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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 14-3 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 11-5 
 3. Partizan 11-6 
 4. Buducnost 10-7 
 5. MZT Skopje 9-7 
 6. Cedevita 9-7 
 7. Un.Olimpija 8-8 
 8. Radnicki KG 8-8 
 9. Krka 7-10 
 10. KK Split 7-10 
 11. Zadar 6-10 
 12. Cibona 6-11 
 13. Siroki WWin 6-11 
 14. Szolnok 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: Buducnost - Szolnok 88-63
Jan. 12: Siroki WWin - Partizan 87-80
Jan. 12: Cibona - Krka 78-86
Jan. 12: KK Split - Igokea 60-68
Jan. 13: Un.Olimpija - Zadar
Jan. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita
Jan. 14: Radnicki KG - MZT Skopje


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darko PLANINIC
  Siroki W.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena15.4 
 3. Travis, Zadar15.3 
 4. Sutalo, Siroki W.15.1 
 5. Capin, Radnicki KG14.9 
 6. White, Radnicki KG14.5 
 7. Blazic, Un.Olimpija14.3 
 8. Wright, Cedevita13.6 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea13.6 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.7 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 3. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.3 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 6. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.8 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.5.7 
 10. Hamilton, Cibona5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Srdan SUBOTIC
  KK Split
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 2. Capin, Radnicki KG4.7 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.1 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki.3.4 
 7. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 8. Strawberry, Cibona3.0 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.2.9 
 10. Green, Cedevita2.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.9 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 5. White, Radnicki KG1.6 
 6. Travis, Zadar1.5 
 7. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.5 
 8. Lucic, Partizan1.5 
 9. Allen, Zadar1.5 
 10. Capin, Radnicki KG1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  Partizan
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 3. Kraljevic, KK Split1.1 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 7. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 
 9. Lalic, Krka0.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.5 



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 14-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 11-4 
 3. Obera TC 8-6 
 4. San Isidro 8-6 
 5. Instituto Cor. 8-7 
 6. Atl.Echague 6-9 
 7. Alvear 6-9 
 8. Sarmiento 5-10 
 9. La Union 4-10 
 10. Union Sunch 3-10 
South
 1. Sport Club 10-5 
 2. Quilmes MP 9-5 
 3. Alianza Viedma 9-5 
 4. Ciclista 8-6 
 5. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-7 
 6. Huracan 7-8 
 7. Rocamora 6-8 
 8. MH Basket 6-9 
 9. Banda Norte 5-9 
 10. Bragado 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 11: Sport Club - Bragado 95-74
Jan. 11: Obera TC - Sarmiento 88-74
Jan. 11: Huracan - MH Basket 86-70
Jan. 11: La Union - Atl.Echague 76-91
Jan. 11: San Isidro - Estudian.Con. 76-68
Jan. 11: Alvear - Instituto Cor. 75-74
Jan. 12: Union Sunch - San Mart.C.
Jan. 12: Ciclista - Alianza Viedma
Jan. 12: Rocamora - Banda Norte
Jan. 13: Quilmes MP - San Lorenzo Ch.


Quimsa inks Jimmy Baxter, ex LTi 46ers - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) signed 33-year old American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-96kg-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports). He already started the season at LTi 46ers in German BBL league. Baxter managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 9 BBL games this season he had 14.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg. Part of last summer he spent at Indios in Dominican Rep. LNB. Baxter also played at San Lazaro in Dominican Rep. District National earlier that season. The other team he played shortly was Sluc Nancy in French ProA. But in three games last season he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.7rpg. Another team Baxter played briefly was JL Bourg in French ProB. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.9spg. Another team he played that season for was Ikaros in Greek A1. In 12 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Baxters team won Slovenian Supercup. he was selected to Greek League All-Star Game in 2011.
Baxter is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, Iran (Petrochimi), Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Turkey, France (JDA Dijon), Greece (Ilysiakos) and Slovenia (Krka).
Baxter attended University of South Florida until 2004 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. KL Dragons 1-0 
 2. Petron Blaze 1-0 
 3. Singapore S. 0-0 
 4. Thailand S. 0-0 
 5. Indonesia W. 0-1 
 6. Saigon H. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Jan. 12: Saigon H. - KL Dragons 70-80
Jan. 11: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 53-64
Jan. 12: Singapore S. - Thailand S.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 13-3 
 2. Wildcats 10-4 
 3. Kings 10-8 
 4. Hawks 8-7 
 5. 36ers 6-11 
 6. Tigers 5-8 
 7. Taipans 5-10 
 8. Crocodiles 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 13: 36ers - Kings 82-64
Jan. 11: Hawks - Taipans 81-94
Jan. 11: Crocodiles - Breakers 78-82
Jan. 13: Wildcats - Tigers


Wildcats def. Tigers - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats returned home to a sold out Perth Arena for the first time since December 14 and dominated the Melbourne Tigers with an emphatic 73-58 victory.

After winning their last three matches at Perth Arena in 2012 the Wildcats had to go back on the road for another four games due to the staging of the Hopman Cup.

However, they picked up where they left off by completely dominating the Tigers after Melbourne got off to a fast 9-1 start.

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) then came off the bench for the Wildcats to steady the home team as he scored eight of his 18 points in the first quarter. The captain also had seven boards and four assists.

Matt Knight had 14 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Lisch 12 points and Greg Hire 10 points and seven boards as well for the Cats.

In a disappointing effort from the Tigers, Jonny Flynn top-scored with 19 points, six boards and five assists.

It took the Cats three and-a-half minutes to score and the Tigers looked capable of the boilover, but from that point it was all Perth. The home side ended up leading 16-14 at quarter-time on an athletic driving buzzer-beater by Damian Martin.

Bayed on by their rapid crowd the Wildcats then held Melbourne to just six second-quarter points to lead by 13 at the main break.

Melbourne might have scored the first four points of the second half but it mattered little with the Cats responding with a 10-run, and then two three-pointers to Greg Hire and another to Kevin Lisch saw the home side lead by 29 points by three-quarter-time.

The Tigers put on some highlight reel plays in the last quarter, Bennie Lewis catching fire with two dunks, an amazing one-handed alley-oop slam and a three-pointer, while Lucas Walker showed off his own handiwork above the rim.

But it mattered little in the scheme of things as the Wildcats cruised to the 15-point win.



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 12: UBSC Graz - BC Vienna 74-93
Jan. 12: St.Polten - Wels 63-85
Jan. 13: Gussing - Klosterneub.
Jan. 13: Kapfenberg - Oberwart
Jan. 13: Gmunden - Furstenfeld


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  Wels
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Tiedeman, Wels20.2 
 2. Shaw, Kapfenberg19.0 
 3. Pearson, Furstenf.18.9 
 4. Spasojevic, Arkadia18.9 
 5. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.9 
 6. Grum, Furstenfeld18.2 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 8. Ray, BC Vienna17.8 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.7 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.3 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.8.0 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia7.2 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna7.1 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.1 
 7. Lamesic, Wels6.9 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten6.9 
 9. Trmal, BC Vienna6.8 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.2 
 2. Woods, Kapfenberg6.1 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.3 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.4 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. O''Neal, Furstenfeld4.1 
 7. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 9. Schaal, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Wels3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.6 
 2. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.8 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.8 
 4. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 5. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 6. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.4 
 7. Oppland, Gmunden1.4 
 8. Payton, Klostern.1.4 
 9. Cox, Furstenfeld1.4 
 10. Markovic, UBSC G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.2 
 3. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 8. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 9. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 
 10. Greimeister, Klos.0.6 



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 2

Jan. 12: Lietkabelis - Parnu 98-93 OT
Jan. 12: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Barsy Atyrau 93-57
Jan. 12: TU/Rock - Siauliai 84-68
Jan. 12: Jelgava - Rudupis 68-93
Jan. 12: Ventspils - Barons kvartals 65-66
Jan. 13: Valmiera - Siauliai


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Raadik, Parnu20.0 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.4 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas18.1 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Leonard, Juventus14.6 
 8. Fredrick, Barsy A.14.5 
 9. Matulionis, Parnu14.3 
 10. Wilkinson, Kalev/.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.9 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera7.9 
 4. Matyukevych, Bars.7.5 
 5. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.4 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.2 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 7. Tamm, Tarvas4.4 
 8. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 9. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 10. Leonard, Juventus4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.2 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.1 
 5. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 6. Tamm, Tarvas1.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 8. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Jakovics, Liepaja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.4 
 6. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 8. Iljins, Valmiera0.9 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 10. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Kangor.-Boom 12-5 
 2. Houthalen 12-5 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 10-6 
 5. St-Niklase 10-7 
 6. Waregem 9-7 
 7. Gent Dragons 9-7 
 8. Excelsior 9-7 
 9. CEP Fleurus 8-8 
 10. M.Hainaut II 8-8 
 11. Sprimont 7-7 
 12. Tongeren 7-9 
 13. Oudenaarde 6-11 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-13 
 15. Giants II 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 11: Sint-Jan Ant. - CEP Fleurus 93-80
Jan. 12: Waregem - Giants II 85-61
Jan. 12: Kangor.-Boom - St-Niklase 65-68
Jan. 12: Gent Dragons - Oudenaarde 64-63
Jan. 11: Point Chaud - Tongeren
Jan. 13: Excelsior - M.Hainaut II
Jan. 13: Houthalen - Essor Charleroi



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  BOSNIA   


Adriatic League: Igokea silence Split to stay on top - by Eurobasket News

KK Split - Igokea 60:68

Igokea remained in the winning path in the Adriatic League season. The Bosnian team upset KK Split on the road tonight to take a 14-3 record on top of the ladder.
KK Split opened to a running start. The Croatian team fired 21 points in the first quarter to take a one-point lead. Igokea adjusted their defence in the second quarter. The visitors held KK Split to 9 points in the period to take a 35:30 halftime lead. Igokea stretched the gap in the third term. The Bosnian side opened an 8-point advantage at the final intermission. KK Split got as close as 5 points late in the final minutes but Igokea finished the game on a 7:4 run to seal the win. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) fired 24 points to lead the effort. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 14 points for the winners. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points each in the loss.

KK Split: Filip Kruslin 14, Filip Kraljevic 14
Igokea: Branko Jorovic 24, Corsley Edwards 14, Clifford Hammonds 9



Adriatic League: Siroki WWin shock Partizan at home - by Eurobasket News

Siroki WWin - Partizan 87:80

Siroki WWin earned just the sixth Adriatic League win this season. They surprised Partizan at home court for 6-11 record. Marko Sutalo (193-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) dropped 21 points to pace the hosts.
Siroki WWin finished the opening quarter strong to take a 28:15 lead. Partizan however lived up to the challenge. The Serbian powerhouse exploded with 28 points in the second term to erase the deficit. The teams went into the locker rooms tied at 43. Siroki WWin regained the lead in the third term. They quickly cleared off and raced to a 64:55 advantage at the final break. Partizan fired 25 points in the fourth frame but Siroki WWin gave them little chance holding on to the advantage and executing victory to perfection. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 points, while Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) added 12 points for the hosts. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) answered with 12 points for Partizan. Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88), Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket), Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) and Davis Bertans (203-SF-92) netted 11 points apiece in the loss.

Siroki WWin: Marko Sutalo 21, Zeljko Sakic 16, Johnathon Jones 12
Partizan: Bogdan Bogdanovic 12, Nemanja Gordic 11, Dejan Musli 11, Drew Gordon 11, Davis Bertans 11



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 10-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 10-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 8-4 
 4. Tundja Yambol 7-5 
 5. Balkan 7-6 
 6. Cherno More 5-6 
 7. Beroe 4-7 
 8. Chernomorets 4-7 
 9. Spartak Pleven 4-8 
 10. U20 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 12: Rilski Sportist - Spartak Pleven 94-74
Jan. 12: Tundja Yambol - Beroe 88-71
Jan. 12: Levski Sofia - Lukoil Academik 85-78
Jan. 12: U20 - Chernomorets 70-91
Jan. 12: Cherno More - Balkan 67-74

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 18: Balkan - Tundja Yambol
Jan. 19: Lukoil Academik - Cherno More
Jan. 19: Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia
Jan. 19: Rilski Sportist - U20
Jan. 19: Beroe - Chernomorets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reginald HOLMES
  Beroe
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Holmes, Beroe20.2 
 2. Tyler, Chernomo.18.9 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.18.7 
 4. Zahariev, Rilski S.18.2 
 5. Smith, Rilski S.18.0 
 6. Lilov, Balkan17.7 
 7. Marinovic, Levski17.5 
 8. Milosevic, Tundja16.3 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.16.0 
 10. Simeonov, U2016.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.13.6 
 2. Santos, Balkan10.2 
 3. Milosevic, Tundja8.7 
 4. Galiotos, Cherno M.8.4 
 5. Ormon, Tundja Y.8.3 
 6. Agre, Spartak7.4 
 7. Dupree, Rilski S.7.1 
 8. Simeonov, U207.0 
 9. Watkins, Lukoil A.6.9 
 10. Gugino, Rilski S.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Will WALKER
  Beroe
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Walker, Beroe7.2 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.6 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.8 
 4. Marinovic, Levski5.6 
 5. Velikov, Cherno M.4.6 
 6. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.4 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.4.4 
 8. Karamfilov, U204.3 
 9. Rakovic, Chernomo.4.2 
 10. Massamba, Lukoil4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (187-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.9 
 2. Velikov, Cherno M.2.4 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.3 
 5. Green, Lukoil A.2.3 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.2.3 
 7. Gugino, Rilski S.2.3 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja2.2 
 9. Holmes, Beroe2.0 
 10. Raykov, Chernomo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 James TYLER
  Chernomo.
  (218-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tyler, Chernomo.2.8 
 2. Hart, Beroe1.8 
 3. Dupree, Rilski S.1.3 
 4. Santos, Balkan1.2 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Sjekloca, Tundja Y.0.9 
 8. Varbanov, Levski S.0.9 
 9. Gugino, Rilski S.0.9 
 10. Watkins, Lukoil A.0.8 


Lukoil Academic with no chance agains Levski - by Valentin Anguelov

Mens team of Levski played an excellent game and won over direct rival for the title Lukoil Academic that brought them even at the table of the standings in the National League. Levski was better by the score 85-78 in the second match between those two teams for season 2012/13. The win for them confirmed their ambitions to stop the series of "Students" and chase the title of the country later in May. After today's game both teams are now tied with total of 10 wins and 2 losses. There is six more rounds until the end of the second turn and Levski needs to have one more victory over his rival to host the third match between two teams in the next round. Otherwise Lukoil will host Levski in Pravets, because in the matches between each other they have a better ratio. However with the victory today Levski players have to believe that they have enough ability to play equally, and at the times to even overplayed their opponents from Lukoil Academic.

Levski started the game better and took the early lead by six points. Lukoil Academic replied as shortly before the end of the first part even were up, but Levski regained a 20-18 lead after 10 minutes of play. Lukoil Academic had a series of 13-3, which brought them 8 points ahead - 33-25 in the middle of the second quarter. However Levski ended the time before the break very strong and had a single point advantage - 39-38.

With the start of the second half, Levski managed a series of seven consecutive points and led by 50-43. This difference was reduced several times, but then two three pointer shots by Marko Marinovic again pulled team ahead. Levski was the better team in those minutes and after the third quarter the result was 65-59.

Guests from Pravets had better luck at the start of the fourth quarter and got back in the game. With five minutes to go Dimitar Angelov scored two successful free throws to even the game at 72 apiece. In the final minutes Levski showed more desire and commitment to succeed, and this fact led to several important baskets for them, as they were succesful from the free throw line in crucial moments to grab important victory. Defensively they shut down the players of Lukoil and were able to close out the match in their favor 85-78 to reach the seventh consecutive victory in NBL championship.

Most effective for Levski were Marko Marinovic and Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances), who managed 20 points each. Another double-double for center Nikolay Varbanov - 12 points and 12 rebounds. For Lukoil top scorer with 19 points was Pavel Marinov.

In the next round Levski will visit Spartak in Pleven, but before that will travel to Israel for a very important meeting of the Balkan League versus Galil Gilboa on January 15. Lukoil Academic is out of Europe and has no midweek game as they will ost Cherno More Varna on January 19 in Pravets.




NBL Round 12: Leader Lukoil Academik loses to Levski Sofia - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lukoil Academik (10-2) on the court of second ranked Levski Sofia on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Levski Sofia 85-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-2 record before this meeting. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-18. But Lukoil Academik won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 30 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Academik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Levski Sofia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Lukoil Academik lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Lukoil Academik. Levski Sofia is looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked U20 (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 91-70 loss to ninth ranked Chernomorets (4-7) in Sofia. It was a good game for American center James Tyler (218-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Ivo Slavchev contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for U20. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chernomorets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beroe. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Chernomorets will play against Beroe (#7) in Stara Zagora in the next round. U20 will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Balkan (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (5-6). Balkan managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Uros Petrovic who helped to win the game recording 21 points. The best for the losing side was Asen Velikov with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Balkan will meet at home higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 12 Spartak Pleven was crushed by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 94-74. Tundja Yambol beat Beroe at home 88-71.


U20 - Chernomorets 70-91

Bottom-ranked U20 (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 91-70 loss to ninth ranked Chernomorets (4-7) in Sofia. The game was mostly controlled by Chernomorets. U20 was better in fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chernomorets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U20's 32. Chernomorets forced 21 U20 turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. U20 was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center James Tyler (218-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nikolay Grozev (199-94) added 14 points and 4 steals in the effort for U20. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chernomorets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beroe. Newly promoted U20 still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Chernomorets will play against Beroe (#7) in Stara Zagora in the next round. U20 will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
U20: A.Simeonov 19+10reb, N.Grozev 14+3ast, A.Natskin 11+5ast, T.Tenchev 9+3reb+3ast, K.Atanasov 6+6reb+3ast, K.Kirilov 4+4reb
Chernomorets: J.Tyler 28+15reb+1ast, P.Rakovic 17+3reb+5ast, I.Slavchev 15+10reb+2ast, T.Zahariev 13+1reb, B.Boev 6+5reb+5ast, K.Raykov 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 230586


Rilski Sportist - Spartak Pleven 94-74

There was no surprise in Samokov where 8th ranked Spartak Pleven (4-8) was crushed by third ranked Rilski Sportist (8-4) 94-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Spartak Pleven managed to win third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 26. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 49-25 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international Hristo Zahariev (197-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who added 16 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist maintains third position with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet at home bottom-ranked U20 (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak Pleven will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 16+6reb+4ast, D.Marintchechki 13+4reb+5ast, D.Agre 11+3reb, T.Ostrev 10+10reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 9+1ast, R.Sofroniev 8+2reb+3ast
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 24+6reb+3ast, T.Smith 21+3reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 18+7reb+6ast, B.Dupree 16+14reb+2ast, T.Gugino 6+9reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 230587


Tundja Yambol - Beroe 88-71

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (7-5) defeated at home 7th ranked Beroe (4-7) 88-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tundja Yambol dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of international Martin Durchev (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Atanas Radev (200-81) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tundja Yambol have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-5 record. Newly promoted Beroe keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Tundja Yambol will meet Balkan (#5) in the next round. Beroe will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: R.Holmes 20+6reb+2ast, A.Radev 20+7reb+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+1reb, M.Hart 8+3reb, W.Walker 6+4reb+5ast, M.Carter 3+2reb
Tundja Yambol: N.Milosevic 19+9reb, M.Durchev 18+5reb+9ast, J.Radionov 15+4reb+1ast, L.Sjekloca 10+7reb, S.Cholakov 8+2reb+5ast, S.Petkov 8+3reb
gschID: 230585


Cherno More - Balkan 67-74

The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Balkan (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Euroins Cherno More (5-6). Balkan managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian center Aleksandar Bojic (207-82, college: Hawaii-Pacific) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Balkan will meet at home higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Velikov 15+8reb+4ast, L.Hall 13+5reb+1ast, A.Bojic 12+7reb+2ast, L.Vrcelj 10+5reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 6+3reb, T.Zhelev 3+2reb+3ast
Balkan: U.Petrovic 21+4reb+1ast, V.Panic 14+6reb+3ast, J.Bozov 11+8reb+5ast, T.Todorov 10+6reb, B.Jovovic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Santos 6+6reb
gschID: 230584


Levski Sofia - Lukoil Academik 85-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Lukoil Academik (10-2) on the court of second ranked Levski Sofia on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Levski Sofia 85-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lukoil Academik. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-2 record before this meeting. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-18. But Lukoil Academik won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 30 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Academik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points. Five Levski Sofia players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Levski Sofia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Lukoil Academik lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Lukoil Academik. Levski Sofia is looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#6) in Varna and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: P.Marinov 19+4reb, B.Heath 18+6reb+6ast, D.Watkins 14+7reb+2ast, D.Green 8+9reb+6ast, T.Massamba 7+1reb+4ast, N.Kolev 6+2reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 20+5reb+6ast, C.Kostov 20+4reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 12+12reb+2ast, D.Anguelov 11+1reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 10+4reb+3ast, S.Georgiev 6+1reb
gschID: 230583



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 8-0 
 2. Acadia 7-1 
 3. UPEI 6-2 
 4. St.Francis X. 4-5 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-5 
 6. Dalhousie 3-6 
 7. St.Mary's 2-6 
 8. Memorial 0-8 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 9-2 
 2. Victoria 7-4 
 3. UFV 7-4 
 4. UNBC 5-5 
 5. TRU 5-6 
 6. TWU 4-7 
 7. Mount Royal 2-8 
 8. UBC Okanagan 2-9 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 9-2 
 2. Winnipeg 8-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 7-4 
 4. Manitoba 6-5 
 5. Calgary 5-6 
 6. Lethbridge 5-6 
 7. Regina 3-7 
 8. Brandon 2-8 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 10-0 
 2. Carleton 10-1 
 3. Ottawa 9-2 
 4. Queen's 8-3 
 5. Laurentian 5-5 
 6. York 4-7 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-8 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-3 
 2. Lakehead 6-4 
 3. McMaster 5-5 
 4. Brock 3-7 
 5. Guelph 3-7 
 6. Laurier 3-7 
 7. Waterloo 1-9 
 8. Western 1-9 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 5-1 
 2. Concordia 4-2 
 3. McGill 3-2 
 4. Laval 2-5 
 5. UQAM 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 11: UPEI - St.Mary's 95-66
Jan. 11: TWU - Alberta 90-85
Jan. 11: TRU - Lethbridge 90-81
Jan. 11: UFV - Saskatchewan 82-90
Jan. 11: Lakehead - Brock 81-65
Jan. 11: Acadia - Dalhousie 79-57
Jan. 11: Ryerson - Ottawa 76-71
Jan. 11: Laval - Bishop's 65-68
Jan. 11: Winnipeg - Victoria 64-61
Jan. 11: Manitoba - UBC 61-87
Jan. 11: Toronto Univ. - Carleton 57-91
Jan. 11: UBC Okanagan - Calgary 56-59

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 12: Laurier - Guelph
Jan. 12: McMaster - Western
Jan. 12: Concordia - UQAM
Jan. 12: New Brunsw. - St.Francis X.
Jan. 12: UPEI - St.Mary's
Jan. 12: Cape Breton - Memorial
Jan. 12: McGill - Laval
Jan. 12: Toronto Univ. - Ottawa
Jan. 12: Lakehead - Brock
Jan. 12: Ryerson - Carleton
Jan. 12: Queen's - Laurentian
Jan. 12: Brandon - UNBC
Jan. 12: Winnipeg - UBC
Jan. 12: Manitoba - Victoria
Jan. 12: Regina - Mount Royal
Jan. 12: UBC Okanagan - Lethbridge
Jan. 12: TRU - Calgary
Jan. 12: UFV - Alberta
Jan. 12: UNBC - Winnipeg
Jan. 12: TWU - Saskatchewan
Jan. 13: Cape Breton - Memorial
Jan. 13: Windsor - Waterloo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.25.7 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.25.1 
 3. Allin, Laurier24.3 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.2 
 5. Scrubb, Carleton20.9 
 6. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.5 
 7. Faulkner, Queen''s20.0 
 8. Parchment, UFV19.6 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.6 
 10. Dunn, St.Francis19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Acadia
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Klassen, Acadia13.0 
 2. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 3. Kamen, UBC11.2 
 4. Phillip, Windsor10.9 
 5. Allin, Laurier10.8 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.9 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.5 
 8. Eyitayo, Concordia9.2 
 9. Faulkner, Queen''s8.8 
 10. Bozinovic, TRU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.4 
 2. Jones, Ryerson5.3 
 3. Walton, Manitoba5.1 
 4. Allin, Laurier5.0 
 5. Pasquale, Laure.5.0 
 6. Daley, New Brunsw.4.9 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon4.8 
 8. Hebert, Regina4.8 
 9. Johnson, Lethbrid.4.7 
 10. York, UFV4.6 
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. Hunter, Bishop''s3.3 
 4. Perrin, TWU3.0 
 5. Evans, Victoria2.8 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 7. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.8 
 8. Baker, Saskatch.2.7 
 9. Pink, St.Mary''s2.5 
 10. Parchment, UFV2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.3 
 2. O''Brien, New B.2.0 
 3. Chesson, Laurier1.9 
 4. Dewar, Alberta1.8 
 5. Salhia, Lakehead1.8 
 6. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 8. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.7 
 9. Duke, UPEI1.7 
 10. Klassen, Acadia1.7 


CIS Round 18: Spartans defeat leader Golden Bears - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (9-2) in Langley, BC on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Spartans (4-7) 90-85. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Golden Bears. Golden Bears trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. Spartans made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Golden Bears turnovers. It was a good game for guard Tonner Jackson (201) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) replied with 28 points for Golden Bears. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartans maintains sixth position with 4-7 record, which they share with York. Golden Bears at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They share the position with Ottawa and UBC. Spartans is looking forward to face higher ranked Huskies (#3) in Saskatoon, SK in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Golden Bears will play on the road against Cascades in Abbotsford, BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Quebec City, QC. First ranked Gaiters (5-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Rouge et Or (2-5) 68-65 on Friday evening. Center Mike Andrews (208) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Onnex Blackwood chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Gaiters have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Rouge et Or at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Gaiters will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rouge et Or will play on the road against Redmen (#3) in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Winnipeg, MB between Wesmen and Vikies. Second ranked Wesmen (8-3) got a very close home victory over second-best Vikies (7-4). Wesmen managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vikies. Steven Wesley notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Terrell Evans did not help to save the game for Vikies. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Wesmen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Cape Breton, which they share with Queen's. Loser Vikies keep the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Saskatchewan and UFV. Wesmen will meet Timberwolves (#4) in the next round. Vikies will play against Bisons in Winnipeg, MB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Kelowna, BC. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Heat (2-9) to sixth ranked Dinos (5-6) 59-56 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Dinos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lethbridge and TRU. Heat at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Dinos' next round opponent will be Wolfpack (#5) in Kamloops, BC. Heat will play at home against Pronghorn in Lethbridge, AB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cascades (7-4) against fourth ranked Huskies (7-4) on Friday night. Host Cascades were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Abbotsford, BC 82-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Cascades. It was a good game for Patrick Burns who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Cascades' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Huskies moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria and UFV. Huskies will face Spartans (#6) in Langley, BC in the next round. Cascades will play at home against the league's leader Golden Bears (#1) in Edmonton, AB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Lethbridge were beaten by TRU on the road 90-81. Manitoba was destroyed by UBC on its own court 61-87. St.Mary's was outscored by UPEI in Charlottetown, PEI 95-66. Lakehead managed to beat Brock at home 81-65. Carleton crushed Toronto Univ. on the opponent's court 91-57. Ryerson beat Ottawa in a home game 76-71. Dalhousie was destroyed by Acadia on the road 79-57.


