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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 20-7 
 2. Lanus 19-8 
 3. Penarol 18-8 
 4. Olimpico LB 17-11 
 5. Libertad S. 15-10 
 6. Boca Jrs 15-11 
 7. Quimsa 15-12 
 8. Argentino 15-13 
 9. Atenas 13-14 
 10. Sionista 13-15 
 11. GECR Indalo 12-15 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 10-15 
 13. Union Progr. 9-17 
 14. 9 de Julio 9-18 
 15. Obras 7-18 
 16. La Union 6-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 15

Mar. 1: Sionista - Libertad S.
Mar. 1: Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Mar. 1: 9 de Julio - GECR Indalo
Mar. 1: Olimpico LB - La Union
Mar. 1: Regatas C. - Quimsa
Mar. 1: Obras - Penarol
Mar. 1: Argentino - Lanus
Mar. 1: Atenas - Union Progr.

Round 5

Jan. 9: Lanus - Penarol 82-84 OT
Jan. 9: Argentino - Regatas C. 80-82
Jan. 9: Atenas - Obras
Jan. 9: La Union - Libertad S.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.9 
 3. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.4 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.3 
 6. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 7. Lewis, La Union17.2 
 8. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.4 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.4 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Fierro, Atenas7.6 
 7. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.4 
 9. Mata, Penarol7.3 
 10. Battle, Lanus7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 4. Labaque, Atenas3.9 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.7 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
 10. Treise, Libertad3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.7 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa1.6 
 8. Espinoza, Obras1.5 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 10. Lewis, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 6. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 7. Meyinsse, Regat.0.8 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 9. Ayarza, 9 de Julio0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group E
 1. Ventspils 1-0 
 2. Barons kvartals 0-0 
 3. Parnu 0-0 
 4. Lietkabelis 0-1 
Group F
 1. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 2. Jelgava 0-0 
 3. Rudupis 0-0 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-1 
Group G
 1. Juventus 1-0 
 2. Tarvas 1-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-1 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-1 
Group H
 1. TU/Rock 1-0 
 2. Siauliai 0-0 
 3. Valmiera 0-0 
 4. Sakalai 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 1

Jan. 8: Tarvas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 93-75
Jan. 10: Kalev/Cramo - Naglis Palangos 84-75
Jan. 8: Lietkabelis - Ventspils 62-73
Jan. 10: Juventus - Barsy Atyrau 113-79
Jan. 10: TU/Rock - Sakalai 103-60
Jan. 11: Valmiera - Sakalai


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.19.4 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis16.2 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Fredrick, Barsy A.15.0 
 8. Leonard, Juventus14.6 
 9. Wilkinson, Kalev/C.14.3 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Raadik, Parnu12.0 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 4. Matyukevych, Bars.8.0 
 5. Berzins, Valmiera7.8 
 6. Porter, Naglis P.7.3 
 7. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.3 
 8. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 9. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.2 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 3. Maceina, Pieno Z.5.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.9 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 8. Artamonov, Siauliai4.3 
 9. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 10. Viskontas, Juven.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.7 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.2 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.2 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.0 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 10. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.2 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 6. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.3 
 7. Elegar, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 9. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 10. Dia, Siauliai0.9 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. M.Hainaut 8-4 
 2. Aalstar 7-4 
 3. Oostende 7-4 
 4. Antwerp 6-5 
 5. Spirou 6-5 
 6. Liege 5-6 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 3-8 
 8. Leuven 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 10: Verviers-Pep. - Leuven 79-77
Jan. 9: Spirou - M.Hainaut 76-70
Jan. 11: Oostende - Antwerp
Jan. 11: Aalstar - Liege


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Ryan THOMPSON
  Aalstar
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Thompson, Aalstar18.2 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut17.5 
 3. Mukubu, Liege17.4 
 4. Aleksandrov, Vervi.17.0 
 5. Walsh, Spirou16.9 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende16.8 
 7. Robinson, Leuven15.1 
 8. Clark, Aalstar15.1 
 9. Bostic, M.Hainaut15.0 
 10. Green, Verviers.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Walsh, Spirou8.6 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut7.4 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende7.4 
 4. Thondique, Antwerp6.9 
 5. Aska, Leuven6.9 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 7. Gillet, Liege6.5 
 8. Mukubu, Liege6.3 
 9. Wright, Oostende6.2 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Anderson, Verviers.5.9 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven5.2 
 4. Bosco, Liege4.7 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.6 
 6. Walsh, Spirou3.4 
 7. Raivio, Aalstar3.4 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende3.3 
 9. Thompson, Aalstar3.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Niels MARNEGRAVE
  Leuven
  (191-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Marnegrave, Leuven2.4 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Iarochevitch, Liege2.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Mukubu, Liege1.9 
 6. Biggs, Antwerp1.8 
 7. Anderson, Verviers.1.8 
 8. Hanavan, Leuven1.8 
 9. Aska, Leuven1.6 
 10. Ferguson, Vervier.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 2. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.5 
 3. Ferguson, Verviers.1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 5. Riddick, Spirou0.9 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.8 
 7. Aska, Leuven0.8 
 8. Thondique, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Love, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende0.6 



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  BOSNIA   


Damir Mulaomerovic comes home! Rejoins OKK SLOBODA TUZLA! - by Chris Mathieu


Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) comes home! Rejoins OKK SLOBODA TUZLA!
Damir Mulaomerovic has come home again, rejoining the team with which he had his start in basketball. A dream for those from Tuzla for over 20 years and rumored heavily the last few seasons, Damir has joined the team as an assistant coach.
Damir was a part of a golden generation of Tuzla basketball players, which was never to be. Their rise to glory was interrupted by the events of 1992 and the war in Bosnia. Sloboda Dita Tuzla had assembled a very impressive team of young players Asim Pescanovic (Pars) who went on to have a very solid career in Turkey, even becoming a member of their national team for a number of years. Asim was one of the best passing centers in Europe for 10 years and was one of the most underrated players of his generation. Damir Mrsic the young talented point guard who went on to represent Bosnia for a number of years and played at a very high level in Europe for a many years and only recently retired from basketball. Edin Salaharevic who was just voted Yugoslavian junior co-player of the year and met a most tragic end just when his career was getting started, Edin was killed, getting caught in the massacre of Vlasenica and ending up in a mass grave. Possibly the most talented player of his generation his star was extinguished just as it began to shine. Damir Mulaomerovic was rumored to have been sold off to Croatia in return for weapons and support for the Bosnian government. Damir went on to become the starting PG for the Croatian National Team and played a huge role in the famous 1992 team that faced off against the US Dream Team in the Olympics finals. Damir was one of the top point guards in Europe for a very long time and played in the biggest leagues in Spain and Greece. The spectacular generation of Sloboda Dita Tuzla was never to be, the dreams ended just as they began.
Damir returned to Croatia near the end of his career and was wrapping up his playing career playing with some of the biggest clubs in Croatia. Rumors swirled that he would end his career back with Sloboda Dita Tuzla, who were at the same time going thru financial death throes. The return never materialized, the team dissolved and Damir retired.
Now the story that Damir has returned to where it all began in Tuzla with the newly reformed OKK Sloboda as an assistant coach. His help being of tremendous value to a young and highly motivated team that wants back into D1 basketball in Bosnia. Reports from practices, the skills that made Damir one of the premier point guards in Europe still exist as he rarely misses an open shot in practice. There is still hope that maybe he would join the regular team in time for the playoffs for one last run to glory were it all begun.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Uberlandia 10-2 
 2. Flamengo 9-0 
 3. Franca 9-4 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 8-3 
 5. Basquete Cearense 7-4 
 6. Bauru 7-4 
 7. Paulistano 7-5 
 8. Brasilia 6-3 
 9. Minas 6-5 
 10. Limeira 6-7 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 4-7 
 12. Vila Velha 4-8 
 13. Joinville 4-9 
 14. Mogi das Cruzes 4-9 
 15. Palmeiras 2-9 
 16. Suzano 2-10 
 17. Tijuca TC 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 10: Brasilia - Pinheiros/Sky 96-99
Jan. 10: Franca - Vila Velha 96-86
Jan. 10: Basquete Cearense - Paulistano 95-76
Jan. 10: Flamengo - Joinville 94-67
Jan. 10: Liga Sorocaba - Palmeiras 93-73
Jan. 10: Uberlandia - Minas 88-86
Jan. 10: Bauru - Suzano 85-44
Jan. 10: Tijuca TC - Limeira 77-82
Jan. 10: S.Jose/Unimed - Mogi das Cruzes 105-67

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 12: Tijuca TC - Joinville
Jan. 12: Brasilia - Paulistano
Jan. 12: Basquete Cearense - Pinheiros/Sky
Jan. 12: Flamengo - Limeira
Jan. 12: Liga Sorocaba - Suzano
Jan. 12: Bauru - Palmeiras
Jan. 12: Uberlandia - Vila Velha
Jan. 12: Franca - Minas


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.9 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.5 
 3. Antonio, S.Jose/U.19.4 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.4 
 5. Silva, Brasilia19.3 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras19.1 
 7. Day, Uberlandia18.8 
 8. Simmons, Vila Velha18.7 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.5 
 10. Dos Santos, Brasi.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Guilherme GIOVANNONI
  Brasilia
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Giovannoni, Brasil.10.3 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.9.3 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.6 
 4. Araujo, Mogi d.8.5 
 5. Agba, Bauru8.3 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.8.2 
 7. Teichmann, Franca8.1 
 8. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.6 
 10. Cipolini, Uberlan.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.5 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.8 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.8 
 4. Campos, Suzano5.4 
 5. Garcia, Uberlandia5.3 
 6. Lima, Limeira5.1 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.5.1 
 8. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.8 
 9. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 10. Taylor, Bauru4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (196-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.3 
 3. Froehlich, Franca0.3 
 4. Benite, Flamengo0.3 
 5. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.3 
 6. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 7. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 8. Teichmann, Franca0.2 
 9. Castellar, Limeira0.2 
 10. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Arlindo NETO
  Liga Sorocaba
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.5 
 2. Campos, Suzano2.5 
 3. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.2 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.2.0 
 5. Figueroa, Franca2.0 
 6. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.0 
 7. Simmons, Vila Velha1.8 
 8. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.1.7 
 9. Vieira, Flamengo1.6 
 10. Wiggins, Palmeiras1.6 



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 8-0 
 2. Acadia 6-1 
 3. UPEI 5-2 
 4. St.Francis X. 4-5 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-5 
 6. Dalhousie 3-5 
 7. St.Mary's 2-5 
 8. Memorial 0-8 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 8-2 
 2. Victoria 7-3 
 3. UFV 7-3 
 4. UNBC 5-5 
 5. TRU 4-6 
 6. TWU 3-7 
 7. Mount Royal 2-8 
 8. UBC Okanagan 2-8 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 9-1 
 2. Winnipeg 7-3 
 3. Manitoba 6-4 
 4. Saskatchewan 6-4 
 5. Lethbridge 5-5 
 6. Calgary 4-6 
 7. Regina 3-7 
 8. Brandon 2-8 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 9-0 
 2. Carleton 9-1 
 3. Ottawa 9-1 
 4. Queen's 7-3 
 5. Laurentian 5-5 
 6. York 4-6 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-7 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-3 
 2. Lakehead 5-4 
 3. McMaster 5-5 
 4. Brock 3-6 
 5. Guelph 3-7 
 6. Laurier 3-7 
 7. Waterloo 1-9 
 8. Western 1-9 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 4-1 
 2. McGill 3-1 
 3. Concordia 3-2 
 4. Laval 2-4 
 5. UQAM 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 9: Western - Waterloo 73-75
Jan. 9: Bishop''s - UQAM 69-58
Jan. 9: Guelph - McMaster 67-97
Jan. 9: Laurier - Windsor 112-92
Jan. 10: Queen''s - York
Jan. 10: McGill - Concordia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.25.8 
 2. Dorsey, Cape Bret.25.7 
 3. Allin, Laurier24.3 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.2 
 5. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.7 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton20.4 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.2 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.19.6 
 9. Dunn, St.Francis X.19.6 
 10. Berhanemeske., Ot.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 3. Phillip, Windsor10.9 
 4. Allin, Laurier10.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead10.2 
 6. Kamen, UBC10.0 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Gauthier, Ryerson9.3 
 9. Faulkner, Queen''s9.0 
 10. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.8 
 2. Jones, Ryerson5.9 
 3. Allin, Laurier5.0 
 4. Pasquale, Laure.5.0 
 5. Walton, Manitoba5.0 
 6. Lamar, Saskatch.4.9 
 7. York, UFV4.9 
 8. Daley, New Brunsw.4.9 
 9. Hebert, Regina4.8 
 10. Bonhomme, Brandon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.3 
 2. Daley, New Brunsw.3.4 
 3. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 4. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.8 
 5. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 6. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 7. Evans, Victoria2.8 
 8. Parchment, UFV2.5 
 9. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 10. Thomas, St.Franc.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron O''BRIEN
  New B.
  (206--)
  Avg: 2
 1. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 2. Moses, Calgary2.0 
 3. Chesson, Laurier1.9 
 4. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.7 
 6. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 8. Duke, UPEI1.7 
 9. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 10. Iko, Winnipeg1.4 



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  CHINA   


CBA Season closing in on finish - by Alex Yam

It seems like just yesterday the 2012-13 CBA season kicked off, yet we are now approaching the latter half of the season. Playoff races are to be shaped in the next 2 weeks, and from the outset looks to be a rematch of last years CBA finals, where Beijing shocked the perennial powerhouse, Guangdong Southern Tigers. The stakes are a little different this year, as former NBA lottery pick and Guangdong star, Yi Jianlian has returned to his native country and team, to lead them back to the championship. They also boast one of the top import combinations. Fresh off leading his Nigerian National team to unexpected Olympic berth in London, Ike Diogu anchors the Tigers inside dominance, while former Louisville star and NBA lottery pick, Terrence Williams leads a talented group of Guangdong guards.

The team currently is in sole possession of 1st place with a record of 16-3, one game better then Beijing. The the logjam and uncertainty begins from #3-#10, as a simple one loss or win from either of those teams, can vault someone in or out of the playoffs.



Charles Gaines claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Charles Gaines (201-F-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Shanxi Zh. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 36 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team edged out Fujian QB (#15, 7-12) 106-105. Shanxi Zh. is placed at 4th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shanxi Zh. will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. It's Gaines' second year at Shanxi Zh. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Southern Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gaines is in league's top in points (2nd best: 31.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.5rpg) and averages solid 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American guard Stephon Marbury (188-G-77) of second-ranked Beijing Ducks. Marbury impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Beijing Ducks to another comfortable win 124-105 over the lower-ranked Liaoning H. (#5, 11-7) being unquestionably team leader. Beijing Ducks' second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-4 record is not bad at all. Marbury is well-known by Beijing Ducks 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 27.8ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 5.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. (#9). Ramos got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Ramos' great performance Guangsha L. lost 85-91 to the higher-ranked Guangdong ST (#1, 16-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guangsha L. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Ramos has a great season in China. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.1rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 26 points and 18 rebounds
5. Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) of Guangdong ST - 31 points and 11 rebounds
6. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) of Shandong FB - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Li Yi (203-SF-85) of Jiangsu D. - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Shandong FB - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. ZhiZhi Wang (215-C-77) of Bayi R. - 25 points and 11 rebounds
10. ZhengDong Tang (213-C-84) of Xinjiang FT - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  COLOMBIA   


JUAN DIEGO TELLO PALACIOS SIGNS IN FRANCE WITH NANTERRE - by Victor Garcia

Colombian forward Juan Diego Tello Palacios, better known as Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) signed with the France Div 1 team JSF Nanterre, Tello Palacios played in the last Federation Cup with the Guerreros de Bogota and was key player in the team tha reached the finals.
For Tello Palacios will be his fourth team in Europe, previously played in the Spain LEB Gold and ACB posting good numbers and proving that he belongs to the elite basketball.
Tello Palacios is traveling tomorrow to france.



BUKAROS STARTS MOVING FOR THE UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL DIVISION - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros the Champion of the last Federation Cup starts his moves towards the upcoming Professional Basketball Division , scheduled to start on February 22.
Accordiing sources close to the team the management has agreed deals with three americans, they are:
Richard Jeter (1,98 G/F), who was member of last years team, Phillip Brooks (1,82 PG), coming from the Kosovo League, Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) (1,93 G/F) who played in Uruguay three seasons.
The team also agreed with colombians John Velez (2,00 F), Cesar Cortez (2,00 F), John Hernandez (2,08 C), Cesar Ordoez (1,96 F) Miguel Fernandez (1,95 G/F), and Adan Reyes (1,88 G), and is still searching one more big man to complete their roster.



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  CYPRUS   

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, AEL16.9 
 5. Brown, Apollon16.7 
 6. Crocker, Keravnos15.3 
 7. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 8. Kapelan, Apollon14.0 
 9. Morrison, Apoel13.4 
 10. Allen, AEL13.3 
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. Pesic, AEL7.8 
 5. Aleksic, AEL7.7 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos7.4 
 7. Brown, Apollon6.8 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.5 
 9. Wells, Apoel6.3 
 10. Jefferson, Apollon6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.4 
 2. Diggs, Omonia5.1 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.8 
 4. Palalas, AEL4.1 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.1 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.5 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.5 
 8. Guillandeaux, AEL3.4 
 9. Adegboye, Etha3.1 
 10. Mokongo, Apoel3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Palalas, AEL3.3 
 2. Diggs, Omonia2.4 
 3. Stiggers, Apoel2.4 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon1.9 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.9 
 6. Panteli, AEK1.8 
 7. Poole, Etha1.8 
 8. Allen, AEL1.7 
 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. Outerbridge, AEL1.6 
 3. Baker, Omonia1.6 
 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. Sims, ENAD0.5 



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 16-2 
 2. Bakken 14-4 
 3. Horsens IC 14-4 
 4. SISU 10-8 
 5. Naestved 10-8 
 6. Randers 7-10 
 7. Horsholm 5-11 
 8. Vaerlose 5-13 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-13 
 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 79-78
Jan. 10: SISU - Vaerlose 78-79
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 IC21.7 
 4. Ocana, Randers20.6 
 5. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 6. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.9 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.3 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose19.2 
 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 IC10.0 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus8.9 
 5. Walker, Naestved8.4 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.2 
 7. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 8. Baker, Vaerlose7.6 
 9. Moritz, SISU7.5 
 10. Karason, Vaerlose7.3 
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, SISU5.2 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.9 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken4.1 
 9. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.1 
 10. Mariegaard, Svend.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Delk, Vaerlose2.3 
 4. Nielsen, SISU2.3 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC2.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg1.9 
 7. Ortega, Randers1.8 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.7 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.6 
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. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.2 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 7. Smith, SISU0.9 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose0.9 
 9. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 10. Thomann, Horse.0.9 



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 12-8 
 2. Maine RC 11-8 
 3. Erie Bay H. 10-6 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 10-8 
 5. Santa Cruz W. 9-6 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 9-10 
 7. Iowa E. 5-11 
 8. Springfield A. 5-11 
West Conference
 1. Texas L. 11-6 
 2. Bakersfield J. 11-7 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 9-8 
 4. Austin T. 9-9 
 5. Rio Grande VV 8-8 
 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. 10: Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 86-83
Jan. 9: Sioux Falls S. - Springfield A. 73-101
Jan. 9: Maine RC - Bakersfield J. 131-124
Jan. 10: Ft.Wayne MA - Tulsa 66ers 121-115
Jan. 10: Austin T. - Iowa E. 105-98 OT
Jan. 10: Canton C. - Santa Cruz W. 104-93
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. Lamb, Tulsa 66ers21.5 
 3. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Mack, Maine RC20.1 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.0 
 7. Fortson, Los A.19.6 
 8. Joseph, Austin T.19.4 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.7 
 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.10.0 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.9.9 
 5. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 6. Jackson, Austin T.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 8. Wilkerson, Austin8.8 
 9. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Chris WRIGHT
  Iowa E.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Wright, Iowa E.7.5 
 2. Mack, Maine RC7.4 
 3. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 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. Gutierrez, Canton2.0 
 7. Johnson, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Douglas-R., Texas1.9 
 10. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.8 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Flowers, Los A.2.4 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 8. Orton, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Eric, Canton C.1.7 
 10. Wilkerson, Austin1.6 


Suns assign Diante Garrett to Bakersfield - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have assigned Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88, college: Iowa St.) to their D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. The former Iowa State guard has only appeared in six games for Phoenix this season. Garrett played with the Suns 2012 Vegas Summer League team. He was invited to training camp and officially made the team in October.
Like his fellow bench mate Kendall Marshall, Garrett has had trouble cracking the teams increasingly short rotation. As they did with Marshall, the front office is sending Garrett to the Jam to see what he can do with more playing time. Whether his stay in Bakersfield will be short like Marshalls or more extended remains to be seen.
Courtesy of: valleyofthesuns.com



