for at least the rest of the season. Boylan also served as an interim coach in Chicago when Skiles was let go during the 2007-08 season. "It's funny, the first two games I'm gonna be coaching against teams I've been with," Boylan said before the game. "I've thought about it and I said 'I've been with a lot of teams, so it really doesn't mean all that much.'" Boylan had to like what he got from his team against Chicago, especially what Jennings did in the third. The speedy point guard went 7 for 13 in the period, connecting on 4 of 7 from long range. Jennings added a key floater in the fourth as the Bucks won for only the seventh time in their last 27 games against the Bulls. Nate Robinson scored 19 points and Luol Deng added 18 for Chicago, which was seeking a season-best fourth consecutive victory. Robinson got the start in place of Kirk Hinrich, who was sidelined with a right Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasove, left, of Turkey, guards as Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah controls the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. ( (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))elbow injury. It was the fifth start of the season for the streaky guard, who made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the first quarter to help Chicago grab a 33-23 lead after one. The Bulls still held a 10-point lead in the final seconds of the first half when Jennings connected from long range, slicing Chicago's advantage to 57-50 at the break. NOTES: Bulls C Nazr Mohammed was preparing for the second half when a giant inflatable Benny the Bull landed on him near the free-throw line. The operator quickly got the mascot away from Mohammed, who just smiled as he continued to warm up. ... Hinrich has been hampered by a slew of injuries this season. He missed three games in December with a bruised left knee and a game in November because of an injured right hip. ... Boylan said before the game he thinks Skiles will coach again. ... The crowd roared when Bears CB Charles Tillman was shown on the overhead videoboard before the final period. ... Jennings has made at least one 3-pointer in a career-best 22 straight games. Courtesy of: http://www.mercurynews.com

Boston C. - Phoenix Suns 87-79
BOSTON - With the goal being to extend their winning streak to a season-long four in a row, there are few teams in the NBA that would have made for more obliging guests than the Phoenix Suns. In addition to losing nine of their last 10 games overall, Phoenix had lost 10 in a row coming into Wednesday's matchup. The Celtics controlled the action for most of the night, but a weak third quarter showing made it a closer game than it should have been. Still, the C's are in no position to be picky when it comes to winning, which they did by the count of 87-79. Wednesday's win extended the Celtics (18-17) winning streak to a season-long four in a row. For the second straight game, Boston got a huge lift from its bench with contributions coming from just about every player who stepped on the floor. Jason Terry (13 points) and Jeff Green (14 points) did a lot of the scoring. Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio St.) (12 points, career-high 16 rebounds) continued to do a lot of the dirty work around the glass. And Courtney Lee continues to come into his own as a defensive spark off the bench, tallying six points, two assists and a slew of strong plays defensively. It appeared that the Celtics were well on their way to an easy victory, fueled by a 20-8 run to close out the second quarter that gave the C's a 53-41 lead at the half. But the C's went through one of their usual offensive lulls. However, their defense couldn't bail them out this time. The Celtics' offensive woes opened the door for the Suns to go on a 17-2 run that put them ahead, 58-55. Boston didn't spend much time playing from behind -- one minute, 46 seconds to be exact -- as Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) and Paul Pierce scored back-to-back baskets, respectively, to put the C's back on top. Phoenix had made a game that wasn't all that close, a relatively tight affair (67-64) going into the fourth quarter. But the C's went with a hybrid second unit that worked well for them in the second quarter -- Terry, Lee, Green, Sullinger and Kevin Garnett who is a starter. That group, just like they had did earlier in the game, provided a much-needed lift at both ends of the floor as the Celtics blitzed the Suns with a 13-4 run to start the fourth and never looked back. Courtesy of: http://www.csnne.com

Cleveland C. - Atlanta H. 99-83
CLEVELAND - Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-83 on Wednesday night. Irving's big night came at a perfect time for Cleveland, which had lost five of six overall and six straight at home. The margin of victory was Cleveland's biggest of the season. The Cavaliers, who had only 10 available players, announced earlier in the day that center Anderson Varejao will have surgery Thursday to repair a muscle that split near his right knee. He will miss six to eight weeks. Varejao was having an All-Star caliber season, averaging 14.1 points and an NBA-leading 14.4 rebounds. Josh Smith scored 17 points to lead Atlanta, which has lost a season-worst four straight. Hawks coach Larry Drew, who called his team "soft" following Tuesday night's loss to Minnesota, watched them get completely outplayed after tying the game early in the third. Alonzo Gee scored 15 points for Cleveland, while Tristan Thompson added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Rookie Tyler Zeller, who moved into the starting lineup after Varejao was injured Dec. 18, scored 11 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds. Jeff Teague added 15 points for Atlanta and Al Horford scored 14. Atlanta's frustration was best summed up when Smith shot an airball from the free throw line midway through the fourth quarter with the Hawks trailing 88-76. With the crowd jeering, he also missed the second shot and the Hawks slowly went up the court to play defense. C.J. Miles (back spasms), Daniel Gibson (6'3''-PG-86, college: Texas) (concussion) and Luke Walton (personal matter) also missed the game for Cleveland. Hawks point guard Devin Harris played for the first time since Dec. 18 after missing 11 games because of a sore left foot. Guards Anthony Morrow (strained right hip) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore knee) didn't play. Cleveland, which hit seven 3-pointers in the opening quarter, led for most of the first half. Atlanta tied the game at 51 early in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers surged ahead thanks mostly to Irving, who dazzled the Hawks with jump shots and drives to the basket that resulted in free throws. He also hit two 3-pointers, including one from a couple of feet behind the arc with 1.9 seconds remaining to give Cleveland a 77-63 lead. Atlanta's latest lackluster effort couldn't have pleased Drew, who criticized his team's effort following a 108-103 loss to the Timberwolves. He didn't back down from the words before playing the Cavaliers, saying he emphasized his point in a breakfast meeting with his players Wednesday. The Hawks had won eight of nine over the Cavaliers. Atlanta has lost four in a row for the first time since closing the 2010-11 season on a six-game slide. Varejao's injury was originally diagnosed as a bruised right knee, but he still wasn't ready to practice. He will have surgery on Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic. The team said Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., provided a second opinion on the injury. NOTES: The Hawks are 7-3 in the second leg of back-to-back games. ... Harris, who went into the game averaging 7.7 points, was scoreless in 13 minutes. ... Atlanta hosts Utah on Friday night. ... Cleveland begins a five-game road trip in Denver on Friday night. ... Gibson has missed the last six games. He was injured against the Hawks after a collision with Morrow. Courtesy of:http://www.newsnet5.com

Charlotte B. - Utah Jazz 102-112
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Utah Jazz were so hot Wednesday night, Jamaal Tinsley (6'3''-G/F-78, college: Iowa St.) waved a white towel at his torrid teammates during a particularly smoking stretch in the fourth quarter. If not for Tinsley's helpful fanning assistance after a tough drive by Alec Burks and back-to-back 3-pointers from DeMarre Carroll and Randy Foye, it is indeed possible the Jazz would've spontaneously combusted. How hot were the Jazz, you wonder? While blowing out the Charlotte Bobcats 112-102 at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Jazz shot 53.7 percent, hit 10-of-22 3-pointers, scored 36 in the second quarter and never trailed. The Bobcats might've known they were in for a long night in the first quarter when Tinsley grabbed a loose ball and hucked up a funky-looking, quick-reacting heave from 3-point land that hit the bottom of the net after barely leaving his hands before the shot-clock expired. Tinsley was one of eight Jazz players to score at least nine points in this road-trip opener. Al Jefferson led the scoring barrage with 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting, while interior tag-team partner Paul Millsap added 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting. "We felt like we were in a good offensive rhythm, which was created by defense," Millsap said. "We got out and guarded guys out there, especially the first half. The second half we didn't do too well, but we'll take that win any way we can get it." That defense-created-offense theme was an oft-repeated refrain in the Jazz locker room. Another common phrase after Utah won for the fourth time in five games while kicking off this three-game trek? "This is a business trip for us," Millsap said. "We want to try to get all three of these games. No excuses. We want to go out and try to win them all." That shouldn't be a problem if they shoot this precisely, execute this well and spread out 30 assists in Atlanta (Friday) and Detroit (Saturday). Seven Jazz players had multiple assists, topped by Tinsley's game-high eight dishes. "That was great. I thought that was key to the game," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of the ball distribution. "We had 19 (assists) at halftime. We wanted to make sure we continued that throughout the game. ... It was a positive sign that we continued to share the ball." There weren't many negative signs from this particular game as the Jazz stepped above the .500 level by improving to 19-18. Michael Jordan's Bobcats, meanwhile, fell to 9-25 after losing for the 20th time in 22 games. Reserve Ben Gordon led Charlotte with 20, spearheading a Bobcat bench that racked up 67 points. But the Jazz reserves held their own, especially Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler). Interestingly, the swingman followed Monday's big 27-point night by going 4 for 5 from 3-point range but 0 for 5 from 2-point territory en route to 14 points. "We're not letting one or two guys do everything. Everybody's contributing. The bench is contributing," said Millsap, who also contributed five rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. "G's done a great job for us. He's been the glue for us lately, so hopefully he can continue to do that." The Jazz are also hoping to keep up the smooth flow of their offense, which ran just as it was designed to do in this one. "We played inside-out basketball," Jefferson said. "They were trying to double team me. Paul got off and they started worrying about Paul. I got off and they started worrying about both of us. Gordon and DC (Carroll) and all those guys were hitting big shots. It just worked out." Carroll finished with 10 points and six rebounds while filling in as the starting small forward for injured Marvin Williams, who will sit out at least three games because of right knee inflammation. The Jazz also got 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots from Derrick Favors and had another solid effort from combo guard Alec Burks (12 points, three assists). Foye scored nine points all on 3-pointers. From the assists and defensive helping to Tinsley's sideline cheering and a celebratory scream by Big Al after Millsap hit a tough shot in the first half, this was as cohesive of a showing as the Jazz have had all year. "These guys are great, man. It's a great group of guys that really get along with each other," said Corbin, whose team was two games below .500 just over a week ago. "The encouraging thing about it is they continue to make each other better by competing in practice every day. And when you get in the game, it's a unit and they stay together." NOTES: Rookie Kevin Murphy made his first appearance for the Jazz since Nov. 19 after being called up from the D-League on Tuesday. Utah was shooting 57 percent midway through the fourth before cooling off a bit down the stretch, keeping its Dec. 3 game against the Clippers as its season-best shooting night (.568). Corbin, who's from nearby Columbia, S.C., had 30-plus family members and friends in attendance. ... Injured point guard Mo Williams returned to Utah on Monday after his Friday surgery in New York City, but he did not accompany the team on this trip. He'll be out at least six weeks. Courtesy of: http://www.deseretnews.com

