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  ABA   


Standings

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


Express back on Winning Track with win over Staten Island - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jersey Express got back on track, with a 108-88 win over the Staten Island Vipers Saturday. The Express are now 3-1 on the season, with the only loss coming at the hands of their division rival. The Express got off to a quick start, led by forward Charles Smith (6'7''-F, college: Bloomfield), who had his 1st start of the season, by knocking down a jump shot, finding his teammate for an assist, and grabbing 3 rebounds. A sweet alley-oop from point guard Jason Smith (6'1''-G) to center Almin Hodzic (6'10''-C-87, agency: FCM, college: Dominican, NY) capped the quick start that came in the first 2 minutes of the game, when the Express took a 7-0 lead.
Head Coach Ray Ortiz took over the reins, less than two weeks ago, and decided to shake things up a bit, by changing the line-up. Point guard Jason Smith led the charge, controlling the offense, and making sure everyone got involved in the action. Almin Hodzic & Charles Smith ended the 1st with 7pts each, and the Express took a 28-19 lead. Staten Island was led by Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) with 11 in the qtr.
The 2nd quarter was fairly evenly played, with Bill McDonough (6'7''-F, college: Richard Stockton) led the Express with 6, and Lewis Monaco (5'11''-G-87, college: St.Joseph's, NY) paced the Vipers with 6. Bobby Lee (6'5''-F, college: Southern) collided with teammate McDonough, jumping for a loose ball, and caught an elbow to the head, which resulted in him being removed, for precaution for the game. Defense was the key for both teams, the Express being held to 23 & the Vipers 22. At the half, the Express held the lead 51-41.
Jason Smith came out strong in the 3rd qtr, dishing and swishing for 7pts & 3 assists, and Charles Smith continued his monster game, by grabbing 5rbds & 6pts in the qtr. Teshawn Byron (6'6''-G/F-88, college: Le Moyne-Owen) scored 7 for the Vipers. The Express lead grew to 78-64.
The 4th qtr started with Express guard Jashon Mixon (6'5''-F, college: Monroe CC) knocking down a quick 3, followed by Staten Islands Brendon Lyn matching it with his own. Jamal Webb (6'6''-G/F-85, college: SUNY Maritime) found Mixon for another 3, that ignited the crowd, when the Vipers turned the ball over, Hodzic was the recipient of an assist, and was fouled on the play, for a conventional 3pt play. The back-court of Jason Smith, and Ed Torres helped push the lead to as much as 22. Mixon knocked down another 3, and Mike Edghill (6'0''-G/F, college: Felician) 3-D score, capped an explosive 4th quarter.
The final score of 108-88 doesnt fully tell the story of 5 Express players scoring in double figures, with 11 of 12 players contributing to the scoring total. Jashon Mixon had 20, and Jason Smith finished with 16pts & 4asts. Charles Smith ended the night with a double-double with 13pts & 15rbds. Teshawn Byron led Staten Island with 18.



Nate Barnes drops 47 for the Cleveland Am Pro'ers (110) in a loss vs Lima Explosion (134) - by Vance Marbury

JT Focus Mgt Cleveland Am Pro'ers recent acquisition Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90), a former Junior College All American at Lakeland Community Colllege (Mentor, Oh), and Division II superstar at Alderson and Broaddus, drops 47 pts in his ABA debut vs the Lima Explosion. Lima defeated Cleveland 134 to 110.

The Lima Explosion won the tip ball, and from that point on they never looked back. The Lima Explosion used there superior height to there advantage. Kyle Meyer (6'6''-F-88, college: Ohio Northern) (36 pts) and Kyle Gillette (6'8''-F-86, college: NW Ohio) (38 pts), pounded the smaller Cleveland team in the paint during the first half. Willie Tisdale (5'9''-G-85, college: Cameron) (22 pts) controlled the tempo of the game by penetrating and making Cleveland collapse and finding the right people at the right time. One of those players he found in the first half was Geoff Reeder who made 5 three point field goals in the first half to stretch the Cleveland defense out, which allowed Lima's interior players to excel.

The 2nd half Cleveland Am Pro'ers came out and made a run. Cleveland leader Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86, college: Lindsey Wilson) came out aggressive making shots, playing great defense, and rebounding the basketball. Mcpherson tallied 15 pts 10 rebs 7 ast. Caleb Chen (5'10''-G-90) a former Miami of Ohio Club team member, caught fire as well scoring a season high 25 pts and grabbing 4 rebs. Vincent Maxwell (6'5''-F-86) a former Junior College player at Spoonriver CC added 15 pts 12 rebs. Vince without a doubt played better as the game went on.

For Cleveland Nate Barnes (5'10''-G-90) front he 2nd quarter on, made shot after shot after shot. Nate was great in transition hitting pull up jump shots. In the half court set Mr. Barnes was spectacular in the screen and roll or 1 on 1 situation to the tune of 47 pts 4 rebs 6 asts. Nate, Eric, and Caleb are proving to be a formidable backcourt, and Clevland needs to find some complimentary players to go around these guys to be successful. This was Cleveland 4 straight loss in a row. Cleveland Head Coach Melanie Collins, was very frustrated with her teams performance on Sunday and she vows changes will be made soon to improve the Cleveland Am Pro'ers team.

Cleveland will face the Lima Explosion again next Sunday in Lima, Ohio. Lima GM Lewis Shine continues to do a great job running a first class organization. Lima had a great crowd this past weekend, and Lima is one of the most positive entities in the 2012-13 ABA League.








Wins for Lima and Salem - by Gianni Pascucci

Over the past weekend, the Lima Explosion defeated the Cleveland Am Pro'ers, 134-110, improving their record to 9-5 overall. Kyle Meyer (6'6''-F-88, college: Ohio Northern) led the way at 36 pts, Kyle Gillette (6'8''-F-86, college: NW Ohio) scored 28 and Willie Tisdale (5'9''-G-85, college: Cameron) added 22 at the winning side.
The Salem Sabres took a 123-112 win over the Lakewood Panthers. Jeff Dunn (6'5''-F-83, college: Corban) was the leading scorer with 28pts with Cory Largent (6'7''-F) following with 25. Other notables were Phil Nelson (6'8''-F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Portland St.) with 21pts and Sergio Rosario (6'5''-F-89) with 13pts.



Jacksonville Giants move back to #1 in ABA Power Ranking - by Gianni Pascucci

The defending ABA Jacksonville Giants moved back into the #1 position in the ABA Power Rankings following a loss by the Arizona Scorpions to the Los Angeles SLAM in a nationally-televised game on Saturday on UBC-TV (www.ubctvnetwork.com ). "This is shaping up to be a great season; we have some very good teas in the top 15-20, all of which are capable of winning the ABA Championship this season," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "January and February should be very interesting as several of these top teams play one another."

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

For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 13: Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 90-65
Jan. 14: Radnicki KG - MZT Skopje 89-83
Jan. 13: Un.Olimpija - Zadar 88-81
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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 19: Zadar - Cibona
Jan. 19: Krka - Siroki WWin
Jan. 19: Partizan - Buducnost
Jan. 19: Szolnok - Radnicki KG
Jan. 19: MZT Skopje - KK Split
Jan. 19: Igokea - Crvena Zvezda
Jan. 19: Cedevita - Un.Olimpija


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romeo TRAVIS
  Zadar
  (201-PF-84)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Travis, Zadar15.9 
 2. Capin, Radnicki KG15.7 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Sutalo, Siroki W.15.1 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena15.1 
 6. Blazic, Un.Olimpija15.0 
 7. Wright, Cedevita14.1 
 8. White, Radnicki KG13.6 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea13.6 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.5 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 3. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.5 
 5. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.8 
 6. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Cekovski, MZT S.5.7 
 9. Hamilton, Cibona5.5 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.0 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.1 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.3.9 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.0 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona3.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Otasevic, MZT S.2.1 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Lucic, Partizan1.5 
 9. Capin, Radnicki KG1.4 
 10. Worthington, Radn.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 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 


Round 17: Partizan is upset by HKK Siroki WWin - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Serbian Partizan (11-6) and thirteenth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (6-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Partizan was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 80-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. HKK Siroki WWin made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 21 points. American point guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) produced 10 points and 6 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cibona and Zadar. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with six games lost. HKK Siroki WWin is looking forward to face higher ranked Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Partizan will play at home against Buducnost (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bosnian leader Igokea delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Croatian KK Split (7-10) 68-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Corsley Edwards contributed with 14 points for the winners. Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for KK Split. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Igokea maintains first place with 14-3 record. KK Split at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Krka. Igokea will play against league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kragujevac was also quite interesting. 5th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (9-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (9-8). Radnicki KG managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Monday. Aleksandar Capin stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 assists for the winners. Radnicki KG's coach Miroslav Nikolic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Damjan Stojanovski responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Radnicki KG moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated MZT Skopje. Radnicki KG will meet bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MZT Skopje will play against KK Split (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Zvezda (12-5) outscored 6th ranked Croatian Cedevita (9-8) 90-65. Vuk Radivojevic nailed 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Igokea. Cedevita lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Zvezda's next round opponent will be league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Zadar was defeated by Un.Olimpija in Ljubljana 88-81. Buducnost smashed Szolnok at home 88-63. Krka won against Cibona on the opponent's court 86-78.
The best stats of 17th round was 26 points and 10 rebounds by Romeo Travis of Zadar.


Radnicki KG - MZT Skopje 89-83

The game in Kragujevac was also quite interesting. 5th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (9-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki KG (9-8). Radnicki KG managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Monday. MZT Skopje was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Radnicki KG, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Slovenian-Serbian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 assists for the winners and power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. Radnicki KG's coach Miroslav Nikolic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radnicki KG moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated MZT Skopje. Radnicki KG will meet bottom-ranked Szolnok (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MZT Skopje will play against KK Split (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Stojanovski 21+7reb+1ast, C.Davis 15+4reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 12+8reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 11+5reb+3ast, N.Otasevic 10+1ast, B.Bakic 9+4reb+1ast
Radnicki KG: A.Capin 26+2reb+9ast, R.Varda 20+2reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 17+11reb+1ast, M.Borisov 12+6reb+1ast, S.Markovic 6+1reb+5ast, S.Sinovec 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183741


Un.Olimpija - Zadar 88-81

There was no surprise in Ljubljana where 11th ranked Croatian KK Zadar (6-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (9-8) 88-81. It looked good early as KK Zadar took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Un.Olimpija had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and KK Zadar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-88. Guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) nailed 26 points for the winning side and Finnish point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists. American Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Ante Delas (200-88) added 11 points respectively for KK Zadar in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Un.Olimpija moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. KK Zadar lost third consecutive game. KK Zadar at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Un.Olimpija's next round opponent will be Cedevita (#7) in Zagreb. KK Zadar will play at home against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zadar: R.Travis 26+10reb+3ast, B.Krasic 12+1reb, A.Delas 11+3reb+2ast, I.Batur 8+1reb, I.Ivanov 7+7reb, M.Ramljak 5+5reb+2ast
Un.Olimpija: J.Blazic 26+4reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 17+4ast, A.Omic 12+7reb+1ast, E.Sulejmanovic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Muric 8+4reb, D.Bubnic 7+2reb
gschID: 183738


Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 90-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Zvezda (12-5) outscored 6th ranked Croatian Cedevita (9-8) 90-65. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. Cedevita was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zvezda had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) nailed 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and forward Boris Savovic (210-87, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 22 points and 6 assists and Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (208-85, college: Michigan St.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cedevita in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Igokea. Cedevita lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Zvezda's next round opponent will be league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cedevita will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: B.Wright 22+1reb+6ast, G.Suton 13+5reb, D.Kitchen 7+5reb+1ast, M.Tomas 7+4reb+1ast, A.Masic 6+4reb+1ast, L.Andric 5+2reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: B.Savovic 14+6reb+2ast, E.Brown 12+6reb, A.Cvetkovic 12+3reb+1ast, I.Rakocevic 11+1reb+3ast, B.Lazic 10+1reb, V.Radivojevic 9+6reb+8ast
gschID: 183739


Buducnost - Szolnok 88-63

No shocking result in a game in Podgorica where fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-7) smashed bottom-ranked Hungarian Szolnok (4-13) 88-63. The game without a history. Buducnost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90) nailed 15 points for the winning side and Serbian forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Montenegrin swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89) came up with 19 points and Latvian forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Szolnok in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Buducnost. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth place with 10-7 record. Szolnok lost their third game in a row. Defending Hungarian champion stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Buducnost's next round opponent will be higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against Radnicki KG (#8) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: S.Sehovic 19+3reb+3ast, E.Kalve 14+5reb, M.Szabo 10+4reb+1ast, R.Bell 6+5reb+1ast, A.Horvath 5+3ast, M.Bader 4+10reb
Buducnost: S.Milosevic 15+5reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 15+3reb+3ast, A.Popovic 10+2reb+2ast, N.Ivanovic 9+2reb+3ast, G.Lee 9+2reb+1ast, D.Bost 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 183742


Cibona - Krka 78-86

Everything could happen in Zagreb at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Slovenian Krka and 11th ranked Croatian Cibona had identical 6-10 record. But Cibona was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Novo Mesto 86-78. Cibona was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 45-33 second half run of Krka. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Domen Lorbek (198-85) nailed 22 points for the winning side and power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Krka players scored in double figures. Power forward Dario Saric (208-94) came up with 10 points and 6 rebounds and American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Cibona in the defeat. Cibona's coach Daniel Lutz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Slovenian champion (7-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KK Split. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be HKK Siroki WWin (#12) in Siroki Brijeg. Cibona will play on the road against KK Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: M.Rozic 11+4reb+2ast, S.Parker 10+1ast, A.Zizic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Saric 10+6reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Kus 8+1ast
Krka: D.Lorbek 22+4reb+3ast, S.Pavic 15+11reb+1ast, J.Klobucar 14+4reb, J.Vladovic 13+3reb+7ast, J.Lalic 8+7reb, E.Muric 7+2reb
gschID: 183744


Siroki WWin - Partizan 87-80

The game between third ranked Serbian Partizan (11-6) and thirteenth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (6-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Partizan was defeated by HKK Siroki WWin in a tough game in Siroki Brijeg 80-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. HKK Siroki WWin made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Marko Sutalo (193-83, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 21 points. American point guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) produced 10 points and 6 assists and center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four HKK Siroki WWin and five Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cibona and Zadar. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with six games lost. HKK Siroki WWin is looking forward to face higher ranked Krka (#9) in Novo Mesto in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Partizan will play at home against Buducnost (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Partizan: B.Bogdanovic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Bertans 11+5reb+1ast, D.Gordon 11+6reb+1ast, D.Musli 11+5reb+2ast, N.Gordic 11+1reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 10+4reb+6ast
Siroki WWin: M.Sutalo 21+3reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 16+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 12+3reb+7ast, D.Persic 11+2reb+2ast, R.Freeman 9+4reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 8+1ast
gschID: 183743


KK Split - Igokea 60-68

Bosnian leader Igokea delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Croatian KK Split (7-10) 68-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. It looked good early as KK Split took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Igokea had a 15-9 second period charge getting the lead and KK Split was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-68. KK Split was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (204-81, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points and forward Filip Kraljevic (212-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 4 blocks in the effort for KK Split. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Igokea maintains first place with 14-3 record. KK Split at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Krka. Igokea will play against league's second-placed Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Split: F.Kruslin 14+4reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 14+3reb, N.Vujcic 9+2reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 5+3reb+1ast, J.Sobin 5+5reb, T.Dijan 5+6reb+1ast
Igokea: B.Jorovic 24+6reb, C.Edwards 14+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 9+3reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 6+4reb+4ast, M.Dozet 4+5reb+2ast, M.Komatina 4+2reb
gschID: 183740



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Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras18.1 
 3. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.4 
 5. Jackson, GECR I.17.3 
 6. Lewis, La Union17.2 
 7. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 8. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 9. Lytch, Argentino15.4 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.4 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.7 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 7. Fierro, Atenas7.5 
 8. Sanchez, Libertad.7.4 
 9. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 10. Mata, Penarol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.1 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 6. Cajal, Union Progr.3.7 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.3 
 3. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.7 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa1.6 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.4 
 10. Espinoza, Obras1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 5. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 6. Mata, Penarol0.8 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 8. Meyinsse, Regat.0.8 
 9. Ayarza, 9 de Julio0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. San Mart.C. 15-0 
 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 3-11 
South
 1. Quilmes MP 10-5 
 2. Sport Club 10-5 
 3. Ciclista 9-6 
 4. Alianza Viedma 9-6 
 5. Huracan 7-8 
 6. San Lorenzo Ch. 7-8 
 7. Rocamora 6-9 
 8. Banda Norte 6-9 
 9. MH Basket 6-9 
 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. 13: Quilmes MP - San Lorenzo Ch. 84-61
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: Ciclista - Alianza Viedma 70-65
Jan. 14: Union Sunch - San Mart.C. 65-88
Jan. 13: Rocamora - Banda Norte 62-70

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 18: Alvear - La Union
Jan. 18: San Isidro - Instituto Cor.
Jan. 18: Obera TC - Estudian.Con.
Jan. 18: Union Sunch - Sarmiento
Jan. 18: Atl.Echague - San Mart.C.
Jan. 18: Rocamora - Sport Club
Jan. 18: Ciclista - Banda Norte
Jan. 18: Huracan - Alianza Viedma
Jan. 18: Bragado - San Lorenzo Ch.
Jan. 20: Quilmes MP - MH Basket


Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international shooting guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (29-11) in their last game. Despite Ginobili's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs lost 88-95 on the road to the New Orleans Hornets. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Ginobili also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes on the court. It's Ginobili's 11th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 83.6% in the 36 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Carlos Delfino (200-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-21) 125-112 in the NBA last Tuesday. Delfino scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Houston Rockets have 21-17 record this season. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 9.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 75.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA). He led Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Chicago Bulls (20-15) 97-81 in the NBA on Saturday night. Scola was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. The Phoenix Suns have not so impressive 13-26 record this season. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Scola has very impressive stats this year: 13.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.2% and FT: 77.7% in the 39 games. He has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. Scola is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #4. Point guard Pablo Prigioni (190-77, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the New York Knicks (24-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the New York Knicks were defeated 108-101 in Chicago by the Bulls. Prigioni scored 12 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals. It's Prigioni's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.1apg. Prigioni also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #5. International small forward Andres Nocioni (199-79, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria in a victory in overtime against the league outsider Assignia Manresa (2-15) 101-95 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Nocioni scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (14-3) is placed second in the ACB. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Nocioni has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the 16 games. He holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. Nocioni plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #6. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a C.de Latte BRE's victory against the tenth-ranked Pall.Trento (5-9) 81-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 16 points, had 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fernandez's third season in pro basketball. Centrale del Latte Brescia (8-6) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Fernandez is currently fifth on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 2.2spg. Fernandez is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Pablo Figueroa
Juan Pablo Figueroa
   #7. International point guard Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 1-point Franca's victory against the ninth-ranked Minas (6-6) 78-77 in the Brazilian NBB in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 6 passes in 33 minutes. Vivo/Franca Basquete Sao Paulo (9-8) is placed third in the NBB. Figueroa is currently third on the list of best blockers with 2.2bpg. He also averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.4apg in the 13 games. Figueroa is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #8. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (181-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (6-11) in their game against Gescrap BB (11-6) in the Spanish ACB. Richotti scored 8 points. CB Canarias was defeated 78-70 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#5). Richotti's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Givova Scafati (9-5) in their game against Sigma Barcellona (11-4) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his good performance last Sunday Porta scored 10 points. Porta's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team five years ago.

Cristian Cortez
Cristian Cortez
   #10. Guard Cristian Cortez (185-90, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Mogi das Cruzes (8-9) in their game against Sao Jose/Vinac (14-5) in the Brazilian NBB. Cortez recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Mogi das Cruzes was crushed 105-67 in Sao Jose by the second-ranked /Vinac. Cortez's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg. He is a former U19 international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

   #11. Former U19 international swingman Patricio Garino (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the St.Bonaventure University 78-59 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Garino scored 12 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. This year Garino's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against UCAM Murcia in the Spanish ACB. Mainoldi scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team lost 75-81. Mainoldi is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 6.4rpg. He also averaged so far 10.8ppg in the 17 games. Mainoldi is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Matera to a victory over the 16th-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-11) 80-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Vico scored 23 points and had 3 steals. Bawer Matera (13-4) is placed second in the Nazionale A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vico is currently third on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 3.3spg. Vico has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help AcegasAps TR (8-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR lost 66-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Novipiu Casale. Filloy was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. Filloy has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in the 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #3. Pablo Bertone (193-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Florida Atlantic's victory against the Western Kentucky University (4-3) 65-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Bertone scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Florida Atlantic University has 4-3 conference record this season. Bertone has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point LeGamberi Foods Forlž's victory against the closely-ranked Pall.Trento (5-9) 87-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 16 points in 28 minutes. LeGamberi Foods Forli (7-7) is placed ninth in the Lega2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Musso's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg in the 12 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (7-7) crushing them 89-60 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Ghersetti scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. Tezenis Verona (8-7) is placed eighth in the Lega2. This year Ghersetti's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the 15 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Brian Savoy (192-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 109-83 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night. Savoy scored 15 points in 20 minutes. This year Savoy's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 14 games. He has Argentinian and Swiss nationalities. Despite Savoy's Argentinian passport, he currently plays for the Swiss U20 national team and cannot be called to the Argentinian team.