Latest results and stats from around the league - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Iowa E. 105-98 OT
Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) sank two free throws with less than eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime where the Austin Toros prevailed 105-98 over the Iowa Energy on Thursday night at the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nevada. The Toros (9-9) scored the first seven points of overtime and ended up outscoring the Energy (5-11) 12-5 in securing the win. Joseph led all scorers with 22 points, two of which came after teammate Jamarr Sanders made a key steal with less than 12 seconds to go in regulation. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) scored 18 points including five points in overtime. Rick Jackson recorded a double-double scoring ten points and grabbing ten rebounds. Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor) led the Legends with 18 points. The Toros shot 46 percent from the field and made a living at the free throw line as they shot 24-29. Joseph alone went 11-12 from the line. The Toros next face the Texas Legends on the road on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Frisco. Courtesy of: statesman.com

Canton C. - Santa Cruz W. 104-93
The Canton Charge used a strong fourth quarter finish to defeat the Santa Cruz Warriors, 104-93, to round out their participation in the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase. The victory was the Charge's sixth in a row and improved their record to 12-8, while the Warriors dropped to 9-6. Canton went 2-0 for the Showcase and took the only matchup of the season between the two teams. Both teams traded buckets throughout the early part of the opening period, with five lead changes and two ties as both offenses were firing. Santa Cruz used an 8-0 run to take control of the quarter, up by as much as 10 at one point, ultimately leading 30-22 after one. Canton battled back in the second to tie the game at 39-39 on a 15-5 run midway through the quarter, but the Warriors made a late push before the half, with eight out of their final 13 points coming from Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma), as Santa Cruz led 54-48 at the intermission. Griffin led all scorers at the half with 18 points. The third quarter played out evenly, as each squad scored 21 points and Santa Cruz maintained a lead for the entire duration of the period. Canton made their move early in the fourth with a 13-2 run in a span of 3:09 to take a 82-79 lead, their first since 6:07 left in the first quarter. The Charge used that momentum to finish the game strong, never relinquishing their advantage and ultimately outscoring the Warriors 35-18 in the final quarter. Canton was 10-of-15 for 67% from the field in the fourth and hit 14-of-16 foul shots. They are now 5-1 this season when trailing at halftime. Seven Charge players scored in double figures, the most this season, led by Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech)'s third-straight 20+ point game. He finished with 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line, three rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes. Alex Ruoff added 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench. Micheal Eric notched his fourth double-double of the year with 13 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 29 minutes. JaJuan Johnson had 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks in relief off the bench. Griffin finished with 23 points, six rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes for Santa Cruz. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) had 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three assists, three steals and seven turnovers in 37 minutes. Mickell Gladness made his presence felt in the middle with six points, seven rebounds and five blocks in 23 minutes. Chris Johnson came off the bench to add 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes. Canton outrebounded Santa Cruz 46-32 in the game. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Bakersfield J. 131-124
DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) scored 29 points and the Maine Red Claws used a third-quarter rally for a 131-124 win over the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League Showcase on Wednesday. Summers scored 19 points in the second half. Leading 69-68 at halftime, the Red Claws gave up the lead when Damion James put in a layup just over a minute into the third quarter. However, Chamberlain Oguchi, who closed the first half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, made two free throws after being fouled on Maine's next possession for a 71-70 lead. The Red Claws would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, but it wasn't until Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) hit a 3-pointer at 8:13 to make it 83-79 that Maine was able to distance itself from the Jam. Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler), who rejoined the team after clearing NBA waivers prior to the tipoff, made a layup and a jumper, and Downs added a jumper during the 9-0 run that followed and Maine held a comfortable lead of 89-79. Bakersfield cut the gap to 126-122 with 1:07 left, but Summers sank a field goal, and Maine made three free throws to put it away. Mack was signed by the Washington Wizards on Dec. 25 and appeared in eight games for the NBA team after playing in 64 games last season. Downs finished with 26 points, Mack added 24 and Oguchi had 20 points. Courtesy of: pressherald.com

Rio Grande VV - Ft.Wayne MA 97-116
Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored a season-high 27 points and notched a double-double by grabbing 18 rebounds as the Mad Ants defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 116-97 at the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) had 20 points and nine rebounds and Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists for the Mad Ants, who have won five straight. Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88) had a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds for the Vipers. Fort Wayne plays Tulsa at 1 p.m. today in its final game at the Showcase. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net/

Reno B. - Erie Bay H. 94-90
The Erie BayHawks lost their first game in the NBA Development League Showcase 94-90 to the host Bighorns at Reno Events Center early Thursday morning. The BayHawks (9-6) led 88-80 before getting outscored 14-2 in the game's final 5 minutes, 45 seconds. Erie missed its last eight shots from the field. With Erie down 90-88, BayHawks guard D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) had his cross-court pass intercepted by Walker Russell, who was fouled on the play. Walker hit the ensuing free throws with 14.8 seconds left. He added two more free throws with 7 seconds left. Dar Tucker (6'4''-SF-88, college: De Paul) and former New York Knicks center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa), who played eight games for the BayHawks last season counting the playoffs, each had 18 points to lead Reno. The Knicks are Erie's NBA hybrid affiliate. Tucker added 17 points for the Bighorns, who have won three straight games. Kennedy scored 18 points to lead the BayHawks, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Mike Singletary added 17 points. Erie plays the final game of the D-League Showcase today against Texas (11-5) at 10 p.m. The Legends have the D-League's best record. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Tulsa 66ers 121-115
The Mad Ants used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Tulsa 66ers, 121-115 Thursday at the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev. It was Fort Wayne's sixth straight victory and improved its record to 9-10. The Mad Ants had seven players in double-figures, headlined by Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) with 28 points. including 22 of which were scored in the second-half. Luke Harangody notched his second double-double of the Showcase, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fort Wayne was sparked by a 25-4 run that put it ahead 58-55 at halftime, followed by a 20-4 run out of the gate in the third quarter. Tulsa responded to the Fort Wayne runs with bursts of its own, including of 20-7 run before the half. With 4:10 remaining, the 66ers found themselves trailing again, this time by 14. Oklahoma City Thunder assignee, Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) led a final charge scoring 8 points in the final 1:20 but it wasn't enough. Lamb paced Tulsa with a game-high 33 points on 11-for-19 shooting. In two games in Reno during the Showcase, he tallied 51 points on 18-of-35 shooting, to go along with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Fort Wayne heads to Erie to play the BayHawks on Saturday. Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 3-0 
 2. Real Madrid 2-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 2-1 
 4. Zalgiris 1-1 
 5. Anadolu Efes 1-1 
 6. Unicaja 1-2 
 7. ALBA 0-2 
 8. Brose Bask. 0-3 
Group F
 1. Caja Laboral 3-0 
 2. Khimky 2-0 
 3. Montepaschi 2-0 
 4. FCB Regal 1-1 
 5. Olympiacos 1-1 
 6. Maccabi T-A 1-2 
 7. Besiktas 0-3 
 8. Fener.Ulker 0-3 
Stage One Standings

Top 16: Round 3

E

Jan. 10: CSKA - Brose Bask. 90-83
Jan. 10: Panathinaikos - Unicaja 78-73
Jan. 11: Anadolu Efes - ALBA
Jan. 11: Real Madrid - Zalgiris

F

Jan. 10: Maccabi T-A - Fener.Ulker 91-73
Jan. 10: Caja Laboral - Besiktas 77-51
Jan. 11: Montepaschi - Khimky
Jan. 11: FCB Regal - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brown, Montepaschi21.0 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.17.8 
 3. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 4. Weems, CSKA16.9 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.3 
 6. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 7. Aradori, Cantu15.0 
 8. Krstic, CSKA14.6 
 9. Jerrells, Besiktas14.6 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.8 
 8. James, Maccabi T-A6.1 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brown, Montepaschi5.9 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.9 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.7 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.5 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Zalgiris
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jaaber, Zalgiris2.1 
 2. Hickman, Maccabi2.0 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.8 
 4. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 5. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA1.5 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Slaughter, Real M.1.3 
 10. Djedovic, ALBA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.6 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 4. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.2 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Falker, Besiktas1.2 
 8. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 
 10. Ford, Brose Bask.1.1 



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Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 11-3 
 2. ToPo 9-5 
 3. BC Nokia 9-5 
 4. Oulun NMKY 9-5 
 5. Tapiolan Honka 9-6 
 6. Huima 5-9 
 7. Pyrinto II 5-10 
 8. SayRi 4-10 
 9. Ura Basket 3-11 
Division B
 1. KaU Koris 12-5 
 2. Kerava ET 11-5 
 3. Jarvenpaa 10-6 
 4. TuNMKY 9-6 
 5. HBA-Marsky 7-7 
 6. BC Jyvaskyla 6-11 
 7. JyWe 5-10 
 8. Espoo Basket 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

A

Jan. 6: Huima - Tapiolan Honka 90-94
Jan. 6: Oulun NMKY - SayRi 88-73
Jan. 6: Pyrinto II - BC Nokia 75-87
Jan. 6: Ura Basket - ToPo 110-87

B

Jan. 10: Espoo Basket - Jarvenpaa 82-97
Jan. 6: Kerava ET - JyWe 102-79

Regular Season: Round 17

A

Jan. 11: ToPo - Pyrinto II
Jan. 11: Porvoon Tarmo - Huima
Jan. 13: Tapiolan Honka - Ura Basket

B

Jan. 12: JyWe - HBA-Marsky
Jan. 13: HBA-Marsky - Kerava ET
Jan. 13: JyWe - Espoo Basket
Jan. 13: TuNMKY - KaU Koris
Jan. 13: Jarvenpaa - BC Jyvaskyla


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.1 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.25.9 
 3. Mays, Huima23.3 
 4. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.22.8 
 5. Pederson, SayRi22.6 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.3 
 7. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa20.0 
 8. Tate, Porvoon19.7 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.19.6 
 10. Young, Porvoon19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael CORPENING
  BC Jyvas.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris12.0 
 5. Capers, ToPo11.9 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.4 
 7. Young, Porvoon11.2 
 8. Stephens, Huima11.2 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.11.1 
 10. Coleman, ToPo11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.5 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.8 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.4.3 
 4. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 5. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.1 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 7. Mays, Huima3.9 
 8. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.9 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.8 
 10. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Little, Kerava ET2.9 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.8 
 3. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.3 
 4. Thomas, SayRi2.3 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 6. Herrala, HBA-M.2.2 
 7. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.1 
 8. Richardson, Ura B.2.0 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.9 
 10. Andersen, Espoo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.2 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 5. Mua, Kerava ET1.6 
 6. Young, Porvoon1.4 
 7. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.2 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.1 
 10. Capers, ToPo1.1 


Finnish Korisliiga round 22 best performance: Martin Zeno - by Eurobasket News

American guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Nilan Bisons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 18 points and 16 assists, while his team crushed Lapua (#10, 6-15) with 21-point margin 101-80. It allowed Nilan Bisons to take over top position in the Finnish Korisliiga. Nilan Bisons have a solid 17-4 record. It's Zeno's second year at Nilan Bisons and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Texas Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Zeno is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.7apg) and averages impressive 1.0bpg and 54.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International) of LrNMKY. Conley had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as LrNMKY lost that game 88-96 to the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#2, 16-5). This loss caused LrNMKY to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Conley is a newcomer at LrNMKY, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.8rpg and 3.0apg. Former University of Missouri star Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Kataja (#3). Coleman scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Kataja, leading his team to a 99-70 easy win against the lower-ranked LrNMKY (#7, 10-11). Kataja needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Coleman has a great season in Finland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 0.7apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Pyrinto - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) of Pyrinto - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Juho Nenonen (202-SF-87) of Kataja - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) of KTP - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
9. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Kauhajoki - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of KTP - 23 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Juan Palacios signs at Nanterre, ex Guerreros - by Eurobasket News

JSF Nanterre (ProA) landed 28-year old Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-111kg-85). He played in the summer at Guerreros in Colombian Copa Federacion.
Among other achievements Palacios team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team award in 2011.
Palacios has played previously professionally in USA and Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014, Vic and La Palma).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Kumanovo
  (186-G-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Kostoski, Kumanovo22.0 
 2. Bogoev, ABA S.19.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Rabot.18.8 
 4. Dimcevski, Kuman.17.1 
 5. Kerkez, Vardar15.6 
 6. Tasovski, Lirija15.4 
 7. Sharper, Rabotnicki15.3 
 8. Radunovic, Lirija14.9 
 9. Sokolov, Feni I.14.3 
 10. Zivcevic, Rabotni.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragan KERKEZ
  Vardar
  (--89)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Kerkez, Vardar11.1 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo9.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija8.0 
 4. Trajkovski, Feni I.7.7 
 5. Jelesijevic, Rabot.7.2 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.6.7 
 7. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.6.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Kuman.6.1 
 9. Zaharievski, Pelis.5.9 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eftim BOGOEV
  ABA S.
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bogoev, ABA S.6.0 
 2. Mijajlovic, Kozuv5.0 
 3. Karadzovski, Kozuv3.7 
 4. Samardziev, Feni I.3.3 
 5. Morban, Lirija3.3 
 6. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.3 
 7. Petrovski, Rabotni.2.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Rabot.2.9 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija2.9 
 10. Tasovski, Lirija2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar UGRINOSKI
  Lirija
  (192-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ugrinovski, Lirija1.9 
 2. Stajic, Lirija1.8 
 3. Bogoev, ABA S.1.8 
 4. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.7 
 5. Dimcevski, Kuman.1.6 
 6. Zivcevic, Rabotnic.1.4 
 7. Balazs, ABA S.1.4 
 8. Jevdic, ABA S.1.4 
 9. Gocevski, ABA S.1.4 
 10. Simonovski, Feni1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Radojevik, Lirija1.0 
 4. Jelesijevic, Rabot.1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.9 
 6. Simic, Lirija0.9 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija0.7 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.0.6 
 9. Kostevski, Vardar0.5 
 10. Talevski, Pelist.0.5 


Standings - Division II

Vtora Liga Standings
 1. Apave 7-1 
 2. Karpos Sokoli 6-2 
 3. Angeli Skopje 5-3 
 4. Lihnidos 5-3 
 5. Goce Delchev 4-4 
 6. Best Gevgelija 3-5 
 7. V.Lisici 3-5 
 8. Teteks TTK 2-5 
 9. Negotino 0-7 


Feni Indistrija lands Corey McIntosh, ex Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News

Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (Prva Liga) tabbed 28-year old American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa State). He played recently at Hyeres-Toulon in French ProA. In 13 games this season he averaged 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.4apg and 1.4spg. The last season McIntosh played at Torpan Pojat in Finnish Korisliiga. In 6 games last year he had 14.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Boulazac Basket in French ProB. In 15 games that season he had 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements McIntosh played in the final of Bulgarian League in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
McIntosh has played also professionally in .
He attended Iowa State until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Three foreigners left Armia - by Eurobasket News

Three foreigners left Armia due to the financial situation on a team.
35-year old Belgian ex-international guard Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) left BC Armia Tbilisi. In 10 Superleague games he played this season he had 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Faison also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Faison's team won Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season in 2008. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention back in 2008. Faison represented Belgium at the European Championships in Lithuania two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 27.3%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.
33-year old American forward Lamayn Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) left BC Armia Tbilisi as well. In 9 games he played this season he had 13.2ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.9apg. Wilson also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 15.0ppg, 8.5rpg (#8 in the league), 1.8apg and 1.0bpg.
Also the team lost 34-year old Swedish ex-international center Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona). In 10 games he played this season he recorded 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3bpg (#3 in the league). Kjellbom also played 6 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg.



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Jaroslav Tyrna And Adam Sollazzo Join The Uni Riesen Leipzig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team Uni Riesen Leipzig have gotten valuable help for the second half of the season bringing in Jaroslav Tyrna (207-F/C-86, college: New Orleans) and Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.). Tyrna is a 26 year old 207cm forward form the Czech Republic that is talented and very athletic player. Great moves co-ordination. Excellent in 1on1, strong sides are rebounds and counter attack initiation (precise passes, dribble). Very coachable, hardworking.He played the last two seasons for SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (NBL), and this season played '12: 5 games: 9.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT. He started his basketball career in 2005 for Sokol Vysehrad (D2). He then played for CB Dunas Hotels Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Spain-EBA) in 2006. He then played in the NCAA for New Orleans (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 113 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 21 games: 9.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.4%.

Adam Sollazzo is a 22 year old 198cm forward from Tampa, Florida that is a rookie. He is a has great height for a point guard and the ability to distribute the basketball. Smart player who combines court awareness with scoring skills. He played at E.Tenn State from 2008-2012. In his senior year he played 31 games: 14.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 66.0%. He played a total of 135NCAA games. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been A-Sun Regular Season Runner-Up -09, 11, A-Sun Tournament Winner -09, 10, A-Sun Tournament Semifinals -11, 12, All-A-Sun 1st Team -12, and
A-Sun All-Tournament Team -12

Source: Uni-Riesen Leipzig





BSW Sixers bring in Japhet McNeil - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B team BSW Sixers has signed Japhet McNeil (183-PG-85, college: Bridgeport), according to the website of the league. The Brooklyn, New York, native played for USC Heidelberg and BG Karlsruhe earlier in his career and spent the 2011-12 season with ABA team Connecticut TopBallerz.
The Sixers waived Theron Jenkins (198-F, college: N.Alabama) recently and appointed Tino Stumpf their new head coach after parting ways with Stephen Arigbabu in late December.



Geoff McCammon teams up with Uni-Riesen Leipzig - by Moritz Korff

Geoff McCammon (193-G-89, college: Loyola, IL) has joined 2. Bundesliga Pro A outfit Uni-Riesen Leipzig, the team unveiled. However, McCammon probably won't make his debut in Friday's game against Ehingen, as his license is still to arrive.
The 23-year-old graduated from NCAA D1 school Loyola, IL in 2011. He averaged 14.4 points, hitting 85 of his 204 attempts from beyond the arc, and 3,0 rebounds per contest.
Last season he spent some time in Georgia, playing for Superleague side MIA Tbilisi (8 games: 9.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg).



Conerly moves from Schwelm to Konstanz to replace Archie - by Moritz Korff

The ifm Baskets Konstanz (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have waived Justin Archie (187-PG-88, college: Lindsey Wilson) and signed Aubrey Conerly (180-PG-83, college: Jacksonville) instead, suedkurier.de reports.
Conerly started this season with the Schwelmer Baskets, saw 15:16 minutes per game averaging 4.0 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds for the current leader of the Pro B North.
Archie joined the Konstanz team in the course of the season and played four games (13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3spg) for the Pro B side.



EuroLeague: CSKA successfully opens Round 3 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Brose Basket 90:83

CSKA successfully opens Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Russian Champions improved to 3-0 record in Group E after 90:83 win over Brose Basket. The German side meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
It was not a good start for the hosts of the game that trailed 2 points after the first period. CSKA won the second frame 23-22 but was behind 45:46 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Russian team managed to take an advantage and could take 67:64 lead entering the last stanza. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored important threes at the end of the game for the final success.
Viktor Khryapa top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic and Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) posted 17 each. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 14, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) erupted with 35 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) as well as Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) brought 12 apiece. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) followed them with 9 points.

CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 19+14 rebs, Milos Teodosic 17, Dionte Christmas 17, Nenad Krstic 14, Sasha Kaun 10
Brose Basket: Bostjan Nachbar 35, Teddy Gipson 12, Maik Zirbes 12, John Goldsberry 9



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens edge Unicaja Malaga in front of 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens - Unicaja Malaga 78:73

Panathinaikos Athens edge Unicaja Malaga in front of 11000 fans in Greece. The hosts won 78:73 and improved to 2-1 record in Group E. The Spanish side fell at 1-2 record.
Panathinaikos Athens won the first period 23-19 and led only 2 points at the halftime. Moreover Unicaja Malaga posted a 21-17 surge in the third period and grabbed 2-point advantage entering the last stanza. Panathinaikos Athens looked better in the last quarter as James Gist (205-F-86) scored for 73:64 but the victory was not so easy. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) reduced to 73:71 and then he missed an important three-pointer to tie the game. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) made two free throws for 76:71 and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) scored two free throws for the final success.
James Gist paced all the winners with 17 points and Marcus Banks as well as Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) had 14 each. Jason Kapono (201-F-81, college: UCLA) and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) followed them with 7 points each. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley), Krunoslav Simon and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) notched 11 each.