Toronto R. - Philadelph.76 90-72
Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Stanford)' return to the Raptors' starting lineup came with a double-double - and an apology. Landry Fields had 10 points and 11 rebounds in his first start since he was shelved on Nov. 7 because of elbow surgery to help Toronto to a 90-72 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The 24-year-old went up for an alley-oop dunk from Jose Calderon for the last basket of the game, securing his double-double but leaving both teams' coaches less than impressed. 'I actually want to apologize for that. I'm sorry. I saw we had to take a last shot anyway. It could have been done a lot better. I kind of feel bad about that,' Landry Fields said of the shot with 16 seconds on the clock. 'As soon as my man turned his head, I just made eye contact with Jose. But it could have been done a lot better, and it would have been a lot classier on my part.' Amir Johnson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto (13-22), which won for the first time in three games. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) also had 19 points, Ed Davis added 17 and Calderon had 14 points to go with 11 assists. Landry Fields, who was cleared to play on Dec. 18, grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds and added 10 points. Neither team could muster much energy through a pedestrian and sloppy affair. The Sixers had an excuse, coming off a 109-89 loss to the Brooklyn Nets the previous night in Philly. The Raptors hadn't played since losing 104-92 to Oklahoma City at home on Sunday - with a day off and a day of practice in between. The frustration on the part of the Raptors was clear. Calderon's body language told part of the story, while Demar DeRozan hollered at himself as he walked back to the bench after being blocked. 'It was a grinder,' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. 'It was an Eastern Conference grinder. (Philly) felt like just coming in and grinding it out and our guys did a good job short-handed and grinding it out.' Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday had 16 points each to top the Sixers (15-22). Toronto led for most of the game in front of 15,629 fans at the Air Canada Centre and took a 71-61 advantage into the fourth. The Sixers pulled to within six points midway through the quarter, but that was as close as the visitors would come, as Davis and Johnson teamed up to score what looked like they'd be the Raptors' final five buckets of the game - until Landry Fields' emphatic dunk on Toronto's final possession to earn the double-double. 'I'm sorry for the last play, I didn't realize at the time, I feel bad about it, and I know (Sixers) coach Doug Collins was mad about it,' Calderon said. Casey said he'd instructed Calderon to hold the ball, but that the point guard must not have heard him. 'Things happen, we're big boys. Believe me, we've had it happen to us 15, 20 times this year,' Casey said. 'We're losing, they're trying to put their foot on our throat. But we never want to embarrass anybody.' Landry Fields, acquired in the off-season, had surgery on a nerve in his elbow on Nov. 14 to alleviate tenderness in his right hand. He was cleared to play on Dec. 18. 'It felt great,' Landry Fields said on his start. 'When I get out there, I don't have to think about my elbow and what's really going on, I can just kind of play free and comfortable. And in turn, that kind of builds my confidence.' The Raptors shot 49 per cent from the field and held the Sixers to 39 per cent shooting. Toronto outrebounded the visitors 46-37. The game was the beginning of a key stretch for the Raptors, which sees them play nine of 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto began the night two games behind Philly for ninth in the East. The Raptors were short on bodies once again due to injury. Rookie Terrence Ross missed the game after spraining his ankle on Sunday. Andrea Bargnani, who missed his 11th game, and Jonas Valanciunas (his seventh) have no timeline for a return, while Linas Kleiza sat out his fourth straight game. Landry Fields, who started in place of Mickael Pietrus, grabbed seven boards in the first quarter, helping the Raptors to an early 10-point lead, but Toronto held just a 24-21 edge going into the second. The Raptors led for all of a dreary second quarter, but never by more than nine points and took a 42-40 lead into the halftime break. Calderon scored 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in a third quarter that saw the Sixers pull even four times. The Raptors used a 15-6 run to take a 12-point lead and led 71-61 with a quarter left to play. The Raptors host Charlotte on Friday then wrap up their homestand against Milwaukee on Sunday. Courtesy of: http://www.thestar.com

Denver N. - Orlando M. 108-105
DENVER -- Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets rally for a 108-105 win over the slumping Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Ty Lawson also finished with 19 points, including a three-point play with 1:27 remaining that gave the Nuggets the lead for good and sent them to their third straight win. Orlando just can't get on track since Glen Davis went out with a sprained left shoulder, dropping a 10th straight game in the big man's absence. He currently isn't with the team but it was hoped he might rejoin them at some point during the current four-game trip. Trailing by nine early in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets roared back and tied the game at 99 on an alley-oop dunk by Faried. But the high-energy forward wasn't done there. When Andre Iguodala missed a free throw on the next possession, Faried dove on the ground for the loose ball and scooped it up, quickly calling time out. Out of the break, Lawson hit a layup and was fouled. Moments later, Danilo Gallinari put the finishing touches on the win with a dunk off an inbound pass from Andre Miller. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 20 points, while Arron Afflalo added 12 against his former team before fouling out late in the game. Reserve Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) gave the Nuggets an early spark, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the second quarter when the team was struggling. Afflalo returned to the court against his former team to applause - at least for introductions. Soon after that he was treated like any other opposing player and constantly heckled. When Afflalo made his first basket, someone screamed, "Who?!" Afflalo was once a fan favorite, too, especially after signing a long-term contract. But the Nuggets saw an opportunity to upgrade the squad in the offseason and dealt Afflalo, along with Al Harrington, to Orlando as part of the blockbuster deal that landed Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers. In exchange, Denver wound up with Iguodala, who hit a big 3-pointer late when the Magic were threatening to pull away. The Nuggets also tried to pick up big man Nikola Vucevic in the deal, but team executive Masai Ujiri couldn't get him included in the trade. Vucevic showed Nuggets fans why he was so coveted, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the Magic. He also missed a dunk late in the game before fouling out. Seeing Afflalo leave town was difficult for Nuggets coach George Karl, who constantly relied on the guard's easygoing demeanor during Afflalo's three seasons in Denver. Said Karl before the game: "Someone taught (Afflalo) at a very early age that winning is why you play. It's very deep in his basketball soul. You play the game to win. It's not numbers. It's not stats. It's to win." The Magic built a 10-point lead in the first half, only to have the Nuggets tie it. Maurice Harkless managed to send the Magic into the locker room at the break with a 55-53 lead when he hit a layup in the final seconds. Asked before the game if he was sweating the losing streak, coach Jacque Vaughn turned into a philosopher. "To be able to fight adversity and see how you respond is a true test of a man's character, which ultimately is his destiny," Vaughn said. "That is who you are. Life is what you make of it. That is your own destiny. It's a great opportunity to forge your own destiny." NOTES: A longtime coach in Seattle, Karl has strong feelings about an NBA team potentially returning to that area. According to an Associated Press source, an investor contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings, setting up the possibility of a return to Seattle. "I'm not going to lie - I'm happy that Seattle is going to have a team more than Sacramento," Karl said. "But I am disappointed that Sacramento can't keep their team." ... Nuggets F Wilson Chandler (left hip) could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday against Golden State. ... Miller drew a second-quarter technical foul while sitting on the bench when he kept arguing with the officials. ... Magic G J.J. Redick had 17 points. Courtesy of:www.sacbee.com

Oklah.City T. - Minnesota T. 106-84
Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) went for 26 and Russell Westbrook added 23 as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short handed Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-84. After a low scoring first, the Thunder opened it up briefly in the second quarter going up by 12. Minnesota then went on a 13-2 run, and OKC went into halftime with only a 47-42 lead. The second half was a different story, as the Thunder locked down on both sides of the court, running away from the T-Wolves, improving their record to 27-8. Nikola Pekovic had 17 and Alexey Shved added 18 for the Minnesota tonight. The Timberwolves were without Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) and J.J. Berea, both of have previously cause a lot of problems for the Thunder. What is your initial reaction to tonight's result? This is exactly the kind of game you want to see after a disappointing loss to the Wizards on Monday. The Thunder dominated from start to finish, and outside of a short run in the second quarter led for nearly the entire game. In the second half the Thunder were relentless on both sides of the bucket. We've seen the Thunder easy up when going up by double digits, but tonight the Thunder didn't let up, and took home a 22 point victory. Outside of Westbrook and Durant, the Thunder scorers were kept quiet tonight. What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won? Last time these two teams met, Pekovic and Barea lit up the Thunder on the way to a 99-93 win. Tonight, the Timberwolves struggled to shoot the ball and weren't lifted by the typical fourth quarter Berea take over that the Thunder are accustomed to seeing. As we'll see below, without those two the T-Wolves missed some offensive firepower that they desperately needed. What was a key statistic to understanding the game? In the third quarter, the Thunder shot 69%, while the Timberwolves went just 33% as Minnesota was unable to keep up with OKC in the second half. The only time the T-Wolves was really still in this game was at the end of the first, where they somehow managed a 16-16 tie. Minnesota was able to slow down Ibaka and Martin for much of the game, but Sefolosha was able to score 10, helping out Durant and Westbrook on the night. What does this game mean to the Thunder tonight and going forward? For the second game in a row the Thunder went up against a team they had lost earlier in the year who is missing their best player in Kevin Love. This time they were available to avenge their early season loss. The Thunder are now 45-10 in the last 3 years following a loss, good for second best in the NBA (the Bulls have the best record with 41-8). The Thunder will face the struggle Lakers who in desperation mode. A loss on Friday could very well spell the end of the Lakers' playoff chances. Courtesy of: http://www.welcometoloudcity.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 18-2 
 2. Summerside S. 13-9 
 3. Oshawa P. 12-9 
 4. St.John M.R. 11-11 
 5. Moncton M. 11-14 
 6. Halifax R. 10-12 
 7. Windsor Exp. 10-12 
 8. Montreal J. 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 9: Oshawa P. - Moncton M. 102-100
Jan. 10: St.John M.R. - Halifax R.
Jan. 10: London L. - Moncton M.
Jan. 11: Montreal J. - Windsor Exp.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Indiana 2-0 (14-1) 
 2. Louisville 2-0 (14-1) 
 3. Kentucky 0-0 (9-4) 
 4. Ohio St. 2-1 (12-2) 
 5. Michigan 3-0 (15-0) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 2-0 (12-2) 
 7. Kansas 1-0 (13-1) 
 8. Duke 2-0 (14-0) 
 9. Syracuse 3-0 (15-1) 
 10. Florida 1-0 (11-2) 
 11. Arizona 2-0 (13-0) 
 12. N.Carolina 0-1 (10-4) 
 13. UCLA 2-0 (12-3) 
 14. Michigan St. 1-1 (12-2) 
 15. Creighton 4-0 (15-1) 
 16. Memphis 1-0 (11-3) 
 17. Missouri 1-0 (12-2) 
 18. Baylor 2-0 (10-4) 
 19. UNLV 0-1 (13-3) 
 20. San Diego St. 1-0 (12-1) 
 21. Wisconsin 2-0 (11-3) 
 22. Gonzaga 2-0 (15-1) 
 23. Notre Dame 2-0 (14-1) 
 24. Florida St. 2-0 (10-5) 
 25. Texas 0-2 (8-7) 

Regular Season: Round 59

Jan. 8: Savannah St. - Allen 84-40
Jan. 8: Connecticut - De Paul 99-78
Jan. 8: N.C.Central - Va.Lynchburg 97-28
Jan. 8: Creighton - Drake 91-61
Jan. 8: Missouri - Alabama 84-68
Jan. 8: Pennsylvania - Lafayette 83-85
Jan. 8: Lehigh - Muhlenberg 81-46
Jan. 8: Holy Cross - Columbia 78-69
Jan. 8: Ark.-Pine Bluff - Alabama A&M 77-61
Jan. 8: Brown - Niagara 75-74 OT
Jan. 8: Dartmouth - Army 75-58
Jan. 8: San Jose St. - New Orleans 71-64
Jan. 8: Duke - Clemson 68-40
Jan. 8: Jackson St. - Southern 67-80
Jan. 8: Miss.Valley St. - Alabama St. 65-69
Jan. 8: Purdue - Ohio St. 64-74
Jan. 8: Boston U. - Vermont 63-53
Jan. 8: Missouri St. - Illinois St. 62-55
Jan. 8: Houston Baptist - UTPA 60-70
Jan. 8: Drexel - Northeastern 58-63 OT
Jan. 8: Wofford - Appalachian St. 49-50
Jan. 8: Texas Tech - Baylor 48-82
Jan. 8: Grambling St. - Alcorn St. 46-80
Jan. 8: Georgetown - Pittsburgh 45-73