TWU - Alberta 90-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Golden Bears (9-2) in Langley, BC on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Spartans (4-7) 90-85. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Golden Bears. Golden Bears trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. Spartans made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Golden Bears turnovers. It was a good game for guard Tonner Jackson (201) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Tristan Smith (183-86) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) replied with 28 points and the former international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Golden Bears. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartans maintains sixth position with 4-7 record, which they share with York. Golden Bears at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They share the position with Ottawa and UBC. Spartans is looking forward to face higher ranked Huskies (#3) in Saskatoon, SK in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Golden Bears will play on the road against Cascades in Abbotsford, BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TWU: M.Perrin 22+2reb, T.Jackson 19+8reb+3ast, T.Smith 17+3reb+4ast, T.Linttell 7+4reb, J.Bakuteka 7+1reb+1ast, M.Cockrill 6+3reb+2ast
Alberta: K.Otieno 28+2reb+3ast, J.Baker 21+11reb+1ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 13+7reb+1ast, Y.Ouahrig 11+3reb+3ast, S.Saffa 7+2reb+1ast, R.Dewar 2+1ast
gschID: 190526


UBC Okanagan - Calgary 56-59

A very interesting game took place in Kelowna, BC. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Heat (2-9) to sixth ranked Dinos (5-6) 59-56 on Friday evening. It looked good early as Heat took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dinos had a 17-12 second period charge getting the lead and Heat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-59. The best player for the winners was guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Thijin Moses (201) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Anwar Faza (193) who recorded 15 points and guard Yassine Ghomari (185) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Dinos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lethbridge and TRU. Heat at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Dinos' next round opponent will be Wolfpack (#5) in Kamloops, BC. Heat will play at home against Pronghorn in Lethbridge, AB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 17+8reb+3ast, T.Moses 13+4reb+1ast, D.Karch 10+1reb+1ast, M.Letkeman 6+5reb, J.Owen-Thomas 5+4reb+5ast, C.Mbayi 4+6reb+1ast
UBC Okanagan: A.Faza 15+4reb+2ast, M.Goodwin 11+5reb, Y.Ghomari 10+5reb+3ast, A.Fahandeg-Sadi 7+4reb, L.Ndayitwayeko 5+2reb+2ast, E.Dane Medi 4+3reb
gschID: 190525


TRU - Lethbridge 90-81

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Wolfpack (5-6) beat 5th ranked Pronghorn (5-6) in Kamloops, BC 90-81 on Friday. Pronghorn trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-90 at the end of the game. Wolfpack had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Wolfpack especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a good game for guard Brett Rouault (193) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kevin Pribilsky (180) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Center Derek Waldner (201) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds and guard Julian Chief-Morris (193-89) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pronghorn. Four Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Pronghorn's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wolfpack maintains fifth position with 5-6 record, which they share with Lethbridge and Calgary. Pronghorn lost third consecutive game. Wolfpack will face Dinos (#5) in Calgary, AB in the next round. Pronghorn will play on the road against Heat in Kelowna, BC.
Top scorers:
TRU: B.Rouault 28+8reb+1ast, K.Pribilsky 20+2reb+3ast, T.Grant 10+3reb+1ast, B.Parker 8+4reb+1ast, D.Oates 7+10reb+1ast, A.Pierre 5+5reb+9ast
Lethbridge: C.Johnson 21+2reb, J.Chief-Morris 20+5reb+1ast, D.Waldner 14+18reb+2ast, M.Duce 11+7reb+3ast, A.Fletcher 6+1reb+2ast, D.Martin 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190524


UFV - Saskatchewan 82-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cascades (7-4) against fourth ranked Huskies (7-4) on Friday night. Host Cascades were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Abbotsford, BC 82-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Cascades. Cascades trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 22-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-90 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Cascades 33-17 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Patrick Burns (198) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Ben Baker (191) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Kevon Parchment replied with 23 points and Jordan Blackman added 16 points in the effort for Cascades. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cascades' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Huskies moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria and UFV. Huskies will face Spartans (#6) in Langley, BC in the next round. Cascades will play at home against the league's leader Golden Bears (#1) in Edmonton, AB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: P.Burns 27+11reb+2ast, S.Lamar 18+7reb+1ast, B.Baker 15+7reb+7ast, M.Forbes 11+2reb+1ast, T.Severinski 8+3reb, A.Henry 6+3reb+2ast
UFV: K.Parchment 23+2reb+2ast, J.Blackman 16+3reb+2ast, S.Freeman 15+3reb+1ast, L.Morris 11+1reb+1ast, A.McGowan 8+2reb, N.Kendall 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 190523


Manitoba - UBC 61-87

Rather expected game when 3rd ranked Bisons (6-5) were smashed by first ranked Thunderbirds (9-2) in Winnipeg, MB 87-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Bisons was better in second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Thunderbirds forced 21 Bisons turnovers and outrebounded them 52-35 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bisons were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds. The other American import guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Thunderbirds players scored in double figures. Forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Caleb Noel (198) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bisons. Bisons' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Thunderbirds have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-2 record, which they share with Ottawa and Alberta. Loser Bisons dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Thunderbirds will face league's second-placed Wesmen in Winnipeg, MB in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bisons will play at home against the league's second-placed Vikies in Victoria, BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBC: D.Plumb 16+9reb+4ast, G.Pippus 15+4reb, T.Nixon 13+3reb+1ast, I.Solomon 12+2ast, B.Kamen 12+21reb+1ast, D.Wagner 9+10reb+1ast
Manitoba: C.Noel 13+7reb+1ast, J.Huertas 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Ozsayiner 11+10reb+1ast, D.Joseph 10+1reb, S.Walton 9+5reb+6ast, K.Oliver 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 190522


Winnipeg - Victoria 64-61

A very close game took place in Winnipeg, MB between Wesmen and Vikies. Second ranked Wesmen (8-3) got a very close home victory over second-best Vikies (7-4). Wesmen managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vikies. Vikies were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of Wesmen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Benny Iko (198) supported him with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Terrell Evans did not help to save the game for Vikies. Michael Acheampong added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Wesmen have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Cape Breton, which they share with Queen's. Loser Vikies keep the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Saskatchewan and UFV. Wesmen will meet Timberwolves (#4) in the next round. Vikies will play against Bisons in Winnipeg, MB and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 23+7reb+1ast, B.Iko 15+13reb+1ast, D.Brown 11+4reb+2ast, T.Krahn 9+1ast, A.Cunningham 6+7reb+4ast, J.Farley 0+1reb
Victoria: T.Evans 15+6reb, B.Dunlop 11+3reb+2ast, K.Peterson 11+1reb+3ast, M.Acheampong 8+7reb+2ast, C.McLaughlin 8+7reb+1ast, B.Taylor 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190521


Laval - Bishop's 65-68

Important game to mention about took place in Quebec City, QC. First ranked Gaiters (5-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Rouge et Or (2-5) 68-65 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rouge et Or won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaiters made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rouge et Or turnovers. Center Mike Andrews (208) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Onnex Blackwood (188) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Thibaud Dezutter scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Gaiters have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Rouge et Or at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Gaiters will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rouge et Or will play on the road against Redmen (#3) in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bishop''s: M.Andrews 20+7reb+1ast, O.Blackwood 16+5reb+1ast, J.Leonard-Smith 10+4reb+2ast, S.Ring 8+1reb+3ast, T.Hunter 8+5reb+5ast, M.McLean 6+9reb+1ast
Laval: T.Dezutter 19+5reb+1ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 14+11reb, H.Ryan 11+4reb+3ast, R.Mathieu 8+5reb, K.Demers-Belanger 7+7ast, A.Beaumier 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 190519


UPEI - St.Mary's 95-66

Rather predictable result when third ranked Panthers (6-2) rolled over 7th ranked Huskies (2-6) in Charlottetown, PEI 95-66 on Friday. The game without a history. Panthers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panthers outrebounded Huskies 51-40 including 37 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Mandrez Downey (175-93) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. Guard Terrence Brown (186) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Panthers' coach Tim Kendrick felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brian Rouse replied with 20 points and Nigerian guard Harry Ezenibe (190-87) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Huskies. Panthers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record having just -3 point less than leader Cape Breton. Huskies lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Panthers will face again Huskies (#7) in Halifax, NS in the next round.
Top scorers:
UPEI: M.Downey 30+2reb+3ast, T.Brown 19+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 8+10reb+5ast, J.Duke 8+10reb+1ast, L.Parker 6+3reb+1ast, B.Ofori 6+5reb+1ast
St.Mary''s: B.Rouse 20+3reb, J.McAvoy 8+3reb+2ast, H.Ezenibe 7+6reb+1ast, R.Halpin 6+3reb, K.Scott 5, J.Lee 5+5reb
gschID: 190516


Lakehead - Brock 81-65

Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked Badgers (3-7) lost to second ranked Thunderwolves (6-4) in Thunder Bay, ON 65-81 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderwolves. Badgers was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves forced 25 Badgers turnovers. Badgers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Greg Carter (178-90) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mark Gibson (198) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Badgers. Four Badgers players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-4 record having just -5 point less than leader Cape Breton. Loser Badgers keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Thunderwolves will face again Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: G.Carter 20+7reb+4ast, R.Thomson 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Salhia 10+7reb+5ast, B.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast, M.Schmidt 7+2reb, J.Hart 6+2reb
Brock: J.Tipping 18+5reb+1ast, T.Kasamba 14+2reb+1ast, I.Egueh 13+2reb+1ast, M.Gibson 10+6reb+3ast, D.Mukendi 4+2reb+1ast, C.Smith 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 190520


Toronto Univ. - Carleton 57-91

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Ravens (10-1) outplayed 7th ranked Blues (2-8) in Toronto, ON 91-57 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Blues was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Blues to just 7 points in first quarter. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Blues' 22. They outrebounded Blues 37-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for the former international guard Philip Scrubb (190-92) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 assists. Forward Thomas Scrubb (196) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Greek guard Alex Hill (196-90, college: Cornell) replied with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Dakota Laurin (193) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Blues. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-1 record having just -5 victories less than leader Cape Breton. Blues lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Ravens will face league's leader Rams in Toronto, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blues will play at home against Gee-Gees (#3) in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Carleton: P.Scrubb 26+3reb+5ast, T.Scrubb 16+7reb+3ast, D.Penner 10+7reb+2ast, T.Hinz 8+6reb+4ast, C.Springer-Williams 7+2reb+1ast, K.Churchill 6+1reb+2ast
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 19+5reb+6ast, D.Laurin 11+8reb+2ast, B.Garvin 10+5reb, A.Kumar 8+1reb+1ast, N.Irvine 5+1reb, M.Savel 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 190518


Ryerson - Ottawa 76-71

There was no surprise when one of their biggest challengers Gee-Gees (9-2) lost to top-ranked Rams (10-0) in Toronto, ON 71-76 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rams shot 22 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Gee-Gees only scored six points from the stripe. Rams forced 21 Gee-Gees turnovers. It was a good game for the former international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Aaron Best (193) contributed with 27 points for the winners. Rams' coach Roy Rana used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gee-Gees. Four Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Rams have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record which they share with defeated Gee-Gees. Loser Gee-Gees still keep top place with two games lost. Rams will face league's second-placed Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play on the road against Blues in Toronto, ON.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Best 27+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 26+7reb+1ast, J.Gauthier 8+3reb+3ast, Y.Walcott 5+4reb, B.Michaelsen 4+5reb, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 3+2reb
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 19+6reb+2ast, W.Ward 14+5reb+2ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 13+5reb, V.Gill 11+4reb+2ast, M.Ismail 5+2reb, M.Tihani 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190517


Acadia - Dalhousie 79-57

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Axemen (7-1) crushed 6th ranked Tigers (3-6) in Wolfville, NS 79-57 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. Tigers was better in fourth quarter 26-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tigers to just 5 points in second quarter. It was a good game for guard Anthony Ashe (193) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Guard Tyler Scott (188) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Axemen players scored in double figures. Guard Hassan Abdullahi replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Tigers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Axemen maintains second position with 7-1 record having just -2 victories less than leader Cape Breton. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Acadia: A.Ashe 18+4reb+3ast, L.Gale 13+5reb, T.Scott 12+4reb+4ast, J.Tull 11+5reb+2ast, B.States 10+3reb+3ast, S.Smith 6+3reb
Dalhousie: H.Abdullahi 16+9reb+1ast, S.Marr 11+1reb+3ast, W.Yengue 6+10reb+1ast, K.Lawrence 5+3reb+1ast, J.Traboulsi 4+5reb+1ast, J.Mullings 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 190515



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Standings - CBA

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

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 11: Jilin NE T. - Shandong FB 87-98
Jan. 11: Bayi R. - Xinjiang FT 81-105
Jan. 11: Shanxi Zh. - Foshan LL 121-132
Jan. 11: Guangsha L. - Fujian QB 112-104
Jan. 11: Jiangsu D. - Guangdong ST 110-113
Jan. 11: DongGuan L. - Zhejiang CB 108-106
Jan. 11: Qingdao E. - Shanghai S. 103-91
Jan. 11: TianJin S. - Liaoning H. 100-102

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 13: Jilin NE T. - Qingdao E.
Jan. 13: Liaoning H. - Shandong FB
Jan. 13: Shanghai S. - Xinjiang FT
Jan. 13: Bayi R. - Shanxi Zh.
Jan. 13: TianJin S. - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 13: Guandong ST - Zhejiang CB
Jan. 13: Foshan LL - Guangsha L.
Jan. 13: Fujian QB - Jiangsu D.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.31.9 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 4. Daniels, Qingdao E.30.5 
 5. Akognon, Liaoning.30.4 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha30.0 
 7. Randolph, Foshan29.2 
 8. Spencer, Jilin N.28.2 
 9. Harris, Jiangsu D.27.9 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Foshan13.8 
 4. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.9 
 5. Abbas, Shandong FB12.4 
 6. Wang, Fujian QB12.0 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.12.0 
 8. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.9 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.8 
 10. Li, Liaoning H.11.8 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.6 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.1 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.9 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB5.2 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.5.0 
 7. Hudson, DongGuan4.8 
 8. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.6 
 9. McGrady, Qingd.4.5 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
 4. Co, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 6. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 8. Jeter, Shandong FB2.1 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.4 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Wang, Bayi R.1.7 
 5. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 7. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. White, Shanghai S.1.4 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.1.4 



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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Kvarner 2010 8-2 
 2. KK Zagreb 7-2 
 3. Jolly 7-3 
 4. Alkar Sinj 6-4 
 5. Djuro Djakovic 5-5 
 6. Darda 4-5 
 7. Krizevci 4-6 
 8. Zabok 4-6 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 2-7 
 10. Dubrovnik 1-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 12: Jolly - Kvarner 2010 80-73
Jan. 12: Zabok - Djuro Djakovic 70-78
Jan. 12: Krizevci - Alkar Sinj 61-83
Jan. 13: Dubrovnik - KK Zagreb
Jan. 12: Osjecki Sokol - Darda


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 3. Lez, Zabok18.9 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.18.3 
 5. Sundov, Osjecki17.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda17.2 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci16.5 
 8. Skific, Kvarner15.4 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik14.8 
 10. Radic, Kvarner 20.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Osjecki .
  (221-C-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sundov, Osjecki8.3 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.9 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.1 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.6 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.1 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb6.1 
 8. Skific, Kvarner5.8 
 9. Matic, Alkar Sinj5.4 
 10. Ross, Jolly5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.7 
 5. Panduric, Darda3.6 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci3.4 
 7. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.2 
 8. Lez, Zabok3.1 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.3.0 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 2. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 3. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.9 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.6 
 5. Skific, Kvarner1.5 
 6. Maric, Zabok1.5 
 7. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 8. Glavinic, Darda1.4 
 9. Meznaric, Darda1.4 
 10. Tomeljak, Osjecki1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.8 
 2. Najev, Dubrovnik1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 4. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.9 
 5. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.8 
 7. Diminic, Zabok0.6 
 8. Hrncic, Darda0.6 
 9. Vlaic, Zabok0.5 
 10. Sundov, Osjecki0.5 


Adriatic League: Igokea silence Split to stay on top - by Eurobasket News

KK Split - Igokea 60:68

Igokea remained in the winning path in the Adriatic League season. The Bosnian team upset KK Split on the road tonight to take a 14-3 record on top of the ladder.
KK Split opened to a running start. The Croatian team fired 21 points in the first quarter to take a one-point lead. Igokea adjusted their defence in the second quarter. The visitors held KK Split to 9 points in the period to take a 35:30 halftime lead. Igokea stretched the gap in the third term. The Bosnian side opened an 8-point advantage at the final intermission. KK Split got as close as 5 points late in the final minutes but Igokea finished the game on a 7:4 run to seal the win. Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) fired 24 points to lead the effort. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 14 points for the winners. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89, agency: Beo Basket) and Filip Kraljevic (212-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points each in the loss.

KK Split: Filip Kruslin 14, Filip Kraljevic 14
Igokea: Branko Jorovic 24, Corsley Edwards 14, Clifford Hammonds 9



Adriatic League: Krka fetch win in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cibona - Krka 78:86

Krka made a successful trip to Croatia tonight. They knocked down Cibona in Zagreb to improve at 7-10 record in the Adriatic League ladder. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) nailed 22 points to pace the winners.
Krka and Cibona went nip and tuck throughout the opening quarter. Krka eked out a 23:22 lead after ten minutes. Cibona returned into the lead in the second frame. The hosts fired 23 points to establish a 45:41 halftime lead. But Krka stepped on the gas in the third term. The Slovenian team limited the hosts to 15 points and surged ahead for a one-point lead at the final break. Davor Kus put Cibona as close as two points 72:74 with four minutes to go in regulation. Domen Lorbek and Kovacevic exchanged three-pointers as Cibona stayed close. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) put the hosts within one 78:79 but Domen Lorbek nailed three points in a row to ignite a 7:0 run that sealed the win for Krka. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) finished with 15 points, while Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) added 14 points in the win. Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points for Cibona. Dario Saric, Smush Parker (193-G-81, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Fordham) and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.

Cibona: Marin Rozic 11, Dario Saric 10, Smush Parker 10, Andrija Zizic 10
Krka: Domen Lorbek 22, Smiljan Pavic 15, Jaka Klobucar 14



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 11-2 
 2. AEK 9-4 
 3. Etha 9-4 
 4. Apoel 7-6 
 5. Apollon 6-6 
 6. AEL 5-8 
 7. ENAD 2-10 
 8. Omonia 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 11: AEL - Apoel 67-64
Jan. 12: Keravnos - Etha 65-54
Jan. 12: AEK - Omonia 112-79
Jan. 13: Apollon - ENAD



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 19-1 
 2. NH Ostrava 16-6 
 3. BK Pardubice 14-6 
 4. BK Prostejov 13-8 
 5. BC Kolin 12-9 
 6. BK Decin 11-9 
 7. Levice 10-11 
 8. USK Praha 10-12 
 9. Chomutov 8-13 
 10. Svitavy 7-14 
 11. J.Hradec 6-15 
 12. B&W Opava 6-15 
 13. Usti n/Labem 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 12: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 94-75
Jan. 12: J.Hradec - Levice 93-110
Jan. 12: Chomutov - BK Prostejov 89-102
Jan. 12: Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 85-86
Jan. 12: NH Ostrava - BK Decin 84-69
Jan. 12: USK Praha - B&W Opava 75-51

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 19: Chomutov - Svitavy
Jan. 19: BK Prostejov - BC Kolin
Jan. 18: BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk
Jan. 19: B&W Opava - J.Hradec
Jan. 19: J.Hradec - NH Ostrava
Jan. 19: BK Decin - Usti n/Labem


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Jan TOMANEC
  J.Hradec
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Tomanec, J.Hradec20.1 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy18.9 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava17.7 
 4. Zabas, BK Pardubi.17.7 
 5. Fields, Chomutov17.4 
 6. Bolds, BC Kolin17.3 
 7. Reese, Usti n.17.1 
 8. Meno, USK Praha17.0 
 9. Bosak, Chomutov15.7 
 10. Dufault, BK Prost.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Chomutov
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Fields, Chomutov10.4 
 2. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.6 
 3. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Nuhanovic, Levice7.4 
 6. Wilson, NH Ostrava7.3 
 7. Simmons, Levice6.9 
 8. Mroz, Svitavy6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.9 
 10. Bolds, BC Kolin6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava5.9 
 2. Ames, NH Ostrava5.8 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy4.7 
 4. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.3 
 5. Kemp, Levice4.2 
 6. Pope, BK Decin4.1 
 7. Glover, Chomutov4.1 
 8. Sotnar, USK Praha3.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.8 
 10. Muirhead, BK Pard.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Chomutov
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glover, Chomutov2.8 
 2. Sirina, B&W Opava2.4 
 3. Bolds, BC Kolin2.3 
 4. Ames, NH Ostrava2.2 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy2.0 
 7. Reese, Usti n.1.8 
 8. Pope, BK Decin1.7 
 9. Taylor, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Welsch, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Levice1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 4. Simmons, Levice1.1 
 5. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Fields, Chomutov0.9 
 7. Kohout, BK Prost.0.9 
 8. Meno, USK Praha0.9 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Nelson, BK Pardu.0.8 


NBL Round 22: Last-ranked BK Usti nad Labem beats Basketbal Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged tenth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy 86-85. The former international forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Usti nad Labem maintains thirteenth position with 4-17 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Praha. Local USK Praha (10-12) outscored 12th ranked B&W Opava (6-15) 75-51. Worth to mention a great performance of international Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Boris Meno contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds for B&W Opava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains eighth position with 10-12 record. B&W Opava lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with J.Hradec. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B&W Opava will play at home against BK Lions Hradec (#11) in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
BK Prostejov defeated Chomutov in a road game 102-89. BK Pardubice smashed BC Kolin at home 94-75. Levice won against J.Hradec on the opponent's court 110-93. NH Ostrava managed to outperform BK Decin in a home game 84-69.
The best stats of 22th round was 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Brandon Fields of Levice.


Chomutov - BK Prostejov 89-102

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-13) was defeated at home by fourth ranked BK Prostejov (13-8) 102-89. Levharti Chomutov was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Showron Glover (180-87) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BK Prostejov maintains fourth position with 13-8 record. Levharti Chomutov at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. BK Prostejov will play against BC Kolin (#5) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 23+1reb+3ast, O.Kohout 21+10reb+1ast, D.Pandula 17+3reb+1ast, J.Prasil 12+4reb+2ast, M.Venta 10+5reb, K.Svrdlik 9+3reb+2ast
Chomutov: S.Glover 18+5reb+5ast, P.Bosak 17+4reb+2ast, A.Zampach 15+7reb+2ast, J.Fields 14+14reb, P.Stanek 12+4reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183062


BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 94-75

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BK Pardubice (14-6) smashed at home 5th ranked BC Kolin (12-9) 94-75. BK Pardubice made 19-of-20 charity shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (197-83, college: W.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) added 17 points in the effort for BC Kolin. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. BK Pardubice have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-6 record having five points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. BK Pardubice will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 18+3reb+4ast, Z.Pospisil 15+3reb, P.Bohacik 14+8reb, M.Carnecky 13+2reb+4ast, T.Nelson 12+10reb, E.Zabas 10+3reb+2ast
BC Kolin: E.Ubilla 17+1reb+1ast, D.Bolds 17+6reb, S.Zuzak 12+4reb, U.Benacek 11+1reb, D.Machac 9+5reb, R.Field 5+7reb
gschID: 183061


USK Praha - B&W Opava 75-51

The game with biggest result difference took place in Praha. Local USK Praha (10-12) outscored 12th ranked B&W Opava (6-15) 75-51. Worth to mention a great performance of international Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) added 14 points in the effort for B&W Opava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains eighth position with 10-12 record. B&W Opava lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with J.Hradec. USK Praha will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B&W Opava will play at home against BK Lions Hradec (#11) in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: L.Barton 23+10reb+4ast, M.Mares 12+2reb+2ast, B.Meno 9+6reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 7+5reb+2ast, M.Vocetka 7+1reb, J.Slavik 6+3reb
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 14+3reb+1ast, J.Sirina 11+7reb+3ast, L.Toth 10+4reb+1ast, M.Vanak 7+4reb+1ast, M.Palat 5+4reb, B.Brlit 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183060


J.Hradec - Levice 93-110

Very expected game in J.Hradec where 11th ranked BK Lions Hradec (6-15) was defeated by seventh ranked Levice (10-11) 110-93. Levice made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) contributed with 23 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Ondrej Dygryn (190-84) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levice maintains seventh position with 10-11 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with B&W Opava. Levice will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against the league's second-placed NH Ostrava (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Levice: B.Fields 24+6reb+9ast, W.Kemp 23+3reb+8ast, S.Nuhanovic 15+9reb+2ast, R.Nuber 13+4reb+2ast, J.Simmons 10+2reb+1ast, B.Addison 8+5reb+1ast
J.Hradec: J.Tomanec 21+10reb+3ast, J.Pavlik 21+2ast, O.Dygryn 17+6reb+3ast, J.Cech 9+3reb+2ast, R.Pearson 8+3reb+5ast, R.Zachrla 8+2reb
gschID: 183059


NH Ostrava - BK Decin 84-69

Rather predictable result when second ranked NH Ostrava (16-6) beat at home 6th ranked BK Decin (11-9) 84-69. NH Ostrava forced 19 BK Decin turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. It was a very good performance for power forward Martin Gniadek (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) replied with 7 points and 9 rebounds and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) added 14 points in the effort for BK Decin. Five NH Ostrava and four BK Decin players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava maintains second position with 16-6 record having just one points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. NH Ostrava will play against BK Lions Hradec (#11) in J.Hradec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Decin will play at home against BK Usti nad Labem (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: C.Barnes 14+6reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 14+3reb+3ast, M.Gniadek 14+8reb+2ast, R.Ames 11+4reb+5ast, J.Greene 11+2reb+1ast, A.Dufault 10+7reb+2ast
BK Decin: P.Sedmak 14+3reb+1ast, L.Stria 13+3reb+1ast, P.Pope 12+5reb+1ast, A.Alic 11+3reb+2ast, J.Jiricek 8+2reb+2ast, L.Sanders 7+9reb+3ast
gschID: 183058


Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 85-86

Bottom-ranked BK Usti nad Labem managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged tenth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy 86-85. The former international forward Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Brad Reese (199-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) added 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Usti nad Labem maintains thirteenth position with 4-17 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem are looking forward to face higher ranked BK Decin (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: B.Reese 23+6reb+3ast, R.Lewandowski 20+3reb+3ast, S.Licartovsky 19+7reb+6ast, T.Hruby 10+3reb, L.Horak 6+3reb+1ast, A.Pistecky 3+2reb+2ast
Svitavy: P.Mroz 27+8reb+1ast, M.Deloach 21+7reb+4ast, J.Jelinek 18+6reb+2ast, T.Teply 7+4reb, L.Moravec 4+3ast, T.Macela 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 183057



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. BMS Skovlunde 10-3 
 2. Falcon 10-3 
 3. Lemvig 10-3 
 4. Amager BK 9-3 
 5. Virum 8-5 
 6. Glostrup 6-6 
 7. Stevnsgade 5-7 
 8. Koge BK 5-8 
 9. ALBA 4-8 
 10. Aarhus BF 3-9 
 11. Jonstrup 3-9 
 12. Haderslev 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: BMS Skovlunde - Koge BK 89-47
Jan. 12: Virum - Lemvig 77-75
Jan. 12: Glostrup - ALBA 76-68
Jan. 12: Falcon - Aarhus BF 100-57
Jan. 13: Haderslev - Stevnsgade
Jan. 13: Jonstrup - Amager BK


Ligaen Round 21: Horsens IC edges Bakken by one point - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Ligaen took place in Horsens. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Bakken (14-4) to third ranked Horsens IC (14-4) 79-78 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bakken. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds. Horsens IC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Bakken. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Vaerlose (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bakken's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aarhus Aarhus BC.
Leader Svendborg delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Aarhus BC (5-13) 83-61. It was a good game for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Adama Darboe contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds for Aarhus BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg maintains first place with 16-2 record. Aarhus BC lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Vaerlose. Svendborg will play against Horsholm (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Aarhus to the arena Bakken.
The game in Randers supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Naestved (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Randers (7-10). Randers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-76 on Wednesday. Bonell Colas stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The best for the losing side was Caleb Walker with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Randers. Newly promoted Randers maintains sixth place with 7-10 record. Naestved at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with SISU. Randers will meet at home bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) in the next round. Naestved will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Copenhagen. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed SISU (10-8) to ninth ranked Vaerlose (5-13) 79-78 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Justin Baker nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Vaerlose moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Aarhus BC. SISU lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be higher ranked Horsens IC (#3) in Horsens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SISU will play at home against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


SISU - Vaerlose 78-79

A very interesting game took place in Copenhagen. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed SISU (10-8) to ninth ranked Vaerlose (5-13) 79-78 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It looked good early as SISU took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vaerlose took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Vaerlose outrebounded SISU 43-25 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Icelandic Axel Karason (194-83) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds. Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Damon Smith (200-88, college: Mary) came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for SISU in the defeat. Vaerlose moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Aarhus BC. SISU lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be higher ranked Horsens IC (#3) in Horsens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SISU will play at home against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Smith 23+5reb+5ast, M.Dennis 16+3reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 13+3reb+7ast, D.Harder 9+5reb+3ast, Z.Moritz 9+5reb+2ast, R.Garlauskas 6+1reb
Vaerlose: J.Baker 27+11reb+2ast, A.Karason 18+9reb+3ast, R.Delk 17+7reb+3ast, R.Norgaard 7+6reb, N.Christensen 6+3reb+3ast, P.Moller 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 195306


Horsens IC - Bakken 79-78

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Ligaen took place in Horsens. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Bakken (14-4) to third ranked Horsens IC (14-4) 79-78 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bakken. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Bakken. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Vaerlose (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bakken's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Aarhus Aarhus BC.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 19+7reb+2ast, A.Jakobsen 18+2reb+3ast, M.Sahlertz 12+1reb, C.Lindberg 10+3reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 6+12reb, S.Krath 6+3reb
Horsens IC: D.Jukic 33+9reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 16+4reb+7ast, L.Varga 11+2reb, K.Thomann 10+2reb, N.Stankovic 5+5reb, F.Rungby 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 195305


Randers - Naestved 96-76

The game in Randers supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Naestved (10-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Randers (7-10). Randers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. Naestved managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Spanish point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91) chipped in 10 points and 13 assists. Five Randers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Quinton Doggett (203, college: Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Randers. Newly promoted Randers maintains sixth place with 7-10 record. Naestved at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with SISU. Randers will meet at home bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) in the next round. Naestved will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Walker 21+15reb+6ast, Q.Doggett 16+10reb, J.Benjamin 14+4reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 9+1reb+2ast, A.Murphy 7+1reb+2ast, N.Brasas 3+1reb+3ast
Randers: B.Colas 20+14reb+2ast, D.Ocana 19+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 15+5reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 12+4reb, M.Ortega 10+4reb+13ast, C.Jorgensen 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195304


Svendborg - Aarhus BC 83-61

Leader Svendborg delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Aarhus BC (5-13) 83-61. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Svendborg forced 20 Aarhus BC turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) answered with 9 points and 12 rebounds and Bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville) added 13 points in the effort for Aarhus BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg maintains first place with 16-2 record. Aarhus BC lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Vaerlose. Svendborg will play against Horsholm (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Aarhus BC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Aarhus to the arena Bakken.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: H.Petkov 13+4reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 11+2reb+1ast, G.Valentinusson 9+2reb+1ast, R.Dezouvre 9+12reb+2ast, A.Jonsson 8+1reb+4ast, R.Laier 6+7reb+1ast
Svendborg: G.Washington 21+6reb, D.Rutherford 20+13reb+6ast, A.Darboe 18+7reb+9ast, M.Plannthin 8+5reb+2ast, C.Magaard 8+3reb, R.Christensen 4+1reb
gschID: 195303



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Maine RC 13-8 
 2. Canton C. 12-9 
 3. Santa Cruz W. 10-6 
 4. Erie Bay H. 10-7 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 10-10 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 10-10 
 7. Iowa E. 6-11 
 8. Springfield A. 5-13 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 13-7 
 2. Texas L. 11-7 
 3. Rio Grande VV 10-8 
 4. Austin T. 10-9 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 9-9 
 6. Reno B. 8-9 
 7. Los Angeles D. 6-10 
 8. Idaho S. 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 9: Rio Grande VV - Ft.Wayne MA 97-116
Jan. 9: Reno B. - Erie Bay H. 94-90
Jan. 11: Santa Cruz W. - Tulsa 66ers 93-72
Jan. 11: Sioux Falls S. - Rio Grande VV 92-107
Jan. 10: Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 86-83
Jan. 11: Idaho S. - Reno B. 85-103
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. 11: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 117-104
Jan. 10: Austin T. - Iowa E. 105-98 OT
Jan. 10: Canton C. - Santa Cruz W. 104-93
Jan. 11: Springfield A. - Maine RC 100-102

Regular Season: Round 27

Jan. 12: Sioux Falls S. - Rio Grande VV
Jan. 12: Texas L. - Austin T.
Jan. 12: Canton C. - Iowa E.
Jan. 12: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J.
Jan. 12: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA
Jan. 12: Idaho S. - Reno B.
Jan. 12: Maine RC - Springfield A.
Jan. 13: Iowa E. - Canton C.
Jan. 13: Austin T. - Texas L.
Jan. 13: 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. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 5. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 6. Joseph, Austin T.20.2 
 7. Almond, Iowa E.20.0 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 9. Fortson, Los A.19.7 
 10. Summers, Maine RC18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.3 
 4. Harris, Iowa E.10.1 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.9.3 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.2 
 7. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 8. Wilkerson, Austin8.9 
 9. Wright, Maine RC8.8 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 3. Machado, Rio G.7.1 
 4. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.6.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.7 
 7. Karl, Idaho S.5.5 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.5.2 
 9. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 10. Johnson-Odom, Lo.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moon, Los A.2.7 
 2. Wright, Maine RC2.4 
 3. Scott, Springfield2.1 
 4. Gutierrez, Canton2.1 
 5. Downs, Maine RC2.0 
 6. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 7. Wright, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 9. Douglas-R., Texas1.9 
 10. Sutton, Tulsa 66.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.9 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 5. Gladness, Santa C.2.2 
 6. Flowers, Los A.2.1 
 7. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 8. Orton, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 9. Johnson, Santa C.1.8 
 10. Eric, Canton C.1.8 


D-League round 26 best performance: Tim Ohlbrecht - by Eurobasket News

German power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rio Grande VV, receiving a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Sioux Falls S. (#5, 10-9) 107-92. Rio Grande VV is placed at 3rd position in D-League. Rio Grande VV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. Ohlbrecht turned to be Rio Grande VV's top player in his first season with the team. Tim Ohlbrecht averages this season 15.1ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Shelvin Mack (190-G-90) of league's leader Maine RC. Mack had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Maine RC to edge the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#8, 5-12) 102-100. This victory allowed Maine RC to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 12-8 record. Mack is one of the most experienced players at Maine RC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 7.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Jeremy Lamb (195-G/F-92) of Tulsa 66ers (#5). Lamb got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Lamb's great performance Tulsa 66ers lost 115-121 to slightly lower-ranked Ft.Wayne MA (#6, 9-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Tulsa 66ers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Lamb has a great season in D-L. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luke Harangody (201-F-88) of Ft.Wayne MA - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
5. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of Maine RC - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Willie Reed (206-F-90) of Springfield A. - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Elijah Millsap (198-G-87) of Los Angeles D. - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Brian Butch (211-C/F-84) of Bakersfield J. - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83) of Ft.Wayne MA - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87) of Bakersfield J. - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)



Bucks assign Lamb to D-League - by Eurobasket News

Rookie guard Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on Saturday. Coach Jim Boylan confirmed the move after the Bucks practice session at the Cousins Center. Lamb practiced with the team but was scheduled to report to Fort Wayne on Sunday. Lamb will practice with the team and play in road games against Los Angeles on Wednesday and Bakersfield on Friday. "It's an opportunity for him to play a bit," Boylan said. "Practice is practice and working out is working out, but there's nothing like playing in a game. This is not a punishment by any means. "This is to make him better and develop him. He shows great potential. We're excited about his future. At the same time, there's really nowhere for him to play right now. A lot of teams are using this open enrollment for the D-League teams where you can send a guy down and bring him right back. "There was a time you could only do it a couple times a year. Now it's unlimited. So everybody's taking advantage of it." Lamb was the 42nd overall pick in last June's draft after spending two years at Kentucky. "I'm going to go out there and get a lot of playing time and show them I'm ready to come back," Lamb said. "Just work hard." Fort Wayne is the D-League affiliate of the Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats. Lamb has appeared in 23 games this season and averaged 3.4 points and 12.2 minutes. He saw some backup time in the backcourt when Beno Udrih was injured. But Udrih has returned from a sprained right ankle and scored 15 points against Detroit on Friday. "He's coming along nicely," Boylan said of Udrih. "Having him on the bench, he changes the rhythm of the game a little bit. You need that from your bench guys. "He's done a great job for us all year." The Bucks leave town later Saturday to start a four-game, seven-day trip. They open against Toronto in a matinee game at noon (Milwaukee time) Sunday. Boylan said Monta Ellis was able to take part in the Bucks' light practice session Saturday. Ellis twisted his left ankle against Chicago on Wednesday but had 13 points and five assists in the Bucks' 103-87 loss to Detroit on Friday. "He was fine," Boylan said. "He looked good and moved around well."
Courtesy of: jsonline.com



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  ESTONIA   


BBL: TU/Rock beats Siauliai in convincing style - by Janar

Tartu University/Rock won the 6th consecutive game in Baltic Basketball League, beating Siauliai 84:68 (38:39) and taking the sole lead in Group F with 2 wins out of 2 games.

Justin Ingram (188-PG-85, agency: Two Points, college: Toledo) led the hosts with 25 points, making 5 three-pointers out of 12 attempts. Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) and Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) added 15 points. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) led Siauliai with 17 points.

The guests who had won both games against Tartu last season, stormed to the lead 0:6 and 8:20, having made 6 three-pointers! The 2nd quarter looked even worse at the beginning. Three straight baskets took the guests ahead 14:28, already. But a three-pointer by Valmo Kriisa ignited hosts' come-back. On the 17th minuteof the game, a triple by Tanel Kurbas took the hosts within a single point, only (31:32) and back-to-back attacks by Allingu evened the score.

After halftime break the game belonged to the hosts. Although three free throws by Samenas put the guests ahead for the last time (41:44), Justin Ingram nailed a triple and Allingu made three consecutive baskets to make it 52:46. Kriisa and Kristo Saage added three-pointers and with a quarter to play, it was 62:51. In last quarter, the guests who were in serious trouble with 2-point attempts (made only 32%) never became dangerous again. Siauliai came within 8 points (64:56) but after time-out, Ingram made an incredible personal run, making three three-pointers in a row for 73:58 and the game was done.




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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 12: Namika Lahti - Korihait 90-85
Jan. 11: KTP - Nilan Bisons 87-81
Jan. 12: LrNMKY - Kauhajoki 78-77
Jan. 12: Lapua - Kataja 75-89
Jan. 12: Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 70-74
Jan. 12: FoKoPo - Kouvot 69-84

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 16: Kouvot - KTP
Jan. 16: Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki
Jan. 16: LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas
Jan. 16: Lapua - Pyrinto
Jan. 16: Nilan Bisons - Kataja
Jan. 16: Korihait - FoKoPo


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.4 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.5 
 5. Haanpaa, Lapua17.8 
 6. Logins, LrNM.17.2 
 7. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.1 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.17.0 
 9. Flowers, Kataja16.8 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.4 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.7 
 3. Giles, KTP8.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki8.4 
 6. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.0 
 8. Thornton, FoKoPo8.0 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki7.8 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.9 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 6. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 7. Gibson, LrNM.4.3 
 8. Burgess, FoKoPo4.0 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.7 
 2. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 3. Coleman, Lapua2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 6. Conley, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.8 
 8. Holloway, Namika L.1.7 
 9. Williams, KTP1.7 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 2. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 7. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 8. Jones, LrNM.0.9 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Three thrillers tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 22: Top League has become very interesting, when half of the regular season is over and the other 22 rounds will be left. Three top teams Pyrinto (Tampere), Bisons (Loimaa) and Kataja (Joensuu) are on the top with 17-5 record each. And on the bottom there is also a big fight going on as no team wants to be the worst and play next season one level lower. There were three thrillers tonight. YMCA Lappeenranta won at home vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) by one 78-77 (40-30), Vilpas (Salo) lost by four vs Pyrinto 70-74 (39-38) and YMCA Lahti won finally, when defeating UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki by five 90-85 (40-46). Korikobrat (Lapua) lost by 14 pts vs Kataja 75-89 (36-39) and FoKoPo (Forssa) got also tired during the second half, when visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) won by 15 pts 69-84 (40-33).
The "beast" of tonight was Karhu's J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.), who scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but even that was not enough. Team mate Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: CS Northridge) played only 4:47 minutes and got injured (ankle). At Salo Troy Barnies (200-F-89, college: Maine) had his best game on Vilpas roster in Finland, but his 31pts/13rbs was not quite enough either for the victory.

Vilpas - Pyrinto 70-74 (39-38). (Troy Barnies 31/13, Jukka Kataja 12, Shawn Atupem 6 - Damon Williams 20/10, Antero Lehto 19, Carl Lindbom 12. A: 960).
YMCA LPR - Karhu 78-77 (40-30). (Greg Logins 22/8, Matt Gibson 20, Jason Conley 14/9/6a - J'Nathan Bullock 34/11, Giordan Watson 14, Jussi Eskola 11).
YMCA Lahti - Korihait 90-85 (40-46). (Cedric Latimer 18, Louis Johnson 17/11, Thomas Kelley 16 - Mikko Jalonen 24, Villematti Kopio 20/5a, T.J.Robinson 11/7. A: 543).
Lapua - Kataja 75-89 (36-39). (Samuel Haanpaa 22, Trey Hampton 16, Dominique Coleman 15/6 - Jonte Flowers 21, Dan Coleman 18, Johnell Smith 14/9/11a. A: 343).
FoKoPo - Kouvot 69-84 (40-33). (Jahmar Thorpe 21, Markus Molenius 17/9, Charlie Burgess 13/15 - Antto Nikkarinen 23, Gilberto Clavell 21713, Lamarr Greer 14. A: 337).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Paris-Levallois 10-5 
 2. Gravelines 10-5 
 3. Strasbourg 10-5 
 4. ASVEL 9-5 
 5. Le Mans 9-5 
 6. Chalon 9-6 
 7. Cholet 7-8 
 8. Orleans 7-8 
 9. Nancy 7-8 
 10. Limoges 7-8 
 11. Dijon 7-8 
 12. Roanne 7-8 
 13. Nanterre 6-9 
 14. Poitiers 5-10 
 15. Le Havre 5-10 
 16. Boulazac 4-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 12: Dijon - Nanterre 88-80
Jan. 12: Cholet - Paris-Levallois 82-94
Jan. 12: Limoges - Boulazac 82-65
Jan. 12: Strasbourg - Orleans 81-70
Jan. 12: Roanne - Le Havre 80-67
Jan. 12: Nancy - Poitiers 72-66
Jan. 12: Gravelines - Chalon 102-69
Jan. 14: Le Mans - ASVEL


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.20.4 
 2. Buycks, Gravelines18.7 
 3. Fitch, Strasbourg17.6 
 4. Nivins, Poitiers16.9 
 5. Williams, Paris-.16.8 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.6 
 7. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 8. Jackson, AS.15.2 
 9. King, Nancy15.1 
 10. Green, Orleans15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon BROCKMAN
  Limoges
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Brockman, Limoges8.9 
 2. Greer, Strasbourg8.0 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac7.9 
 4. Williams, Chalon7.8 
 5. Collins, Roanne7.4 
 6. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.7.4 
 7. May, Paris-Levallo.7.2 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 9. King, Nancy6.9 
 10. Howard, Roanne6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Diabate, Nancy6.4 
 2. Pellin, Orleans6.4 
 3. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.9 
 4. King, Le Havre5.9 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg5.0 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.9 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines4.5 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.2 
 10. Everett, Cholet3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Souleyman DIABATE
  Nancy
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diabate, Nancy2.1 
 2. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 3. Leloup, Dijon1.9 
 4. Campbell, Stras.1.9 
 5. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 6. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 7. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
 8. Thompson, Le Havre1.6 
 9. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 10. Diot, Paris-Leval.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Nancy
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Nancy2.1 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 3. Sy, AS.1.6 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 5. Walker, Limoges1.2 
 6. Ajinca, Strasbourg1.1 
 7. Williams, Chalon1.1 
 8. Badiane, Poitiers1.0 
 9. Fofana, Le Havre0.9 
 10. Vaty, Gravelines0.9 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 14-4 
 2. Evreux 13-5 
 3. Antibes 13-5 
 4. Chalons-Reims 13-5 
 5. Le Portel 12-6 
 6. Boulogne 12-6 
 7. Fos Ouest 10-8 
 8. St Quentin 9-9 
 9. Rouen 9-9 
 10. Maurienne 9-9 
 11. Bourg 9-9 
 12. Nantes 7-11 
 13. Lille 7-11 
 14. St Vallier 7-11 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 6-12 
 16. Denain 5-13 
 17. Charleville 5-13 
 18. Bordeaux 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 11: Chalons-Reims - St Quentin 93-87 OT
Jan. 11: Bordeaux - Nantes 85-89
Jan. 11: Rouen - St Vallier 84-83
Jan. 11: Charleville - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 79-85
Jan. 11: Maurienne - Le Portel 78-83 OT
Jan. 11: Lille - Bourg 75-64
Jan. 11: Hyeres-Toulon - Evreux 73-81
Jan. 12: Fos Ouest - Antibes 73-71
Jan. 12: Boulogne - Denain 104-87


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Brown, Maurienne22.6 
 2. Flowers, Denain20.6 
 3. Blue, Antibes20.5 
 4. Booker, St Vallier19.1 
 5. Hilliard, Antibes18.4 
 6. Wood, Evreux18.2 
 7. Siggers, Lille18.2 
 8. Sanders, Charlevil.17.7 
 9. Bassett, Rouen17.2 
 10. McKines, Rouen17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Bing, Maurienne10.1 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.1 
 3. Jaiteh, Boulogne9.9 
 4. Lesieu, St Quentin9.8 
 5. Kitts, Denain9.4 
 6. McKines, Rouen8.9 
 7. Jackson, Pau-La.8.7 
 8. Rouse, St Vallier8.5 
 9. Mathis, Nantes7.7 
 10. Blue, Antibes7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Craven, St Vallier7.0 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 3. Rowland, Boulogne6.1 
 4. Dumas, Bourg5.8 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.4 
 6. Huffman, Antibes5.3 
 7. Calvez, Charleville5.1 
 8. Hannah, Evreux4.9 
 9. Da Silva, Rouen4.8 
 10. Bassett, Rouen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Craven, St Vallier2.6 
 2. Flowers, Denain2.4 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 4. Hannah, Evreux2.0 
 5. Siggers, Lille1.9 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel1.8 
 7. Dumas, Bourg1.8 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.8 
 9. Rowland, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Wilson, Le Portel1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.2 
 2. Gay, Le Portel1.7 
 3. Coleman, Bordeaux1.2 
 4. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 5. Johnson, Chalons-.1.1 
 6. Chism, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Burrell, Chalons-.0.9 
 8. Blue, Antibes0.9 
 9. Jaiteh, Boulogne0.9 
 10. Wesley, Rouen0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Orchy 11-3 
 2. Quimper 11-4 
 3. Cognac 10-3 
 4. Souffel 10-4 
 5. Vichy 10-4 
 6. La Rochelle 8-6 
 7. Blois 8-6 
 8. Rueil 8-7 
 9. Monaco 7-7 
 10. Sorgues 7-7 
 11. Angers BC 49 5-9 
 12. Challans 5-9 
 13. Chartres 4-9 
 14. Rennes 4-10 
 15. St Chamond 4-10 
 16. CFBB 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 12: Sorgues - St Chamond 94-84
Jan. 12: Challans - Monaco 77-76
Jan. 12: Blois - Orchy 73-76
Jan. 12: Rennes - Rueil 69-82
Jan. 12: CFBB - La Rochelle 64-74
Jan. 12: Angers BC 49 - Quimper 58-67
Jan. 12: Chartres - Cognac


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.3 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois17.9 
 3. Herard, Challans17.9 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 5. Petrovic, Orchy17.2 
 6. Inglis, CFBB17.1 
 7. Raji, Quimper17.1 
 8. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle16.4 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.6 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.5 
 3. Calasan, Monaco8.4 
 4. Inglis, CFBB8.4 
 5. Caskill, Cognac8.3 
 6. Diame, Rueil8.1 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.8 
 8. Cole, La Rochelle7.1 
 9. Hill, Angers BC 496.9 
 10. Pasut, Sorgues6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.2 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.6.1 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.5.1 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 8. Boivin, Chartres4.4 
 9. Saounera, Rueil4.3 
 10. Mouillard, Cognac4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. El Amrani, Vichy3.1 
 2. Saounera, Rueil2.1 
 3. Bennett, Monaco2.1 
 4. Lonzieme, Angers B.2.0 
 5. Lessort, Vichy2.0 
 6. Mouillard, Cognac2.0 
 7. Pene, Rennes2.0 
 8. Herard, Challans1.8 
 9. Gueye, Sorgues1.7 
 10. Desespringal., Ru.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Rueil
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Diame, Rueil1.6 
 2. Davis, Blois1.6 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 4. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.3 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.9 
 10. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 


ProB Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Saint-Quentin (9-9) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (13-5). Chalons-Reims managed to secure only six-point victory 93-87. However their fans expected easier game. Tyren Johnson notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Saint-Quentin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Antibes and Evreux. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed ALM Evreux (#2).
Aix-Maurienne (#8) forced the game against Le Portel (#5) into an overtime, but lost by five points 78-83 on Friday night. The game took place in Aix-les-Bains. But the guests from Le Portel were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Sherman Gay who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Le Portel maintains fifth position with 12-6 record, which they share with Boulogne. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Le Portel will face Fos Ouest (#7) at home in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against Saint Vallier.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Antibes was defeated by Fos Ouest in a road game 73-71. Boulogne beat Denain at home 104-87. Pau-Lacq-Orthez won against Charleville on the opponent's court 85-79. Hyeres-Toulon unfortunately lost to Evreux in a home game 73-81. St Vallier recorded a loss to Rouen on the road 83-84. Lille defeated Bourg on its own court 75-64. Nantes beat Bordeaux in a road game 89-85.
The best stats of 18th round was 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Dragan Ceranic of Bordeaux.


Fos Ouest - Antibes 73-71

There was an upset when second-best Olympique Antibes (13-5) was edged on the road by seventh ranked Fos Ouest (10-8) 73-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest forced 19 Olympique Antibes turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward John Williamson (199-86, college: Cincinnati) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Trevor Huffman (185-79, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively. Fos Ouest maintains seventh position with 10-8 record. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Fos Ouest will face higher ranked Le Portel (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against Chalons-Reims and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 21+6reb+4ast, T.Huffman 14+6ast, A.Hilliard 12+3reb, R.Desroses 9+3reb, B.Monclar 6+3reb+1ast, M.Badiane 6+9reb+1ast
Fos Ouest: J.Williamson 19+7reb+3ast, C.Davis 16+4reb, M.Hachad 12+6reb+3ast, K.Atamna 11+6reb+3ast, M.Dia 9+2reb+1ast, S.Giffa 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 179387


Boulogne - Denain 104-87

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (12-6) defeated at home 16th ranked Denain Voltaire (5-13) 104-87 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 16 points at the halftime before their 68-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Denain Voltaire turnovers. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Denain Voltaire's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Mickael Var (205-90) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who recorded 19 points and 6 rebounds and Chrislain Cairo (200-91) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five SO Maritime Boulogne and four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Le Portel. Denain Voltaire lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Nantes (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Denain Voltaire will play against SPO Rouen (#9).
Top scorers:
Denain: J.Flowers 19+6reb+1ast, L.Humphrey 16+2reb, C.Cairo 12+10reb+2ast, C.Cavallo 11+3reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 10+2reb+4ast, M.Kitts 8+8reb
Boulogne: M.Var 22+9reb, Z.Bah 15+5ast, K.Horton 15+8reb+4ast, A.Loum 14+5reb, J.Rousselle 14+2reb+10ast, V.Bigote 13+4reb+2ast
gschID: 179386


Charleville - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 79-85

Very expected game when 17th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-13) was defeated at home by first ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (14-4) 85-79 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Charleville-Mezieres won fourth quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Spanish point guard Ignacio Ordin (183-78) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains first position with 14-4 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Lille Metropole (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Hyeres-Toulon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleville: T.Toney 19+6reb+1ast, P.Sanders 17+4reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 15+6reb+2ast, F.Calvez 15+5reb+8ast, F.Bourdillon 8+4reb+2ast, D.Pistre 3+4reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Jackson 21+4reb+1ast, I.Ordin 19+3ast, J.Morency 12+4reb+3ast, A.Mendy 9+2reb+2ast, B.Boddicker 7+5reb+1ast, S.Driss 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 179393


Hyeres-Toulon - Evreux 73-81

Very predictable result when third ranked ALM Evreux (13-5) beat on the road 15th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (6-12) 81-73 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-10. But Hyeres-Toulon won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 39-22 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who recorded 20 points and point guard Axel Julien (185-92) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to second place, which they share with Antibes and Chalons-Reims. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. ALM Evreux will face Saint-Quentin (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Wright 20+2reb+2ast, A.Julien 13+2reb+7ast, L.Sane 13+7reb, J.Newson 12+4reb, T.Dials 6+4reb, B.Niang 4+2reb
Evreux: C.Hannah 23+3reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 19+12reb+1ast, J.Wood 17+12reb+4ast, G.Florimont 7+5reb+1ast, D.Reed 7+1reb, L.Sambe 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 179392


Rouen - St Vallier 84-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Saint Vallier's (7-11) road loss to eleventh ranked SPO Rouen (9-9) 83-84 on Friday. SPO Rouen outrebounded Saint Vallier 41-26 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who recorded 24 points and guard Jonathan Hoyaux (192-88) added 23 points respectively. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. SPO Rouen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. SPO Rouen will face Denain Voltaire (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Vallier will play against Aix-Maurienne (#10) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: E.Craven 24+2reb+2ast, J.Hoyaux 23+1reb+3ast, C.Rouse 11+12reb+3ast, F.Tortosa 10+2reb+1ast, I.Koma 8+2reb+2ast, D.Diarra 4+3reb+1ast
Rouen: T.Wesley 17+8reb+6ast, M.Diarra 14+4reb, G.Chathuant 14+7reb+5ast, M.Courby 11+2reb+1ast, F.Ateba 9+1reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 179391


Lille - Bourg 75-64

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Lille Metropole (7-11) won against at home higher ranked JL Bourg (9-9) 75-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lille Metropole. JL Bourg was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Lille Metropole forced 19 JL Bourg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. JL Bourg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import Jason Siggers (188-85, college: Albany) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Lille Metropole's coach Abdourahmane N'Diaye used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Jerome Sanchez (197-90) who recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (197-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Lille Metropole moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Nantes and St Vallier. JL Bourg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Lille Metropole will face league's leader Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Monds 11+4reb, P.Braud 11+3reb+1ast, M.Sonko 9+7reb, J.Delhomme 8+1reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 8+6reb+3ast, A.Tanghe 7+2reb
Lille: S.Smith 23+8reb+2ast, J.Siggers 21+5reb+4ast, A.Rigaux 9+4reb+5ast, M.Tensorer 8+3reb, S.Bradford 7+4reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 179390


Bordeaux - Nantes 85-89

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Bordeaux (2-16) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Nantes (7-11) 89-85 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Nantes made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Bordeaux was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 17 points. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) added 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with St Vallier and Lille. Bordeaux lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Nantes will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bordeaux will play against JL Bourg (#11).
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: G.Darrigand 18+1reb+3ast, D.Ceranic 18+7reb+4ast, M.Guichard 14+3ast, M.Humphrey 12+7reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 9+8reb, R.Chery 5+3reb+1ast
Nantes: L.Corbett 17+1reb+1ast, T.Henry 13+5reb, N.Gayon 12+1ast, W.Soliman 10+2reb, C.Ferchaud 9+1ast, J.Mathis 8+6reb+6ast
gschID: 179389


Chalons-Reims - St Quentin 93-87 OT

Seventh-ranked Saint-Quentin (9-9) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (13-5). Chalons-Reims managed to secure only six-point victory 93-87. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Saint-Quentin took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead. Then Saint-Quentin managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 7-13. Chalons-Reims had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Saint-Quentin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 23 points. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Julien Lesieu (201-83) did not help to save the game for Saint-Quentin. American-Ghanian Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five Chalons-Reims and four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Antibes and Evreux. Newly promoted Saint-Quentin dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed ALM Evreux (#2).
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 20+13reb, K.Howell 12+3reb, A.Saaka 12+5reb, K.Bichard 11+2reb+1ast, J.Ball 9+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 7+3reb+3ast
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 23+3reb, A.Tsagarakis 18+5reb+2ast, T.Johnson 13+11reb+3ast, J.Burrell 12+6reb+1ast, B.Mullins 12+5reb+6ast, K.Corre 8+6reb+1ast
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Maurienne - Le Portel 78-83 OT

Aix-Maurienne (#8) forced the game against Le Portel (#5) into an overtime, but lost by five points 78-83 on Friday night. The game took place in Aix-les-Bains. But the guests from Le Portel were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aix-Maurienne won third quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Aix-Maurienne used huge pressure winning it 26-22 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-11. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who recorded 28 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Le Portel maintains fifth position with 12-6 record, which they share with Boulogne. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Le Portel will face Fos Ouest (#7) at home in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against Saint Vallier.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 28+8reb, G.Clerc 12+1reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 12+5reb+4ast, W.Chism 9+10reb+4ast, M.Houmounou 8+5reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 4+1ast
Le Portel: S.Gay 24+8reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 21+8reb, B.Mangin 14+2reb+5ast, R.Taylor 14+8reb+8ast, M.N'Diaye 4+5reb+1ast, A.Charles 3+4reb+3ast
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Ty Walker signs at Kotwica, ex Limoges - by Eurobasket News

Kotwica Kolobrzeg (TBL) landed 24-year old American center Ty Walker (213-104kg-89, college: Wake Forest). He already started the season at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProB. In 11 games this season he averaged 3.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win the supercup. The last season Walker played at Wake Forest University in Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA. In 20 games last year he had 4.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.6bpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Tournoi de Tourcoing All-Tournament 1st Team.
Walker was a member of USA U22 National Team last year.
He has played also professionally in China (Hong Kong).
Walker attended Wake Forest University until 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Will Kelly Beidler go 2/2 From The Plate When He Faces Off Against The Fraport Skyliners January 12th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Three months ago as the Beko BBL season was only two weeks old, 2004 Fiba cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC that was back in the top German league after playing in the PRO A one year after having played in the league from 2009-2011 and arrived in Frankfurt sporting a 0-2 record and in dire need of getting a win. It was an overall very exciting game, but it was MBC that kept the nerves in the fourth quarter winning 71-68 winning a big game on the road mainly due to American Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who had his first double double of the season registering 17 points and hauling down 10 rebounds. The 24 year old 199cm forward from Virginia Beach was a solid scorer at St Marys (NCAA), but never averaged more than 10,9ppg in his NCAA career, but then came to Europe and in his first two professional seasons averaged 21,7ppg in Iceland and 19,2ppg in Finland. Granted the leagues arent as tough as the Beko BBL, but the American got self confidence and experience in the scoring department there, but in the win against Frankfurt it wasnt only his killer instinct around the rim in crunchtime, but also his stellar defense that got MBC the win at the end. Frankfurt had the ball with 13 seconds and the chance to bring the game into OT or win it with a three pointer. Beidler who had been big on the glass proved to also be big as he blocked Peacock on the last shot giving MBC their first win of the year. The man of Peacocok got beat so I came over to help my teammates. I thought better to try and block and risk the foul and giving up free throws then letting him score. I always have liked to be aggressive. I have been blocking shots all through my career even though it doesnt get noticed as much. People look at points and rebounds. Blocking shots is a strong point in my game, warned Kelly Beidler. Beidler is the central force in our defense. His long arms make a difference on defense and rebounding. That block was huge for us, said Sharaud Curry. So far this season, Beidler is averaging 9,0ppg, 4,3rpg and is shooting a very respectable 56,1% from the field and 43,8% from downtown. He has scored in double figures in nine of 16 games. His defense keeps being a spark for MBC as was the case in a 76-70 win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as he swatted away three balls showing his keenness around the rim. It is no secret about his dominating play on the boards, but just hard work. Just being active and never quitting on the play. I always want to make something happen on the glass. I always try to act on the bounce off the rim. I use my athletic ability to my advantage from the three position, warned Kelly Beidler. Zach Peacock is the go to guy for the Fraport Skyliners and might be on the defending menu for Beidler on Saturday as the team likes to get him going early. Beidler enjoys the role of keeping the others team top player in check. I have to be active and bring energy. I also focus on defense and try to make the big defensive plays get steals that lead to easy baskets. I also am there to defend the best players and make them work for their points. My offense will come from that, warned Kelly Beidler. Despite the Fraport Skyliners wanting revenge in Weissenfels, Kelly Beidler will also be motivated to repeat his strong game in Frankfurt and he keeps a very important quote in his mind when stepping onto the court before every game never getting intimidated by the name or game of a player. every player is equal when stepping onto the court but when the lights turn on and its time to play ball, the best separate themselves from the pack. Thats what I try to do every time i step on the court, warned Kelly Beidler.

This season, Silvano Poropat chose to say farewell to a core of last seasons players with Arizona Reid, Robert Faye-Holcomb, Louis Hinnat and ex North Carolina state forward Jordan Collins. He opted to keep many of the German players with the heart and soul of the team captain Sascha Leutloff, Steve Wachalski, Philipp Heyden, Malte Schwarz and Johannes Lange. He also decided to keep Iceland scorer Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson. This season, he has brought a core of talented less known Americans. Kelly Beidler tore up the league in Iceland and Finland and now is looking to make the next jump in the higher league Beko BBL. Sharaud Curry is a diminutive point guard that tore up the Austrian league last season and also is looking to make an impact in the higher league Beko BBL. Chad Timberlake brings experience to the guard position and is playing in his fifth country in Europe. Devin Uskoski is a sort of Cinderella story as it took him four years to move from the German Regionaliga to the Beko BBL. Poropat also brought in help for the boards with Serb Djordje Pantelic. With only 1,4 million Euro budget, the club has little chance of picking up high class players. Despite little money and less talented players, the team will not go scared into the season. We know that we have one of the smallest budgets in the league, but we will take up the challenge and will go with a lot of self confidence into the season. We dont want to make the mistake that small teams do and get into debt. For us it isnt so critical if we play BBL or PRO A, stressed MBC manager Martin Geisler. A strength that the team has is their unpredictability. They had many different top scorers in the pre season and the scoring was always well balanced. The team will have nothing lose and fight in every game as if its their last game. Weaknesses in the team is under the basket where the team is thinly stacked. The team also coughed up the ball much in the preseason. We are still making too many mistakes on offense and have problems finding our rhythm. We still have to work much on ending the play, warned MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.

In the short two year tenure that the Mitteldeutscher BC had from 2009-2011, the Frankfurt Skyliners were able to leave the floor each time as the winner and have a positive 4-0 record in that time. In the 2009-2010 season who could forget the exciting 76-74 win in MBC as Frankfurt was down 10 points and made a big comeback in the last minutes as American guard Aubrey Reese won the game with a shot. Frankfurt won the game at home 77-65 as American Jimmy Mckinney led Frankfurt with 17 points, Derrick Allen added 12 points and Skyliner legend Pascal Roller 11 points. In the 2010-2011 season, the Deutsche Bank Skyliners had an easier time winning as they routed the Wolves 83-52 at home as Dashaun Wood had a type of Derrick Rose performance with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dominik Bahiense De Mello added 13 points and KImmo Muurinen 11 points. Frankfurt won in Weissenfels 70-58 as Dashaun Wood poured in 26 points and Quantez Robertson steered 11 points.

Currently the Mitteldeutscher BC is resting in 13th place with a record of 7-10. They started the season slow losing six of their first seven games as their only bright spot was the big 71-68 win in Frankfurt where they showed a lot of grit winning in crunch time and keeping their nerves in control. They showed a very spirited game losing a heartbreaker to FC Bayern Munich 73-71 at home as the game could of gone either way at the end. They then won their second game of the season 76-70 in Braunschweig. Then followed two loses to Alba Berlin and against BBC Bayreuth. Since then they have been playing better basketball winning five of their last seven games including busting out a three game winning streak. In this winning streak, they defeated the Eisaberen Bremerhaven on the road and showed their forceful play at home beating Ludwigsburg and the always tough Artland Dragons. They also beat the LTi Giessen 46ers at home, but lost in Oldenburg and Trier. They only have a 4-4 record at home, but have won their last four in a row in the comfortable wolf den in Weissenfels including a big win against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg last weekend. The team still gives us more points then what head coach Silvano Poropat would desire, but the team is always good for a surprise. A very important quality of MBC this season is their attitude when going into games which has been transported from Silvano Poropat to the team. coach has told us that players from strong teams are just like us. They do the same thing that we do. What he means by this is that we have to go into each game believing that we can win. I think that we can upset good teams, because we can play as a team for 40 minutes, warned Kelly Beidler. For the Fraport Skyliners, it will be another do or die game to get themselves away from the lower standings. They have won two of their last three games and their defense is back to where it is supposed to be having averaged giving up only 63 points in the last three games. Defense is always the key. If we can control the boards and tempo then we always have a good chance to win, warned Ted Scott. MBC recently picked up sharp shooter Osvaldo Jeanty who has had Beko BBL expereicne with Nordlingen, Giessen and Bayreuth and will spark the team on offense.

The Mitteldeutscher BC is led by Steve Wachalski who is leading the team in scoring after two games. It took the German seven years to reach the Beko BBL in 2010 with BBC Bayreuth. He played his first five seasons starting in 2003 in the Regionaliga with Osnabrueck before reaching the PRO B in 2008. In 2010-2011, he got Beko BBL experience with BBC Bayreuth playing 27 games: 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg. Last season for MBC, he played 37 games: 9.9ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 77.1%. Kelly Beidler is a 24 year old 199cm forward from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is starting his third professional basketball season and third in Europe. He is a very athletic forward that can do it all with rebounding, posting up, shooting from outside as firstmost is a team playerHe played at Mt St Marys from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.1%. In 2001 as a rookie he played for : IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 24 games: Score-4 (21.7ppg), Reb-2 (12.4rpg), 3.8apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), Blocks-3 (2.0bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 72.9%. Last season he played for : Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 44 games: Score-4 (19.2ppg), Reb-5 (9.8rpg), 1.4apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 70.8%. Milan Brown his coach at Mt St Marys has helped shape him to be the player that he is today.
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Iceland. He started his basketball career in 2003 for Fjolnir (Intersport League) and played most of his career in Iceland except for a stint with CB Dunas Hotels Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Spain-EBA) in 2007. He played for Top Iceland team and ex Skyliner Derrick Allen team Keflavik (Iceland-Express) from 2008-2011. In his three seasons there, he never averaged less than 16,5ppg. Last season he played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-ProA): 37 games: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%. Chad Timberlake is a 28 year old 193cm guard that was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He is a very talented point guard with good physical size (64,208 lbs.) and toughness, he can play the shooting guard position, if that is what is needed for the team. Chad is the floor general with excellent court vision and he is a natural team leader. He can play fast break style or he can run an offense with set plays, whatever is essential to win. He is an extremely athletic guard and gets to the basket, always finishing ha rd. He has the skills to take over games with his scoring and jumping ability. He played at Fairleigh Dickinson (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In 2006-2007 as a rookie he played for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 8 games: 16.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.3%, 3FGP: 21.1%, FT: 61.1%; Czechs League: 46 games: 15.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 60.6%. In 2007-2008, he played in the States for the Albany Patroons (CBA, starting Five): 36 games: 15.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 73.1.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Sokol Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK, starting five): 11 games: 14.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 52.0%. In 2009-2010, he played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division): 18 games: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 56.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for Elitzur Yavne (Israel-National League, starting five): 31 games: 20.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 73.2%. Last season he played for Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 36 games: Score-3 (21.3ppg), 5.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP-3 (67.4%), 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 71.1%. He won the cup and league title in Hungry in 2010.

Devin Uskoski is a 26 year old 201 cm forward from Brush Praire who can rebound with the best of them and reacts very smart under the boards. He played at Rocky Mountain (NAIA) and turned professional in 2009. In 2009-2010, he was a rookie for BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga)): 26 games: 25.9ppg, 11.0rpg, FGP: 70.3%, 3Pts: 48.6%, FT: 73.5%. In 2010-2011, he moved up a league with BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany): 31 games: Score-4 (20.7ppg), Reb-1 (10.8rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 73.4%. Last season, he was one of the top forwards in the PRO A for VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA): 36 games: 16.1ppg, Reb-3 (8.1rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.4%. This past summer, he played for the Vancouver Volcanoes (IBL, starting five): 12 games: 17.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 57.6%, FT: 74.6%. Djordje Pantelic is a 28 year old 204cm forward form Serbia that gives MBC added experience as Germany will be his sixth country in Europe. He got early experience playing in Cyprus. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A, starting five): Romanian League: 14 games: 6.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 71.4%; Balkan League: 5 games: 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.6bpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.4%, released in Dec.09, in Feb.10 moved to Stjarnan (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 11 games: 14.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for Apollon Patras (Greece-A2): 30 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-2 (8.9rpg), 1.4apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 64.8%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 72.4%. Last season, he played for Falco-Szova KC-Szombathely (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 38 games: 13.0ppg, Reb-4 (9.0rpg), 1.9apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-2 (1.6bpg), FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 69.9%. Sascha Leutloff is a 30 year old 202cm forward from Berlin. He continues to have his heart with MBC as the captain is returning for a sixth season. He started to play organized basketball at age 16 and developed rapidly into a promising player. He has very good speed and athletic potential, is a very good and aggressive defender, can play inside out, is an exceptional offensive rebounder, has a very good character and is a smart person on and off the court. He started his basketball career with TUS Lichterfelde in 2001 and also played with Alba Berlin from 2004-2006. Last season for MBC, he played 37 games: 9.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 74.1%. He won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin. Malte Schwarz is a 23 year old 188cm guard that is palying hiss econd season in Weissenfels. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Bramfelder SV Hamburg (2.Regionalliga). He then played a season with SC Rist Wedel (Regionalliga) before getting his feet wet in the Beko BBL playing for Phoenix Hagen from 2008-2011. He played a total of 58 Beko BBL games. Last season for MBC, he played 25 games: 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 88.0%. Johannes Lange is a 27 year old 208cm center that took nine years of playing in the German minor leagues before finally getting his chance this season in the Beko BBL with MBC. He started his basketball career with Rhondorf 1912 Dragons (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 where he played until 2010. In 2010-2011, he played for GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (ProA): 22 games: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg. Last season, he played for BG Karlsruhe (ProA): 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.0rpg; left in Nov.11, then moved to Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (ProA): 21 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg




Marqus Blakely Signs With The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After not passing his physical with the Telekom Baskets Bonn, Marqus Blakely (196-F-89, college: Vermont) didnt give up and seems to be staying in Germany. Beko BBL team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg announced the arrival of Marqqus Blakely. New head coach John Patrick isnt wasting anytime making his new better. Blakely is a 196cm forward from Metuchen, New Jersey. He played at Vermont (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 129 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 17.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2.4spg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 66.7%. "Marqus can make a difference on the court. He makes players react. He is like a motor. I am happy that we have this energy in our team", stressed JOhn Patrick In 2010-2011, he turned professional playing for the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 25 games: 13.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 60.9%; in Jan.'11 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League): 26 games: 16.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2spg, FGP-1 (69.8%), 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 65.1%, in Apr.'11 agreed terms with Houston Rockets (NBA), later that month joined Iowa Energy (D-League). Last season, he played for the Houston Rockets (NBA), in Dec.'11 moved to Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five): 14 games: 13.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.4%, in Feb.'12 signed at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five): 21 games: 16.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 58.3%, then agreed terms with B-Meg Llamados (Philippines-PBA, starting five): Governor's Cup: 22 games: 22.4ppg, Reb-1 (13.4rpg), 3.2apg, 2.7spg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 64.1%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been AEC Regular Season Champion -07AEC Tournament Finalist -07, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -08, All-AEC Defensive Player of the Year -08, 09, 10, All-AEC Player of the Year -08, 09, AEC All-Defensive Team -08, 09, 10, All-AEC 1st Team -08, 09, 10, AEC Tournament Semifinals -08, NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team -09, 10, AEC Regular Season Co-Champion -09, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09, USBWA All-District I Team -10,AEC Regular Season Runner-Up -10, AEC Tournament Winner -10AEC All-Tournament MVP -10, AEC All-Tournament Team -10, USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team -11, D-League All-Star Game -12, Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Governor's Cup 1st Team -12, PBA Governor's Cup Regular Season Runner-Up -12, and PBA Governor's Cup Finalist -12


Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Aron Baynes Is A Huge Guy That Would Make A Great WWE Wrestler - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He will be playing his second season for ratiopharm Ulm. Last season for ratiopharm Ulm, he played 38 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 58.1%He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. In 2010-2011 for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

A tough opening loss in Eurocup Top 16 agaisnt Crvena-Zvezda. It was a Phoenix Hagen type of game of high scoring. Did they take ratiopharm out of their game plan?

They are the top scoring team in the competition and we did not do the best job of limiting their points.

You played against 3 ex Beko BBL players with Mike Scott, Elton Brown and Rasko Katic. When you look back at your career in Germany which one of these three players gave your teams the most problems?

I believe there was 4, Simonovic played for Berlin last season. Elton Brown had the better night out of the ex bbl players.

Igor Rakocevic had a strong game with 32 points. Was his ability to draw fouls his best asset or did he shine in another area?

He is a proven scorer and anytime scorers get 14 fta, they are going to have big nights.

The next game is against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. ratopharm Ulm had an easy time with them in the first game winning 96-66. What is your memory of that first game?

I remember their players were ill and you could tell they didn't have the same energy level as they normally would.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are an improved team from that first game. They are on a five game winning streak.Rickey Paulding has been hot of late. What will be key in getting the win?

Rebounding and making life tough for their shooters.

Aron Baynes who played for Oldenburg two seasons ago is close to signing with the Spurs. How will he fit into their lineup there best and what do you remember most from his game?

He was a huge guy that would make a great WWE wrestler. I saw that he was playing really well in Euroleague this year, he can be a physical rebounder for the Spurs.

Steve Nash hit 10,000 career assists in the NBA. Where do you rate him as a point guard in the last 15 years in the NBA?

Probably only behind Stockton.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Avengers


Thanks Dane for the chat




46ers have to do without Jeff Bonds - by Moritz Korff

BBL team LTi Giessen 46ers has to do without Jeffrey Bonds (199-F-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona), the team announced. The 30-year-old forward had to license to play for the 46ers until January 10th. As the club had to file for insolvency recently, the BBL refused Giessen's request to extend the license due to the club's difficult financial condition.
Bonds joined the 46ers in December and appeared in five BBL games, averaging 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.



Omari Knox: Spurring the Spurs - by Moritz Korff

The Dachau Spurs knew what they would get, when they decided to sign Omari Knox (188-G-86, college: Bloomfield) for the 2012-13 season: A versatile, hardworking athlete with an open-minded character who will excel on both ends of the floor, a scoring threat and a player who shows terrific rebounding abilities for a guard.

They knew because it would be an encore. From 2009 to 2011 Knox and his compatriot Anthony Pettaway (203-C-87, college: Defiance) emerged as a highly productive duo in the 1. Regionalliga South-East and guided the Spurs to their greatest success in recent years, finishing the 2010-11 season in third place. While Pettaway would move on to Pro B team SC Rist Wedel that year and put up impressive numbers in the higher league the following season as well, Knox experienced the downside of professional basketball. The 26-year-old was still a free agent when the 2011-12 campaign kicked off and eventually would sit out a year, despite all the success that he had while playing in Dachau, despite earning Eurobasket.com All-RLSO Second Team honors and scoring almost 23 points a game. Thus, the Spurs knew what they would get bringing back Knox last summer, but would he be able to pick up where he had left off?
"I have to admit, it was very difficult to get back into game shape after sitting out a year", Knox said. "Even though I had been practicing with the high school players I was coaching, it didn't really compare to the type of workout I would put myself through when training for my own upcoming season. I started working out last February, not sure of whether I would even have a contract for the following season. I'm happy to say that the hard work is definitely paying off." Instead of playing, he taught the game of basketball at the Dwight Englewood School in Englewood, NJ. Knox said: "I was the head coach for the Freshmen team and assistant forboth theJunior-Varsity and Varsity teams. I enjoyed the experience very much. Dwight Englewood is a very prestigious school academically, and does not get a large pool of athletic talent. However, the head coach there, Eli Goldberger does a great job getting the kids to play hard for him. Last season we were able to continue the school's winning ways and finished with a record of 22-5, losing to nationally #1 ranked St. Anthony's in the third round of the state tournament. Coaching last season was quite an experience for me and I think it also helped with my growth as a player. It is definitely one of the things that I want to pursue when I am finished with my playing career."

Averaging 24.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game this season the Brooklyn, New York, native is back in production mode and simply indispensable on a somewhat pressured Dachau team. "At 4-9we have definitely been struggling this season. Our team is pretty young and lacks experience. We don't have a hugefrontcourtand have had to try and find different ways to make up for it. We always play hard which is why we have been able to compete and be in close games, losing only by a few points. However, having a thin roster has also been a major problem for us", Knox told Eurobasket.com.

Being short of bigs and without notable presence in the paint Dachau coach Florian Kroepelin is happy to have the best rebounding guard of the Regionalliga on his team. Standing only 6'2'' tall does not affect Knox's proficiency in clearing the boards. "I've always tried to be a good rebounder from the guard position", Knox said. "Even in college I was pretty good [he averaged 7.1 and 6.7 rebounds per game respectively in his last two years at NCAA D2 school Bloomfield]. Many guards don't really make the effort to go after the rebound. On the offensive end it gives you the opportunity to score more points. On the defensive end, it takes some of the pressure off of the big guys when the team has a guard who can help rebound. Not to mention, I don't have to wait for an outlet pass, and can start the break right away."

Those fast breaks will often end with Knox slashing to the hole, while outside shooting is not that much of a factor in his game as it used to be at an earlier stage of his career. In 13 games played this season, Knox hit a solid 39.2% (20/51) from beyond the arc, but due to his role in Dachau he is scoring less from the perimeter compared to his college days at Bloomfield, when he ranked amongst the top shooter in all of NCAA D2, nailing 91 of his 227 three point attempts as a senior. "I was actually thinking about this while working out at my old college over the Christmas break", Knox said, who continued: "When I first got to college, I worked on my three point shooting regularly because it was a weakness in my game. I eventually became a good shooter. When I got to Europe I felt like I needed to become more of a threat. I felt like I needed to be much more than a three point shooter, so I've worked on other aspects of my game. One of the areas I've worked heavily on improving is my mid-range game, which has really been beneficial this season."

Taking on the Dachau Spurs, any opposing team in the RLSO will focus on giving Knox a hard time to be as efficient as he usually is. And his teammates will look for him, when the game is heating up. Is there a way of learning how to become a difference maker and a clutch player? Knox said: "I think that being a go-to-guy is something that you can learn over time, and not necessarily have to be born with. I think it depends on a number of things like talent and work ethic, but most importantly the player has to be tough mentally."

Currently in his third season with the Spurs, the Brooklyn native has "grown to love it in Bavaria" and relishes the "pretty quiet and relaxing" city of Dachau as well as being close to the Bavarian capital: "Whenever I want to get out and enjoy myself I am only 15 minutes from Munich", he said. But though Dachau feels like home away from home, making the transition to a league above the RLSO for next season after dominating this competition for three years, sounds like an appealing challenge without a doubt as Knox said: "I wish there were a few more Bundesliga teams in Bavaria because I would love to stay in the area, but of course I would like to play at a higher level as well. Hopefully, I attract the interest of some of them this year."



Quimsa inks Jimmy Baxter, ex LTi 46ers - by Eurobasket News

Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (LigaA) signed 33-year old American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-96kg-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports). He already started the season at LTi 46ers in German BBL league. Baxter managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 9 BBL games this season he had 14.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg. Part of last summer he spent at Indios in Dominican Rep. LNB. Baxter also played at San Lazaro in Dominican Rep. District National earlier that season. The other team he played shortly was Sluc Nancy in French ProA. But in three games last season he recorded just 1.7ppg and 1.7rpg. Another team Baxter played briefly was JL Bourg in French ProB. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.0apg and 1.9spg. Another team he played that season for was Ikaros in Greek A1. In 12 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Baxters team won Slovenian Supercup. he was selected to Greek League All-Star Game in 2011.
Baxter is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, Iran (Petrochimi), Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Turkey, France (JDA Dijon), Greece (Ilysiakos) and Slovenia (Krka).
Baxter attended University of South Florida until 2004 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)



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London Lightning inks Antwi Atuahene - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Ghanian guard Antwi Atuahene (191-84, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Oshawa Power (NBL Canada). Atuahene also played at Beltway in APBL that season. He was voted Arizona State University New Comer of the Year back in 2005 at his college time.
Atuahene has played also professionally in Mexico (Leones Regios de Monterrey).
He attended Arizona State until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 11-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 9-2 
 3. Panionios 9-2 
 4. PAOK 9-3 
 5. AGOR 7-4 
 6. Ikaros 6-6 
 7. Apollon Patras 5-7 
 8. Aris 5-7 
 9. Peristeri GS 4-7 
 10. Kolossos 4-7 
 11. KAOD 4-8 
 12. Ilysiakos 3-9 
 13. Kavala 3-9 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 12: Ikaros - Panelefsiniakos 85-78
Jan. 12: KAOD - Ilysiakos 80-83
Jan. 12: Kavala - Aris 77-85
Jan. 12: PAOK - Apollon Patras 68-61
Jan. 13: Kolossos - Panathinaikos
Jan. 13: Peristeri GS - AGOR
Jan. 14: Olympiacos - Panionios


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pappas, Panionios20.2 
 2. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.9 
 3. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.1 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 6. McGrath, PA.14.8 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.8 
 8. Gibson, Ikaros13.8 
 9. McCollum, Apollo.13.5 
 10. Knowles, KAOD13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  KAOD
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Palmer, KAOD8.6 
 2. Faye, Ikaros7.8 
 3. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.3 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios6.9 
 5. Michel, KAOD6.8 
 6. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.6 
 7. Kanonidis, Periste.6.5 
 8. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.5 
 9. Lasme, Panathin.6.5 
 10. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 2. Liakopoulos, Panel.4.8 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 4. Petroulas, Periste.4.4 
 5. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos4.0 
 7. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 8. Pappas, Panionios3.6 
 9. Sloukas, Olympiacos3.5 
 10. McGrath, PA.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Pappas, Panionios2.3 
 4. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 5. Petway, AGOR1.9 
 6. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.7 
 7. Klaiber, Apollon1.7 
 8. McCollum, Apollo.1.6 
 9. Pelekanos, Aris1.5 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  AGOR
  (204-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Petway, AGOR2.6 
 2. Coleman, Kavala1.9 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.6 
 4. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.3 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.0 
 8. Turner, Apollon0.9 
 9. Charissis, Aris0.9 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos0.8 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Filathlitikos 10-2 
 2. Nea Kifisia 10-2 
 3. Trikalla 9-3 
 4. Koroivos 8-4 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 8-4 
 6. Lavrio 8-4 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 7-5 
 8. Pagrati 7-5 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 4-8 
 10. Arkadikos 4-8 
 11. Irakleio 3-9 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 2-10 
 13. Niki Volou 2-10 
 14. OFI 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 12: Koroivos - Filathlitikos 92-79
Jan. 12: Trikalla - Irakleio 86-76
Jan. 12: Ermis Lagkada - Agia Paraskevis 76-78
Jan. 12: Ikaroi Serron - Pagrati 75-70
Jan. 12: Doxa Lefkadas - OFI 72-66
Jan. 12: Niki Volou - Arkadikos 72-56
Jan. 12: Nea Kifisia - Lavrio 65-53


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.21.3 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.20.8 
 3. Karaboulas, Nea K.18.3 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.1 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.17.9 
 6. Kitsoulis, OFI17.7 
 7. Vranjes, Pagrati16.9 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.16.6 
 9. Adetokoubo, Filath.15.5 
 10. Moschovitis, Nea15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petros NOEAS
  Koroivos
  (204-F-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Noeas, Koroivos9.2 
 2. Anagnostopou., Erm.8.6 
 3. Cubrilo, Arkadikos8.5 
 4. Manousos, Doxa L.8.4 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio8.1 
 6. Papachristos, Trik.7.6 
 7. Doychinov, OFI7.5 
 8. Koutroulias, Pagra.7.4 
 9. Charismidis, Trika.7.0 
 10. Kitsoulis, OFI6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos GIKAS
  Filathlitikos
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gikas, Filathlitik.5.8 
 2. Karydas, Koroivos5.5 
 3. Moschovitis, Nea K.5.4 
 4. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.5.2 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos4.2 
 6. Papadakis, OFI4.1 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.3.8 
 8. Cosic, Koroivos3.5 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla3.4 
 10. Mavrogiannis, Nik.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  Trikalla
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Katsares, Trikalla2.8 
 2. Vranjes, Pagrati2.2 
 3. Gikas, Filathlitik.2.2 
 4. Karydas, Koroivos2.1 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos2.1 
 6. Onasoglou, Ermis L.1.8 
 7. Kapiniaris, Ikaroi1.8 
 8. Psileas, Agia P.1.8 
 9. Saloustros, Filath.1.7 
 10. Moschovitis, Nea1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  OFI
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Doychinov, OFI1.3 
 2. Adetokoubo, Filath.1.2 
 3. Sigounas, Arkadikos0.9 
 4. Papachristos, Trik.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Irakleio0.8 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 7. Charismidis, Trika.0.8 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 9. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.0.7 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio0.7 


Panelefsiniakos add Gibson to their roster, ex Antalya - by Eurobasket News

Panelefsiniakos AOK Eleusina (A1) added to their roster 25-year old American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-104kg-88, college: Florida State). He just played at Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 8 games this season he recorded only 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg. The last season Gibson played at Florida State University in Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA. In 36 games last year he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He helped them to win ACC Tournament.
Gibson graduated from Florida State in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Jeanty leaves London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

29-year old former Canadian international guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84) left London Lightning (NBL Canada). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Haitian passport. In 13 NBL Canada games he played this season he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg.
The last season Jeanty played at BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In 31 games last year he had 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements His team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season in 2008. Jeanty received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team award back in 2008. He represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg.
Jeanty has played also professionally in Romania (Gaz Metan), Germany (LTi 46ers and Noerdlingen) and Canada (Ravens).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 17-3 
 2. Leiden 15-4 
 3. M.Magixx 12-7 
 4. Groningen 11-6 
 5. Leeuwarden 10-8 
 6. Den Helder K. 10-9 
 7. Zwolle 9-10 
 8. Weert 6-13 
 9. Amsterdam 2-17 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 10: Den Bosch - Zwolle 90-62
Jan. 12: Weert - Den Bosch 87-92
Jan. 12: Den Helder K. - M.Magixx 82-84
Jan. 12: Leiden - Amsterdam 100-49
Jan. 13: Leeuwarden - Rotterdam
Jan. 13: Zwolle - Groningen


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Orca's Urk 11-1 
 2. De Groene 10-2 
 3. Cangeroes 8-5 
 4. Red Giants 7-5 
 5. De Hoppers 7-5 
 6. Binnenland 6-5 
 7. Almonte 6-6 
 8. MSV/Zeemacht 6-6 
 9. Rotterdam 2 5-7 
 10. Leiden 2 5-7 
 11. BC Apollo 2 4-8 
 12. Almere P. 4-9 
 13. Punch 3-9 
 14. UBALL 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 12: Red Giants - BC Apollo 2 90-72
Jan. 12: De Hoppers - Almere P. 76-77
Jan. 12: Binnenland - Almonte 72-60
Jan. 12: De Groene - Cangeroes 65-49
Jan. 13: MSV/Zeemacht - Orca's Urk
Jan. 13: Rotterdam 2 - Punch
Jan. 13: Leiden 2 - UBALL



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Adriatic League: Buducnost breeze past Szolnoki - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Szolnoki 88:63

Buducnost made it look easy as they drubbed visiting Szolnoki for the 10th win in the Adriatic League season. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 15 points each for the winners.
Buducnost set the tone early. They knocked down 26 points to take a 7-point lead. Buducnost kept Szolnoki at distance throughout the second frame. The Montenegrin team gained a 52:40 halftime advantage. The hosts left Szolnoki far behind in the third quarter. The home side went on a 19:9 rally to ensure a 22-point advantage. Buducnost held Szolnoki to just 14 points in the fourth period and surged to the victory at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) netted 10 points in the winning effort. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) answered with 19 points for Szolnoki. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) netted 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Vladimir Mihailovic 15, Milan Milosevic 15, Aleksa Popovic 10
Szolnoki: Sead Sehovic 19, Ernests Kalve 14



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Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Valur 8-0 
 2. Hamar 6-2 
 3. Hottur 6-3 
 4. Haukar 5-3 
 5. Thor AK 4-3 
 6. FSU 4-4 
 7. Breidablik 4-5 
 8. Reynir S. 2-6 
 9. IA 1-7 
 10. Augnablik 1-8 

Regular Season: Round 9

Jan. 11: Valur - Augnablik 93-74
Jan. 11: Haukar - Hottur 87-67
Jan. 11: IA - Reynir S. 65-69
Jan. 11: Thor AK - Breidablik 104-102
Jan. 11: FSU - Hamar 101-87

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 18: Hamar - Augnablik
Jan. 18: IA - Breidablik
Jan. 18: Thor AK - Hottur
Jan. 18: Haukar - FSU
Jan. 18: Valur - Reynir S.



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Dell Aspac 6-0 
 2. CLS Knights 6-1 
 3. Pelita Jaya 5-1 
 4. Hangtuah 4-2 
 5. Garuda 3-3 
 6. Stadium Jak. 3-4 
 7. Satria Muda 2-3 
 8. Bimasakti 2-3 
 9. Pacific Caesar 2-4 
 10. Satya Wacana 2-5 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-5 
 12. Tonga BSC 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 12: Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya 78-71
Jan. 12: Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana 76-63
Jan. 12: Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau 71-48
Jan. 12: CLS Knights - Tonga BSC 71-42

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 13: NSH GMC Riau - Pacific Caesar
Jan. 13: Garuda - Bimasakti
Jan. 13: Satria Muda - CLS Knights
Jan. 13: Tonga BSC - Dell Aspac


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rachmad UTOMO
  CLS Knights
  (180-SF-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Utomo, CLS Knights16.5 
 2. Prawiro, Dell Aspac15.4 
 3. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.14.8 
 4. Regowo, Dell Aspac14.0 
 5. Ahmad, Satria Muda13.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.0 
 7. Sabara, Pacific13.0 
 8. Efendi, NSH G.12.2 
 9. Sebayang, Pelita J.12.0 
 10. Joni, Hangtuah11.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sabara, Pacific11.3 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.6 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.5 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.9.2 
 5. Nugroho, Satya W.7.9 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 7. Thoyib, Dell Aspac7.0 
 8. Sucipto, NSH G.6.8 
 9. Prasetyo, Hangtuah6.7 
 10. Nolland, Garuda6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Dell A.
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Gerungan, Dell A.4.4 
 2. Sartika, Bimasakti4.4 
 3. Sucipto, Satya W.4.3 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.2 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.4.1 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda3.3 
 7. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.3 
 8. Utomo, CLS Knights3.0 
 9. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.8 
 10. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.2 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.6 
 3. Wijaya, Garuda3.0 
 4. Pranatyo, Garuda2.7 
 5. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.5 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti2.4 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.2.3 
 8. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.3 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.3 
 10. Pratama, Garuda2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Isman THOYIB
  Dell Aspac
  (202-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thoyib, Dell Aspac2.0 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.1.6 
 3. Gendro Maryo., Bim.1.4 
 4. Nasution, Satya W.1.3 
 5. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.1.3 
 7. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.2 
 8. Teguh, Hangtuah1.2 
 9. Sabara, Pacific1.0 
 10. Ruslan, Stadium1.0 


NBL Round 10: Dell Aspac defeats leader Pelita Jaya - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Pelita Jaya (5-1) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Dell Aspac (6-0) 78-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dell Aspac made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Dell Aspac's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) replied with 16 points for Pelita Jaya. Undefeated Dell Aspac have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya dropped to the third place with one game lost. Dell Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Tonga BSC.
The game between third ranked CLS Knights (6-1) and 12th ranked Tonga BSC (1-6) in Surabaya ended with biggest points difference. CLS Knights outscored guests from Jakarta 71-42. Tony Agus (191-86) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Sandy Febiansyakh chipped in 12 points during the contest. At the losing side Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) responded with 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights moved-up to second place. Tonga BSC at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. CLS Knights will play against Satria Muda (#7) in Jakarta in the next round where they are favorite. Tonga BSC will play at home against the league's leader Dell Aspac (#1) in Jakarta to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 10 Satya Wacana was beaten by Stadium Jak. on the road 76-63. Hangtuah destroyed NSH GMC Riau on its own court 71-48.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by Firman Nugroho of Satya Wacana.


Group Jakarta
Dell Aspac - Pelita Jaya 78-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Pelita Jaya (5-1) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Dell Aspac (6-0) 78-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Pelita Jaya. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dell Aspac made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Dell Aspac's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) replied with 16 points and center Fidyan Dini (195-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pelita Jaya. Dell Aspac have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending champion Pelita Jaya dropped to the third place with one game lost. Dell Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Tonga BSC.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 20+1reb+2ast, X.Prawiro 18+2reb+4ast, R.Effendi 12+5reb, I.Thoyib 9+12reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 6+7reb+2ast, W.Jati 5+4reb+3ast
Pelita Jaya: E.Sebayang 16+4reb+3ast, F.Dini 12+5reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 10+4reb+1ast, K.Purwanto 9+6reb+2ast, A.Chandra 8+4reb, F.Damanik 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 229989


Group Jakarta
Stadium Jak. - Satya Wacana 76-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Stadium Jakarta and 10th ranked Satya Wacana had identical 2-4 record. This time Stadium Jakarta used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Salatiga 76-63. It looked good early as Satya Wacana took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Stadium Jakarta had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Satya Wacana was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-76. Stadium Jakarta forced 21 Satya Wacana turnovers. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Fanny Budianto (170-83) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Firman Nugroho (201-90) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Stadium Jakarta (3-4) moved-up to sixth place. Satya Wacana lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 24+2reb+1ast, F.Budianto 14+4reb+1ast, I.Budianto 8+3reb+1ast, D.Iskandar 8+7reb+2ast, A.Sujarwo 6+2reb+2ast, M.Wicaksono 5+2reb+1ast
Satya Wacana: F.Nugroho 13+6reb+3ast, R.Pamungkas 13+5reb+3ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 12+8reb+2ast, Y.Sua 9+2reb+4ast, B.Sucipto 9+2reb+2ast, J.Lolowang 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 229988


Group Jakarta
CLS Knights - Tonga BSC 71-42

The game between third ranked CLS Knights (6-1) and 12th ranked Tonga BSC (1-6) in Surabaya ended with biggest points difference. CLS Knights outscored guests from Jakarta 71-42. CLS Knights outrebounded Tonga BSC 47-29 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tony Agus (191-86) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 12 points during the contest. At the losing side Muhammad Hardian Wicaksono (189-93) responded with 11 points and forward P Susanto (184-90) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights moved-up to second place. Tonga BSC at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. CLS Knights will play against Satria Muda (#7) in Jakarta in the next round where they are favorite. Tonga BSC will play at home against the league's leader Dell Aspac (#1) in Jakarta to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 12+3reb, E.Koswara 9+1reb, W.Saputra 9+3reb+1ast, T.Agus 8+6reb+4ast, R.Utomo 8+2reb+4ast, H.Herman 5+4reb+1ast
Tonga BSC: M.Hardian Wicaksono 11+3reb+1ast, P.Susanto 9+2reb, S.Afriatna 7+1reb, R.Rudini 3+3reb+2ast, H.Herlusdityo 3+6reb+2ast, J.Ingutali 2+1reb
gschID: 229990


Group Jakarta
Hangtuah - NSH GMC Riau 71-48

Very expected game when 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-5) was smashed by fourth ranked Hangtuah (4-2) in Pandang 71-48. Hangtuah forced 20 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. NSH GMC Riau was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Yunus Efendi (186-83) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and center Max Yanto (215-83) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hangtuah have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 4-2 record. NSH GMC Riau at the other side keeps the eleventh place with five games lost. Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 17+11reb+3ast, I.Teguh Teguh 11+2ast, A.Junaidi 10+6reb+3ast, A.Prasetyo 9+8reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 8+6reb+2ast, E.Bukit 4+5reb
NSH GMC Riau: Y.Efendi 16+7reb+1ast, M.Yanto 8+7reb+1ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 5+4reb, J.Sucipto 5+9reb+1ast, I.Husnuzan 4+7reb+5ast, R.Febriyan 3+2reb
gschID: 229987



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G Colman and C Chubrevich are injured for Haifa, Jerusalem recalls Tamir - by David Pick

Maccabi Haifa's 6-foot-3 Danish-Israeli guard Chanan Colman broke his hand yesterday during the team's game preparation finale and is out indefinitely, according to Eurobasket sources.

Per team insiders, Colman and 7-foot Israeli teammate Alexey Chubrevich (broken finger), are scheduled to meet with a hand specialist for further examination early Sunday morning.

Colman had his eyes set on making his season debut tonight against Hapoel Galil/Gilboa following a preseason ankle injury.

Over the weekend, Colman and Maccabi officials have filed to the league's financial administration a re-signed agreement that will keep the 28-year-old Danish international in Haifa for the remainder of the season with an extension option for 2013-14.

Although he's yet to participate in a game this season, Haifa's coaching staff values Colman as a key ingredient to its success. The guard's never-ending work ethic, high basketball IQ and positive locker room influence has given Colman an essential roll in Brad Greenberg's squad.

In related news, Haifa's veteran Israeli point guard Lior Segev (Agency: Gross Zeev ISA) has asked to be release due to lack of playing time, sources informed. Segev was offered a deal by Ironi Nahariya of Israel's second division, but was denied approval by Haifa executives. Segev played just four games for Haifa this season, registering 3.8 points and 2 assists per contest.

Haifa is currently ranked no. 2 with an impressive 8-4 start in Israel's Super League.

Jerusalem recalls Tamir

Hapoel Jerusalem looks to mend its roster after a pair of key player injuries and has decided to call upon 6'10" center Daniel Tamir who averages 5.6 points and 4.2 boards per for Elitzur Ramle of Israel's minor league, league sources told Eurobasket.

Tamir, a 21-year-old Jerusalem native and former product of Hapoel's junior team, played half a season for the city's senior squad during the 2009-2010 season and has bounced around since.

Jerusalem power forward Elishay Kadir (Agency: Avi Zilberman) (knee) will miss roughly a month of action while small forward Uri Kokia (Agency: Avi Zilberman) (knee) is ruled out for remainder of the season.



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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. Jurmala 9-9 
 7. Jelgava 8-9 
 8. LU 8-10 
 9. Liepaja 6-12 
 10. Turiba 5-13 
 11. U18 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 10: Liepaja - Jekabpils 95-93 OT
Jan. 10: Barons kvartals - Jelgava 90-79
Jan. 12: Jurmala - LU 86-67
Jan. 12: U18 - Turiba 73-82

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 16: Valmiera - Liepaja
Jan. 16: LU - Jelgava
Jan. 17: Barons kvartals - Turiba
Jan. 17: Jekabpils - Jurmala
Jan. 18: Ventspils - Valmiera


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. Apsitis, Turiba14.3 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 7. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.13.8 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala13.7 
 10. Berzins, Valmiera13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.9 
 2. Dargais, LU8.4 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.3 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava8.1 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala8.0 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.6.5 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
 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. Silavs, Jelgava3.2 
 7. Miezis, Barons k.3.1 
 8. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.1 
 9. Plavnieks, U183.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.0 
 2. Miezis, Barons k.1.8 
 3. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 4. Peiners, LU1.8 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava1.7 
 6. Sims, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Slesers, Jurmala1.3 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.3 
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 10-6 
 7. Kvele 8-7 
 8. Livani 6-9 
 9. Ogres 6-9 
 10. VEF skola 5-9 
 11. Gulbene 5-10 
 12. Ridzene 4-9 
 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. 12: Gulbene - VeA 76-68
Jan. 11: Livani - VeA 63-86
Jan. 9: DSN - Jelgava/LLU 56-72
Jan. 10: Kvele - Saldus 49-78
Jan. 13: Valmiera BSS - Ridzene


LBL Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Second-best Jekabpils (10-8) fell to ninth ranked Liepaja (6-12) in overtime by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jekabpils. It was a good game for Artis Ate who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Liepaja maintains ninth place with 6-12 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Liepaja will face league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jekabpils will play against Jurmala.

The most impressive performance of 21th round was 20 points and 20 rebounds by Jurijs Aleksejevs of Jekabpils.


U18 - Turiba 73-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Turiba's (5-13) road victory over bottom-ranked U18 (1-10) in Riga 82-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 52-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Martins Vinauds (194-91) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristaps Plavnieks (182-95) answered with 15 points and 7 assists and center Andzejs Pasecniks (211-95) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for U18. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turiba maintains tenth place with 5-13 record. U18 lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Turiba will face league's second-placed Barons kvartals in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Turiba: M.Vinauds 19+6reb, K.Apsitis 17+3reb, M.Rudmiezis 16+7reb+2ast, M.Motivans 13+2reb+2ast, J.Kalnins 5+7reb, V.Veinbergs 5+4reb+1ast
U18: K.Plavnieks 15+1reb+7ast, A.Pasecniks 15+7reb+1ast, R.Avenitis 13+4reb, I.Zvigurs 11+7reb+1ast, D.Geks 6+3reb, R.Paze 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 230955


Jurmala - LU 86-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Jurmala and 6th ranked Latvijas Universitate had identical 8-9 record. This time Jurmala used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Riga 86-67 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Atis Ozols (199-81) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Davis Coders (188-92) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Klavs Strazdins (192-93) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Jurmala (9-9) moved-up to sixth place. Latvijas Universitate at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Jurmala will face higher ranked Jekabpils (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jelgava (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: A.Ozols 21+9reb+1ast, D.Coders 15+3reb+4ast, J.Dilevka 12+5reb+3ast, U.Vilums 12+4reb+2ast, R.Mednis 7+8reb+1ast, K.Brown 7
LU: Z.Peiners 19+5reb+3ast, H.Rubenis 15+2reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 13+8reb+1ast, K.Dargais 7+5reb, R.Zebergs 6+3reb, A.Lusis 5+4reb
gschID: 230954


Liepaja - Jekabpils 95-93 OT

Second-best Jekabpils (10-8) fell to ninth ranked Liepaja (6-12) in overtime by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jekabpils. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Jekabpils won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Jekabpils used huge pressure winning it 28-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-16. Liepaja made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Jekabpils outrebounded Liepaja 48-33 including a 26-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jekabpils were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Artis Ate (191-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Arturs Bricis (196-92) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds and American point guard P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) added 23 points and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Jekabpils. Four Liepaja and five Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Liepaja maintains ninth place with 6-12 record. Newly promoted Jekabpils dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Liepaja will face league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jekabpils will play against Jurmala.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: A.Bricis 21+6reb, A.Ate 20+11reb+3ast, G.Plater 20+2reb+2ast, P.Pastusena 10+6reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 7+3reb, A.Helmanis 7+2reb
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 23+2reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 20+20reb+3ast, M.Hlebowicki 14+7reb, R.Sirsnins 13+7reb+4ast, T.O'Brien 10+4reb+1ast, K.Piternieks 6+1reb
gschID: 230953


Barons kvartals - Jelgava 90-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Barons kvartals' (10-7) home victory over 6th ranked Jelgava (8-9) in Riga 90-79 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Barons kvartals. Jelgava was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jelgava 52-22 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Barons kvartals looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Barons kvartals players scored in double figures. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Jelgava. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barons kvartals have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Jelgava at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Barons kvartals will face Turiba (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jelgava will play against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 27+9reb+4ast, I.Bergmanis 18+5reb+4ast, T.Cain 15+17reb+4ast, S.Metra 13+2reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 7+9reb+2ast, A.Epners 2+3reb
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 19+1reb+4ast, S.Silavs 11+1reb+4ast, E.Krumins 10+6reb, S.Haynes 9+1ast, K.Chamberlain 8+3reb, A.Duselis 7
gschID: 230952



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: KL Dragons upset Saigon Heat away from home - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat - KL Dragons 70:80

KL Dragons recorded the first win in the new ASEAN League season. They toppled Saigon Heat in the opener. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83, college: UCLA) provided 25 points, 14 boards and 5 assists to pace the winners.
KL Dragons stormed into the game. They quickly surged ahead and grabbed a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. KL Dragons accumulated a 40:29 halftime lead. The hosts tried to put up a comeback rally in the third quarter. Saigon Heat fired 24 points and got back within single digits. They trailed by 6 points heading into the fourth frame. But the Malaysian team fired 21 points in the final period and did not allow Saigon Heat to revive the intrigue in this one. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) finished with 14 points, while Batumalai added 11 points for the winning side. David Palmer (206-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) answered with 34 points for the Saigon Heat. Dior Lowhorn (201-F-87, college: USF) chipped in 23 points in the loss.

Saigon Heat: David Palmer 34+18 boards, Dior Lowhorn 23+12 boards
KL Dragons: Cedric Bozeman 25+14 boards, Gavin Edwards 14+13 boards, Batumalai 11



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  MALTA   

Standings

Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 3-1 
 2. Siggiewi 3-2 
 3. Bupa 3-2 
 4. Floriana 2-2 
 5. Depiro 2-2 
 6. Loyola 0-4 



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  MEXICO   


FIBA ASKED TO ENFORCE JUDGMENT AND TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS AGAINST HALCONES XALAPA - by Eurobasket Center

On December 6, the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal of FIBA ruled in arbitration (BAT 0294/12 Brown, Yam v/ Halcones UV Promotora Deportiva A.C.) that Halcones UV Xalapa owes their former player, Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) approximately $70,000 plus interest. On June 30, 2011, the parties entered into a guaranteed contract ("Agreement") for the 2011-2012 season. On September 23, 2011, the parties entered into a termination agreement providing for severance payments to be made to Brown. The agreed upon severance payments were never made. In thedecision by the arbitrator, he states, that "when the Parties entered into the termination agreement, it was expressed in clear terms that they were going their separate ways for agreed severance sums but that if those sums were not paid, the original financial obligations contained in the Agreement would be reinstated." The arbitrator ruled that when Halcones UV Xalapa failed to make the severance payments in the termination agreement, the financial obligations in the Agreement were revived and the arbitrator ruled that Halcones UV Xalapa owes Brown approximately $70,000 plus interest. Halcones UV Xalapa has failed to pay such judgment. Eurobasket has learned that based upon the team's failure to adhere to FIBA's decision, Brown's attorneys are requesting that FIBA enforce the judgment, levy additional fines and sanctions against Halcones UV Xalapa and block the team from signing new players in the future until the judgment is paid. Halcones UV Xalapa is currently in first place in Mexico with a record of 34-4 as they enter the playoffs as the #1 seed.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Sutjeska inks Lalic, ex Vrsac - by Darko Pekic

Basketball club Sutjeska keeps bringing Niksic born players. The latest addition was Nikola Lalic (187-PG-89), a young guard who played in Serbia (Vrsac) this season. He averaged 2.0 ppg in 6 games. Lalic has played previously in Ibon, Lovcen, Buducnost, Sutjeska and Hercegovac. He was a member of Montenegro U20 National Team in 2009.

The club from Niksic is also negotiating with Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82), their former player who has signed a contract recently in Kosovo. If they reach an agreement Sutjeska will be even more competitive in the second part of the season.



Ibar added another American - by Darko Pekic

Ibar from Rozaje signed tonight their second American player for this season. His name is John Clark (205-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and he arrived to Rozaje today. Clark plays as 4-5 and is expected to bring athleticism and scoring options to the team coached by Rejhan Palamura (agency: BBEH Cokrlija ).He played two season ago in German and Spanish lower leagues and this season he signed in December a contract with KB RTV 21, a club from Kosovo (SuperLeague) but he did not stay there long.

Ibar has a positive experience with American players because their team leader and best scorer in Erste Basketball League is Texas native and Eurobasket.com blogger, Brandon Roberson (180-PG, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Missouri Baptist).



Two Montenegrins in Feni Kavadarci - by Darko Pekic

Former coach of Lovcen, Buducnost, Atlas and junior National Team of Montenegro, Miodrag Kadija will be the new head coach of ambitious club from Kavadarci, Feni Industry. Kadija and the management of Macedonian First Division club ageed terms and he will coach the former Balkan League winner in the second part of season. Kadija is known as a coach for long term projects and the owners of Feni recognized this fact and offered him a deal.

Kadija also brought with him Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza), a familar name to basketball fans in Macedonia as he already won a title with MZT Skopje last season. Vucurovic and Kadija worked together in Lovcen over a decade ago and the experienced Montenegrin coach knows his qualities well. He spent the first part of this season in Ulcinj and averaged 20.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg.



Teodo agreed terms with Damjan Kandic - by Darko Pekic

Basketball club Teodo, member of EBL and Balkan league, announced today the signing of Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) for the second part of 2012/2013 season. Kandic is an experienced big man who started his career in Buducnost Podgorica and is known as a good shooter from the 3 point line. He spent last season in Hungary and averaged 16.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, and 1.5spg. Kandic started this season in Romania but had a financial dispute with CS Municipal Bucuresti and left the team in December.

It's still uncertain what will happen with Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket), Teodo's best player, who got offers to play abroad but the management want to keep him until the end of season. Teodo will continue its season in Balkan League on Tuesday against OKK Beograd.



Adriatic League: Buducnost breeze past Szolnoki - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Szolnoki 88:63

Buducnost made it look easy as they drubbed visiting Szolnoki for the 10th win in the Adriatic League season. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 15 points each for the winners.
Buducnost set the tone early. They knocked down 26 points to take a 7-point lead. Buducnost kept Szolnoki at distance throughout the second frame. The Montenegrin team gained a 52:40 halftime advantage. The hosts left Szolnoki far behind in the third quarter. The home side went on a 19:9 rally to ensure a 22-point advantage. Buducnost held Szolnoki to just 14 points in the fourth period and surged to the victory at the end. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) netted 10 points in the winning effort. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) answered with 19 points for Szolnoki. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) netted 14 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Vladimir Mihailovic 15, Milan Milosevic 15, Aleksa Popovic 10
Szolnoki: Sead Sehovic 19, Ernests Kalve 14



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 23-13 
 2. Brooklyn N. 21-15 
 3. Boston C. 19-17 
 4. Philadelph.76 16-22 
 5. Toronto R. 14-22 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 23-14 
 2. Chicago B. 20-15 
 3. Milwaukee B. 18-17 
 4. Detroit P. 14-24 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-29 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 24-11 
 2. Atlanta H. 21-15 
 3. Orlando M. 13-23 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-27 
 5. Washington W. 6-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 28-8 
 2. Denver N. 22-16 
 3. Portland TB 20-16 
 4. Utah Jazz 20-19 
 5. Minnesota T. 16-17 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 28-9 
 2. Golden St.W. 23-12 
 3. LA Lakers 15-21 
 4. Sacramento K. 13-24 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-26 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 28-11 
 2. Memphis G. 24-11 
 3. Houston R. 21-17 
 4. Dallas M. 15-23 
 5. N.Orleans H. 11-25 

Regular Season: Round 73

Jan. 12: Sacramento K. - Miami Heat 99-128
Jan. 12: Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 96-88
Jan. 12: Washington W. - Atlanta H. 93-83
Jan. 12: Detroit P. - Utah Jazz 87-90
Jan. 12: Chicago B. - Phoenix Suns 81-97
Jan. 12: Philadelph.76 - Houston R. 107-100
Jan. 12: Dallas M. - Memphis G. 104-83
Jan. 12: LA Clippers - Orlando M. 101-104

Regular Season: Round 74

Jan. 13: New York K. - N.Orleans H.
Jan. 13: Toronto R. - Milwaukee B.
Jan. 13: Brooklyn N. - Indiana P.
Jan. 13: San Antonio S. - Minnesota T.
Jan. 13: Denver N. - Golden St.W.
Jan. 13: Portland TB - Oklah.City T.
Jan. 13: LA Lakers - Cleveland C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 30
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.0 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.3 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 4. Harden, Houston R.26.5 
 5. James, Miami Heat25.9 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.6 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..21.9 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat20.4 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.20.2 
 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.11.7 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.1 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.0 
 7. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.8 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.8 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.2 
 4. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 6. Calderon, Toron.7.8 
 7. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 8. Parker, San A.7.1 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.1 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 4. Lin, Houston R.2.1 
 5. Jennings, Milwauke.2.1 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.9 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.9 
 8. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 9. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.6 
 4. Duncan, San A.2.6 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.2.0 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 


Recap of eight games on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

Sacramento K. - Miami Heat 99-128
The Miami Heat released all of their frustrations Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena during a 128-99 victory over the hapless Sacramento Kings. The Heat (24-11) entered the game having lost two in a row and quickly showed it did not plan on losing three straight for the first time this season. Three minutes into the contest, the Heat held a 14-2 advantage. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Heat to one of its easiest wins of the season. Chalmers made 10 of 13 3-pointers as the Kings were incapable of covering the penetrations and perimeter shooting on the same possession. Chalmers scored 13 points in the first quarter to help the Heat get off to its quick start. Six members of the Heat scored in double-figures, including LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), who scored 20 points, had five rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Miami never was pushed at either end of the floor during one of the Kings' worst performances of the season. Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored a career-high 34 points and made six of eight 3-pointers. The play of the game came on a reverse alley-oop dunk by James off a pass from Dwayne Wade. Miami's dominance showed statistically in its 35 assist-to-10 turnover ratio. The Kings have lost by more than 20 points in two of their past three home games. Courtesy of: yardbarker.com

Dallas M. - Memphis G. 104-83
Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 104-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. All five starters scored in double figures for Dallas, with Chris Kaman scoring eight straight points in the third quarter and finishing with 14. O.J. Mayo had 11 and Darren Collison 10. The Grizzlies were ragged a night after a big overtime win against Southwest Division-leading San Antonio. Memphis shot 38 percent and Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) was the only starter in double figures. He led the Grizzlies with 12. Nowitzki had another solid night after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said earlier he wasn't trading his star forward despite the team's struggles. Dallas hadn't won consecutive games since winning three straight from Dec. 6-10. Marion had 12 points in the first half and Nowitzki added 11 while the Mavericks built a 15-point lead behind 53-percent shooting, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Marion was 2 of 2 from long distance. Marion and Nowitzki combined to make 14 of 21 shots. Darren Collison put the Mavericks ahead for good with a first-quarter layup that started a 17-4 run for a 30-18 lead with 9:40 left in the second quarter. The Mavericks, who have lost eight games by 20 points and fell 10 games under .500 for the first time in 13 years, led by double digits the rest of the game and had their first 30-point lead of the season. Nowitzki's second 3-pointer early in the second half was followed by Kaman's streak of eight straight points, capped by a reverse layup that put Dallas ahead 65-45 with 8:12 left in the third. Elton Brand hit the bucket that put Dallas up 30 late in the third and finished with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Grizzlies came in with the second-best scoring defense in the league at 89 points per game, and the Mavericks surpassed that with the first basket of the fourth quarter. With Dallas leading by 26 to start the fourth quarter, Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were all on the bench in another bad loss in Texas for the Grizzlies. Memphis was beaten by 25 at Houston last month. Randolph, who entered the game leading the NBA with 24 double-doubles, had just six points and four rebounds. Courtesy of: sunherald.com

Chicago B. - Phoenix Suns 81-97
Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) scored 22 points to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Chicago Bulls 97-81 Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) added 20 points for Phoenix, which had lost 12 straight on the road and got its first win away from home since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27. The Suns got the 2,000th win in franchise history, accomplishing the feat in their 3,599th game to become the fourth-fastest team to the reach the milestone. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakin Noah added 10 points and 13 boards for Chicago, which continued its inconsistent play at home with its fourth loss in the last six. The Bulls lost for just the second time in 13 games when both Boozer and Noah recorded double-doubles. Phoenix shot almost 50 percent from the floor to make up for losing the turnover matchup and getting doubled up on the offensive boards. The Suns had shot under 40 percent three of the last four games and were held under 80 points the last two. Chicago was whistled for four technical fouls, capped by coach Tom Thibodeau's penalty with 3:57 left in the fourth. Nate Robinson was issued one minutes earlier, and Boozer and Luol Deng were each given technicals in the third. The Bulls earned high-profile road wins over the New York Knicks and Miami Heat in the last eight days, but have struggled against lesser teams at the United Center. Chicago was outhustled on Dec. 31st by a Charlotte team that had lost 18 in a row, then on Wednesday by the Milwaukee Bucks, who had lost four of five and recently changed head coaches. Boozer was held without a field goal for the first 22 minutes, and Chicago missed all four of its 3-point attempts in the first half. The Bulls shot 36.4 percent from the floor and 18.2 percent from range, matching a season-low by hitting just two 3s. Phoenix scored just 26 points in the second half Friday night against Brooklyn, the second-worst half in franchise history. The Suns looked like a completely different team against one of the NBA's better defenses. Scola led Phoenix with 10 first-quarter points, then Beasley had 14 in the second, shooting 7 for 8, as the Suns led 49-42 at the break. Beasley's 20 points marked his best output since scoring 21 against the Clippers on Dec. 8. Courtesy of: orovillemr.com

Detroit P. - Utah Jazz 87-90
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 90-87 on Saturday night. Detroit's Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left. Jefferson helped the Jazz outscore Detroit 25-11 in the third, powering them to their first lead after trailing by as many as 15 points. Utah also put together a 17-3 run after Austin Daye's 3-pointer with 8:38 left gave the Pistons the lead for the last time. There was one comeback left, and it came up just short. Detroit outscored the Jazz 12-1 and had a shot to send the game into overtime, but Knight was very short on a contested shot just before the buzzer. Knight and Pistons coaches lobbied for a foul, but didn't get what they wanted. The Jazz (20-19) avoided falling under .500 and into a last-place tie with Minnesota in the Northwest Division. Detroit had won seven of their last nine games. Knight had 16 points and Greg Monroe scored 12 for the Pistons, who got a late lift from reserve Will Bynum, who scored 13 points. Utah's Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) and Randy Foye each scored 17 and reserve Alec Burks had 12 points. The Pistons got off to a fast start, leading 11-2 early in the game and 26-13 after the first quarter. Knight and Monroe combined for 18 points in the opening period, but the Jazz prevented them from having much success on offense the rest of the game. Detroit had a 15-point lead in the second quarter and was ahead 50-39 at halftime. The Jazz blew a 15-point lead in their last game, losing 103-95 at Atlanta. They proved for a second straight night that such a cushion isn't comfortable in the NBA. Utah guard Randy Foye capped a 15-2 run with a tying 3-pointer with 4:01 left in the third quarter. Jefferson's jumper a couple minutes later gave the Jazz their first lead of the game, and they went into the fourth quarter ahead 64-61. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Philadelph.76 - Houston R. 107-100
If a team wins its first game in 11 days, but everyone was watching football when it happened, did it really count? The answer, of course, is yes: While most of America was flipping back-and-forth between two thrilling NFL playoff games, the Philadelphia 76ers (16-22) did indeed break their five-game losing streak with a 107-100 victory over the Houston Rockets (21-17). The Sixers' offense was a little out of sync early on, and the Rockets grabbed a 20-9 lead less than seven minutes into the game. Thanks to a few drives to the basket that resulted in easy shots and corner 3s, the Sixers went on an 18-2 run and finished the first quarter with a 29-25 lead. Evan Turner was held scoreless for the first 12 minutes, but he scored all of his 12 points in the second period as the Sixers went into intermission with a 58-50 lead (and just two turnovers). The 58 points were the most that Philadelphia had scored in the first half in any game all season. Houston actually played fairly well early on: The Rockets are fantastic at moving without the ball, and their insistence on attacking the basket in the first two quarters kept them in the game. The Sixers would enjoy a double-digit lead early in the third period and again in the fourth, but a 17-7 run by Houston narrowed the score to 96-93 with 6:11 in the game. Inexplicably, the Rockets started to panic at that point: Their next eight shots from the field were three-pointers (all of which were missed, by the way), and the 76ers were able to put the game away in the closing minutes. What did we learn tonight? Well, it's clear that Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) (30 points, nine assists, six rebounds) belongs in the All-Star Game. Houston point guards Jeremy Lin (seven points, 2-for-13 shooting) and Toney Douglas (1-for-6 shooting, two points) were completely outclassed on both ends of the floor. And as kpow316 pointed out in the postgame reaction thread, players today who are named Holiday/Holliday and wear No. 11 had pretty decent games. Only Jrue picked up a win, however. We learned that James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) is going to do James Harden things (29 points, nine rebounds, six assists), and there isn't much that you can do to stop him. The Rockets' star has now scored 20 points or more in each of his team's last 20 games. We also found out that Doug Collins is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get a win. Knowing that he needed competent wing defenders to match up against the Rockets' backcourt, Collins gave Damien Wilkins, Dorell Wright and Royal Ivey all of the reserve minutes at the two guard spots tonight. Nick Young and Maalik Wayns got as much time as everyone reading this recap. The debut of Swaggy P's new hairstyle will have to wait. Finally, we learned that when the Sixers don't settle for jump shots, good things happen (although many of us already realized this). Courtesy of: libertyballers.com

Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 96-88
Playing without their top offensive player, Indiana seemed assured of a low-scoring game against the Charlotte Bobcats. It appeared more certain when the Pacers missed their first 10 shots. However, George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin had a season high-tying 18 and Indiana rallied to beat the Bobcats 96-88 Saturday night for its fourth straight win. Lance Stephenson added 17 points and David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for his first triple-double. "That was a really good win," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "A lot of guys stepped up, in particular David West with a triple-double." The Central Division-leading Pacers, missing leading scorer Paul George (illness), won for the sixth time in seven games. The Pacers, the NBA's second-lowest scoring offense coming in, struggled at the start as the Bobcats jumped out to a 10-1 lead with Gerald Henderson knocking down a pair of midrange jumpers. "We struggled to score early, but give them credit, they're a competitive team," Vogel said. "They were doubling David every time he touched the ball, so we knew that would open up some 3s." Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bobcats, and Kemba Walker had 16 on 5-for-9 shooting. Hakim Warrick added 13 points and seven rebounds while Henderson had 12 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Gordon also got off to a good start, scoring nine points on 3-for-3 shooting and two free throws in the first quarter. Charlotte shot 52 percent from the field in the opening period. Stephenson also had nine points in the first quarter for Indiana, shooting 4 for 5, to pull the Pacers to 24-23 after 12 minutes. The Pacers shot 33 percent from the field in the first half, but had six 3-pointers while trailing 45-43 at halftime. Gerald Green hit two 3s, including one in transition, Orlando Johnson knocked one down from the right wing, and Augustin - shooting 28.8 percent from behind the arc coming in - made two. Six of the Pacers' seven second-quarter field goals came from 3-point range. "We just did our best to fill in with Paul George out," West said. Warrick's 17-footer with 5.8 seconds left gave Charlotte the two-point edge at the break. Bismack Biyomobo and Warrick led the way for the Broncos early in the third as they pushed the lead to 56-51. Indiana, however, answered with a 13-2 run to go up 64-56, and the Pacers didn't trail again. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocked down a short jumper to pull the Bobcats within three points when the Pacers went on a 11-3 run that included a one-handed power dunk from Stephenson and a 3 in the corner from Hill. Stephenson put the crowd on their feet for a final ovation with a fast-break dunk in the final seconds. "I was pleased, in particular, with our defense in the first half," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "We played them pretty evenly on the boards. But the disparity in the offensive rebounds was the difference in the game." The Pacers have relied on the league's best defense as the offense finds its way. The Bobcats became the sixth opponent in seven games Indiana held to fewer than 90 points. "They were able to hit a lot of tough shots," Gordon said. "We played them down to the stretch and they were making some tough baskets, and we weren't able to get the stops we needed in the crunch." Courtesy of: beaumontenterprise.com

Washington W. - Atlanta H. 93-83
In the fourth quarter, when he had shook off the nerves and rust and finally found his legs, John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) starting yelling: "I'm back." "That's what I was saying the whole time," Wall said. "To anybody. I was just happy to be playing basketball. To whoever was in my way, that's what I was saying." Wall made his season debut Saturday night, giving his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in 21 minutes, highlighted by a left-handed behind-the-back assist when the Washington Wizards were putting the game away in the final minutes. Saturday night's 93-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks gave the worst-in-NBA Wizards their first winning streak of the season, and a psychological high point now that their franchise player is healthy again. "Still the same year," Wizards guard A.J. Price said. "But definitely new life." Trying not to get carried away in his return from a knee injury, Wall went 5 for 11 from the field and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line, saluting the crowd as they gave him a standing ovation when he entered with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter, and again when he fed rookie Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) for a fast-break dunk, and one more time at the final whistle. "I was just nervous to see how I would feel. ... My homeboys-slash-brothers were joking, happy the whole day," Wall said. "I'm just trying to stay calm and take a nap." Although his playing time will be limited while he gets himself in full playing shape, Wall appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back. It was his first time teaming with No. 3 overall draft pick Beal, and they gave the fans a taste of the speedy backcourt they had waited so long to see. "The game is different now," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. Beal and Price finished with 16 points apiece, and Martell Webster added 15 for the Wizards, who are 6-28 but have strung together two wins in a row following their upset of Oklahoma City on Monday. Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest) scored 19 points, Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith added 11 points for the Hawks, who trailed the entire second half and have lost five of six. Atlanta had won 18 of its previous 19 against Washington, including six in a row. The Hawks were let down by their defense and took too many 3-point shots (24), but Wall was a difference as well. "He's gonna give them a different dynamic," Hawks guard Lou Williams said. "Tonight, I think he played well enough to get them over the hump." The lowlight for the Hawks came when Ivan Johnson missed a wide-open layup by throwing the ball completely over the basket and catching it on the other side, thus committing a traveling violation. The basket would have cut the Wizards' lead to four with about 9 minutes to play. "We had opportunities, and just some plays went wrong," Teague said. "We had some turnovers." Wall was expected to miss about two months when he was diagnosed with a stress injury to his left kneecap in late September. He began increasing his basketball activity last month, but it wasn't until Wednesday that he had his first full-throttle practice with the team. After three consecutive days of pain-free workouts, Wall was given medical clearance Friday to suit up. He hit the floor a couple of times Saturday trying to take a charge, but bounced up with no apparent issues with his knee. Even with Wall's return, the Wizards are far from healthy. Jordan Crawford (sore left ankle) and Cartier Martin (hyperextended left knee) remain sidelined, and four other players are having their playing time monitored. Trevor Booker returned Saturday after missing 24 games with a strained right knee. Price and Trevor Ariza returned from long injury layoffs in Monday's win over the Thunder, and Nene is nursing tendinitis in his right knee. And, by the way, Wittman told his players that, in his opinion, they don't really have a winning streak yet. "They say a winning streak is three, so we've got to get this third one," he said. Courtesy of: newsok.com

LA Clippers - Orlando M. 101-104
J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) drilled the go-ahead three-pointer with 42.1 seconds to play, helping lift the Orlando Magic to a 104-101 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, which entered the game with the league's best record. The bucket from Redick broke a 99-all tie and helped Orlando end its 10-game losing streak. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) answered with a pull-up jumper in the lane on L.A.'s next possession. After a Magic miss, the Clippers got out in transition, and Redick stepped in to take a charge from L.A. guard Jamal Crawford. The turnover gave Orlando possession with a one-point lead and 12.9 seconds to go. The Clippers, rather than fouling intentionally on the inbounds play, tried to force a turnover. A double-teamed Redick dished to Josh McRoberts on the left wing, who then found Nikola Vucevic under the rim for an uncontested jam. McRoberts contested Jamal Crawford's deep three-point try at the buzzer. The initial pass went to Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) in the post, but Griffin dribbled out and handed the ball off to Crawford rather than look for his own shot. Griffin scored 14 of his game-high-tying 30 points in the third quarter, going 7-of-8 from the floor. No defense the Magic used on Griffin worked, and his third-quarter hot streak was such that the Clippers would simply give him the ball and clear the strong side of the floor for him. Griffin served primarily as a finisher in the first half, but worked to create his own offense, with his back to the basket or with a live dribble, in the third quarter. He finished with eight rebounds and seven assists, while Paul had 10 points, 16 assists, and four steals. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half, making his first four shots of the third quarter for 12 points. A four-point play by Afflalo brought Orlando within two with 4:11 to go. On the Magic's next possession, Redick found Vucevic for a long two-point jumper to tie the score. Vucevic's shot bounced off the lip of the rim, up to the backboard, back down onto the rim, and then in. One of L.A.'s strengths is its bench, but on Saturday it was the likes of Orlando guards Redick and Ish Smith making a difference. The Magic's second unit soundly outplayed the Clippers', particularly in the second quarter. Smith had an emphatic fast-break jam, a long two-pointer off the dribble, and a three-pointer in the period. His triple tied the score at 42 with 5:55 to go in the half. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro called timeout and responded by inserting Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, his two All-Stars. That pair, in turn, keyed a 13-0 L.A. run over the next three minutes, accounting for all of the Clippers' points in that span via either score or assist. The Magic did not fold when they went down 13 points to the league's best team, however. A three-pointer by Redick got the Magic to within eight points at halftime. Courtesy of: orlandopinstripedpost.com



Bucks assign Lamb to D-League - by Eurobasket News

Rookie guard Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on Saturday. Coach Jim Boylan confirmed the move after the Bucks practice session at the Cousins Center. Lamb practiced with the team but was scheduled to report to Fort Wayne on Sunday. Lamb will practice with the team and play in road games against Los Angeles on Wednesday and Bakersfield on Friday. "It's an opportunity for him to play a bit," Boylan said. "Practice is practice and working out is working out, but there's nothing like playing in a game. This is not a punishment by any means. "This is to make him better and develop him. He shows great potential. We're excited about his future. At the same time, there's really nowhere for him to play right now. A lot of teams are using this open enrollment for the D-League teams where you can send a guy down and bring him right back. "There was a time you could only do it a couple times a year. Now it's unlimited. So everybody's taking advantage of it." Lamb was the 42nd overall pick in last June's draft after spending two years at Kentucky. "I'm going to go out there and get a lot of playing time and show them I'm ready to come back," Lamb said. "Just work hard." Fort Wayne is the D-League affiliate of the Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats. Lamb has appeared in 23 games this season and averaged 3.4 points and 12.2 minutes. He saw some backup time in the backcourt when Beno Udrih was injured. But Udrih has returned from a sprained right ankle and scored 15 points against Detroit on Friday. "He's coming along nicely," Boylan said of Udrih. "Having him on the bench, he changes the rhythm of the game a little bit. You need that from your bench guys. "He's done a great job for us all year." The Bucks leave town later Saturday to start a four-game, seven-day trip. They open against Toronto in a matinee game at noon (Milwaukee time) Sunday. Boylan said Monta Ellis was able to take part in the Bucks' light practice session Saturday. Ellis twisted his left ankle against Chicago on Wednesday but had 13 points and five assists in the Bucks' 103-87 loss to Detroit on Friday. "He was fine," Boylan said. "He looked good and moved around well."
Courtesy of: jsonline.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 20-2 
 2. Summerside S. 13-9 
 3. Oshawa P. 12-10 
 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 21

Jan. 12: London L. - Oshawa P. 115-109
Jan. 13: Montreal J. - Summerside S.
Jan. 13: London L. - Windsor Exp.


Jeanty leaves London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

29-year old former Canadian international guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84) left London Lightning (NBL Canada). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Haitian passport. In 13 NBL Canada games he played this season he averaged 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg.
The last season Jeanty played at BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In 31 games last year he had 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg.
Among other achievements His team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season in 2008. Jeanty received also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team award back in 2008. He represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg.
Jeanty has played also professionally in Romania (Gaz Metan), Germany (LTi 46ers and Noerdlingen) and Canada (Ravens).

By Eurobasket Data Center



London Lightning inks Antwi Atuahene - by Eurobasket News

London Lightning (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 29-year old naturalized Ghanian guard Antwi Atuahene (191-84, college: Arizona State). He played last season at Oshawa Power (NBL Canada). Atuahene also played at Beltway in APBL that season. He was voted Arizona State University New Comer of the Year back in 2005 at his college time.
Atuahene has played also professionally in Mexico (Leones Regios de Monterrey).
He attended Arizona State until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NCAA1   

Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 63

Jan. 12: UTPA - Fisher 95-49
Jan. 12: Belmont - Tenn-Martin 90-53
Jan. 12: E.Carolina - Cent.Florida 88-85 OT
Jan. 12: Indiana - Minnesota 88-81
Jan. 12: UALR - FIU 88-76
Jan. 12: Cent.Arkansas - Northwestern St. 88-100
Jan. 12: New Orleans - Champion Baptist 87-50
Jan. 12: S.Dakota - UMKC 86-90
Jan. 12: N.Dakota - Montana St. 86-73
Jan. 12: LIU Brooklyn - Mt.St.Mary's 86-72
Jan. 12: Charleston - Chattanooga 86-59
Jan. 12: E.Tenn.St. - Florida Gulf Coast 85-75
Jan. 12: N.Carolina St. - Duke 84-76
Jan. 12: Texas Southern - Jackson St. 84-57
Jan. 12: N.Iowa - Bradley 84-53
Jan. 12: Southern - Ark.-Pine Bluff 84-50
Jan. 12: Georgia St. - Delaware 83-86
Jan. 12: NJIT - Chicago St. 83-78 3OT
Jan. 12: Utah Valley - Houston Baptist 83-62
Jan. 12: Boston U. - Binghamton 83-59
Jan. 12: S.Dakota St. - IPFW 83-57
Jan. 12: NC-Wilmington - George Mason 82-74
Jan. 12: Iowa St. - Texas 82-62
Jan. 12: N.Florida - Kennesaw St. 81-72
Jan. 12: Tennessee St. - SE Missouri St. 81-69
Jan. 12: Appalachian St. - Elon 80-70
Jan. 12: Portland St. - N.Arizona 79-74
Jan. 12: San Diego St. - Colorado St. 79-72 OT
Jan. 12: Fair Dickinson - St.Francis, PA 79-69 OT
Jan. 12: Cal-Irvine - CS Northridge 79-69
Jan. 12: NC-Asheville - Radford 79-61
Jan. 12: Lehigh - Holy Cross 79-47
Jan. 12: St.Mary's, CA - USF 78-72
Jan. 12: N.Colorado - Montana 77-85
Jan. 12: Illinois St. - Drake 77-82
Jan. 12: Oklahoma - Oklahoma St. 77-68
Jan. 12: Pacific - Cal Poly - SLO 77-55
Jan. 12: Toledo - Cent.Michigan 76-72 OT
Jan. 12: Long Beach St. - Hawaii 76-72
Jan. 12: UNLV - Air Force 76-71 OT
Jan. 12: S.Illinois - Indiana St. 76-71
Jan. 12: Albany - Maine 76-63
Jan. 12: Morgan St. - S.Carolina St. 76-60
Jan. 12: Bucknell - Army 76-55
Jan. 12: Colorado - UCLA 75-78
Jan. 12: Wake Forest - Boston Coll. 75-72
Jan. 12: Texas St. - Texas Arlington 74-91
Jan. 12: Nebraska-Omaha - W.Illinois 74-89
Jan. 12: Quinnipiac - Sacred Heart 74-80
Jan. 12: UTEP - Marshall 74-63
Jan. 12: Cleveland St. - Detroit Mercy 74-62
Jan. 12: Wisconsin - Illinois 74-51
Jan. 12: Furman - Davidson 73-81
Jan. 12: Dayton - Butler 73-79
Jan. 12: N.Dakota St. - Oakland 73-65
Jan. 12: Stony Brook - Hartford 73-59
Jan. 12: S.Mississippi - Houston 73-54
Jan. 12: Florida St. - N.Carolina 72-77
Jan. 12: Alcorn St. - Miss.Valley St. 72-67
Jan. 12: Syracuse - Villanova 72-61
Jan. 12: Beth.-Cookman - N.Carolina A&T 72-60
Jan. 12: VMI - Winthrop 72-54
Jan. 12: N.Mexico - Fresno St. 72-45
Jan. 12: Kentucky - Texas A&M 71-83
Jan. 12: S.Carolina - Auburn 71-74
Jan. 12: UTSA - Louisiana Tech 71-73
Jan. 12: CS Fullerton - Cal-Riverside 71-69
Jan. 12: La Salle - Richmond 71-59
Jan. 12: Xavier - G.Washington 71-56
Jan. 12: Wofford - Georgia South 71-53
Jan. 12: Brown - Daniel Webster 71-34
Jan. 12: Oregon St. - Arizona 70-80
Jan. 12: Idaho - N.Mexico St. 70-71
Jan. 12: SE Louisiana - Nicholls St. 70-65
Jan. 12: High Point - Gardner-Webb 70-64
Jan. 12: Hofstra - William & Mary 70-59
Jan. 12: Austin Peay St. - Murray St. 68-71
Jan. 12: Alabama - Tennessee 68-65
Jan. 12: Vermont - UMBC 68-53
Jan. 12: Pittsburgh - Marquette 67-74 OT
Jan. 12: California - Washington St. 67-54
Jan. 12: Duquesne - St.Joseph's 66-74
Jan. 12: N.Texas - S.Alabama 66-56
Jan. 12: Dartmouth - Harvard 65-75
Jan. 12: St.Bonaventure - VCU 65-72
Jan. 12: Georgia Tech - Virginia Tech 65-70 OT
Jan. 12: Citadel - Samford 65-69
Jan. 12: Princeton - Pennsylvania 65-53
Jan. 12: Santa Clara - BYU 64-82
Jan. 12: Loyola Mary - Portland 64-68
Jan. 12: USC Upstate - Stetson 64-66
Jan. 12: W.Virginia - Kansas St. 64-65
Jan. 12: Alabama A&M - Alabama St. 64-57
Jan. 12: Liberty - Co.Carolina 64-56
Jan. 12: Temple - St.Louis 64-54
Jan. 12: Tulsa - Rice 64-51
Jan. 12: Mississippi - Missouri 64-49
Jan. 12: Lafayette - Navy 64-47
Jan. 12: Louisville - S.Florida 64-38
Jan. 12: Colgate - American 63-72
Jan. 12: Florida A&M - N.C.Central 62-85
Jan. 12: Longwood - Charleston So. 62-75
Jan. 12: Cent.Conn.St. - Bryant 62-69
Jan. 12: W.Kentucky - Florida Atlantic 62-65
Jan. 12: W.Carolina - NC-Greensboro 62-59
Jan. 12: Georgia - Mississippi St. 61-72
Jan. 12: La-Lafayette - Arkansas St. 61-56
Jan. 12: Stanford - Washington 60-65
Jan. 12: Prairie View A&M - Grambling St. 60-44
Jan. 12: Utah - USC 59-76
Jan. 12: Towson - Northeastern 59-70
Jan. 12: Cal-Davis - UCSB 59-66
Jan. 12: W.Michigan - Ohio 59-61
Jan. 12: SMU - Tulane 59-53
Jan. 12: E.Kentucky - Morehead St. 59-52
Jan. 12: Clemson - Virginia 59-44
Jan. 12: Rutgers - Cincinnati 58-68
Jan. 12: Notre Dame - Connecticut 58-65
Jan. 12: Md-E Shore - Norfolk St. 58-63
Jan. 12: SIU Edwardsville - Tenn Tech 58-54
Jan. 12: McNeese St. - Sam Houston St. 57-72
Jan. 12: La-Monroe - Middle Tenn.St. 57-66
Jan. 12: Buffalo - Miami, OH 57-58
Jan. 12: Lamar - Texas A&M-CC 56-62
Jan. 12: Arkansas - Vanderbilt 56-33
Jan. 12: Monmouth - Robert Morris 55-70
Jan. 12: E.Illinois - Jacksonville St. 55-61
Jan. 12: UAB - Memphis 53-69
Jan. 12: N.Illinois - Akron 53-68
Jan. 12: E.Washington - Sacramento St. 53-60
Jan. 12: S.Utah - Idaho St. 53-54
Jan. 12: Green Bay - Ill.-Chicago 53-47
Jan. 12: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Valparaiso 52-76
Jan. 12: LSU - Florida 52-74
Jan. 12: Wagner - St.Francis, NY 52-71
Jan. 12: St.John's - Georgetown 51-67
Jan. 12: Seattle - Denver 51-64
Jan. 12: JMU - Drexel 51-43
Jan. 12: Baylor - TCU 51-40
Jan. 12: Pepperdine - San Diego 50-62
Jan. 12: ORU - SF Austin 50-61
Jan. 12: Rhode Island - Charlotte 50-58
Jan. 12: Howard - Hampton 49-51
Jan. 12: Jacksonville - Mercer 49-47
Jan. 12: Nevada - Wyoming 48-59
Jan. 12: Coppin St. - Savannah St. 48-56
Jan. 12: Ball St. - Kent St. 47-61
Jan. 12: Presbyterian - Campbell 46-62
Jan. 12: Texas Tech - Kansas 46-60
Jan. 12: Bowling Green - E.Michigan 46-44
Jan. 12: Yale - Oberlin 104-39
Jan. 12: Cornell - Old Westbury 103-84

Regular Season: Round 64

Jan. 13: Ohio St. - Michigan
Jan. 13: Seton Hall - Providence
Jan. 13: Michigan St. - Nebraska
Jan. 13: Purdue - Penn St.
Jan. 13: Fairfield - Niagara
Jan. 13: Siena - St.Peter's
Jan. 13: Manhattan - Marist
Jan. 13: Iona - Canisius
Jan. 13: Rider - Loyola, MD
Jan. 13: Fordham - Massachusetts
Jan. 13: Evansville - Wichita St.
Jan. 13: Northwestern - Iowa
Jan. 13: Miami, FL - Maryland
Jan. 13: Oregon - Arizona St.


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Warren NILES
  ORU
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Niles, ORU19.7 
 2. Hunter, Nicholls S.16.8 
 3. Crawford, Cent.Ark.15.8 
 4. Smith, SF Austin15.3 
 5. Garner, Cent.Ark.15.3 
 6. Bell-Holter, ORU14.7 
 7. Hicks, Northwes.14.5 
 8. Nelson, Texas A.14.0 
 9. Fortenberry, SE Lo.13.4 
 10. Davis, Northwes.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damen BELL-HOLTER
  ORU
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bell-Holter, ORU9.6 
 2. Smith, SF Austin8.7 
 3. Johnson, SE Louis.8.2 
 4. Guidry, McNeese8.1 
 5. Hunter, Nicholls S.7.8 
 6. Nelson, Texas A.7.2 
 7. Garner, Cent.Ark.6.9 
 8. Hicks, Northwes.6.9 
 9. Hulbin, Northw.6.5 
 10. Brown, Lamar6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hal BATEMAN
  SF Austin
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Bateman, SF Austin6.7 
 2. Jordan, Texas A.5.0 
 3. West, Northwes.4.9 
 4. Hardy, McNeese St.3.6 
 5. Cannon, McNeese3.4 
 6. Minor, Lamar3.0 
 7. White, Northwes.2.9 
 8. Gatson, Sam H.2.9 
 9. Jackson, ORU2.8 
 10. Evans, SE Louisi.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jalan WEST
  Northwes.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. West, Northwes.2.5 
 2. Hardy, McNeese St.2.2 
 3. Bostic, SF Austin1.9 
 4. Gatson, Sam H.1.7 
 5. Ali, Texas A.1.7 
 6. Jordan, Texas A.1.6 
 7. Williamson, Texas1.6 
 8. Hicks, Northwes.1.6 
 9. Bateman, SF Austin1.6 
 10. Hunter, Nicholls1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  SF Austin
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, SF Austin2.4 
 2. Maxey, Texas A.1.9 
 3. Lewis, McNeese St.1.4 
 4. Hulbin, Northw.1.3 
 5. Glover, ORU1.3 
 6. Frazier, Northw.1.2 
 7. Hardy, McNeese St.1.1 
 8. Hicks, Northwes.0.9 
 9. Holyfield, Sam H.0.9 
 10. Bell-Holter, ORU0.9 


Defense Stymies Fairfield Late As Men's Basketball Rallies For Win - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball held Fairfield University scoreless for a stretch of 6:36, including the last 4:47 of regulation to overcome a late five-point deficit and defeat the Stags, 63-58, in overtime, on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The Stags (10-7 overall, 2-3 MAAC) led Loyola (12-5, 4-1), 47-41, on a Josip Mikulic layup with 4:47 to play, but it was the last basket the Stags would score in regulation. Fairfield would also not have a rebound for the remainder of regulation, as Loyola outdid the Stags, 13-2 on the boards in the last nine minutes of the contest.

Erik Etherly hit an 18-foot jumper the next trip down the court, sparking an 8-0 that would extend into overtime.
Two Robert Olson free throws at 3:59 made it 47-45 Fairfield with 3:59 to go, and Dylon Cormier (6'2''-PG) tied it on a driving layup with 2:07 remaining. It was the first time the Greyhounds had pulled even since Fairfield went up, 19-16, on a Mikulic three with 6:05 left in the first half.

He hit a three on the Stags' next possession, as well, his last of four in the first half.

Fairfield, however, could not build a lead of more than six points the rest of the way.

Jordan Latham (6'8''-F) banged for a basket down low to start overtime, scoring 16 ticket in, but Fairfield's Maurice Barrow snapped a 6:36 scoreless drought with a layup at 3:21, but Cormier quickly put the Greyhounds back up two, 51-49, getting into the lane for a basket at 2:49.

Loyola turned back two Fairfield threes on the Stags next two possession, and Cormier added to the advantage with 3-of-4 free throws. His third from the strip at 1:18 made it 54-49 Loyola, but Coleman Johnson knocked down a paint jumper with 46 ticks on the clock to close the gap to three.

Colin Nickerson came up with a steal near halfcourt, but he was fouled and missed the front end of 1-and-1. The Stags got the loose ball after Nickerson's miss, but Derek Needham missed a three with 30 seconds left, and Etherly got the long rebound.

He was fouled and made both free throws to extend the Greyhounds' advantage to five. Nickerson took the inbound pass however, and went basket to basket for a layup with 22 seconds left.

Cormier made 1-of-2 at the line after that, and Robert Olson hit all four of his free thorws to secure the win.

Etherly led all players with 20 points, while Cormier added 19 and Olson had 12.

Winbush led the Greyhounds with nine rebounds, and Olson had a career-best eight. Fairfield led Loyola in rebounding, 33-26, with 3:59 to play in regulation, but the Greyhounds outrebounded the Stags, 13-2 from that point until the game's end.

Mikulic scored 16 to lead Fairfield, while Keith Matthews contributed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Winbush also had five assists and two steals for Loyola, and Etherly notched three steals.

The Greyhounds are back in action on Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J., where they will take on Rider University.
Courtesy of: http://www.loyolagreyhounds.com



Norse freshmen ignite 67-53 win over Lipscomb - by Eurobasket News

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. Jack Flournoy (6'6''-F) and Tyler White (6'3''-G) apparently like the television spotlight, and the two Northern Kentucky freshmen staged career performances Friday night against visiting Lipscomb.

Flournoy and White each scored a career-high 18 points as NKU posted a 67-53 victory over Lipscomb before a crowd of 2,891 in The Bank of Kentucky Center. The freshmen duo jump-started the Norse offense early in the game with a barrage of 3-pointers, and by the time the final buzzer sounded, NKU had buried 13 shots from behind the arc.

Playing for an Atlantic Sun Conference/CSS Friday Night Game of the Week audience, White was 4-for-6 from 3-point range, while Flournoy finished 4-for-5. NKU head coach Dave Bezold said those two ignited the team in the early stages after a slow start.

Those two freshmen came in and gave us a big lift when we started off a bit sluggish, and the momentum they helped generate carried us in the first half, Bezold said after his team improved to 4-9 overall, 2-3 in the A-Sun. A great crowd was here, we were on the A-Sun network, and we played very well. You can't ask for a great deal more out of our guys, and I was really proud of the way they performed.

Lipscomb (6-10 overall, 1-4 A-Sun) scored the first five points of the game, but the NKU freshmen soon took over. White scored the Norse's first five points, and Flournoy came off the bench and poured in 11 points during a 14-4 run that turned a 9-8 deficit into a 22-13 lead. Flournoy started the run with a 3-point field goal and capped the spurt with another trey.

We did a good job of executing our offense, and I had some really good looks at the basket, said Flournoy, whose previous career-high point total was 13 against Texas Tech in a regionally televised game on Dec. 4. Making a lot of shots early gave us a lot of confidence, and it helped us a lot the rest of the game.

White's 18 points surpassed his earlier career mark of 14, also set against Texas Tech.

You can look at his points, but Tyler also did a great job defensively putting pressure on Lipscomb's guards. Bezold said. He was tremendous. Tyler is showing us what he can provide. He still has a lot of growth ahead of him. Everyone is going to look and see just the points, but he also had a tremendous game on defense.

NKU led by as many as 27 points in the second half before emptying the bench. The Norse shot 46 percent from the field for the game, including 53.6 percent in the first half to build a 44-28 lead at the break. By halftime, NKU was 10-for-17 from 3-point range.

Eshaunte Jones added 11 points for NKU, which evened the series with Lipscomb at 2-all. The teams had not played since the 1971-72 season, when then-David Lipscomb College defeated then-Northern Kentucky State College twice in three meetings.

NKU freshman Nate Snodgrass dished out a career-high seven assists, while senior guard Ethan Faulkner added nine points and three assists. The Norse held the Bisons to 3-for-16 shooting from 3-point range and 41.1 percent shooting from the field.

Malcolm Smith led the Bisons with 13 points. NKU held Lipscomb 6-foot-10 center Stephen Hurt to just six points, half of his season average. The Norse bench outscored the Bisons reserves 31-24, with 29 of those points from the efforts of Flournoy and Jones.

Friday night, though, belonged to the freshmen. But Bezold said that tag really doesn't apply now.

It's great that they are there getting all of this experience, but at this point in the season, they aren't really freshmen, Bezold said. They have been through enough games and practices that they know what they are doing by now.

NKU hits the road for a pair of games in Florida next week, beginning with a Thursday night A-Sun contest at Stetson at 7 p.m. The Norse conclude the trip Saturday with a game at Florida Gulf Coast.
Courtesy of: http://nkunorse.com



McDermott's Hot Hand Too Much For Missouri State in MBB Win - by Eurobasket News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- All-American Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) had a performance for the ages, making 14 straight field goals and scoring a JQH Arena record 39 points in Creighton's 74-52 win at Missouri State on Friday night.

McDermott had 11 points at the half, then scored all the points in Creighton's 18-5 run to start the second stanza as the Jays ran away from MSU. He made 14 straight shots from the field at one point, and the crowd gave a sarcastic cheer when his final shot of the night from the right wing was short with 4:17 to play.

Creighton (16-1, 5-0 MVC) has now won 10 straight games, and won its first six games away from home for the first time since 1942-43. The 16 wins are also tied for the national lead. Missouri State dropped to 5-12 (3-2 MVC).

Neither team was able to break away in a tight first half that featured 10 lead changes and four ties. The Jays closed on a 4-0 run to take a 32-27 lead into intermission, as McDermott led all players with 11 points at the half.

Missouri State missed its first three shots after intermission and Creighton took advantage, as McDermott scored on a pair of inside post moves to make it 36-27 and prompt a Bears timeout with 17:54 left. The Jays then forced another miss from long-range and McDermott's traditional three-point play made it a double-figure advantage for the first time. After a Gavin Thurman three-pointer halted CU's 11-0 run spanning the half, McDermott answered with a triple.

McDeermott's 39 points were five away from his career high set last year at Bradley, and were tied for 13th most in CU history. McDermott joined Bob Portman and Benoit Benjamin as the only CU players in history with multiple efforts of 39 points or more. Jahenns Manigat added 11 points for Creighton, which shot 57.4 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from downtown.

MSU had three men in double-figures, led by 11 points from Keith Pickens and 10 each by Anthony Downing and Gavin Thurman. The Bears shot 37.9 percent from the field and were 5-of-23 behind the arc.

Creighton returns to action on Tuesday with a 7:00 pm game vs. Northern Iowa.

NOTES: Doug McDermott moved into the top-10 in Creighton history in career rebounds, passing Dane Watts (688). McDermott now owns 694 career boards ...Doug McDermott passed Nate Funk for sixth in Creighton history on the all-time scoring chart and now owns 1,783 career points. McDermott also went from 36th to 30th on the MVC's all-time scoring list ...Creighton's six-game win streak in road games is tied for the nation's fourth-longest active streak, and just the second time since 1976 its had a six-game win streak in true road games ...Creighton is off to a 5-0 MVC start for the first time since 2002-03 and third time since rejoining the MVC in 1977-78 ...The team with the halftime lead had lost the past five meetings ...Creighton is 13-0 this year when leading at half and has won 25 straight when tied or leading at half since a Dec. 28, 2011 loss to Missouri State ...Each of the last two Creighton-Missouri State games in Springfield had been decided by a single point ...Creighton's largest previous win at Missouri State was 14 points in 2000 ...Doug McDermott reclaimed the national lead in points scored with 39 points and now owns 401 points on the season.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocreighton.com



Rahk and Roll - by Eurobasket News

Rakeem Brookins beat the buzzer with a running, off-balanced 3-pointer from the left wing sending Siena to its first win since November - a 57-54 triumph over stunned Canisius Friday night in Albany.

"That's by far the biggest shot I've hit in my life," Brookins, who beat Northern Kentucky in the final seconds earlier this year, said.

The Saints snapped an 11-game losing streak despite playing without their second leading scorer, Rob Poole, who was sent back to campus with the flu. They also rallied from a 13-point second half deficit against a Canisius team that beat Atlantic 10 power Temple by 10 back in December.

Brookins' buzzer-beater almost didn't happen.

After Billy Baron misfired on a 3-pointer with eight seconds left, Brookins took the outlet pass from Ryan Oliver (6'3''-G) and raced toward the Siena bench anticipating a timeout. But Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro green-lighted him, violently waving toward the basket as time ticked away. It was the right call.

"I had a gut feeling Rahk was going to do something," Buoanguro said. "My instinct told me not to call timeout."

As Brookins' shot swished through the net, the Times Union Center erupted, led by Buonaguro who thrust his hands in the air in unfiltered exuberance.

"A coach should be able to do that once in a while," Buonaguro said. "It was a great win."

The shot will be talked about for a long time, but Siena was in position to win thanks to its trademark zone defense which crippled Canisius in the second half. The high-powered Griffs entered the game averaging 74.5 points per game, but managed just 20 after intermission tonight.

"That's the best defensive game we've played since I've been here," Buonaguro said. "Tonight, I thought we put a clinic on with our zone."
The Saints also got plenty of help from their other backcourt starter, Evan Hymes. Hymes scored a game-high 20 points on 8-12 shooting despite missing the first 10 minutes of the second half after getting poked in the eye.

Hymes was more than up for the challenge that Rhode Island transfer Billy Baron, a leading MAAC Player of the Year candidate, figured to provide. Baron got 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but Hymes made him work for every bit of that.

It was Siena's ninth straight win over Canisius at Times Union Center, with none of the previous eight approaching Friday night's drama.

Canisius hounded O.D. Anosike, Siena's leading scorer and the nation's leading rebounder, limiting him to just nine points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes. Anoskie deferred to his teammates, and they responded. Outside of Poole, Siena had struggled from long range all season, but Hymes led a 6-11 performance from distance in the second half.

The game was the 10th Siena has played decided by six points or fewer, and the third home contest decided in the final 10 seconds.

For a change, this time it was the Saints celebrating.

Siena will look to start a new streak Sunday against Saint Peter's.
Courtesy of: http://www.sienasaints.com



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  NORWAY   

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



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  PHILIPPINES   


Beermen posts first win over Warriors in ABL's opening night - by Aris Ignacio

In an early rematch of last year's ASEAN Basketball League finalists, the retooled San Miguel Beermen edged the Indonesia Warriors, 64-53, at the jam-packed Mahaka Square Sportsmall in Indonesia.

Brian Williams had an impressive debut for the Beermen with 15 points and had a monstrous 19 boards to his credit. Chris Banchero (185-G, college: Seattle Pacific) and Leo Avenido (186-G-78) added 14 and 10 points respectively. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), the high profile Beermen reinforcement, finished only with 8 points and was plague with foul trouble. The Beermen also paraded the most anticipated pair in local basketball, Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) with a new coach, Leovino Austria .

The game featured series of runs and defensive intensity from both ends with the Beermen leading the Warriors at halftime by five, 30-25. With a low scoring ballgame at hand, the Beermen controlled the boards and as the game progresses, grew more and more comfortable. The game becomes more physical evident with some exchanges of words between players. Warriors coach John Todd Purves was called a technical foul in the third canto due to a dispute on a call.

The defensive intensity continued in the final quarter as the Beermens frontline took advantage as half of the San Miguel's points came inside the paint. A pair of free throws by Banchero and a basket by Williams with 1:28 left in the game assured the win for the Beermen. Rebounding was a major factor in the Beermens victory as they outrebounded the Warriors, 50-36.

Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the defending champions with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) had a debut of 10 and 11.

Scores:

San Miguel Beermen (64) -- Williams 15, Banchero 14, Avenido 10, Rizada 9, Freeman 8, Menk 6, Taulava 2

Indonesia Warriors (53) -- Thomas 15, Daniels 10, Canada 9, Smith 7, Wuysang 6, Sitepu 3, Prihantono 3

Quarterscores: 16-9; 30-25; 45-38; 64-53.




Gilas coach Reyes reiterates wish to have top stars for 'colossal' task of winning Asian title before home fans - by Aris Ignacio

NATIONAL coach Vincent Reyes on Thursday reiterated his wish to have the best talent available for what he said is the "colossal task" of representing the country in the Asian basketball championships in Manila in August.

Although elated by Fiba Asia's decision to move the tournament from strife-torn Lebanon to Manila, the Smart Gilas coach said he is "apprehensive more than ever" over the task of winning the championship before home fans.

"Much as we'd like to rejoice, I am filled with apprehension because more than ever it's a 'must-win' for us," said Reyes in an SMS message sent to Spin.ph from Dubai, where Smart Gilas is competing in an international tournament.

Smart Gilas ruled the Jones Cup in Taipei and finished fourth in the Fiba Asia Cup late last year with a team of PBA stars that still lacked a couple of players on Reyes' wish list.

The national team's problems turned worse ahead of the Dubai tournament when only a sprinkling of professional players showed up for the practices of Gilas, forcing Reyes to make do with a team made up mostly of collegiate standouts from the national cadet pool.

"While I never shy away from a challenge, I hope to have the best talent at my disposal in this colossal task," Reyes added.

For that to happen, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas may need to re-work its agreement with the PBA, which makes its players available for the national team on the condition that the league's tournaments are not affected.

As it is, the August 1-11 schedule of the Asian championships already poses a problem since it is just a few days from the end of the league's final conference, meaning the players of teams playing in the finals likely won't be available for Gilas.

(Credits goes to Sports Interactive Network Philippines)



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. PGE Turow 12-4 
 2. Trefl Sopot 11-4 
 3. Stelmet ZG 10-5 
 4. Anwil 10-6 
 5. Asseco Prok. 10-6 
 6. AZS Koszalin 9-7 
 7. Energa Czarni 8-8 
 8. Polpharma 7-9 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 6-10 
 10. Kotwica 4-11 
 11. Start Gdynia 4-11 
 12. Rosa Radom 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 12: Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 96-73
Jan. 12: Anwil - Energa Czarni 78-57
Jan. 12: Asseco Prok. - PGE Turow 77-90
Jan. 12: Siarka Jezioro - Rosa Radom 101-96 OT
Jan. 13: Start Gdynia - Kotwica
Jan. 13: Trefl Sopot - Stelmet ZG


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub DLONIAK
  Siarka J.
  (192-F-83)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Dloniak, Siarka J.19.9 
 2. Hodge, Stelmet ZG19.8 
 3. McCauley, Polph.18.9 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG17.1 
 5. Mosley, Kotwica15.5 
 6. Carter, Polpharma15.4 
 7. Montgomery, Rosa14.8 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.7 
 9. Blassingame, Assec.14.7 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicchaeus DOAKS
  Siarka J.
  (202-F-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Doaks, Siarka J.8.6 
 2. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 3. McCauley, Polph.8.1 
 4. Adams, Rosa Radom8.0 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.7.8 
 6. Cel, PGE Turow7.8 
 7. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.5 
 8. Boykin, Anwil7.4 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.7.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.7 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 3. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.8 
 4. Blassingame, Assec.5.4 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica5.3 
 6. Abernethy, Energa4.7 
 7. Skibniewski, AZS K.4.1 
 8. Long, Siarka J.3.8 
 9. Koszarek, Asseco3.6 
 10. Chylinski, PGE T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG2.5 
 2. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil1.9 
 4. Alexander, Siarka1.9 
 5. Jefferson, Kotwica1.7 
 6. Jackson, PGE Turow1.7 
 7. Mosley, Kotwica1.5 
 8. Koszarek, Asseco1.4 
 9. Dloniak, Siarka J.1.4 
 10. Blassingame, Asse.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.6 
 2. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.5 
 3. Doaks, Siarka J.1.5 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow1.4 
 5. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.3 
 6. Harris, AZS K.1.3 
 7. Alexander, Siarka1.1 
 8. Boykin, Anwil1.1 
 9. Rothbart, Start G.1.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.0.9 


Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Slask Wroclaw 17-1 
 2. AZS Kutno 14-4 
 3. MKS DG 12-5 
 4. Stal Ostrow 11-6 
 5. MOSiR Krosno 10-7 
 6. Sokol Lancut 10-7 
 7. P.Cukier SIDEn 9-8 
 8. Polonia 9-9 
 9. Znicz Basket 8-9 
 10. Spojnia 8-10 
 11. Start Lublin 8-10 
 12. AZS Radex 7-10 
 13. Astoria Bydg. 6-11 
 14. SKK Siedlce 5-11 
 15. UMKS Kielce 3-16 
 16. AZS PP 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 12: AZS Kutno - UMKS Kielce 77-51
Jan. 12: Polonia - Slask Wroclaw 72-86
Jan. 12: Spojnia - Start Lublin 70-56
Jan. 13: AZS Radex - Sokol Lancut
Jan. 13: MOSiR Krosno - SKK Siedlce
Jan. 13: AZS PP - Znicz Basket
Jan. 13: P.Cukier SIDEn - MKS DG
Jan. 13: Astoria Bydg. - Stal Ostrow


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Mateusz BIERWAGEN
  Astori.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Bierwagen, Astori.17.8 
 2. Celej, Start Lublin16.8 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.15.7 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.14.9 
 5. Kukielka, Polonia14.8 
 6. Pacocha, AZS Radex14.5 
 7. Dluski, AZS Kutno14.4 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.14.1 
 9. Stepien, Spojnia14.1 
 10. Jarecki, P.Cuk.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Metelski, AZS P.11.8 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.11.0 
 3. Zurawski, Stal O.9.6 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno8.1 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.7.6 
 6. Diduszko, Slask W.7.5 
 7. Wyka, Polonia7.2 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.7.0 
 9. Luszczewski, Start6.9 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS R.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.6.7 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.6.3 
 3. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.2 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.5.6 
 5. Baran, Sokol Lanc.5.2 
 6. Lewandowski, Astor.5.1 
 7. Szumelda-K., Stal4.9 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.4.8 
 9. Pacocha, AZS Radex4.5 
 10. Musijowski, Polon.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.2.8 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.2.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.2 
 4. Baran, Sokol Lanc.2.1 
 5. Basinski, SKK S.2.0 
 6. Laczynski, MOSiR K.1.9 
 7. Lewandowski, Astor.1.9 
 8. Mielczarek, AZS R.1.9 
 9. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 10. Salamonik, MOSiR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dariusz WYKA
  Polonia
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyka, Polonia1.9 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Metelski, AZS P.1.4 
 4. Grudzinski, Spojnia1.3 
 5. Lisewski, P.Cuk.