Panathinaikos Athens: James Gist 17, Marcus Banks 14, Jonas Maciulis 14, Jason Kapono 7, Stephane Lasme 7
Unicaja Malaga: Earl Calloway 14, Andy Panko 11, Krunoslav Simon 11, Luka Zoric 11



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  GUINEA   


Mamadi Diane joins UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia (ACB) agreed terms with 27-year old Ivory Coast-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). Diane managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played last season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 12 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Diane also played 9 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention. Diane also played at BK Edymax SPU Nitra (previous name Nitra) in Slovakian Extraliga that season. In 0 game he recorded point. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg.
The previous (10-11) season Diane was tested by 66ers in D-League.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Diane was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fifth round (13th overall).
He attended University of Virginia until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Dianes team won Spanish LEB Silver Cup in 2010. He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. Dianes team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Diane has played previously for another Spanish team Lobe Huesca.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 16-3 
 2. Leiden 14-4 
 3. Groningen 11-6 
 4. M.Magixx 11-7 
 5. Leeuwarden 10-8 
 6. Den Helder K. 10-8 
 7. Zwolle 9-10 
 8. Weert 6-12 
 9. Amsterdam 2-16 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 10: Den Bosch - Zwolle 90-62
Jan. 12: Leiden - Amsterdam
Jan. 12: Den Helder K. - M.Magixx
Jan. 12: Weert - Den Bosch
Jan. 13: Leeuwarden - Rotterdam
Jan. 13: Zwolle - Groningen



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Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. Kosarlabda 9-0 
 2. Bajai FKE 8-2 
 3. Konecranes 8-2 
 4. EKF-Eger-HESZ 7-3 
 5. Obudai 5-5 
 6. Phoenix KK 4-6 
 7. EnterHod Vas. 3-7 
 8. DEAC 2-8 
 9. Nagykorosi 2-8 
 10. Mezoberenyi 1-8 
West
 1. Bonyhadi 8-2 
 2. Bp. Honved 8-3 
 3. MTK Torokbalint 7-2 
 4. MAFC 7-3 
 5. TF Budapest 5-4 
 6. GYOR-SZOL 5-5 
 7. SMAFC-NYME 3-7 
 8. Veszpremi 2-7 
 9. PTE-PEAC PVSK 2-8 
 10. Vasas 2-8 



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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 13-1 
 2. Kenosha B. 10-6 
 3. Battle Creek K. 10-6 
 4. Rockford RD 8-7 
 5. St.Louis T. 7-8 
 6. Gary Splash 7-8 
 7. Holland Dream 4-11 
 8. Lansing C. 1-5 
 9. Springfield X. 0-3 
 10. Lake County S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 10: Battle Creek K. - Holland Dream 179-159
Jan. 13: Kankakee S. - Rockford RD
Jan. 12: Holland Dream - Kankakee S.
Jan. 13: St.Louis T. - Gary Splash



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Powerade Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Results from final eight of Powerade Cup.
Stjarnan 94 'IR 77. After very good first half on behalf of IR they could not stay with well manned Stjarnan team. IR up at halftime 40-38
Best scorers for Stjarnan. Jarrid Frye 20. Brian Mills 19 Marvin valdimarsson 17. For IR Eric Palm 26. Nemanja Sovic 18 Hreggvidur magnusson 15.
Valur 85. Snaefell 100. 1 Div team Valur gave Snaefell the top league team a good game even they lost in the end.
Scorers for Valur. Chris Woods 35. Birgir Petursson 15 Benedikt Blndal 14. For Snaefell Jon Olafur Jonsson 21. Jay THreatt 17. Hafthor Gunnarsson 16. Palmi Sigurgeirsson 15. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson 14.
Reynir 68 Grindavik 112. Easy game for the top team in Iceland. Reggie Dupree did well for Reynir with 31 points. aaron Broussard 22 for Grindavik
Keflavik knock out Njardvik 102-91 Michael Craion 36 points & 15 reb. Billy baptist 20 & 15. darrell Lewis 17 pts 9 reb & 10 assist for Keflavik
For Njardvik Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) 33. Nigel Moore 18. Marcus Van 15 + 16 reb. Maciej Baginski 15.
Teams in final four. Grindavik, Keflavik. Stjarnan, Snaefell



Hlynur Baeringsson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Icelandic playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the fifth-ranked Solna Vikings (13-8) crushing them 91-71 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Baeringsson was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. Baeringsson also added 6 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (17-3) is placed first in the Basketligan. Baeringsson is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 10.3rpg. He also averaged so far 14.1ppg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.0%(87-150), 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 73.9% in the 20 games he played so far. Baeringsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (14-6) 80-65 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Ermolinskij scored 7 points, grabbed 11 boards, handed out 10 passes and blocked 2 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (15-1) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Ermolinskij's first season with the team. Ermolinskij is currently third on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 36.7%. Ermolinskij is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sigurdarson contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Solna Vikings (13-8) crushing them 91-71. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. Sigurdarson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Sundsvall Dragons' roster. Sigurdarson belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 16.9ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 92.2%(71-77) in the 19 games. Sigurdarson is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #4. Guard Jon Stefansson (196-82, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza to win against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. CAI Zaragoza (10-6) is placed fifth in the ACB. This season Stefansson averages: 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. International point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-9) 80-66 in the German BBL last Saturday. Vilhjalmsson scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (7-10) is placed 14th in the BBL. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #6. Small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) helped Vaerlose win their game against the closely-ranked Aarhus BC (5-13) crushing them 95-69 in the Danish Ligaen on Sunday night. Karason scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Vaerlose BBK (6-8) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Karason's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #7. International shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help Angers BC 49 (5-8) in their last game. Despite Gunnarsson's very good performance Angers BC 49 was crushed 82-53 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Souffelweyersheim. He was the top scorer with 15 points in 33 minutes. This year Gunnarsson has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #8. Center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Aarhus BC (5-13) in their game against Svendborg (16-2) in the Danish Ligaen. Valentinusson scored 9 points. But Aarhus BC was crushed 83-61 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. It was Aarhus BC's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Valentinusson's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Icelandic U20 national team back in 2005.

Arnar Jonsson
Arnar Jonsson
   #9. Former international guard Arnar Jonsson (183-83, currently plays in Denmark) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gudni Valentinusson and both played together in the last Danish Ligaen game. Jonsson was not able to secure a victory for Aarhus BC (5-13) in their game against Svendborg (16-2). He scored 8 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Aarhus BC was crushed 83-61 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. This year Jonsson's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team seven years ago.



Jon Sverrisson goes down for the season - by Snorri Arnaldsson

Fjolnir Reykjavik have been dealt a blow by losing Jon Sverrisson (198-F-88) to injury. Jon went down early against Stjarnan on January 4th after feelin pain in his knee. It kept him out of the rest of the game. It was later revealed that he will be out for the next year. Jon was an important part of the Fjolnir Reykjavik lineup with 8.7ppg and 6.7rpg.

Fjolnir Reykjavik have signed Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-F-81) as a replacement, but Ingvaldur hasn't played basketball since early 2011. Even so, he will help Fjolnir Reykjavik on both ends of the court as they desperately lack size since losing Jon to injury.



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Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UCC Demons 11-2 
 2. UL Eagles 11-3 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 9-5 
 4. DCU Saints 7-6 
 5. Killester 5-10 
 6. Moycullen 4-8 
 7. Ballon Inter 3-9 
 8. UCD Marian 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: Killester - UCC Demons
Jan. 19: UCD Marian - Ballon Inter
Jan. 19: B.Gais Neptune - Moycullen
Jan. 19: UL Eagles - DCU Saints


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Patrick SULLIVAN
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sullivan, Moycullen23.7 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.22.2 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian21.8 
 4. Walker, UCC Demons21.1 
 5. Taylor, UL Eagles20.9 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles16.2 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints15.7 
 8. Coughlan, UCC D.13.7 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.13.3 
 10. Summers, Killester13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian17.4 
 2. Walker, UCC Demons12.9 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.11.8 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen11.7 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.5 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.9.3 
 7. Quill, DCU Saints7.7 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen7.5 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian7.5 
 10. Rudak, B.Gais N.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.8.1 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.0 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.2 
 5. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.7 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.3.5 
 7. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.4 
 8. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 9. Lyons, Moycullen2.9 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  B.Gais N.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 2. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles2.4 
 4. Summers, Killester2.1 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.2.1 
 6. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 7. Townes, B.Gais N.1.9 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.1.8 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.1.8 
 10. McLoughlin, B.Gai.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Stapleton, B.Gais2.1 
 3. Walker, UCC Demons2.1 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.9 
 5. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.7 
 7. Killeen, UL Eagles1.5 
 8. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 
 9. O''Brien, Killester0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Moycull.0.7 


Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. McGrath could not help one of league's weakest teams PAOK (8-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance PAOK was defeated 82-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Panionios (#3). McGrath was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 assists. McGrath has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 61.8%(34-55), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 81.1%. McGrath is a naturalized American. He played for the Irish senior national team five years ago. Strangely McGrath has never played in Ireland.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly led Plymouth Raiders to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks (9-8) crushing them 97-69 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points and added 5 passes. UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (11-5) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's O'Reilly's first season with the team. O'Reilly has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(64-111), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 79.4%. He played for the Irish national team in 2009.

Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom). Reynolds was not able to help Durham Wildcats (5-12) in their game against Surrey Heat (13-3) in the British BBL. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Reynolds scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Durham Wildcats lost 76-84 in Guildford to the much higher-ranked (#3) Surrey Heat. This year Reynolds' overall stats are: 0.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 27.8% in the 14 games he played so far. He played for the Irish national team six years ago.

Sean McCarthy
Sean McCarthy
   #4. Center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the NJIT (1-0) in their game against the Lafayette College (0-0) in the NCAA. McCarthy scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The NJIT was badly defeated 83-66 in Easton, PA by the Lafayette College. McCarthy's total stats this season are: 0.9ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the Irish U16 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus' victory against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-10) crushing them 89-56 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-7) is placed seventh in the ACB. Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.

   #2. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany could not help Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg lost 67-82 on the road to the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. Ogilvy scored 15 points and blocked 3 shots in a mere 18 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It's Ogilvy's first year with the team. This season Ogilvy's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Ben Altit (208-PF-93) plays for Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League
Owen McNally (203-F-87) plays for Glasgow Rocks in British BBL
Bryan Mullins (185-PG-87) plays for Chalons-Reims in French ProB
Will Hanley (200-G/F-90) plays for Oviedo CB in Spanish LEB Silver
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) plays for AEL in Cypriot Division A
Orel Lev (195-SG-93) plays for Hapoel Kfar Saba in Israeli National League
Bar Maor (191-PG-92) plays for Hapoel Kazrin in Israeli National League
Yaniv Strauss (190-F-92) plays for Hapoel Kazrin in Israeli National League
Niall Mullan (G/F-87) plays for Liverpool Mersey Tigers in British BBL
Maurice Carter (191-G-74) plays for Chicago Fury in the ABA

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



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EuroLeague: Maccabi Electra outgun Fenerbahce Ulker in Israel - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Fenerbahce Ulker 91:73

Maccabi Electra outgun Fenerbahce Ulker in Israel in front of 11000 fans. The Israeli team recovered after two losses and posted a 91:73 for 1-2 record in Group F. The Turkish team remained without victories in the Top 16.
Both teams entered the game winless and desired to start the winning account in Top 16. Maccabi Electra started with 23-21 lead but could not win the first half. Fenerbahce Ulker replied with 15-13 and tied the game at the halftime. The second half however belonged only to one team, Maccabi. The latter won the third quarter 17-12 and erupted with 38-25 in the last stanza.
Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Shawn James (207-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) added 22. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) brought 11, while Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) had 8. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89), Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) each scored 15 apiece, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) netted 10.

Maccabi Electra: Ricky Hickman 24, Shawn James 22, Devin Smith 11, Sylven Landesberg 8
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 15, Bo McCalebb 15, Romain Sato 15, Mike Batiste 10



Yuval Naimy selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Triumph Lyubertsy (4-6) to beat VEF Riga (7-3). Naimy recorded 7 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes on the court. The seventh-placed Triumph Lyubertsy was edged 80-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) VEF Riga in the group B of VTB United League. It's Naimy's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 3FGP: 45.7%(21-46) and FT: 53.8% in the 10 games he played so far. Naimy is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. He was not able to help Energa Czarni (8-7) in their last game. Despite Brandwein's good performance Energa Czarni lost 81-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Polpharma. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was Energa Czarni's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Brandwein averages: 8.7ppg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 81.6% in the 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team in 2008.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi managed to help Cleveland Cavaliers to win against the Atlanta Hawks (20-14) 99-83 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 5 points. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 9-28 record this season. Casspi's overall stats this year are: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 34.9%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 52.0%. He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Start Gdynia (4-11) in their last game. Despite Rothbart's good performance Start Gdynia lost 63-68 in Koszalin to the higher-ranked (#5) AZS Koszalin. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Rothbart also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was Start Gdynia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Rothbart has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg and 7.0rpg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Rothbart is also Israeli national team player.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #5. International center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (7-7) 84-76 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points. Mapooro Cantu (10-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tyus' overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Tyus plays currently for the Israeli national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #6. Shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (11-6) 80-78 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Halperin scored 5 points in 14 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (11-6) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Halperin's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Jeremiah Kreisberg
Jeremiah Kreisberg
   #7. Former U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Yale's surprising victory against the College of Holy Cross 61-54 in the NCAA last Friday. Kreisberg recorded 5 points. The Yale University has conference record this season. Kreisberg's total stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Tom Maayan
Tom Maayan
   #8. Point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall (1-2) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (2-0) in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Maayan scored only 3 points and added 6 passes. The Seton Hall was badly defeated 93-74 in Notre Dame, IL by the University of Notre Dame. Maayan has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Israeli U18 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (14-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Boras Basket was defeated 92-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#4). Thomas was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. This season Thomas has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Finke Baskets (6-10) in their game against BV Chemnitz 99 (11-0) in the German ProA (second division). He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Aud recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes. Finke Baskets lost 66-70 at home to the leading BV Chemnitz 99. It was Finke Baskets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Aud is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.8apg. This year his other stats are: 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4spg in the 16 games he played so far. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention Aud played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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  ITALY   


Bari signs Daniele Tomasello - by Eurobasket News

Liomatic Group Bari (Nazionale A) signed 20-year old domestic center Daniele Tomasello (205-93). He played last season at Roma P.E-basket (Nazionale C). Tomasello also played at Lottomatica Roma that season. He played at the Torneo Citta di Roma International Junior Tournament in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



FCM Ferentino released Alex Righetti - by Eurobasket News

FMC Ferentino (Lega2) released 36-year old domestic ex-international swingman Alex Righetti (198-100kg-77, agency: Interperformances). In 7 LegaDue  games he played this season he had 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg.
The last season Righetti played at JuveCaserta (previous name Otto Caserta). In 27 SerieA games last year he recorded 9.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Cimberio Varese. In 31 SerieA games that season he recorded 7.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Righetti won EuroChallenge championship title in 2009. He was selected to Italian A1 All-Star Game back in 2001 and 2005. Righetti also represented Italy at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 0.8apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP-3(54.5%), FT: 75%.
Righetti has played previously for five other Italy teams: Lottomatica Roma, Juvecaserta, Rimini, Air Avellino and SAIE3 Bologna.

By Eurobasket Data Center



FCM Ferentino lands Marco Allegretti - by Eurobasket News

FMC Ferentino (Lega2) tabbed 32-year old former international forward Marco Allegretti (204-107kg-81). He already started the season at Nuovo Napoli (Lega2). In three games this season he averaged impressive 21.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.7apg. The last season Allegretti played at Umana Venezia. But in 20 SerieA games last year he had just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg.
He played in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2011.
Allegretti was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2009 and previously for University National Team back in 2005. Allegretti also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games four years ago.
He has played previously for three other Italy teams: Cimberio Varese, Naturhouse Ferrara and Novara.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Pops Mensah-Bonsu could join EA7 Armani - by Eurobasket News

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (SerieA) is close to sign 30-year old British ex-international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent). The last season Mensah-Bonsu played at Besiktas in Turkish TBL. In 33 games last year he recorded 12.8ppg and 7.8rpg. He helped them to win the league title (in both Turkish League and EuroChallenge !!!) and the cup. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. Mensah-Bonsu also played 11 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year.
The previous (10-11) season Mensah-Bonsu played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. In 14 games that season he averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Mensah-Bonsu also played at the Hornets in NBA earlier that season. But in 7 games that year he averaged just 0.3ppg and 1.6rpg. The other team he played shortly was Caja Laboral in Spanish ACB. In 7 games he averaged only 0.3ppg and 1.6rpg. Mensah-Bonsu received All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2004 at his college time. Mensah-Bonsu also represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, FT: 76.2%.
Mensah-Bonsu has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Austin Toros).
He attended George Washington University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  IVORY COAST   


Adjehi Baru selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). Baru contributed to Charleston's victory against the Furman University (0-2) 60-56 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The College of Charleston has 2-0 conference record this season. Baru is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland). He led Boncourt to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BBC Nyon (3-11) 83-78 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night. N'Diaye was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and had 3 steals in 37 minutes. BC Boncourt Red Team (6-7) is placed sixth in the LNA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year N'Diaye averages: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 47.4% in the 13 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Ivorian senior national team.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Kale could not help one of league's weakest teams Leyma Basquet (6-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Leyma Basquet was defeated 80-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Lleida_Basquet (#9). Kale recorded 10 points. Kale has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 63.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American. Kale played for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #4. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Iran) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Foolad Mahan (9-3) in their game against Mahram (10-2) in the Iranian Superleague. Kone scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Foolad Mahan was edged 78-75 in Tehran by the second-ranked Mahram. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Kone's first season with the team. Kone's overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Kone is also Ivorian national team player.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #5. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Lobe Huesca in a victory against the 11th-ranked FCB Regal II (5-8) 82-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. CB Lobe Huesca (6-7) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7spg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the New Hampshire (0-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the New Hampshire lost 57-68 on the road to the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. Konan scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. So far New Hampshire lost all three games in the conference

   #2. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, agency: Players Group, 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) last Saturday. He scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (8-8) is placed eighth in the Nazionale A. This year Toure's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian passport, he currently plays for the Italian U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Rolic Medenouvo (194-F-90, currently plays in France) managed to help Vendee Challans Basket to win against the closely-ranked CFBB (2-11) crushing them 83-55 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Medenouvo scored only 3 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Vendee Challans Basket (4-9) is placed 13th in the NM1. Medenouvo's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

Other top Ivorian players, who play abroad:

Alain Koffi (207-C-83) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Bryan Pamba-Juille (185-SG-92) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87) plays for Sluc Nancy in French ProA
Herve Toure (202-F-82) plays for Sluc Nancy in French ProA
Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86) plays for UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB
Francis Koffi (202-F-81) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Junior Pacome N'Guessan (180-G-88) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian SerieA
Frejus Zerbo (205-C-89) plays for Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA
Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Bazoumana Kante (190-SG-93) plays for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL
Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) plays for Concordia University in Canadian university league CIS
Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88) plays for Fos Ouest in French ProB

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



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Roy Hibbert's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (18-16) 95-80 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. Hibbert also added 5 blocks in 30 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have 21-14 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. He belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 2.7bpg. Hibbert also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 40.2% and FT: 66.2% in the 35 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA. Yates could not help Fribourg (12-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Fribourg was crushed 102-72 on the road by the second-ranked Geneve Lions. Yates was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. They ended the series of eleven consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Yates has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 63.3% in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico). Scott contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Gigantes (3-35) crushing them 101-66 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night. He recorded 8 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 19 minutes. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Scott has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 76.0% in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott is also a member of the Jamaican senior national team.

Vashil Fernandez
Vashil Fernandez
   #4. Forward Vashil Fernandez (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Valparaiso University to win against the Cleveland State University (1-2) crushing them 74-50 in the NCAA last Friday. He recorded only 2 points. The Valparaiso University has 2-1 conference record this season. Fernandez's overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Fernandez is also Jamaican national team player.

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

   #1. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Abejas (19-19) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Abejas was defeated 107-103 at home by the leading Halcones UV Xalapa. Mattis was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mattis belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #4) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mattis averages: 17.1ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon), who plays in the Lebanese Division A was not able to help Bejjeh (4-7) in their last game. Despite Williams' very good performance Bejjeh was crushed 94-68 on the road by the second-ranked Al Riyadi. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Williams also added 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 5 steals in 38 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Williams is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 23.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.9apg and 2.9spg in the 11 games he played so far. Williams is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a TBB Trier's victory against one of league's weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-13) 79-73 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points. TBB Trier (10-8) is placed seventh in the BBL. It's Bucknor's first season with the team. This year Bucknor averages: 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BK Pardubice to a victory against the closely-ranked BK Prostejov (12-8) 75-66 in the Czech Republic NBL on Thursday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK JIP Pardubice (13-6) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Muirhead is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. Muirhead is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Maccabi Rishon's victory against the league outsider Galil Gilboa (3-9) 69-59 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (6-6) is placed sixth in the Winner League. Uter belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in the 12 games. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #6. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for BBC Bayreuth (8-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance BBC Bayreuth was defeated 85-74 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets. Bailey was the top scorer with 18 points. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg. Bailey is a naturalized American.

   #7. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) helped Timisoara win their game against the closely-ranked Ploiesti 103-91 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game. He recorded 12 points. This season Gallimore averages: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #8. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Palencia Baloncesto in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Melilla Baloncesto 82-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. McDermott recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. McDermott is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.7rpg. This year he also averages: 9.6ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. McDermott is a naturalized American.