Regular Season: Round 61

Jan. 10: George Mason - ODU
Jan. 10: BYU - Pepperdine
Jan. 10: Marist - Iona
Jan. 10: Loyola Mary - Santa Clara
Jan. 10: USF - San Diego
Jan. 10: Cent.Conn.St. - Sacred Heart
Jan. 10: E.Tenn.St. - Stetson
Jan. 10: St.Francis, NY - Mt.St.Mary's
Jan. 10: Jacksonville - Kennesaw St.
Jan. 10: Manhattan - Rider
Jan. 10: Monmouth - St.Francis, PA
Jan. 10: N.Florida - Mercer
Jan. 10: Bryant - Quinnipiac
Jan. 10: Fair Dickinson - Robert Morris
Jan. 10: Iowa - Michigan St.
Jan. 10: LIU Brooklyn - Wagner
Jan. 10: Xavier - Temple
Jan. 10: USC Upstate - Florida Gulf Coast
Jan. 10: N.Carolina - Miami, FL
Jan. 10: Citadel - Chattanooga
Jan. 10: Youngstown St. - Detroit Mercy
Jan. 10: Charleston - Samford
Jan. 10: Nebraska-Omaha - IUPUI
Jan. 10: Penn St. - Northwestern
Jan. 10: Tennessee St. - Tenn-Martin
Jan. 10: SIU Edwardsville - Jacksonville St.
Jan. 10: UALR - N.Texas
Jan. 10: Texas St. - Louisiana Tech
Jan. 10: Middle Tenn.St. - Florida Atlantic
Jan. 10: N.Dakota - Montana
Jan. 10: S.Dakota St. - Oakland
Jan. 10: La-Lafayette - S.Alabama
Jan. 10: N.Dakota St. - IPFW
Jan. 10: Belmont - SE Missouri St.
Jan. 10: E.Illinois - Tenn Tech
Jan. 10: UTSA - Texas Arlington
Jan. 10: Arkansas St. - FIU
Jan. 10: ORU - Northwestern St.
Jan. 10: Troy - La-Monroe
Jan. 10: McNeese St. - Texas A&M-CC
Jan. 10: Cent.Arkansas - SF Austin
Jan. 10: Lamar - Sam Houston St.
Jan. 10: Vanderbilt - Kentucky
Jan. 10: Oregon - Arizona
Jan. 10: St.Louis - Massachusetts
Jan. 10: S.Utah - Weber St.
Jan. 10: N.Colorado - Montana St.
Jan. 10: E.Washington - N.Arizona
Jan. 10: Utah - UCLA
Jan. 10: Cal-Davis - Cal Poly - SLO
Jan. 10: Pacific - UCSB
Jan. 10: Colorado - USC
Jan. 10: Seattle - N.Mexico St.
Jan. 10: Idaho - Denver
Jan. 10: Portland St. - Sacramento St.
Jan. 10: Gonzaga - St.Mary's, CA
Jan. 10: Oregon St. - Arizona St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Trevis SIMPSON
  NC-Green.
  (193-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Simpson, NC-Green.18.0 
 2. Sumler, W.Carolina16.9 
 3. Armstrong, NC-Gre.15.9 
 4. Cochran, Wofford15.7 
 5. Canty, Appalach.15.6 
 6. Kelly, Samford14.9 
 7. Ferguson, Georgia14.7 
 8. Troutman, Elon14.7 
 9. Williams, Samford14.7 
 10. Isenbarger, Elon14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adjehi BARU
  Charleston
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baru, Charleston8.9 
 2. Ferguson, Georgia7.8 
 3. Williams, Samford7.5 
 4. Groselle, Citadel7.3 
 5. McNeil, NC-Green.7.1 
 6. Skinner, Wofford7.0 
 7. Mason, Chattanooga6.9 
 8. Brooks, Davidson6.8 
 9. Healy, Appalach.6.7 
 10. Canty, Appalach.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Stephen CROONE
  Furman
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Croone, Furman4.2 
 2. Sumler, W.Carolina4.1 
 3. Harris III, Citadel4.1 
 4. Lawrence, Charl.3.9 
 5. Stitt, Charleston3.6 
 6. Kelly, Samford3.5 
 7. Parker, NC-Green.3.5 
 8. Cochran, Davidson3.4 
 9. Faithfull, Wofford3.4 
 10. Hamilton, Elon3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Wofford
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cochran, Wofford2.5 
 2. Sumler, W.Carolina2.0 
 3. Lawrence, Charl.1.8 
 4. Healy, Appalach.1.6 
 5. Ferguson, Georgia1.5 
 6. Hamilton, Elon1.4 
 7. Williams, NC-Green.1.4 
 8. Troutman, Elon1.4 
 9. Skinner, Wofford1.3 
 10. Kalinoski, Davids.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lucas TROUTMAN
  Elon
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Troutman, Elon2.2 
 2. Cohen, Davidson1.5 
 3. Williams, Samford1.5 
 4. Healy, Appalach.1.4 
 5. Mason, Chattanooga1.2 
 6. Baru, Charleston1.2 
 7. Ferrara, Furman1.0 
 8. Reddick, Furman1.0 
 9. Johnson, Charlest.1.0 
 10. Dunnican, Georgia0.9 



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Gebbers Sparks Whitworth's OT Win over Whitman - by Eurobasket News

SPOKANE, Wash. Wade Gebbers (5'11''-G) scored all 22 of his points after halftime to rally 5th-ranked Whitworth to a 112-100 double overtime victory over visiting Whitman in a key Northwest Conference men's basketball game on Tuesday night in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

Dustin McConnell scored 24 points as the Pirates improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the NWC with their 13th straight win. The Missionaries dropped to 9-5, 3-2.

The game played out much as one would expect between the two teams that were picked first and second in the Northwest Conference preseason coaches poll. The Pirates rallied from a ten-point first half deficit and several eight point deficits in the second half to force overtime. The Missionaries then fought back from a six point hole in the first overtime to force a second extra period. But then the Pirates, spurred on by a boisterous crowd of over 1,000, took over and outscored Whitman 23-11 in the final period.

Whitworth used an 11-3 run to grab a 22-15 lead seven minutes into the game. But the Missionaries hit 8-14 (57%) from the three-point line in the first half. Whitman went on a 11-0 burst, sparked by six straight points from Matt Mounier, to go up 26-22. The Missionaries eventually led 45-35 after a layup by Jackson Clough with 14 seconds to go, but George Valle drove for a Pirate layup just before the buzzer to pull Whitworth within 45-37 at the half.

Valle scored again to open the second half and Whitworth began to chip away, eventually tying the game 60-60 on a steal and breakaway layup and free throw by Robby Douglas. Another Douglas basket gave the Pirates a 70-66 lead with just over seven minutes to go, but the Missionaries forced a 10-2 run, capped by another Mounier three ball, for a 76-72 lead with three minutes to go. Colton McCargar (6'1''-G) answered with a huge three-pointer to get the Bucs back within a point. Down two points with 21 seconds left, Gebbers hit two free throws to force overtime as the Pirates' defense prevented a good look at the basket for Whitman before time expired.

Gebbers then opened the first overtime with a three and Whitworth went up 87-81 after a layup by Taylor Farnsworth. But this time it was Whitman's turn to fight back. Josh Duckworth hit a fall-away three-pointer to pull his team within one and Dominic Lippi made one of two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game again. Gebbers could not get off a shot before time expired.

The tone for the final overtime was set when Gebbers stole the ball and drove for a layup on Whitman's opening possession. After Ben Eisenhardt tied the game, McConnell and Gebbers hit back to back three-pointers for a 97-91 Whitworth lead. Gebbers drove hard for a basket that made it 99-92 and McConnell took a steal the other way for a three-point play that stretched the Pirate lead to 102-92 with 2:00 to go.

McConnell and Gebbers led six Pirates in double figures. McConnell was 8-11 from the field, 4-5 from three-point range. Gebbers was 6-10 from the field and 4-7 from the three-point stripe after halftime and he finished the game with seven assists.

McCargar came up huge again for Whitworth with 19 points off of the bench. He was 3-3 from long distance. Farnsworth posted 13 points and nine boards, while Valle finished with a dozen points. Douglas also had a big game off of the bench with 11 points.

Whitworth shot 59% (41-69) from the field and made 18-22 (82%) from the free throw line. But the biggest difference in the second half was how the Pirates took better care of the basketball. After turning the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes, Whitworth finished the game with only eight more against Whitman's tough pressing defense.

Mounier, Eisenhardt and Ryan Gilkey all scored 17 points for the Missionaries. Duckworth finished with 15 points and six assists, while Ignas Pavilonas had 14 points. Drew Raher and Eisenhardt had six boards each.

Whitman made 53% (32-61) of its shots in the game, but the Missionaries cooled off from three-point range, making only 3-12 after halftime.

Whitworth will play another important conference game on Friday night at George Fox (6-5, 2-1).
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Hobart dominates RIT 75-41 to extend win streak to 4 - by Eurobasket News

The Hobart College basketball team used a stifling defensive effort to post a convincing 75-41 win over Liberty League rival Rochester Institute of Technology in Bristol Gym tonight. The Statesmen needed less than seven minutes to push their lead into double digits for good, limiting the Tigers to season lows for points and shooting percentage.

RIT's Jameel Balenton (6'1''-G) scored the first basket of the game, but sophomore guard Connor Rehbaum (6'3''-G) put Hobart in front for good with a 3-pointer at the other end of the floor. The Statesmen finished the game with a season-high matching eight 3-pointers. While the Tigers were 1-for-10 from the floor in the opening six minutes, Hobart slipped out to a 9-2 lead.

J.P. Reagan stopped the scoreless streak with a traditional 3-point play at the 13:47 mark, but the Statesmen got back-to-back buckets from junior forward Richie Bonney, a trey by senior guard Rezin Davis, and then another layup from Bonney to extend their lead to 15 just 6:54 into the game. Hobart led by no fewer than 11 points and by as many as 21 for the remainder of the first half, taking a 40-19 lead into halftime.

The Statesmen opened the second half on an 11-2 run and maintained a lead that fluctuated between 23 and 36 points until the final buzzer sounded. Hobart shot 48.1 percent from the floor for the game, connecting on 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Statesmen defense kept RIT's shooters to just 26.2 percent shooting.

Bonney produced game-highs of 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Senior guard Stefan Thompson added 11 points and sophomore guard Trey Blanding chipped in 10 points off the bench. Hobart played all 12 men on its roster with 11 cracking the scoring column.

Reagan paced the Tigers with 10 points off the bench. Balenton contributed seven points.

The Statesmen will play their final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, Jan. 12, when they visit Ithaca for a 4 p.m. tipoff. RIT will look to halt a three-game slide at league rival Rensselaer at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



UMHB men hold off Concordia Texas 98-95 - by Eurobasket News

Belton, TX The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team almost let several double digit leads slip away, but the Cru came up big in crunch time, holding Concordia's late rally to post a 98-95 victory over the Tornados Tuesday night in Belton. UMHB improves to 10-3 overall and 7-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The Cru also breaks a three-way tie for first place in the ASC West Division with the win to take a half-game lead over Hardin-Simmons University. The loss snaps Concordia's eight-game winning streak and drops the Tornados to 10-3 overall and 6-2 in ASC play on the season.

UMHB opened the second half strong and opened up a 12-point lead at 59-47 in the early going. The lead would grow to as many as 18 before Concordia stormed back. Josh Sanchez hit a lay-up with 1:37 remaining to give the Tornados their first lead of the second half at 91-90. James Allen answered with a lay-in on the next possession to make it 92-91, but another Sanchez basket put Concordia up 93-92. Brian Todd's jumper with 37 seconds left gave UMHB a 94-93 lead and the Cru added four more free throws while getting stops at the defensive end. Sanchez hit a runner with 1.1 seconds left to cut it to the final margin and Thomas Orr pulled in a baseball pass and held the ball as time expired. The Cru led by as many as 15 points in the first half after trailing 8-0 to start the game. Concordia used another run to close to within 45-43 at halftime.