   #7. Experienced Manuel Carrizo (198-F/G-80, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point FCM Ferentino's victory against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi 75-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Carrizo scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Carrizo's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 1.6rpg. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Bernardo Musso in the Italian Lega2 last game. Forray was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Pall.Trento in their game against LeGamberi Foods Forlž. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was edged 87-84. Forray's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 2.1spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in a victory against the 12th-ranked Vanoli Cremona 87-71 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Filloy scored only 2 points in 19 minutes. This year his total stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3spg in the 15 games. Similarly like Forray and Carrizo above Filloy has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria's surprising victory against the third-ranked Lucca 86-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fabi's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Manila to host FIBA Asia Championship in August - by Eurobasket News

The FIBA Asia Executive Committee has decided to award hosting of the 27th FIBA Asia Championship to Manila, Philippines. Beirut, Lebanon was initially planned to be the hosting city however following unclear situation in the Middle East the Committee has chosen Manila to host the event. The tournament is slated to be held from August 1 through 11, 2013. The 27th FIBA Asia Championship will also act as the qualifying event or the 2014 FIBA World Cup to be played in Spain. The top three teams from the 27th FIBA Asia Championship will earn the right to represent FIBA Asia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

FIBA Asia also announced the 2013 event calendar:
7th FIBA Asia Championship: Manila, Philippines. Aug 1-11.
24th FIBA Asia Champions Cup: Amman, Jordan. Sept 13-21.
3rd FIBA Asia U16 Championship: Tehran, Iran. Sept 25-Oct 4.
25th FIBA Asia Championship for Women: Bangkok, Thailand. Oct27-Nov 3
3rd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women: Colombo, Sri Lanka. Nov 18-25.



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  AUSTRALIA   


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

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

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center David Andersen (212-80, currently plays in Turkey). Andersen led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne (3-12) crushing them 98-61 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Andersen scored 17 points. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (13-2) is placed first in the TBL. This season Andersen averages: 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(29-49), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 94.1%(16-17). He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC, currently plays in Spain). Jawai contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (3-14) crushing them 98-50 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (9-8) is placed ninth in the ACB. It's Jawai's first season with the team. This year Jawai's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 68.9%(42-61) and FT: 56.4% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Eurocup). Maric contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the fourth-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (0-1) 84-70 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (1-0) is placed first in group K. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Maric is currently second on the list of best rebounders. His total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 52.6%. Maric is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #4. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a G.Canaria 2014's victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-9) 70-63 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (12-5) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Newley has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #5. Former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-18) 106-88 in the NBA on Sunday night. Mills scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-11 record this season. This year Mills averages only 5.0ppg. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #6. Forward Ryan Broekhoff (201-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Valparaiso win their game against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (0-3) crushing them 76-52 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Broekhoff had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 blocks in 34 minutes. The Valparaiso University has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff has been at the team for four years. This season Broekhoff averages only 5.0ppg in the 34 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #7. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, currently studies in the States) helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the University of San Francisco (0-4) 78-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dellavedova scored 19 points and added 6 assists. The Saint Mary's College of California has 2-1 conference record this season. Dellavedova plays fourth season for the team. This year he averages only 5.0ppg. Dellavedova is also Australian national team player.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #8. Swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Oradea's victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-17) crushing them 105-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Dillon scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. CSM Oradea (16-1) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Dillon has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Samuel Rowley
Samuel Rowley
   #9. Former U18 international forward Samuel Rowley (198-92, is currently at the American university) helped Albany win their game against the Binghamton University 71-59 in the NCAA last Monday. Rowley had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. The University at Albany has 3-1 conference record this season. Rowley has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team four years ago.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #10. Forward Brock Motum (208-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Washington St. (0-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Motum's very good performance the Washington St. was defeated 78-67 on the road by the Stanford University. He scored 29 points (!!!). Motum is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Washington St.'s roster. Motum averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Corey Maynard (190-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Bryant win their game against the Quinnipiac College 103-95 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded 14 points and added 8 assists. Maynard averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg. He used to play for the Australian university national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international forward Mitchell Young (206-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova and both played together in the last NCAA game. Young helped St.Mary's, CA win their game against the University of San Francisco 78-72. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 20 minutes. Young's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Sagesse win their game against the sixth-ranked Al Moutahed 91-84 in the Lebanese Division A in Sunday night's game. Khazzouh scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He averaged so far 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0bpg. Khazzouh used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Boise St. edge the University of Wyoming 63-61 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points. Drmic averaged so far 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0bpg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international point guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in Sweden) helped Uppsala Basket win their game against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro crushing them 90-62 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Carter scored 12 points and had 3 steals in only a mere 11 minutes. This year Carter's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Australian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (21-15) 99-83 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving recorded 33 points (!!!), 4 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 9-30 record this season. Irving belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6 with 23.3ppg. He also averaged so far 3.7rpg, 5.7apg and 1.7spg in the 28 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Mathiang Muo (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the Winthrop University (0-3) 75-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Charleston Southern University has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. This year Muo averages only 5.0ppg in the 34 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Sudanese.

   #3. Damon Heuir (188-PG, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the S.Utah (3-3) in their last game. Despite Heuir's very good performance the S.Utah was edged 54-53 at home by the Idaho State University. He scored 17 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. It was S.Utah's third consecutive loss in a row. Heuir plays for the team since 2009. Heuir's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.2apg in the 17 games.

   #4. Venky Jois (201-F-93, is currently at the American university) helped E.Washington win their game against the Northern Arizona University (2-4) crushing them 82-59 in the NCAA last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Jois also added 4 blocks in 29 minutes. The Eastern Washington University has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season. Jois averaged so far 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.0bpg in the six games.

   #5. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86, college: Snow CC, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams London Lions (7-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sturt's very good performance London Lions was edged 88-87 on their home court in London by the higher-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (#8). He recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sturt belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Sturt averages: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.

   #6. Taylor Johnston (201-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Binghamton (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Binghamton lost 59-71 on their home court in Vestal, NY to the University at Albany. Johnston recorded 22 points in 30 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg in the 18 games.

   #7. Chris Patton (208-F-91, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Cal-Riverside (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Patton's very good performance the Cal-Riverside was edged 71-69 on the road by the California State University, Fullerton. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Patton has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.

   #8. Majok Majok (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Ball St. (1-1) in their last game. Despite Majok's good performance the Ball St. (#3) lost 47-61 on their home court in Muncie, IN to the Kent State University. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Majok also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg in the 18 games. Majok is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.

   #9. Luke Devlin (203-F-91, college: Albany, currently plays college basketball in the States) faced previously mentioned Taylor Johnston in the NCAA last game. Devlin helped Albany win their game against the Binghamton University 71-59. He recorded 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. Devlin has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg in the 18 games.

   #10. Peter Hooley (193-G-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luke Devlin and both played together in the last NCAA game. Hooley helped Albany win their game against the Binghamton University 71-59. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Hooley has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg.



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Jason Detrick selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Jason Detrick (195-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Brazil). He led Bauru to a 2-point victory over the tenth-ranked Limeira (6-8) 84-82 in the Brazilian NBB in Monday night's game. Detrick was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points in 28 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-2) is placed first in the NBB. It's Detrick's first season with the team. This year Detrick averages: 5.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 62.5% in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (211-90, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Mahalbasic could not help Asseco Prokom Gdynia (10-6) to beat PGE Turow (12-4). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Asseco Prokom Gdynia was defeated 90-77 on the road by the leading PGE Turow. Mahalbasic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(56-96) and FT: 69.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). Ortner managed to help Montepaschi Siena in a victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-11) 93-79 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (11-3) is placed third in the SerieA. This year Ortner's overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 55.6% in the four games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #4. Shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-91, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a River Andorra's victory against the ninth-ranked Lobe Huesca (6-8) 80-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Maresch scored 7 points and added 3 passes. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Maresch's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #5. International point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Anton Maresch and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Schreiner helped River Andorra win their game against the ninth-ranked Lobe Huesca (6-8) 80-72. He scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. Schreiner belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 1.8spg. This year he also averages: 6.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg in the 10 games. Schreiner plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Djuro Djakovic in Croatian A1
Jamie Kohn (195-G-89) plays for Tees Valley Mohawks in British EBL D1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga



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Bennet Davis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bahamians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. Davis could not help one of league's weakest teams Marso NYKK (6-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Marso NYKK was defeated 82-71 on the road by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#8). Davis recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. It's Davis' first season with the team. Davis is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Davis averages: 17.4ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 58.4%(108-185), 3FGP: 11.8% and FT: 65.1%. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Jamaal Walker
Jamaal Walker
   #2. Second place goes to former U17 international point guard Jamaal Walker (183-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He managed to help Western Illinois University to win against the Greenville College (8-3) crushing them 95-48 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Walker scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Western Illinois University has quite an impressive 6-0 conference record this season. So far W.Illinois won all six games in the conference. Walker has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Bahamas U17 national team in 2009.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA. He was not able to help Starwings (3-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Burrows' good performance Starwings was crushed 109-83 at home by the higher-ranked Monthey (#3). He scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Burrows is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). This season he has very high stats. Burrows averages: 17.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 67.7%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Ray Rose
Ray Rose
   #4. Guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene, currently plays in UBA) led Houston Express to a victory against the Cleveland Havok (1-1) 114-107 in the UBA on Sunday night. Rose recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a mere 18 minutes. It was his first game for Houston Express this season. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Western. His team have 2-0 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rose used to play for the Bahamas U18 national team back in 2001.

Edrico McGregor
Edrico McGregor
   #5. Former U18 international forward Edrico McGregor (201-90, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (0-6) in their game against the Denver University (5-1) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for UTSA this season. The UTSA was crushed 75-50 in Denver, CO by the Denver University. So far UTSA lost all six games in the conference McGregor used to play for the Bahamas U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (23-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors lost 87-94 on the road to the Memphis Grizzlies. Thompson was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 42 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's second season in pro basketball. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 36 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

   #2. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Slovakia) led Nitra to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Nova Ves (11-10) 96-94 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Cadot recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists; not bad, considering it's only Cadot's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Edymax SPU Nitra (13-8) is placed third in the Extraliga. Cadot is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Cadot averages: 17.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg.

   #3. Buddy Hield (190-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oklahoma to a victory against the Oklahoma State University (1-2) 77-68 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes. The The University of Oklahoma has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Hield has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg in the 20 games.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi's victory against the league leader CB Guadalajara (8-3) crushing them 89-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Forbes recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (6-6) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. Forbes has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in the nine games.

   #5. Parysh Munroe (202-C-86, college: Kentucky St., currently plays in UBA), who plays in the UBA was not able to help the Georgia Spartans (0-2) in their last game. Despite Munroe's very good performance the Georgia Spartans (#4) lost 95-105 to the Georgia PRIME. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Munroe has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 8.0rpg in the two games.

   #6. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master's, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint-Quentin in their game against Chalons-Reims in the French ProB (second division). He scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 87-93. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg in the eight games.



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Rain Raadik claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Rain Raadik (208-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Parnu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 33 points and eleven rebounds, while his team lost overtime game against Lietkabelis (#3, 1-1) 93-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Parnu moved-up to the 4th position in the Baltic League . The team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings in Top 16. They lost 1 games and had no victories. In the team's last game Raadik had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Raadik has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.9rpg. Raadik is in league's top in and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) of second-ranked Valmiera. Berzins impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Valmiera to edge Siauliai (0-2) by 5 points 82-77. His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won both games so far. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Berzins is a newcomer at Valmiera and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#7). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of top-ranked Rudupis. Orelikas scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rudupis, leading his team to a 93-68 easy win against #3 ranked Jelgava in a game of the week. Rudupis has a very good start of the Top 16. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Orelikas also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Orelikas has a great season in Baltic League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) of Lietkabelis - 20 points and 7 assists
5. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of Barons kvartals - 13 points and 15 rebounds
6. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Lietkabelis - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of TU/Rock - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Keith Chamberlain (204-F/C-87) of Jelgava - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) of TU/Rock - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Paulius Ivanauskas (195-F-87) of Rudupis - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Siauliai (0-2) in their last game. Despite Liutych's good performance the third-placed Siauliai was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the leading TU/Rock in the group H of Baltic League. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59) and FT: 64.3% in the 11 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko managed to help Unics Kazan to win against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-7) 74-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He recorded 5 points. Unics Kazan (8-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team. This year Veremeenko averages: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47) and FT: 83.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-12) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 98-61 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker. He scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was Olin Edirne's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year his other stats are: 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(78-120) and FT: 45.5% in the 15 games. Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Mikita Meshcharakou
Mikita Meshcharakou
   #4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory against the 12th-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (5-9) 79-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Acegas Aps Trieste (8-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2. Meshcharakou's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.2rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Aleh Kojenets
Aleh Kojenets
   #5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Mazeikiai's victory against the closely-ranked Dzukija (17-7) 94-87 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Sunday night. Kojenets scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mazeikiai (19-5) is placed first in the NKL. It's Kojenets' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg. Kojenets used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against AEL (5-8) in the Cypriot Division A. He recorded 7 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in 39 minutes. Apoel was edged 67-64 in Limassol by the lower-ranked (#6) AEL. Stiggers' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Stiggers is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 2.7spg in the nine games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Maksim Shustau
Maksim Shustau
   #7. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) couldn't help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9). Shustau was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 passes. Shustau has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Elitzur Yavne (8-4) in their last game. Despite Lioutrine's very good performance Elitzur Yavne lost 75-90 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Afula. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. It's Lioutrine's first season with the team. This year Lioutrine's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Igor Suhinin contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Severstal (3-12) crushing them 70-42 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Sunday night. Suhinin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-9) is placed 11th in the Superleague. This year Suhinin's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.

   #3. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9). Karpov recorded 10 points. Karpov's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.



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Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Houthalen 13-5 
 2. Kangor.-Boom 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 9-8 
 9. M.Hainaut II 9-8 
 10. CEP Fleurus 8-8 
 11. Sprimont 7-7 
 12. Tongeren 7-9 
 13. Oudenaarde 6-11 
 14. Essor Charleroi 3-14 
 15. Giants II 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 13: Houthalen - Essor Charleroi 94-60
Jan. 11: Sint-Jan Ant. - CEP Fleurus 93-80
Jan. 12: Waregem - Giants II 85-61
Jan. 13: Excelsior - M.Hainaut II 72-77
Jan. 12: Kangor.-Boom - St-Niklase 65-68
Jan. 12: Gent Dragons - Oudenaarde 64-63
Jan. 11: Point Chaud - Tongeren


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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He led Gescrap BB to a victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (6-11) 78-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hervelle scored 13 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 31 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (11-6) is placed fifth in the ACB. This year Hervelle averages: 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 61.0%(61-100), 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 79.3% in the 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-9) 79-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Mapooro Cantu (11-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Tabu has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 88.9%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom could not help CAI Zaragoza (10-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated in an overtime 93-88 on the road by the much lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#13). Van Rossom scored 12 points and added 5 assists. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(29-51), 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 84.0%. He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84, currently plays in Poland) led Polpharma to a victory over the closely-ranked AZS Koszalin (9-7) crushing them 96-73 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. Lichodzijewski was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (7-9) is placed eighth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. This year Lichodzijewski's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg in the 12 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Lichodzijewski used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #5. Former U20 international swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-17) in their game against Sheffield One Health Sharks (7-10) in the British BBL. Hulsen recorded 9 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 99-64 in Sheffield by the higher-ranked (#7) One Health Sharks. So far Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost all seventeen games in the Regular Season. This year Hulsen has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.9apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led BYU to an easy victory against the Santa Clara University (1-3) 82-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Haws scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Brigham Young University has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. It's Haws' fourth year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in the 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ryan Hoover (187-PG-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA Jesi (5-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Fileni BPA Jesi was defeated 79-72 on the road by the higher-ranked AcegasAps TR (#7). Hoover was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 3 assists. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ronrico White (190-PG-92, currently studies in the States) led Chattanooga to a victory against the The Citadel (0-4) 70-65 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 11 points in 29 minutes. The Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga has 2-2 conference record this season. This year White has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg and 2.0spg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely White has never played in Belgium.

   #4. Ruphin Tshiabu Kayembe (200-F-92, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help KK Maribor Messer to win against the league outsider Polzela (0-11) 95-86 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored only 1 points. KK Maribor Messer (9-2) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tshiabu Kayembe's total stats this season are: 0.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #5. best in steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.1apg and 2.6spg. Jones is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.

   #6. Julien Rahier (193-G-83, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Starwings in their game against Monthey in the Swiss LNA. He scored 5 points in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 109-83. This year Rahier's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg in the four games.



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Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Mladost 9-3 
 2. Bosna 9-4 
 3. Capljina 9-4 
 4. Radnik B. 8-5 
 5. Borac Nektar 6-6 
 6. Posusje 5-7 
 7. Servitium 5-7 
 8. Kakanj 5-8 
 9. Leotar 5-8 
 10. Varda HE 5-8 
 11. Vogosca 5-8 
 12. Zrinjski HT 5-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki WWin

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 12: Radnik B. - Capljina 71-59
Jan. 12: Zrinjski HT - Servitium 66-76
Jan. 12: Leotar - Varda HE 65-62
Jan. 12: Posusje - Bosna 60-58
Jan. 12: Vogosca - Kakanj 105-70
Jan. 12: Borac Nektar - Mladost


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca24.0 
 2. Bakovic, Posusje22.2 
 3. Djurasovic, Leotar21.0 
 4. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.20.3 
 5. Hot, Vogosca18.8 
 6. Lalovic, Zrinjski.18.3 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost18.3 
 8. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.17.7 
 9. Peljto, Kakanj16.9 
 10. Aleksic, Leotar16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mujo TULJKOVIC
  Vogosca
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tuljkovic, Vogosca8.8 
 2. Djurasovic, Leotar8.7 
 3. Josilo, Varda HE8.5 
 4. Jazvin, Zrinjski HT8.0 
 5. Hadzifejzovi., Kak.7.4 
 6. Lalovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Bijelic, Mladost7.0 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.6.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Radnik6.6 
 10. Rizvic, Bosna6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Hot, Vogosca7.7 
 2. Peljto, Kakanj6.5 
 3. Kascelan, Leotar5.9 
 4. Kovacevic, Capljina5.6 
 5. Sinadinovic, Zrinj.5.5 
 6. Radovanovic, Radni.5.3 
 7. Hodzic, Bosna5.0 
 8. Ivanic, Mladost4.9 
 9. Bakovic, Posusje4.8 
 10. Kastratovic, Vard.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Amin HOT
  Vogosca
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hot, Vogosca3.1 
 2. Kovacevic, Capljina2.3 
 3. Lovric, Posusje2.3 
 4. Bjelica, Capljina2.0 
 5. Jovanovic, Radnik1.6 
 6. Hodzic, Bosna1.6 
 7. Josilo, Varda HE1.6 
 8. Erkic, Radnik B.1.6 
 9. Peljto, Kakanj1.6 
 10. Knezevic, Mladost1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Igor BIJELIC
  Mladost
  (207-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bijelic, Mladost1.5 
 2. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 3. Djuranovic, Borac0.7 
 4. Mustapic, Posusje0.7 
 5. Buza, Bosna0.7 
 6. Leric, Bosna0.6 
 7. Demic, Bosna0.6 
 8. Jovanovic, Radnik0.5 
 9. Erkic, Radnik B.0.5 
 10. Velimirovic, Mlad.0.5 


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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (5-6) crushing them 83-63 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. Spartak St.Petersburg (8-2) is placed first in group A. It's Wright's first season with the team. This year Wright averages: 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47) and FT: 79.2% in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany). He was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-12) crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Djedovic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). ALBA Berlin (11-5) is placed fifth in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Djedovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 86.2%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania). Jovanovic contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (12-5) 103-91 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. He was the top player that evening. Jovanovic recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 9 passes (made all of his ten free throws !!!). BC Timisoara (12-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Jovanovic is currently third on the league's list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 94.0%(63-67). He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

Esmir Rizvic
Esmir Rizvic
   #4. Center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the league outsider Polzela (0-11) 95-86 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Rizvic scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (9-2) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Rizvic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Rizvic averages: 15.2ppg and 7.6rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #5. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey could not help Banvit BK (0-1) to beat Budivelnyk (1-0). Bajramovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. The third-placed Banvit BK lost 69-76 on the road to the leading Budivelnyk in the group I of Eurocup. This year Bajramovic's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #6. Point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help Partizan (11-6) in their last game. Despite Gordic's good performance Partizan lost 80-87 in Siroki Brijeg to the much lower-ranked (#12) HKK Siroki WWin. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Gordic's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 1.7apg in the nine games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #7. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) helped Brooklyn Nets win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (16-22) crushing them 109-89 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Teletovic scored 8 points. The Brooklyn Nets have 22-15 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Teletovic has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Slovenian team Un.Olimpija win their game against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (6-11) 88-81 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Sulejmanovic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Un.Olimpija this season. His team is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. Despite Sulejmanovic played previously for the Finnish U16 national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team roster.

Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda
   #9. An experienced former international power forward Ratko Varda (215-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in a Radnicki KG's victory against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje (9-8) 89-83 in the Adriatic League last Monday. Varda scored 20 points in a mere 19 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (9-8) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League. Varda has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) helped Sloga win their game against the fourth-ranked Metalac (9-6) 90-87 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. Popovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 14 passes. KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (4-11) is placed 14th in the A League. Popovic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Popovic averages: 17.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.2apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (7-10) in their last game. Despite Sinanovic's very good performance Blancos de Rueda was crushed 89-56 in Santoago de Comp by the higher-ranked (#8) Blusens Monbus. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Sinanovic also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.8rpg in the 16 games. Sinanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International power forward Jozo Brkic (212-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia couldn't help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was edged 67-65 in Novo Mesto by the higher-ranked Krka (#9). Brkic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Brkic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Monthey win their game against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 109-83 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Hodzic was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Hodzic has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.7apg. Hodzic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

   #14. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita in their game against Zvezda in the Adriatic League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 90-65. Masic has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) helped PGE Turow win their game against the fifth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia 90-77 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 22 minutes. Opacak has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker (13-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was badly defeated 94-76 in a derby game by the leading Anadolu Efes. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia was not able to help Khimky (2-1) in their last game. Despite Planinic's good performance the third-placed Khimky lost 76-82 on the road to the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague. He scored 10 points and added 7 assists in 32 minutes. Planinic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.8apg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg in the 12 games he played so far. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita (9-8) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance Cedevita was crushed 90-65 in Beograd by the second-ranked Zvezda. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Suton also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Cedevita's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Suton's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg in the 15 games. Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.

   #4. Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the 12th-ranked Gaziantep (4-11) 92-82 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game. Barac scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (13-2) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Barac's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg in the 10 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary couldn't help Szolnok (4-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok was crushed 88-63 in Podgorica by the much higher-ranked Buducnost (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sehovic also added 3 assists. This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #6. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) led Targu Mures to a victory over the closely-ranked Ploiesti 66-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Ceskovic was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. This year Ceskovic has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 12 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #7. Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 crushing them 90-54 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Begic scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Begic has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports.

   #8. Nikola Djurasovic (198-F-83, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in Craiova's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara 87-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Tuesday night. Djurasovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. Djurasovic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 16 games. He has Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #9. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm 82-63 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games.

   #10. Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni crushing them 78-57 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night. Hajric recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 6.3rpg. Hajric has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish nationalities.



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Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Pinheiros/Sky - Liga Sorocaba
Jan. 17: Mogi das Cruzes - Uberlandia
Jan. 17: Joinville - Limeira
Jan. 17: Palmeiras - Tijuca TC
Jan. 17: Suzano - Flamengo
Jan. 17: Paulistano - Bauru
Jan. 17: Minas - Brasilia
Jan. 17: Vila Velha - Basquete Cearense
Jan. 17: S.Jose/Unimed - Franca

Round 3

Jan. 14: Flamengo - S.Jose/Unimed 83-75
Jan. 15: Brasilia - Basquete Cearense

Round 4

Jan. 15: Palmeiras - Pinheiros/Sky


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.0 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.6 
 3. Antonio, S.Jose/U.20.3 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasil.19.1 
 5. Simmons, Vila Velha19.0 
 6. Holloway, Liga S.18.9 
 7. Brown, Palmeiras18.8 
 8. Day, Uberlandia18.7 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.5 
 10. Dos Santos, Brasi.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Guilherme GIOVANNONI
  Brasilia
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Giovannoni, Brasil.9.7 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.9.2 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.9 
 4. Araujo, Mogi d.8.5 
 5. Agba, Bauru8.2 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.8 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 10. Cipolini, Uberlan.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 2. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.7 
 3. Dos Santos, Brasil.5.7 
 4. Garcia, Uberlandia5.5 
 5. Lima, Limeira5.0 
 6. Campos, Suzano4.9 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 8. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 9. Ribeiro, Brasilia4.6 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Pinhei.
  (196-SG-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.3 
 2. Benite, Flamengo0.3 
 3. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.2 
 4. Froehlich, Franca0.2 
 5. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.2 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.2 
 8. Alves, Brasilia0.2 
 9. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 10. Collum, Uberlandia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jefferson CAMPOS
  Suzano
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campos, Suzano2.5 
 2. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 3. Figueroa, Franca2.2 
 4. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.0 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.0 
 6. Simmons, Vila Velha1.9 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo1.8 
 8. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Lima, Limeira1.7 


Tiago Splitter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a 3-point victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-21) 108-105 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Splitter had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-11 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(141-242) and FT: 75.2% in the 40 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (12-5) crushing them 90-54 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Hettsheimer scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (16-1) is placed first in the ACB. This season Hettsheimer averages: 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(12-19) and FT: 66.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Hettsheimer played for the Brazilian national team in 2011.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB. He could not help Hebraica (20-10) in their last game. Despite Passos' very good performance the fifth-placed Hebraica lost 91-98 in a derby game to the leading Bigua in the Capital group. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Passos is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.5ppg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 68.3%(164-240) and FT: 53.6% in the 27 games. Passos played for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #4. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (1-2) 76-68 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (2-1) is placed fourth in group F. Huertas' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Huertas is also Brazilian national team player.

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #5. International center Hilario Nene (207-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Atlanta Hawks (21-16) 93-83 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 7-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.4apg in the 22 games. Nene plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #6. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) led Le Mans to a victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-6) 64-60 in the French ProA on Monday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (10-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Batista's fifth season with the team. This year Batista has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team three years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #7. International point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the New York Knicks (24-13) 102-96 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Barbosa scored 8 points and added 3 passes in only 13 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 20-17 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Barbosa's first year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 1.4apg in the 25 games. Barbosa is also Brazilian national team player.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #8. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (9-8) crushing them 88-66 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. Nogueira's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #9. International forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Autocid Ford Burgos to win against the tenth-ranked Lleida Basquet (6-8) 81-62 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Toledo scored only 4 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Autocid Ford Burgos (12-2) is placed first in the LEB Gold. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Toledo is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. Toledo is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Blusens Monbus (9-8) in their game against FIATC Joventut (8-9) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Blusens Monbus was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#11) FIATC Joventut. This year Freire's total stats are: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the third-ranked Valencia Basket 76-68 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Neto scored 7 points and added 4 assists. Neto has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Leche Rio Breogan (7-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Cobos' good performance Leche Rio Breogan was badly defeated 75-58 in Barcelona by the much lower-ranked FCB Regal II (#12). He scored 10 points. Cobos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U17 international center Rafael Maia (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Brown win their game against the Daniel Webster crushing them 71-34 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Maia has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian U17 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Valencia Basket (12-5) to beat Lagun Aro GBC (3-14). Faverani scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 68-76 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Lagun Aro GBC. It was Valencia Basket's first loss after three consecutive victories. Faverani is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. This season his total stats are: 9.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg in the eight games he played so far.

   #2. Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St., currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to Balkan's victory against the closely-ranked Euroins Cherno More (5-6) 74-67 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Santos scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Balkan Botevgrad (7-6) is placed fifth in the NBL. It's Santos' first season with the team. Santos is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg in the 10 games.

   #3. Rodrigo de Souza (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (3-2) crushing them 77-55 in the NCAA on Saturday night. de Souza scored 10 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 16 minutes. The University of Pacific has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. de Souza has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games.

   #4. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Atletico Welcome in a victory against the tenth-ranked Olimpia (12-17) 93-79 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Soarez scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. Atletico Welcome (10-19) is placed 13th in Capital group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Soarez has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.4rpg in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #5. Gabriel Dos Santos (193-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Youngstown State University (1-2) crushing them 101-60 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Dos Santos recorded only 2 points. The University of Detroit Mercy has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dos Santos has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.4rpg.

   #6. Experienced Romero Junior (200-F-74, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Fisica in their game against Lusitania in the Portuguese LPB. He scored 5 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 54-67. This year Junior averages only 4.0ppg in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #7. Luiz Bidart (183-G-90, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Seattle in their game against the New Mexico State University in the NCAA. Bidart cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was edged in an overtime 83-82. This season Bidart averages just 4.0ppg.

   #8. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Houston Baptist (0-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Baptist was crushed 72-44 in El Paso, TX by the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso. Bernardi scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. This year Bernardi averages only 4.0ppg in the two games.



Desmond Holloway claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Desmond Holloway (190-G-88) had a great game in the last round for Liga Sorocaba and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Liga Sorocaba in his team's victory, helping them to crush Suzano (#16, 2-11) with 17-point margin 87-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Liga Sorocaba maintains the 11th position in Brazilian NBB. Liga Sorocaba is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. Holloway turned to be Liga Sorocaba's top player in his first season with the team. Coastal Carolina College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.9ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Italian guard Thyago Aleo (188-G-89) of Joinville. Aleo impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Joinville to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tijuca TC (#17, 1-12) 79-58. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Joinville managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Aleo is a newcomer at Joinville and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Basquete Cearense (#7). Ribeiro scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Ribeiro's great performance Basquete Cearense lost 84-85 to the higher-ranked Pinheiros/Sky (#4, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Basquete Cearense needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Ribeiro has a great season in Brazil. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (2nd best) and assists with 1.0apg (9th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricardo Fischer (185-G-91) of Bauru - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) of Minas - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) of Flamengo - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) of Limeira - 24 points and 3 rebounds
8. Ricardo Probst (200-F/C-76) of Joinville - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Day (197-F-82) of Uberlandia - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Thiago Mathias (206-F-89) of Joinville - 14 points and 12 rebounds

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



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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia. He could not help VEF Riga (0-1) in their last game. Despite Rowland's very good performance the fourth-placed VEF Riga lost 82-86 on the road to the second-ranked Valencia Basket in the group J of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Rowland also added 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 30 minutes on the court. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.3apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 83.3% in the seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Spain. He was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (1-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Calloway's good performance Unicaja Malaga (#6) was defeated 78-73 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#4) in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 14 points. This season Calloway has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(24-39), 3FGP: 53.2%(25-47) and FT: 72.2%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Simmons was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (8-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi lost 76-83 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Armani Milano. Simmons had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Simmons is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.5bpg. This year he also averages: 6.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(42-75) and FT: 70.8% in the 15 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Interesting that Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) led U-Mobitelco to a victory over the closely-ranked CSU Sibiu (8-9) 89-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Nikolov scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (11-6) is placed seventh in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Nikolov has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.9spg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Gaz Metan (9-8) in their game against CS Farul Constanca (2-15) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Lilov was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Lilov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Lilov's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #6. An experienced guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) was the main contributor in Keravnos' victory against the closely-ranked Etha (9-4) 65-54 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. Owens was the best player in that game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (11-2) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Owens' overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Owens is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago. He used to play for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #7. Former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Zalgiris (1-2) in their game against Real Madrid (3-0) in the Euroleague. Jaaber cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Zalgiris (#5) was edged 75-74 in Madrid by the leading Real in the group E of Euroleague. Jaaber is currently second on the list of most steals. His total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. However Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #8. Guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in a victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-9) 81-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 5 points and added 5 assists in 21 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (6-11) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Blakney's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5apg in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #9. Former international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Air Avellino (4-11) in their game against VL Pesaro (3-12) in the Italian SerieA. Ivanov scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Air Avellino was defeated 78-71 on the opponent's court by the league outsider VL_Pesaro (#16). Ivanov averaged so far 13.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.3spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #10. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 14th-ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-11) 84-72 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Homan recorded 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (12-6) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Homan's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Lietuvos rytas in their game against Krasnie Krilya in the VTB United League. Ivanov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 89-72. Ivanov has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 5.2rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a CSU Sibiu's victory against the closely-ranked Rovinari 73-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Gruev recorded 18 points in 28 minutes. Gruev averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

   #13. International shooting guard Pavlin Ivanov (194-93, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the league outsider Szolnok crushing them 88-63 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Ivanov scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. This year he averages just 1.7ppg in the seven games. Ivanov is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. He scored 5 points. His team was defeated in an overtime 101-95. Georgiev has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Aarhus BC in their game against Svendborg in the Danish Ligaen, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Petkov was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. But his team was crushed by 22 points 83-61. Petkov averaged so far 12.8ppg and 6.6rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team twelve years ago.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiacos (1-2) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (2-1). Antic scored 9 points. But Olympiacos (#5) was defeated 76-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#4) in the group F of Euroleague. This season Antic averages: 6.2ppg and 3.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's surprising victory against the league leader Cimberio Varese (13-2) 87-85 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Clark scored 24 points and added 8 assists in 32 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (7-8) is placed ninth in the SerieA. This year Clark has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Khimik (13-11) in their last game. Despite Deane's good performance Khimik lost 69-81 in Kyiv to the league outsider (#14) BC Kyiv. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Deane also added 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Deane's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.5apg in the 22 games. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #4. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Northeastern's victory against the Towson University (2-1) 70-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Marshavelski scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. The Northeastern University has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. It's Marshavelski's fourth year with the team. He averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg.

   #5. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Centrum (12-5) 90-74 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. Mihaylov scored 8 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tromso Storm (13-3) is placed first in the BLNO. It's Mihaylov's seventh season with the team. He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.8apg.

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Malbas (9-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gafor's good performance Malbas (#3) was defeated 81-73 at home by the leading IK Eos in the South group. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gafor belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Gafor averages: 19.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg and 2.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #7. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen in a victory against the eighth-ranked Dresden 106-88 in the German ProB (third division) last Friday. Vladov scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Leitershofen this season. He has both Bulgarian and German nationalities.



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  CHINA   

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 18-3 
 2. Beijing Ducks 15-5 
 3. Shandong FB 14-7 
 4. Liaoning H. 12-8 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 12-9 
 6. Xinjiang FT 12-9 
 7. Bayi R. 11-10 
 8. Guangsha L. 11-10 
 9. Zhejiang CB 10-10 
 10. DongGuan L. 10-10 
 11. TianJin S. 10-11 
 12. Foshan LL 9-12 
 13. Jiangsu D. 8-12 
 14. Jilin NE T. 7-14 
 15. Fujian QB 7-14 
 16. Shanghai S. 6-15 
 17. Qingdao E. 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 13: Jilin NE T. - Qingdao E. 96-104
Jan. 13: TianJin S. - Beijing Ducks 93-80
Jan. 13: Foshan LL - Guangsha L. 129-119
Jan. 13: Guangdong ST - Zhejiang CB 109-101
Jan. 13: Shanghai S. - Xinjiang FT 107-104
Jan. 13: Bayi R. - Shanxi Zh. 105-101
Jan. 13: Liaoning H. - Shandong FB 103-116
Jan. 13: Fujian QB - Jiangsu D. 102-106

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 15: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S.
Jan. 15: Guangdong ST - DongGuan L.
Jan. 16: Liaoning H. - Qingdao E.
Jan. 16: Guangsha L. - Bayi R.
Jan. 16: TianJin S. - Jilin NE T.
Jan. 16: Foshan LL - Jiangsu D.
Jan. 16: Shandong FB - Beijing Ducks
Jan. 16: Fujian QB - Zhejiang CB


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. Akognon, Liaoning.31.1 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 5. Daniels, Qingdao E.30.5 
 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. Daniels, Qingdao E.12.0 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB12.0 
 8. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.9 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.8 
 10. Li, Liaoning H.11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.6 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.1 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.9 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.4.9 
 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. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 5. Co, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 6. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 7. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.1 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 9. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 10. Jeter, Shandong2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.1 
 5. Wang, Bayi R.1.7 
 6. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. White, Shanghai S.1.4 


Guangdong improved to 18-3 record - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST improved to 18-3 record in CBA. The team overcame Zhejiang 109:101 in the latest game. Yi Jianlian (212-PF-87) erupted with 38 points and Diogu Ike scored 22. Williams Terrence notched 20, while Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) had 14. Curry Eddy (211-C/F-82) replied with 32 points in the losing effort.
Beijing is second with 15-5 record after the loss from TianJin 80:93. Zhang Zhihan (198-F/G-91) and Zhang Nan paced all the winners with 25 points each, while N'Diaye Hamady followed them with 13 points. Harvey Donnell (203-F/C-80, college: Florida) delivered 12 points and 20 rebounds in a win. Marbury Stephon had 31 in defeat, whilst Morris Randolph posted 25.
Shandong is third with 14-7 record after the win over Liaoning 116:103. Li JingYu (198-F-91) and Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) erupted with 33 points to lead the winners.



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  CYPRUS   

Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 11-2 
 2. AEK 9-4 
 3. Etha 9-4 
 4. Apollon 7-6 
 5. Apoel 7-6 
 6. AEL 5-8 
 7. ENAD 2-11 
 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 103-81

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 15: Apoel - Etha
Jan. 15: ENAD - AEL
Jan. 15: Omonia - Apollon
Jan. 15: Keravnos - AEK


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Omonia
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lee-Ingram, Omonia19.9 
 2. Allen, Omonia19.0 
 3. Brown, Apollon18.5 
 4. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 5. Aleksic, AEL16.3 
 6. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos15.3 
 8. Fisher, AEK14.5 
 9. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 10. Diggs, Omonia13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Omonia8.3 
 3. Pesic, AEL8.0 
 4. Diggs, Omonia7.6 
 5. Aleksic, AEL7.3 
 6. Vaughn, Keravnos6.9 
 7. Brown, Apollon6.6 
 8. Kaskiris, ENAD6.3 
 9. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 10. Garcia, AEK6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby MAZE
  Keravnos
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Maze, Keravnos5.4 
 2. Diggs, Omonia4.9 
 3. Aleksic, AEL4.7 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 5. Palalas, AEL3.9 
 6. Demertzis, Kerav.3.9 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.7 
 8. Panteli, AEK3.2 
 9. Adegboye, Etha3.2 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palalas, AEL2.7 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel2.5 
 3. Diggs, Omonia1.8 
 4. Brown, Apollon1.8 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 6. Poole, Etha1.7 
 7. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 8. Pilavas, Keravnos1.6 
 9. Adegboye, Etha1.5 
 10. Panteli, AEK1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Apollon
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jefferson, Apollon1.9 
 2. Outerbridge, AEL1.8 
 3. Vaughn, Keravnos1.7 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 5. Harrison, AEK1.5 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.4 
 7. Morrison, Apoel1.1 
 8. Lee-Ingram, Omonia0.9 
 9. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 10. Loizidis, AEL0.5 


Cypriot Division A round 13 best performance: Charron Fisher - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked AEK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Omonia (#8, 2-11) with 33-point margin 112-79. AEK is placed at 2nd position in Cypriot Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AEK will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. It's Fisher's second year at AEK and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Charron Fisher averages this season 12.4ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Apollon. Brown had a very good evening with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Apollon to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ENAD (#7, 2-11) 103-81. This victory allowed Apollon to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 7-6 record is not bad at all. Brown is a newcomer at Apollon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#4). He also registered 6.8 boards per game. Former Cal State - San Bernardino star Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was another AEK's star - American guard Dion Dixon (190-G-89). Dixon showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of AEK, helping his team with a 112-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Omonia (#8, 2-11). AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Dixon has a very solid season. In 9 games in Cyprus he scored 11.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of AEL - 26 points and 13 rebounds
5. Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86) of Apollon - 16 points and 7 rebounds
6. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83) of Keravnos - 6 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. JoJo Garcia (206-C-75) of AEK - 7 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jeremy Allen (193-G-88) of Omonia - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrew Warren (195-G-87) of Apollon - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Etha - 11 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

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

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. 13: Jonstrup - Amager BK 74-80
Jan. 13: Haderslev - Stevnsgade 51-69
Jan. 12: Falcon - Aarhus BF 100-57

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 19: Aarhus BF - Koge BK
Jan. 19: Stevnsgade - ALBA
Jan. 19: Virum - BMS Skovlunde
Jan. 19: Falcon - Jonstrup
Jan. 19: Lemvig - Glostrup
Jan. 20: Haderslev - Amager BK


Eurobasket 2015 - by Thomas Soltau

The Danish Men's National team is ready for Eurobasket 2015. However things look and feel a bit different. The Danish Federation has hired Hrannar Holm as Sports Director, asked head coach Peter Hoffman to step down and is currently searching the european scene for a new coach.

The Danish team will face Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg to start with and should be more than ready to compete with these teams.

The Federation has been very happy with the recent development within the youth national teams, so hopefully this will also start to show on the senior level. These are exciting times for Danish basketball as we enter a new era.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Luke Harangody claims D-League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Luke Harangody (201-F-88, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ft.Wayne MA and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team outclassed Erie Bay H. (#4, 10-7) with 28-point margin 112-84. Ft.Wayne MA is placed at 5th position in D-League. Ft.Wayne MA 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 10-10 record. Harangody turned to be Ft.Wayne MA's top player in his first season with the team. Luke Harangody averages this season 18.8ppg and 14.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Canadian point guard Cory Joseph (190-PG-91) of Austin T.. Joseph impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Austin T. cruised to a 99-92 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Texas L. (#2, 11-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Austin T. consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 11-9 record is not bad at all. Joseph is a newcomer at Austin T. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was DaJuan Summers (203-F-88) of top-ranked Maine RC. Summers scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maine RC, leading his team to a 116-107 win against the lower-ranked Springfield A. (#8, 5-13). Maine RC confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Summers has a great season in D-L. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and and 3PT: 40.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of Canton C. - 23 points and 14 rebounds
5. Mychel Thompson (200-F-88) of Sioux Falls S. - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83) of Ft.Wayne MA - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of Canton C. - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. James Nunnally (200-G/F-90) of Bakersfield J. - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91) of Austin T. - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Justin Dentmon (182-G-85) of Austin T. - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  ESTONIA   


Arbet joins Kavala - by Janar

Long-time Estonian National Team member and one of the best players in recent years of Estonian basketball history, Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) has agreed to a contract with Greek A1 team Kavala (Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas), Estonian Basketball Federation's website www.basket.ee reported on Monday.

Arbet has averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.6 rpg in Estonian championships this season. in Baltic Basketball League, his averages are 9.4 ppg and 2.2 rpg, in VTB League: 9.0 ppg and 2.6 rpg. In EuroBasket qualifications he averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.9 rpg.

He has been named 6 times to Eurobasket.com Estonian league All-Defensive team and also given lots of honorable titles, including Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-European Players Team last season.
He's a five-time Estonian champion and a 6th Estonian National Team member to play abroad this season - Sten Sokk plays in Georgia, Janar Talts and Kristjan Kangur in Italy, Reinar Hallik in Romania and Siim-Sander Vene in Lithuania.

Kavala has won 3 out of 12 games in A1 this season and is on 13th place (2nd from bottom). In Balkan league, they fight for the 1st place in group B.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Caja Laboral is looking for David Jelinek - by Ugur Turker

Olin Edirne Basketball guard David Jelinek (194-SG-90) is in radar of some euroleague and spanish teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria is at the top of the list. After good start for Eurolegue Top 16, Caja is looking for another addition to their scoring options. Even if some reports claim that deal is done, close the situation denied rumours. " Jelinek is very happy not about the results of the games but is confident the team will start winning due to support of his coach and club. He is plaiyng with great confidence thanks to coach. That is true that there are some interests but nothing to say right now. Jelinek is player of Olin Edirne Basketball and giving %100 percent to help his team. " When David Jelinek moved from FIATC Joventut Badalona to Olin Edirne Basketball, he showed impressive performances for his team, his stats are 12,5 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 apg.


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  FINLAND   


Finnish 1st Division round 17 best performance: Pierre Jallow - by Eurobasket News

Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jarvenpaa, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out BC Jyvaskyla (#6, 6-12) 79-78. Jarvenpaa maintains the 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jarvenpaa will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. It's Jallow's second year at Jarvenpaa and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pierre Jallow averages this season 23.0ppg and 15.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Cameroonian Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of league's leader Kerava ET. Mua had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Kerava ET to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked HBA-Marsky (#5, 8-8) 102-81. This victory allowed Kerava ET to move up to 1st position in group B. His team has currently 12-5 record. Mua is well-known at Kerava ET and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#9). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Antonio Hester (198-F) of TuNMKY (#4). Hester scored 20 points and grabbed twenty six rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of TuNMKY, leading his team to a 84-77 win against #2 ranked KaU Koris in a game of the week. TuNMKY needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Hester has a very solid season. In 2 games in Finland he scored 16.5ppg. Hester attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nolan Richardson (188-G-84) of Ura Basket - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Capers (193-G-89) of ToPo - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Ura Basket - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nafis Ricks (188-G) of BC Jyvaskyla - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Kerava ET - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) of Tapiolan Honka - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Joni Harjula (189-G-83) of Pyrinto II - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Paris-Levallois 10-5 
 2. Le Mans 10-5 
 3. Strasbourg 10-5 
 4. Gravelines 10-5 
 5. ASVEL 9-6 
 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. 14: Le Mans - ASVEL 64-60
Jan. 12: Gravelines - Chalon 102-69

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 19: Roanne - Chalon
Jan. 19: Orleans - ASVEL
Jan. 19: Le Havre - Cholet
Jan. 19: Boulazac - Le Mans
Jan. 19: Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois
Jan. 19: Dijon - Nancy
Jan. 19: Nanterre - Poitiers
Jan. 19: Limoges - Gravelines


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. Sommerville, Nancy15.6 
 7. Ajinca, Strasbourg15.6 
 8. Green, Orleans15.1 
 9. King, Nancy15.1 
 10. Jackson, AS.15.0 
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. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.7.5 
 6. Collins, Roanne7.4 
 7. May, Paris-Levallo.7.2 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers7.1 
 9. Howard, Roanne6.9 
 10. King, Nancy6.9 
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. Sangare, Roanne3.9 
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. Williams, Paris-.1.8 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 7. Thompson, Le Havre1.6 
 8. Diot, Paris-Levall.1.6 
 9. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 10. Eldridge, Boulazac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Nancy
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Nancy2.1 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.8 
 3. Sy, AS.1.5 
 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 


Tony Parker leads Spurs past Timberwolves, 106-88 - by Eurobasket News

SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio in a 106-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, extending the Spurs' home winning streak to 12 games.

Gary Neal was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in scoring 15 points for San Antonio, which beat Minnesota at home for the 16th straight time. Tim Duncan added 14 points and nine rebounds and Tiago Splitter had 10 points. Manu Ginobili scored 12 points in the first half before leaving with a strained left hamstring.

J.J. Barea scored 15 points, Nikola Pekovic had 14 and Luke Ridnour 13 for the Timberwolves.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 7:22 remaining in the game following a double technical for arguing a foul called against Splitter on Barea. The ejection sparked an 11-0 run for the Spurs, including a dunk and two reverse layups by Splitter.
Courtesy of: http://bostonherald.com



Mickael Gelabale could sign at The Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) is considering to sign 30-year old French ex-international small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) who currently plays Valencia Basket in Spain. Gelabale managed to play in five leagues during current season (!!!). In 5 ACB games this season he averaged 11.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He also played 1 game in Eurocup where he had 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Gelabale also played at Cedevita in Croatia earlier that season. In 10 Euroleague games this year he had 12.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0apg. The last season Gelabale played at Khimky in Russian PBL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 12 PBL games he had 4.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Gelabale also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 4.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. He also played 7 games in VTB United League where he had 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. The other team Gelabale played shortly was Spirou Charleroi in Belgian Ethias League.
The previous (10-11) season he played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA. Similarly like in the last season, the team also played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Gelabale had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 36 ProA games he had 14.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Gelabale also played 4 games in Euroleague where he had 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 12.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2005 Gelabale was drafted by Seattle Supersonics in second round (48th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-World Championships Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
Gelabale was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2005 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2001. Gelabale represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Gelabale is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Spain (Real Madrid), France (Cholet) and D-League (Idaho Stampede and Los Angeles D-Fenders).

By Eurobasket Data Center



ProA Round 15: Four teams share top position - by Eurobasket News

ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left.

Round 15 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Gravelines where host Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-5) crushed league's leader Chalon/Saor (9-6) 102-69 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 73-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gravelines-Dunkerque made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Chalon/Saor dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. They were replaced at the leadership position by Paris-Levallois. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Chorale de Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
The game in Le Mans was also worth to mention about. 4th placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Le Mans (10-5). Le Mans managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for American guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 assists. Joao Paulo Batista contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) answered with 12 points for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chalon. Le Mans will play against bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Cholet was also quite interesting. Third ranked Paris-Levallois (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Cholet (7-8). Paris-Levallois defeated Cholet 94-82 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Sean May who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Marcus Goree with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paris-Levallois keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cholet keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Paris-Levallois will meet Strasbourg IG (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cholet will play against STB Le Havre (#15) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nanterre was defeated by Dijon in JDA Dijon 88-80. Nancy beat Poitiers at home 72-66. Le Havre lost to Roanne on the opponent's court 67-80. Strasbourg managed to outperform Orleans in a home game 81-70. Bottom-ranked Boulazac recorded a loss to Limoges on the road 82-65.
The best stats of 15th round was 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Ricardo Greer of Strasbourg.


Le Mans - ASVEL 64-60

The game in Le Mans was also worth to mention about. 4th placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Le Mans (10-5). Le Mans managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was a key game for the top position in the league. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Le Mans, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to just 6 points in third quarter. Le Mans forced 25 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 assists. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) answered with 12 points and the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) added 12 points in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Chalon. Le Mans will play against bottom-ranked Boulazac Basket (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: K.El-Amin 13+1reb+6ast, C.Long 12+2reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 11+5reb, A.Koffi 10+4reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 7+2reb, P.Sy 6+2reb
ASVEL: P.Morlende 12+4reb, E.Jackson 12+2reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 11+2reb+2ast, L.Jean-Charles 7+4reb+1ast, M.Thompson 6+3reb+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 3+9reb+2ast
gschID: 178960


Dijon - Nanterre 88-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked JDA Dijon and 13th ranked JSF Nanterre had identical 6-8 record. This time JDA Dijon used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nanterre 88-80 on Saturday night. JSF Nanterre trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. JDA Dijon made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fair Dickinson) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) with 20 points and 5 assists and guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) scored 14 points. Four JDA Dijon and five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon will meet at home Sluc Nancy (#9) in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Poitiers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: Z.Moss 21+3reb+1ast, L.Owens 14+2reb+4ast, A.Harris 13+7reb+1ast, T.Campbell 12+2reb+4ast, F.Prenom 10+5reb, J.Leloup 9+2reb+4ast
Nanterre: D.Lighty 20+3reb+5ast, T.Meacham 14+4reb+2ast, X.Corosine 13+1reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 12+6reb+1ast, S.Brun 11+3reb+4ast, M.Diarra 5+4reb
gschID: 178963


Nancy - Poitiers 72-66

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Sluc Nancy (7-8) defeated at home 14th ranked Poitiers (5-10) 72-66 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Poitiers was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 11-point lead after three quarters before a 25-8 charge of Sluc Nancy, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Ivorian point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sluc Nancy moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Poitiers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Le Havre. Sluc Nancy will meet JDA Dijon (#11) on the road in the next round. Poitiers will play against JSF Nanterre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: S.Diabate 18+7reb+7ast, M.Sommerville 13+12reb+2ast, C.Marquis 13+11reb, K.Grant 10+2reb+3ast, T.Martin 9+3reb+2ast, B.Merriex 7+3reb+1ast
Poitiers: A.Nivins 17+5reb+1ast, A.Grant 14+5reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 12+7reb+3ast, J.Gray 9+3ast, P.Guillard 8+8reb+1ast, A.Smith 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 178962


Cholet - Paris-Levallois 82-94

The game in Cholet was also quite interesting. Third ranked Paris-Levallois (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Cholet (7-8). Paris-Levallois defeated Cholet 94-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Paris-Levallois. Cholet managed to win fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Paris-Levallois forced 19 Cholet turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Paris-Levallois especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a great evening for American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (196-81, college: USF) helped adding 16 points and 7 assists. Five Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paris-Levallois keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cholet keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Paris-Levallois will meet Strasbourg IG (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cholet will play against STB Le Havre (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Cox 16+2reb+7ast, S.May 16+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 14+5reb, M.N'Doye 14+1reb, A.Diot 11+4reb+4ast, L.Labeyrie 8+4reb+2ast
Cholet: M.Goree 19+6reb+3ast, C.Ona-Embo 15+2reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 12+8ast, T.Bryant 8, R.Gobert 7+6reb, L.Vebobe 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 178961


Roanne - Le Havre 80-67

Very expected game when 15th ranked STB Le Havre (5-10) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-8) 80-67 on Saturday. STB Le Havre was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of Chorale de Roanne, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 18 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Congolese-Central African forward Max Kouguere (198-87) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. STB Le Havre lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Poitiers. Chorale de Roanne will meet at home higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. STB Le Havre will play against Cholet (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Roanne: M.Howard 22+10reb+2ast, P.Amagou 18+2reb+5ast, S.Gray 12+2reb+1ast, C.Collins 11+7reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 6+1reb+4ast, D.Kecman 6+2reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.King 14+5reb+4ast, B.Smith 13+1reb, M.Kouguere 12+5reb+2ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 9+7reb+2ast, G.Brown 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 178959


Strasbourg - Orleans 81-70

Very predictable result when second ranked Strasbourg IG (10-5) beat at home 8th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-8) 81-70 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strasbourg IG made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 38-27 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 20 points. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Strasbourg IG have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Strasbourg IG will meet at home league's leader Paris-Levallois in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Entente Orleans 45 will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 22+10reb+5ast, A.Ajinca 20+3reb+1ast, J.Shurna 11+7reb+2ast, L.Campbell 10+4reb+8ast, J.Greer 10+4reb+1ast, R.Duport 3+4reb
Orleans: B.Greene 21+8reb+1ast, M.Pellin 16+4reb+2ast, D.Viney 10+5reb, C.Hill 7+2reb, J.Young 6+3ast, C.Green 4+3reb
gschID: 178958


Gravelines - Chalon 102-69

Round 15 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Gravelines where host Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-5) crushed league's leader Chalon/Saor (9-6) 102-69 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 73-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gravelines-Dunkerque made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Dwight Buycks (190-89, college: Marquette) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shelden Williams (206-83, college: Duke) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Chalon/Saor dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with ASVEL. They were replaced at the leadership position by Paris-Levallois. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Chorale de Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: D.Buycks 22+3reb+7ast, J.Johnson 21+2reb+1ast, L.Vaty 17+11reb+1ast, C.Akpomedah 12+9reb+1ast, J.Edwards 11+1ast, Y.Bokolo 10+2reb+3ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 18+7reb+1ast, S.Williams 18+7reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 11+2reb+3ast, C.N'Dumba-Capela 9+10reb+1ast, N.Lang 5+7reb, J.Aboudou 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 178957


Limoges - Boulazac 82-65

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Boulazac Basket (4-11) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-8) 82-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Boulazac Basket managed to win third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Boulazac Basket 35-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) helped adding 12 points and 7 assists. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: SportsTalent) with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Darnell Harris (181-86, college: La Salle) scored 15 points. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Boulazac Basket lost fifth consecutive game. Boulazac Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will meet at home higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boulazac Basket will play against the league's second-placed Le Mans (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Limoges: B.Wanamaker 16+2reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 14+6reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 14+7reb+1ast, J.Gomis 12+2reb+7ast, T.Plaisted 9+3reb+2ast, J.Brockman 8+8reb+3ast
Boulazac: D.Harris 15+3reb+2ast, D.Monroe 15+9reb+6ast, D.Ramseier 8+4reb, A.Kerckhof 7+3reb+1ast, Q.Ross 6+2reb+2ast, M.Cheriet 4+1reb
gschID: 178956



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Adriatic League: Radnicki hang on to edge MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki - MZT Skopje 89:83

Radnicki outplayed MZT Skopje in a tough home game today. Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 26 points and dished out 9 assists to lead the Serbian team to the 9th win in the season.
Radnicki found themselves trailing by 6 points after ten minutes of action 21:27. The hosts picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The Serbian side went for 27 points in the period to turn the deficit into a 6-point halftime lead 48:42. But the team from FYR Macedonia turned things around in the third term. MZT Skopje went on a 24:13 rally to establish a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. The visitors were still up by three points with four minutes left in regulation. However the hosts answered with five points in a row to surge ahead. Soon Aleksandar Capin made it 87:81 for the home team. Aleksandar Capin capped the regulation with two free throws as Radnicki celebrated victory. Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 20 points, while Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) contributed 17 points and 11 boards for the hosts. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) answered with 21 points for MZT Skopje. Cade Davis (197-F/G-88, college: Oklahoma) netted 15 points in the loss.

Radnicki: Aleksandar Capin 26, Ratko Varda 20, Stefan Bircevic 17+11 boards
MZT Skopje: Damjan Stojanovski 21, Cade Davis 15



Lamarcus Reed joins Rabotnicki, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 25-year old American swingman Lamarcus Reed (195-83kg-88, college: Texas Arlington). He just played at Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgian Ethias League. In 9 games this season he had 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. Reed also played 3 games in EuroChallenge where he recorded 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.0spg. The last season he played at the University of Texas at Arlington in Southland Conference in the NCAA. In 32 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-Southland Conference 1st Team.
Reeds college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2008.
He graduated from University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @makbasket)



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau21.1 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven19.4 
 3. Williams, Vechta19.4 
 4. Brazelton, NBC18.9 
 5. Kelly, Cuxhaven16.8 
 6. Barker, Jena16.4 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.4 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen16.2 
 9. White, Heidelberg16.1 
 10. Alexander, Kirchh.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gadley, Leipzig10.8 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz9.2 
 3. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau8.7 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.2 
 5. Henley, ETB W.7.7 
 6. Calvin, Ehingen7.7 
 7. Baker, Gotha7.2 
 8. Livas, Goettingen7.2 
 9. Smallwood, Kirchhe.7.1 
 10. Adomaitis, Jena6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Vechta8.0 
 2. Aud, Finke Baskets6.5 
 3. Coleman, Crailsheim5.9 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau5.0 
 5. Brazelton, NBC4.9 
 6. Kelly, Cuxhaven4.8 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen4.8 
 8. Smith, Gotha4.7 
 9. Barth, Heidelberg4.5 
 10. Barker, Jena4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Richard WILLIAMS
  Vechta
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Vechta3.1 
 2. Matthews, Ehingen2.6 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Johnson, Duesseld.1.8 
 6. Bynum, Chemnitz1.7 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz1.6 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.6 
 9. Alexander, Kirchhe.1.6 
 10. Johnson, Crailshe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris GADLEY
  Leipzig
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gadley, Leipzig2.4 
 2. White, Heidelberg1.8 
 3. Lawson, Chemnitz1.5 
 4. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.5 
 5. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 6. Thompson, NBC1.2 
 7. Smallwood, Kirchhe.1.1 
 8. Ferguson, Vechta0.9 
 9. Menck, Karlsruhe0.8 
 10. Maier, Kirchheim0.8 


Perkovic opts to leave Giessen - by Moritz Korff

Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) has opted out of his contract with struggling BBL team LTi Giessen 46ers, the club announced today. The 32-year-old power forward from Croatia joined the 46ers in November 2012. He had ten appearances on the Giessen team, averaging 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. He tallied a season-high 18 points against Hagen on Saturday. Only two days ago the 46ers had announced that the BBL refused to extend Jeff Bond's license due to the club's financial condition. The 46ers had filed for insolvency recently.


Ex Artland Dragon Dennis Horner Sparkles IN D-League - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

No matter what a professional basketball player says, if very talented, talented or less talented, their goal is always reaching the highest level of the NBA. One player that has smelt NBA air is Dennis Horner (206-F-88, college: N.Carolina St.). Horner is a 24 year old 206 cm forward from New Jersey that played at North Carolina State. Horner played a total of 128 NCAA games reaching the ACC Tournament Final in 2007, NIT Elite Eight in 2007 and was a ACC Tournament Semifinalist in 2010. In his senior year he played 36 games: 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 78.2%. In 2010, he started his professional basketball season in Europe with Hasapis Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 13 games: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 67.2%. He had a solid season in a league that isnt necessarily one of the strongest in Europe, so he had to prove something in his second season. Last season he made his debut in the D-league for the Springfield Armor playing 28 games: 17.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 84.7%. His exceptional play was rewarded with a call up to the NBA team New Jersey Nets where he was able to play six games.

This season the American was signed late by German Beko BBL team Artland Dragons on account of injuries on the team. Horner held his own and played three games averaging 7,0ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,3apg. He also helped the Artland Dragons in Eurocup playing three games and averaging 10,0ppg, 6,0rpg and 1,3apg. His best game in Eurocup play was 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 76-71 win agaisnt French team Le Mans. In the Beko BBL, his best game was a 11 point nine rebound effort against the LTi Giessen 46ers in a 86-81 win. The Artland DRagons didnt extend his short tern contract so he decided to go back to the D-league to a place that he was comfortable with with the Springfield Armour. Since his arrival, he has been an important factor of the team and is doing the best possible to get a call back to the NBA. In six games he is avergaing 13,2ppg, 7,7rpg and 1,3apg and is shooting 40% from the field and 45% from downtown. Last night in Maine, he had another solid game scoring 16 points, hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. On the defensive end, he swatted away two Maine shots. Whenever Horner came into the game, he was a pest for the Maine defense to defend and gave this dangerous energy keeping Springfield close to Maine in the game. He created numerous mis match problems and played his inside out game to perfection. Whenever he was on the wing, he didnt hesitate to shoot dropping two bombs from the Portland airport. After the game, he was reserved and was very focused. When asked who his favorite teammate from his short stay at Artland was, he couldnt name one, but simply said all of them. He did remember the play of Anthony KIng exerting a tine smile. His stay was so short and he didnt have much to say or remember from his experience in the Beko BBL, but like any player anywhere has only three letters on his mind NBA.



Dominique Johnson (I Feel You Are Not A Rookie When You have Played Four Years Of College Basketball! Basketball Is Basketball) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dominique Johnson (177-PG-87, college: N.Texas) is a 25 year old 177cm guard from Kansas City, Missouri that recently played in Germany in the PRO A fort he Duesseldorf Giants. He played at N.Texas (NCAA) and in his senior year played 33 games: 10.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 85.7%. For the Duesseldorf Giants, he played 12 games averaging 1,9ppg and 1,0rpg while averaging 7,3 minutes per game. He spoke to eurobasket about his experience with the club.
Where are you now? Are you still in Duesseldorf. Are you surprised that you are no longer a member of the Duesseldorf Giants?

I am back home in Kansas City,MO. I am not surprised I am no longer in Dusseldorf because I chose to leave the team on my own.

It was stated today on the Duesseldorf Giants web page that you had left the team on account of personal reasons. Is that accurate?
Yes


What are the main reasons for you not being a Duesseldorf Giant anymore?

I have been playing basketball since I was four years old and I have always been a headline guy at the places I been. I just wasnt happy with the minutes I was getting because I know what kind of player I am and more than that I proved it in practice. The coach felt like he had to play certain guys and I didnt agree with it. I did not play one game then 3 minutes then 5 minutes then a dnp. Im a better player than that and Im so hungry to show what I can do.


You were MVP at the summer camp of Mike Hart in Las Vegas which got you the job. Were you surprised that you only averaged 7 minutes per game?

Yes the Mike Hart camp was like a seal that it was my time to explode into the overseas realm because it was a lot of great players there and I stole the show. I was told that Dusseldorf needed a point guard right away and I was so eager to come and play right away because I
knew it would have been a great opportunity to start my career. I was shocked at the minutes I was getting because week by week I was becoming a better player.


You had a very strong and experienced point guard in front of you with Gary Johnson. You played well in pratcice, but still got little minutes. Did you ever have discussions with Murat Didin about your playing time?

Yes Gary is a good guard and he played the one and the two but we are different types of guards. I am an uptempo type of guard who likes to get it on the break and create for others and who can create for myself. I thought that we should have been on the court together more. I talked to him as the season progressed but I never really had that many conversations about playing because I feel like if I show you in practice then it aint nothing to talk about.


How difficult was this experience as a rookie? Is there anything that you learned with this experience with the Duesseldorf Giants?

I picked up on some key things in Germany. Mainly off the court on just how to be a man and stand on your own two feet. I really think it helped me a lot and I dont consider myself a rookie. When you think about it you are really not a rookie if you played college basketball for 4 years and then you have somebody on your team who is German that is 21 and they have been playing in the German pro league for 3 years and they are considered to have some type of experience. Basketball is basketball!

What teammate helped you the last months with the tough situation of not getting minutes?

Patrick Flomo

Duesseldorf is in third place with a record of 10-5. What are the chances of the team to move to the Beko BBL next season? Do they have the potential to get there with this team?

Its going to be interesting going into the new season. I think they have the best player in the league in Patrick Flomo and players that will get him the ball and know their role and I know Coach is real good on film in correcting mistakes. I think they can do it but its not going to be easy. With or without me it still would be tough.

What were you able to learn from veteran Patrick Flomo on and off the court as a rookie?

Flomo was a basketball player but a family man first which I really respected from him. I have a 6 year old daughter who I love and take care of but to see how Flomo was being a dad just really encouraged me to be a better father to my daughter. On the court he just always stressed to be vocal and keep working hard no matter what.

What is the next step for Dominique Johnson? Will you go back home or look for a job in Europe?

I want to play. As simple that. I dont want anything given to me because I will put in the work and hard work has got me this far so Im not worried because I know God is in control.

What do you like the most about Germany and would you like to continue to play here?

It had to be the swag of the people in Dusseldorf. People are real fancy out there and it just blew my mind because I thought America had all the swag. I would love to come back to Germany and play. I got a little taste of it but next time Im trying to take a big bite.


What is your opinion of the Los Angeles Clippers? Where will there basketball journey end this season in the playoffs?

Chris Paul is my favorite player in the NBA. I think he can lead that team to the conference finals but because they really dont have their post fully developed to help them overcome the Thunder or Spurs

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Dark Knight Rises#classic

Thanks Dominique for the chat.




German BBL round 19 best performance: Anthony King - by Eurobasket News

American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Art.Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Art.Dragons moved-up to the 7th position in the German BBL. Art.Dragons is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 19 games. It's King's second year at Art.Dragons and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Miami, Florida star has very solid stats this year. King is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.7rpg) and averages impressive 52.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets. Kramer had a very good evening with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as EWE Baskets was edged by slightly higher-ranked Ratiopharm (12-6) 95-91. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. EWE Baskets still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Kramer is a newcomer at EWE Baskets, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Phoenix Hagen (#9). Bell scored 28 points. He was a key player of Phoenix Hagen, leading his team to a 105-98 win against the lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#18, 4-14). Phoenix Hagen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Bell has a great season in Germany. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Weems (198-F-89) of Telekom Baskets - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80) of Bremerhaven - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Phoenix Hagen - 12 points and 7 rebounds
7. Demond Mallet (186-G-78) of Art.Dragons - 21 points
8. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83) of NY Phantoms - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Brose Bask. - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



Mexicali Soles announced the signing of PJ Reyes - by Kristian Santiago

After suddenly leaving German second division-side TV Langen a few weeks ago towards Mexico, P.J. Reyes (196-G/F, college: Charleston Un.) finally revealed his new team, which is Soles de Mexicali in the LNBP.
He has been registered as a Mexican-player in the league due to his Mexican ancestry. The Soles played last weekend without him, but he might suit up in the next game for the third placed team from Northern Mexico.



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

32-year old forward Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Karlsruhe and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Jena (#9, 8-9) 89-76. Karlsruhe maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Karlsruhe will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Roessler had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He has many years of experience at Karlsruhe, through which he has constantly improved. Roessler has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.4ppg) and averages solid 40.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of NBC. He is American guard in his first season at NBC. In the last game Smith recorded impressive triple-double of 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Of course NBC cruised to a 83-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Kirchheim (#14, 5-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But NBC managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at NBC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of league's second-best Vechta. Williams scored 21 points and passed nine assists. He was a key player of Vechta, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the lower-ranked Heidelberg (#8, 8-9). Vechta needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Williams has a great season in Germany. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (3rd best) and assists with 8.0apg (best passer). He also has 3.1spg, FGP: 53.1% and 3PT: 43.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Adams (194-G/F-89) of Finke Baskets - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of Gotha - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Michael Jost (204-F-88) of Finke Baskets - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Karlsruhe - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of NBC - 10 points and 10 rebounds
9. John Bynum (191-G-78) of Chemnitz - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of Vechta - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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



Chris Heinrich claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized American Chris Heinrich (208-C-77) had a great game in the last round for Oldenburg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 35-year old center had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Herten Lions (#3, 10-4) 96-92. Oldenburg is placed at 4th position in American ProB. Oldenburg 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 7-7 record. It's Heinrich's second year at Oldenburg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chris Heinrich averages this season 16.5ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Robert Franklin (195-F-81) of Recklinghausen. Franklin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Recklinghausen to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Dorsten (#7, 6-8) 90-69. This victory allowed Recklinghausen to move up to 5th position in North. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Franklin is one of the most experienced players at Recklinghausen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 11.5rpg and 3.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Will Taylor (200-F-89) of Herten Lions (#3). Taylor got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . Despite Taylor's great performance Herten Lions lost 92-96 to #4 ranked Oldenburg. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Herten Lions needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Taylor has a great season in Germany. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Young (200-C-89) of Wulfen - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lindsey Hughey (190-G-89) of Leitershofen - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. James Washington (182-G-87) of Leitershofen - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jack Eggleston (203-PF-88) of Bayer Giants - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Steven Bennett (173-PG-88) of SU Medien - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Robinson Louisme (201-F/C-84) of Konstanz - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Austin Steed (203-F-88) of Recklinghausen - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 14: Olympiacos - Panionios 87-73
Jan. 12: Ikaros - Panelefsiniakos 85-78
Jan. 12: KAOD - Ilysiakos 80-83
Jan. 12: Kavala - Aris 77-85
Jan. 13: Peristeri GS - AGOR 70-69
Jan. 12: PAOK - Apollon Patras 68-61
Jan. 13: Kolossos - Panathinaikos 59-67

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 19: Aris - Kolossos
Jan. 19: Panathinaikos - PAOK
Jan. 19: AGOR - Kavala
Jan. 19: Ilysiakos - Peristeri GS
Jan. 19: Panelefsiniakos - KAOD
Jan. 19: Panionios - Ikaros
Jan. 19: Apollon Patras - Olympiacos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pappas, Panionios18.5 
 2. Liakopoulos, Panel.17.9 
 3. Gagaloudis, Kavala17.4 
 4. Kiritsis, Ikaros17.1 
 5. Dendy, Kolossos15.6 
 6. Printezis, Olympia.14.9 
 7. McGrath, PA.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, Panionios6.8 
 5. Michel, KAOD6.8 
 6. Haritopoulos, PAOK6.6 
 7. Asimakopoulo., Aris6.5 
 8. Jones, Ilysiakos6.2 
 9. Kanonidis, Periste.6.1 
 10. Dendy, Kolossos6.1 
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.4.5 
 5. Gagaloudis, Kavala4.3 
 6. Grundy, Kavala3.9 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos3.8 
 8. McGrath, PA.3.4 
 9. Pappas, Panionios3.4 
 10. Papadopoulos, PA.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  Kavala
  (189-PG-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Grundy, Kavala2.6 
 2. Palmer, KAOD2.5 
 3. Grant, Apollon2.2 
 4. Pappas, Panionios2.1 
 5. Petway, AGOR1.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Olym.1.8 
 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: 2.4
 1. Petway, AGOR2.4 
 2. Coleman, Kavala1.9 
 3. Faye, Ikaros1.6 
 4. Michel, KAOD1.4 
 5. Lasme, Panathin.1.4 
 6. Scott, Ilysiakos1.2 
 7. Powell, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Papadopoulos, PAOK1.0 
 9. Turner, Apollon0.9 
 10. Charissis, Aris0.9 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Iraklis 9-2 
 2. Filippos Veroias 8-3 
 3. Stratoni 8-3 
 4. Marousi 7-4 
 5. Egaleo 6-5 
 6. Anatolia 6-5 
 7. Aias Evosmou 6-5 
 8. Doxa Pefkon 6-6 
 9. Ionikos N.F. 4-7 
 10. Metamorfosi 4-7 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 3-8 
 12. MENT 3-8 
 13. Ionikos Ionias 2-9 
South Group
 1. Psyhiko 10-1 
 2. AEK Athens 10-1 
 3. Panerythraikos 8-3 
 4. Aetos 7-4 
 5. Amyntas Dafnis 6-5 
 6. Holargos 6-5 
 7. Enosi 5-6 
 8. Near East 5-6 
 9. Doukas 5-6 
 10. Esperos Patras 4-7 
 11. Halkidas 4-8 
 12. Kronos AD 2-9 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 12

North

Jan. 13: Doxa Pefkon - Ionikos N.F. 82-53
Jan. 13: Periko/Arhelaos - Egaleo 81-86
Jan. 13: Marousi - Metamorfosi 81-64
Jan. 13: Stratoni - Aias Evosmou 76-71
Jan. 13: Ionikos Ionias - Iraklis 66-79
Jan. 13: MENT - Filippos Veroias 56-87

South

Jan. 13: Psyhiko - Amyntas Dafnis 80-75
Jan. 13: Doukas - AEK Athens 72-84
Jan. 13: Aetos - Near East 72-70
Jan. 13: Holargos - Halkidas 71-73
Jan. 13: Enosi - Kronos AD 68-62
Jan. 13: Perama Ermis - Panerythraikos 42-65

Regular Season: Round 13

North

Jan. 20: Metamorfosi - Anatolia
Jan. 20: Filippos Veroias - Marousi
Jan. 20: Egaleo - MENT
Jan. 20: Iraklis - Periko/Arhelaos
Jan. 20: Aias Evosmou - Ionikos Ionias
Jan. 20: Ionikos N.F. - Stratoni

South

Jan. 20: Diagoras - Esperos Patras
Jan. 20: AEK Athens - Enosi
Jan. 20: Halkidas - Doukas
Jan. 20: Amyntas Dafnis - Holargos
Jan. 20: Near East - Psyhiko
Jan. 20: Panerythraikos - Aetos


Andrew Jones signs at Kryvbasbasket, ex Ilysiakos - by Eurobasket News

Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Superleague) landed 26-year old American forward Andrew Jones (208-105kg-87, college: The Pennsylvania State). He played recently at Ilysiakos in Greek A1 league. In 10 games this season he averaged 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg. The last season Jones played at BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakian Extraliga. In 22 games last year he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 11.5rpg (#2 in the league) and 1.5apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention.
Jones played in the final of Big Ten Tournament in 2011.
He graduated from The Pennsylvania State in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



A1 Round 12: Panionios are defeated by Olympiacos in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Olympiacos (#1) and Panionios (#3). Olympiacos (12-0) won against visiting Panionios (9-3) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Panionios managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Panionios only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-0 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with PAOK. Olympiacos are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panionios will play against Ikaros (#6) in Kalitheas and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Ninth ranked Peristeri GS (5-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked AGOR (7-5) 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AGOR. The winners were led by American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) who scored that evening 14 points and 5 rebounds and Andreas Kanonidis supported him with 17 points. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) did not help to save the game for AGOR. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aris and Apollon Patras. AGOR at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos.
A very close game took place in Dramas between Ilysiakos and KAOD. Thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (3-9) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked KAOD (4-8). Ilysiakos managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Terrell Stoglin who scored 28 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Kevin Palmer who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. KAOD's coach Giorgos Kalafatakis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kavala. Loser KAOD keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kolossos. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Panathinaikos won against Kolossos on the opponent's court 67-59. PAOK managed to outperform Apollon Patras in a home game 68-61. Bottom-ranked Panelefsiniakos recorded a loss to Ikaros on the road 85-78. Kavala was defeated by Aris on its own court 77-85.


Olympiacos - Panionios 87-73

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Olympiacos (#1) and Panionios (#3). Olympiacos (12-0) won against visiting Panionios (9-3) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Panionios managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Panionios only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-90, agency: FCM) with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiacos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-0 record. Panionios at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with PAOK. Olympiacos are looking forward to face Apollon Patras (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panionios will play against Ikaros (#6) in Kalitheas and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Panionios: V.Jankovic 22+6reb+1ast, C.Booker 11+3reb, L.Milbourne 9+2reb+2ast, W.Keys 9+2ast, I.Athineou 7+1reb+3ast, M.Payne 5+1reb+2ast
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 16+5reb, V.Spanoulis 13+1reb+4ast, J.Powell 12+4reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 9+3reb+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 8+4reb+3ast, A.Law 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 203618


Peristeri GS - AGOR 70-69

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Ninth ranked Peristeri GS (5-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging higher ranked AGOR (7-5) 70-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AGOR. AGOR was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Strangely AGOR outrebounded Peristeri GS 34-22. The winners were led by American point guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado) who scored that evening 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) supported him with 17 points. Thorne is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Peristeri GS players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) did not help to save the game for AGOR. The former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Peristeri GS moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aris and Apollon Patras. AGOR at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 21+7reb+1ast, U.Duvnjak 13+3reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 12+7reb, M.Antonio Carter 9+2reb+2ast, A.Tsochlas 5+4ast, P.Horne 3+4reb
Peristeri GS: A.Kanonidis 17+1reb, D.Thorne 14+5reb+1ast, D.Kompodietas 10+3reb+1ast, N.Papantoniou 10+5reb+2ast, A.Mantzaris 8+4reb+1ast, A.Petroulas 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 203615


Kolossos - Panathinaikos 59-67

Very expected game in Rodou where 10th ranked Kolossos (4-8) was defeated by second ranked Panathinaikos (10-2) 67-59 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-12. But Kolossos won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos forced 20 Kolossos turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Jason Kapono (201-81, college: UCLA) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Forward James Gist (205-86) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Panathinaikos' coach Argiris Pedoulakis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 12 points respectively. Panathinaikos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Olympiacos. Kolossos lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with KAOD. Panathinaikos will meet at home PAOK (#4) in the next round. Kolossos will play against Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: M.Hatten 15+5reb+2ast, K.Langford 12+4reb+1ast, S.Nadjfeji 9+5reb+1ast, F.Koumpouras 8+1ast, G.Kalambokis 7+3reb+1ast, G.Georgalis 6+5reb
Panathinaikos: J.Kapono 17+1reb+5ast, J.Gist 11+5reb+3ast, S.Lasme 8+1reb, R.Ukic 8+3reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 8+1reb, S.Schortsanitis 6+1reb
gschID: 203614


PAOK - Apollon Patras 68-61

Rather predictable result in Thessaloniki where fourth ranked PAOK (9-3) defeated 7th ranked Apollon Patras (5-7) 68-61 on Saturday. Apollon Patras trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-68 at the end of the game. PAOK made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). point guard Kostas Haralampidis (189-76) chipped in 17 points. PAOK's coach Soulis Markopoulos used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Nikos Argyropoylos (186-78) who recorded 14 points and 4 assists and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (199-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. PAOK moved-up to third place, which they share with Panionios. Apollon Patras lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Peristeri GS and Aris. PAOK will meet league's second-placed Panathinaikos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon Patras will play against the league's leader Olympiacos (#1) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 14+3reb+4ast, E.McCollum 14+2reb+2ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 13+6reb, K.Grant 6+4reb, P.Kaperonis 5+1reb, I.Lianos 3+4reb+1ast
PAOK: D.Haritopoulos 18+7reb+1ast, K.Haralampidis 17+3reb+2ast, D.McGrath 10+3reb+3ast, L.Papadopoulos 6+12reb+2ast, L.Kaselakis 6+1reb+1ast, G.Dedas 5+3reb
gschID: 203619


Ikaros - Panelefsiniakos 85-78

Not a big story in a game in Kalitheas where 14th ranked Panelefsiniakos (2-10) was defeated by sixth ranked Ikaros (6-6) 85-78 on Saturday. Panelefsiniakos was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Ikaros, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaros outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 32-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (189-83, agency: FCM) who recorded 26 points and 5 assists and point guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaros maintains sixth position with 6-6 record. Panelefsiniakos lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Ikaros will meet higher ranked Panionios (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panelefsiniakos will play against KAOD (#11) in Dramas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Liakopoulos 26+2reb+5ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 15+1reb+1ast, X.Gibson 15+2reb, T.Nikou 7+3ast, S.Magounis 4+7reb, H.Kamp 4+2reb
Ikaros: M.Faye 22+10reb, M.Pantic 17+5reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 9+1reb+3ast, M.Giannakidis 9+1reb+1ast, D.Gibson 8+3reb+5ast, G.Larentzakis 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 203617


KAOD - Ilysiakos 80-83

A very close game took place in Dramas between Ilysiakos and KAOD. Thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (3-9) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked KAOD (4-8). Ilysiakos managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Terrell Stoglin (185-91, college: Maryland) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. Nigerian-American forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Preston Knowles (185-89, college: Louisville) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KAOD's coach Giorgos Kalafatakis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Kavala. Loser KAOD keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Kolossos. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
KAOD: K.Palmer 22+11reb+5ast, P.Knowles 16+6reb+4ast, G.Michel 12+4reb+1ast, L.Dale 11+3reb+3ast, K.Kakaroudis 8+1reb+1ast, S.Benas 4+2reb+1ast
Ilysiakos: T.Stoglin 28+2reb+4ast, N.Chatzis 18+5reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 16+9reb, P.Dorkofikis 11+7reb+1ast, M.Creppy 5+4reb+1ast, A.Antonakis 3+6reb
gschID: 203616


Kavala - Aris 77-85

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Aris (5-7) beat on the road 12th ranked Kavala (3-9) 85-77 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Kavala won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Aris won last quarter 21-15. Aris outrebounded Kavala 34-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Michalis Pelekanos (198-81, agency: FCM) who scored 20 points. Power forward Kostas Charissis (212-79, college: USC, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Aris' coach Vangelis Agelou used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Christoforos Stefanidis (184-80) who recorded 10 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward William Coleman (206-88, college: Memphis) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Aris and five Kavala players scored in double figures. Aris moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Apollon Patras. Loser Kavala keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. They share it with Ilysiakos. Aris will meet at home Kolossos (#10) in the next round. Kavala will play against AGOR in Rethymno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kavala: S.Panos 13+3reb+1ast, W.Coleman 11+7reb, Y.Gagaloudis 11+1reb+4ast, K.Achara 10+2reb, D.Kalampakas 10+1reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 10+4reb+4ast
Aris: M.Pelekanos 20+3reb+3ast, J.Hunt 14+3reb+2ast, K.Charissis 12+9reb+1ast, D.Verginis 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pasalic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Asimakopoulos 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 203613



Panelefsiniakos land Terrence Joyner - by Eurobasket News

Panelefsiniakos AOK Eleusina (A1) tabbed American guard Terrence Joyner (190, college: Mississippi Valley State). The last season Joyner played at Mississippi Valley State University in Southwestern Athletic Conference in the NCAA. In 34 games last year he averaged 12.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win SWAC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-SWAC 2nd Team.
Joyner graduated from Mississippi Valley State in 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Kavala signs Gregor Arbet, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (A1) signed 30-year old Estonian ex-international swingman Gregor Arbet (195-90kg-83). He just played at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML league. In 7 games this year he had 7.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. Arbet also played 9 games in Baltic League where he recorded 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg. He also played 11 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0spg.
Gregor Arbet averaged 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in KML, 12.8 points and 3.6 boards in VTB League and 13.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in Baltic League in 2011/12 season.
The previous (10-11) season Arbet played at Kalev/Cramo in KML. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 35 KML games he recorded 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the regular season. Arbet also played 19 games in Baltic League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He also played 10 games in VTB United League where he recorded 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Arbet was voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Forward of the Year in 2012.
He was also a member of Estonian international program for some years. Arbet played for Estonian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2012 and previously for University National Team back in 2003. He also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 10 games: 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 54.5%.
Arbet has played previously professionally in Germany (Mainfranken) and Estonia (Triobet/Dalkia and TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 6-7 
 10. Leiden 2 6-7 
 11. BC Apollo 2 4-8 
 12. Almere P. 4-9 
 13. Punch 3-10 
 14. UBALL 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 13: Leiden 2 - UBALL 99-56
Jan. 12: Red Giants - BC Apollo 2 90-72
Jan. 12: De Hoppers - Almere P. 76-77
Jan. 12: Binnenland - Almonte 72-60
Jan. 13: Rotterdam 2 - Punch 67-51
Jan. 12: De Groene - Cangeroes 65-49

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 19: Almonte - Rotterdam 2
Jan. 19: Punch - De Groene
Jan. 19: UBALL - MSV/Zeemacht
Jan. 19: BC Apollo 2 - Binnenland
Jan. 19: Almere P. - Leiden 2
Jan. 19: Orca''s Urk - Red Giants
Jan. 20: Cangeroes - De Hoppers


Prom.Divisie Round 14: Cangeroes lose to De Groene in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Groningen. Second ranked host De Groene (10-2) defeated one of their biggest challengers Cangeroes (8-5) 65-49. De Groene have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record behind leader Orca's Urk. Cangeroes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. De Groene are looking forward to face Punch (#13) in Delft in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cangeroes will play at home against De Hoppers (#5) in Hoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Barendrecht was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Almonte (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Binnenland (6-5). Binnenland defeated Almonte 72-60. Binnenland moved-up to sixth place. Almonte at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with MSV/Zeemacht. Binnenland will play against BC Apollo 2 (#11) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. Almonte will play at home against Rotterdam 2 (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Hoom between Almere P. and De Hoppers. Twelfth ranked Almere P. (4-9) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked De Hoppers (7-5). Almere P. managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Newly promoted Almere P. maintains twelfth position with 4-9 record. Loser De Hoppers keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Red Giants. Almere P. will meet at home higher ranked Leiden 2 (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. De Hoppers will play against Cangeroes (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Tenth ranked Leiden 2 (6-7) crushed at home 14th ranked UBALL (3-10) by 43 points 99-56, which is the biggest margin this round. Leiden 2 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Rotterdam 2. Newly promoted UBALL stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Leiden 2's next round opponent will be Almere P. (#12) on the road. UBALL will play against MSV/Zeemacht.

In the last two games of round 14 Punch lost to Rotterdam 2 on the opponent's court 51-67. Red Giants managed to outperform BC Apollo 2 in a home game 90-72.


Leiden 2 - UBALL 99-56

Tenth ranked Leiden 2 (6-7) crushed at home 14th ranked UBALL (3-10) by 43 points 99-56, which is the biggest margin this round. Leiden 2 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Rotterdam 2. Newly promoted UBALL stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Leiden 2's next round opponent will be Almere P. (#12) on the road. UBALL will play against MSV/Zeemacht.
gschID: 193870


Rotterdam 2 - Punch 67-51

Very expected game when 13th ranked Punch (3-10) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Rotterdam 2 (6-7) 67-51. Rotterdam 2 maintains ninth position with 6-7 record, which they share with Leiden 2. Punch lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Rotterdam 2's next round opponent will be higher ranked Almonte (#7) in Eindhoven and it may be quite challenging game. Punch will play at home against the league's second-placed De Groene (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 193869


Binnenland - Almonte 72-60

The game in Barendrecht was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Almonte (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Binnenland (6-5). Binnenland defeated Almonte 72-60. Binnenland moved-up to sixth place. Almonte at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with MSV/Zeemacht. Binnenland will play against BC Apollo 2 (#11) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. Almonte will play at home against Rotterdam 2 (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193868


Red Giants - BC Apollo 2 90-72

Very predictable result in Meppel where fifth ranked Red Giants (7-5) defeated 11th ranked BC Apollo 2 (4-8) 90-72. Red Giants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with De Hoppers. BC Apollo 2 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Red Giants' next round opponent will be higher ranked Orca's Urk on the road. BC Apollo 2 will play against Binnenland (#6) in Barendrecht.
gschID: 193867


De Groene - Cangeroes 65-49

The game between Top Four teams took place in Groningen. Second ranked host De Groene (10-2) defeated one of their biggest challengers Cangeroes (8-5) 65-49. De Groene have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record behind leader Orca's Urk. Cangeroes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. De Groene are looking forward to face Punch (#13) in Delft in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cangeroes will play at home against De Hoppers (#5) in Hoom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 193866


De Hoppers - Almere P. 76-77

A very close game took place in Hoom between Almere P. and De Hoppers. Twelfth ranked Almere P. (4-9) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked De Hoppers (7-5). Almere P. managed to escape with a 1-point win 77-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of De Hoppers. Newly promoted Almere P. maintains twelfth position with 4-9 record. Loser De Hoppers keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Red Giants. Almere P. will meet at home higher ranked Leiden 2 (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. De Hoppers will play against Cangeroes (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 193864



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 14-3 
 2. Kaposvari 12-4 
 3. Atomeromu 11-5 
 4. Soproni 10-5 
 5. PVSK Pannon 8-8 
 6. Jaszberenyi 8-8 
 7. Falco-Szova 8-8 
 8. ZTE KK 7-8 
 9. Marso NYKK 6-10 
 10. Kormend 5-10 
 11. Szedeak 5-11 
 12. FS Debrecen 1-15 
 13. Szolnok 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 12: Kormend - Albacomp 93-104
Jan. 12: Soproni - FS Debrecen 88-62
Jan. 12: Atomeromu - Falco-Szova 85-65
Jan. 12: Jaszberenyi - Szedeak 84-78
Jan. 12: Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 82-74
Jan. 13: ZTE KK - Marso NYKK 82-71

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 17: Marso NYKK - Soproni
Jan. 19: FS Debrecen - ZTE KK
Jan. 19: Szedeak - Kaposvari
Jan. 19: PVSK Pannon - Jaszberenyi
Jan. 19: Falco-Szova - Kormend

Round 15

Jan. 23: Atomeromu - Soproni


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko SPICA
  Kaposvari
  (205-C/F-86)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Spica, Kaposvari21.6 
 2. Swanston, Kapos.21.3 
 3. Legion, PVSK P.21.3 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.21.1 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari20.8 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.20.7 
 7. Buljan, Kormend20.1 
 8. Wood, Albacomp19.9 
 9. Shaw, Kormend19.5 
 10. Wise, Soproni19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rastko DRAMICANIN
  Jaszbere.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.7 
 2. Davis, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Simovic, ZTE K.9.0 
 4. Barovic, Soproni8.7 
 5. Csorvasi, Szedeak8.3 
 6. Buljan, Kormend7.8 
 7. Markovic, Jaszbere.7.7 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari7.6 
 9. Keller, Albacomp7.6 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Albacomp
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Albacomp6.8 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.5 
 3. Thomas, Soproni5.8 
 4. Nelson, Marso N.5.5 
 5. Dunn, Kaposvari5.5 
 6. Copeland, ZTE K.5.5 
 7. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.3 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.3 
 9. Loesing, PVSK P.4.9 
 10. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari2.9 
 2. Nelson, Marso N.2.7 
 3. Moore, Albacomp2.5 
 4. Buljan, Kormend2.3 
 5. Kovacs, PVSK P.2.0 
 6. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.1.9 
 7. Davis, Marso N.1.9 
 8. Wise, Soproni1.8 
 9. Rujak, Kormend1.6 
 10. Vojvoda, Atomero.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Albacomp
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 2. Barovic, Soproni1.1 
 3. Davis, Marso N.1.0 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.7 
 6. Fey, Falco-Szova0.6 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova0.6 
 8. Wise, Soproni0.6 
 9. Shaw, Kormend0.5 
 10. Toth, Atomeromu0.5 


A Division Round 16: Leader Albacomp gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The round 16 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Albacomp delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Kormend (5-10) 104-93. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-93. Albacomp outrebounded Kormend 40-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) produced 30 points for lost side. Albacomp maintains first position with 14-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Albacomp will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kormend will play on the road against Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sopron. Local Soproni (10-5) outscored 12th ranked FS Debrecen (1-15) 88-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Dontay Thomas contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds for FS Debrecen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Soproni maintains fourth position with 10-5 record. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Soproni will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round and it may be the game of the week. FS Debrecen will play at home against ZTE KK (#8) in Zalaegerszeg to get more than just one victory in their record.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Marso NYKK was defeated by ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg 82-71. Atomeromu smashed Falco-Szova at home 85-65. PVSK Pannon lost to Kaposvari on the opponent's court 74-82. Jaszberenyi managed to outperform Szedeak in a home game 84-78.
The best stats of 16th round was 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Rastko Dramicanin of Jaszberenyi.


ZTE KK - Marso NYKK 82-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Marso NYKK's (6-10) road loss to eighth ranked ZTE KK (7-8) 71-82. Marso NYKK was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-12 third quarter run of ZTE KK. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 assists. American guard Dorenzo Hudson (195-88, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Marso NYKK. ZTE KK maintains eighth position with 7-8 record. Marso NYKK at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. ZTE KK will play against FS Debrecen (#12) on the road in the next round. Marso NYKK will play against Soproni and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: D.Copeland 29+1reb+7ast, D.Hudson 17+9reb+2ast, T.Simovic 14+10reb, D.Gaspar 13+3reb+4ast, G.Baki 7+3reb+4ast, D.Puszta 2+2reb
Marso NYKK: A.Nelson 21+5reb+1ast, B.Davis 19+11reb+2ast, M.Berkis 14+5reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 9+7reb+2ast, C.Kaluha 8+4reb+2ast, J.Siska 0+1ast
gschID: 196955


Kormend - Albacomp 93-104

Leader Albacomp delivered the fourteenth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Kormend (5-10) 104-93. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-93. Albacomp outrebounded Kormend 40-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. International power forward Akos Keller (208-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) produced 30 points and his fellow American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Albacomp and four Kormend players scored in double figures. Albacomp maintains first position with 14-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Albacomp will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kormend will play on the road against Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Wood 20+2reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 19+8reb+2ast, A.Keller 16+12reb+1ast, D.Hollis 15+5reb, R.Moore 12+6reb+8ast, L.Juhos 9+4reb
Kormend: K.Austin 30+4reb+2ast, M.Shaw 20+6reb+3ast, O.Krayem 15+7reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 14+3reb+3ast, G.Fodor 7+2reb, A.Rujak 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 196954


Atomeromu - Falco-Szova 85-65

No shocking result in a game in Paks where third ranked Atomeromu (11-5) smashed 6th ranked Falco-Szova (8-8) 85-65. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Falco-Szova was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Falco-Szova. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Atomeromu maintains third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Albacomp. Falco-Szova lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with PVSK Pannon and Jaszberenyi. Atomeromu will play against Soproni (#4) at home in the next round. Falco-Szova will play against Kormend and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: J.Levy 22+5reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 18+1reb+1ast, S.Idlet 12+7reb, L.Williams 12+4reb+9ast, A.Toth 7+10reb, T.Kaman 7+11reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: B.Jancikin 15+4reb, Z.Zagorac 15+6reb, T.Ivosev 15+9reb+2ast, J.Rubin 10+6reb+4ast, B.Varadi 4+3reb, T.Harazin 4+7reb
gschID: 196953


Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 82-74

Rather expected game when 5th ranked PVSK Pannon (8-8) was defeated on the road by second ranked Kaposvari (12-4) 82-74. PVSK Pannon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 34-20 third quarter run of Kaposvari. They made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. PVSK Pannon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. American-Kittitian swingman Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 28 points for the winners. American guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) replied with 28 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kaposvari maintains second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Albacomp. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Falco-Szova and Jaszberenyi. Kaposvari will play against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play at home against Jaszberenyi (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Swanston 28+3reb, M.Spica 26+8reb+2ast, C.Dunn 11+6reb+7ast, R.Hendlein 9+10reb, K.Kiss 4+2reb, S.Kovacs 2+2reb
PVSK Pannon: B.Loesing 28+1reb+6ast, N.Toth 20+8reb, T.Hendley 11+8reb, A.Csabay 6+2reb+2ast, K.Nagy 5+1reb, P.Kovacs 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 196952


Soproni - FS Debrecen 88-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sopron. Local Soproni (10-5) outscored 12th ranked FS Debrecen (1-15) 88-62. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to FS Debrecen's 20 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The other American import guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for FS Debrecen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Soproni maintains fourth position with 10-5 record. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Soproni will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round and it may be the game of the week. FS Debrecen will play at home against ZTE KK (#8) in Zalaegerszeg to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Soproni: C.Watson 22+5reb+4ast, D.Thomas 20+3reb+2ast, Z.Vesztergom 10+4reb+1ast, G.Toth 8+3reb, G.Gombas 8+4reb, F.Barovic 7+9reb+1ast
FS Debrecen: G.Cseh 21+6reb+1ast, K.Smith 15+7reb+3ast, B.Stafford 9+2reb+1ast, V.Vas 3, A.Varga 3+3reb, I.Kovacs 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 196951


Jaszberenyi - Szedeak 84-78

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Jaszberenyi (8-8) beat at home 11th ranked Szedeak (5-11) 84-78. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-16 Szedeak's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-78 at the end of the game. Jaszberenyi players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Szedeak's players. It was a very good performance for Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Anthony Jones (191-84, college: Indiana Tech) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Szedeak. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Falco-Szova and PVSK Pannon. Szedeak at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Jaszberenyi will play against PVSK Pannon (#5) in Pecs in the next round. Szedeak will play at home against the league's second-placed Kaposvari (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 29+5reb+6ast, B.Horti 16+6reb+1ast, M.Markovic 14+7reb+4ast, M.Rakic 13+5reb+5ast, P.Szabo 5+2reb+1ast, R.Torok 4+4reb+1ast
Szedeak: A.Tanacs 18+1reb, M.Csorvasi 17+11reb+2ast, S.Fekete 14+3reb+2ast, A.Jones 13+6reb+1ast, N.Dukic 7+5reb+1ast, M.Vida 5+2reb
gschID: 196950



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  IBA   

Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Kankakee S. 15-1 
 2. Kenosha B. 10-6 
 3. Battle Creek K. 10-6 
 4. Rockford RD 8-8 
 5. St.Louis T. 8-8 
 6. Gary Splash 7-9 
 7. Holland Dream 4-12 
 8. Lansing C. 1-5 
 9. Springfield X. 0-3 
 10. Lake County S. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 10: Battle Creek K. - Holland Dream 179-159
Jan. 13: Kankakee S. - Rockford RD 128-117
Jan. 12: Holland Dream - Kankakee S. 119-138
Jan. 13: St.Louis T. - Gary Splash 109-91



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 9-3 
 2. Snaefell 9-3 
 3. Thor Thorl 9-3 
 4. Stjarnan 9-3 
 5. KR 8-4 
 6. Keflavik 7-5 
 7. Skallagrimur 5-7 
 8. Njardvik 4-8 
 9. Fjolnir 4-9 
 10. KFI 4-9 
 11. IR 3-9 
 12. Tindastoll 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 13: KR - Fjolnir 98-87
Jan. 13: Grindavik - Keflavik 98-106
Jan. 13: Skallagrimur - KFI 96-101
Jan. 14: IR - Snaefell 93-102 OT
Jan. 14: Njardvik - Thor Thorl 83-84
Jan. 11: Fjolnir - KFI 75-99
Jan. 10: Tindastoll - Skallagrimur 72-85
Jan. 13: Stjarnan - Tindastoll 101-84

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 17: Fjolnir - KFI
Jan. 17: Njardvik - Skallagrimur
Jan. 17: Thor Thorl - IR
Jan. 17: Snaefell - Grindavik
Jan. 17: Keflavik - Stjarnan
Jan. 17: Tindastoll - KR


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Pitts, KFI31.6 
 2. Palm, IR26.9 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl25.2 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.24.4 
 5. Broussard, Grind.23.6 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.23.2 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan22.5 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell21.5 
 9. Craion, Keflavik20.9 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, Njardvik14.6 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.2 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.6 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.8 
 5. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 6. McQueen, Snaefell10.0 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan9.9 
 8. Virijevic, KFI9.3 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan8.4 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.8 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan9.3 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.3 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.2 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 6. Smith, Thor Thorl5.7 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 8. Quaintance, Skalla.4.5 
 9. Hermannsson, KR4.4 
 10. Bjornsson, KR4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.3.0 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.2.4 
 3. Hilmarsson, Thor T.2.3 
 4. Smith, Thor Thorl2.3 
 5. Viggosson, Tindast.2.2 
 6. Lewis, Keflavik2.2 
 7. Broussard, Grind.2.2 
 8. Valentine, Tindast.2.1 
 9. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.1 
 10. Moore, Njardvik2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.0 
 2. Quaintance, Skalla.1.8 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.7 
 4. Craion, Keflavik1.7 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.6 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 8. Van, Njardvik1.2 
 9. Acox, KR1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.1.0 


Dominos League Round 12: Keflavik defeats leader Grindavik - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Grindavik (9-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Keflavik (7-5) 106-98. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Grindavik. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Keflavik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) contributed with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) replied with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Grindavik. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Keflavik maintains sixth position with 7-5 record. Defending champion Grindavik still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Keflavik are looking forward to face higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grindavik will play against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Njardvik (4-8) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Thor Thorl (9-3). The visitors from Thorlakshofn managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and David Jackson who added 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Thor Thorl keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Thor Thorl will play against IR (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Njardvik will play at home against Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Friday night. This time newly promoted KFI outleveled ninth-ranked Fjolnir in Reykjavik 99-75. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that KFI is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The winners were led by Damier Pitts who scored that evening 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by Arnthor Gudmundsson did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. KFI (4-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Fjolnir. KFI will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fjolnir will play again against KFI (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked IR (3-9) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Snaefell (9-3) in Reykjavik. The visitors from Stykkisholmur managed to secure only nine-point victory 102-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Jon Olafur Jonsson who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Snaefell keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. IR lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be league's leader Grindavik at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. IR will play against Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Skallagrimur (5-7) and KFI (4-9), which took place in Borgarnes. Higher ranked Skallagrimur lost at home to twelfth ranked KFI 96-101 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. It was a good game for Damier Pitts who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. KFI moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Fjolnir. Skallagrimur at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. KFI will face Fjolnir (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Fjolnir was beaten by KR on the road 98-87. Stjarnan won against Tindastoll on its own court 101-84. Skallagrimur managed to outperform Tindastoll in Borgarnes 85-72.


Njardvik - Thor Thorl 83-84

Eighth-ranked Njardvik (4-8) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Thor Thorl (9-3). The visitors from Thorlakshofn managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 31-18 last quarter charge of Njardvik cut the lead to 84-83 at the end of the game. Thor Thorl dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Njardvik's 36. Njardvik was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and the other American import forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) who added 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) with 28 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Elvar Fridriksson (180-94) scored 20 points and 7 assists. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Thor Thorl keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Thor Thorl will play against IR (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Njardvik will play at home against Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: N.Moore 28+5reb+1ast, E.Fridriksson 20+2reb+7ast, M.Baginski 15+4reb+2ast, A.Orrason 8+4reb+3ast, H.Einarsson 7+6reb, F.Stefansson 3+4reb
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 22+7reb+12ast, D.Jackson 21+11reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 16+6reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 13+5reb, D.Flake 11+4reb+3ast, E.Einarsson 1+1reb
gschID: 231462


IR - Snaefell 93-102 OT

Tenth-ranked IR (3-9) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Snaefell (9-3) in Reykjavik. The visitors from Stykkisholmur managed to secure only nine-point victory 102-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But IR won second period 28-22. 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 IR used huge pressure winning it 24-22 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-15. They outrebounded IR 49-37 including 39 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by IR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. Five Snaefell players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-82) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Snaefell keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. IR lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be league's leader Grindavik at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. IR will play against Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 34+5reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 20+6reb, D.Williams 12+3reb+3ast, S.Claessen 9+6reb+2ast, N.Sovic 7+2reb, E.Arnarson 7+2reb+2ast
Snaefell: O.Torfason 25+2reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 18+4reb+2ast, J.Threatt 15+4reb+10ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 15+17reb+2ast, A.McQueen 14+12reb+1ast, S.Davidsson 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 231461


KR - Fjolnir 98-87

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked KR (8-4) beat 9th ranked Fjolnir (4-9) in Reykjavik 98-87 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Fjolnir was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 8 blocks. It was a good game for the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. KR's coach Helgi Magnusson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Christopher Smith (204-82, college: St.Edward's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-81) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KR have a solid four-game winning streak. Despite that victory KR went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Fjolnir keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. KR will face bottom-ranked Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play against KFI and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.Smith 24+21reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 18+4reb, I.Miles 13+3reb+4ast, A.Gudmundsson 11+1reb+7ast, I.Hafsteinsson 9+11reb+3ast, G.Olafsson 9+2reb
KR: B.Bjornsson 23+3reb+6ast, M.Hermannsson 19+4reb+6ast, F.Magnusson 18+4reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 15+10reb+3ast, K.Acox 11+6reb, D.McClellan 8+16reb+2ast
gschID: 180225


Fjolnir - KFI 75-99

Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Friday night. This time newly promoted KFI outleveled ninth-ranked Fjolnir in Reykjavik 99-75. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference suggests that KFI is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Fjolnir's 36. KFI forced 24 Fjolnir turnovers. The winners were led by American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) supported him with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by guard Arnthor Gudmundsson (187-91) did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. American guard Isaac Miles (187-88, college: Murray St.) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. KFI (4-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Fjolnir. KFI will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fjolnir will play again against KFI (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: A.Gudmundsson 24+8reb+2ast, I.Miles 14+7reb+4ast, B.Rikhardsson 13+3reb+2ast, I.Hafsteinsson 10+4reb, T.Tomasson 9+4reb+2ast, G.Olafsson 3+3reb+4ast
KFI: D.Pitts 34+8reb+7ast, M.Virijevic 26+13reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 18+5reb+1ast, K.Andresson 9+5reb+1ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 8+3reb+3ast, S.Toluwase 2+6reb
gschID: 180228


Skallagrimur - KFI 96-101

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Skallagrimur (5-7) and KFI (4-9), which took place in Borgarnes. Higher ranked Skallagrimur lost at home to twelfth ranked KFI 96-101 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. Skallagrimur trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 28-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 96-101 at the end of the game. Strangely Skallagrimur outrebounded KFI 46-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. It was a good game for American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) replied with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Skallagrimur. Five KFI and four Skallagrimur players scored in double figures. KFI moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Fjolnir. Skallagrimur at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. KFI will face Fjolnir (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 36+8reb+4ast, H.Quaintance 20+18reb+4ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 18+1reb+4ast, D.Asgeirsson 10+6reb+5ast, H.Hreidarsson 6+1reb, T.Eiriksson 4+9reb+2ast
KFI: D.Pitts 30+5reb+11ast, K.Andresson 19+5reb+2ast, T.Bradshaw 17+5reb+3ast, M.Virijevic 15+10reb+2ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 10+5reb+1ast, S.Toluwase 4+3reb
gschID: 180230


Grindavik - Keflavik 98-106

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Grindavik (9-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Keflavik (7-5) 106-98. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Grindavik. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Keflavik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a good game for the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) replied with 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Grindavik. Five Keflavik and four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Keflavik maintains sixth position with 7-5 record. Defending champion Grindavik still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Keflavik are looking forward to face higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grindavik will play against the league's second-placed Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Broussard 36+8reb+4ast, S.Zeglinski 20+8reb+5ast, S.Thorsteinsson 15+9reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 10+4reb, J.Olafsson 6+4reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 6+4reb+2ast
Keflavik: M.Gunnarsson 27+1reb+1ast, D.Lewis 24+9reb+6ast, M.Craion 22+10reb+5ast, B.Baptist 19+12reb+4ast, V.Valsson 12+2reb+3ast, R.Albertsson 2+3reb
gschID: 180227


Stjarnan - Tindastoll 101-84

Very expected game when 11th ranked Tindastoll (2-10) lost on the road to third ranked Stjarnan (9-3) 101-84 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Tindastoll was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Stjarnan forced 23 Tindastoll turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 7 blocks. Tindastoll was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized FYR Macedonian forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Tindastoll. Five Stjarnan and four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Stjarnan have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Tindastoll dropped to the bottom place with ten games lost. Stjarnan will face Keflavik (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tindastoll will play against KR (#5) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: G.Valentine 23+11reb+4ast, D.Gibson 15+5reb+8ast, H.Viggosson 12+9reb+1ast, P.Runar Birgisson 11+4reb+4ast, H.Margeirsson 8+3reb+1ast, S.Birgisson 7+3reb+1ast
Stjarnan: J.Frye 20+4reb+2ast, J.Shouse 19+5reb+5ast, J.Zdravevski 18+5reb+6ast, M.Valdimarsson 15+10reb+1ast, B.Mills 13+6reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 6
gschID: 180226


Tindastoll - Skallagrimur 72-85

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Skallagrimur (5-7) won against bottom-ranked Tindastoll (2-10) in Sauoarkrokur 85-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Skallagrimur. Tindastoll was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) contributed with 28 points for the winners. American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tindastoll. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Skallagrimur maintains seventh position with 5-7 record. Loser Tindastoll dropped to the bottom place with ten games lost. Skallagrimur will face Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik in the next round. Tindastoll will play at home against KR (#5) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: G.Valentine 20+19reb+4ast, D.Gibson 13+3reb+4ast, S.Birgisson 11+4reb, H.Viggosson 10+7reb+1ast, H.Margeirsson 8+1ast, A.Bjornsson 5+3reb+1ast
Skallagrimur: P.Axel Vilbergsson 28+4reb+2ast, C.Medlock 21+8reb+1ast, H.Quaintance 17+15reb+4ast, D.Asgeirsson 7+2reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 4+1reb+1ast, S.Egilsson 3+2ast
gschID: 180229



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 14: Pelita Jaya - Hangtuah 57-55
Jan. 14: Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda 56-64
Jan. 14: Satya Wacana - Garuda 49-80
Jan. 14: Bimasakti - Stadium Jak. 40-78

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 15: Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana
Jan. 15: CLS Knights - NSH GMC Riau
Jan. 15: Stadium Jak. - Tonga BSC


Indonesian NBL round 11 best performance: Pringgo Regowo - by Eurobasket News

Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Dell Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Tonga BSC (#12, 1-7) with 27-point margin 75-48. It allowed Dell Aspac to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Dell Aspac keeps perfect 7 -0 record. Regowo has many years of experience at Dell Aspac, through which he has constantly improved. Pringgo Regowo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 13.9ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 9.7rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Pacific Caesar. Sabara had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Pacific Caesar to edge the lower-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#11, 1-6) 71-70. This victory allowed Pacific Caesar to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Sabara is a newcomer at Pacific Caesar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#3). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Dell Aspac's star - guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-G-89). Sanjaya scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Dell Aspac, helping his team with a 75-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Tonga BSC (#12, 1-7). Dell Aspac have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Sanjaya turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Sanjaya has a very solid season. In 5 games in Indonesia he scored 6.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-G-92) of Dell Aspac - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ryan Febriyan (194-PF-87) of NSH GMC Riau - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Muhammad Fauzia (184-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Frida Susanto (195-PF-86) of Satria Muda - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Juliano Sucipto (188-F-82) of NSH GMC Riau - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) of Satria Muda - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 5 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 13-1 
 2. Mahram 12-2 
 3. Foolad Mahan 11-3 
 4. Zanjan 8-7 
 5. Azad 7-6 
 6. Gorgan 5-9 
 7. Sanaye Petrochimi 4-10 
 8. Al Badr 4-10 
 9. Esteghlal 3-11 
 10. Naft Sepahan 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 14: Foolad Mahan - Esteghlal 93-53
Jan. 14: Petrochimi - Zanjan 92-75
Jan. 14: Azad - Petrochimi Mahshahr 75-76
Jan. 13: Naft Sepahan - Gorgan 74-80
Jan. 14: Mahram - Al Badr 100-66

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Gorgan - Foolad Mahan
Jan. 17: Zanjan - Mahram
Jan. 17: Al Badr - Azad
Jan. 17: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Esteghlal
Jan. 17: Petrochimi - Naft Sepahan



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - BSL

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 13: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 91-74
Jan. 13: Hapoel T-A - Hapoel J-M 83-98
Jan. 14: Netanya - Bnei Hasharon 83-86
Jan. 13: Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 80-74
Jan. 14: Maccabi T-A - Elizur Ashkelon 80-59
Jan. 13: Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Holon 103-107

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 20: Elizur Ashkelon - Hapoel T-A
Jan. 20: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat
Jan. 20: Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa
Jan. 20: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A
Jan. 20: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod
Jan. 20: Hapoel J-M - Netanya


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Bnei Hasharon
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Beck, Bnei Hashar.19.5 
 2. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.19.3 
 3. Simpson, Maccabi19.0 
 4. Hopson, Hapoel Eil.18.8 
 5. Dove, Elizur Ashke.17.5 
 6. Killingswort., Net.17.4 
 7. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.17.1 
 8. Smith, Maccabi Hai.16.5 
 9. Wright, Maccabi16.3 
 10. Stitt, Hapoel T-A16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.6 
 2. Holman, Hapoel Eil.10.8 
 3. Jones, Bnei H.9.8 
 4. Calathes, Maccabi9.6 
 5. Wright, Maccabi9.5 
 6. Uter, Maccabi9.3 
 7. Washington, Netan.9.1 
 8. Thomas, Maccabi8.7 
 9. Dove, Elizur Ashke.8.5 
 10. Simpson, Maccabi8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gal MEKEL
  Maccabi Haifa
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mekel, Maccabi Hai.7.1 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.6.0 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi5.2 
 4. Pullen, Hapoel J-M4.7 
 5. Bradley, Netanya4.5 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.4.4 
 7. Perry, Elizur A.4.4 
 8. Israeli, Maccabi4.3 
 9. Berkowitz, Bnei H.3.8 
 10. Timor, Hapoel T-A3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matan NAOR
  Hapoel T-A
  (195-SF-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 2. Washington, Netan.2.4 
 3. Ohayon, Maccabi2.2 
 4. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.2.1 
 5. Berkowitz, Bnei H.2.1 
 6. Stoll, Maccabi Hai.2.0 
 7. Wright, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 9. Simpson, Maccabi1.8 
 10. Moore, Elizur A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.3 
 2. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.5 
 4. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.5 
 5. Holman, Hapoel Eil.1.3 
 6. Thomas, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Simpson, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 9. Wright, Maccabi1.2 
 10. Dove, Elizur Ashk.1.1 


Galil Gilboa could tab Brandon Bowman - by Eurobasket News

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Winner League) is close to add to their roster 29-year old American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) who currently plays Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korea. In four KBL games this season he recorded 13.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0bpg. Bowman also played at Dongbu Promy in South Korean KBL earlier that season. In four games this year he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. The last season he played at Maccabi Rishon. In 30 Winner League games last year he averaged 14.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
The previous (10-11) season Bowman played at FMP Zeleznik in Serbian A League. In 17 games that year he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team Bowman played shortly was Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. In 5 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.0apg. Another team Bowman played that season for was Lukoil Academik in Bulgarian NBL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 NBL games he averaged 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6spg. Bowman also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 8.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He also played 2 games in Eurocup where he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg.
In 2006 Bowman was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Georgetown University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Bowman played in the final of German Bundesliga in 2009. He was also voted NABC All-NCAA District 4 1st Team back in 2005 at his college time.
Bowman was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2003.
He is quite experienced player. Bowman has played also professionally in Italy, Turkey (Tofas) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Winner League Round 13: Bnei Hasharon beats GreenTops Netanya by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Winner League took place in Netanya. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed GreenTops Netanya (7-6) to eighth ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-7) 86-83 on Monday evening. GreenTops Netanya cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Bnei Hasharon made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by GreenTops Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for GreenTops Netanya. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Hapoel J-M (#5) in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-5) against twelfth ranked Galil Gilboa (4-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Maccabi Haifa was defeated by Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina 91-74. The former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Kenny Hayes chipped in 17 points. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with 21 points and 4 assists. Galil Gilboa moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-8) in Tel-Aviv 80-59. Devin Smith nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marcus Dove came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-8). Hapoel J-M defeated Hapoel Tel-Aviv 98-83. American players dominated also this game. Josh Duncan fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Netanya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be GreenTops Netanya (#4) at home. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 13 Maccabi Rishon was beaten by Hapoel Eilat on the road 80-74. Maccabi Ashdod lost to Hapoel Holon on its own court 103-107.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Diamon Simpson of Maccabi Ashdod.


Maccabi T-A - Elizur Ashkelon 80-59

Winner League top team - Maccabi T-A (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-8) in Tel-Aviv 80-59. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ironi Ashkelon to just 5 points in third quarter. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international point guard Moran Roth (178-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) accounted for 10 points and 6 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 14 points respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Loser Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A and Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Rishon (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elizur Ashkelon: M.Dove 21+11reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 14+3reb+1ast, G.Lagzdina 10+2reb, G.Porat 5+6reb+2ast, M.Perry 5+2reb+5ast, M.Moore 2+2reb+3ast
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 19+6reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 13+2reb+1ast, M.Roth 10+2reb+6ast, M.Thomas 8+7reb+1ast, S.James 7+3reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 192990


Netanya - Bnei Hasharon 83-86

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Winner League took place in Netanya. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed GreenTops Netanya (7-6) to eighth ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-7) 86-83 on Monday evening. GreenTops Netanya cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Bnei Hasharon made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by GreenTops Netanya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for GreenTops Netanya. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. GreenTops Netanya at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GreenTops Netanya will play against Hapoel J-M (#5) in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Netanya: M.Killingsworth 18+8reb+3ast, R.Morgan 15+7reb+4ast, E.Shulman 15+3reb+3ast, Y.Orland 12+3reb+1ast, R.Bradley 9+1reb+4ast, D.Washington 8+3reb+2ast
Bnei Hasharon: J.Jones 25+9reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 18+4reb+5ast, R.Beck 15+3reb, N.Berkowitz 12+2reb+2ast, B.Rice 7+5reb+1ast, D.Caracter 6+9reb
gschID: 192988


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 91-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi Haifa (8-5) against twelfth ranked Galil Gilboa (4-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Maccabi Haifa was defeated by Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina 91-74. The game without a history. Galil Gilboa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American point guard Kenny Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 17 points. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) scored 15 points and 8 assists. Galil Gilboa moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Eilat (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: D.Smith 21+2reb+4ast, P.Stoll 15+2reb+8ast, P.Calathes 11+5reb+1ast, G.Mekel 8+5reb+6ast, C.Carr 6+1reb+1ast, J.Thomas 6+8reb
Galil Gilboa: D.Yavzuri 30+5reb+7ast, K.Hayes 17+3reb+3ast, B.Hunter 13+4reb+1ast, R.Sanders 12+6reb+4ast, Y.Green 8+6reb+3ast, N.Tishman 7+1ast
gschID: 192989


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 80-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel Eilat (9-4) beat at home 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (6-7) 80-74. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Maccabi Rishon took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat had a 19-13 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Rishon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-80. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Afik Nissim (186-81) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma, agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and the other American import forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Hapoel Eilat maintains second place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be Maccabi Haifa (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: W.Warren 23+2reb+3ast, J.Wright 17+7reb+3ast, A.Uter 16+7reb+2ast, L.Jones 6+1reb+2ast, O.Solomon 5+1reb, N.Hanochi 3+3reb+7ast
Hapoel Eilat: S.Hopson 20+6reb+3ast, A.Nissim 16+5reb+7ast, E.Holman 15+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 12+1reb+1ast, J.Tillman 8+8reb+1ast, T.Younger 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 192986


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel J-M 83-98

The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-8). Hapoel J-M defeated Hapoel Tel-Aviv 98-83. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hapoel J-M made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. Josh Duncan (203-86) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 21 points and 5 steals. Five Hapoel J-M players scored in double figures. point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) produced 24 points and 4 assists and power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Netanya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be GreenTops Netanya (#4) at home. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 24+3reb+4ast, J.Allen 17+6reb+1ast, C.Kelly 10+5reb, J.Skjoldebrand 10+2reb+2ast, M.Naor 9+4reb+4ast, B.Timor 9+4reb+2ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Duncan 22+6reb+2ast, C.Fells 21+3reb+3ast, R.Limonad 15+8reb+3ast, J.Pullen 15+1reb+3ast, M.Tapiro 11+4reb+3ast, C.Smith 10+4reb
gschID: 192985


Maccabi Ashdod - Hapoel Holon 103-107

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Hapoel Holon and 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod had identical 4-8 record. But Maccabi Ashdod was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Holon 107-103. Hapoel Holon made 33-of-37 charity shots (89.2 percent) during the game. Hapoel Holon outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 46-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Ashdod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) fired 40 points (!!!) for the winners. Forward Frank Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds. Forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Hapoel Holon and five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon (5-8) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Elizur Ashkelon. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: D.Simpson 34+7reb+4ast, A.Freeman 22+5reb+2ast, M.Collins 14+5reb+3ast, J.Skeen 13+4reb+1ast, G.Israeli 10+5reb+8ast, M.Mizrahi 8+5reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Dyson 40+3reb, S.Daniel 17+8reb+4ast, F.Hassell 15+19reb+3ast, L.Hill 14+8reb+1ast, S.Harush 11+3reb+1ast, D.Waters 7+5reb+8ast
gschID: 192987



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 13-2 
 2. Banco di Sard. 12-3 
 3. Montepaschi 11-4 
 4. Cantu 11-4 
 5. Acea Virtus RM 10-5 
 6. Trenkwalder RE 8-7 
 7. Enel Brindisi 8-7 
 8. EA7 Armani 8-7 
 9. Umana VE 7-8 
 10. JuveCaserta 7-8 
 11. SAIE3 BO 6-9 
 12. Vanoli CR 5-10 
 13. Sutor MGR 4-11 
 14. Sidigas AV 4-11 
 15. Angelico BI 3-12 
 16. Pesaro 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 14: Banco di Sard. - Montepaschi 96-66
Jan. 13: Trenkwalder RE - JuveCaserta 91-72
Jan. 13: Cimberio VA - Umana VE 85-87
Jan. 13: Sutor MGR - Acea Virtus RM 84-86
Jan. 13: Cantu - SAIE3 BO 79-64
Jan. 13: Enel Brindisi - EA7 Armani 76-83
Jan. 13: Sidigas AV - Pesaro 71-78
Jan. 13: Angelico BI - Vanoli CR 59-92

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 20: Montepaschi - Trenkwalder RE
Jan. 20: SAIE3 BO - Vanoli CR
Jan. 20: Umana VE - Cantu
Jan. 20: Cimberio VA - Enel Brindisi
Jan. 20: Angelico BI - Banco di Sard.
Jan. 20: Acea Virtus RM - Pesaro
Jan. 20: Sutor MGR - Sidigas AV
Jan. 20: JuveCaserta - EA7 Armani


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.19.7 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.5 
 3. Datome, Acea V.17.5 
 4. Johnson, Angelico.17.2 
 5. Harris, Vanoli CR17.1 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.3 
 7. Ere, Cimberio VA16.2 
 8. Diener, Banco d.16.1 
 9. Banks, Cimberio VA16.0 
 10. Brown, Montepasc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Johnson, Sidigas8.6 
 2. Lawal, Acea V.8.3 
 3. Stipanovic, Vanoli8.1 
 4. Brunner, Trenkwal.7.9 
 5. Dunston, Cimberio.7.9 
 6. Akindele, JuveCase.7.8 
 7. Burns, Sutor MGR7.2 
 8. Jelovac, JuveCase.6.9 
 9. Ebi, Sidigas AV6.8 
 10. Ere, Cimberio VA6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.1 
 2. Green, Cimberio VA5.7 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.3 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani4.1 
 5. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu3.9 
 6. Brown, Montepaschi3.8 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV3.7 
 8. Cinciarini, Trenkw.3.7 
 9. Taylor, Acea V.3.6 
 10. Steele, Sutor MGR3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Angelico.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Robinson, Angelico.2.4 
 2. Dunston, Cimberio.2.3 
 3. Green, Cimberio VA2.2 
 4. Barbour, Pesaro2.2 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.1 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.2.1 
 7. Shakur, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Hasbrouck, SAIE31.9 
 9. James, Trenkwal.1.9 
 10. Goss, Acea V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Cimberio.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Cimberio.2.1 
 2. Ress, Montepaschi1.7 
 3. Simmons, Enel B.1.5 
 4. Lawal, Acea V.1.3 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.3 
 6. Eze, Montepaschi1.3 
 7. Crosariol, Pesaro1.2 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwal.1.2 
 9. Tyus, Cantu1.1 
 10. Ebi, Sidigas AV1.1 


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 13: Chieti - Omegna 90-92
Jan. 13: Treviglio - San Severo 83-64
Jan. 13: Castelletto - Casalpusterlengo 81-79
Jan. 13: Ferrara - Reggio Calabr. 75-81
Jan. 13: Firenze - Agrigento 72-64
Jan. 13: Recanati - Torino 70-74
Jan. 13: Lucca - Perugia 61-50
Jan. 13: Latina Basket - Bari 55-70

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 19: Omegna - Matera
Jan. 20: Treviglio - Latina Basket
Jan. 20: Ferrara - Mirandola
Jan. 20: Perugia - Torino
Jan. 20: Lucca - Chieti
Jan. 20: Castelletto - Recanati
Jan. 20: Bari - San Severo
Jan. 20: Agrigento - Reggio Calabr.


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Davide POLTRONERI
  Perugia
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Poltroneri, Perugia20.2 
 2. Parente, Lucca17.2 
 3. Ferrarese, Trevigl.16.6 
 4. Gueye, San Severo16.5 
 5. Casadei, Firenze16.4 
 6. Circosta, Bologna16.4 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari16.1 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.16.1 
 9. Bolzonella, Castel.15.9 
 10. Iannilli, San Sev.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.11.7 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.6 
 3. Wojciechowsk., Tor.9.1 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.8 
 5. Raminelli, Bologna8.7 
 6. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.7 
 7. Pazzi, Castelletto8.5 
 8. Benfatto, Ferrara8.3 
 9. Mancin, Mirandola7.7 
 10. Bisconti, Bari7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Losi, Mirandola6.1 
 2. Piazza, Bologna5.6 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.4.6 
 4. Marino, Casalp.4.4 
 5. Ferrarese, Trevigl.3.8 
 6. Rajola, Chieti3.8 
 7. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 8. Mariani, Omegna3.2 
 9. Santolamazza, Lati.3.0 
 10. Gnaccarini, Recan.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Piazza, Bologna3.8 
 2. Cortesi, Ferrara3.5 
 3. Vico, Matera3.3 
 4. Parente, Lucca3.3 
 5. Tavernelli, Latina3.2 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 7. Maggio, San Severo3.0 
 8. Spizzichini, Ferra.2.9 
 9. Casadei, Firenze2.8 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Matteo RAMINELLI
  Bologna
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Raminelli, Bologna1.7 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 3. Rossi, Chieti1.2 
 4. Iannilli, San Seve.1.0 
 5. Mancin, Mirandola0.9 
 6. Gagliardo, Latina0.9 
 7. Pazzi, Castelletto0.8 
 8. Casadei, Firenze0.8 
 9. Del Brocco, San S.0.8 
 10. Iannuzzi, Matera0.6 


SerieA Round 15: Leader Cimberio Varese loses to Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News

SerieA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Cimberio Varese (13-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Umana Venezia (7-8) 87-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cimberio Varese won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 24 points and 8 assists. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who recorded 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Umana Venezia moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Umana Venezia is looking forward to face higher ranked Cantu (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Enel Brindisi and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sassari. Second ranked Banco di Sard. faced 3rd placed Montepaschi Siena. Host Banco di Sard. (12-3) smashed guests from Siena (11-4) 96-66. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Tony Easley contributed with 18 points for the winners. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) answered with 12 points for Montepaschi Siena. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Cantu. Banco di Sard. will play against Angelico Biella (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Montepaschi Siena will play against Trenkwalder RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked VL Pesaro managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Air Avellino 78-71. It was a great evening for Rok Stipcevic who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. VL Pesaro's coach Zare Markovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Taquan Dean with 19 points. VL Pesaro (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Loser Air Avellino dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sutor MGR. VL Pesaro will meet higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-5). The visitors from Roma managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Luigi Datome who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Lottomatica Roma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. Sutor Montegranaro at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked VL Pesaro (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Sutor Montegranaro will play against Air Avellino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Biella. Local Angelico Biella (3-12) was outscored by twelfth ranked Vanoli Cremona (5-10) 92-59 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Hrvoje Peric who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Angelico Biella's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vanoli Cremona maintains twelfth place with 5-10 record. Angelico Biella lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will face higher ranked SAIE3 BO (#11) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play at home against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
EA7 Armani defeated Enel Brindisi in Milano 83-76. Trenkwalder RE smashed JuveCaserta at home 91-72. SAIE3 BO lost to Cantu on the opponent's court 64-79.


Banco di Sard. - Montepaschi 96-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sassari. Second ranked Banco di Sard. faced 3rd placed Montepaschi Siena. Host Banco di Sard. (12-3) smashed guests from Siena (11-4) 96-66. The game without a history. Banco di Sard. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Banco di Sard. shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. His fellow American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) answered with 12 points and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) added 13 points in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Banco di Sard. maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Cimberio VA. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Cantu. Banco di Sard. will play against Angelico Biella (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Montepaschi Siena will play against Trenkwalder RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Easley 18+4reb+3ast, M.Vanuzzo 15+7reb, B.Sacchetti 15+3reb+1ast, T.Diener 12+1reb+12ast, D.Diener 10+6reb+2ast, M.Ignerski 7+3reb
Montepaschi: B.Brown 13+3ast, V.Sanikidze 12+4reb+1ast, D.Hackett 10+2ast, K.Kangur 8+2reb+2ast, B.Eze 7+6reb, M.Janning 5+2ast
gschID: 185532


Enel Brindisi - EA7 Armani 76-83

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Enel Brindisi (8-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Armani Milano (8-7) 83-76 on Sunday. Enel Brindisi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Gianluca Basile (192-75) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jonathan Gibson (188-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 22 points and the other American import forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Trenkwalder RE and Enel Brindisi. Armani Milano will face Juvecaserta (#10) in Caserta in the next round.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: I.Bourousis 14+5reb, G.Basile 12+3reb+3ast, M.Green 12+4ast, M.Hairston 10+1reb, K.Langford 9+1reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 8+3reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 22+3reb+1ast, A.Robinson 18+6reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 14+1reb+5ast, C.Simmons 10+10reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 9+4reb, A.Zerini 3
gschID: 185539


Trenkwalder RE - JuveCaserta 91-72

Everything could happen in Reggio Emilia at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Trenkwalder RE and 9th ranked Juvecaserta had identical 7-7 record. This time Trenkwalder RE used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Caserta 91-72 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Juvecaserta was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE forced 22 Juvecaserta turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who scored 22 points. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) who recorded 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international Marco Mordente (192-79) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Trenkwalder RE (8-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with EA7 Armani and Enel Brindisi. Loser Juvecaserta keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face higher ranked Montepaschi Siena (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Juvecaserta will play against Armani Milano (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 22+1reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 17+2reb, A.Cinciarini 14+6reb+4ast, G.Brunner 12+6reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 10+3reb, D.Slanina 9
JuveCaserta: J.Akindele 17+4reb+1ast, M.Mordente 14+7reb, A.Michelori 12+6reb, S.Jelovac 9+6reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 7+2reb, G.Maresca 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185538


Sutor MGR - Acea Virtus RM 84-86

Thirteenth-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-11) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-5). The visitors from Roma managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Sutor Montegranaro was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 26-23 charge of Lottomatica Roma, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Sutor Montegranaro 41-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sutor Montegranaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) accounted for 17 points and 9 assists for the winning side. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Sutor Montegranaro in the defeat. Five Lottomatica Roma and four Sutor Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. Sutor Montegranaro at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked VL Pesaro (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Sutor Montegranaro will play against Air Avellino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 18+9reb+2ast, P.Goss 17+1reb+9ast, P.Lorant 15+6reb, B.Jones 14+7reb+1ast, G.Lawal 13+14reb, L.D'Ercole 6+2reb+2ast
Sutor MGR: D.Cinciarini 23+1reb+4ast, V.Amoroso 16+5reb+2ast, R.Steele 14+4reb+4ast, C.Burns 13+4reb, T.Slay 5+4reb, V.Mazzola 5+2reb
gschID: 185537


Angelico BI - Vanoli CR 59-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Biella. Local Angelico Biella (3-12) was outscored by twelfth ranked Vanoli Cremona (5-10) 92-59 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-59. Vanoli Cremona dominated on the defensive end, holding Angelico Biella to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Angelico Biella only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Angelico Biella 37-24 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Angelico Biella was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points. Five Vanoli Cremona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 18 points respectively. Angelico Biella's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vanoli Cremona maintains twelfth place with 5-10 record. Angelico Biella lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Vanoli Cremona will face higher ranked SAIE3 BO (#11) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play at home against the league's second-placed Banco di Sard. (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: H.Peric 26+11reb+1ast, A.Johnson 18+4reb+3ast, J.Jackson 15+2reb+2ast, L.Harris 15+3reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 10+7reb+1ast, T.Kotti 4+7reb+1ast
Angelico BI: T.Rochestie 18+2reb+1ast, G.Jurak 12+9reb+1ast, T.Johnson 10+3reb+3ast, M.Soragna 7+1reb+2ast, R.Robinson 6+2reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 2
gschID: 185536


Sidigas AV - Pesaro 71-78

Bottom-ranked VL Pesaro managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Air Avellino 78-71. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for VL Pesaro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. It was a great evening for Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 22 points. VL Pesaro's coach Zare Markovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) with 19 points and the other American import power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. VL Pesaro (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Loser Air Avellino dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sutor MGR. VL Pesaro will meet higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Sutor Montegranaro (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pesaro: A.Barbour 22+2reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 22+2reb+5ast, A.Crosariol 15+6reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 8+2reb+3ast, T.Kinsey 4+4reb+2ast, L.Mack 4+1ast
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 19+4reb+3ast, L.Johnson 15+8reb+1ast, D.Hardy 10+3reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 9+3reb, K.Ivanov 9+7reb+1ast, J.Richardson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 185535


Cimberio VA - Umana VE 85-87

Top ranked Cimberio Varese (13-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Umana Venezia (7-8) 87-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cimberio Varese won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 24 points and 8 assists. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who recorded 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Umana Venezia moved-up to ninth place, which they share with JuveCaserta. Cimberio Varese at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Umana Venezia is looking forward to face higher ranked Cantu (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Enel Brindisi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: S.Szewczyk 27+14reb+3ast, K.Kee Clark 24+3reb+8ast, G.Rosselli 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 8+2reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 4+2reb+1ast, T.Bowers 4+2ast
Cimberio VA: M.Green 26+7reb+7ast, B.Dunston 21+9reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 15+2reb+4ast, D.Sakota 9+4reb, E.Rush 8+7reb+2ast, A.Polonara 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 185534


Cantu - SAIE3 BO 79-64

Very expected game when 11th ranked SAIE3 BO (6-9) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Cantu (11-4) 79-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Belgian point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Cantu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and Swedish Viktor Gaddefors (203-92) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cantu have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Montepaschi. SAIE3 BO lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Cantu will face Umana Venezia (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SAIE3 BO will play against Vanoli Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cantu: M.Leunen 16+8reb+2ast, P.Aradori 14+4ast, M.Markoishvili 11+3reb+3ast, J.Tabu 11+4reb+4ast, K.Anderson 8+1reb+2ast, A.Tyus 8+5reb
SAIE3 BO: V.Gaddefors 15+1reb, G.Poeta 10+1reb+3ast, M.Rocca 10+8reb+1ast, S.Smith 7, A.Gigli 7+3reb+1ast, R.Moraschini 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 185533



Best players of Italian SerieA round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Polish Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Umana VE and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cimberio VA (#1, 13-2) 87-85. Umana VE is placed at 9th position in Italian SerieA. Umana VE 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 7-8 record. In the team's last game Szewczyk had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Umana VE and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Szymon Szewczyk averages this season 10.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Vanoli CR. Peric impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Vanoli CR to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#15, 3-12) 92-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Vanoli CR keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Peric is a newcomer at Vanoli CR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Mike Green (185-PG-85) of top-ranked Cimberio VA. Green showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Green's great performance Cimberio VA lost 85-87 to the lower-ranked Umana VE (#9, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Cimberio VA had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Green's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Green has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.7apg (2nd best). He also has 2.2spg and and 3PT: 41.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Cimberio VA - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana VE - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 13 points and 14 rebounds
7. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Pesaro - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Cantu - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 12 points and 12 assists
10. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 15 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Troy Bell (186-PG-80) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Sigma Barcel. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 32-year old playmaker had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Sigma Barcel. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Givova Scafati (#4, 9-5) 91-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sigma Barcel. to consolidate first place in the Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sigma Barcel. has a very solid 11-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Bell turned to be Sigma Barcel.'s top player in his first season with the team. Troy Bell averages this season 16.1ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Delroy James (203-F-87) of FCM Ferentino. James impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course FCM Ferentino cruised to a 88-80 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (#6, 8-6). FCM Ferentino's 13th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. James is a newcomer at FCM Ferentino and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services) of Givova Scafati (#4). Slay got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Slay's great performance Givova Scafati lost 86-91 to #1 ranked Sigma Barcel.. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Givova Scafati 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 5 lost games. Slay has a great season in Italy. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Tezenis VE - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA Jesi - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. William Mosley (202-C-89) of Biancoblu BO - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Otis George (205-C-82) of Upea CdO - 18 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jobey Thomas (194-G-80) of AcegasAps TR - 27 points and 8 rebounds
9. Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Davide Pascolo (201-F-90) of Pall.Trento - 11 points and 10 rebounds

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



Perego's double-double lands him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) had a great game in the last round for Treviglio and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed San Severo (#16, 6-11) with 19-point margin 83-64. Treviglio maintains the 6th position in Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Treviglio will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Perego had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Treviglio's top player in his first season with the team. Riccardo Perego averages this season 13.7ppg and 6.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) of Bari. He is a guard in his first season at Bari. In the last game Bonfiglio recorded impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Bari to another comfortable win 70-55 over the lower-ranked Latina Basket (#18, 5-13) being unquestionably team leader. Bari's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bonfiglio is a newcomer at Bari and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marco Caprari (195-G-76) of Reggio Calabr. (#12). Caprari scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Reggio Calabr., leading his team to a 81-75 win against Ferrara (7-10). The chances of Reggio Calabr. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Caprari could help Reggio Calabr. to bring them higher in the standings. Caprari has a very solid season. In 18 games in Italy he scored 11.9ppg. He also has FGP: 51.9% and 3PT: 48.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nika Metreveli (211-PF-91) of Omegna - 15 points and 16 rebounds
5. Daniele Sandri (197-F/G-90) of Torino - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Davide Reati (193-G-88) of Treviglio - 21 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Torino - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) of Lucca - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) of Omegna - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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



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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Chandler, Chiba J.21.1 
 3. Woods, Miyazaki SS20.7 
 4. Burns, Yokohama BC20.6 
 5. Jones, Tokyo C.20.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.4 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.17.9 
 9. Thomas, Hamamats.17.7 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.6 
 2. White, Oita H.13.5 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.5 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.0 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.5 
 6. Sato, Tokyo Cinq11.0 
 7. Cox, Osaka Evessa10.8 
 8. Werner, Chiba Jets10.8 
 9. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.0 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 2. Namizato, Okina.5.9 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 5. Harris, Akita NH4.8 
 6. Burns, Yokohama BC4.7 
 7. Tomori, Gunma3.8 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.3.7 
 9. Orr, Saitama Bron.3.6 
 10. Takushi, Oita H.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tsukino MASATO
  Iwate B.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Masato, Iwate B.2.4 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC2.4 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.3 
 4. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 5. Bell, Chiba Jets2.0 
 6. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.9 
 7. Yamauchi, Okina.1.9 
 8. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
 10. Galloway, Hamamat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.9 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.9 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.1.6 
 6. Carter, Tokyo C.1.5 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.4 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM1.4 


White's 28 points and 7 rebounds give him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Hamamatsu P. and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Hamamatsu P. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fukuoka Rizing (#4, 16-9) 104-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hamamatsu P. maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hamamatsu P. will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hamamatsu P.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Nevada - Las Vegas graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.5rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Chiba Jets. He is American center in his first season at Chiba Jets. In the last game Werner recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Chiba Jets to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#11, 3-20) 90-67. Chiba Jets' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Werner is a newcomer at Chiba Jets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#7). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM (#3). Davis scored 29 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Davis' great performance Shimane SM lost 90-91 to the lower-ranked Miyazaki SS (#10, 4-21). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Shimane SM needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 25 games in Japan he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 3.5bpg and FGP: 55.9%. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Takuma Yamashiro (167-PG-85) of Saitama Bron. - 22 points and 16 rebounds
5. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Akita NH - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kenji Sato (180-G-79) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 23 points and 14 rebounds
7. Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chris Holm (212-C-84) of Niigata Albirex - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Iwate Big Bulls - 24 points and 10 rebounds
10. Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of Okinawa GK - 21 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Barsy Atyrau lost first two games in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau lost first two games in Top 16 of Baltic league. The team from Kazakhstan lost to Juventus and Pieno Zvaigzdes respectively.
In Round 1 Juventus won over Barsy Atyrau 113:79. Nerijus Varnelis (201-F-78) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Gintautas Matulis (196-F/G-86) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Mikhail Evstigneev added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Barsy Atyrau in the defeat.
Pieno Zvaigzdes edged Barsy Atyrau 93:57. The best player for the winners was Mantas Ruikis who scored 17 points. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-SF-83) chipped in 17 points. Edgaras Zelionis produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.



VTB League: BC Astana stole the win from Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash - BC Astana 82:89

BC Astana stole the win from Mariupol in VTB League. The team from Kazakhstan overcame Azovmash 89:82 for 6-4 record.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Azovmash won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Astana made 20-of-24 charity shots during the game. The best player for the winners was Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and Manny Harris (196-G-89, college: Michigan) added 24 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory was the third consecutive win for BC Astana. Defending Kazakhstan champion maintains fifth place with 6-4 record. Azovmash lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost.



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  KOSOVO   


Berisha, Bashkimi's first enforcement - by Dren Shporta

Albatrit Berisha (197-G-90), has agreed terms to play second half of the season for Bashkimi.

Former guard of Kolegji Univers and last seasons part of the Kosovo's second best team, Berisha from now on will help the orange club from Prizren in their play-off ticket battle.

During the first half of the season he was RTV 21's joker, after the coach Adinovic has putted him in the game to shot three pointers in which he is good.

Bashkimi, his new team, has lost two national and three international players after the winter holidays. Berisha is Bashkimi's first enforcement for the second part of the season.



Vrsaljko back to homeland - by Dren Shporta

According to Eurobasket's Croatian author, Dani Erceg, Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) has leaved Vellaznimi.

The Croatian center was one of the best players at the newcomers team of Vellaznimi.

He has signed with Croatian A1 league team Jolly JBS. Vrsaljko before Vellaznimi had played also for Trepca in Kosovo.

From now, Vellaznimi will have to search for new international strength for the second part of the season after, slovenian playmaker Marcel Mihalic signed for reigning champipons Trepca and Vrasljko went to his homeland.



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  KUWAIT   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Jan. 18: Al Yarmook - Al Tadhamon
Jan. 18: Al Arabi - Al Sahel
Jan. 18: Al Nasar - Al Qadsia


D1 Round 25: Easy game for Kazma which smashes Al Tadhamon by 51 points - by Eurobasket News

Second ranked Kazma (13-2) crushed at home 10th ranked Al Tadhamon (2-11) by 51 points 105-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Kazma have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Kuwait. Al Tadhamon at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Kazma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Tadhamon will play on the road against Al Yarmook (#9) in Yarmouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Al Jahraa lost to Al Qadsia on the opponent's court 72-78. Al Sahel outscored Al Salmiyah in a home game 81-55.


Al Qadsia - Al Jahraa 78-72

Rather expected game in Kuwait City where 6th ranked Al Jahraa (6-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Al Qadsia (11-2) 78-72 on Friday. Al Qadsia maintains fourth place with 11-2 record. Al Jahraa at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Al Qadsia are looking forward to face Al Nasar (#7) in An Nasr in the next round. Al Jahraa will have a break next round.
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Kazma - Al Tadhamon 105-54

Second ranked Kazma (13-2) crushed at home 10th ranked Al Tadhamon (2-11) by 51 points 105-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Kazma have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Al Kuwait. Al Tadhamon at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Kazma will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Al Tadhamon will play on the road against Al Yarmook (#9) in Yarmouk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Al Sahel - Al Salmiyah 81-55

Very predictable result in Abu Halifa where third ranked Al Sahel (12-2) smashed 11th ranked Al Salmiyah (2-13) 81-55 on Friday. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Al Sahel. They maintain third place with 12-2 record behind leader Al Kuwait. Al Salmiyah lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Al Shabab. Al Sahel are looking forward to face Al Arabi (#5) in Kuwait City in the next round. Al Salmiyah will have a break next round.
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  LATVIA   


Valmiera and Barons kvartals post victories - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera and Barons kvartals post victories in Round 2 of Top 16 Baltic League.
Valmiera overcame Siauliai 82:77. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-F-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91, agency: FCM) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 16 points and 5 assists and Aurimas Kieza added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Barons kvartals surprised Ventspils 66:65 away from home.
The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Tyler Cain who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and Davis Lejasmeiers added 12 points respectively for the hosts.
Jelgava meanwhile lost to Rudupis 68:93.



VEF Riga takes 8-3 record - by Eurobasket News

VTB League:
VEF Riga - Neptunas 94:89


VEF Riga takes 8-3 record in VTB League. The Latvian side overcame Lithuanian Neptunas 94:89 on Sunday.
The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 34 and made 24-of-31 free shots during the game. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists.
Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) answered with 32 points and Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Neptunas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Neptunas lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. VEF Riga will face league's leader CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Neptunas will play against the league's second-placed Zalgiris in Kaunas.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos rytas and Neptunas fell short abroad - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas and Neptunas fell short abroad in VTB League. The Lithuanian teams lost their away games.
VEF Riga beat Neptunas 94:89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 34 and made 24-of-31 free shots during the game. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) answered with 32 points and Deividas Gailius added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Neptunas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Krasnie Krilya outscored Lietuvos rytas 89:72. Chester Simmons orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) contributed with 6 points, 13 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) answered with 22 points and 7 assists and Arturas Jomantas added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas.



Lietkabelis, Rudupis and Pieno Zvaigzdes achieve the wins in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Lietkabelis, Rudupis and Pieno Zvaigzdes achieve the wins in Top 16 of Baltic League. The Lithuanian teams won their games over the foreign representatives.
Pieno Zvaigzdes edged Barsy Atyrau 93:57. The best player for the winners was Mantas Ruikis (194-G/F-85) who scored 17 points. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-SF-83) chipped in 17 points. Edgaras Zelionis produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Zambalist Fredrick added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Rudupis won over Jelgava 93:68. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tautvydas Slezas chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Keith Chamberlain produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Liatkabelis clinched the first win in Top 16 round as they snatched overtime win over Parnu. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) stepped up with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Kaspars Vecvagars added 20 points for Liatkabelis. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) answered with 33 points and 11 rebounds for Parnu.



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 36-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 32-8 
 3. Soles 31-9 
 4. Toros 31-9 
 5. Panteras 28-12 
 6. Pioneros 28-12 
 7. Fuerza Regia 25-15 
 8. Huracanes 22-18 
 9. Abejas 19-21 
 10. Barreteros 17-23 
 11. Corr.Victoria 16-24 
 12. Lechugueros 12-28 
 13. Guerreros 8-32 
 14. Osos 6-34 
 15. Gansos 6-34 
 16. Gigantes 3-37 

Regular Season: Round 40

Jan. 12: Gigantes - Halc.Xalapa 98-113
Jan. 12: Soles - Lechugueros 90-68
Jan. 12: Panteras - Huracanes 89-83
Jan. 12: Barreteros - Corr.Victoria 85-90
Jan. 12: Pioneros - Abejas 117-79

1/8 Finals: Round 1

Jan. 15: Panteras - Lechugueros
Jan. 15: Pioneros - Corr.Victoria
Jan. 15: Fuerza Regia - Barreteros
Jan. 15: Huracanes - Abejas


Mexicali Soles announced the signing of PJ Reyes - by Kristian Santiago

After suddenly leaving German second division-side TV Langen a few weeks ago towards Mexico, P.J. Reyes (196-G/F, college: Charleston Un.) finally revealed his new team, which is Soles de Mexicali in the LNBP.
He has been registered as a Mexican-player in the league due to his Mexican ancestry. The Soles played last weekend without him, but he might suit up in the next game for the third placed team from Northern Mexico.



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. KK Zeta 2011 9-0 
 2. Gorstak 7-2 
 3. S.Centar 6-3 
 4. Berane 2010 5-4 
 5. Pljevlja 4-5 
 6. KK Zeta 4-5 
 7. Buducnost II 3-6 
 8. Un.Mediteran 2-7 
 9. Gusinje 0-8 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 26: S.Centar - Zeta 2011
Jan. 26: Un.Mediteran - Buducnost II
Jan. 26: Berane 2010 - Pljevlja
Jan. 26: Gorstak - Gusinje


Mornar agreed terms with Slobodan Tosic - by Darko Pekic

Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell), former member of Yugoslavian U21 National Team, has accepted to help young Mornar's team and signed a contract until the end of season. This will be his return to the town on South Adriatic shore after 13 years away from his home town. Actually, Tosic returned to Bar after he left SEFA Arkadikos (Division 2 in Greece) in March 2012 but in the first part of season he just worked out with Mornar to keep in shape. Now he will offically start wearing blue and orange colors and be a huge addition to Mihailo Pavicevic 's team.

Tosic started his career in Mornar during the 90's and was considered one of the Top talent in his generation. He then moved to Lovcen and got recognized as shooter in whole Yugoslavia thanks to Lovcen's extraordinary achievements at the beginning of this century. After six seasons in Lovcen he moved to OKK Beograd. The sharp shooter spent the last couple of season in Bosnia and Greece averaging last year in Greece 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 24-13 
 2. Brooklyn N. 22-15