   #9. Sebastian Douglas (193-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cleveland St. win their game against the University of Illinois-Chicago 60-50 in the NCAA on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Douglas averages: 9.6ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Neveij Walters (198-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Idaho St. in their game against the University of North Dakota in the NCAA. Walters scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 16 minutes. His team lost 53-66. This year Walters' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 13 games.



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  JAPAN   


Baerum Basket adds Green to their roster, ex Akita NH - by Eurobasket News

Baerum Basket (BLNO) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Lionel Green (196-90kg-84, college: SUNO). He played last season at Akita Northern Happinets in Japanese BJ League. In 27 games last year he recorded 5.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg. Green also played at Ura Basket in Finnish 1st Division that season. In 16 games he averaged impressive 19.4ppg, 10.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.8spg. he was voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Green attended Southern University - New Orleans until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 12-0 
 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. 10: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay 98-76
Jan. 9: BC Astana - BK Kapshagay 83-75

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 21: BK Almaty - Tobol
Jan. 22: BK Almaty - Tobol


Astana add two more victories to their record - by Eurobasket News

Astana added two more wins to their perfect D1 record. They handed Kapshagay back-to-back defeats to stay on top of the ladder at 12-0 record.
The first game ended with Astana claming an 83:75 victory. David Simon (208-C-82, college: IPFW) provided 19 points to pace the winners. Kapshagay surprised the defending champions with a 16:12 run in the opening quarter. Astana shook off sloppiness in the second quarter. The reigning champions erupted for 36 points in the next period to take a 48:37 halftime lead. Kapshagay maintained the pressure on the hosts in the third term. The visitors cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final intermission. But Astana held on for a lead throughout the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) added 13 points each for the winners. Yuriy Kozhanov (194-G-90) answered with 24 points for Kapshagay. Konstantin Marzan (204-C-88) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Next game was an easier affair for Astana. They clinched a 98:76 victory at the end. The hosts started strong as they cleared off to a 22-point halftime lead. Astana maintained the lead throughout the second half and claimed the winning outcome at the end. Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 17 points for the winners. Vsevolod Fadeikin (208-C-85) added 13 points for Astana. Maksim Otbozin (210-C-80) topscored with 17 points for Kapshagay.



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  KOSOVO   


Mihalic heads to Trepca - by Dren Shporta

Marcel Mihalic (185-PG-90), that played for Vellaznimi in the first part of the season has signed for reigning champions Trepca.

The slovenian 22 year old point guard after showing his qualities at red and blacks from Gjakova, has accepted Trepca's offer, to wear the green jersey of champions in the second part of the season.

He was three times in the Team of the Week of BKT Superliga and the main reason that Vellaznimi kept the sixth place in standings, while achieving 4 victories in 14 matches.



Trepca takes Mika Turunen as a coach - by Dren Shporta

Trepca, the regning champions, have signed the finnish coach Mika Turunen .

Champions have played two last games in the league with their assistant coach Izet Tahiri and for the second part of the season have signed the experienced Finlandian.

Turunen 47 years old was selected four times coach of the year in Finland and is expected to bring new vision to Trepca, that is struggling this season.

Trepca's coach that made them champions and Cup Winners last season, Neven Plantak, has departed to the Croatian team Djuro Djakovic in mid December.





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  KUWAIT   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 13-2 
 2. Kazma 12-2 
 3. Al Sahel 11-2 
 4. Al Qadsia 10-2 
 5. Al Arabi 8-6 
 6. Al Jahraa 6-6 
 7. Al Nasar 5-8 
 8. Al Sulaibikhat 5-8 
 9. Al Yarmook 4-9 
 10. Al Tadhamon 2-10 
 11. Al Salmiyah 2-12 
 12. Al Shabab 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 9: Al Sahel - Al Kuwait 90-77
Jan. 9: Al Yarmook - Al Shabab 77-59
Jan. 9: Al Arabi - Kazma 53-98
Jan. 9: Al Jahraa - Al Sulaibikhat



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 11-6 
 2. Barons kvartals 10-7 
 3. Jekabpils 10-8 
 4. Ventspils 9-1 
 5. VEF Riga 9-1 
 6. LU 8-9 
 7. Jelgava 8-9 
 8. Jurmala 8-9 
 9. Liepaja 6-12 
 10. Turiba 4-13 
 11. U18 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 10: Liepaja - Jekabpils 95-93 OT
Jan. 10: Barons kvartals - Jelgava 90-79
Jan. 12: Jurmala - LU
Jan. 13: U18 - Turiba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.21.1 
 2. Peiners, LU20.1 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.8 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.4 
 5. Brown, Jurmala14.5 
 6. Apsitis, Turiba14.1 
 7. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.13.8 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera13.6 
 10. Pasecniks, U1813.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.9 
 2. Dargais, LU8.6 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.3 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava8.1 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala8.0 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Gulbis, Barons k.6.5 
 10. Rozitis, Barons k.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sims, Ventspils4.2 
 2. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera3.8 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 5. Metra, Barons k.3.5 
 6. Brown, Jurmala3.3 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava3.2 
 8. Miezis, Barons k.3.1 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 10. Peiners, LU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.0 
 2. Brown, Jurmala1.9 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Miezis, Barons k.1.8 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Sims, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Virsis, Jekabpils1.3 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.9 
 4. Ziedins, Valmiera0.9 
 5. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 7. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 9. Chamberlain, Jelga.0.7 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.0.7 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 14-2 
 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 8-7 
 8. Livani 6-8 
 9. Ogres 6-9 
 10. VEF skola 5-9 
 11. Ridzene 4-9 
 12. Gulbene 4-10 
 13. DSN 4-11 
 14. Liepaja-2 3-11 
 15. Valmiera BSS 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 10: Ogres - Gulbene 91-47
Jan. 9: Ridzene - BK VEF-LSPA 90-109
Jan. 9: RSU - Valmiera BSS 81-60
Jan. 9: DSN - Jelgava/LLU 56-72
Jan. 10: Kvele - Saldus 49-78
Jan. 11: Livani - VeA
Jan. 12: Gulbene - VeA
Jan. 13: Valmiera BSS - Ridzene


Janis Strelnieks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (5-5) crushing them 83-63 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Strelnieks recorded 16 points in 29 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (7-2) is placed second in group A. This year Strelnieks averages: 5.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% in the nine games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Janis Strelnieks in the VTB United League last game. Blums, who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Lietuvos rytas (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Blums' very good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was badly defeated 83-63 at home by the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Blums also added 3 passes. It's Blums' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 87.1%. Blums is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League). He contributed to Partizan's victory against the 11th-ranked Cibona (6-10) 74-68 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Bertans recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (11-5) is placed third in the Adriatic League. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 45.8%(27-59) and FT: 71.4% in the 16 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #4. Forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League) led his Estonian team BC Rakvere to a victory over the closely-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (0-1) 93-75 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game. Laksa was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points. BC Rakvere Tarvas (1-0) is placed second in group G. This season Laksa has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2003.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #5. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (4-12) in their last game. Despite Kalve's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok lost 69-75 on their home court in Szolnok to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) HKK Siroki WWin. He was the top scorer with 17 points in 27 minutes. This year Kalve's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #6. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Umbrasko contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (0-1) 93-75. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Umbrasko has reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team five years ago.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #7. Former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanca (1-15) crushing them 97-67 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. Timermanis recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (12-4) is placed fourth in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Timermanis' stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team six years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #8. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Valters' good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 79-74 on the road by the much higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#5). He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Valters has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #9. International point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Lietkabelis (0-1) in their game against Ventspils (1-0) in the Baltic League. Vecvagars recorded 8 points and added 5 assists in 21 minutes. Lietkabelis (#4) lost 62-73 on their home court in Panevezys to the leading Ventspils in the group E of Baltic League. Vecvagars has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Aleksejs Rostovs
Aleksejs Rostovs
   #10. Center Aleksejs Rostovs (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the W.Kentucky (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rostovs' very good performance the W.Kentucky (#15) was defeated 75-61 in Jonesboro, AR by the Arkansas State University. He scored 17 points. Rostovs has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U19 international player as two years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket 80-65 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Jeromanovs scored 10 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. Jeromanovs averaged so far 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. International forward Oto Osenieks (203-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Northwestern University 69-51 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Osenieks scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Osenieks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg in the 15 games. Osenieks is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Parnu 76-71 in the Estonian KML last Friday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Skele has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tln Kalev crushing them 80-54 in the Estonian KML on Friday night. Cunda recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Cunda is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg in the 13 games. Cunda used to play for the Latvian U18 national team back in 2002.

   #15. Former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Prima Veroli's victory against the closely-ranked Tezenis VE 69-64 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Jurevicus' stats this season are: 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) led Marso NYKK to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Kaposvari (11-4) 84-75 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Berkis was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points. Marso NYKK (6-9) is placed ninth in the A Division. Berkis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Dragons Rhoendorf to win against the 12th-ranked TSV Troester (2-11) 72-66 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Tukiss recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dragons Rhoendorf (12-1) is placed first in Group South. Tukiss has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #3. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Duquesne (0-1) to beat the Fordham University (1-0). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Abele scored only 2 points and blocked 3 shots in 11 minutes. The Duquesne lost 75-82 on the road to the Fordham University. Abele has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #4. Ugis Promolds (190-G-88, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help SISU (13-0) in their game against Vaerlose (6-8) in the Danish Ligaen. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Promolds scored only 2 points. The league leader SISU was edged 79-78 at home by the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#5). Promolds has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg.



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Martynas Gecevicius selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, currently plays in Greece). He was the major contributor in Olympiacos' victory against the league outsider Panelefsiniakos (2-9) 94-76 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Gecevicius scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (11-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. This year Gecevicius averages: 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 77.8%(14-18), 3FGP: 46.9%(15-32) and FT: 91.7%(22-24) in the 10 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague). Maciulis led his Greek team Panathinaikos to a victory against the sixth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (1-2) 78-73 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (2-1) is placed third in group E. Maciulis' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 68.0%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup). Jasaitis contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (0-1) 84-70 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (1-0) is placed first in group K. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Jasaitis has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 77.8%(21-27), 3FGP: 31.3% in the seven games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #4. An experienced forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia could not help VEF Riga (0-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Zavackas' very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga was defeated 86-82 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket in the group J of Eurocup. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Zavackas also added 4 rebounds. Zavackas' overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #5. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (2-14) crushing them 98-50 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Jasikevicius recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in only 11 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-7) is placed eighth in the ACB. It's Jasikevicius' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 1.3apg in the nine games. Jasikevicius plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Egidijus Dimsa
Egidijus Dimsa
   #6. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Estonia) led TU/Rock to a victory over the sixth-ranked Rapla (6-8) crushing them 79-51 in the Estonian KML on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Dimsa recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (13-0) is placed first in the KML. So far his team won all thirteen games in the Regular Season. Dimsa's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team four years ago.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #7. International power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help BC Donetsk (4-6) in their last game. Despite Songaila's very good performance BC Donetsk (#7) lost 63-74 at home to the leading Unics Kazan in the group A of VTB United League. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. Songaila is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg in the nine games. Songaila is also Lithuanian national team player.

Dainius Salenga
Dainius Salenga
   #8. Forward Dainius Salenga (197-77, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the third-ranked Banvit BK (0-1) 76-69 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 14 points. Budivelnyk Kyiv (1-0) is placed first in group I. Salenga's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2005.

Arvydas Eitutavicius
Arvydas Eitutavicius
   #9. Former international point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (3-12) 89-72 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Eitutavicius scored 20 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (9-6) is placed sixth in the TBL. This year Eitutavicius' total stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

Valdas Dabkus
Valdas Dabkus
   #10. Power forward Valdas Dabkus (204-84, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni (8-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dabkus' very good performance Energa Czarni was defeated 85-81 on their home court in Slupsk by the lower-ranked Polpharma (#8). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Dabkus also added 7 rebounds. Dabkus has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2spg. He is a former U21 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in a BK Pardubice's victory against the ninth-ranked Levharti Chomutov crushing them 113-82 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Zabas was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and added 4 assists in 21 minutes. Zabas is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.2ppg. This year he also averages: 3.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Zabas used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. International point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Simas Jasaitis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Kalnietis contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg 84-70. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. This year Kalnietis has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 6.5apg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former U21 international guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Timisoara 77-67 in the Romanian Division A on Thursday night. Navickas was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Navickas has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in the five games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Estonia), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help KK Parnu (5-10) in their last game. Despite Peciukevicius' very good performance KK Parnu was edged 79-76 in Tallinn by the one of league's weakest teams (#8) Tln Kalev. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Peciukevicius also added 7 rebounds and 9 assists in 36 minutes. His stats this year are: 14.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.5apg and 1.9spg in the 14 games. Peciukevicius used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dainius Salenga and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Anisimovas helped his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk win their game against the third-ranked Banvit BK 76-69. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Anisimovas belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led Telekom Baskets to a surprising victory over the seventh-ranked TBB Trier (10-8) 90-76 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Veikalas scored 22 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (7-10) is placed 13th in the BBL. This season Veikalas has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Michigan to an easy victory against the University of Nebraska (0-3) 62-47 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Stauskas scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Michigan has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Stauskas has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 6.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #3. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help one of league's weakest teams Okapi Aalstar (7-4) to beat Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-4). Young scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Okapi Aalstar was crushed 96-73 on the road by the leading Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Young belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #6) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 6.6rpg. Young is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #4. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Juvecaserta's shocking victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (11-3) 88-81 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 10 points and added 4 passes. JuveCaserta (7-7) is placed ninth in the SerieA. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) led Dartmouth to an easy victory against the U.S.Military Academy 75-58 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Dartmouth College has conference record this season. Maldunas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Olegas Legankovas (197-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Bayer Giants in their game against Fraport Skyliners II in the German ProB (third division). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 40 points 107-67. Legankovas has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.5rpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #7. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Clavijo's victory against the closely-ranked Leche Rio Breogan 77-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 7 points in 18 minutes. Busma has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the six games.

   #8. Rokas Garlauskas (198-F-92, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for SISU in their game against Vaerlose in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 6 points. His team was edged 79-78. This season Garlauskas averages only 1.4ppg.

   #9. Donatas Visockis (208-C-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Omonia in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 76-58. Visockis has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #10. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Romania) managed to help CSU Atlassib Sibiu in a victory against the closely-ranked Rovinari 73-68 in the Romanian Division A on Wednesday night. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Griskenas averaged so far 10.4ppg and 5.5rpg in the 16 games.



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Shawn Morgan Earns Eurobasket.com Player of the Week Honors with 36pt/32reb Game! - by Steve Dolan

Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) Depiro Mtarfa Rabat has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week Honors with a performance that may not be seen again in Maltal; Morgan's Performance this past week was something that will be remembered in Malta for a very long time. Morgan is known as a scoring machine but no one would have thought that they would see Morgan put a game like this together against Floriana in the Louis Borg Cup Semi Finals. Morgan had 36pts, 32rebs, 9 ast and 5stls in the victory. Morgan is currently avg 29.0ppg (1) 13.1rpg (3), 5.4apg (2), and 3.4spg (1). Morgan is the front runner for the Eurobasket.com Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com Small Forward of the Year in Malta, Morgan won MVP honors in Uruguay in 2011. Morgan has help lead Depiro Mtarfa Rabat to the Shield Cup finals and now to the Louis Borg Cup Final. Depiro Mtarfa Rabat and Morgan will be looking for their first cup of the season when they meet Athleta for the Louis Borg Cup Championship.


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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 35-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 32-8 
 3. Toros 31-9 
 4. Soles 30-9 
 5. Panteras 27-12 
 6. Pioneros 27-12 
 7. Fuerza Regia 24-15 
 8. Huracanes 22-17 
 9. Abejas 19-20 
 10. Barreteros 17-22 
 11. Corr.Victoria 15-24 
 12. Lechugueros 12-27 
 13. Guerreros 8-32 
 14. Gansos 6-33 
 15. Osos 6-34 
 16. Gigantes 3-36 

Regular Season: Round 39

Jan. 10: Halc.Rojos - Gigantes 97-68
Jan. 10: Huracanes - Barreteros 93-95
Jan. 10: Corr.Victoria - Panteras 88-91
Jan. 10: Abejas - Soles 86-92
Jan. 10: Huracanes - Toros 83-89
Jan. 10: Osos - Halc.Rojos 81-108
Jan. 10: Lechugueros - Pioneros 55-82
Jan. 10: Halc.Xalapa - Osos 123-98
Jan. 10: Fuerza Regia - Guerreros 102-63

Regular Season: Round 40

Jan. 12: Panteras - Huracanes
Jan. 12: Barreteros - Corr.Victoria
Jan. 12: Toros - Gansos
Jan. 12: Fuerza Regia - Guerreros
Jan. 12: Pioneros - Abejas
Jan. 12: Soles - Lechugueros
Jan. 12: Gigantes - Halc.Xalapa
Jan. 12: Osos - Halc.Rojos


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

27-year old forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Barreteros and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 39.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Huracanes (#8, 22-17) 95-93. Barreteros maintains the 10th position in Mexican LNBP. Barreteros is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-22 record. Habel turned to be Barreteros' top player in his first season with the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Habel is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 62.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Soles. He is American center in his first season at Soles. In the last game Gransberry recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Soles to edge the lower-ranked Abejas (#9, 19-20) by 6 points 92-86. Soles' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 30-9 record is not bad at all. Gransberry is a newcomer at Soles and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ricardo Melendez (179-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Panteras (#5). Melendez got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He was a key player of Panteras, leading his team to a 91-88 win against the lower-ranked Corr.Victoria (#11, 15-24). Panteras needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 12 lost games. Melendez has a great season in Mexico. After 37 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.2ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 53.7% and 3PT: 42.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Huracanes - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) of Halc.Rojos - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Isaac Gutierrez (204-C-84) of Halc.Rojos - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Osos - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Huracanes - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 23-12 
 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. 22-14 
 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 23-11 
 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 20-15 
 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. 13-23 
 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. 14-23 
 5. N.Orleans H. 10-25 

Regular Season: Round 71

Jan. 10: Portland TB - Miami Heat 92-90
Jan. 10: Indiana P. - New York K. 81-76
Jan. 10: Sacramento K. - Dallas M. 112-117 OT

Regular Season: Round 72

Jan. 11: Toronto R. - Charlotte B.
Jan. 11: Boston C. - Houston R.
Jan. 11: Brooklyn N. - Phoenix Suns
Jan. 11: Atlanta H. - Utah Jazz
Jan. 11: New York K. - Chicago B.
Jan. 11: Memphis G. - San Antonio S.
Jan. 11: N.Orleans H. - Minnesota T.
Jan. 11: Milwaukee B. - Detroit P.
Jan. 11: Denver N. - Cleveland C.
Jan. 11: LA Lakers - Oklah.City T.
Jan. 11: Golden St.W. - Portland TB


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 Heat26.0 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.5 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat20.7 
 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. Vucevic, Orlan.10.9 
 7. Hickson, Portland.10.9 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.6 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.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. James, Miami Heat6.9 
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. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 9. World Peace, LA La.1.8 
 10. Walker, Charlott.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. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.2 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.0 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix2.0 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Suns assign Diante Garrett to Bakersfield - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have assigned Diante Garrett (6'4''-G-88, college: Iowa St.) to their D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. The former Iowa State guard has only appeared in six games for Phoenix this season. Garrett played with the Suns 2012 Vegas Summer League team. He was invited to training camp and officially made the team in October.
Like his fellow bench mate Kendall Marshall, Garrett has had trouble cracking the teams increasingly short rotation. As they did with Marshall, the front office is sending Garrett to the Jam to see what he can do with more playing time. Whether his stay in Bakersfield will be short like Marshalls or more extended remains to be seen.
Courtesy of: valleyofthesuns.com



Trail Blazers, Mavericks and Pacers gain wins on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - Miami Heat 92-90
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) hit a 3-pointer to put Portland in front with 26.9 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Miami Heat 92-90 for their fourth straight win and ninth straight at the Rose Garden. The Blazers held LeBron James to 15 points, snapping his 54-game streak with at least 20 points that dated back to last season. Miami led by as many as 13 points, including a 52-39 advantage at the half, but Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) hit a layup and a free throw with 4:03 left that pulled Portland into an 82-all tie. The Blazers couldn't pull ahead and Bosh made a 3 to make it 87-84 with 1:53 left. Matthews made a 3-pointer to tie it at 88 with just under a minute to go, and after Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) dunked Matthews hit another 3 to finally give the Blazers a 91-90 lead. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) missed the first of two free throws with 10.4 seconds left for the final margin. Batum led the Blazers with 28 points, and Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Matthews finished with 18 points. Bosh had 29 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, who dropped their second straight game. Miami has lost five of eight, including an 87-77 loss to the Pacers on Tuesday night. The Heat went into the game ranked second-to-last in the NBA with an average of 39 rebounds a game. Against the Blazers they had 45. Portland was coming off a 125-119, overtime win over Orlando at the Rose Garden on Monday night. The Blazers led 12-10 early, but missed eight straight shots and Miami took an 18-12 lead on Dwyane Wade's fast-break layup with 3:25 left in the first quarter. The Heat went up 32-24 on Ray Allen's 3-pointer early in the second. The Heat extended it with a dunk by James and a hook by Wade to make it 52-39 at the half. Bosh had nine points in the first eight minutes of the second half as the Heat kept a fairly wide margin. But Portland closed in late, when Matthews and Batum made back-to-back layups to make it 65-61. Norris Cole quieted the crowd by answering with a 3-pointer for the Heat. Batum's 3-pointer and Matthew's fade-away jumper narrowed it to 82-79 with 4:53 left. After rookie Damian Lillard missed a couple of free throws, Batum made a layup and a free throw to tie it up. Lillard, the reigning repeat NBA Rookie of the Month, had 10 points and eight assists and became the first NBA player to make at least 75 3-pointers in his first 35 career games since Allen Iverson in 1996-97. The Heat were without Shane Battier, who has a sore right hamstring. The move was proactive, coach Eric Spoelstra said before the game. "It was never a strain, it's just very sore," he said. "But those things can be tricky." It was the second of a six game road trip for the Heat, who fell to 7-8 on the road this season. Courtesy of: timescolonist.com