Todd finished with 25 points on 10-14 shooting and he added six rebounds and four assists. Orr also poured in 25 points and went 5-10 from three-point range. Kitrick Bell had 14 points and seven boards and Allen added 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for UMHB. The Cru shot 55 percent from the field and went 8-24 from three-point range. UMHB was 14-19 from the free-throw line in the second half after hitting just 2-8 from the stripe in the first half.

Dwayne Patterson topped Concordia with 25 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Sanchez also poured in 25 points and recorded six assists. Nick Haynes finished with 12 points, all of them coming in the second half for the Tornados. Concordia shot 53 percent from the field and 9-22 from beyond the arc. The Tornados also out rebounded UMHB 39-34 in the game.

The Cru will return to action with a 3:00 PM home game against Hardin-Simmons University on Saturday. That will be the final home game of the month for the UMHB men. The Cowboys play at Concordia on Thursday night.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Harris, Z*.17.5 
 8. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 9. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
 10. Fay, Sauk Valley16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 5. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Harris, Z*.6.8 
 8. Russ, Z*.6.6 
 9. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
 10. Williams, Rochest.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Z*.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Smith, Z*.1.2 
 10. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Giddings, Rocheste.0.7 
 10. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 



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  PHILIPPINES   


Fonacier's late triple held Rain or Shine rally as TNT takes Game One - by Aris Ignacio

Larry Fonacier (190-F/G-82), the heartbreaker.

Fonacier and the defending PBA Philippine Cup champions Talk N Text Tropang Texters showed resiliency despite a late rally by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to win, 87-81, and take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-7 championship series Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Rain or Shine came storming back from as much as 17 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to just three, 79-76, with 3:19 left in the game. But Fonacier, fondly called the Babyface Assassin, buried a cold-blooded triple in the next play as both teams traded baskets ending with Tropang Texters Jayson Castro (173-PG-86) converting a difficult layup over the outstretched arms of Elasto Painters Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86).

Turnovers and shooting woes added to loss of Rain or Shine as the Painters committed two costly turnovers in the final 1:30 of the game. Also, Rain or Shine just managed to shot 4-of-21 from beyond the arc as the Painters top gunner, Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83), only finished with 10 points and did not converted anything from the three-point area.

Both teams shot below 40 percent, as the teams played a defensive game that can be the tone of the series.

The Tropang Texters started hot, scoring 11 straight unanswered points and continued towards the second quarter with the lead ballooning, 33-15.

Castro and Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) each paced the Tropang Texters with 16 points, while Cruz lead the Elasto Painters with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Scores:

Talk N Text (87) -- Castro 16, De Ocampo 16, Dillinger 13, Fonacier 9, Alapag 9, Peek 8, Williams 6, Raymundo 3, Reyes 3, Alvarez 2, Carey 2, Gamalinda 0, Aban 0, Ferriols 0

Rain or Shine (81) -- Cruz 13, Lee 11, Chan 10, Norwood 8, Rodriguez 8, Quinahan 8, Tiu 5, Belga 5, Ibanes 4, Matias 3, Tang 3, Arana 3.

Quarterscores: 24-15; 51-39; 71-58; 87-81.



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.8 
 2. Dloniak, Siarka J.19.7 
 3. McCauley, Polph.19.1 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG17.1 
 5. Montgomery, Rosa16.1 
 6. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 7. Carter, Polpharma15.4 
 8. Addison, Siarka J.14.9 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.7 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.7 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.4 
 3. Adams, Rosa Radom8.3 
 4. McCauley, Polph.8.2 
 5. Cel, PGE Turow8.1 
 6. Boykin, Anwil7.7 
 7. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.7 
 8. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.7.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Trefl Sopot
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil6.4 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.8 
 4. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica5.3 
 6. Abernethy, Energa5.0 
 7. Skibniewski, AZS K.4.1 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco3.7 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.3.6 
 10. Long, Siarka J.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.5 
 2. Alexander, Siarka2.0 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil1.9 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 5. Addison, Siarka J.1.8 
 6. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 7. Jackson, PGE Turow1.6 
 8. Mosley, Kotwica1.5 
 9. Koszarek, Asseco1.5 
 10. Acker, Asseco Pro.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.7 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.5 
 3. Harris, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 5. Kulig, PGE Turow1.3 
 6. Boykin, Anwil1.1 
 7. Alexander, Siarka1.0 
 8. Rothbart, Start G.1.0 
 9. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.0.9 


Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 16-1 
 2. AZS Kutno 13-4 
 3. MKS DG 12-5 
 4. Stal Ostrow 11-6 
 5. MOSiR Krosno 10-7 
 6. Sokol Lancut 10-7 
 7. Polonia 9-8 
 8. P.Cukier SIDEn 9-8 
 9. Znicz Basket 8-9 
 10. Start Lublin 8-9 
 11. Spojnia 7-10 
 12. AZS Radex 7-10 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 6-11 
 14. SKK Siedlce 5-11 
 15. UMKS Kielce 3-15 
 16. AZS PP 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 9: MKS DG - AZS PP 94-66
Jan. 9: Start Lublin - MOSiR Krosno 75-70
Jan. 9: UMKS Kielce - Polonia 73-77
Jan. 9: Znicz Basket - AZS Kutno 73-75
Jan. 9: Stal Ostrow - Spojnia 72-74
Jan. 9: SKK Siedlce - AZS Radex 68-77
Jan. 9: Sokol Lancut - P.Cukier SIDEn 57-61
Jan. 9: Slask Wroclaw - Astoria Bydg. 104-53

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 12: AZS Kutno - UMKS Kielce
Jan. 12: AZS Radex - Sokol Lancut
Jan. 12: MOSiR Krosno - SKK Siedlce
Jan. 12: AZS PP - Znicz Basket
Jan. 12: P.Cukier SIDEn - MKS DG
Jan. 12: Polonia - Slask Wroclaw
Jan. 12: Spojnia - Start Lublin
Jan. 12: Astoria Bydg. - Stal Ostrow


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.17.8 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin16.8 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.16.0 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.4 
 5. Dluski, AZS Kutno14.8 
 6. Kukielka, Polonia14.8 
 7. Stepien, Spojnia14.5 
 8. Pacocha, AZS Radex14.5 
 9. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.1 
 10. Jarecki, P.Cuk.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Metelski, AZS P.11.8 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Zurawski, Stal O.9.6 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno7.9 
 5. Diduszko, Slask W.7.7 
 6. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.6 
 7. Wyka, Polonia7.5 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.0 
 9. Luszczewski, Start6.9 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS R.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.6.7 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.3 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.2 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.5.6 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Lewandowski, Astor.5.1 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.4.8 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.5 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.8 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.2 
 4. Baran, Sokol Lanc.2.1 
 5. Basinski, SKK S.2.0 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.1.9 
 7. Lewandowski, Astor.1.9 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 9. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.9 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Metelski, AZS P.1.4 
 4. Grudzinski, Spojnia1.4 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.1.2 
 6. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.1 
 7. Wrobel, UMKS K.1.0 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.9 
 9. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.0.9 
 10. Kukielka, Polonia0.9 


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Wilki Morskie 9-1 
 2. Korsarz Gdansk 7-3 
 3. SMS PZKosz 6-3 
 4. Ksiezak Lowicz 6-4 
 5. MKS Skierniew. 5-5 
 6. Trefl II Sopot 4-5 
 7. Basket Pila 4-6 
 8. GTK Gdynia 3-7 
 9. Notec 3-7 
 10. Suchy Las 2-8 
Group B
 1. AZS AWF K-ce 9-2 
 2. Pogon Prudnik 9-2 
 3. WKK Wroclaw 8-3 
 4. Tychy 7-4 
 5. GTK Gliwice 7-4 
 6. Sudety 5-5 
 7. HK Zory 4-7 
 8. Mickiewicz 4-7 
 9. Alba Chorzow 4-7 
 10. Nysa Klodzko 2-9 
 11. Wschowa 1-10 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 9-0 
 2. PWiK Piaseczno 7-2 
 3. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 6-4 
 4. AZS AGH Alstom 5-5 
 5. Pulaski Warka 4-6 
 6. Legia 4-6 
 7. Rosa II Radom 4-6 
 8. Wisla AWF Kr. 3-6 
 9. Handlopex AZS 3-7 

Regular Season: Round 13

A

Jan. 12: Suchy Las - SMS PZKosz
Jan. 12: Ksiezak Lowicz - Wilki Morskie
Jan. 12: Basket Pila - MKS Skierniew.
Jan. 12: GTK Gdynia - Notec
Jan. 12: Korsarz Gdansk - Trefl II Sopot

B

Jan. 12: AZS AWF K-ce - Nysa Klodzko
Jan. 12: WKK Wroclaw - Mickiewicz
Jan. 12: Wschowa - Sudety
Jan. 12: Pogon Prudnik - GTK Gliwice
Jan. 12: Alba Chorzow - Tychy

C

Jan. 12: Rosa II Radom - Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Jan. 12: Handlopex AZS - AZS AGH Alstom
Jan. 12: Legia - MCKiS Jaworz.
Jan. 12: Pulaski Warka - Wisla AWF Kr.
Jan. 12: PWiK Piaseczno - Novum Lublin


1Liga Round 17: AZS Kutno edges Znicz Basket by two points - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Znicz Basket (8-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked AZS Kutno (13-4) in Pruszkow on Wednesday. The visitors from Kutno managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Znicz Basket. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Znicz Basket won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Kutno forced 19 Znicz Basket turnovers and had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AZS Kutno maintains second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Start Lublin. AZS Kutno are looking forward to face UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stal Ostrow (11-6) against twelfth ranked Spojnia (7-10) on Wednesday night. Host Stal Ostrow was edged by Spojnia in a tough game in Ostrow Wlkp. 72-74. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Hubert Pabian contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Stal Ostrow. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spojnia moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AZS Radex. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Spojnia will play against higher ranked WIKANA Start (#10) in Lublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stal Ostrow will play on the road against Astoria Bydg. (#13) in Bydgoszcz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Slask Wroclaw delivered the sixteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Astoria Bydg. (6-11) 104-53. Marcin Flieger stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Mateusz Bierwagen responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Slask Wroclaw (16-1) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will meet Polonia (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Astoria Bydg. will play against Stal Ostrow (#4) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Lublin, where higher ranked MOSiR Krosno (10-7) lost to tenth ranked WIKANA Start (8-9) in a road game 70-75. Lukasz Wilczek nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. WIKANA Start moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Znicz Basket. MOSiR Krosno at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. WIKANA Start's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#11) in Stargard. MOSiR Krosno will play at home against SKK Siedlce (#14).

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Polonia defeated UMKS Kielce in Przemysl 77-73. SKK Siedlce was beaten by AZS Radex at home 68-77. P.Cukier SIDEn won against Sokol Lancut on the opponent's court 61-57. MKS DG outscored AZS PP in a home game 94-66.
The best stats of 17th round was 24 points by Marek Piechowicz of MKS DG.


Slask Wroclaw - Astoria Bydg. 104-53

Leader Slask Wroclaw delivered the sixteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Astoria Bydg. (6-11) 104-53. The game without a history. Slask Wroclaw led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Astoria Bydg. to just 6 points in second quarter. Slask Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Astoria Bydg.'s 32 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Astoria Bydg. 54-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) scored 13 points and 6 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. Slask Wroclaw (16-1) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will meet Polonia (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Astoria Bydg. will play against Stal Ostrow (#4) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: M.Flieger 17+4reb+4ast, R.Hyzy 16+6reb+2ast, K.Sulima 15+9reb, T.Prostak 12+4reb+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 11+7reb, T.Ochonko 9+1reb+1ast
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 13+6reb, M.Bierwagen 12+7reb, P.Robak 11+2reb+3ast, D.Szyttenholm 5+2reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 5+3reb+3ast, A.Barszczyk 4+1ast
gschID: 191497


Start Lublin - MOSiR Krosno 75-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Lublin, where higher ranked MOSiR Krosno (10-7) lost to tenth ranked WIKANA Start (8-9) in a road game 70-75. MOSiR Krosno was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of WIKANA Start, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by MOSiR Krosno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side and forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four WIKANA Start players scored in double figures. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) came up with 14 points and 7 assists and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for MOSiR Krosno in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. WIKANA Start moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Znicz Basket. MOSiR Krosno at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. WIKANA Start's next round opponent will be Spojnia (#11) in Stargard. MOSiR Krosno will play at home against SKK Siedlce (#14).
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: S.Szymanski 18+2reb, P.Luszczewski 15+7reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 12+6reb+11ast, T.Celej 10+3reb, P.Kowalski 6+3reb+2ast, M.Wilczek 6+5reb+1ast
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 14+1reb+7ast, D.Oczkowicz 12+2reb+1ast, D.Adamczewski 11+2reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 9+6reb, M.Salamonik 8+9reb+2ast, W.Pisarczyk 6+3reb
gschID: 191495


UMKS Kielce - Polonia 73-77

There was no surprise when 15th ranked UMKS Kielce (3-15) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Polonia (9-8) 77-73. It looked good early as UMKS Kielce took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Polonia had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and UMKS Kielce was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-77. Polonia made 24-of-25 charity shots (96.0 percent) during the game. Forward Artur Mikolajko (197-79) nailed 12 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winning side and guard Grzegorz Plocica (190-80) accounted for 10 points. point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) came up with 17 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Rafal Krol (198-87) added 18 points respectively for UMKS Kielce in the defeat. UMKS Kielce's coach Michal Spychala tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Polonia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn. UMKS Kielce lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Polonia's next round opponent will be league's leader Slask Wroclaw at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Kielce will play against the league's second-placed AZS Kutno (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Polonia: T.Zablocki 13+2ast, A.Mikolajko 12+5reb, G.Plocica 10+4reb+3ast, B.Bal 9, A.Machowski 9+1reb, M.Musijowski 8+6reb+1ast
UMKS Kielce: R.Krol 18+4reb, H.Makuch 17+4reb+5ast, M.Wrobel 11+5reb+1ast, P.Osiakowski 7+3reb+1ast, L.Fafara 4+3reb+4ast, A.Kijanowski 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191494


SKK Siedlce - AZS Radex 68-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked AZS Radex's (7-10) road victory over 14th ranked SKK Siedlce (5-11) 77-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SKK Siedlce won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) nailed 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and center Karol Pytys (202-85) accounted for 10 points. Four AZS Radex players scored in double figures. Power forward Tomasz Deja (200-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kamil Sulima (192-80) added 21 points respectively for SKK Siedlce in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS Radex moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Spojnia. SKK Siedlce lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. AZS Radex's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sokol Lancut (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKK Siedlce will play against MOSiR Krosno (#5).
Top scorers:
AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 14+6reb+5ast, L.Biela 11+1reb, M.Majcherek 11+1reb, M.Raczynski 10+1reb+2ast, K.Pytys 10+3reb+1ast, M.Miszczuk 9+4reb
SKK Siedlce: K.Sulima 21+2reb+1ast, T.Deja 20+11reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 16+4reb+2ast, R.Kulikowski 4+5reb, A.Czerwonka 4+3reb, R.Basinski 2+3reb+6ast
gschID: 191493


Sokol Lancut - P.Cukier SIDEn 57-61

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Sokol Lancut (10-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (9-8) 61-57. Sokol Lancut was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 18-6 third quarter run of P.Cukier SIDEn. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 6 points in third quarter. P.Cukier SIDEn had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Bartosz Dubiel (195-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Damian Pieloch (195-89) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Sokol Lancut in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for P.Cukier SIDEn. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Polonia. Sokol Lancut at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn's next round opponent will be higher ranked MKS DG (#3) in Dabrowa Gornicza and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Lancut will play on the road against AZS Radex in Szczecin.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: J.Jarecki 18+6reb+1ast, A.Perka 10+10reb, A.Lisewski 9+6reb+3ast, L.Zytko 8+2reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 6+2reb, K.Szpyrka 4+6reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: D.Pieloch 15+7reb, B.Dubiel 15+10reb, M.Klima 8+5reb, M.Baran 6+2reb+2ast, K.Gawrzydek 6+2reb+1ast, K.Mlynarski 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 191492


MKS DG - AZS PP 94-66

Very predictable result in Dabrowa Gornicza where fourth ranked MKS DG (12-5) outscored bottom-ranked AZS PP (2-15) 94-66. The game was mostly controlled by MKS DG. AZS PP was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to AZS PP's 44. MKS DG forced 25 AZS PP turnovers. Forward Pawel Zmarlak (195-82) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) accounted for 24 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Four MKS DG players scored in double figures. MKS DG's coach Wojciech Wieczorek felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for AZS PP in the defeat. MKS DG moved-up to third place. Newly promoted AZS PP stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. MKS DG's next round opponent will be P.Cukier SIDEn (#8) in Torun which should be theoretically another easy game. AZS PP will play at home against Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Piechowicz 24+2reb+2ast, P.Zmarlak 18+8reb+3ast, P.Zielinski 12+12reb+2ast, M.Woloszyn 11+2reb+1ast, L.Grzegorzewski 10+3reb+1ast, J.Karolak 8+3reb+3ast
AZS PP: A.Metelski 22+14reb, M.Sobkowiak 20+5reb+1ast, L.Ulchurski 10+1reb+1ast, K.Rzeczkowski 5+1reb+2ast, M.Szydlowski 4+8reb+1ast, M.Rutkowski 3+1ast
gschID: 191491


Znicz Basket - AZS Kutno 73-75

Seventh-ranked Znicz Basket (8-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked AZS Kutno (13-4) in Pruszkow on Wednesday. The visitors from Kutno managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Znicz Basket. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Znicz Basket won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Kutno forced 19 Znicz Basket turnovers and had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four AZS Kutno players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Lukasz Bonarek (198-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. AZS Kutno maintains second place with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Start Lublin. AZS Kutno are looking forward to face UMKS Kielce (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Znicz Basket will play against AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: J.Dluski 23+12reb+3ast, D.Brek 15+2reb+4ast, K.Jakobczyk 12+1reb+3ast, H.Mazur 10+4reb+1ast, W.Glabas 9+5reb+1ast, M.Szwed 3+5reb
Znicz Basket: A.Sulinski 14+4reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 12+5reb+5ast, L.Bonarek 12+8reb+1ast, R.Malitka 9+2reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 9+9reb+2ast, M.Matuszewski 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 191490


Stal Ostrow - Spojnia 72-74

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stal Ostrow (11-6) against twelfth ranked Spojnia (7-10) on Wednesday night. Host Stal Ostrow was edged by Spojnia in a tough game in Ostrow Wlkp. 72-74. Stal Ostrow was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Stal Ostrow. Four Stal Ostrow players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Spojnia moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AZS Radex. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Spojnia will play against higher ranked WIKANA Start (#10) in Lublin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stal Ostrow will play on the road against Astoria Bydg. (#13) in Bydgoszcz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: T.Stepien 22+4reb+1ast, H.Pabian 14+7reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 13+8reb+1ast, A.Parzych 8+1reb+1ast, P.Trepka 7+4reb+4ast, W.Grudzinski 5+7reb+1ast
Stal Ostrow: J.Dryjanski 16+10reb+1ast, F.Matczak 13+5reb, W.Szawarski 12+2reb+3ast, M.Dymala 11+3reb+2ast, L.Olejnik 8+9reb+1ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 4+5reb
gschID: 191496



EuroCup: Zastal entertain home crowd with win over Cajasol - by Eurobasket News

Zastal Zielona Gora - Cajasol 76:67

Zastal Zielona Gora claimed the opening win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Cajasol in Group K opener. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) nailed 27 points and issued 6 assists to lead the hosts.
Zastal found themselves trailing by two points after the opening quarter 15:17. Cajasol stretched the margin in the second frame. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) completed his first-half 8-point tally to give the visitors a 39:30 lead. Zastal however came off the dressing room firing from all guns. They ignited an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) pulled Zastal in front 49:48 midway through the period. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Latavious Williams regained the lead for Cajasol but Oliver Stevic capped the period with a jumper to level things up at 57. The lead changed hands for several times before Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley drained back-to-back triples making it 71:64 for the home team. Luka Bogdanovic answered from downtown but Walter Hodge followed with five points in a row to seal the win for the hosts. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. John Holland answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Zastal Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 27, Dejan Borovnjak 16, Oliver Stevic 12
Cajasol: John Holland 17, Joan Sastre Morro 15



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Confusing situation between Forbes and Atleticos clarified by the league: - by Luis Modestti


The situation between Atleticos de San German and forward Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) took an interesting twist in less than 24 hours after the team announced the signing.

After the announcement was published here, his agents Giovanni Funiciello and Gennaro Bizzarro sent letters saying that Forbes hasn't signed with San German.

Funiciello said in the letter: "There is NO truth at all that he will be playing in Puerto Rico this season. There is no contractual agreement that was ever reached."

He added: "This posting is causing some major issues with NBA teams that we are currently in discussion with."

Forbes is currently playing in China for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions where he averages 30.7 points and 8.5 rebounds. Since he has posted some great numbers this confirms that NBA teams are interested in him after he finishes up in China.

Meanwhile Bizzarro, who also represents Forbes and is a partner of Funiciello, said: "That is a complete fabrication. I don't know who your source is, but neither I nor Gary has ever spoken to that team or to any other team in Puerto Rico for that matter."

It gets better and even more confusing when Ray Rivera, of Become Legendary Basketball Agency (based in Puerto Rico), confirmed that there were negotiations and almost had an agreement.

"Yes, we talked and we almost reached an agreement. A couple of days ago Gary Forbes decided not to sign with San German, everything was cancelled, we informed Edwin Mundo," said Rivera.

Atleticos owner Edwin Mundo said that he has a signed contract not only by Forbes, but also by his agents. The contract has a clause in which he can be granted a release in case he gets an offer from the NBA.

The controversy was put to rest by BSN Tournament Director, Fernando Quiones, who said: "I have a contract signed by Gary Forbes and it was submitted to the league by Atleticos. I don't know what the controversy is."