Sacramento K. - Dallas M. 112-117 OT
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 23 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 17 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 117-112 in overtime Thursday night. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Mavericks snap a four-game losing streak. Dallas, which had lost 10 of 11, finished its short road trip 1-2. With the franchise's possible sale and relocation to Seattle on the minds of Kings fans, DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) had 29 points and nine rebounds before getting ejected in overtime for elbowing Carter in the face. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 18 points for the Kings, who lost their third straight game. The mistake-prone Kings kept shooting - and missing - from beyond the arc to allow Dallas to stay close despite its horrendous night from the floor. Sacramento outshot the Mavericks 49 to 42 percent but finished just 5 for 21 on 3-pointers and committed 20 turnovers. Dallas outrebounded the Kings 52 to 41. The Mavericks had plenty of chances to win the game in regulation. After Mayo made 1 of 2 free throws to put Dallas ahead 101-98, Thomas banked a 3-pointer off the glass and in the face of Mike James with 9.1 seconds remaining. The Kings twice knocked the ball out of bounds in the half court and forced Darren Collison to take a fadeway jumper that bounced off the rim to send the game to overtime. A brief, albeit familiar, moment of frustration ended Sacramento's shot. Cousins, who has been suspended twice by the NBA and once by the Kings this season for his actions, lost the ball driving in the lane and elbowed Carter in the face away from the ball. Officials reviewed the play and upgraded the call from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2 with 41.9 seconds to play. Carter hit both free throws and the Mavericks got the ball. Marion later made another pair to put Dallas ahead 115-110 and send the home fans to the exits. The game marked the first time the Kings played since the latest - and perhaps most serious - round of relocation talks began a day earlier, when word spread that Seattle investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Kings. No deal has been reached yet. Newspaper and television reporters from Seattle showed up along with an increased local media presence. Fans contemplated whether they should keep supporting a team they love. Ushers and parking attendants who depend on the team for work approached reporters asking if they knew what might happen. Even players and coaches admitted all the attention made it difficult to focus on the game. 'It's definitely going to be a distraction,' Kings coach Keith Smart said before the game. 'But we're pros. We've got to figure out a way how to separate the two and then get ready to play.' The crowed remained its usual scattered, and sometimes spirited, self this season. So did both struggling teams. The Mavericks made just one of their first 10 shots, looking tired and timid playing its second game in as many nights. They lost 99-93 at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Evans ignited Sacramento's stagnant start. He scored the final seven points of a 13-0 spurt, capped with a steal and fast-break layup over Collison for a three-point play that gave the Kings a 42-39 lead late in the second quarter. Francisco Garcia highlighted another Sacramento surge in the third quarter. He hit two jumpers and a 3-pointer to put the Kings ahead 71-54 to spark the crowd to life. The Mavericks show some life late. James stole Cousins' pass for an uncontested layup, Marion added another steal and threw the ball ahead to Mayo for a layup and Carter converted a running layup to cap a 14-3 run that put the Mavericks up 96-93 with less than 2 minutes remaining. Then Cousins missed a difficult shot in the lane, Marion grabbed the rebound and was fouled. After Marion made both free throws to put Dallas ahead by five, John Salmons hit a 3-pointer with 48.7 seconds to play in the fourth. The Kings forced Dirk Nowitzki to miss a contested jumper. Smart decided not to call timeout, and Carter drew a charge on Salmons. Mayo made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Mavericks a 101-98 lead before Thomas hit the tying 3-pointer to force overtime. Courtesy of: dallasnews.com

Indiana P. - New York K. 81-76
Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored seven points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 81-76 victory over the New York Knicks, who were without the suspended Carmelo Anthony. The Pacers (22-14) have won 12 of 15 and have swept the other two Eastern Conference division leaders - Miami and the Knicks - this week. New York (23-12) was led by J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) with 25 points and Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) had 12 points and 15 rebounds, but they clearly missed Anthony's presence. The NBA's second-leading scorer was banned by the league for Monday's postgame confrontation with Boston's Kevin Garnett. Without Anthony, one of the league's highest-scoring and best shooting teams, hardly resembled itself. New York finished with a season-low point total, nine fewer than its previous low, and shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range. But Smith kept the Knicks close for three quarters. After falling behind 49-38 early in the third quarter, Smith scored eight points during a 13-3 run that got the Knicks to 52-51. And he closed the quarter by scoring the last four points to give the Knicks a 60-58 lead. That's when George poured it on. He drove in for a layup, then stole the ball and drove in for a dunk to tie the score at 62. After Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86)'s 3-pointer broke the tie and Ian Mahinmi hit a 20-foot jumper, George came up with another steal and layup. Mahinmi finished the run with a dunk that gave Indiana a 71-62 lead with just under 5 minutes to play. The Pacers never trailed again, and the Knicks never seriously challenged again. Indiana won despite playing without the still injured Danny Granger, losing Roy Hibbert twice with a back injury and with George Hill playing with bronchitis. New York lost Marcus Camby in the second half after he re-injured his left foot, and Amare Stoudemire played 25 minutes after doctors told coach Mike Woodson to limit his playing time. Stoudemire is trying to work his way back from surgery on his left knee. But it was a game that was definitely played at the Pacers tempo. After New York jumped to an 11-4 lead in the first 5 minutes, the Knicks managed only three points the rest of the quarter. Indiana led 16-14 after one. Things weren't much better the second quarter. After New York closed to 24-23 with 6:27 to go, the Pacers extended the lead to 39-31. Jason Kidd's 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left, New York's first 3 of the game, made cut the deficit to 39-34 at the half. Courtesy of: wishtv.com



Miami Heat re-sign Josh Harrellson to a ten-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Well, that was fast. The Miami Heat filled up their lone remaining roster spot by bringing back the very player the team waived to create it. The team re-signed Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89, college: Kentucky) to a ten-day contract on Wednesday, two days after waiving him. Miami plans to make the signing official today. Harrellson was able to make the Heat roster after training camp due to his niche of being a big man who can shoot from beyond the arc. Unfortunately he was not able to crack into the rotation due to Chris Bosh shooting three-point shots and the rest of his game making him a project. He spent most of this NBA season in the inactive list, but the Heats rebounding issues caused Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to make one last attempt at implementing Harrellson into the lineup during Miamis New Years Eve overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. Harrellson was put into the game twice, once at the five and once at the four, but didnt show enough to warrant guaranteeing his contract. The Heat may be using this signing to give more time for free agent center Chris Andersen (6'10''-C/F-78, college: Blinn JC) to get into playing shape. Andersen worked out for the Heat in Miami but didnt show enough to have team president Pat Riley offer a contract. As of Wednesday Andersen was still reported to being in Miami, leaving the window open for the Heat to give him another look after Harrellsons contract expires. The Heat could also be waiting for other teams to buy out contracts of seldom used big men. Either scenario is still probable should Miami offer Harrellson another ten-day deal. The NBA rules stipulate that a team could sign a player twice to a ten-day contract before deciding to have that player on the roster for the remainder of the season.
Courtesy of: rantsports.com



Wizards' Wall pushing to make season debut Saturday - by Diamadis Farmakis

There are many reasons why the Washington Wizards have the worst record, in the NBA regular season. The most important must be, the abssence of their starting point guard. But that is over, as John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) says he's tired of wearing suits and is ready to put on a jersey - perhaps as soon as this weekend.

The Washington Wizards guard said Wednesday he'll be ready to make his season debut Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks if he can get through the next couple of days of practice pain-free

Wall looked in good form at Wednesday's practice. During a scrimmage, he stripped a player, raced down the right sideline and went high with his left hand for a dunk.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick out of Kentucky has been recovering from a stress injury to his left knee cap, diagnosed in September. Coach Randy Wittman says doctors need to give the final clearance before Wall can play.




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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 19-2 
 2. Summerside S. 13-9 
 3. Oshawa P. 12-9 
 4. Halifax R. 11-12 
 5. St.John M.R. 11-12 
 6. Moncton M. 11-15 
 7. Windsor Exp. 10-12 
 8. Montreal J. 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 10: St.John M.R. - Halifax R. 89-102
Jan. 10: London L. - Moncton M. 115-93
Jan. 9: Oshawa P. - Moncton M. 102-100
Jan. 11: Montreal J. - Windsor Exp.



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

ACC Standings
 1. Duke (8) 2-0 (14-0) 
 2. N.Carolina St. (6) 2-0 (12-2) 
 3. Florida St. (24) 2-0 (10-5) 
 4. Miami, FL 2-0 (9-2) 
 5. Wake Forest 1-1 (8-6) 
 6. Maryland 1-1 (12-2) 
 7. Boston Coll. 1-1 (8-6) 
 8. Virginia 1-1 (10-4) 
 9. Georgia Tech 0-2 (10-3) 
 10. N.Carolina (12) 0-2 (10-5) 
 11. Virginia Tech 0-2 (9-5) 
 12. Clemson 0-2 (7-5) 

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 62

Jan. 11: Siena - Canisius
Jan. 11: N.Kentucky - Lipscomb
Jan. 11: Loyola, MD - Fairfield
Jan. 11: St.Peter's - Niagara
Jan. 11: Loyola, IL - Wright St.
Jan. 11: Missouri St. - Creighton
Jan. 11: Utah St. - San Jose St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Virginia Tech
  (190-PG-91)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Green, Virginia Te.24.5 
 2. Plumlee, Duke17.7 
 3. Curry, Duke16.1 
 4. Anderson, Boston16.0 
 5. Leslie, N.Caroli.15.6 
 6. Snaer, Florida St.15.6 
 7. Harris, Virginia15.1 
 8. McKie, Wake Forest15.0 
 9. Eddie, Virginia Te.14.9 
 10. Harris, Wake F.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mason PLUMLEE
  Duke
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Plumlee, Duke11.5 
 2. Anderson, Boston10.2 
 3. Howell, N.Caroli.9.9 
 4. Mitchell, Virginia9.3 
 5. Len, Maryland8.2 
 6. McAdoo, N.Carolina8.0 
 7. Booker, Clemson7.9 
 8. McKie, Wake Forest7.9 
 9. Kadji, Miami, FL7.6 
 10. Leslie, N.Caroli.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.6.7 
 2. Cook, Duke5.9 
 3. Howard, Maryland5.5 
 4. Green, Virginia Te.4.9 
 5. Paige, N.Carolina4.2 
 6. Strickland, N.Car.4.1 
 7. Rahon, Boston Coll.3.8 
 8. Larkin, Miami, FL3.6 
 9. Hall, Clemson3.5 
 10. Udofia, Georgia3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.3 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.2 
 3. Cook, Duke2.1 
 4. Scott, Miami, FL1.9 
 5. McKie, Wake Forest1.6 
 6. Thornton, Duke1.6 
 7. Green, Virginia Te.1.6 
 8. McAdoo, N.Carolina1.5 
 9. McDaniels, Clemson1.5 
 10. Strickland, N.Car.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MILLER
  Georgia Tech
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Miller, Georgia Te.2.4 
 2. Len, Maryland2.2 
 3. McDaniels, Clemson2.0 
 4. Kadji, Miami, FL1.7 
 5. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 6. Atkins, Virginia1.5 
 7. White, Florida St.1.5 
 8. Kelly, Duke1.4 
 9. Gamble, Miami, FL1.3 
 10. Thomas, Wake F.1.3 


Maize & Blue Matches Program-Best Start with Win over Nebraska - by Eurobasket News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 2 AP, No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) over Nebraska, 62-47, Wednesday night (Jan. 9) inside Crisler Center. With the victory, U-M matched a program-best start to a season at 16-0.

Sophomore guard Trey Burke (6'0''-PG-92) (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a team-high 18 points, while freshman guards Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively. Senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (6'8''-F-91) (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) also contributed in double digits on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds.

After going 3-for-9 (33 percent) from the field, Michigan trailed 8-7 at the 13:48 mark of the first half. The Wolverines then made their next three attempts before regaining the lead (13-12) for good off a basket by Robinson.

With 8:37 on the clock, U-M pushed its advantage to 18-12 following a triple by Burke but then went without a basket for three minutes, until Stauskas scored on an old-fashioned three-point play. Nebraska scored five straight points to cut its deficit to one (21-20) with four minutes to play in the half, but Michigan made the last two baskets before the break and entered the locker room leading, 25-20.

A three-pointer by Stauskas started an 8-2 run for the Wolverines to extend their advantage to 39-30 five minutes into the half. The Cornhuskers then twice cut U-M's lead to six, but Robinson grabbed a steal at the 7:45 mark and finished with a one-handed dunk on the other end to give Michigan the eight-point lead (47-39).

Nebraska scored a three-point field goal on its next possession, but Robinson picked up an offensive rebound and threw down the put-back to give him two slams in less than a minute of play. U-M scored the next six points of the game to gain its first double-digit lead -- 55-44 with 3:48 left in the game -- eventually building it to 15 before time expired.

U-M shot a season-low 39 percent (21-of-54) from the floor and 18 percent (3-of-17) from behind the arc in the game but also held Nebraska to 19-of-56 (34 percent) from the floor. However, Nebraska's 18 personal fouls allowed Michigan to go 17-of-26 (65 percent) from the free throw line compared to only 3-of-7 (43 percent) for the Huskers. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Cornhuskers, 47-30, and scored 19 points off 16 offensive rebounds.

The Wolverines will return to the floor when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday (Jan. 13) to face Ohio State (No. 15 AP/No. 14 Coaches). Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on CBS.
Courtesy of: http://www.mgoblue.com



No. 3 Louisville Takes Down Seton Hall, 73-58 - by Eurobasket News

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A couple more pieces fell into place for No. 3 Louisville against Seton Hall.

Talented center Gorgui Dieng impressed once again in only his third game back from a broken left wrist and coach Rick Pitino finally saw his Cardinals play defense the way he liked.

Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds - both season highs - and Louisville (14-1, 2-0 Big East) won its ninth straight game, 73-58 over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

What made the win so impressive was that Louisville won despite getting a combined 18 points on 4-of-17 shooting from guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, their top two scorers.

"This is a team game and we have a lot of guys who can score," said Siva, who finished with seven points. "It's definitely a good sign that we can win, because me and Russ didn't shoot it well. Everyone else stepped up big and were digging in. It's a really good sign for us. Everyone was playing together and we utilized everyone."

Freshman Montrezl Harrell (6'8''-F-94), starting in place of injured Chane Behanan, tied his career best with 14 points, and Luke Hancock hit two 3-pointers in a late, game-breaking 12-2 run.

"I think we're a very good offensive basketball team, but we needed to get better defensively," Pitino said. "We hadn't played well defensively until the second half tonight. We played excellent defense in the second half. We generated steals and got on the break a little. When you play a good team, you need maybe one good run. We got that in the second half. That was our run and we made the most of it."

Brandon Mobley (6'9''-F-91) had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates (12-4, 1-2), who lost their second straight. Eugene Teague added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while leading scorer Fuquan Edwin was limited to 13 - most coming after the game was decided.

"They really did a good job focusing on me not getting any open looks," said Edwin, who came in averaging nearly 18 points. "They got out on me pretty fast. It's a little frustrating, because I wasn't making plays for my teammates and I have to take the blame for that."

It was the second straight double-double for Dieng, who only returned to the lineup Dec. 29 after breaking his wrist against Missouri. The junior from Senegal also had three blocks. His previous season highs were 11 points and 13 rebounds.

"I'm beginning to feel good about the way I'm playing," Dieng said. "Coach tells me that he needs me to get back and do the things I used to do. I was able to get a lot of touches inside and I made the shots. I still think I need to get back to blocking four or five shots a game. That's what I need to get, then I'll think I'm back."

The Cardinals struggled in their final Big East game at the Prudential Center, and didn't put the Pirates away until midway through the second half.

Trailing 42-35 after a tip follow by Harrell, Seton Hall scored the next seven points to tie the game. Edwin hit a 3-pointer to knot it, finally getting the disappointing crowd into the game.

The excitement didn't last long. Harrell had an alley-oop layin, Smith scored on a fastbreak and Hancock sandwiched two sweet-looking 3-pointers around a layup by Mobley for a 52-44 lead.

Stephan Van Treese added two free throws to push the advantage to 10 points and Louisville was never threatened again.

Pitino seemed at a loss to explain why Smith and Siva struggled, especially Smith, a New York City native who was averaging 20 points.

"That's possible every night with Russ Smith, because he's crazy and out of his mind and insane," Pitino said. "If I had to vote for the Naismith Player of the Year right now, I'd vote for Russ Smith. But tonight, he had too much pressure on him. Every time he comes home, he puts so much pressure on himself and loses his mind."

Louisville had 12 steals and forced 16 turnovers, while limiting the Pirates to 34.7 percent shooting from the field (17 of 49). The Cardinals struggled themselves, hitting 23 of 55, or roughly 42 percent from the floor.

Behanan, who was averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, sprained his left ankle in practice Monday and is expected to be sidelined up to 10 days.

Seton Hall got what it wanted in the first half, forcing the Cardinals into a half-court game and limiting them pretty much to one shot a possession. It kept the game close and the Pirates used a late 8-2 spurt to get to within 36-34 at the half.

Pitino wasn't happy with the officiating at the end of the half after seeing the Pirates make 14 of 21 free throws. The Cardinals only took 12 free throws, making nine.

Junior forward Brian Oliver (8.5 ppg) missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocards.com



McLemore Keys No. 6 Kansas to Overtime Win, 97-89 - by Eurobasket News

LAWRENCE, Kan.-- Down to the final seconds, redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore banked a shot off the glass. His fifth three-pointer of the night proved to be the most clutch, tying the game and sending Kansas to overtime - and ultimately - the win against Iowa State, 97-89, in the Big 12 Conference opener inside Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday evening.

No. 6 Kansas (13-1) won its 22nd-straight conference debut in thrilling fashion, collecting its eighth consecutive win against Iowa State (10-4) in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks' 31st-straight win in Allen Fieldhouse didn't lack for excitement.

McLemore's miracle gave the Jayhawks new life as they started overtime on a blistering 10-0 run. Once he sent the game past regulation, the St. Louis native drilled three-pointer number six, making him a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc en route to his personal-best 33 points - just two shy of the Kansas freshman single-game record set by Danny Manning (35, vs. Oklahoma State, 3/2/85).

During a night that belonged to him, McLemore missed only two shots (10-for-12) and none from the free-throw line (7-for-7).

Three different Jayhawks put up double-doubles, starting with senior center Jeff Withey, who finished with his sixth of the year on 15 points and 12 rebounds, while fellow senior Elijah Johnson also tallied a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists. Senior guard Travis Releford added 12 points, all of which came after the first half. Senior forward Kevin Youngchalked up his second double-double in three games with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Although Kansas saw five different players hit double-figures, Iowa State registered six with 10 or more points. The Cyclones came to Lawrence as the best scorers in the league and proved it with 14 threes (14-for-38). Prior to Wednesday night, Kansas was the only Big 12 team to hit that mark from three-point land this season (15 vs. American).

ISU finished the night with 30 field goals (30-for-73) compared to KU's 31 (31-for-62), but used 11 more attempts. Junior forward Melvin Ejim led the team with 19 points, 16 of which came after the first half. Redshirt seniors Will Clyburn and Korie Lucious followed him with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

To open the game, freshman forward Georges Niang (6'7''-F-93) made a pair of threes and a short jumper as ISU got out to a quick 8-3 start. A pair of three-pointers from Johnson quickly helped even the score before McLemore downed his first trey of the evening. Before the first media timeout, both squads had multiple threes to their credit as Kansas climbed ahead via an 8-0 run, 11-8.

KU stretched its scoring run to 10-0 until senior guard Tyrus McGee knocked down back-to-back threes, setting the tone for the back-and-forth evening. After each team began the game with sizable scoring runs, the two held each other within no more than a three-point margin for more than 10 minutes.