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  QATAR   

D1 Stats

Points Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Jalloh, Al Arabi26.5 
 2. Leslie, Qatar25.7 
 3. Nwigwe, Al Shamal25.6 
 4. Ayeni, Al Wakrah22.0 
 5. Watson, Al Rayyan20.9 
 6. Ismail Musa, Al Ra.19.9 
 7. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa19.0 
 8. Byrd, Al Arabi18.6 
 9. Seck, Qatar18.1 
 10. Ahmad Mohamm., Al17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oumar SECK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 17
 1. Seck, Qatar17.0 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.15.6 
 3. Byrd, Al Arabi14.0 
 4. Ayeni, Al Wakrah13.3 
 5. Adako, Al Gharafa10.4 
 6. Egona, Al Shamal10.3 
 7. Moliva, Qatar10.0 
 8. Mpondo, Al Sadd9.9 
 9. Abdelkader, Al Gh.9.8 
 10. Souleye, Al Wakrah9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Boney WATSON
  Al Rayyan
  (183-PG-78)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Watson, Al Rayyan7.3 
 2. Williams, Al Shamal6.3 
 3. Leslie, Qatar5.6 
 4. Belton, Al Gharafa5.3 
 5. Abilmoni Han., Al5.3 
 6. Jalloh, Al Arabi5.3 
 7. De La Rosa, Al Sa.5.0 
 8. El Hadary, Al Arabi4.7 
 9. Obazuaye, Al Wa.4.7 
 10. Ngombo, Al Rayyan4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Fadi ABILMONI HANI
  Al Ja.
  (184-PG-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Abilmoni Han., Al2.9 
 2. Belton, Al Gharafa2.9 
 3. Ismail Musa, Al Ra.2.4 
 4. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa2.0 
 5. Williams, Al Shamal2.0 
 6. Byrd, Al Arabi2.0 
 7. Seck, Qatar1.9 
 8. Saad, Al Sadd1.9 
 9. Nwigwe, Al Shamal1.8 
 10. Ahmad Mohamm., Al1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 William BYRD
  Al Arabi
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Byrd, Al Arabi3.9 
 2. Southall, Al Sadd2.6 
 3. Souleye, Al Wakrah1.7 
 4. Yembo, Al Shamal1.4 
 5. Ayeni, Al Wakrah1.4 
 6. Ali Saeed, Al Ra.1.3 
 7. Abdelkader, Al Gh.1.2 
 8. Seck, Qatar1.0 
 9. Marone Ngom, Al Ja.1.0 
 10. Mofunanya, Al Ar.0.9 



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  ROMANIA   

Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 15-1 
 2. Timisoara 12-3 
 3. Ploiesti 12-4 
 4. Targu Mures 11-4 
 5. CSM Bucuresti 11-5 
 6. Craiova 11-5 
 7. U.Mobitel.CN 10-6 
 8. Gaz Metan 9-7 
 9. Rovinari 8-8 
 10. CSU Sibiu 8-8 
 11. Pitesti 7-9 
 12. Giurgiu 5-11 
 13. Timba Timis. 4-12 
 14. Miercurea Ciuc 3-13 
 15. Farul Const. 1-15 
 16. Dinamo B. 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 9: Ploiesti - Farul Const. 97-67
Jan. 8: Craiova - Timba Timis. 87-75
Jan. 9: Pitesti - Oradea 74-81
Jan. 9: CSU Sibiu - Rovinari 73-68
Jan. 9: Gaz Metan - Giurgiu 73-60
Jan. 9: Miercurea Ciuc - CSM Bucuresti 69-77
Jan. 9: Dinamo B. - U.Mobitel.CN 58-79
Jan. 10: Timisoara - Targu Mures

Round 11

Jan. 7: Timisoara - Ploiesti 103-91


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  CSM B.
  (184-PG-87)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Martinic, CSM B.22.7 
 2. Darby, Rovinari20.8 
 3. Shepherd, CSM B.19.9 
 4. Pesic, Oradea17.3 
 5. Barac, Pitesti16.9 
 6. Dzambic, Craiova16.6 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan16.4 
 8. Seals, Craiova16.3 
 9. Wright, U.Mobite.16.3 
 10. Jones, Pitesti15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 David STEFFEL
  Rovinari
  (212-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Steffel, Rovinari9.6 
 2. Glynn, Timba Timis.8.3 
 3. Dragusin, Craiova7.9 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.7.4 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti7.4 
 6. Filip, Dinamo B.7.3 
 7. Harvey, Giurgiu6.7 
 8. Johnson, Timisoara6.4 
 9. Darby, Rovinari6.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Gaz M.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.7.1 
 2. Dzambic, Craiova6.7 
 3. Jovanovic, Timisoa.6.5 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures6.4 
 5. Gruev, CSU Sibiu5.1 
 6. Martinic, CSM B.5.0 
 7. Nikolic, Rovinari4.9 
 8. Vlahovic, Ploiesti4.9 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.4.7 
 10. Maric, Oradea4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  U.Mobite.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, U.Mobite.3.1 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.2.1 
 3. Petty, Giurgiu2.1 
 4. Mandache, Gaz M.1.9 
 5. Nikolov, U.Mobite.1.9 
 6. Seals, Craiova1.9 
 7. Gennie, Pitesti1.9 
 8. Jones, Pitesti1.9 
 9. Henifin, Miercure.1.9 
 10. Habus, Craiova1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Chief KICKINGSTALLIONSIMS
  Timba T.
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kickingstall., Tim.2.0 
 2. Dragusin, Craiova1.9 
 3. Sipos, Dinamo B.1.5 
 4. Adebayo, Targu M.1.4 
 5. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 6. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 7. Tibirna, Oradea1.0 
 8. Knutson, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 9. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Kinloch, Pitesti0.9 


Brian Fisher in CSM Bucuresti - by Aleksa Nikolic

Brian Fisher (191-G-88, college: Winston Salem) signs for CSM Bucuresti.This will be first pro season for student of WInston Salem university.He was graduated 2010 and he didn't play until this season.In his last season in NCAA he had 10,9 ppg, 3,2 rpg, 2,8apg for 29 minutes per game.Best season for Fischer was 2008-09, when he averaged 13,7ppg.In his rookie season he had 10,1 ppg and 3rpg for 26 minutes per game.
24-years old American was finished
Kennesaw Mountain High School [Kennesaw, Georgia (United States)].



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Pekovic, Kirilenko power Timberwolves over slumping Hawks, 108-103 - by Eurobasket News

Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is bulldozing the paint and Ricky Rubio is ready to start ramping up his minutes, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves hope that they can withstand another long stretch without All-Star forward Kevin Love. Larry Drew's Atlanta Hawks have hit the skids after a superb start to the season, prompting the coach to label them "soft," which never sits very well with professional athletes. Pekovic had 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) added 21 points and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 108-103 on Tuesday night. Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were missing coach Rick Adelman due to personal reasons and will be without Love for the foreseeable future while he deals with a broken right hand for the second time this season. Terry Porter filled in as coach and led the Wolves to their first victory over Atlanta since 2006, snapping an 11-game skid. "We were really motivated," said Pekovic, who has eight double-doubles in his last 13 games. "I think everybody was motivated with all that's happening with all our players. I think everybody wants to step up and show more." Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 19 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and four of their last five. They lost for the first time this year when Smith and Horford each get a double-double. "There's some guys in there that are going to have to be held accountable," Drew said. "As we move forward, if this doesn't change, there's going to have to be some changes. That's plain and simple. I'm not going to sit back and watch our guys come out and not be energized to play. That's totally unacceptable." Rubio had eight assists, four steals and four points in 18 minutes in his first game back after missing the previous four with back spasms. He returned from a torn left ACL in the middle of last month and has had to deal with groin and back problems during his comeback. But he said he's eager to see how his body responds on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City when he plays in games on consecutive days for the first time since his knee injury. "I think it's going to be a good test," Rubio said. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 to start the fourth but had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. Dante Cunningham then stole the inbounds pass and Luke Ridnour knocked down two free throws to seal the win. The Wolves have been the worst 3-point shooting team in the league virtually all season, but they hit 8 of 15 against the Hawks to get a big win before a four-game road trip. While the Heat and Knicks grabbed all the headlines in the first two months of the season, the Hawks quietly put together a solid start that kept them right on their heels. They won 19 of their first 28 games, beating the likes of Oklahoma City, Indiana (twice), the Clippers and Memphis along the way. But they lost at Detroit and home against Boston in a back-to-back last weekend, scoring just nine points in the third quarter against the Celtics. "We waited way too long to start playing," Drew said. "The first half we were soft, soft. We did not guard very well. I thought physically they did just about anything they wanted to." The Hawks had a team meeting after being blitzed by the Celtics in the second half, and Smith bristled at being called soft. "I'm not rolling with the soft part," Smith said. "We didn't come out with the energy. Soft is not how we play." NOTES: Porter interviewed for an assistant position on Drew's staff when he was hired in Atlanta. How'd that go? "I didn't get it," Porter said with a chuckle. ... The Timberwolves played host to 16-year-old Cody Metz as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Metz is a devoted fan who has suffered from numerous complications following surgery on a brain tumor five years ago. Metz watched the game from a suite and planned to accompany the team on a road trip to Oklahoma City. "This definitely gives me something to look forward to," Metz said. "I'm really excited."
Courtesy of: www.foxnews.com



EuroCup: Unics surprise Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Unics 74:80

Unics opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign in style. They bettered Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 23 points to pace the visitors.
It seemed to be going Galatasaray way in the opening frame. The Turkish team gained control and raced to a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cenk Akyol stretched the gap to 5 points midway through the second term. However Unics finished the half strong and cut the deficit at one-point mark 35:36. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Galatasaray secured a slim one-point lead heading into the final stanza 55:54. The hosts were still up by three 67:64 with just over three minutes to go in regulation. However Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) triggered a 6:0 run from the visitors as they posted a 70:67 lead. Chuck Eidson made it 75:69 with one minute remaining in regulation. David Hawking kept the hosts hopeful with a three-pointer but Samoylenko and Mire Chatman seal the win for Unics in the dying seconds. Ian Vougioukas provided 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) added 14 points for Unics. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) answered with 20 points for Galatasaray. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had 18 points in defeat.

Galatasaray: David Hawkins 20, Jamont Gordon 18
Unics: Chuck Eidson 23, Ian Vougioukas 17, Michael Wilkinson 14



EuroCup: Buducnost ease past Triumph in Podgorica - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Triumph 90:69

Buducnost made a decisive run in the third frame and cruised to the victory afterwards in the opening game of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin champions toppled visiting Triumph in front of the home crowd in Podgorica. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Buducnost accounted for a 24:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Triumph stepped on the gas in the second frame. The visitors exploded with 24 points and narrowed the gap at 3-point mark 47:44 at halftime. But the third term belonged to Buducnost. The Montenegrin turned on aggressive defence. Triumph offence suffocated going for just 9 points in ten minutes. Buducnost capitalized boosting the margin to 9 points 62:53. The hosts went on a 13:2 run early in the final period to accumulate a 77:58 lead. Buducnost never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) provided 17 points, while Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) contributed 13 points in the win. Triumph answered with 20 points from Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU). Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Russian team.

Buducnost: Cedomir Vitkovac 24+12 boards, Aleksa Popovic 17, Gerald Lee 13
Triumph: Tasmin Mitchell 20, Tywain McKee 18



EuroCup: Lokomotiv surprise Spartak SP to start Last 16 stage - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Lokomotiv 70:84

Lokomotiv led from start to finish to upset Spartak SP at the start of Last 16 campaign for both teams. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) scored 21 points to lead the Krasnodar team.
Lokomotiv silenced their opponents in the opening quarter. The visitors went on a 26:10 run to take a comfortable lead. Spartak slowly adjusted their game in the second frame. The Russian side fired 23 points to cut the deficit to 11 points heading into the second half. Spartak tried to erase the deficit in the third term but Lokomotiv hung on tight. The visitors secured a 62:52 lead into the fourth period. Lokomotiv dropped 22 points in the final stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Lokomotiv. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak SP. Zack Wright (195-G-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 20, Zack Wright 16
Lokomotiv: Derrick Brown 21, Simas Jasaitis 15, Aleks Maric 14



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  SENEGAL   


2013 Afrobasket: Sitapha Savan may return for Senegal - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegalese basketball star, Sitapha Savan never envisioned himself playing professional sports while growing up in Senegal.

Hes been a pro in Spain since 2000-01, though, following his graduation from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

At his previous club, Gran Canaria, Savan played for six years.

Now the 34-year-old is on the books of Joventut Badalona.

I fell in love with basketball and worked really hard and had the opportunities to have a long career, Savan said to FIBA.com.

I'm really thankful for it. I just want to enjoy it as much as possible.

Attending the Naval Academy prepared him for the rigors of professional sports.

That was probably one of the hardest things I've done in my life, he said.