The closeness of the first half hung additional importance on each bucket. Down by a point, Johnson pulled off a drive similar to his Temple performance to put Kansas back in front, 23-22. Layups from Young and sophomore guard Naadir Tharpepushed Kansas back to its largest lead of the half, 32-27, but a three from Lucious attempted to curb the Jayhawks' growing advantage.

McLemore and Co. were just getting warmed up. McLemore drained his third three of the half and Tharpe made his way through the lane for another layup, powering Kansas forward, 40-32, with less than two minutes remaining in the frame.

Predictably, Iowa State didn't go to the break quietly. After a pair of made free throws from McGee, redshirt senior guard Chris Babb grabbed a rebound with seven seconds on the clock and sprinted down the floor for a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the half on a 5-0 run and cut the KU lead to four by halftime, 42-38.

Kansas kicked off the second half with a little room, taking a 48-40 edge, but only momentarily. Babb intercepted a pass from Young and immediately converted it into a three-point basket. His next trey capped a 9-0 run and handed the Cyclones their first lead of the half, 49-48.

Two-straight fouls called against McLemore, the second of which sent Babb to the line for three shots, prompted a Kansas timeout as the Jayhawks fell behind by five with 13 minutes to play.

Shooting an icy 23 percent (3-for-13) midway through the second half, Kansas continued to trail, but with both teams going without a field goal for more than four minutes the deficit didn't worsen. By the time Releford tore down the court for a fastbreak dunk, the Jayhawks had cut their deficit to one, 54-53. Forty-five seconds later, Releford connected again, seemingly restarting both offenses and the trading-baskets routine resumed.

Down 63-57, its largest deficit of the game, McLemore went into action. The rookie nailed a three from the corner, drawing the foul and knocking the and-one down, as well. Moments later, he hit a runner in the lane to offset a jumper by ISU's Ejim. In less than two minutes, McLemore scored nine points to fight off the visiting team.

But the Cyclones kept coming. Free throws from Lucious and McGee's third three of the game had Iowa State up, 73-67, at the four-minute mark. Withey's layup secured the double-double and cut into the deficit, while Tharpe converted both free throws to set up the thrilling finish, trailing 73-71.

With 27 seconds on the clock, the Cyclones pulled ahead, 77-73, putting the game out of reach - or so they thought.

McLemore's shot not only sent the game to overtime, but also ignited the Kansas offense. The Jayhawks cranked out 18 points, on 100 percent (4-for-4) shooting to smother the Cyclones in overtime.

UP NEXT
Kansas will play at Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Television. The Jayhawks conclude their four games in nine days stretch by returning home to host Baylor on ESPN's Big Monday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

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Orange Outlasts Friars in 72-66 Victory - by Eurobasket News

PROVIDENCE A solid second half effort helped the #7/7 Orange (15-1, 3-0) to a 72-66 victory on the road against Providence (8-7, 0-3) in the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Wednesday evening.

Junior C.J. Fair led the offense with a double-double, totaling a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Rakeem Christmas tallied a career-high 15 points, while sophomore Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91) added 17 points, six assists and five steals. Senior James Southerland (6'8''-F-90, college: Syracuse) also notched double-digit scoring with 13 points.

The Orange used an early 6-0 run to break away with a six-point advantage at 14-8, but the Friars quickly rebounded with a 6-0 run of their own to take a two-point lead at 18-16 with 10:19 remaining in the opening frame.

Triche evened the score at 21-21 with a jumper, but SU couldn't continue the momentum, as Providence's Bryce Cotton connected on his fifth three-pointer of the half and a layup to give the Friars a five-point lead at 26-21 with 7:24 remaining in the first period.

Pulling away, Providence took their largest lead of the half at 33-24, ahead by nine points before Carter-Williams connected on a three and Fair followed with another bucket to begin to chip away at the Friars' lead.

As time expired, the Orange entered the intermission trailing by three points at 33-30, marking the first time this season that SU has entered halftime without control of the lead.

Ready to erase the deficit in the second half, Christmas slammed a pair of consecutive dunks to knot the score at 39-39 and then converted on two free throws to secure the Orange's first lead of the half at 40-39. SU had trouble finding a rhythm though, as the two teams battled point-for-point before Triche found Fair for a dunk and the Orange emerged with a three-point lead at 51-48.

Syracuse found itself clinging to another three-point advantage at 56-53 before Fair slammed another dunk, extending the Orange advantage to five points at 58-53 with less than five minutes in the game. From there, Christmas and Southerland followed with layups to give Syracuse its largest lead of the half at 62-55 allowing the Orange some space to hold off some last minute pressure from the Friars.

Fair netted a set of free throws before Syracuse secured a 72-66 victory at the buzzer. Fair shot 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the second half, helping the Orange to a perfect 12-of-12 in free throw shooting in the second half.

Syracuse will return home this weekend to host Villanova in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Courtesy of: http://www.suathletics.com



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Defiance Rides Long-Range Attack to Win Over Spartans - by Eurobasket News

DEFIANCE, Ohio Defiance College knocked down a season-high 11 makes from behind the three-point line and led by double figures over the final 18:28 of the contest in a 72-54 victory against Manchester on Wednesday night.

The win extended DC's home winning streak against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foes to eight-straight contests and moved the Yellow Jackets to within a single game of second place in the HCAC standings.

Defiance opened the game ice cold, missing 12 of its first 15 attempts from the field thanks to a one-of-nine start from three-point territory. The poor shooting allowed Manchester to build a 12-7 lead by the 12:25 mark of the opening half.

The Jackets then turned their focus to the paint, attacking the rim and hitting nine of their next 10 shot attempts and storming back to claim a 27-16 lead. The run would later continue for DC, as six-consecutive points capped a 26-6 spurt and pushed the Yellow Jacket spread to 33-18 with 2:13 left to play in the first stanza.

A 33-24 lead at the half would quickly climb to a 20-point cushion for Defiance, as the Purple and Gold found the range from deep in the second stanza. Three-straight trifectas from Travis Schomaeker, Bernard Edwards and Logan Wolfrum opened up a 49-29 gap.

Schomaeker would then strike again to turn back the lone Manchester (4-10, 1-6 HCAC) threat of the second half, connecting on his fourth trey of the stanza and sinking the ensuing free throw to give the Jackets a 62-47 lead with the four-point play.

Defiance would continue to hit from beyond the arc, eventually sinking eight-of-16 tries in the second half and rolling past the Spartans for the 72-54 triumph.

Schomaeker set a new career-high by netting 17 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes, while Wolfrum also hit four triples and ended with a game-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

A pair of post players also cracked double-digits for the Jackets, as Edwards ended with 11 points and five boards, while Ryan Hicks chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

DC (8-6, 4-3 HCAC) will now turn its attention to a home showdown with Mount St. Joseph (5-9, 4-3 HCAC) on Saturday. Tip is slated for 3:00 pm inside the Karl H. Weaner Community Center.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Henain Paces Knights in Win - by Eurobasket News

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. Mount Saint Mary College junior Joe Henain (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) totaled 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven blocks to lead his team to an 81-58 victory over St. Joseph's College in Skyline play on Wednesday evening. The Knights moved back above the .500 mark at 6-5 overall (3-2 Skyline) as the Golden Eagles fell to 3-9 (1-4 Skyline).

The Mount closed the first half on a 12-4 run and seemed poised for a rout as they carried a 41-28 advantage to the locker room. But St. Joseph's made a push to get back into the game. Trailing by 12 with 15:14 remaining, the Golden Eagles rattled off the next 10. A three-pointer from junior Cody Loshen (Centereach, N.Y.) at the 13:14 mark cut the lead to just two at 52-50, Knights.

Junior Joe Stabach (Staten Island, N.Y.) answered with back-to-back buckets, one a two-pointer and one a three-pointer, to spark an 8-0 run for the Knights. A three-point play from junior Chris Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) with 11:36 to go made it a ten-point game, 60-50.

The Golden Eagles got back to within single digits as the clock ticked under eight minutes, but Stabach and Pisciotta combined to answer once again. Stabach's triple at the 7:18 mark made it a 12-point game and following a lengthy scoring drought, Pisciotta's two-pointer at 4:55 stretched it to 14. Following a St. Joseph's dunk, the Knights closed the game on an 11-0 run to make the final score, 81-58.

Henain hit on 8-of-11 from the field for a game-high 21 points. His seven blocks were a career high. Stabach added 11 points and seven boards, while Pisciotta contributed 11 points and six boards. Junior Donte Howell (Baldwin, N.Y.) also reached double figures with 11 points.

Junior Phil Calixte (Amityville, N.Y.) led the Golden Eagles with 14 points, while Loshen totaled 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

With alternating wins and losses through the team's first eleven games, the Knights will try to piece together their first winning streak on Saturday. They'll host NYU-Poly in a 3:00 p.m. start at the Kaplan Center.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Houlsey Leads Saints to a 71-48 Win Over Westminster - by Eurobasket News

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Junior small forward Brandon Housley (Covington, Ky./Holmes) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 71-48 win over Westminster College tonight (Saturday, January 9, 2013) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the PAC. With the loss, the Titans fall to 4-10 overall and 0-6 in the PAC.

Thomas More jumped out to a 19-8 lead when junior power forward Josef Marshall (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) made a lay-up with 8:39 to play in the first half. Westminster answered with an 11-2 run capped by an Anthony Thomas lay-up with 2:21 to play in the half to cut the lead to 21-19. The Saints used a 5-0 to extend the lead to 26-19 when sophomore shooting guard Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) made two free-throws with 28-seconds to play in the opening half. The Titans closed out the half on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 26-23 at halftime when Mark Hockenberry made a lay-up with 18-seconds to play in the half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 25-15 run to increase the lead to 51-38 with 9:53 to play in the game when Mumford made two free-throws. Westminster responded with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 51-43 on a Doug Smith three-pointer with 8:58 to play in the game. Thomas More closed out the game on a 20-5 run capped by two free-throws by junior power forward Al Upshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Gamble Montessori) with 1:59 to play in the game for the final score of 71-48.

Housley was joined in double-figure scoring by Marshall with and sophomore shooting guard Chris Richard (Louisville, Ky./Southern) with 12 points each. Mumford, Housley and Marshall led the team on the boards with six rebounds each. Marshall, senior shooting guard Ross Renken (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and junior point guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) led the team in assists with six each.

Thomas More returns to action on Saturday (January 12) when it hosts PAC-leading Saint Vincent College at 3 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



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3rd Annual Easter Break Basketball Tournament 2013 - by Dinesh Thapa

Plumstead Pacers is organizing 3rd Annual Easter Break Tournament 2013 which will be held on the 6th and 7th April 2013 at Woolwich Waterfront Leisure Centre located at Woolwich, London. Contact Plumstead Pacers at https://www.facebook.com/plumsteadteam

Our tournament will be held on the 6th and 7th of April at Woolwich Waterfront Leisure Centre. 1st day will be carried out on a league basis however the second day will be knock out.

Entry fees: 150

PAYMENT DEADLINES: 10th MARCH 2013

MAX NO. OF TEAMS LIMITED TO 18





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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 12-3 
 2. Centrum 12-4 
 3. Baerum Basket 9-8 
 4. Froya Basket 7-8 
 5. Gimle BBK 7-12 
 6. Asker Aliens 6-9 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 10: Ammerud Bskt - Baerum Basket 62-97
Jan. 13: Tromso - Centrum
Jan. 13: Asker Aliens - Ammerud Bskt


BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Thompson, Baerum22.0 
 2. Jones, Tromso22.0 
 3. Westerlund, Asker21.7 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK20.1 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.18.9 
 6. Timus, Ammerud18.8 
 7. Silavs, Froya B.18.1 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens17.8 
 9. Wallace, Tromso17.7 
 10. Ble, Centrum17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jones, Tromso15.1 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK9.9 
 3. Thompson, Baerum9.2 
 4. Mostafa, Froya B.8.4 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens7.8 
 6. Timus, Ammerud7.0 
 7. Lepovic, Centrum6.5 
 8. Ble, Centrum6.4 
 9. Nyborg, Centrum6.2 
 10. Ferranti, Baerum5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.5 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens3.9 
 4. Holm, Baerum B.3.6 
 5. Timus, Ammerud3.4 
 6. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.4 
 7. Mahnin, Centrum3.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso3.0 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.2.9 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.1 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.2.3 
 3. Timus, Ammerud2.3 
 4. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 5. Silavs, Froya B.1.7 
 6. Wallace, Tromso1.5 
 7. Nzeyimana, Froya B.1.4 
 8. Jones, Tromso1.4 
 9. Westerlund, Asker1.3 
 10. Amoikon, Asker Al.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Delano THOMAS
  Gimle BBK
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.4 
 2. Thompson, Baerum2.1 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.0 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum0.7 
 5. Bakken, Gimle BBK0.6 
 6. Sorensen, Ammerud0.5 
 7. Mostafa, Froya B.0.4 
 8. Austgulen, Centrum0.4 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.4 
 10. Timus, Ammerud0.4 


Baerum Basket adds Green to their roster, ex Akita NH - by Eurobasket News

Baerum Basket (BLNO) added to their roster 29-year old American swingman Lionel Green (196-90kg-84, college: SUNO). He played last season at Akita Northern Happinets in Japanese BJ League. In 27 games last year he recorded 5.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg. Green also played at Ura Basket in Finnish 1st Division that season. In 16 games he averaged impressive 19.4ppg, 10.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.8spg. he was voted All-NAIA D1 3rd Team back in 2010 at his college time.
Green attended Southern University - New Orleans until 2010 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark CAGUIOA
  Barang.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Caguioa, Barang.18.4 
 2. Mercado, Meralco18.2 
 3. Canaleta, Air21 E.17.6 
 4. Simon, San M.16.9 
 5. Santos, Petron B.16.5 
 6. Cardona, Meralco16.3 
 7. Castro, Talk N Te.15.5 
 8. Miller, Global Port15.5 
 9. Yap, San M.15.2 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.10.5 
 3. Pingris, San M.9.8 
 4. Maierhofer, Barang.8.7 
 5. Williams, Talk N.8.4 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine8.1 
 7. de Ocampo, San M.7.3 
 8. Reyes, Meralco7.3 
 9. Mamaril, Barang.7.2 
 10. Hodge, Meralco6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Meralco .
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mercado, Meralco6.4 
 2. Miller, Global Port6.4 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.1 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.4.8 
 6. Casio, Alaska Aces4.4 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.0 
 8. Miranda, Petron B.3.7 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.6 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Talk N Text
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Reyes, Talk N Text1.6 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron1.5 
 3. Custodio, Air21 E.1.4 
 4. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.2 
 5. Lingganay, Global1.1 
 6. Tenorio, Barang.1.1 
 7. Barroca, San M.1.0 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 9. Fonacier, Talk N.1.0 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 2. Abueva, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 3. Hodge, Meralco1.3 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 6. Mamaril, Barang.0.9 
 7. Washington, Petron0.9 
 8. Devance, San M.0.9 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.0.9 
 10. Baclao, Air21 E.0.8 


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game One Roundup and Look Where the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championships Will Be Held!!! #giddy - by Enzo Flojo

Larry Fonaciers big three in the fourth quarter doused a fiery rally by the Elasto-Painters and sealed the 1-0 Championship series lead for the top-seeded Tropang Texters. That was Fonaciers second trey of the game, and it couldnt have come at a better time for coach Norman Blacks wards, who are seeking an unprecedented All-Filipino/Philippine Cup three-peat.

Old reliables Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo led the way for TNT with 16 points and 7 rebounds each, while Jared Dillinger outplayed Gabe Norwood by scoring 13 points on top of 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Talk N Text limited ROS to just 35% FG shooting while also beating them on the boards, 56-51. The Texters also shot well from beyond the arc, connecting on 10 of their 27 attempts while the Painters converted just 4 of 21 tries.

Jervy Cruz, Paul Lee, and Jeff Chan all scored in double-digits for coach Yeng Guiaos crew, but they shot a combined 10-of-34 from the floor. Lee and Chan made just 1 of their combined 8 three-point attempts. The Elasto-Painters will try to even the series in Game 2 on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Meanwhile, Philippine Basketball received a SHOT IN THE ARM when FIBA Asias bigwigs came to their senses and FINALLY awarded the hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Mens Championships to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) something they already shouldve done late in 2012. In doing so, Manila will be the host city for the biennial meet. This means that the Philippines will be awarded an automatic slot in the tournament, and, as a consequence of SMART-Gilas placing in the top four of the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup, three other Southeast Asian teams will be guaranteed places in the tourney. Paging Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore! Time to step up big time, folks!

Now, this should really shake things up in the local basketball landscape this year. Why? Because now that, AFTER FORTY FRIGGIN YEARS, Manila will host the tournament, it is IMPERATIVE that we send the BEST POSSIBLE NATIONAL TEAM. It would be a travesty, a terrible irony, a shameless act, a CRIME, if all stakeholders in Philippine basketball (the SBP, PBA, UAAP, NCAA, the MVP Group, the SMC Group EVERYONE!!!) do not gather and unite for this glorious, patriotic, and righteous cause.

This is the PERFECT time to show our countrymen, nay the WORLD, that Pinoys can set aside differences for a goal bigger than our fragmented selves. Destiny beckons and we must respond accordingly! Lets go Philippines!

Game Recaps:
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 87-81

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters turned back a furious fourth quarter rally by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to win the first game of their Philippine Cup title series, 87-81, Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The two-time defending champions relied on balanced scoring attack featuring six players scoring at least eight points. But Talk N Text made hay on the defensive end, hounding Rain or Shine to below 35 percent shooting.

I was really happy with the way we played defense tonight, said Talk N Text coach Norman Black.

The Tropang Texters focused much of their effort on Rain or Shines top guns, Paul Lee and Jeff Chan. Lee scored 11 points but shot just 4-of-14 from the field, while Chan scored just two of his 10 points in the second half on 3-of-12 shooting, missing all four of his three-point attempts.

Rain or Shine trailed by as much as 16 points, looking dead in the water early in the fourth quarter. Talk N Text still led, 77-62, early in the final period before the Elasto Painters rattled off a 13-2 run to cut the lead to just three points.

But Larry Fonacier hit a three-pointer in the ensuing possession, to push the Talk N Text lead back to two possessions, 82-76, and the Tropang Texters kept steady in the clutch to seal the victory.

Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo paced Talk N Text with 16 points apiece, while Jared Dillinger added 13.

Game Two of best-of-seven series is set Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

TNT 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.
ROS 81- Cruz 13, Lee 11, Chan 10, Norwood 8, Rodriguez 8, Quinahan 8, Tiu 5, Belga 5, Ibanes 4, Matias 3, Arana 3, Tang 3.
QS: 24-15, 51-39, 71-58, 87-81

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)




Smart-Gilas Pilipinas opens bid in Dubai tourney - by Aris Ignacio

Tough challenge ahead for the nationals.

After the success in the recently concluded William Jones Cup, Smart Gilas opens its bid in the 24th Dubai International basketball tournament today at the Al Ahli Club. Faced with a formidable task, coach Vincent Reyes admits that his wards will have a rough time in the tournament that features Al Moutahed Tripoli as one of the favorites to win the title.

The current composition of this Gilas team is far more different from the one that won the Jones Cup title last August 2012. The team is currently led by original Gilas and naturalized player Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) and three Philippine Basketball Assosication (PBA) players namely, Ronjay Buenafe (188-G-83) and Jay-R Reyes (200-C-84) of the Meralco Bolts and Nino Canaleta (196-F-82) of the Air21 Express. They are joined by amateur stalwarts, Greg Slaughter (211-C-88), RR Garcia, Kevin Louie Alas (PG), Garvo Lanete, Ronald and Jake Pascual, Matthew Rosser, Justin Melton, and Isaac Holstein. Imports are allowed in the tournament but Reyes opted for a local line-up in preparation for the 27th FIBA-Asia Mens Basketball Championship which will be held in Manila this year.