It's a very tough institution to graduate from, but it definitely gives you the weapons for the rest of your life to face any adversity.

He had adversity in his last season at Gran Canaria when suffering a serious Achilles injury.It was very tough, Savan said.It's one of those injuries in basketball that you notice a lot coming back.

It was a long process but thank God it's behind.

National teamDakar-born Savan, who played for Senegal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, called it a proud moment.

In fact, I'm looking at the possibility of going back to the national team this summer for the African Championship, he said.

I'd definitely like to be able to help these younger guys that are coming up.As a veteran now, it's what I'm trying to do here at Joventut.Maybe you will see me back in the national team this summer.

Senegal could have a good team.We've always had the potential, but we haven't been able to squeeze the most out of it, Savan said.I think that some veteran leadership is one of those things that might be needed and you know, I'll always try to convince my friend Boniface (N'Dong), for both of us to give it a go and try to take these young guys a long, pass along a lot of value and experience that we have.

In 2005, when Senegal finished runners-up to Angola at the Afrobasket, NDong was the tournaments MVP.There is also the temptation of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.That's another thing I mentioned to Boniface (former Unicaja Malaga, Barcelona), Savan said.

It would be a great way for us to end our international careers, to help our team make it to the World Cup in Spain where we have spent most of our careers.NDong (2.13m), now with Galatasaray, and Savan (2.01m) play on the frontline, traditionally an area of strength for their national team.Generally, the point guard position has been a problem, Savan said.

Sadly, in Africa, most of what we have had is big men. We've had guards, but maybe not such a big supply.In today's game, it's extremely important to have guard play because now, basketball is guard oriented as opposed to the bigs.

Source: fiba.com



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Bojan Popovic in Lukoil Academik - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian guard Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) is new player of Lukoil Academik. Popovic signs contract until the end of season. Last season Popovic played for Crvena Zvezda and on 24 games in Adriatic league average scored 7 points, 2.3 boards, 3.5 assists, in Serbian league on 21 games average scored 7.8 points, 2.1 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. During the career Popovic played for FMP Zeleznik, Dynamo Moscow, Unicaja Malaga, Bruesa, Lietuvos Rytas, Efes Pilsen, Cajasol, Alicante and Crvena Zvezda. Bojan Popovic was member of Yugoslavian U20 and Serbian National team.


EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda fire past Ratiopharm Ulm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm - Crvena Zvezda 95:100

Crvena Zvezda clinched the opening win at EuroCup Last 16 round. They upset Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany tonight. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) exploded with 32 points to lead the Serbian powerhouse.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Crvena Zvezda were able to eke out a 23:22 lead ten minutes into the game. The Serbian side cleared off in the second quarter. Vuk Radivojevic drained three triples in a row to give the visitors a 32:27 lead. Soon Igor Rakocevic made it a double-digit lead 42:32. Crvena Zvezda arrived at halftime up by 9 points 48:39. The third term brought little relief for Ulm. They lagged behind throughout the period as Crvena Zvezda accumulated a 69:58 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The hosts erupted for 37 points in the final period but Crvena Zvezda hung on tight to their lead and snatched an important road win at the end. Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, while Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) stepped up with 20 points and 12 boards for Ratiopharm Ulm. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) banked 19 points in defeat.

Ratiopharm Ulm: John Bryant 20+12 boards, Allan Ray 19
Crvena Zvezda: Igor Rakocevic 32, Boris Savovic 17, Elton Brown 16+10 boards



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Komarno 15-4 
 2. Levice 12-6 
 3. Nitra 12-8 
 4. Nova Ves 11-9 
 5. Prievidza 10-9 
 6. Inter Bratislava 9-11 
 7. B.Bystrica 8-11 
 8. Handlova 6-12 
 9. Svit 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 9: Handlova - Svit 96-84
Jan. 9: Nova Ves - Levice 76-87
Jan. 9: Komarno - Nitra 76-67
Jan. 9: Inter Bratislava - Prievidza 75-90

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 12: Prievidza - Levice
Jan. 12: Nitra - Nova Ves
Jan. 12: B.Bystrica - Komarno
Jan. 12: Inter Bratislava - Handlova


Extraliga Round 22: Nova Ves lose to Levice in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nova Ves. 4th ranked host Nova Ves (11-9) lost to third ranked Levice (12-6) 87-76. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Levice outrebounded Nova Ves 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Levice moved-up to second place. Nova Ves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Levice are looking forward to face Prievidza (#5) on the road in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Komarno. First ranked host Komarno (15-4) defeated their biggest opponent Nitra (12-8). American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Chris Lowe supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Bahamas guard J.R. Cadot (195-87, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Nitra. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno maintains first position with 15-4 record. Nitra at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Komarno will play against SKP Banska Bystrica (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Nitra will play against Nova Ves (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bratislava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Prievidza (10-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-11). Prievidza defeated Inter Bratislava 90-75 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. Barkley Falkner fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Martin Rancik produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 10-9 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Prievidza will meet at home league's second-placed Levice in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Inter Bratislava will play against Handlova (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 22 bottom-ranked Svit lost to Handlova on the opponent's court 84-96.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Roman Vido of Handlova.


Nova Ves - Levice 76-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nova Ves. 4th ranked host Nova Ves (11-9) lost to third ranked Levice (12-6) 87-76. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Levice outrebounded Nova Ves 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Levice and five Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Levice moved-up to second place. Nova Ves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Levice are looking forward to face Prievidza (#5) on the road in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: M.Acker 19+3reb+4ast, D.Burke 17+7reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 16+2reb+1ast, V.Hovanak 12+7reb+1ast, A.Mandic 11+5reb+3ast, R.Becarik 1+1ast
Levice: B.Fields 21+7reb+1ast, J.Simmons 15+6reb+2ast, S.Nuhanovic 11+7reb+3ast, B.Addison 10+10reb, R.Nuber 10+2reb+4ast, W.Kemp 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 195166


Komarno - Nitra 76-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Komarno. First ranked host Komarno (15-4) defeated their biggest opponent Nitra (12-8). The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-17 Nitra's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-67 at the end of the game. American forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts, agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Bahamas guard J.R. Cadot (195-87, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Nitra. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Komarno maintains first position with 15-4 record. Nitra at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Komarno will play against SKP Banska Bystrica (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Nitra will play against Nova Ves (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: J.Cadot 18+5reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 13, A.McClain 9+6reb+1ast, B.Tomek 9+7reb, J.Hasan 6+1reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 4+1ast
Komarno: M.Bilik 18, K.Thompson 16+11reb, C.Lowe 15+2reb+6ast, J.Kratochvil 11+3reb, O.Soska 5+2reb+1ast, L.Dubovsky 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 195165


Handlova - Svit 96-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Svit's (4-17) road loss to eighth ranked Handlova (6-12) 84-96 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Handlova. Svit managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlova forced 23 Svit turnovers. Strangely Svit outrebounded Handlova 37-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International Roman Vido (204-88) fired 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 22 points and 9 assists. American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and his fellow American import forward Kenneth Henderson (201-82, college: Texas Arlington) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Handlova maintains eighth position with 6-12 record. Loser Svit stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Handlova will meet higher ranked Inter Bratislava (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Svit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Svit: T.McNeal 21+7reb+1ast, K.Henderson 15+9reb+3ast, A.Stewart 13+3reb, J.Mascoll 12+4reb+3ast, R.Findura 9+5reb+1ast, J.Boyer 6+3reb+4ast
Handlova: R.Vido 26+5reb+4ast, K.Bridgewaters 22+1reb+9ast, C.Payton 17+7reb+3ast, O.Haviar 13+2reb+2ast, M.Golian 9+4reb+1ast, Z.Crimmins 4
gschID: 195164


Inter Bratislava - Prievidza 75-90

The game in Bratislava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Prievidza (10-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-11). Prievidza defeated Inter Bratislava 90-75 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. The game was mostly controlled by Prievidza. Inter Bratislava managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 41-20 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International Michal Batka (204-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 10-9 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Prievidza will meet at home league's second-placed Levice in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Inter Bratislava will play against Handlova (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: M.Rancik 22+6reb+1ast, C.Jackson 16+2reb, N.Milosevic 13+2reb+4ast, G.Bulatovic 11+3reb+4ast, J.Musil 5+1reb, A.Kuffa 4+2reb+2ast
Prievidza: M.Batka 17+7reb+1ast, B.Falkner 16+10reb+1ast, W.Powers 14+2reb+7ast, J.Manns 13+4reb, J.Harris 12+2reb, D.Godbold 8+10reb+2ast
gschID: 195163



Lamar Grimes signs at Svit - by Eurobasket News

BK Iskra Svit (Extraliga) landed 30-year old American guard Lamar Grimes (182-83, college: Indiana State). He played most recently at Atlanta Experience (ABA) in the U.S..
Grimes ended the previous (10-11) season at Al Jaysh in Qatari D1. But the most of that year he spent at Tennessee Dragons in UBA. In two games that season he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 7.5apg.
Grimes team won Qatar King Cup in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Germany (MLP Academics Heidelberg), Qatar (Al Arabi) and ABA (Grand Rapids Flight).
Grimes attended Indiana State until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Krka waives Jurica Golemac - by Eurobasket News

Krka Novo Mesto (Telemach League) released 36-year old naturalized Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-102kg-77, agency: Beo Basket). In 6 Adriatic League games he played this season he had just 2.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg.
The last season Golemac played at Air Avellino in Italian SerieA. In 30 games last year he recorded 11.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg.
The most of previous (2010-11) season he spent at Kolossos in Greek A1. In 23 games that season he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg. Golemac also played at KK_Zadar in Croatian league that season. In four Adriatic League games that year he recorded 8.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg.
His team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2010. Golemac represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Poland four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg.
Golemac is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris-Levallois), Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem), Russia, Turkey, Germany (ALBA Berlin), Italy (Lottomatica Roma), Greece (Panathinaikos and Panellinios) and Croatia (KK Zadar).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hopsi immediately replaces Hannibal with Robertson - by Zeljko Zule

After short try-out period the management of Hopsi decided to keep American Hugh Robertson (198-G-89) for the remainder of the season. He arrives frome the University of South Florida, where he averaged 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 36 NCAA games last season. Robertson will replace an injured Jasonn Hannibal (210-C-88, college: Portland), who suffered knee injury that will sideline him for the rest od the season.


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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 25-5 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 21-9 
 3. ET Land 19-10 
 4. Anyang KGC 14-15 
 5. LG Sakers 13-16 
 6. Sonic Boom KT 13-16 
 7. Samsung Th. 12-16 
 8. Goyang Orions 12-17 
 9. Dongbu Promy 12-18 
 10. KCC Egis 5-24 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 9: Anyang KGC - ET Land 90-82
Jan. 8: Dongbu Promy - KCC Egis 83-74
Jan. 9: Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 70-71
Jan. 10: Samsung Th. - LG Sakers
Jan. 10: Sonic Boom KT - Goyang Orions
Jan. 11: ET Land - KCC Egis
Jan. 11: SK Knights - Anyang KGC



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Perez leaves Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News

34-year old forward Sergio Perez (206-79, agency: Interperformances) left Ceba Guadalajara (LEB Silver). In 8 LEB Silver games he played this season he averaged 8.8ppg and 3.1rpg.
The last season Perez played at UCAM Murcia. But in 19 ACB games last year he had just 1.3ppg.
Among other achievements He won Spanish LEB Gold championship title in 2011. Perez received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB1 All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2006.
He has played previously for five other Spain teams: Ourense, Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014, Tenerife, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and CAI Zaragoza.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @baloncestofeb)



EuroCup: Nymburk nip Bilbao on the road - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao - Nymburk 83:85

Nymburk came up with the biggest upset of the opening day of EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech champions knocked down Bilbao in Spain for the first win in Group J. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) came up with 30 points and 7 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Nymburk set the tone early. The visitors eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Bilbao reacted quickly stiffing defensively in the second frame. The hosts erased the deficit as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 36. But Nymburk made a run in the third term. The visitors poured in 27 points in the quarter and ensured a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Bilbao used a 6:2 rally to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth term. Raul Lopez and Lamotn Hamilton finally tied things up at 78 with just over a minute to go. Vasiliadis put the hosts in front 80:79 however Radoslav Rancik drained a triple to make it 82:80 for Nymburk. Andrew Naymick (209-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) and Radoslav Rancik extended the lead to 4 points 85:81 and Bilbao could not recover in the time left. Andrew Naymick posted 20 points, while Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80) had 12 points for the winners. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) notched 13 points for Bilbao. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 13, Lamont Hamilton 12
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 30, Andrew Naymick 20, Jiri Welsch 12



EuroCup: Zastal entertain home crowd with win over Cajasol - by Eurobasket News

Zastal Zielona Gora - Cajasol 76:67

Zastal Zielona Gora claimed the opening win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Cajasol in Group K opener. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) nailed 27 points and issued 6 assists to lead the hosts.
Zastal found themselves trailing by two points after the opening quarter 15:17. Cajasol stretched the margin in the second frame. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) completed his first-half 8-point tally to give the visitors a 39:30 lead. Zastal however came off the dressing room firing from all guns. They ignited an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) pulled Zastal in front 49:48 midway through the period. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Latavious Williams regained the lead for Cajasol but Oliver Stevic capped the period with a jumper to level things up at 57. The lead changed hands for several times before Walter Hodge and Quinton Hosley drained back-to-back triples making it 71:64 for the home team. Luka Bogdanovic answered from downtown but Walter Hodge followed with five points in a row to seal the win for the hosts. Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 points, while Oliver Stevic added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the home team. John Holland answered with 17 points for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Zastal Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 27, Dejan Borovnjak 16, Oliver Stevic 12
Cajasol: John Holland 17, Joan Sastre Morro 15



Serge Ibaka's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-8) in their last game. Despite Ibaka's very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder was edged 101-99 on the road by the Washington Wizards. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. Ibaka also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. Ibaka has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.9bpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(204-348), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 81.1% in the 34 games he played so far. Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Memphis Grizzlies (22-10) in their last game. Despite Gasol's good performance the Memphis Grizzlies were edged 86-84 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 8 blocks in 38 minutes. It's Gasol's fifth season with the team. Gasol has very impressive stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.9bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 88.5% in the 32 games. He is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Gasol was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (15-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 99-103 in Philadelphia to the 76ers. Gasol scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. It was Lakers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 12.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 74.1% in the 25 games. Gasol is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (12-22) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-8) in the NBA. Despite his good performance on Sunday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and making 11 passes. Calderon has been at the team for eight years. Calderon is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 7.7apg. Calderon is also Spanish national team player.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
   #5. Former international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Minnesota Timberwolves in a victory against the Atlanta Hawks (20-13) 108-103 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Rubio scored only 4 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 19 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 16-15 record this season. This year Rubio's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.7apg and 1.7spg in the six games. He used to play for the Spanish national team two years ago.

Victor Claver
Victor Claver
   #6. Power forward Victor Claver (207-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-15) 102-97 in the NBA last Saturday. Claver scored 5 points in 11 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 19-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Claver's first year with the team. This season his total stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.1rpg in the 17 games. Claver is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #7. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-11) crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL last Sunday. Miralles scored 5 points. ALBA Berlin (11-5) is placed third in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Miralles has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Spanish national team eight years ago.

Daniel Munoz
Daniel Munoz
   #8. Point guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the American in their game against the Cornell University (0-0) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and added 7 assists in 36 minutes. But the American lost 60-68 at home to the Cornell University. Munoz plays fourth season for the team. Munoz has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Spanish U17 national team back in 2003.

Francisco Robles
Francisco Robles
   #9. Former U20 international guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Bristol Acadamy Flyers (7-4) in their game against Worthing Thunder (1-10) in the British EBL D1 (second division). Despite his good performance on Saturday night Robles scored 12 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Robles belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. He has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg. Robles used to play for the Spanish U20 national team thirteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA) led Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (15-21) 95-89 in the NBA last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Scola scored 21 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 12-24 record this season. Scola has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. Scola has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (15-21) crushing them 109-86 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Splitter recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-10 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #3. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the 13th-ranked Atletico Welcome (9-18) 82-75 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 11 passes. Barrera also added 6 rebounds and 4 steals in 36 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (19-9) is placed fourth in Capital group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.5apg and 2.0spg in the 27 games he played so far. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB could not help Ovarense (7-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Ovarense was defeated 91-80 on the road by the leading Benfica. Coll was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 7 rebounds. This season Coll has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Tijuca TC (1-10) crushing them 94-70 in a derby game in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. Silveira scored 12 points. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (6-0) is placed first in the NBB. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Silveira has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg and 6.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Spanish and Brazilian.

   #6. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Huracanes' victory against the closely-ranked Fuerza Regia 87-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 13 passes. Quintero has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.6apg. He has Spanish and Mexican nationalities.

   #7. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Academica's victory against the eighth-ranked Fisica 70-63 in the Portuguese LPB in Sunday night's game. Hallman scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Hallman is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg in the 10 games. Hallman is a naturalized American. He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #8. Jorge Calvo (190-G-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Leicester Riders' victory against the fifth-ranked Worcester Wolves 89-82 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Calvo scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Calvo has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in the 14 games.

   #9. Aigars Skele (192-F-92, currently plays in Latvia) helped Barons kvartals edge the closely-ranked Jurmala 66-64 in the Latvian LBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points. Skele has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.

   #10. Marco Porcher (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped FIU win their game against the Florida A&M University 88-72 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Porcher has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games.



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Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 12-2 
 2. Geneve Lions 10-4 
 3. Monthey 10-4 
 4. SAV Vacallo 9-4 
 5. Lugano Tigers 8-6 
 6. Boncourt 6-7 
 7. Neuchatel 6-8 
 8. Starwings 3-11 
 9. BBC Nyon 3-11 
 10. SAM Massagno 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 9: SAM Massagno - Neuchatel 94-101
Jan. 9: Boncourt - BBC Nyon 83-78
Jan. 9: Starwings - Monthey 83-109
Jan. 9: SAV Vacallo - Lugano Tigers 80-101
Jan. 9: Geneve Lions - Fribourg 102-72

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 18: Neuchatel - SAV Vacallo
Jan. 19: Lugano Tigers - Boncourt
Jan. 19: Geneve Lions - Starwings
Jan. 19: Fribourg - BBC Nyon
Jan. 19: Monthey - SAM Massagno


BBC Nyon tabs Karon Bradley, ex Torus Skopje - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nyon (LNA) inked 29-year old American point guard Karon Bradley (182-84, college: Wichita State). He played most recently at Torus Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In 14 games last season he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. Bradley also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 5.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He also spent pre-season at Mapooro Cantu (previous name Bennet Cantu) in Italian SerieA that year. He helped them to make it to the supercup final.
The previous (10-11) season Bradley played at Lille Metropole in French ProB. In 24 games that season he had 9.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg.
He has played previously professionally in Hungary (Soproni) and Switzerland (MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket and Rh.Herens).
Bradley attended Wichita State until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - D1

Division I Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. C Africain 0-0 
 2. CA Bizerte 0-0 
 3. ES Rades 0-0 
 4. ES Sahel 0-0 
 5. JS Kairouan 0-0 
 6. JS Manazeh 0-0 
 7. Stade Nabeulien 0-0 
 8. US Monastir 0-0 
Places 9-14
 1. AS Hammamet 0-0 
 2. CS Cheminots 0-0 
 3. CSHL 0-0 
 4. ESG 0-0 
 5. Ezzahra 0-0 
 6. SSK 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Places 1-8

Jan. 12: Stade Nabeulien - JS Manazeh
Jan. 12: C Africain - ES Sahel
Jan. 12: JS Kairouan - CA Bizerte
Jan. 12: ES Rades - US Monastir

Places 9-14

Jan. 12: AS Hammamet - Ezzahra
Jan. 12: CSHL - CS Cheminots
Jan. 12: ESG - SSK



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EuroCup: Unics surprise Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Galatasaray - Unics 74:80

Unics opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign in style. They bettered Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 1-0 record in Group L. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 23 points to pace the visitors.
It seemed to be going Galatasaray way in the opening frame. The Turkish team gained control and raced to a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Cenk Akyol stretched the gap to 5 points midway through the second term. However Unics finished the half strong and cut the deficit at one-point mark 35:36. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Galatasaray secured a slim one-point lead heading into the final stanza 55:54. The hosts were still up by three 67:64 with just over three minutes to go in regulation. However Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) triggered a 6:0 run from the visitors as they posted a 70:67 lead. Chuck Eidson made it 75:69 with one minute remaining in regulation. David Hawking kept the hosts hopeful with a three-pointer but Samoylenko and Mire Chatman seal the win for Unics in the dying seconds. Ian Vougioukas provided 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) added 14 points for Unics. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) answered with 20 points for Galatasaray. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had 18 points in defeat.

Galatasaray: David Hawkins 20, Jamont Gordon 18
Unics: Chuck Eidson 23, Ian Vougioukas 17, Michael Wilkinson 14



EuroCup: Budivelnyk outlast Banvit in Kyiv - by Eurobasket News

Budivelnyk - Banvit 76:69

Budivelnyk came from behind in the second half to outscore Banvit at the Sports Palace in Kyiv. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Budivelnyk to the opening win at Last 16 stage.
Banvit enjoyed a strong start to the game. The Turkish team led by three points after the opening quarter 15:12. The visitors stretched the lead in the second term. Banvit accumulated an 8-point advantage at halftime. But Budivelnyk turned things around in the third term. The hosts used an 8:3 run to level things up at 47. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 57:54 advantage. Budivelnyk quickly boosted the lead to 7 points in the fourth frame. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) dragged the Turkish side within two points 69:71 with just over a minute left in regulation. But Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) drained a triple and then Delaney followed with a jumper to seal the win for the hosts. Dainius Salenga finished with 14 points, while Georgi Tsintsadze added 12 points in the winning effort. Charles Davis answered with 21 points for Banvit. Sammy Mejia netted 13 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 15, Dainius Salenga 14, Georgi Tsintsadze 12
Banvit: Charles Davis 21, Sammy Mejia 13



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  UBA   

Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Lancaster A. 1-0 
 2. Ohio H.G. 1-0 
 3. Dayton K. 0-1 
 4. Cincinnati S. 0-2 
Southern
 1. Georgia P. 2-0 
 2. GIE Maile M. 1-0 
 3. Atlanta T. 0-1 
 4. Georgia S. 0-1 
 5. S.Generals 0-1 
Western
 1. Houston E. 1-0 
 2. Lonestar S. 1-0 
 3. Cleveland H. 1-1 
 4. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 5. Texas C. 0-2 
Dleague
 1. Dallas G. 1-0 
 2. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 3. Austin K. 0-0 
 4. Queen City G. 0-0 
 5. Team Japan 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 12: Dayton K. - Cincinnati S.
Jan. 12: Lancaster A. - Queen City G.
Jan. 12: Georgia S. - Georgia P.
Jan. 12: GIE Maile M. - S.Generals
Jan. 12: Texas C. - Dallas G.
Jan. 13: Lancaster A. - Houston E.
Jan. 13: N.Texas F. - Dallas G.
Jan. 13: Atlanta T. - Georgia P.


URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David TAIRU
  NGR
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Tairu, Cleveland H.25.5 
 2. Allen, Georgia P.23.0 
 3. Crain, Georgia P.20.0