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  POLAND   


Marek Piechowicz gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News

Marek Piechowicz (203-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for MKS DG and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 24 points adding two rebounds and two assists for MKS DG in his team's victory, helping them to outclass AZS PP (#16, 2-15) with 28-point margin 94-66. MKS DG is placed at 3rd position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MKS DG will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Piechowicz had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marek Piechowicz averages this season 8.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-PG-86) of Start Lublin. Wilczek impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Start Lublin to edge the higher-ranked MOSiR Krosno (#5, 10-7) by 5 points 75-70. Start Lublin's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Wilczek is a newcomer at Start Lublin and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 10.8ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.4rpg and 6.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Adam Metelski (208-C-83) of AZS PP (#16). Metelski scored 22 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Metelski's great performance AZS PP lost 66-94 to the higher-ranked MKS DG (#3, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. AZS PP can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Metelski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Metelski has individually a great season in Poland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomasz Deja (200-C/F-83) of SKK Siedlce - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) of AZS Kutno - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Piotr Zielinski (198-C-83) of MKS DG - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hubert Makuch (179-PG-85) of UMKS Kielce - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marcin Flieger (182-PG-84) of Slask Wroclaw - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tomasz Stepien (193-G-86) of Spojnia - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) of Slask Wroclaw - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ROMANIA   

Standings

Division A Standings
 1. Oradea 15-1 
 2. Timisoara 12-4 
 3. Targu Mures 12-4 
 4. Ploiesti 12-4 
 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. 10: Timisoara - Targu Mures 67-77
Jan. 9: Dinamo B. - U.Mobitel.CN 58-79

Round 11

Jan. 7: Timisoara - Ploiesti 103-91

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Rovinari - Miercurea Ciuc
Jan. 12: Giurgiu - Timba Timis.
Jan. 12: Oradea - Dinamo B.
Jan. 12: U.Mobitel.CN - CSU Sibiu
Jan. 12: Farul Const. - Gaz Metan
Jan. 13: Pitesti - Craiova
Jan. 13: Targu Mures - Ploiesti
Jan. 14: CSM Bucuresti - Timisoara


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. Jovanovic, Timiso.16.1 
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, Timisoara6.5 
 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.6.2 
 4. Cuic, Targu Mures6.1 
 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. Harvey, Giurgiu1.1 
 6. Tibirna, Oradea1.0 
 7. Knutson, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.0 
 9. Baciu, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Kinloch, Pitesti0.9 


Division A Round 16: Timisoara is defeated by Targu Mures - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Division A.

The most important game in the last round took place in Timisoara between second ranked Timisoara (12-4) and fourth ranked Targu Mures (12-4) on Thursday night. Timisoara was defeated by Targu Mures at home 77-67. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Timisoara. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and the former international center Dan Paltinisanu (208-79, agency: Court Side) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points. Targu Mures have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Ploiesti. Targu Mures is looking forward to face Ploiesti (#4) at home in the next round. Timisoara will play against CSM Bucuresti and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Timisoara. Second ranked host Timisoara (12-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Ploiesti (12-4) 103-91. The winners were led by Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 26 points and 9 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Dominique Archie supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Ploiesti. Timisoara have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Oradea, which they share with Targu Mures and Ploiesti. Timisoara will play against CSM Bucuresti (#5) on the road in the next round. Ploiesti will play against Targu Mures and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division A top team - Oradea (15-1) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Pitesti (7-9) 81-74. Nemanja Maric fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pankracije Barac produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Oradea have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the eleventh place with nine games lost. Oradea will meet at home bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pitesti will play against Craiova (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-16) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to seventh ranked U-Mobitelco (10-6) 79-58. It was a very good performance for Derek Wright who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. U-Mobitelco maintains seventh position with 10-6 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be CSU Sibiu (#10) at home. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against the league's leader Oradea (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Fourth ranked Ploiesti (12-4) crushed at home 15th ranked Farul Const. (1-15) by 30 points 97-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Vladimir Tica who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Targu Mures. Farul Const. lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Ploiesti will face Targu Mures (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Farul Const. will play against Gaz Metan (#8) in Medias.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Timba Timis. lost to Craiova on the opponent's court 75-87. Gaz Metan managed to outperform Giurgiu in a home game 73-60. CSM Bucuresti managed to beat Miercurea Ciuc on the road 77-69. CSU Sibiu defeated Rovinari on its own court 73-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 14 rebounds by Christopher Lee of CSU Sibiu.


Timisoara - Targu Mures 67-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Timisoara between second ranked Timisoara (12-4) and fourth ranked Targu Mures (12-4) on Thursday night. Timisoara was defeated by Targu Mures at home 77-67. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Timisoara. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and the former international center Dan Paltinisanu (208-79, agency: Court Side) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 26 points and American power forward Delvon Johnson (206-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Targu Mures have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Ploiesti. Targu Mures is looking forward to face Ploiesti (#4) at home in the next round. Timisoara will play against CSM Bucuresti and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: G.Navickas 18+4reb+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 15+6reb+1ast, V.Peciukas 11+3reb, A.Ciric 11+1reb, L.Dumitru 9+5reb+2ast, B.Cuic 7+4reb+1ast
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 26+4reb+2ast, R.Sarovic 12+3reb, D.Johnson 8+9reb+1ast, M.Derasimovic 8+1reb+2ast, D.Archie 5+5reb+2ast, B.Popescu 2+4reb
gschID: 229848


Dinamo B. - U.Mobitel.CN 58-79

Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-16) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to seventh ranked U-Mobitelco (10-6) 79-58. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. CS Dinamo Bucuresti was better in second period 8-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco forced 25 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by CS Dinamo Bucuresti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Derek Wright (180-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. The other American import forward Sean Barnette (198-86, college: Wingate) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. Forward Leonard Filip (200-93) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and guard Andrei Badila (190-84) added 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for CS Dinamo Bucuresti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. U-Mobitelco maintains seventh position with 10-6 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side still closes the standings. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be CSU Sibiu (#10) at home. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against the league's leader Oradea (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 17+2reb, S.Barnette 16+5reb+2ast, D.Wright 14+4reb+7ast, S.Ross 10+9reb+1ast, V.Nakic 6+1reb, M.Lazar 5+4reb
Dinamo B.: A.Badila 18+2reb, L.Filip 15+6reb+1ast, C.Mihai 8+7reb, C.Telinoiu 6+3reb, V.Negut 4+2reb, V.Mihai 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 229851


Craiova - Timba Timis. 87-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked Timba Timosoara (4-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Craiova (11-5) 87-75 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 12 points. Timba Timosoara was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Bosnian forward Nikola Djurasovic (198-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT, agency: TSS Management) who added 18 points and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Craiova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with CSM Bucuresti. Timba Timosoara lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Craiova will face Pitesti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Timba Timosoara will play against Giurgiu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: N.Djurasovic 21+12reb+1ast, R.Dzambic 18+2reb+8ast, T.Bureau 17+8reb, R.Hallik 13+5reb+3ast, L.Seals 9+5reb+5ast, I.Dragusin 4+4reb
Timba Timis.: D.Brown 24+10reb+6ast, J.Horton 14+2reb, J.Glynn 14+10reb+1ast, A.Johnson 13+3reb+8ast, R.Huckaby 8+1reb+2ast, P.Czmor 2+3reb
gschID: 229845


Gaz Metan - Giurgiu 73-60

Rather predictable result in Medias where eighth ranked Gaz Metan (9-7) defeated 12th ranked Giurgiu (5-11) 73-60 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Gaz Metan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gaz Metan outrebounded Giurgiu 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Kevin Sims (178-88, college: Tulane) responded with 18 points and his fellow American import guard Brian Burrell (192-84, college: UTPA, agency: TSS Management) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Giurgiu's coach Chris Terrell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaz Metan maintains eighth position with 9-7 record. Giurgiu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Gaz Metan will face Farul Const. (#15) in Constanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giurgiu will play at home against Timba Timosoara in Timisoara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 18+14reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 15+5reb+3ast, A.Mladenovic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Mandache 9, I.Ivanovic 9+6reb+4ast, S.Dundjerski 7+5reb+1ast
Giurgiu: K.Sims 18+3reb+3ast, P.Petty 11+5reb, B.Burrell 11+5reb+1ast, C.Vlaicu 8+8reb, M.Melvin 7+4reb, C.Ware 3+4reb
gschID: 229846


Ploiesti - Farul Const. 97-67

Fourth ranked Ploiesti (12-4) crushed at home 15th ranked Farul Const. (1-15) by 30 points 97-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. Farul Const. was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Nenad Markovic (199-80) scored 13 points. Five Ploiesti and four Farul Const. players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Targu Mures. Farul Const. lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Ploiesti will face Targu Mures (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Farul Const. will play against Gaz Metan (#8) in Medias.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: V.Tica 19+10reb, I.Timermanis 15+6reb, P.Miletic 14+4reb+3ast, R.Nyakundi 12+6reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 11+1reb+5ast, L.Szijarto 8+5reb+3ast
Farul Const.: D.Petronic 15+5reb+2ast, N.Markovic 13+4reb+1ast, J.Booth 11+4reb+1ast, N.Tomasevic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Mathis 7+5reb, M.Minea 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 229847


Miercurea Ciuc - CSM Bucuresti 69-77

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Miercurea Ciuc (3-13) was defeated at home by fifth ranked CSM Bucuresti (11-5) 77-69 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. CSM Bucuresti made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Miercurea Ciuc was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side Croatian forward Franko Filipovic (203-87) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jonathan Dupre (203-87, college: Pepperdine, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Four Miercurea Ciuc players scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-5 record, which they share with Craiova. Loser Miercurea Ciuc keeps the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. CSM Bucuresti will face league's second-placed Timisoara at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Miercurea Ciuc will play against Rovinari (#9).
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 20+4reb+4ast, J.Shepherd 14+3reb, B.Morris 12+3reb+1ast, S.Sir 12+2reb, I.Bosnjak 8+8reb, V.Carutasu 8+6reb+2ast
Miercurea Ciuc: F.Filipovic 16+7reb+2ast, I.Harris 14+3reb, S.Avalic 13+2reb+1ast, F.Bubalo 10+2reb+5ast, J.Dupre 8+9reb+1ast, V.Dogaru 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229849


CSU Sibiu - Rovinari 73-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked CSU Sibiu (8-8) beat at home 9th ranked Rovinari (8-8) 73-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Devon Austin (198-87, college: Manhattan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: Duran International) who added 15 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. CSU Sibiu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Rovinari. CSU Sibiu will face higher ranked U-Mobitelco (#7) in Cluj in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: D.Austin 19+12reb+1ast, A.Gruev 18+2reb+1ast, C.Lee 15+14reb+1ast, M.Paul 11+1reb+4ast, M.Ambres 5+7reb, M.Griskenas 3+4reb
Rovinari: L.Darby 21+6reb+4ast, D.Steffel 11+7reb+1ast, A.Gliga 10+1reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 8+12reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 8+4reb, J.Kennerly 4+2reb
gschID: 229850


Pitesti - Oradea 74-81

Division A top team - Oradea (15-1) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Pitesti (7-9) 81-74. Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Australian swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Croatian guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Oradea and four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Oradea have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Pitesti at the other side keeps the eleventh place with nine games lost. Oradea will meet at home bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pitesti will play against Craiova (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oradea: N.Maric 16+8reb+2ast, S.Lupusavei 15+4reb+1ast, D.Dillon 13+5reb+3ast, S.Topchov 12+4reb, M.Pesic 10+4reb+5ast, B.Tibirna 7+4reb
Pitesti: P.Barac 18+5reb+5ast, M.Jones 13+1reb, S.Popovic 11+11reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 10+3reb, D.Gennie 10+4reb+5ast, D.Kinloch 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 229852


Round 11
Timisoara - Ploiesti 103-91

The game between Top Four teams took place in Timisoara. Second ranked host Timisoara (12-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Ploiesti (12-4) 103-91. Timisoara made 32-of-36 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Ploiesti was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 26 points and 9 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Ploiesti. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Timisoara have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Oradea, which they share with Targu Mures and Ploiesti. Timisoara will play against CSM Bucuresti (#5) on the road in the next round. Ploiesti will play against Targu Mures and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 26+3reb+9ast, D.Archie 20+7reb+3ast, R.Sarovic 15+3reb+3ast, M.Derasimovic 13+4reb+2ast, G.Gallimore 12+1reb, B.Popescu 9+1reb
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 17+8reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 16+1reb+3ast, I.Timermanis 15+4reb+1ast, P.Miletic 11+3reb, V.Stanescu 10+10reb+2ast, V.Tica 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 229853



Tica number one in Romania for round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ploiesti, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Farul Const. (#15, 1-15) with 30-point margin 97-67. Ploiesti maintains the 4th position in Romanian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ploiesti will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Tica turned to be Ploiesti's top player in his first season with the team. Vladimir Tica averages this season 12.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Christopher Lee (206-C-84, agency: Duran International) of CSU Sibiu. Lee had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for CSU Sibiu to edge slightly higher-ranked Rovinari (8-8) 73-68. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . CSU Sibiu keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lee is a newcomer at CSU Sibiu, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Nikola Djurasovic (198-F-83) of Craiova (#6). Djurasovic scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Craiova, leading his team to a 87-75 win against the lower-ranked Timba Timis. (#13, 4-12). Craiova needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Djurasovic has a very solid season. In 15 games in Romania he scored 5.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84) of Timisoara - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Devon Austin (198-F-87) of CSU Sibiu - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88) of Gaz Metan - 18 points and 14 rebounds
7. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Pitesti - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Denham Brown (198-F-83) of Timba Timis. - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Leonard Filip (200-F-93) of Dinamo B. - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Sean Barnette (198-F-86) of U.Mobitel.CN - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 12-2 
 2. Ural Ekaterinb. 11-3 
 3. Novosybirsk 11-4 
 4. Ataman 9-5 
 5. Ruskon-Mord. 8-6 
 6. Rjazan 8-6 
 7. AltajBasket 8-6 
 8. Dynamo MO 7-7 
 9. TEMP-SUMZ 7-7 
 10. Avtodor 6-7 
 11. Planeta-Univ. 6-8 
 12. Volgograd 4-10 
 13. Severstal 3-11 
 14. Sojuz Zaretchny 3-11 
 15. Spartak V. 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 10: Ataman - Novosybirsk 85-90
Jan. 11: Rjazan - Avtodor
Jan. 11: Spartak V. - Severstal
Jan. 11: Ruskon-Mord. - Planeta-Univ.
Jan. 11: TEMP-SUMZ - AltajBasket
Jan. 11: Sojuz Zaretchny - Dynamo MO
Jan. 11: Univ.Surgut - Volgograd
Jan. 14: Avtodor - Ataman


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.17.3 
 2. Chernov, AltajBas.16.9 
 3. Monroe, Ural E.16.8 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.9 
 5. Boyko, Volgograd15.4 
 6. Morgunov, Dynamo15.2 
 7. Loubeau, Planeta-.14.9 
 8. James, Planeta-.14.7 
 9. McGhee, Ural E.14.3 
 10. Podkolzin, Novosy.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr SAVENKOV
  Univ.Sur.
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.6 
 2. Makshantsev, Novo.8.2 
 3. Varlamov, AltajBas.7.9 
 4. Denison, Ataman7.6 
 5. Pavlov, Ataman7.5 
 6. Zinchenko, Sever.7.5 
 7. Podkolzin, Novosyb.7.4 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan7.4 
 9. Pavlov, Ataman7.0 
 10. Loubeau, Planeta.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.9 
 2. Chernov, AltajBas.5.4 
 3. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.3 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.9 
 5. Amirkhanov, Ataman4.6 
 6. Korchagin, Dynamo4.2 
 7. Filin, Avtodor4.1 
 8. Aleksandrov, Ata.3.9 
 9. Urazmanov, Dynamo3.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo2.3 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtodor1.8 
 3. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.7 
 4. Toropov, Avtodor1.7 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.1.6 
 6. Monroe, Ural E.1.6 
 7. Chernov, AltajBas.1.6 
 8. Klyuchnikov, Rusko.1.6 
 9. Zakharov, Spart.1.5 
 10. Zagnoyko, Ataman1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  AltajBas.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.6 
 2. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.5 
 3. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.1 
 4. Denison, Ataman1.0 
 5. Sayapin, Novosybi.0.9 
 6. Varlamov, AltajBas.0.9 
 7. Kurtsevich, Ataman0.9 
 8. Tsvetkov, TE.0.9 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.0.8 
 10. Pisarchuk, Sever.0.8 


Ataman signs Vladislav Solovyev - by Eurobasket News

Ataman Rostov (Superleague) signed 25-year old domestic small forward Vladislav Solovyev (193-85kg-88). He just played at Enisey (PBL). The last season Solovyev played for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL).
The previous (10-11) season he played also at Enisey Krasnoyarsk. In 19 PBL games that year he had only 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg. Solovyev helped his team to make it to the Cup Semifinals2011.
He has played previously for another Russian team Novosybirsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ataman signs Vladislav Solovyev - by Eurobasket News

Ataman Rostov (Superleague) signed 25-year old domestic small forward Vladislav Solovyev (193-85kg-88). He just played at Enisey (PBL). The last season Solovyev played for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (PBL).
The previous (10-11) season he played also at Enisey Krasnoyarsk. In 19 PBL games that year he had only 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg. Solovyev helped his team to make it to the Cup Semifinals2011.
He has played previously for another Russian team Novosybirsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: CSKA successfully opens Round 3 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Brose Basket 90:83

CSKA successfully opens Round 3 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Russian Champions improved to 3-0 record in Group E after 90:83 win over Brose Basket. The German side meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
It was not a good start for the hosts of the game that trailed 2 points after the first period. CSKA won the second frame 23-22 but was behind 45:46 at the halftime. In the third quarter the Russian team managed to take an advantage and could take 67:64 lead entering the last stanza. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) scored important threes at the end of the game for the final success.
Viktor Khryapa top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic and Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) posted 17 each. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 14, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) delivered 10. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) erupted with 35 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) as well as Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) brought 12 apiece. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) followed them with 9 points.

CSKA: Viktor Khryapa 19+14 rebs, Milos Teodosic 17, Dionte Christmas 17, Nenad Krstic 14, Sasha Kaun 10
Brose Basket: Bostjan Nachbar 35, Teddy Gipson 12, Maik Zirbes 12, John Goldsberry 9



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Thompson number one in Slovakia for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Kevin Thompson (205-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Komarno, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Nitra (#3, 12-8) 76-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Komarno to consolidate first place in the Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Komarno has a very solid 15-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Thompson turned to be Komarno's top player in his first season with the team. Former Morgan State University star has very solid stats this year. Thompson. Thompson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 63.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international power forward Roman Vido (204-PF-88) of Handlova. Vido had a very good evening with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Handlova cruised to a 96-84 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Svit (#9, 4-17). Handlova's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Vido is a newcomer at Handlova, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Handlova's star - American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84, agency: TSS Management). Bridgewaters scored 22 points and passed nine assists. He was another key player of Handlova, helping his team with a 96-84 win against slightly lower-ranked Svit (#9, 4-17). The chances of Handlova not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bridgewaters could try to bring Handlova's a little bit higher in the standings. Bridgewaters has a very solid season. In 4 games in Slovakia he scored 29.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Fields (193-G-88) of Levice - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Corye Payton (193-G) of Handlova - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Prievidza - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Svit - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87) of Nitra - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanislav Baldovsky (192-F-89) of Nova Ves - 16 points and 2 rebounds
10. Martin Rancik (204-F/C-78) of Inter Bratislava - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 10: Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 92-83
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: Sonic Boom KT - Goyang Orions 62-74
Jan. 11: ET Land - KCC Egis
Jan. 11: SK Knights - Anyang KGC



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  SPAIN   


Mamadi Diane joins UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

UCAM Murcia (ACB) agreed terms with 27-year old Ivory Coast-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). Diane managed to play in four leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He played last season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 12 games he had 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Diane also played 9 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention. Diane also played at BK Edymax SPU Nitra (previous name Nitra) in Slovakian Extraliga that season. In 0 game he recorded point. He also played 4 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded very impressive stats: 18.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg.
The previous (10-11) season Diane was tested by 66ers in D-League.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Diane was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fifth round (13th overall).
He attended University of Virginia until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Dianes team won Spanish LEB Silver Cup in 2010. He represented Ivory Coast at the African Championships in Madagascar two years ago. Dianes team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 60.0%.
Diane has played previously for another Spanish team Lobe Huesca.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC could add Morris Finley, ex Fener.Ulker - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) is about to agree terms with 32-year old American guard Morris Finley (180-81kg-81, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who played last time at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Turkey. In 5 TBL games last season he had just 2.6ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (10-11) season Finley played at Armani Milano in Italian SerieA. In 13 games that season he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Finley played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2010. He was also voted All-C-USA 3rd Team back in 2004 at his college time.
Finley is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Liege Basket), Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Montenegro (Mornar Bar), Italy (Montepaschi Siena and Napoli J.News) and SEBL (Rome Rage).
Finley attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2004 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



EuroLeague: Caja Laboral drub Besiktas in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral - Besiktas 77:51

Caja Laboral stayed on the winning track in EuroLeague Top 16. They fired past Besiktas in Vitoria to claim the third win in a row in Group F. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) led balanced effort with 13 points. Besiktas dropped the third straight game in Top 16.
Caja Laboral shocked the visitors with a 25:2 run at the start of the game. The hosts piled up a 27:7 lead at the first intermission. Besiktas managed to narrow the gap at 15-point mark midway through the second term. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) capped the first half with a three-pointer as Caja Laboral enjoyed a 45:24 lead. The hosts opened the third term with five points in a row and practically never looked back en route to a resounding victory. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85), Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) and Nemanja Bjelica delivered 12 points each for the home team. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) answered with 12 points for Besiktas. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) had 10 points in the loss.

Caja Laboral: Brad Oleson 13, Maciej Lampe 12, Tibor Pleiss 12, Nemanja Bjelica 12
Besiktas: Daniel Ewing 12, Curtis Jerrells 10



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos Athens edge Unicaja Malaga in front of 11000 fans - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens - Unicaja Malaga 78:73

Panathinaikos Athens edge Unicaja Malaga in front of 11000 fans in Greece. The hosts won 78:73 and improved to 2-1 record in Group E. The Spanish side fell at 1-2 record.
Panathinaikos Athens won the first period 23-19 and led only 2 points at the halftime. Moreover Unicaja Malaga posted a 21-17 surge in the third period and grabbed 2-point advantage entering the last stanza. Panathinaikos Athens looked better in the last quarter as James Gist (205-F-86) scored for 73:64 but the victory was not so easy. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) reduced to 73:71 and then he missed an important three-pointer to tie the game. Michael Bramos (197-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) made two free throws for 76:71 and Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV) scored two free throws for the final success.
James Gist paced all the winners with 17 points and Marcus Banks as well as Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) had 14 each. Jason Kapono (201-F-81, college: UCLA) and Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) followed them with 7 points each. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) finished the game with 14 points in defeat, while Andy Panko (205-F-77, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lebanon Valley), Krunoslav Simon and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) notched 11 each.

Panathinaikos Athens: James Gist 17, Marcus Banks 14, Jonas Maciulis 14, Jason Kapono 7, Stephane Lasme 7
Unicaja Malaga: Earl Calloway 14, Andy Panko 11, Krunoslav Simon 11, Luka Zoric 11



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Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 17-3 
 2. Uppsala 14-6 
 3. Boras 14-6 
 4. Sodertalje 13-5 
 5. Solna 13-8 
 6. Norrkoping 12-7 
 7. 08 11-10 
 8. LF Basket 8-12 
 9. Jamtland 6-14 
 10. Eagles 5-16 
 11. Eco Orebro 4-16 
 12. Nassjo 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 10: 08 - Eagles 104-73
Jan. 11: Sodertalje - Jamtland
Jan. 11: LF Basket - Norrkoping
Jan. 11: Uppsala - Eco Orebro
Jan. 11: Nassjo - Sundsvall
Jan. 11: Solna - Boras

Round 15

Jan. 8: Sodertalje - 08 82-63

Round 24

Jan. 8: LF Basket - Solna 75-84


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Miller, Boras24.1 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.1 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall19.6 
 4. Palm, Boras17.5 
 5. Oglesby, Boras17.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.9 
 7. Hudson, Jamtland16.7 
 8. Castle, Eco Orebro16.4 
 9. Ruach, Nassjo16.3 
 10. Cuffee, Sundsvall16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje10.1 
 3. Palm, Boras10.0 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.5 
 5. McKnight, Boras8.4 
 6. Toutziarakis, Solna8.0 
 7. Johnson, Solna7.9 
 8. Wright, Uppsala7.9 
 9. Santee, Eco Orebro7.4 
 10. Igbavboa, LF Bas.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Miller, Boras5.9 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.2 
 3. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.9 
 4. Ilunga, 084.5 
 5. Levin, Solna4.4 
 6. Carter, Uppsala4.3 
 7. Dugat, LF Basket4.3 
 8. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.2 
 9. Stefanovic, Eagles4.0 
 10. Ahonen, Solna3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.3 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket2.1 
 3. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 4. Castle, Eco Orebro2.0 
 5. Ruach, Nassjo1.9 
 6. Jackson, Uppsala1.8 
 7. Carter, Uppsala1.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras1.7 
 9. Wesby, Sundsvall1.6 
 10. Ilunga, 081.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.1 
 2. Augustus, 081.7 
 3. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Wright, Uppsala1.4 
 6. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 7. Brown, 081.0 
 8. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna0.8 
 10. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.7 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Akropol 10-3 
 2. Umea 10-3 
 3. Taby 9-2 
 4. LF Future 8-3 
 5. Blackeberg 7-4 
 6. Fryshuset 6-7 
 7. Solna Branten 5-5 
 8. Orongo 5-7 
 9. Uppsala KFUM 5-8 
 10. Alvik Basket 4-7 
 11. BG Lulea 1-10 
 12. Jarva Devils 1-12 
South
 1. Eos 13-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 8-4 
 3. Brahe Basket 8-4 
 4. Boras II 8-4 
 5. Malbas 8-5 
 6. Jarfalla 6-6 
 7. Eskilstuna 6-8 
 8. Hoganas 6-8 
 9. Hogsbo 5-7 
 10. Talje 4-6 
 11. Helsingborg 2-9 
 12. Sanda 0-13 

Regular Season: Round 13

North

Jan. 5: Akropol - Taby 87-86
Jan. 6: Uppsala KFUM - Jarva Devils 72-59
Jan. 5: Orongo - Fryshuset 58-62

South

Jan. 5: Eskilstuna - Jarfalla 76-83
Jan. 9: Malbas - Eos 73-81
Jan. 6: Boras II - Sanda 126-38


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Jean ALIX
  Jarfalla
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Alix, Jarfalla24.7 
 2. Lenngren, Hogsbo23.4 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset22.0 
 4. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.20.6 
 5. Gafor, Malbas20.2 
 6. Nagwere, Fryshuset19.7 
 7. Sellin, Helsingborg18.8 
 8. Karovic, Eos18.8 
 9. Johansson, Haga H.18.5 
 10. Andersson, Taby18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesper ELIASSON
  Solna B.
  (204-F-94)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Eliasson, Solna B.10.7 
 2. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.10.6 
 3. Alix, Jarfalla9.9 
 4. Lenngren, Hogsbo9.9 
 5. Nagwere, Fryshuset9.5 
 6. Saleman, Umea9.5 
 7. Hult, Eos9.4 
 8. Sinani, Helsingborg9.1 
 9. Halling, Jarfalla9.0 
 10. Sellin, Helsingbo.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mario BLAZEVIC
  Talje
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Blazevic, Talje6.5 
 2. Nystrom, Eos5.5 
 3. Lundin, Taby5.2 
 4. Bankhead, Malbas4.9 
 5. Gjorup, Eos4.4 
 6. Kebedom, Brahe B.4.4 
 7. Nagwere, Fryshuset4.2 
 8. Panghulan, Black.4.2 
 9. Catrinin, Jarfalla3.9 
 10. Frank, Umea3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan DAWIT
  Fryshuset
  (189-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Dawit, Fryshuset3.5 
 2. Alix, Jarfalla3.0 
 3. Urban, Eskilstuna3.0 
 4. Baltrokonis, Hogan.2.8 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas2.8 
 6. Lundin, Taby2.7 
 7. Hansson, Alvik B.2.5 
 8. Maraker, Boras II2.5 
 9. Hultman-Boye, Hag.2.5 
 10. Nystrom, Eos2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Brahe B.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Robinson, Brahe B.2.3 
 2. Urban, Eskilstuna1.6 
 3. Kuksta, Hoganas1.6 
 4. Sinani, Helsingborg1.4 
 5. Soderman, Haga H.1.3 
 6. Saleman, Umea1.3 
 7. Dawit, Fryshuset1.0 
 8. Ferizi, Malbas1.0 
 9. Kidane, Solna B.1.0 
 10. Hult, Eos0.9 


Mohamed Nefatti gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketettan - by Eurobasket News

Mohamed Nefatti (196-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Boras II and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Boras II in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Sanda (#12, 0-13) with 88-point margin 126-38. Boras II is placed at 4th position in Swedish Basketettan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boras II will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Nefatti had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mohamed Nefatti averages this season 11.5ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old Ugandan guard Kassim Nagwere (187-G-90) of Fryshuset. Nagwere impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Fryshuset to edge slightly lower-ranked Orongo (#8, 5-7) by 4 points 62-58. This victory allowed Fryshuset to move up to 6th position in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Nagwere is a newcomer at Fryshuset and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 9.5rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Richard Hartmann (201-F-89) of top-ranked Akropol. Hartmann scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Akropol, leading his team to a 87-86 win against #3 ranked Taby in a game of the week. Akropol confirms their top position in North. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Hartmann has a very solid season. In 13 games in Sweden he scored 18.0ppg. He also has 8.1rpg and FGP: 61.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hajzer Ismaili (201-F-94) of Boras II - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) of Orongo - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jean Alix (200-C-79) of Jarfalla - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Korab Ferizi (201-F/C-85) of Malbas - 16 points and 12 rebounds
8. Christian Koutras (189-G-88) of Akropol - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Richard Maraker (198-F-84) of Boras II - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Erik Andersson (197-G/F-87) of Taby - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Basketettan Round 13: Akropol keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Akropol as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Akropol edged their biggest opponent Taby Basket in Spanga 87-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Taby Basket. It was a key game for the top position in North. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Akropol outrebounded Taby Basket 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Taby Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Greek guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC) fired 20 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Richard Hartmann (201-89) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Erik Andersson (197-87) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Akropol (10-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Umea. Taby Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Taby Basket will play next round against KFUM Blackebergs trying to get back on the winning streak. Akropol will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fryshuset in Stockholm.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Malmo. Leader IK Eos faced their biggest opponent Malbas. Guests from Lund (13-0) defeated host Malbas (8-5) 81-73. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gustav Nystrom (189-89, college: Hope) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Adnan Karovic contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kosovan power forward Korab Ferizi (201-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for Malbas. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for IK Eos. They maintain first place in South with 13-0 record. Malbas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. IK Eos will play against Brahe Basket (#3) in Huskvarna in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Malbas will play on the road against Hogsbo in Goteborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Sanda Basket (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 126-38 loss to fifth ranked Boras II (8-4) in Boras on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Mohamed Nefatti stepped up and scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Dennis Meraz responded with 14 points. Boras II moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Brahe Basket and Haga Haninge. Sanda Basket lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Boras II will meet Helsingborg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sanda Basket will play against Eskilstuna and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Fryshuset defeated Orongo in Stockholm 62-58. Uppsala KFUM beat Jarva Devils at home 72-59.
In South Jarfalla won against Eskilstuna on the opponent's court 83-76.


Group North
Orongo - Fryshuset 58-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Sundsvall where 7th ranked Orongo Dragons (5-7) were defeated by eighth ranked Fryshuset (6-7) 62-58 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Ugandan guard Kassim Nagwere (187-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Nathan Dawit (189-94) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side power forward William Gutenius (205-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Oskar Granat (181-95) scored 12 points. Fryshuset moved-up to sixth place in North. Loser Orongo Dragons dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Fryshuset will meet at home league's leader Akropol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orongo Dragons will play against Solna Branten (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orongo: W.Gutenius 17+16reb+2ast, O.Granat 12+4reb+2ast, D.Eliasson 7+11reb, J.Holmback 6+1ast, M.Elfving 5+1reb+1ast, R.Johansson 5+2reb
Fryshuset: K.Nagwere 23+13reb+2ast, N.Dawit 17+10reb+2ast, A.Lindberg 7+6reb, R.Ghanem 6+2reb+1ast, J.Kulin 6+4reb, M.Dilek 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 198230


Uppsala KFUM - Jarva Devils 72-59

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked KFUM Uppsala (5-8) defeated at home 12th ranked Jarva Devils (1-12) 72-59 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KFUM Uppsala forced 26 Jarva Devils turnovers. Swingman Simon Ezra (197-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Norwegian guard Joakim Hellerstrom (190-87) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four KFUM Uppsala players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Carl-Johan Hugner (193-85) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and center Sermed Hasan (208-91) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KFUM Uppsala moved-up to ninth place in North. Jarva Devils lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. KFUM Uppsala will meet higher ranked Solna Branten (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jarva Devils will play against Alvik Basket (#10) in Bromma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jarva Devils: E.Friman 15, S.Hasan 14+7reb+1ast, C.Hugner 9+11reb+2ast, K.Lundgren 5+4reb+6ast, O.Behboudi 4, M.Zannin 4
Uppsala KFUM: S.Ezra 16+10reb+1ast, J.Hellerstrom 16+4reb+4ast, R.Dahlberg 13+6reb+3ast, L.Friberg 12+1ast, O.Jonsson 6+7reb+2ast, S.Eliasson Godonou 5+5reb
gschID: 198232


Akropol - Taby 87-86

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Akropol as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Akropol edged their biggest opponent Taby Basket in Spanga 87-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Taby Basket. It was a key game for the top position in North. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Akropol outrebounded Taby Basket 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Taby Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Greek guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC) fired 20 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Richard Hartmann (201-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Erik Andersson (197-87) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman Johan Westerlund (191-84) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Akropol (10-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Umea. Taby Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Taby Basket will play next round against KFUM Blackebergs trying to get back on the winning streak. Akropol will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Fryshuset in Stockholm.
Top scorers:
Taby: E.Andersson 25+6reb+4ast, J.Westerlund 22+4reb+4ast, J.Ehlde 14+1ast, Y.Merzoug 7+2reb, J.Lundin 6+4reb+3ast, S.Guy Mbemba 6+1reb+2ast
Akropol: B.Abdulkadi 20+4reb+2ast, C.Koutras 20+4reb+9ast, R.Hartmann 18+13reb+2ast, S.Desport 9+7reb+4ast, A.Kalpakas 8+9reb+4ast, L.Sonko 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 198231


Group South
Malbas - Eos 73-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Malmo. Leader IK Eos faced their biggest opponent Malbas. Guests from Lund (13-0) defeated host Malbas (8-5) 81-73. Malbas were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 44-31 second half run of IK Eos. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gustav Nystrom (189-89, college: Hope) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Adnan Karovic (187-88) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kosovan power forward Korab Ferizi (201-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Dwight Bankhead (181-83) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Malbas. Five Malbas players scored in double figures. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for IK Eos. They maintain first place in South with 13-0 record. Malbas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. IK Eos will play against Brahe Basket (#3) in Huskvarna in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Malbas will play on the road against Hogsbo in Goteborg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Malbas: K.Ferizi 16+12reb, J.Magnusson 13+1reb+3ast, D.Bankhead 12+3reb+6ast, A.Nilsson 11+7reb+1ast, K.Gafor 10+4reb, K.Nyhage 5+4reb+2ast
Eos: G.Nystrom 23+6reb+6ast, A.Karovic 23+7reb+3ast, D.Hult 12+7reb+1ast, N.Gjorup 6+3reb+6ast, G.Laike 6+2reb, T.Bendz 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198236


Boras II - Sanda 126-38

Bottom-ranked Sanda Basket (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 126-38 loss to fifth ranked Boras II (8-4) in Boras on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Boras II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sanda Basket to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Boras II dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Sanda Basket's 12. Boras II forced 39 Sanda Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 42-19 including a 21-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Sanda Basket's players. Forward Mohamed Nefatti (196-84) stepped up and scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Hajzer Ismaili (201-94) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five Boras II players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Dennis Meraz (196-94) responded with 14 points and guard Niklas Holmstrom-Forster (178-94) scored 11 points. Boras II moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Brahe Basket and Haga Haninge. Sanda Basket lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Boras II will meet Helsingborg (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sanda Basket will play against Eskilstuna and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sanda: D.Meraz 14+4reb, N.Holmstrom-Forster 11+2reb+1ast, J.Asherov 6+3reb+4ast, D.Akerberg 4+1reb, J.Enarsson 3+5reb, A.Rudensten 0
Boras II: M.Nefatti 30+8reb+4ast, H.Ismaili 21+6reb+4ast, R.Maraker 17+5reb+2ast, A.Andersson 16+1reb+7ast, N.Osmanbegovic 11+5reb+4ast, A.Almqvist 10+2reb+8ast
gschID: 198235


Eskilstuna - Jarfalla 76-83

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Eskilstuna (6-8) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Jarfalla (6-6) 83-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 51-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jarfalla made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Eskilstuna only scored six points from the stripe. Center Jean Alix (200-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Biniam Yigzaw (186-91) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side Spanish forward Lluis Jacas (198-90) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Spanish Julian Rodriguez Lopez scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Jarfalla. They moved-up to sixth place in South. Loser Eskilstuna dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Hoganas. Jarfalla will meet league's second-placed Haga Haninge on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eskilstuna will play against Sanda Basket (#12) in Huskvarna and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Eskilstuna: L.Jacas 22+9reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez Lopez 22+2reb, J.Blanco 12+9reb+1ast, R.Norstrom 10+3reb+2ast, E.Jonsson 6+5reb+2ast, D.Urban 2+2reb
Jarfalla: J.Alix 21+11reb+3ast, B.Yigzaw 19+1reb+3ast, J.Edlund 18+2reb+1ast, L.Halling 10+7reb, B.Ndione 8+2reb, M.Catrinin 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 198233



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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


Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon21.1 
 2. Owens, BBC Nyon20.7 
 3. Mladjan, Lugano T.20.4 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.19.9 
 5. Burrows, Starwings17.8 
 6. Ely, Boncourt17.8 
 7. Kuburovic, SAV V.17.5 
 8. O''Bannon, SAV V.17.5 
 9. Dobbins, Starwings16.9 
 10. Hodzic, Monthey16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon12.4 
 2. Barber, Lugano T.9.7 
 3. Burrows, Starwings9.5 
 4. Chapman, SAM M.8.4 
 5. Reid, Fribourg7.5 
 6. Gordon, Lugano T.7.3 
 7. Dobbins, Starwings7.1 
 8. Kuburovic, SAV V.7.1 
 9. Garrett, Fribourg7.1 
 10. Badji, Neuchatel7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Barrett, SAM M.8.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.6 
 3. Parker, Geneve L.5.6 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings5.4 
 5. Ewing, Lugano T.5.1 
 6. Kojadinovic, Month.4.4 
 7. Draughan, Fribourg4.1 
 8. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon3.8 
 9. Stimac, Geneve L.3.7 
 10. Neitzel, Monthey3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  SAM M.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Barrett, SAM M.2.9 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.5 
 3. Ely, Boncourt2.3 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 5. Petkovic, SAV V.2.2 
 6. Owens, BBC Nyon2.0 
 7. Kakiouzis, SAV V.1.9 
 8. James, Geneve L.1.8 
 9. Ferguson, Boncourt1.8 
 10. Parker, Geneve L.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chapman, SAM M.3.0 
 2. Garrett, Fribourg2.9 
 3. Matter, Starwings1.7 
 4. Burrows, Starwings1.6 
 5. Dobbins, Starwings1.5 
 6. Toure, Geneve Lio.1.4 
 7. Badji, Neuchatel1.1 
 8. Barber, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Owens, BBC Nyon0.9 
 10. Jenkins, Starwings0.8 


LNA Round 14: #1 Fribourg is defeated by Geneve Lions - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Fribourg (12-2) on the court of third ranked Geneve Lions on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Geneve Lions 102-72. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Fribourg. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Geneve Lions forced 20 Fribourg turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Geneve Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Fribourg's players. Croatian power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Geneve Lions (10-4) moved-up to second place, which they share with Monthey. Fribourg at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Geneve Lions is looking forward to face Starwings (#8) in Basel in the next round where they are favorite. Fribourg will play at home against BBC Nyon (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked SAV Vacallo (9-4) against fifth ranked Lugano Tigers (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host SAV Vacallo was crushed by Lugano Tigers in Chiasso 101-80. Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and Dusan Mladjan supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 25 points by American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for SAV Vacallo. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. SAV Vacallo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against Boncourt (#6) at home in the next round. SAV Vacallo will play against Neuchatel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Basel supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Monthey (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Starwings (3-11). Monthey smashed Starwings 109-83 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Adnan Hodzic who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Joel Fuchs produced 31 points for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monthey moved-up to second place, which they share with Geneve Lions. Loser Starwings keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with BBC Nyon. Monthey will meet at home bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Starwings will play against the league's second-placed Geneve Lions and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 14 Neuchatel won against SAM Massagno on the opponent's court 101-94. Boncourt managed to outperform BBC Nyon in a home game 83-78.


SAV Vacallo - Lugano Tigers 80-101

Very important is a home loss of second ranked SAV Vacallo (9-4) against fifth ranked Lugano Tigers (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host SAV Vacallo was crushed by Lugano Tigers in Chiasso 101-80. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lugano Tigers shot 61.9 percent from the field. Lugano Tigers had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Serbian guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and the former international Dusan Mladjan (198-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for SAV Vacallo. Greek forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) added 21 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. SAV Vacallo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against Boncourt (#6) at home in the next round. SAV Vacallo will play against Neuchatel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 21+5reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 19+4reb+1ast, B.Milisavljevic 17+2reb+10ast, R.Gordon 14+7reb+3ast, K.Barber 11+9reb+2ast, F.Ramseier 11+3reb
SAV Vacallo: L.O'Bannon 25+3reb, M.Kakiouzis 21+6reb+1ast, M.Schneiderman 13+5reb+1ast, M.Petkovic 9+2reb+3ast, I.Kuburovic 8+8reb+2ast, S.Petkovic 4+4reb+9ast
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SAM Massagno - Neuchatel 94-101

Rather expected game when 10th ranked SAM Massagno (2-12) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Neuchatel (6-8) 101-94 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-94. Neuchatel well out of reach of SAM Massagno shooting 76.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Neuchatel especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized Angolan guard Tresore Quidome (192-80) who scored 19 points. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) chipped in 20 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Daniel Andjelkovic (200-94) produced 19 points and 7 assists and American forward Tommy Freeman (195-88, college: Ohio, agency: