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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Aleksandar Capin claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Slovenian-Serbian Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Radnicki KG and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 30-year old playmaker had the game-high 26 points adding two rebounds and nine assists for Radnicki KG in his team's victory, helping them to beat MZT Skopje (9-8) 89-83. Radnicki KG maintains the 8th position in Adriatic League . Radnicki KG is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Capin had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radnicki KG's top player in his first season with the team. Capin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 48.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Romeo Travis (201-PF-84) of Zadar. Travis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Zadar lost that game 81-88 to the higher-ranked Un.Olimpija (#5, 9-8). This loss caused Zadar to drop to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Travis is a newcomer at Zadar 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 15.9ppg (#1). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Branko Jorovic (204-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) of top-ranked Igokea. Jorovic scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Igokea, leading his team to a 68-60 win against the lower-ranked KK Split (#10, 7-10). Igokea confirms their top position in the standings Jorovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Un.Olimpija - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Radnicki KG - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Damjan Stojanovski (197-SG-87) of MZT Skopje - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Boris Savovic (210-F-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 22 points and 6 assists
10. Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88) of Siroki WWin - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  APBL   


Metropolitan All-Stars win two this weekend - by Calvin Brown

The Metropolitan All-Stars increased their league leading record to 9 and 1 with a win over cross town rivals, the Capital City Express 111 88, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Lake Arbor Recreation Center on Saturday evening. Terrance Carter, the front runner for the leagues MVP honors, continued his assault on the APBL by scoring 21 points while playing limited minutes. Cedrick Stewart had 18 points followed by Calvin Brown with 15 points and Curtis Crews had 12 points. Darrin Mencey led the Express in a losing effort with a game high 22 points, followed by Will Southerland with 15 points, Derek Metcalf had 11 points and Stephen Yamaoh and Manual Person each had 10 points. The other stats were not available at the time of this writing.

The Metropolitan All- Stars again increased their league leading record to 10 1 following a 142 107 demonstrative victory over the out manned and over matched West Virginia Monarchs at home on Sunday afternoon. Burgess Williams led a balanced scoring attack with 23 points followed by Curtis Crews and Terrance Carter with 17 points each, Cedrick Stewart and Antwon Hawkins had 16 points each Raason Young and Eric Wilkins rounded out the double digit scoring with 14 and 12 points respectively. Jay Gavin scored a game high 36 points in defeat. M. Ashton had 31 points and C. Cannaday had 23 points in the loss.

The All-Stars will complete the APBL regular season at the end of February and then travel to Lima, Peru as they embark on a 12 city tour of Peru, sponsored by the Metropolitan All-Stars and several companies in Peru, including (UAP) Universidad Alas Peruanas, Gran Hotel Bolivar, Bunker Security



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.19.2 
 2. Gutierrez, 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 


Palma adds Blair to their roster, ex Obera TC - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa (LEB Silver) added to their roster 34-year old American power forward Jason Blair (201-102kg-79, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports). He started the season in Argentinean TNA with Obera TC. The last season Blair played at Bigua in Uruguayan LUB. In 9 games last year he recorded 9.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Planasa Navarra (previous name Navarra). In 38 LEB Gold games that season he averaged 11.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Blair played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold in 2010.
He has played previously for six other Spain teams: Aracena, Ourense, Ford Burgos, Basquet Mallorca, Plasencia Extremadura and Basq.Muro.
Blair attended University of San Diego until 2003 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Gala and NTL-Maxiss stay on top - by Eurobasket News

Gala and NTL-Maxiss remained on top of the ladder after three rounds of D1 action.
Gala clinched a comprehensive 167:29 victory over BGU.
NTL-Maxiss also kept the winning pace. They knocked down AzDBTIA 101:74 to stay atop the standings.
Gyandzha rallied past AzTOP 59:53 to clinch the first win in the championship.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 6-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 5-3 
 3. Kumanovo 4-4 
 4. Djuro Djakovic 4-4 
 5. Mornar Bar 1-7 
Group B
 1. Rilski Sportist 5-3 
 2. Teodo Tivat 5-3 
 3. Kavala 4-4 
 4. Kozuv 4-4 
 5. OKK Beograd 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 8: Djuro Djakovic - Levski Sofia 82-71
Jan. 15: Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 72-70

Round 6

Jan. 15: Rilski Sportist - Kavala 100-71

Round 9

Jan. 15: Djuro Djakovic - Kumanovo 84-77
Jan. 15: OKK Beograd - Teodo Tivat 74-75



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 13-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 12-2 
 3. Rubon 8-6 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk II 7-7 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 4-9 
 6. Svisloch 3-11 
 7. Borisfen 1-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 15: Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 77-85
Jan. 15: Grodno-93 - Borisfen 73-49
Jan. 15: Rubon - Tsmoki-Minsk II 64-82

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 18: Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93
Jan. 18: Borisfen - Svisloch
Jan. 18: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  Sozh Gomel
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel23.1 
 2. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.21.5 
 3. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.19.3 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.15.9 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.15.1 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch15.0 
 7. Mishukov, Grodn.14.2 
 8. Akulich, Rubon14.1 
 9. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.13.7 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.10.2 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.10.1 
 3. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.9.2 
 4. Zakhar, Impuls B.8.9 
 5. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.9 
 6. Mishukov, Grodn.6.3 
 7. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.6.0 
 8. Sharipov, Svisloch6.0 
 9. Sharamet, Borisfen5.9 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  Sozh G.
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Charykau, Sozh G.7.1 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.5.5 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch5.3 
 4. Akulich, Rubon5.1 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.7 
 6. Kamarunas, Svisl.4.2 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.4 
 8. Dadukin, Sozh G.3.2 
 9. Kryukov, Borisfen3.1 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Akulich, Rubon3.4 
 2. Malkov, Grodno-932.7 
 3. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.6 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.2.6 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.6 
 6. Volodkin, Impuls B.2.3 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen2.3 
 8. Shustau, Svisloch2.2 
 9. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.2.2 
 10. Kamarunas, Svisl.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 16: Rubon loses to Tsmoki-Minsk II - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitebsk between third ranked Rubon (8-6) and fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (7-7) on Tuesday night. Rubon was defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II at home 64-82. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-64. Tsmoki-Minsk II made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Rubon turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Yaraslau Kurapau (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Rubon. Tsmoki-Minsk II maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Rubon lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Impuls BGUIR.
Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (13-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Borisfen (1-13) 73-49. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds and Yury Mishukov who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) responded with 14 points. Undefeated Grodno-93 have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Borisfen lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Svisloch (3-11). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Sergei Dadukin who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) by Oleksandr Dolenko did not help to save the game for Svisloch. Sozh Gomel have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Grodno-93. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Sozh Gomel will meet at home league's leader Grodno-93 in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Rubon - Tsmoki-Minsk II 64-82

The most important game in the last round took place in Vitebsk between third ranked Rubon (8-6) and fourth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II (7-7) on Tuesday night. Rubon was defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II at home 64-82. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-64. Tsmoki-Minsk II made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Rubon turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Yaraslau Kurapau (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Tsmoki-Minsk II players scored in double figures. Latvian center Zintis Plivda (206-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) added 10 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Rubon. Tsmoki-Minsk II maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Rubon lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Tsmoki-Minsk II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Impuls BGUIR.
Top scorers:
Rubon: Z.Plivda 17+12reb, A.Indrikov 15+6reb, D.Akulich 10+5reb+9ast, A.Dziarzhautsau 8+5reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 6+3reb+3ast, V.Ilyukevich 4+5reb
Tsmoki-Minsk II: Y.Kurapau 22+9reb+1ast, E.Sugonyako 18+9reb+2ast, V.Kamarunas 15+2reb+9ast, V.Ignatchik 14+3reb+4ast, A.Vashkevich 5+6reb+1ast, Y.Beliankou 4+2reb
gschID: 204737


Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 77-85

The game in Osipovichi was also quite interesting. Second ranked Sozh Gomel (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Svisloch (3-11). Sozh Gomel managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) by Ukrainian point guard Oleksandr Dolenko (191-90) did not help to save the game for Svisloch. Ukrainian forward Maks Adam Konate (200-91) added 20 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Sozh Gomel have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-2 record behind leader Grodno-93. Svisloch at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Sozh Gomel will meet at home league's leader Grodno-93 in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svisloch will play against Borisfen (#7) in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: O.Dolenko 24+7reb+4ast, M.Adam Konate 20+12reb+1ast, N.Polyulyak 10+2reb+6ast, A.Hrumiantsau 9+7reb+1ast, M.Strukau 5+2reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 5+6reb+1ast
Sozh Gomel: D.Khodov 17, K.Sitnik 16+5reb+3ast, I.Kaliayev 11+3reb, S.Dadukin 10+11reb+3ast, T.Viaroukin 7+1ast, S.Charykau 7+3reb+9ast
gschID: 204736


Grodno-93 - Borisfen 73-49

Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (13-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Borisfen (1-13) 73-49. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Borisfen to just 6 points in first quarter. Grodno-93 forced 22 Borisfen turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international swingman Uladzimir Charko (200-74) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Vadzim Haidukevich (193-93) responded with 14 points and center Artsiom Sharamet (207-93) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Grodno-93 have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Borisfen lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Grodno-93 will play against league's second-placed Sozh Gomel on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borisfen will play against Svisloch (#6) in Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borisfen: V.Haidukevich 14+4reb+2ast, A.Sharamet 8+7reb+1ast, A.Aheyenka 8+3reb+2ast, E.Kopylov 7+1reb+2ast, G.Usovich 4+4reb+1ast, A.Poljakov 3+3reb
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 12+8reb+1ast, A.Mastou 11+3reb, U.Charko 10+9reb+3ast, I.Konuyshenko 10+1reb+2ast, A.Malkov 8+3reb+1ast, A.Syrovatko 7+7reb
gschID: 204735



Tsmoki-Minsk II tabs Vytautas Kamarunas - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team (Premier League) inked 24-year old Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-78kg-89). He played recently at Svisloch (Premier League). In 12 games this season he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season Kamarunas played at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL. But in 7 games last year he averaged just 0.9ppg. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged only 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg. Kamarunas also played at Klaipedos LCC TU in Lithuanian RKL earlier that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Tsmoki-Minsk adds Ginevicius to their roster, ex Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) added to their roster 35-year old Lithuanian ex-international guard Vidas Ginevicius (194-88kg-78, agency: Interperformances). He just played at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 10 games this season he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg. Ginevicius also played 11 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Nevezis Kedainiai (previous name Kedainiai) in LKL. In 20 games last year he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Ginevicius also played 17 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He also played at Volukte in Lithuanian KKML - A Lyga earlier that season.
The previous (10-11) season Ginevicius played at Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL. In 35 games that year he averaged 5.8ppg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. Ginevicius was also voted Eurobasket Lithuanian League All-Defensive Team back in 2005. He represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago.
Ginevicius has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at Tsmoki-Minsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets prevail against Tsmoki-Minsk in Vechta - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 74:64

EWE Baskets prevail against Tsmoki-Minsk in Vechta at the EuroChallenge Top 16 opener. The German machine had a 74:64 win for 1-0 record.
Tsmoki-Minsk was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) chipped in 16 points. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Aliaksei Lashkevich produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) posted 12, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) added 8.

EWE Baskets: Chris Kramer 18, Rickey Paulding 16, Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) 13, Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 11
Tsmoki-Minsk: Lashkevich 17, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 16, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 12, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8



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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets became the only team to win away from home - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 60:65

Telekom Baskets became the only team to win away from home at EuroChallenge Round 1 of Top 16. The German side overcame Aalstar 65:60 in Belgium.
A tight contest in which neither team ever led by more than five - and the lead changed hands 29 times - went all the way to the wire. Aalstar took 19-18 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. The hosts won the third period 18-16 anf grabbed 1 point entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets meanwhile needed a 16-10 surge to seal the road win.
Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 12, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) posted 10.John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Noah Hartsock (203-F-87, college: BYU) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Telekom Baskets: Kyle Weems 15, Benas Veikalas 12, Chris Ensminger 10, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 9+11reb
Aalstar: John Tofi 15, Noah Hartsock 14, Derek Raivio 12



Division II - Round Eighteen - by Bert Larsimont

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. CEP Fleurus: 93-80

This game was eventually played last Friday. Senne Geukens (190-G-83) who scored 24 points for Sint-Jan definitely deserves the MVP honorary title in this game. Also to be mentioned: the great start by Sint-Jan's center Bram Raes (211-C-86) in the first quarter (rebound and defense). Although the final score seems largely in favour of the Jantjes, CEP F reacted rather well after the desillusion of the previous weekend against Point Chaud Sprimont. Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83) played well (not necessarily in offense but great presence in defense) and young talent Amaury Marion (196-F-91), who had 17 points against the Jantjes, continues to impress observers this season. Free-throw shooting remains a real weakness for CEP Fleurus (15/35 last Friday). The scoreboard showed 83-73 at some point in the last quarter, giving the visitors of coach Paul Vervaeck a last chance to come back, but this was not enough for the CEPmen and their very athletic captain Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) to get over their tenacious hosts. Thanks to Friday's success at the Arenahal in Deurne, SJBA of coach Steve Cornelis is currently recording a series of five wins in a row in the Division II competition.
Score evolution: 27-16, 51-36, 76-57 and 93-80.
Best scorers:
Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 13, M. Goethaert 2, V. Verbeecke 6, B. Raes 8, N. El Khounchar 15, A. Druwez 2, S. Geukens 24, L. Anthonis 2, V. Kesteloot 12, P. Smulders 5, M. Brown 4.
CEP F: A. Marion 17, K. Jonniaux 8, C. Manzanza 6, L. Pourtoit 14, T. Bauwens 5, L. Hazard 9, S. Muric 4, C. Ilongo 17.

Point Chaud Sprimont vs. BasKet Tongeren: 62-56

After 38 minutes, the scoreboard showed 51-56 for the Limburgers. Again, Point Chaud Sprimont of Eurobasket.com All-Belgian Division II Co-Coach of the Year 2012 Pascal Horrion began in slow motion (only 8 points in the first quarter!) but reacted well afterwards. Despite many efforts by BK Tongeren's Peter Pipeleers (202-F/C-80) who was in foul trouble in the third quarter already and Martijn Hendrix (183-G-86), the last 11-0 run for the Greens of Sprimont was a decisive one. Just like last week against CEP Fleurus, Gaetan Hertay (195-F-88) was again pretty efficient in offense for Point Chaud Sprimont.
Score evolution: 8-15, 26-30, 45-47 and 62-56.
Best scorers:
PC Sprimont: F. Manset 4, F. Delsaute 8, J.-B. Thome 15, G. Vrancken 13, J. Flagothier 8, G. Hertay 17, G. Donnay 7.
BK Tongeren: J. Van Hoecke 3, M. Hendrix 12, K. Doukmani 6, J. Delva 12, P. Pipeleers 13, H. Baert 3, D. Dillen 7.

Gent Dragons vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 64-63

After a well-balanced first quarter, the Haantjes earned a larger lead in the second quarter (21-31). Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) and Faycal Lait (190-G-88, agency: Promotex) reacted well for the Dragons and the half was reached with 33-33 showing on the scoreboard. A sparse attendance attended this derby at the Tolhuis in Ghent. Haantjes' new coach Guy Decleer was happy to see his big guy Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) working hard in the paint. Linskens made 7/13 in field goals and 2/2 from the line. Nevertheless, the Dragons were ahead (54-49) at the end of the third quarter. Experienced player Maarten Brysse (205-C-86) scored 6 points for the visitors in the last three minutes of the game and it remained a thriller until the end (62-61 and 64-63). At 64-63 (with ten seconds remaining in the last quarter), BBC Oudenaarde's player Jean Salumu (193-F-90) missed the last play and the Dragons eventually won their second win in a row. The Dragons of coach Kris De Pauw definitely remain Division II play-off candidates.
Score evolution: 16-14, 33-33, 54-49 and 64-63.
Best scorers:
Dragons: J Jones 4, B. Heinle 7, R. Spaens 12, F. Lait 10, T. Van De Vondel 16, M. Van Gelder 5, L. Enobakhare 8, C. Tshimuanga 2.
Haantjes: M. Linskens 16, M. Brysse 12, L. Lhote 11, J. Salumu 9, G. Mestdag 6, J. Bourdeaux 5, G. De Lepeleire 2, F. Moerman 2.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Port of Antwerp Giants II: 84-60

Despite the fact that the young Giants of Luc Smout came closer at -3 just before half-time, this game was rather easy for the hosts. We learned this week (source: http://basketwaregem.skynetblogs.be/) that Sven Declercq will stay as head coach of Bent Schoenen Waregem until May 2015.
Score evolution: 23-9, 39-36, 60-45 and 84-60.

Kangoeroes Boom vs. Sint-Niklase Condors: 65-68

This is the second loss in a row for the Kangoeroes in this crazy competition. In Division II, Kabo of coach Tom Poppe now shares first rank with Cuva Houthalen. Condors' scorer Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92, agency: Court Side) was the MVP of the game. Kangoeroes' star Dieter Souveryns (193-F/G-83) missed a three-point attempt with a few seconds left on the clock. Elias Lasisi (double affiliation with the Condors and Ethias League's team Stella Artois Leuven Bears) had an extra chance on the other side of the court and nailed a crucial shot from long range on the buzzer to fix the score at 65-68. Special mention to another young Belgian talent this week: Arno Mollekens (195-PF-94) who converted a few attempts at the right time (6 points) and had some nice defensive plays for the losing side. Free video highlights on RTV.be: http://www.rtv.be/artikels/sport/match-van-de-maandag/2013011410321880_dure-thuisnederlaag-van-kangoeroes-boom-tegen-c.
Best scorers:
Kangoeroes: S. Bellin 7, W. Dobbelaere 14, D. Souveryns 19, W. Van Schil 6, M. Gorremans 13, A. Mollekens 6.
Condors: N/A

Excelsior Brussels vs. Belfius Mons-Hainaut II: 72-77

Excelsior Brussels started very well. The scoreboard showed 13-4 after 5 minutes. The biggest lead for the hosts, with very efficient Excelsior shooters Jeroen Van Haevermaet (192-SG-86) and Maxime Depuydt (192-F-92), was reached at 27-13 after 11 minutes in the game. The Brussels' team was suddenly outscored 0-16. The young Foxes of Mons-Hainaut were in front at the half. Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), also gaining some playing time with the Belfius Mons-Hainaut A team in Ethias League, had showed the way for the visitors. Nevertheless, Maxime Depuydt again and his mate Joris De Schepper (187-G/F-83) hit shots from long range. It was 44-44 after 25 minutes. Under the lead of Emmanuel Lecomte (175-G-95), the Foxes digged a large gap and the score reached 53-68 after 36 minutes for the guests. Amaury Gorgemans (211-C-92) also took part in the visitors' big plays and hit a three-pointer at the right moment to help his team reach +15. Last efforts by Maxime Depuydt and Nick Verrept (192-SF-80) allowed Excelsior to come back at 70-74 with 25 seconds left in the last quarter. The young players of Belfius coach Patrick Verdun remained calm and deserved the win. Final score 72-77. There is some good news for Excelsior anyway: Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F/C-79, agency: Promotex), Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) and Jonathan Kabangu (191-F-87) have played a few minutes and could be fully back from injury in the weeks to come. On the other hand, Randy Oveneke (201-F-86), recently hired by the Brussels club, was missing for Excelsior last weekend.
Score evolution: 25-13, 33-35, 47-57 and 72-77.
Best scorers:
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 4, X. Collette 2, N. Verrept 15, M. Depuydt 22, J. Van Haevermaet 8, G. De Pooter 9, J. De Schepper 10, S. Semijejero 2.
Mons-Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 24, E. Lecomte 22, G. Vlamynck 2, L. Schwartz 11, D. Walasiak 2, M. Renard 2, A. Gorgemans 7, K. Tumba 7.

Cuva Houthalen vs. Essor Charleroi (Spirou B): 94-60

Odell Hodge (204-C/F-73, college: ODU) scored 15 points for Cuva. His team easily won the game against the young Spirou squad last Sunday. Therefore, Cuva Houthalen of coach Brian Lynch becomes co-leader (joining Kangoeroes Boom) in the Division II competition.
Score at the half: 47-34.



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Lietuvos rytas add Palacio to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) added to their roster 35-year old Belizean ex-international guard Milton Palacio (193-78, college: Colorado State). He already started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 6 games this season he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. The last summer Palacio played at Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 8 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team made it to the Spanish ACB Semifinals in 2011. Palacio was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention in 2011. He represented Belize at the COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) four years ago. Palacios team won Silver.
He is quite experienced player. Palacio has played also in Russia (Khimky), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors), Spain (Caja Laboral and Blusens Monbus) and Greece (Kavala).
He is close to retirement age as a player. Its very possible he may end his playing career at Lietuvos rytas.
Palacio attended Colorado State until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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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 


Dejan Kovacevic joins Bayern Munich - by Nedzad Kladusak

Dejan Kovacevic (203-F-96) has been one of the most interesting names in Bosnias campaign to attract the best Bosnian talents worldwide. However months after he has got first exposure by Bosnian media and after coach Nenad Markovic put him on his shortlist serbian KSS has contacted him. Since then he didn t respond to calls of KSBIH.
In December 2012 just a few weeks before he attended a try out camp of KSS he signed with Bayern Munich.




Mujo Tuljkovic agreed terms with Timisoara, ex Vogosca - by Eurobasket News

BC Timisoara (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old Bosnian forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket). He played recently at Vogosca in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 12 Division I games this season he recorded very impressive stats: 24.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg.
Tuljkovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He ended the last season at Spars Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. But the most of that year Tuljkovic spent at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In three games he averaged 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he averaged 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (10-11) season Tuljkovic played at PBG Basket in Polish PLK. In 13 games that season he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Bosnian A1 Liga in 2012. Tuljkovic received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2010. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.
Tuljkovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, Slovenia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Turkey (Erdemir), Poland (Anwil, Polpharma, Basket Kwidzyn and KK Swiecie) and Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mirza Teletovic Helps Nets to Seventh Straight Victory - by Eurobasket News

As the captain for three seasons for Spains Caja Labarol, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) grew accustomed to talking constantly on the court, calling out screens or bad shots, orchestrating an offense with his vocalizations.
He kind of mumbles the calls aloud now, in his jerky first months in the N.B.A., although lately they have been growing more forceful and pronounced, a nice parallel to the progressions in his play. By next week, if he continues playing as he did on Tuesday, his may be the loudest voice in the arena.

Teletovic, in his first action since Jan. 8 after missing two games with the flu, scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, a steal and nonstop energy (legs and lips) off the bench, helping the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 113-106, at Barclays Center.

It was Brooklyns seventh win in a row, yet another that required a strong second-half effort to complete. The Nets (23-15) did not make it easy on themselves, but they improved to 15-0 against teams with losing records.

It was not to be without Teletovic, who hit all three of his shots in the second quarter, but added key rebounds, assists and a defensive presence late in the game in a career-high 22 minutes.

Mirzas floor game was good, Coach P. J. Carlesimo said. He had, I thought, four or five assists, and they were good assists.

Toronto (14-23) was aggressive on the offensive glass and began 11 of 21 from the field. The Raptors know the Nets well, having played them twice earlier this season, and thus calculated precisely where to attack. Forwards Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray were aggressive early, and the Raptors out-rebounded and outscored the Nets on second-chance opportunities in the first half.

The Nets, prone to not finding the necessary intensity until the second half, again fell into an early hole. They began the second quarter 0 for 6 from the field and dropped behind, 40-32, with some stagnant offensive sets.

But they woke up just before halftime, scoring 9 points in the final two minutes, including two deep 3-pointers by Teletovic. The Nets closed the half on a 12-4 run in taking a 54-50 lead. By late in the third quarter, the ball started moving again and the Nets offense began to flow.

The Nets committed only six turnovers, after turning the ball over 35 times against Toronto in the prior two meetings. Carlesimo said the defense played just well enough to win.

We gave up 106 points and every one of their percentages is high, so you say, man, we didnt defend well, Carlesimo said. But we found a way to win. We had two really big spurts when we needed them.

Teletovic infused the Nets with the offensive spark off the bench that Kris Humphries or Andray Blatche usually provide. Teletovic had been sick the previous two games, which could explain the voracity with which he attacked his precious minutes Tuesday.

Or he is simply easing into his role as a reserve in the N.B.A., after years of being a focal point on strong teams throughout Europe. That adjustment, Teletovic said, has taken some time.

I wasnt prepared to adjust to everything this team expects from you, Teletovic said. Different rules on defense, different rules on offense, just a lot of new stuff. You need a month or two just to get used to it a little bit.

He had already begun demonstrating signs of progress in practices. Teammates remark about his shooting touch.

Hell have practices where he wont miss a shot, guard Keith Bogans said. What you saw from him today is what weve seen from him in practice.

It was a matter of putting it together in a game, in the limited minutes he is normally allotted. On Tuesday, he earned the extra opportunities he got, helping the Nets add another link to their chain of wins.

He stayed patient, Deron Williams said. He was in a tough position where he wasnt getting much playing time, getting thrown out there for a few minutes and having to produce. Thats tough for anybody to do.

Williams added: Now hes getting a little steadier minutes. You can see what he can do for this team. He can be a huge part of this team.
Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa edge Levski for first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 72:70

Galil Gilbao withheld a fierce challenge from Levski Sofia to clinch the top position in Balkan League Group A. Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Miami, OH) delivered 20 points to pace the Israeli to the crucial win in the final round of the regular season.
Levski jumped to an early lead. They entered the second quarter enjoying a narrow lead. But Galil Gilboa quickly surged ahead. They used a 9:2 run to leave the visitors behind. The hosts accumulated a 35:32 halftime advantage. Levski tried to stay within striking distance in the third term. They were able to level things up at 44. But Galil Gilbao finished the period strong enough to secure a 53:46 advantage. Levski came from behind in the fourth term. They grabbed a one-point lead late in regulation. But the hosts erased the deficit and snatched a tough home win at the end. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91) netted 19 points, while Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) added 10 points for the Israeli team. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) answered with 15 points for Levski Sofia. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) and Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Kenny Hayes 20, Nimrod Tishman 19, Rakim Sanders 10
Levski Sofia: Stefan Georgiev 15, Chavdar Kostov 13, Dimitar Dimitrov 13



Videnov leaves N.Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) left BC Nizhny Novgorod (PBL). In 6 games he played this season he averaged 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg. Videnov also played 9 games in VTB United League where he had 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg.
The last season he played at Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL. In 23 games last year he had 14.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.1apg. Videnov also played 2 games in EuroChallenge where he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Polish TBL. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Videnov was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 TBL games that season he had 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team. Videnov also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg. He also played 8 games in VTB United League where he had 10.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg.
Videnov was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for University National Team back in 2001. Videnov also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Videnov is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia, France, Italy (Napoli J.News), Serbia (Zvezda), Spain (CB Granada, Cajasol and Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014) and Bulgaria (Rousse).
Videnov attended Western Kentucky University until 2003 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Balkan League: Rilski Sportist breeze past Kavala - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Kavala 100:71

Rilski Sportist got 29 points from Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and cruised past Kavala at home court tonight. The victory propelled the hosts improved at 5-3 record in Group B. Kavala in the meantime fell at 4-4 record after the loss.
The Bulgarian side started the game aggressively. They went for 30 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 7-point lead. Sportist maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts accounted for a 52:31 halftime lead. Rilski were not about to slow down in the third term. They fired 33 points in the third period to pile up an insurmountable 30-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Kavala outscored the home team in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) netted 25 points, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 13 points for the home team. Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) answered with 16 points for Kavala. Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 29, Terry Smith 25, Hristo Zahariev 13
Kavala: Steve Panos 16, Dimitris Kalampakas 14



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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (13-27) 108-99 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 19-17 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 62.9% in the 22 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to an Miami, FL's victory against the University of North Carolina (1-2) 68-59 in the NCAA last Thursday. Kadji recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 4 blocks. The University of Miami, Florida has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. This season Kadji averages: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 62.9%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2011.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Aix-Maurienne (9-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa's good performance Aix-Maurienne was defeated in an overtime 83-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#5). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Ekanga-Ehawa also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 85.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #4. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in a Kerava Energia Team's victory against the fifth-ranked HBA-Marsky (8-8) crushing them 102-81 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Towa also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (12-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 13.3rpg. This year Towa also averages: 17.4ppg, 2.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.8spg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

William Arnaud Adala
William Arnaud Adala
   #5. Former international forward William Arnaud Adala (198-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 3-point Wake Forest's victory against the The University of Virginia (1-2) 55-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 9 points in 20 minutes. The Wake Forest University has 2-1 conference record this season. It's Arnaud Adala's first year with the team. This year Arnaud Adala's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg in the nine games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #6. Power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Shiga L-Stars (14-11) in their game against Osaka Evessa (5-18) in the Japanese BJ League. Aboya scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. The fifth-placed Shiga L-Stars lost 64-79 in Osaka to the lower-ranked (#9) Evessa in the Western group. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Aboya's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #7. Former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for New Yorker Phantoms (6-12) in their game against Telekom Baskets (8-10) in the German BBL. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. NaNa recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes. New Yorker Phantoms lost 64-74 in Bonn to the higher-ranked (#12) Telekom Baskets. It was New Yorker Phantoms' fourth consecutive loss in a row. NaNa has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the fifth-ranked HBA-Marsky (8-8) crushing them 102-81 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Sunday night. Mua was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mua also added 3 assists and 4 blocks in 29 minutes. Kerava Energia Team (12-5) is placed first in Division B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mua is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mua averages: 19.7ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8bpg and 1.7spg in the 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Steve Moundou-Missi (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Harvard's victory against the Dartmouth College (0-1) 75-65 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Moundou-Missi scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Harvard University has 1-0 conference record this season. This year Moundou-Missi has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 2.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.8spg.

   #3. Yannick Atanga (203-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Santa Clara (1-3) to beat the Loyola Marymount University (1-3). Atanga recorded 5 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. The Santa Clara lost 80-84 on the road to the Loyola Marymount University. It was Santa Clara's third consecutive loss in a row. Atanga has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 2.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.8spg in the 16 games.

   #4. William Yengue (193-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Dalhousie University (7-2) in their game against the Axemen (6-2) in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Dalhousie University (#2) was crushed 79-57 in Wolfville, NS by the Axemen. Yengue has been at the team for four years. Yengue's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1apg.

   #5. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for JL Bourg (9-9) in their game against Lille Metropole (7-11) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya scored only 4 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. JL Bourg was defeated 75-64 in Lille by the lower-ranked Metropole (#13). It's Njoya's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. James Siakam (198-F-92, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the The University of Arkansas in the NCAA. Siakam scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was crushed by 23 points 56-33. Siakam has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2spg.

   #7. Dominique Behohn-Tolly (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help North Carolina A&T State University to win against the Florida A&M University crushing them 68-40 in the NCAA last Monday. Behohn-Tolly scored only 2 points. Behohn-Tolly's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg.



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 10-0 
 2. Acadia 7-1 
 3. UPEI 7-2 
 4. St.Francis X. 5-5 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-6 
 6. Dalhousie 3-6 
 7. St.Mary's 2-7 
 8. Memorial 0-10 
CanWest Pacific Division
 1. UBC 11-2 
 2. Victoria 7-5 
 3. UFV 7-5 
 4. TRU 6-6 
 5. UNBC 5-6 
 6. TWU 4-8 
 7. Mount Royal 2-9 
 8. UBC Okanagan 2-10 
CanWest Prairie Division
 1. Alberta 10-2 
 2. Saskatchewan 8-4 
 3. Winnipeg 8-5 
 4. Manitoba 7-5 
 5. Lethbridge 6-6 
 6. Calgary 5-7 
 7. Regina 4-7 
 8. Brandon 3-8 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 11-1 
 2. Ryerson 10-1 
 3. Ottawa 10-2 
 4. Queen's 9-3 
 5. Laurentian 5-6 
 6. York 4-7 
 7. Toronto Univ. 2-9 
 8. RMC 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 8-3 
 2. Lakehead 6-5 
 3. McMaster 6-5 
 4. Brock 4-7 
 5. Guelph 4-7 
 6. Laurier 3-8 
 7. Waterloo 1-10 
 8. Western 1-10 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 5-1 
 2. McGill 4-2 
 3. Concordia 4-3 
 4. UQAM 2-5 
 5. Laval 2-6 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 15: Cape Breton - Memorial 99-67
Jan. 12: UBC - Winnipeg 96-93 OT
Jan. 12: Winnipeg - UBC 93-96 OT
Jan. 12: UPEI - St.Mary's 92-72
Jan. 12: Laurier - Guelph 88-94
Jan. 12: McMaster - Western 86-62
Jan. 12: TWU - Saskatchewan 85-92
Jan. 12: TRU - Calgary 85-81
Jan. 13: Windsor - Waterloo 85-58
Jan. 12: Queen's - Laurentian 84-82
Jan. 12: Manitoba - Victoria 82-79
Jan. 12: UFV - Alberta 81-91
Jan. 14: Cape Breton - Memorial 81-57
Jan. 12: Regina - Mount Royal 78-72
Jan. 12: Toronto Univ. - Ottawa 75-92
Jan. 12: New Brunsw. - St.Francis X. 75-91
Jan. 12: UBC Okanagan - Lethbridge 74-81
Jan. 12: McGill - Laval 72-64
Jan. 12: Concordia - UQAM 69-71
Jan. 12: Lakehead - Brock 67-70
Jan. 12: Ryerson - Carleton 66-91
Jan. 12: Brandon - UNBC 61-54

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 16: UQAM - Laval
Jan. 16: McMaster - Windsor
Jan. 16: Waterloo - Laurier
Jan. 16: Bishop''s - McGill
Jan. 16: Brock - Guelph
Jan. 17: Mount Royal - Manitoba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxwell ALLIN
  Laurier
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Allin, Laurier26.3 
 2. Lamar, Saskatch.25.5 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.21.8 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.3 
 5. Scrubb, Carleton20.9 
 6. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 7. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.0 
 8. Freeman, UFV19.7 
 9. Berhanemeske., Ott.19.4 
 10. Dunn, St.Francis19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harry EZENIBE
  St.Mary''s
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 2. Kamen, UBC11.5 
 3. Phillip, Windsor10.5 
 4. Allin, Laurier10.4 
 5. Waldner, Lethb.10.1 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.9 
 7. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 8. Faulkner, Queen''s8.8 
 9. Eyitayo, Concordia8.7 
 10. Barton, UNBC8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.7 
 2. York, UFV5.3 
 3. Hebert, Regina5.2 
 4. Daley, New Brunsw.5.1 
 5. Jones, Ryerson5.0 
 6. Bonhomme, Brandon4.9 
 7. Pasquale, Laure.4.9 
 8. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 9. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.7 
 10. Lamar, Saskatch.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.0 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.2 
 3. Daley, New Brunsw.3.1 
 4. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.8 
 5. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 6. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 7. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 8. Walton, Manitoba2.5 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.2.4 
 10. Carter, Lakehead2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron O''BRIEN
  New B.
  (206--)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. O''Brien, New B.1.9 
 2. Chesson, Laurier1.9 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 4. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 5. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 6. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.6 
 7. Salhia, Lakehead1.6 
 8. Aubertin, UNBC1.6 
 9. Dewar, Alberta1.5 
 10. Tufegdzich, York1.4 


CIS Round 19: Rams lose a game and the top position to Ravens - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as six games ended with a tiny margin while 2 of them nedded overtime. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Rams (10-1) in Toronto, ON on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Ravens (11-1) 91-66. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Rams. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-1 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Rams managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rams 38-22 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Thomas Scrubb (196) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) helped adding 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side guard Jordon Gauthier (191) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Rams at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Wesmen (#3) forced the game against Thunderbirds (#1) into an overtime, but lost by three points 93-96 on Saturday night. It was a great evening for Brylle Kamen who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Wesmen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Thunderbirds. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Wesmen keeps the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: winless Memorial lost to undefeated Cape Breton on the opponent's court 67-99. Cape Breton outscored Memorial in a home game 81-57. UNBC recorded a loss to Brandon on the road 61-54. TWU was defeated by Saskatchewan on its own court 85-92. Waterloo was smashed by Windsor in Windsor, ON 85-58. UFV lost to Alberta at home 81-91. Calgary unfortunately lost to TRU on the opponent's court 81-85. UBC Okanagan recorded a loss to Lethbridge in a home game 74-81. Mount Royal was defeated by Regina on the road 78-72. Manitoba beat Victoria on its own court 82-79. Laurentian lost to Queen's in Kingston, ON 82-84. Lakehead unfortunately lost to Brock at home 67-70. Laval recorded a loss to McGill on the opponent's court 64-72. Toronto Univ. was defeated by Ottawa in a home game 75-92. St.Mary's was smashed by UPEI on the road 92-72. New Brunsw. lost to St.Francis X. on its own court 75-91. UQAM managed to outperform Concordia in Montreal, QC 71-69. McMaster rolled over Western at home 86-62. Guelph defeated Laurier on the opponent's court 94-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 43 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Maxwell Allin of Laurier.


Cape Breton - Memorial 99-67

Very expected game in Sydney, NS where bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-10) were crushed by leader Capers (10-0) 99-67 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Sea Hawks was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sea Hawks to just 6 points in second quarter. Capers forced 22 Sea Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Forward Sean Mccormick (196) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Capers players scored in double figures. At the losing side Alpha Kisusi responded with 14 points and 4 assists and swingman Ryan Wood (191) scored 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Capers. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Sea Hawks lost their tenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: A.Kisusi 14+2reb+4ast, T.Stanoev 13, R.Wood 12+2reb+1ast, C.Gould 8+6reb, C.Henderson 5+5reb, V.Curcic 4+6reb+1ast
Cape Breton: C.Kasongo 15+3reb+2ast, J.Dorsey 14+10reb+6ast, A.Geugjes 13+5reb, S.Mccormick 11+11reb+2ast, S.Keith 11+4reb+3ast, S.Goosen 11
gschID: 190547


Cape Breton - Memorial 81-57

Very predictable result in Sydney, NS where leader Capers (10-0) smashed bottom-ranked Sea Hawks (0-10) 81-57 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Sea Hawks was better in third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sea Hawks to just 7 points in first quarter. Capers forced 24 Sea Hawks turnovers and had a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Meshack Lufile (203) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Kayon Mayers (185) helped adding 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Capers players scored in double figures. At the losing side Vasilije Curcic responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Caleb Gould scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Capers. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Sea Hawks lost their tenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: V.Curcic 17+5reb+4ast, C.Gould 11+6reb+1ast, A.Kisusi 7+5reb+1ast, R.Wood 7+7reb+3ast, D.Moore 7+5reb+4ast, T.Stanoev 5+4reb
Cape Breton: M.Lufile 20+9reb, S.Keith 13+3reb, K.Mayers 12+8reb+4ast, A.Geugjes 10+4reb+4ast, C.Kasongo 9+4reb+2ast, S.Locke 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190532


UBC - Winnipeg 96-93 OT

Wesmen (#3) forced the game against Thunderbirds (#1) into an overtime, but lost by three points 93-96 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Wesmen managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Thunderbirds who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-9. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Thunderbirds looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Brylle Kamen (201, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) helped adding 22 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Steven Wesley (196, college: E.Washington) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Thunderbirds and five Wesmen players scored in double figures. Wesmen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Thunderbirds. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Wesmen keeps the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 29+5reb+2ast, T.Krahn 14+1reb+4ast, A.Cunningham 14+5reb+9ast, D.Brown 10+4reb+2ast, B.Iko 10+6reb+2ast, J.Clennon 9+1reb+3ast
UBC: B.Kamen 26+13reb+2ast, D.Plumb 22+3reb+7ast, O.Wallace 14+4reb+4ast, T.Nixon 13+7reb+2ast, C.Morgan 9+4reb, D.Wagner 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190545


Brandon - UNBC 61-54

There was a minor upset in Brandon, MB where 5th ranked Timberwolves (5-6) were defeated by eighth ranked Bobcats (3-8) 61-54 on Saturday. It was a great evening for forward Jordan Reaves who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Ilarion Bonhomme helped adding 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Bobcats players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Francis Rowe (178) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Navjot Bains (198) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Bobcats moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Laurier. Loser Timberwolves keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UNBC: F.Rowe 19+5reb, N.Bains 10+13reb+1ast, J.Rybachuk 7+8reb+5ast, G.Aubertin 6+1reb, D.Stark 5+5reb+1ast, C.Barton 4+9reb
Brandon: I.Bonhomme 13+10reb+6ast, R.Smith 13+1reb, A.Benabdelhak 12+8reb, J.Reaves 12+11reb+7ast, J.Elias 4+8reb, T.Scott 4+2reb
gschID: 190538


TWU - Saskatchewan 85-92

Everything went according to plan in Langley, BC where third ranked Huskies (8-4) beat 6th ranked Spartans (4-8) 92-85 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Spartans outrebounded Huskies 45-26 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Spartans were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Lamar (185, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 6 assists. Guard Andrew Henry (188) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. At the losing side Mark Perrin responded with 22 points and guard Tonner Jackson (201) scored 4 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huskies moved-up to second place. Loser Spartans keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TWU: M.Perrin 22+3reb, J.Bakuteka 14+2reb+3ast, T.Smith 11+5reb+2ast, K.Osborne 9+3reb, D.McDonald 8+7reb+1ast, J.Parker 6+2reb
Saskatchewan: S.Lamar 30+3reb+6ast, A.Henry 18+5reb+1ast, P.Burns 15+8reb+1ast, M.Forbes 11+3reb+1ast, E.Ostertag 9, B.Baker 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 190546


Windsor - Waterloo 85-58

There was no surprise in Windsor, ON where 7th ranked Warriors (1-10) were outplayed by first ranked Lancers (8-3) 85-58 on Sunday. Lancers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Warriors' 34. Lancers forced 22 Warriors turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Enrico Diloreto (185-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Guard Josh Collins (185-90) helped adding 11 points and 4 assists. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Brendan Smith (201-89) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kyrie Coleman scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lancers maintains first place with 8-3 record. Loser Warriors keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Lancers will face Marauders (#3) in Hamilton, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Warriors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Waterloo, ON Golden Hawks.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: B.Smith 11+5reb+2ast, W.Davis 11+1reb, J.Ravenhorst 7+1reb, G.Jaspreet 5+3reb+4ast, Z.Angelini 5+1reb+1ast, T.Stevenson 4+6reb+1ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 18+2reb+2ast, J.Collins 11+4reb+4ast, L.Phillip 11+7reb+1ast, M.Godfrey 11+5reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 9+4reb+1ast, E.Matthews 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 190548


UFV - Alberta 81-91

No shocking result in a game in Abbotsford, BC where first ranked Golden Bears (10-2) won against 3rd placed Cascades (7-5) 91-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Bears outrebounded Cascades 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Cascades were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized Kenyan guard Kenneth Otieno (188) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) helped adding 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Golden Bears players scored in double figures. At the losing side James York responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and Kevon Parchment scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Cascades' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Golden Bears maintains first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Ottawa. Loser Cascades dropped to the second position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: S.Freeman 27+3reb, K.Parchment 16+8reb+6ast, J.York 15+6reb+12ast, J.Blackman 9+2reb+2ast, A.Khaira 6+3reb, N.Kendall 5+3reb+3ast
Alberta: K.Otieno 24+9reb+2ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 18+5reb, J.Baker 17+9reb+5ast, Y.Ouahrig 14+4reb+5ast, R.Dewar 10+5reb+2ast, T.Watson 6+2reb
gschID: 190544


TRU - Calgary 85-81

Everything could happen in Kamloops, BC at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Wolfpack and 5th ranked Dinos had identical 5-6 record. This time Wolfpack used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Calgary, AB 85-81 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-81. Wolfpack made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Wolfpack outrebounded Dinos 42-27 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Kevin Pribilsky (180) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Guard Brett Rouault (193) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (175-91) responded with 24 points and 5 assists and Jasdeep Gill (196) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Wolfpack and four Dinos players scored in double figures. Dinos' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Wolfpack (6-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Lethbridge. Loser Dinos dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 24+4reb+5ast, J.Owen-Thomas 14+2reb+1ast, J.Gill 11+5reb+1ast, T.Moses 11+2reb+2ast, M.Letkeman 9+3reb, D.Karch 5+7reb
TRU: K.Pribilsky 20+2reb+5ast, B.Rouault 15+6reb+1ast, A.Pierre 11+5reb+3ast, Z.Usherwood 11+6reb+1ast, T.Grant 10+6reb+3ast, B.Bozinovic 8+4reb
gschID: 190543


UBC Okanagan - Lethbridge 74-81

Rather predictable result in Kelowna, BC where sixth ranked Pronghorn (6-6) defeated 8th ranked Heat (2-10) 81-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pronghorn made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Pronghorn outrebounded Heat 35-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Derek Waldner (201) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Logan Reiter (188) helped adding 29 points. At the losing side guard Yassine Ghomari (185) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and Dave Mackay (196) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pronghorn moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TRU. Loser Heat keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 17+1reb+6ast, D.Mackay 13+6reb+1ast, A.Fahandeg-Sadi 9+3reb, L.Ndayitwayeko 9+2ast, A.Faza 7+1reb+5ast, G.Gill 7+8reb+2ast
Lethbridge: L.Reiter 29+2reb, D.Waldner 16+16reb, J.Chief-Morris 11+3reb+1ast, C.Johnson 9+1reb+2ast, A.Fletcher 6+4reb+1ast, M.Duce 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 190542


Regina - Mount Royal 78-72

There was a minor upset in Regina, SK where 7th ranked Mount Royal (2-9) was defeated by seventh ranked Cougars (4-7) 78-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Cougars forced 19 Mount Royal turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Frank Brown (188) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Connor Burns (201) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Awet Abraha (183) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and guard Manok Akwl (191) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cougars moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mount Royal lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Cougars will have a break next round. Mount Royal will play at home against Bisons (#4) in Winnipeg, MB.
Top scorers:
Mount Royal: A.Abraha 33+5reb, M.Akwl 10+5reb+6ast, O.Ogun 9+5reb, A.Callaghan 8+1reb, J.Gardener 4+4reb+2ast, K.Wilson 4+2reb+1ast
Regina: F.Brown 26+9reb+2ast, C.Burns 16+6reb, P.Gareau 7+1reb+3ast, S.Nostedt 7+2reb+2ast, B.Hebert 7+2reb+9ast, A.Tate 6+2reb
gschID: 190541


Manitoba - Victoria 82-79

There was a small surprise in Winnipeg, MB where fourth ranked Bisons (7-5) edged much higher ranked Vikies (7-5) 82-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-79. It was a great evening for forward Yigit Ozsayiner (198) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Stephan Walton (178-87, college: Valdosta St.) helped adding 24 points. Walton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Michael Acheampong responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Kyle Peterson scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vikies' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bisons moved-up to second place, which they share with Victoria and UFV. Bisons will face Mount Royal (#7) in Calgary, AB in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Victoria: M.Acheampong 17+8reb+3ast, K.Peterson 15+6reb+5ast, T.Evans 15+7reb+1ast, P.Anderson 10+2reb, B.Taylor 9+4reb, R.Erikson 5+2reb
Manitoba: S.Walton 24+1reb+2ast, Y.Ozsayiner 22+6reb+1ast, K.Oliver 12+9reb+5ast, C.Noel 7+2reb+1ast, J.Huertas 7+5reb+2ast, D.Joseph 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 190540


Winnipeg - UBC 93-96 OT

UBC escaped with a narrow overtime win over Winnipeg. Kamen delivered 26 points and 13 rebounds to pace the charge. Plumb finished with 22 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Wesley responded with game-high 29 points for Winnipeg.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: S.Wesley 29+5reb+2ast, T.Krahn 14+1reb+4ast, A.Cunningham 14+5reb+9ast, D.Brown 10+4reb+2ast, B.Iko 10+6reb+2ast, J.Clennon 9+1reb+3ast
UBC: B.Kamen 26+13reb+2ast, D.Plumb 22+3reb+7ast, O.Wallace 14+4reb+4ast, T.Nixon 13+7reb+2ast, C.Morgan 9+4reb, D.Wagner 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 190539


Queen's - Laurentian 84-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Voyageurs' (5-6) road loss to fourth ranked Golden Gaels (9-3) 82-84 on Saturday. Voyageurs were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Golden Gaels, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Gaels outrebounded Voyageurs 46-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for forward Greg Faulkner (193) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) helped adding 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Golden Gaels' coach Stephan Barrie used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side swingman Georges Serresse (191) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Alex Ratte scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Four Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Golden Gaels maintains fourth place with 9-3 record. Voyageurs lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: A.Ratte 25+5reb+2ast, G.Serresse 24+8reb+2ast, M.Pasquale 15+4reb+4ast, N.Yengue 12+6reb, J.Budd 4+1reb+3ast, T.Carter-Newman 2+3reb+2ast
Queen's: G.Faulkner 24+9reb+2ast, N.Misljencevic 19+7reb+9ast, S.Singh 17+4reb+5ast, M.Simpson 7+6reb, J.Lenz 6+5reb, R.Roberts 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 190537


Ryerson - Carleton 66-91

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Rams (10-1) in Toronto, ON on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Ravens (11-1) 91-66. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Rams. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-1 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Rams managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rams 38-22 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Thomas Scrubb (196) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Tyson Hinz (198-91) helped adding 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side guard Jordon Gauthier (191) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Aaron Best (193) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Rams at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 15+5reb+2ast, A.Best 15+5reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 14+4reb, J.Jones 12+1reb+2ast, J.Ogunnaike-Grannum 4+4reb+1ast, J.Wheatle 3
Carleton: T.Hinz 24+4reb+2ast, P.Scrubb 21+4reb+5ast, T.Scrubb 19+7reb+6ast, D.Penner 12+5reb, K.Blain 6+7reb+1ast, K.Churchill 4+3reb
gschID: 190536


Lakehead - Brock 67-70

There was a small surprise in Thunder Bay, ON where fourth ranked Badgers (4-7) edged much higher ranked Thunderwolves (6-5) 70-67 on Saturday. Thunderwolves cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. They outrebounded Thunderwolves 44-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Jameson Tipping (201, college: W.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Brian Nahimana (208) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and center Ryan Thomson (201-90) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Badgers maintains fourth place with 4-7 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Thunderwolves keep the second position with five games lost. Badgers will face Gryphons (#5) in Guelph, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: R.Thomson 16+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 14+3reb, Y.Salhia 10+10reb+1ast, B.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast, G.Carter 7+3reb+3ast, D.Harvey 7+2reb
Brock: J.Tipping 17+13reb+2ast, B.Nahimana 15+10reb, M.Gibson 12+2reb, M.Luby 7+8reb, C.Smith 5+2reb+1ast, I.Egueh 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 190535


McGill - Laval 72-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Rouge et Or's (2-6) road loss to third ranked Redmen (4-2) 64-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Adrian Hynes-Guery (190, college: Amer.Internat.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (198) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Redmen players scored in double figures. At the losing side Thibaud Dezutter responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Karl Demers-Belanger scored 8 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen moved-up to second place. Rouge et Or lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Redmen will face higher ranked Gaiters in Lennoxville, QC in the next round. Rouge et Or will play on the road against Citadines (#4) in Montreal, QC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laval: T.Dezutter 20+7reb, A.Beaumier 12+1reb, R.Mathieu 8+2reb, K.Demers-Belanger 8+4reb+5ast, H.Ryan 6+5reb, B.Hadzimuratovic 4+5reb
McGill: A.Hynes-Guery 17+2reb+5ast, S.Bibeau 14+2reb+1ast, R.Imperador 13+4reb, A.Mitrovic 12+7reb+1ast, T.Riley 4+3reb, V.Dufort 4+11reb+3ast
gschID: 190533


Toronto Univ. - Ottawa 75-92

Rather predictable result in Toronto, ON where third ranked Gee-Gees (10-2) defeated 7th ranked Blues (2-9) 92-75 on Saturday. Gee-Gees dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Blues' 34. Gee-Gees had a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gee-Gees especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a great evening for forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international guard Warren Ward (196-89) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Arun Kumar (183) responded with 27 points and forward Ben Garvin (190) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gee-Gees keep a position of league leader, which they share with Alberta. Blues lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 27+3reb+1ast, B.Garvin 17+4reb+1ast, A.Hill 15+2reb+2ast, D.Laurin 6+4reb, N.Irvine 4+5reb, M.Savel 3+2reb+5ast
Ottawa: G.Gonthier-Dubue 23+3reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 19+4reb+1ast, W.Ward 14+10reb+3ast, M.Ismail 10+2reb, M.Tihani 10+2reb+4ast, V.Gill 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 190534


UPEI - St.Mary's 92-72

Not a big story in a game in Charlottetown, PEI where 7th ranked Huskies (2-7) were rolled over by third ranked Panthers (7-2) 92-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panthers. Huskies was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Deontay Smith who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Brian Ofori helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian guard Harry Ezenibe (190-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds and Brian Rouse scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain third place with 7-2 record having seven points less than leader Bishop's. Huskies lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Mary's: R.Halpin 15+5reb, B.Rouse 13+4reb+3ast, O.Odol 10+6reb+2ast, J.McAvoy 10+1reb, H.Ezenibe 10+18reb+2ast, K.Thomas 8+6reb+1ast
UPEI: D.Smith 23+13reb+2ast, B.Ofori 15+8reb+1ast, G.Doane 13+7reb+3ast, M.Downey 12+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 8+7reb+2ast, J.Kendrick 8+5ast
gschID: 190531


New Brunsw. - St.Francis X. 75-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked X-Men's (5-5) road victory over 5th ranked Varsity Reds (3-6) 91-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. X-Men led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. X-Men forced 19 Varsity Reds turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Jeremy Dunn (196) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Will Donkoh (185) helped adding 11 points and 6 assists. At the losing side guard William Mc Fee (190) responded with 18 points and Matthew Daley (175) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Five X-Men and four Varsity Reds players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. X-Men maintains fourth place with 5-5 record. Varsity Reds lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: W.Mc Fee 18+3reb+1ast, D.Quirion 13+1reb+1ast, M.Fazzolari 11+3reb+1ast, M.Daley 10+2reb+7ast, N.Clarke 6+3reb+1ast, J.Irvine 6+2reb+2ast
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 18+11reb+5ast, R.Madera 16+2reb, J.Clarke 15+3reb+1ast, T.Vernon 14+2reb+4ast, W.Donkoh 11+4reb+6ast, S.Coupland 10+9reb
gschID: 190530


Concordia - UQAM 69-71

There was a minor upset in Montreal, QC where much higher ranked Stingers (4-3) were edged by fifth ranked Citadines (2-5) 71-69 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Citadines made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Alexandre Bernard (196) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Philippe Tamba helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Adam Chmielewski (182, college: St.Francis, NY) responded with 14 points and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Jerome Blake (180) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Citadines moved-up to fourth place. Loser Stingers dropped to the third position with three games lost. Citadines will face Rouge et Or (#5) in Quebec City, QC in the next round.
Top scorers:
Concordia: J.Moussignac 18+2reb+1ast, A.Chmielewski 14+1reb+9ast, J.Blake 13+7reb+3ast, Z.Brisebois 8+9reb, E.Gill 6+1reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 6+6reb
UQAM: A.Bernard 21+7reb+2ast, P.Tamba 16+9reb+3ast, R.Kwaku Addai 16+7reb+5ast, V.Lanctot-Fortier 8+4reb+2ast, N.Audet 8+3reb, M.Bazile 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 190529


McMaster - Western 86-62

No shocking result in a game in Hamilton, ON where third ranked Marauders (6-5) outleveled 8th ranked Mustangs (1-10) 86-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Marauders. Mustangs was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marauders dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mustangs' 36. They outrebounded Mustangs 48-22 including a 35-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Joe Rocca (193) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Rohan Boney (193) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Marauders players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Peter Scholtes (196) responded with 15 points and guard Quinn Henderson (193) scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Marauders. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lakehead. Mustangs lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Marauders will face league's leader Lancers in Windsor, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Western: P.Scholtes 15+2reb, Q.Henderson 11+3reb+1ast, E.Dooley 7+4reb+1ast, C.Drouin 7+2reb+3ast, J.Bernard 7+2ast, R.Higgins 5+5reb
McMaster: J.Rocca 19+6reb+2ast, N.Pelech 16+9reb+1ast, R.Boney 14+7reb+5ast, T.Black 13+4reb+3ast, A.Redpath 6+6reb+4ast, S.Laws 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 190528


Laurier - Guelph 88-94

Everything could happen in Waterloo, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Gryphons and 6th ranked Golden Hawks had identical 3-7 record. But Golden Hawks were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Guelph, ON 94-88 on Saturday night. Golden Hawks trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-94 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for forward Daniel McCarthy (190) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Zachary Angus (185) helped adding 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Maxwell Allin (193) responded with 43 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard William Coulthard (188) scored 14 points and 7 assists. Four Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Gryphons (4-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Golden Hawks keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Gryphons will face Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON in the next round. Golden Hawks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Waterloo, ON to the arena Warriors.
Top scorers:
Laurier: M.Allin 43+8reb+2ast, J.Forde 15+6reb+2ast, W.Coulthard 14+3reb+7ast, P.Donnelly 12+4reb+1ast, M.Chesson 4+5reb+1ast, A.Obano 0+1reb+1ast
Guelph: D.McCarthy 27+6reb+6ast, Z.Angus 26+5reb, C.Amponsah 15+4reb+1ast, M.Clark 8+3reb, A.Kemp 8+7reb+2ast, T.Thompson 5+4reb
gschID: 190527



MIL RATS BOLSTER ROSTER - by John Gary

courtesyoursportscentral.com The Saint John Mil Rats have bolsted their roster by the addition of several key players. Joining the team this week, are 6-7 forward Kevin Francis,6-4 guard Fainold DEGAND and 6-6 wing Taneiko Robinson. Arriving next week is 6-6 power forward Kenny Jones.' We had a sense of urgency to make these moves because we play a lot of games through the remainder of January and we have not been getting it done, the last 6 or 7 games,' explained Mill Rats President and GM Ian McCarthy." We owe it to our fans to be a position deep too make a deep play-off run and thats what we are doing." Fear the bbeard: KEVIN FRANCIS returns to the Mill RAts.


Steve Nash's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Los Angeles Lakers (16-21) in their last game. Despite Nash's very good performance the Los Angeles Lakers lost 112-125 on the road to the Houston Rockets. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes. Nash also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was Lakers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Nash has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 8.8apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(44-73), 3FGP: 37.9% in the 13 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team ten years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Thompson was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-31) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 124-118 in Sacramento by the Kings. Thompson recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. This season Thompson has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 62.4%. He played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Gonzaga to a victory against the Saint Mary's College of California (1-2) 83-78 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Olynyk recorded 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Gonzaga University has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. It's Olynyk's fourth year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 62.4%. Olynyk played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Carl English
Carl English
   #4. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain) led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory over the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (9-8) crushing them 88-66 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. English scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. English is currently first on the league's list of top scorers with 18.4ppg. This year he also averages: 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 17 games. English used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2011.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #5. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-89, agency: Edge Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Steve Nash and both played together in the last NBA game. Sacre, who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (16-21) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Los Angeles Lakers were defeated 125-112 in Houston by the Rockets. Sacre scored 10 points and blocked 4 blocks. Sacre's overall stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #6. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Miami Heat to win against the Sacramento Kings (14-24) crushing them 128-99 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Miami Heat has a solid 24-12 record this season. Anthony has been at the team for five years. Anthony's overall stats this year are: 1.6ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Tyrone Watson
Tyrone Watson
   #7. Former U18 international forward Tyrone Watson (196-90, currently studies in the States) contributed to an overtime N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Seattle University (0-5) 83-82 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Watson recorded 26 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks in 47 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Watson plays fifth season for the team. This year his overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the 32 games. Watson used to play for the Canadian U18 national team five years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #8. Center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks (19-17) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (14-24) in the NBA. He scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks were badly defeated 103-87 in Detroit by the Pistons. It's Dalembert's first season with the team. Dalembert's total stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2008.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #9. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos contributed to Gonzaga's victory against the Saint Mary's College of California (14-24) 83-78. He recorded 22 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. This year Pangos' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3bpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #10. Forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-8) in their game against FIATC Joventut (8-9) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance on Sunday night Kendall scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Kendall averaged so far 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Triumph Lyubertsy in their game against Buducnost in the Eurocup, despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game. Landry recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team was crushed by 21 points 90-69. Landry is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. He also averaged so far 10.2ppg in the six games. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #12. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in Leiden's victory against one of league's weakest teams Amsterdam crushing them 100-49 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bekkering belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.3apg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a TBB Trier's victory against one of league's weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg 79-73 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points. Bucknor has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Nebraska 62-47 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. Stauskas has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U17 international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UNLV win their n overtime game against the U.S. Air Force Academy 76-71 in the NCAA last Saturday. Bennett recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 16 rebounds. Bennett has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jason Calliste (188-PG, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Detroit Mercy to an easy victory against the Youngstown State University (1-2) crushing them 101-60 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Calliste recorded 27 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. The University of Detroit Mercy has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Calliste has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 40 games he played so far.

   #2. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Orlando Magic (13-24) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's good performance the Orlando Magic was edged 108-105 on the road by the Denver Nuggets. He recorded 12 points in 20 minutes. It's Nicholson's first season with the team. Nicholson's stats this year are: 7.7ppg and 3.2rpg in the 36 games.

   #3. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic) led BK Pardubice to a victory over the closely-ranked BC Kolin (12-9) 94-75 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Muirhead recorded 18 points and added 4 passes in 33 minutes. BK JIP Pardubice (14-6) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Muirhead is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.0ppg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg in the 19 games. Muirhead has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Daniel Mullings (188-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to an overtime N.Mexico St.'s victory against the Seattle University (0-5) 83-82 in the NCAA last Thursday. Mullings recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 47 minutes. The New Mexico State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mullings has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games.

   #5. Justin Edwards (190-PG-92, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Maine (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Maine was defeated 68-61 in West Hartford, CT by the University of Hartford. Edwards scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Edwards has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #6. Devin Price (185-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Marist (1-5) in their last game. Despite Price's very good performance the Marist lost 82-86 at home to the Iona College. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 40 minutes. Price has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games.

   #7. Juevol Myles (185-G-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the S.Dakota (3-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the S.Dakota was defeated 90-86 on their home court in Vermillion, SD by the Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City. Myles scored 24 points. Myles has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #8. Brandon Bos (185-PG-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juevol Myles and both played together in the last NCAA game. Bos, who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the S.Dakota (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the S.Dakota lost 86-90 on their home court in Vermillion, SD to the Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City. Bos scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes. Bos has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games.

   #9. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Iowa St. (1-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Iowa St. was defeated in an overtime 97-89 in Lawrence, KS by the University of Kansas. Ejim recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Ejim is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #10. Dejan Kravic (211-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Texas Tech in their game against the University of Kansas in the NCAA. Kravic scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team was defeated 60-46. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Kravic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Canadian.



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 19-3 
 2. Beijing Ducks 15-5 
 3. Shandong FB 14-7 
 4. Liaoning H. 12-8 
 5. Xinjiang FT 12-9 
 6. Shanxi Zh. 12-10 
 7. Bayi R. 11-10 
 8. Guangsha L. 11-10 
 9. Zhejiang CB 10-10 
 10. TianJin S. 10-11 
 11. DongGuan L. 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. 7-15 
 17. Qingdao E. 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 15: Guangdong ST - DongGuan L. 107-97
Jan. 15: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S. 102-113
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
 Charles GAINES
  Shanxi Zh.
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.32.2 
 2. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.0 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 4. Akognon, Liaoning.30.5 
 5. Randolph, Foshan30.3 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha30.3 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.9 
 8. Spencer, Jilin N.28.5 
 9. Marbury, Beijing28.0 
 10. Hudson, DongGuan27.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Harvey, TianJin S.16.5 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.4 
 3. Randolph, Foshan14.1 
 4. Abbas, Shandong FB12.6 
 5. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.4 
 6. Daniels, Qingdao E.12.0 
 7. Wang, Fujian QB12.0 
 8. Ramos, Guangsha L.12.0 
 9. Li, Liaoning H.11.8 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.4 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.6 
 2. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 3. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.6 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB5.3 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.5.0 
 7. Hudson, DongGuan4.8 
 8. McGrady, Qingd.4.7 
 9. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.7 
 10. Williams, Guangdo.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.8 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 4. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
 5. Jeter, Shandong FB2.2 
 6. Meng, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 7. Co, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 9. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.1 
 10. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Ti.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. N''Diaye, Ti.4.5 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 3. Siler, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.1 
 5. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 7. Wang, Bayi R.1.6 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.1.5 
 9. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.5 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 


Xinjiang Flying Tige signs Darnell Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA) signed 28-year old American forward Darnell Jackson (203-109kg-85, college: Kansas). He just played at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S.. In 11 games this season he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg.
In 2008 Jackson was drafted by Miami Heat (NBA) in second round (52nd overall). He attended University of Kansas and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Jackson won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2012. He was also voted All-Big 12 3rd Team back in 2008 at his college time.
Jackson has played also professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings), Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

33-year old swingman Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Qingdao E. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 38 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Jilin NE T. (#14, 7-14) 104-96. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Qingdao E. maintains the 17th position in Chinese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 17 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game McGrady had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Qingdao E.'s top player in his first season with the team. McGrady has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) of top-ranked Guangdong ST. He is international forward in his first season at Guangdong ST. In the last game Yi recorded impressive double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Guangdong ST cruised to a 109-101 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Zhejiang CB (#9, 10-10). Of course Guangdong ST still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 18 matches. Yi is a newcomer at Guangdong ST and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Foshan LL (#12). Randolph got into 30-points club by scoring 44 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . He was a key player of Foshan LL, leading his team to a 129-119 win against the higher-ranked Guangsha L. (#8, 11-10). The chances of Foshan LL ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Randolph could help Foshan LL to bring them higher in the standings. Randolph has a great season in China. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 13.8rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 33 points and 18 rebounds
5. Gilbert Arenas (192-G-82) of Shanghai S. - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Wei Liu (190-PG-80) of Shanghai S. - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian QB - 33 points and 14 rebounds
9. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of Qingdao E. - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin S. - 12 points, 20 rebounds and 3 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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Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Federation Cup Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket

Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Federation Cup 1st Team 2012
#s#
Cory Bradford
Bradford
Darrin Dorsey
Dorsey
Stalin Ortiz
Ortiz
Tayron Thomas
Thomas
Juan Palacios
Palacios
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Finals MVP: Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Bucaros
Guard of the Year: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Guerreros
Forward of the Year: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Once Caldas
Center of the Year: Miguel Marriaga (205-C-84) of Bucaros
Most Improved Player of the Year: Adison Blandon (200-F-88) of Cafeteros
Import Player of the Year: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) of Once Caldas
Domestic Player of the Year: Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Guerreros

1st Team
PG: Darrin Dorsey (188) of Cafeteros
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-81) of Guerreros
PG: Tayron Thomas (191-84) of Once Caldas
F/C: Juan Palacios (204-85) of Guerreros
C: Miguel Marriaga (205-84) of Bucaros

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Rodrigo Caicedo (180-88) of Once Caldas
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-81) of Guerreros
G/F: Cesar Silva (190-81) of Bucaros
F/C: Juan Palacios (204-85) of Guerreros
C: Miguel Marriaga (205-84) of Bucaros

All-Imports Team
PG: Darrin Dorsey (188) of Cafeteros
G: Cory Bradford (191-78) of Bucaros
PG: Tayron Thomas (191-84) of Once Caldas
F: Rashad Bell (201-82) of Guerreros
F/C: Torraye Braggs (203-76) of Islanders



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Jan. 13: Dubrovnik - KK Zagreb 80-86
Jan. 12: Jolly - Kvarner 2010 80-73
Jan. 12: Zabok - Djuro Djakovic 70-78
Jan. 12: Osjecki Sokol - Darda 69-80
Jan. 12: Krizevci - Alkar Sinj 61-83

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 19: Krizevci - Dubrovnik
Jan. 19: Alkar Sinj - Zabok
Jan. 19: Djuro Djakovic - Osjecki Sokol
Jan. 19: Darda - Jolly
Jan. 19: Kvarner 2010 - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ross, Jolly22.1 
 2. James, KK Zagreb19.1 
 3. Lez, Zabok18.9 
 4. Batina, Djuro D.18.3 
 5. Sundov, Osjecki17.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda16.5 
 7. Rembert, Krizevci16.5 
 8. Skific, Kvarner15.4 
 9. Krapic, KK Zagreb15.2 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bruno SUNDOV
  Osjecki .
  (221-C-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sundov, Osjecki8.3 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 20107.9 
 3. Sarlija, Djuro D.7.1 
 4. Jakolis, Dubrovnik6.9 
 5. Massamba, Djuro D.6.5 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.0 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 8. Skific, Kvarner5.8 
 9. Matic, Alkar Sinj5.4 
 10. Ross, Jolly5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Krivec, Kvarner5.2 
 2. Tomeljak, Osjecki4.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Glavinic, Darda3.8 
 5. Panduric, Darda3.6 
 6. Rembert, Krizevci3.4 
 7. Jugo, Alkar Sinj3.2 
 8. Lez, Zabok3.1 
 9. Blajic, Djuro D.3.0 
 10. Pesut, Zabok3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Jolly2.4 
 2. James, KK Zagreb2.3 
 3. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.9 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik1.8 
 5. Skific, Kvarner1.5 
 6. Maric, Zabok1.5 
 7. Krapic, KK Zagreb1.4 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.1.4 
 9. Zivkovic, Djuro D.1.3 
 10. Krivec, Kvarner1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Djuro D.
  (207-C/F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sarlija, Djuro D.1.8 
 2. Najev, Dubrovnik1.1 
 3. Bubalo, Jolly1.1 
 4. Cakarun, Jolly0.9 
 5. Bakovic, Djuro D.0.9 
 6. Bundovic, Zabok0.8 
 7. Diminic, Zabok0.6 
 8. Sundov, Osjecki0.5 
 9. Hrncic, Darda0.5 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj0.5 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Hermes Anal. 9-0 
 2. Gorica 6-2 
 3. Dubrava 6-3 
 4. Zrinjevac 5-4 
 5. Sanac Karl. 5-5 
 6. Maksimir 4-4 
 7. Samobor 4-4 
 8. Kaptol 2-6 
 9. Rudes 2-6 
 10. Bosco 2-6 
 11. Mladost Z.(C) 1-6 
 12. Sus.-Moslavina 0-0 
Group East
 1. Belisce 8-0 
 2. Vinkovci 8-1 
 3. Meteor D. 4-3 
 4. Vukovar 4-4 
 5. Zupanja 4-4 
 6. Vrijednosnice 3-4 
 7. Pozega 2-6 
 8. Olimp Inspekt 2-7 
 9. Virovitica 0-6 
Group North
 1. Mladost D.(N) 11-2 
 2. Graficar 10-3 
 3. Podravac Virje 9-4 
 4. Cakovec 9-4 
 5. Bjelovar 8-4 
 6. Medjimurje C. 8-5 
 7. Vindija V. 6-6 
 8. Petar Zrinski 5-7 
 9. Ivancica 3-9 
 10. Radnik 3-10 
 11. Rudar-Cimper 2-11 
 12. Koprivnica 0-13 
Group South
 1. GKK Sibenik 11-1 
 2. Puntamika 10-0 
 3. Kastela 9-3 
 4. Policnik 7-5 
 5. Metkovic 5-6 
 6. Sukosan 5-7 
 7. Solin 5-7 
 8. Jazine 5-7 
 9. Omis Galeb 5-7 
 10. Cetina 4-8 
 11. DOSK 3-9 
 12. Trogir 1-10 
Group West
 1. Skrljevo 7-1 
 2. Kastav 6-3 
 3. Pula 1981 5-3 
 4. Stoja Pula 5-3 
 5. Crikvenica 5-4 
 6. Zamet 4-4 
 7. Ghia Staff 2-7 
 8. Otocac 1-5 
 9. Rovinj 1-6 
 10. Ucka 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 14

Center

Jan. 19: Kaptol - Gorica
Jan. 19: Samobor - Zrinjevac
Jan. 19: Dubrava - Sanac Karl.
Jan. 19: Hermes Anal. - Mladost Z.(C)
Jan. 19: Maksimir - Sus.-Moslavina
Jan. 19: Rudes - Bosco

East

Jan. 19: Belisce - Pozega
Jan. 19: Vukovar - Virovitica
Jan. 19: Vinkovci - Olimp Inspekt
Jan. 19: Zupanja - Meteor D.

North

Jan. 19: Cakovec - Podravac Virje
Jan. 19: Koprivnica - Mladost D.(N)
Jan. 19: Ivancica - Graficar
Jan. 19: Petar Zrinski - Vindija V.
Jan. 19: Rudar-Cimper - Medjimurje C.
Jan. 19: Bjelovar - Radnik

South

Jan. 19: Kastela - Metkovic
Jan. 19: Trogir - Solin
Jan. 19: Puntamika - Cetina
Jan. 19: Policnik - DOSK
Jan. 19: GKK Sibenik - Omis Galeb
Jan. 19: Sukosan - Jazine

West

Jan. 19: Ucka - Ghia Staff
Jan. 19: Otocac - Kastav
Jan. 19: Pula 1981 - Stoja Pula
Jan. 19: Crikvenica - Rovinj
Jan. 19: Skrljevo - Zamet


Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic handles Kumanovo at home court - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Kumanovo 84:77

Djuro Djakovic rallied past Kumanovo at home court tonight. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) came up with 23 points to pace the winners. The hosts needed to win by more than 16 points to qualify for Top 6 but Kumanovo preserved the needed point difference.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Djuro Djakovic eked out a narrow 24:22 lead after ten minutes. The Croatian team stretched the margin to 3 points at halftime 48:45. The hosts started to escape in the third quarter. Djuro Djakovic fired 24 points to gain an 8-point lead at the final intermission. The teams combined for just 25 points in the fourth term as Djuro Djakovic hung on for the victory. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) posted 22 points, while Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) netted 15 points in the winning case. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 30 points for Kumanovo. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 19 points in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 23, Hrvoje Puljko 22, Marino Sarlija 15
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 30, Ivica Dimcevski 19



Marko Popovic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Zalgiris (1-2) in their last game. Despite Popovic's very good performance the fifth-placed Zalgiris was edged 75-74 on the road by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Popovic also added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Popovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 47.8%(32-67) and FT: 88.9% in the 13 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Tomic led his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Olympiacos (1-2) 76-68 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Tomic recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (2-1) is placed fourth in group F. Tomic is currently second on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(56-93) and FT: 53.1%. Tomic played for the Croatian national team in 2011.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Luka Zoric (211-84, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (8-9) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 70-81 in Sevilla to the lower-ranked (#15) Cajasol. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Zoric also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was Unicaja Malaga's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Zoric has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.5%(77-134) and FT: 69.2% in the 17 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #4. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia was not able to secure a victory for Khimky (2-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Loncar's good performance Khimky (#3) was defeated 82-76 in Siena by the second-ranked Montepaschi in the group F of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Loncar also added 4 rebounds. Loncar's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #5. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Simon, who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (8-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 70-81 in Sevilla to the lower-ranked (#15) Cajasol. Simon was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Simon has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #6. An experienced swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) was the main contributor in a Base Oostende's victory against the sixth-ranked Antwerp Giants (6-6) 78-65 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night. Stojic was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Telenet Oostende (8-4) is placed first in the Ethias League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Stojic's first season with the team. Stojic's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team four years ago.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #7. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella (3-12) crushing them 92-59 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Peric was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (5-10) is placed 12th in the SerieA. Peric averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #8. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Panathinaikos' victory against the tenth-ranked Kolossos (4-8) 67-59 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 28 minutes. Panathinaikos Athens (11-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ukic's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Jakov Vladovic
Jakov Vladovic
   #9. Former international point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Krka's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (6-11) 86-78 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Vladovic scored 13 points and added 7 assists. Krka Novo Mesto (7-10) is placed ninth in the Adriatic League. Vladovic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3. His total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg. Vladovic used to play for the Croatian national team four years ago.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #10. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a VL Pesaro's victory against the closely-ranked Air Avellino (4-11) 78-71 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 22 points and added 5 assists in 35 minutes. Victoria Libertas Pesaro (3-12) is located at the very bottom in the SerieA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of eleven consecutive loses. Stipcevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. Stipcevic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Fran Pilepic (193-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias 78-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 8 points. This season Pilepic averages only 3.2ppg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former U18 international power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Geneve Lions win their game against the closely-ranked Fribourg crushing them 102-72 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Stimac was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Stimac averaged so far 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 3.7apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 1996.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (206-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Slovenian team Un.Olimpija win their game against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar 88-81 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. Bubnic scored 7 points. Bubnic's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (210-86, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakov Vladovic and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Lalic helped his Slovenian team Krka win their game against the closely-ranked Cibona 86-78. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Lalic averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.1rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos win their game against the league outsider Omonia 76-58 in the Cypriot Division A in Wednesday night's game. Buljan scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Buljan's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Maribor Messer's victory against the league outsider Polzela (0-11) 95-86 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Maric scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Maribor Messer (9-2) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Maric averaged so far 13.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala could not help Pitesti (7-10) in their last game. Despite Barac's very good performance Pitesti lost 74-81 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Oradea. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Barac also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes. It was Pitesti's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Barac is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 17.1ppg. He also averaged so far 3.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #3. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boise St. to a 2-point victory against the University of Wyoming (1-1) 63-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Drmic scored 18 points. The Boise State University has 1-0 conference record this season. Drmic's total stats this year are:, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #4. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Tajfun's victory against the closely-ranked Helios (8-3) 71-62 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Primorac scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. KK Tajfun Sentjur (6-5) is placed sixth in the Telemach League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Primorac averaged so far 13.1ppg and 6.5rpg in the 11 games.

   #5. Experienced Stipe Modric (206-F-79, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to help Geoplin Slovan (4-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Geoplin Slovan lost 67-77 on the road to the second-ranked Zlatorog. Modric scored 11 points in 24 minutes. This year Modric's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the three games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian.

   #6. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to secure a victory for Euroins Cherno More in their game against Balkan in the Bulgarian NBL, despite his good performance last Saturday. Vrcelj scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. But his team lost 67-74. Vrcelj averaged so far 13.0ppg and 9.0rpg in the three games. He has both Croatian and Canadian nationalities.

   #7. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help AZS Koszalin in their game against Polpharma in the Polish TBL. Milicic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 5 passes in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 96-73. This year Milicic's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 3.8apg in the four games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Polish.

   #8. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help UBSC Graz in their game against BC Vienna in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Stegnjaic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Stegnjaic is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stegnjaic averages: 16.8ppg and 7.1rpg.

   #9. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help LTHcast Mercator in their game against Elektra in the Slovenian Telemach League. He scored 8 points. His team was defeated 86-79. Soldo's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 2.6rpg.

   #10. Ozren Pavlovic (203-F, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Hawaii in their game against the Long Beach State University in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 76-72. Pavlovic's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 2.6rpg.



Ante Krapic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Ante Krapic (205-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader KK Zagreb and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds for KK Zagreb in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dubrovnik (#10, 1-9) 86-80. It allowed KK Zagreb to jump to the first place in the Croatian A1. KK Zagreb have a solid 8-2 record. Krapic turned to be KK Zagreb's top player in his first season with the team. Krapic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 60.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Ivan Mikulic (191-G-91) of Dubrovnik. Mikulic impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Dubrovnik lost that game 80-86 to the higher-ranked KK Zagreb (#1, 8-2). Dubrovnik is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dubrovnik managed to get this year. Mikulic is a newcomer at Dubrovnik 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 Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of second-ranked Kvarner 2010. Cinac scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Cinac's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 73-80 to #3 ranked Jolly. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Kvarner 2010 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. Cinac's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Cinac has a very solid season. In 9 games in Croatia he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 70.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) of Osjecki Sokol - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Krizevci - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dino Jakolis (200-F/G-91) of Dubrovnik - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Petar Maric (196-F-87) of Zabok - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Alkar Sinj - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - 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


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. Demertzis, Kerav.3.9 
 6. Palalas, AEL3.9 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.7 
 8. Adegboye, Etha3.2 
 9. Panteli, AEK3.2 
 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. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 5. Brown, Apollon1.8 
 6. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 7. Poole, Etha1.7 
 8. Pilavas, Keravnos1.6 
 9. Panteli, AEK1.5 
 10. Allen, AEL1.5 
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 



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Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (13-24) crushing them 120-91 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Vesely scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 7-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Vesely averages: 2.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 22.2% in the 27 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team three years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). Starosta led Planasa NV to a victory over the closely-ranked Leyma Basquet (6-8) 74-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Starosta scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Planasa Navarra (7-7) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. Starosta is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.5ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(93-160) and FT: 44.3%. He played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain). Satoransky contributed to Cajasol's victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-9) 81-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 6 assists. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (6-11) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Satoransky is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 75.4%. Satoransky is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #4. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (9-8) to beat FIATC Joventut (8-9). He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Blusens Monbus was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#11) FIATC Joventut. This year Pumprla's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1spg in the 17 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. International shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jelinek's good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 98-61 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Jelinek also added 4 rebounds. Jelinek has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #6. Center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Balvin contributed to Cajasol's victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-9) 81-70. He scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. This year Balvin's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.8rpg in the 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88, 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. He scored 8 points. B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. It's Hampl's first season with the team. Hampl has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, 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. Chan recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Apoel was edged 67-64 in Limassol by the lower-ranked (#6) AEL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Chan has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.3rpg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Jan Svandrlik
Jan Svandrlik
   #9. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Clinicas Rincon in a victory against the ninth-ranked Palma (4-8) 66-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. CB Clinicas Rincon (8-4) is placed third in the LEB Silver. Svandrlik has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U18 national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #10. Center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia edge the league leader Cimberio Varese (13-2) 87-85 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Hubalek scored only 2 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (7-8) is placed ninth in the SerieA. This season Hubalek averages just 1.0ppg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.

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

   #1. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help AZS Koszalin (9-7) to beat Polpharma (7-9). Skibniewski recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 23 minutes. AZS Koszalin was crushed 96-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Polpharma. It's Skibniewski's first season with the team. Skibniewski belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7 with 4.1apg. This year his other stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in Rovinari's victory against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc (3-14) crushing them 89-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Steffel scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (9-8) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Steffel is currently first on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.6ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) led Komarno to a victory against the closely-ranked Nitra (13-8) 76-67 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Kratochvil recorded 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (15-5) is placed first in the Extraliga. Kratochvil has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 19 games.

   #4. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help Apoel (2-6) in their game against AEL (5-8) in the Cypriot Division A. Kremen recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Apoel was edged 67-64 in Limassol by the lower-ranked AEL (#6). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kremen has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked AEL (5-8) 86-71 in the Cypriot Division A on Wednesday night. Englicky scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (9-4) is placed third in the Division A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Englicky has averaged so far 0.7ppg and 1.1rpg in the seven games.

   #6. Tomas Bruha (213-C-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Tulane in their game against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Bruha scored only 1 points. His team was defeated 66-57. Bruha has averaged so far 0.7ppg and 1.1rpg.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 15: Sioux Falls S. - Santa Cruz W. 99-83
Jan. 16: Iowa E. - Santa Cruz W.
Jan. 16: Idaho S. - Erie Bay H.
Jan. 16: Los Angeles D. - Ft.Wayne MA
Jan. 17: Rio Grande VV - Reno B.
Jan. 17: Idaho S. - Erie Bay H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darius JOHNSON-ODOM
  Los A.
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Johnson-Odom, Los21.0 
 2. Joseph, Austin T.20.7 
 3. Mack, Maine RC20.5 
 4. Goudelock, Sioux F.20.3 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 6. Almond, Iowa E.19.7 
 7. Fortson, Los A.19.7 
 8. Summers, Maine RC18.8 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.6 
 10. Dentmon, Austin18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arinze ONUAKU
  Canton C.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Onuaku, Canton C.11.5 
 2. Mays, Springfield10.6 
 3. Harris, Iowa E.10.3 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.3 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.9.7 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.2 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.8.4 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 4. Fortson, Los A.5.7 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.5 
 6. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 7. Kennedy, Erie B.5.2 
 8. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 9. McNeal, Bakersfi.4.9 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moon, Los A.2.7 
 2. Gutierrez, Canton2.1 
 3. Scott, Springfield2.1 
 4. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 5. Downs, Maine RC2.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.1.9 
 7. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Thompson, Erie B.1.8 
 10. Greene, Los A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Fabricio MELO
  Maine RC
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Melo, Maine RC3.9 
 2. Moon, Los A.2.6 
 3. Eyenga, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Gladness, Santa C.2.3 
 5. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 6. Flowers, Los A.2.1 
 7. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 8. Johnson, Santa C.1.9 
 9. Eric, Canton C.1.9 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.1.8 


66ers fall short with strong performance from Dominique Sutton - by Allen Waters

The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 92-80, on Sunday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif. Andy Rautins and Dominique Sutton lead the 66ers with 16 points apiece. Sutton collected his fourth double-double of the season by adding 12 rebounds. Sutton performance in the showcase has shown teams his leadership and energy on the court has shown there are a few teams that need his energy. The Dleague slam dunk champion looks to keep his team heading in the right direction.
The nine 66ers players who saw action all scored at least six points each including Hollis Thompson who posted 12 points and four boards.
The 66ers (9-10) outrebounded Santa Cruz 36-33 and forced 18 Warriors turnovers.
Santa Cruz (11-6) was led by Stefhon Hannah with 25 points and four assists.
Tulsa looks to bounce back next weekend.

Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central)



Rockets recall Patrick Beverley from D-League - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) from Houston's single-affiliation NBA D-League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Beverley (6-1, 185, Arkansas), who was signed by the Rockets on Jan. 7 and assigned Rio Grande Valley, averaged 13.7 points, 7.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.00 steals in three starts with the Vipers. He came to the Rockets from Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia, where he earned Eurocup MVP for the 2011-12 season and 2012 All-Eurocup First-Team honors. He originally played two seasons at Arkansas before leaving school to sign a professional contract with BC Dnipro of the Ukrainian UBL for the 2008-09 season. Beverley was then drafted by the L.A. Lakers in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft and later traded to the Miami Heat. He decided to stay in Europe and signed with Olympiakos in Greece on Aug. 26, 2009. He again joined the Heat for the 2010 NBA Summer League and was signed by Miami on Aug. 2, 2010. Beverley was waived by the Heat at the end of training camp on Oct. 25, 2010. Courtesy of: yardbarker.com



D-Fenders welcome back Andrews, ex Sutor MGR - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders inked 28-year old power forward Zachary Andrews (203-102kg-85, college: Bradley). Its actually his comeback to D-Fenders as he played here before. Andrews played recently at Sutor Montegranaro in Italian SerieA. In two games this season he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. The last season he played at D-Fenders. In 51 D-League games last year he had 8.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the West Conference title. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Andrews also played at Santa Barbara earlier that season. In 2010/11 season he played for Niigata Albirex in Japanese BJ League. In 42 games that year he had 11.1ppg, 10.8rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Andrews has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Spain (Lobe Huesca, CB Guadalajara and Santa Pola) and Turkey (Bandirma Kirmizi).
He attended Bradley University until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Vipers' Jones, Johnson receive honors - by Eurobasket News

Rio Grande Valley Vipers Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) and Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90, college: Dayton) were among the top prospects at last weeks 2013 NBA Development League Showcase as announced by the League office Monday. Jones was selected to the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase third team, and Johnson received 2013 NBA D-League Showcase honorable mention. For a full list of winners, see the League press release below.
Top prospects and NBA alumni Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) (Reno Bighorns), Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) (Tulsa 66ers on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder), Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) (Maine Red Claws) and DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) (Maine Red Claws) were selected to the first team for their efforts at the Showcase.
Bakerfields Damion James, now of the Brooklyn Nets following a call-up, Austin's Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas), on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, Renos Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), Sioux Falls' Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, college: Texas), on assignment from the Miami Heat, and Texas Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) comprise the second team, while Los Angeles Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas), Fort Wayne's Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), Erie's D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's), Jones, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, and Tulsa's Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky), on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, round out the third team.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey. Mejia could not help Banvit BK (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Banvit BK lost 69-76 on the road to the leading Budivelnyk in the group I of Eurocup. Mejia was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Mejia is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mejia averages: 17.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 73.2%(41-56), 3FGP: 47.4%(9-19) and FT: 73.7% in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team eight years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (13-24) crushing them 120-91 in the NBA on Monday night. Ariza scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 7-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ariza has relatively good stats this season: 7.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 39.6%, 3FGP: 25.6% and FT: 81.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). Greer contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the eighth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-8) 81-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (10-5) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). His overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0%. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He played for the Dominican Republic national team four years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #4. Forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help G.Canaria 2014 (12-5) in their game against Real Madrid (16-1) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 6 points in 29 minutes. G.Canaria 2014 was crushed 90-54 in Madrid by the leading Real. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Baez's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, college: Michigan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Assignia Manresa (2-15) in their game against Caja Laboral (14-3) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Asselin was the second best scorer with 14 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa lost in an overtime 95-101 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. It was Assignia Manresa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Asselin has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Asselin used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago. He played also for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #6. Center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a St.Francis Xavier's victory against the Varsity Reds (1-8) 91-75 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. He recorded 16 points. The St.Francis Xavier has 5-5 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Madera's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a former U17 international player as he played for the Dominican Republic team six years ago.

Rayner Moquete
Rayner Moquete
   #7. Former U17 international guard Rayner Moquete (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Binghamton (0-4) in their game against the Boston University (0-0) in the NCAA. Moquete scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Binghamton was crushed 83-59 in Boston, MA by the Boston University. So far Binghamton lost all four games in the conference Moquete's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Atlanta Hawks (21-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks lost 103-108 on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Horford had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 38 minutes. It's Horford's sixth season with the team. Horford has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.5rpg and 3.3apg in the 36 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) led Strasbourg IG to a victory over the eighth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-8) 81-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. Greer was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Greer also added 5 assists and 3 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Strasbourg IG (10-5) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Greer is currently second on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.4spg. Greer has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (14-24) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Garcia's good performance the Sacramento Kings were defeated in an overtime 117-112 in Dallas by the Mavericks. He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Garcia's eighth season with the team. Garcia's overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St., currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (20-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hebraica (#5) lost 91-98 in a derby game to the leading Bigua in the Capital group. Guzman scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Hebraica's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Guzman has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg and 8.0rpg in the three games.

   #5. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (19-18) 103-87 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Villanueva scored 8 points in 18 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have 14-24 record this season. It's Villanueva's fourth year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 8.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 27 games. Villanueva is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite his Dominican Republic nationality, Villanueva previously played for the USA U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dominican Republic team. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Feldeine's very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 81-75 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#12). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Feldeine belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 15.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Ronald Ramon (182-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Winner/Limeira's victory against the league outsider Tijuca TC 82-77 in the Brazilian NBB last Thursday. He recorded 17 points (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. This year Ramon has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.6apg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Australia), who plays in the Australian NBL couldn't help Wollongong Hawks (8-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Wollongong Hawks were defeated 94-81 in Cairns by the one of league's weakest teams Taipans (#7). Deleon was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Deleon is currently third on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #9. Carlos Novas (197-F-92, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers crushing them 112-84 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Novas scored 17 points. Novas' total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He holds both Dominican Republic and Austrian passports. Despite Novas' Dominican Republic nationality, he currently plays for the Austrian U20 national team and cannot be called to the Dominican Republic team.

   #10. Chris Perez (190-G-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Stetson's victory against the East Tennessee State University 72-70 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Perez recorded 17 points in 34 minutes. This year Perez's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 1.5rpg in the 15 games.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 2. Kataja 1-0 
 3. Gaz Metan 0-1 
 4. Ventspils 0-1 
Group J
 1. Paris-Levallois 1-0 
 2. Szolnok 1-0 
 3. Gravelines 0-1 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-1 
Group K
 1. Krasnie Krilya 1-0 
 2. Tofas 1-0 
 3. Khimik 0-1 
 4. Norrkoping 0-1 
Group L
 1. EWE Baskets 1-0 
 2. Telekom Baskets 1-0 
 3. Aalstar 0-1 
 4. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-1 

Top 16: Round 1

I

Jan. 15: Karsiyaka - Gaz Metan 89-59
Jan. 15: Kataja - Ventspils 80-78

J

Jan. 15: Paris-Levallois - Hapoel Holon 83-66
Jan. 15: Szolnok - Gravelines 75-71

K

Jan. 15: Tofas - Khimik 93-90
Jan. 15: Krasnie Krilya - Norrkoping 93-75

L

Jan. 15: EWE Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 74-64
Jan. 15: Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 60-65

Top 16: Round 2

I

Jan. 22: Ventspils - Karsiyaka
Jan. 22: Gaz Metan - Kataja

J

Jan. 22: Hapoel Holon - Szolnok
Jan. 22: Gravelines - Paris-Levallois

K

Jan. 22: Norrkoping - Tofas
Jan. 22: Khimik - Krasnie Krilya

L

Jan. 22: Tsmoki-Minsk - Aalstar
Jan. 22: Telekom Baskets - EWE Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Brown, Apollon22.2 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp22.2 
 3. Buljan, Kormend21.7 
 4. May, Paris-Levallo.21.6 
 5. Shaw, Kormend21.3 
 6. Flowers, Kataja18.7 
 7. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.18.0 
 8. Burtt, Tofas17.9 
 9. Dyson, Hapoel Hol.17.6 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Met.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HASSELL
  Hapoel Holon
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Hassell, Hapoel Ho.12.2 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.3 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut9.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 5. Brown, Apollon8.8 
 6. Thondique, Antwerp8.8 
 7. Elonu, Tofas8.7 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon8.7 
 9. Wilson, Armia8.5 
 10. Simms, Sodertalje8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.7.7 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.6.7 
 3. Jordan, Telekom6.4 
 4. Dixon, Karsiyaka6.3 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 6. Kudrautsau, Tsmoki.5.3 
 7. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 8. Rujak, Kormend5.2 
 9. Dundjerski, Gaz M.5.1 
 10. Deane, Khimik5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Flowers, Kataja3.9 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.9 
 3. Harris, Dijon2.8 
 4. Clark, Aalstar2.7 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 6. Diot, Paris-Levall.2.5 
 7. Owens, Dijon2.3 
 8. Crocker, Keravnos2.2 
 9. Barac, Pitesti2.2 
 10. Diabate, Nancy2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.2 
 2. Vasiliev, Krasni.2.0 
 3. Vaughn, Keravnos1.8 
 4. Qvale, M.Hainaut1.7 
 5. Goodridge, Khimik1.7 
 6. Aminu, Karsiyaka1.4 
 7. May, Paris-Levallo.1.4 
 8. Hill, Hapoel Holon1.4 
 9. Love, Antwerp1.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Gaz M.1.3 


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

Group I
Karsiyaka - Gaz Metan 89-59
Karsiyaka outscored visiting Gaz Metan for 1-0 record in Group I. The Turkish side won 89:59 in Group I and joined Krasnie Krilya on top. Trailing 18-19 after the first period, the hosts pushed the tempo for good and dominated the rest of the game. They won the second frame 26-12 and then added two victories in the second half. Karsiyaka shot 60.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Karsiyaka players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. Will Thomas contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 10 points in the effort for Gaz Metan. Krstanovic posted 11 and Ivanovic added 9.

Kataja - Ventspils 80-78
Kataja surprise Ventspils in Joensuu in front of almost 2000 fans. The Finnish side grabbed an 80:78 win for 1-0 record in a newly created Group I. The Latvian side won the first period 27-18 and led 8 points at the halftime. They failed however in the third period and could not catch up with the opponents. Kataja erupted with a 23-13 burst and took 63:61 advantage after 30 minutes. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the last period as Sandis Valters (193-G-78) later tied it all at 78:78. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) however made 2 out of 4 free throws at the very end for the final victory. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) paced all the winners with 22 points. Johnell Smith notched 16, while Flowers Jonte scored 15. Campbell Folarin posted 19 in defeat, while Meiers Martins added 18. Sims Donald followed them with 11 points and Sandis Valters scored 10.

Group J
Paris-Levallois - Hapoel Holon 83-66
Paris-Levallois roll over Hapoel Holon in Group J of EuroChallenge. The French outfit needed a 83:66 win for the initial success. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paris-Levallois started with 20-18 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 17-10 and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. His fellow Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Sean Daniel added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Szolnok - Gravelines 75-71
Szolnok shock Gravelines in Hungary in one of the most unpredictable games. The hosts grabbed an overtime 75:71 win for 1-0 record in Group J. Szolnoki Olaj looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They led 5 points at the halftime, but then hardly escaped with the win. Szolnoki Olaj wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and then won in overtime. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and J.K. Edwards added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Group K
Tofas - Khimik 93-90
Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) leads Tofas over Khimik in one of the most interesting games of Top 16 openers in EuroChallenge. The Turkish representative got 20 points from the player in a 93:90 win. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Khimik won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tofas shot 62.5 percent from the field. Steven Burtt nailed 20 points for the winning side and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Altintig followed them with 15 points in a win. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Devoe Joseph added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Khimik in the defeat. Deane netted 19 and Goodridge brought 13.

Krasnie Krilya - Norrkoping 93-75
Krasnie Krilya successfully open Top 16 of EuroChallenge. The Russian team won over Norrkoping 93:75 for the first success in Group K. Samara hosted the first game of Top 16. The home side started with 25-13 lead and had 12 point advantage at the halftime. Norrkoping came back from the changing rooms in a better shape and replied with 21-19 in the third quarter to reduce to 10 points after 30 minutes. Krasnie Krilya however erupted with a 7-0 run early in the fourth and continued their dominance in the end of the game. Smith Andre top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Simmons Chester added 18. Kulagin Dmitry notched 14, and Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) collected 13 points and 13 assists. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79, college: N.Arizona) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) as well as Ringstrom Martin had 13 each. Hampton Pierre followed them with 9 points in a loss.

Group L
EWE Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 74-64
EWE Baskets prevail against Tsmoki-Minsk in Vechta at the EuroChallenge Top 16 opener. The German machine had a 74:64 win for 1-0 record. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) chipped in 16 points. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Aliaksei Lashkevich produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kudrautsau posted 12, while Trastsinetski added 8.

Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 60-65
Telekom Baskets became the only team to win away from home at EuroChallenge Round 1 of Top 16. The German side overcame Aalstar 65:60 in Belgium. A tight contest in which neither team ever led by more than five - and the lead changed hands 29 times - went all the way to the wire. Aalstar took 19-18 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. The hosts won the third period 18-16 anf grabbed 1 point entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets meanwhile needed a 16-10 surge to seal the road win. Kyle Weems nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 12, while Ensminger posted 10. John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Noah Hartsock added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Raivio followed them with 12 points in a loss.



Lawrence Hill claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Lawrence Hill (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Holon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against the league's best team Paris-Levallois (#2, 1-0) 66-83. Hapoel Holon moved-up to the 4th position in the EuroChallenge group J. 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. Hill turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. Stanford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hill is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 63.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Andre Smith (203-F-85) of second-ranked Krasnie Krilya. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Krasnie Krilya to another comfortable win 93-75 over Norrkoping (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won their first game. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Smith is a newcomer at Krasnie Krilya 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 Sean May (206-F-84) of second-ranked Paris-Levallois. May scored 16 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 83-66 easy win against #4 ranked Hapoel Holon in a game of the week. Paris-Levallois 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. May also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. May has a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (4th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 64.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Miles (186-G-83) of Krasnie Krilya - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Paris-Levallois - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87) of Khimik - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Karsiyaka - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) of Ventspils - 18 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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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 2

I

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

J

Jan. 15: VEF Riga - Gescrap BB 99-76
Jan. 16: CEZ Nymburk - Valencia

K

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

L

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG22.7 
 2. Rakocevic, Crvena20.6 
 3. McKee, Triumph20.2 
 4. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 5. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. Davis, Banvit BK18.0 
 8. Mejia, Banvit BK17.6 
 9. Walsh, Spirou17.6 
 10. Ray, Ratiopharm17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm8.5 
 2. Maric, Lokomotiv8.4 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.1 
 4. Landry, Triumph7.5 
 5. Stimac, Banvit BK7.1 
 6. Duncan, Hapoel J-M7.0 
 7. Vitkovac, Buducno.7.0 
 8. Hervelle, Gescr.7.0 
 9. Drozdov, Budivelnyk6.7 
 10. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.6.6 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. Greer, Azovmash6.2 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 7. Satoransky, Cajasol5.6 
 8. McKee, Triumph5.2 
 9. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
 10. Hodge, Stelmet ZG5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 3. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
 4. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.9 
 6. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.9 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 8. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 9. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.7 
 2. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. Theis, Ratiopharm1.0 
 5. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 6. Anisimovas, Budiv.1.0 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 8. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 9. Nankivil, Ratiopha.0.9 
 10. Aldemir, Galatasa.0.9 



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  FINLAND   


EuroChallenge: Kataja surprise Ventspils in Joensuu - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Ventspils 80:78

Kataja surprise Ventspils in Joensuu in front of almost 2000 fans. The Finnish side grabbed an 80:78 win for 1-0 record in a newly created Group I.
The Latvian side won the first period 27-18 and led 8 points at the halftime. They failed however in the third period and could not catch up with the opponents. Kataja erupted with a 23-13 burst and took 63:61 advantage after 30 minutes. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the last period as Sandis Valters (193-G-78) later tied it all at 78:78. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) however made 2 out of 4 free throws at the very end for the final victory.
Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) paced all the winners with 22 points. Johnell Smith notched 16, while Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) scored 15. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) posted 19 in defeat, while Martins Meiers (208-C-91) added 18. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) followed them with 11 points and Sandis Valters scored 10.

Kataja: Petri Virtanen 22, Johnell Smith 16, Jonte Flowers 15
Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 19, Martins Meiers 18, Donald Sims 11, Sandis Valters 10



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  FRANCE   


Ricardo Greer claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-Dominican Rep. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) had a very impressive game in the last round for Strasbourg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 34-year old swingman had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Orleans (#8, 7-8) 81-70. Thanks to this victory Strasbourg moved-up to the 3rd position in the French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Strasbourg will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. Greer has many years of experience at Strasbourg, through which he has constantly improved. University of Pittsburgh graduate has very impressive stats this year. Greer is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.0rpg), assists (5th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines. Vaty impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Gravelines to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Chalon (#6, 9-6) 102-69. This victory allowed Gravelines to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Vaty is well-known by Gravelines fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Matt Howard (203-PF-89) of Roanne (#12). Howard scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Roanne, leading his team to a 80-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Le Havre (#15, 5-10). The chances of Roanne ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Howard could help Roanne to bring them higher in the standings. Howard has a great season in France. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (9th best). He also has FGP: 56.5% and 3PT: 45.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon - 21 points and 3 rebounds
5. Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Orleans - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. David Lighty (195-G/F-88) of Nanterre - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sean May (206-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Cox (196-G-81) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Marcus Goree (201-F-77) of Cholet - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois roll over Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Hapoel Holon 83:66

Paris-Levallois roll over Hapoel Holon in Group J of EuroChallenge. The French outfit needed a 83:66 win for the initial success.
Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paris-Levallois started with 20-18 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 17-10 and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists.
Sean Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Sean Daniel (197-F-89) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 21, John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) 20, Sean May 16+16rebs, Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) 13
Hapoel Holon: Lawrence Hill 26+14rebs, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 15, Sean Daniel 14



EuroChallenge: Szolnok shock Gravelines in Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Gravelines 75:71 OT

Szolnok shock Gravelines in Hungary in one of the most unpredictable games. The hosts grabbed an overtime 75:71 win for 1-0 record in Group J.
Szolnoki Olaj looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They led 5 points at the halftime, but then hardly escaped with the win. Szolnoki Olaj wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and then won in overtime. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Szolnok: Marton Bader 20+12rebs, Akos Horvath 16, Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 11, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 10
Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 21, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) 10, J.K. Edwards 10



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Balkan League: Djuro Djakovic handles Kumanovo at home court - by Eurobasket News

Djuro Djakovic - Kumanovo 84:77

Djuro Djakovic rallied past Kumanovo at home court tonight. Toni Brnas (201-F-91) came up with 23 points to pace the winners. The hosts needed to win by more than 16 points to qualify for Top 6 but Kumanovo preserved the needed point difference.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Djuro Djakovic eked out a narrow 24:22 lead after ten minutes. The Croatian team stretched the margin to 3 points at halftime 48:45. The hosts started to escape in the third quarter. Djuro Djakovic fired 24 points to gain an 8-point lead at the final intermission. The teams combined for just 25 points in the fourth term as Djuro Djakovic hung on for the victory. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) posted 22 points, while Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) netted 15 points in the winning case. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 30 points for Kumanovo. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) netted 19 points in the loss.

Djuro Djakovic: Toni Brnas 23, Hrvoje Puljko 22, Marino Sarlija 15
Kumanovo: Aleksandar Kostoski 30, Ivica Dimcevski 19



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  GERMANY   

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 


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets prevail against Tsmoki-Minsk in Vechta - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Tsmoki-Minsk 74:64

EWE Baskets prevail against Tsmoki-Minsk in Vechta at the EuroChallenge Top 16 opener. The German machine had a 74:64 win for 1-0 record.
Tsmoki-Minsk was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) chipped in 16 points. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Aliaksei Lashkevich produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-SF-85) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) posted 12, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) added 8.

EWE Baskets: Chris Kramer 18, Rickey Paulding 16, Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) 13, Robin Smeulders (207-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 11
Tsmoki-Minsk: Lashkevich 17, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 16, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 12, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 8



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets became the only team to win away from home - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 60:65

Telekom Baskets became the only team to win away from home at EuroChallenge Round 1 of Top 16. The German side overcame Aalstar 65:60 in Belgium.
A tight contest in which neither team ever led by more than five - and the lead changed hands 29 times - went all the way to the wire. Aalstar took 19-18 after the first period, but trailed 1 point at the halftime. The hosts won the third period 18-16 anf grabbed 1 point entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets meanwhile needed a 16-10 surge to seal the road win.
Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Court Side) accounted for 9 points and 11 rebounds. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) scored 12, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) posted 10.John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Noah Hartsock (203-F-87, college: BYU) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Derek Raivio (190-G-84, college: Gonzaga) followed them with 12 points in a loss.

Telekom Baskets: Kyle Weems 15, Benas Veikalas 12, Chris Ensminger 10, Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 9+11reb
Aalstar: John Tofi 15, Noah Hartsock 14, Derek Raivio 12



Bryce Taylor To Miss 2013 Beko BBL Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Artland Dragon guard Bryce Taylor (196-SG-86) will miss the 2013 Beko BBL allstar game. The team announced today that Taylor suffered a toe injury in the loss to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven last weekend. In that game, Taylor played 32 minutes registering 12 points. The team announced that Taylor will miss about two weeks. Exactly when the California native can get back onto the court will have to do with how well he heels. This would have been the debut for the ex Alba Berlln player at a German allstar game, but will have to watch from the sidelines.

Source: Artland Dragons



Dominik Spohr Hurts Schoulder - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The LTi Giessen 46ers got a small schock in the last game before the Beko BBL Allstar break as Dominik Spohr (198-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) hurt his schoulder. Up until hurting his shoulder, the German had played 11 minutes and contributed four points against his ex team. "I hurt my shoulder while fighting for a rebound. It happened some what away from the ball", commentated Dominik Spohr who was playing against his ex team Phoenix Hagen. Spohr hopes to soon be back on the court. "I hope that I can start to practice with the team again next week", stressed Giessen German Dominik Spohr.

Source: LTi GIESSEN 46ers



Marian Schick (White Wings Hanau) Doesnt Experience A Crushing Dunk In 12,000 Meters - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

When you look at the tough guys like John Bryant, Kenny Frease, Zack Peacock or a Brandon Hunter last season from the Beko BBL, you would never think that anything could ruffle their feathers on the court as they battle with anyone that comes in their way and rarily put off their game faces. However it would be interesting to see how they would react when something goes wrong in a plane 12,000 meters in the air? Marian Schick (204-C-86) of PRO B team the Hanau White Wings may not be as well known as those Beko BBL players, but he is a tough 204cm player that can battle inside. Currently he is averaging 9,4ppg and 6,4 rpg and 1,4apg and has added 11 rebounds twice this season against Nordlingen and Leverkusen. Running into a Johannes Voigtmann of the Fraport Sklyiners juniors in the lane could give him a shock, but he really expereinced a schock recently while flying on the The 787 Dreamliner which applies breakthrough technologies to an all-new airplane design. Recently he was enjoying his break from PRO B play in Addis Abeba in Ethiopia and on his return flight experienced something that one wouldnt ever imagine flying in such a technological innovative jet plane. While flying back to Frankfurt, he suddenly noticed dark splits in the window. "I had a very quesy feeling. But luckily we only had an hour left to go until Frankfurt", stressed Marian Schick. The pilot quickly gave the all clear warning to the pasengers. The window was damaged, but their was no risk. One thing is for sure, in the next practice, Marian Scick will have a story to tell his teammates.

Source: www.bild.de



Matthias Weber to resign as coach of current RLN leader Stade after the season - by Moritz Korff

Matthias Weber will resign as head coach of VfL Stade at the end of this current season, abendblatt.de tells. Stade is the current leader of the 1. Regionalliga North and despite falling to Magdeburg in a clash of two RLN top teams on Sunday, remains in the driver's seat with a good chance of winning the RLN title this year. Weber who has been sitting at the helm of the VfL team in twelve years wants to focus on his work as a coach of the Lower Saxony Basketball Federation in the future. Since taking over coaching duties in Stade, Weber gradually built a winning program which is not hiding its ambition of wanting to move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B.
According to abendblatt.de current Stade guard Benka Barloschky (189-G-88) will be named Weber's successor as a head coach for the 2013-14 season.



Terry Tzakopoulos: "I believe we will have the top position at the end of the season" - by Moritz Korff

Another win in the books for the Duesseldorf Baskets in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. A 83-66 win over the Crailsheim Merlins marked the end of a two-game losing streak for the Duesseldorf side who won only two of their last six encounters. "The team had some bad days, made some big mistakes but I think we will find our way and start winning again. I believe we will have the top position at the end of the season", point guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85) said. In a balanced team effort the 28-year-old who goes by the nickname Terry netted 10 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Mostly coming off the bench, he provides solid guard play, averaging 6.9 points and 3.3 assists a contest. "My role on the team is to help my team win every game, make my teammates happy and do exactly what my coach asks of me. Every game is different so sometimes I need to focus on defense, keep the rhythm, then organize and if needed, I score", he says. Just a little more than a week ago, Tzakopoulos notched a season-high 22 points against Vechta connecting on 3-of-6 shots from three-point range.

Though it's been a rough five weeks for the Baskets the drought did not hamper their ambitions: "I believe that we have the chance to make it back to the BBL, if the team continues its current road to success", Tzakopoulos says. "As long as we continue to stay together, work hard and play at a high level until the playoffs, then our chances to win the championship will be greater." It will require to hold off teams like Goettingen and Vechta who just keep gaining momentum and are in the middle of 9-1 runs. "One of them [the main title contenders] is going to be Goettingen, a team that has experience from the BBL and they really want to return back next season. Karlsruhe is a team with a good roster and have been trying the past seasons to move to the BBL. Vechta has a good roster and good coach and is playing good basketball at the moment", Tzakopoulos told Eurobasket.com.

In order to be prepared for the stretch run of the regular season and to add an experienced player to the "German rotation", the Baskets signed Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Florida St.) who pitched in with 14 points and four rebounds in his debut on Sunday. "Adam has only been here for one week and is a very good player, person and he has the German passport which will increase and strengthen our roster. He will help the team to go to the Finals", Tzakopoulos said, who added: "This rule [each team in the Pro A must have two Germans on the court at anytime] is helping many German players to play and develop their skills. The problem is when teams that do not have a German rotation find it difficult organize their whole roster. Germans are the most important key for teams in the Pro A." And rumor has it Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances) will bring in another fresh player to add even more depth to his roster. The 58-year-old serves as head coach and CEO, which at times will make it difficult to handle all daily affaires: "Murat Didin is Duesseldorf Baskets. Sometimes this is good because the team is his family and he cares about it a lot. However, sometimes it's not because he has many meetings to help the team and it keeps him from some practices. He is a very knowledgable coach who improves his players on a daily basis. He has high expectations for his players and this keeps them hungry for success", Tzakopoulos said.

The 28-year-old Greek who grew in Australia is currently in his first season with the Duesseldorf Baskets. He spent several years playing at the highest level in Greece and agreed on a short-term deal with the Dresden Titans in March 2012 to begin his first stint in German basketball: "The team needed a player to win the championship, so I went there to help the team accomplish their goal. It was a good first experience to learn German basketball", he says. Tzakopoulos provided the needed help with averages of 16.4 points, 5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals through five games, as the Titans eventually clinched the 1. Regionalliga South-East championship and earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. But how did he end up playing in Germany in the first place? "My agent in the last two years, Erik Ellsel, is from Germany, so in beginning of the summer he asked me if I had any interest to play in Germany. I thought this would be a good step in my career. I had offers to stay in Greece and play in other countries as well, but I preferred to play in Germany. I am having a good time, I feel happy and have great teammates, so it's the best situation for me to play well. I don't know if this is the best season because I had some really successful seasons in Greece. Regardless, this season is one I will always remember." It would be even more memorable for Tzakopoulos if he and the Duesseldorf Baskets would lift a trophy in spring. It's still a long ways to go, but they are working on it.



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Balkan League: Rilski Sportist breeze past Kavala - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Kavala 100:71

Rilski Sportist got 29 points from Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and cruised past Kavala at home court tonight. The victory propelled the hosts improved at 5-3 record in Group B. Kavala in the meantime fell at 4-4 record after the loss.
The Bulgarian side started the game aggressively. They went for 30 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 7-point lead. Sportist maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts accounted for a 52:31 halftime lead. Rilski were not about to slow down in the third term. They fired 33 points in the third period to pile up an insurmountable 30-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Kavala outscored the home team in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) netted 25 points, while Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90) added 13 points for the home team. Steve Panos (206-C-88, college: Weber St.) answered with 16 points for Kavala. Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) had 14 points in the loss.

Rilski Sportist: Branko Mirkovic 29, Terry Smith 25, Hristo Zahariev 13
Kavala: Steve Panos 16, Dimitris Kalampakas 14



Greek A1 round 12 best performance: Kevin Palmer - by Eurobasket News

American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for KAOD, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KAOD moved-up to the 11th position in the Greek A1. KAOD is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 12 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Palmer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi star has very solid stats this year. Palmer leads league in rebounds with 8.6rpg. Palmer is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.5spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Senegalese Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Ikaros. Faye had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Ikaros cruised to a 85-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Panelefsiniakos (#14, 2-10). Ikaros' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Faye is a newcomer at Ikaros and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (205-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) of PAOK (#4). Haritopoulos scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of PAOK, leading his team to a 68-61 win against the lower-ranked Apollon Patras (#8, 5-7). PAOK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Haritopoulos has a great season in Greece. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michalis Pelekanos (198-F-81) of Aris - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Terrell Stoglin (185-PG-91) of Ilysiakos - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83) of Panelefsiniakos - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nikos Chatzis (196-G-76) of Ilysiakos - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. James Gist (205-F-86) of Panathinaikos - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok shock Gravelines in Hungary - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - Gravelines 75:71 OT

Szolnok shock Gravelines in Hungary in one of the most unpredictable games. The hosts grabbed an overtime 75:71 win for 1-0 record in Group J.
Szolnoki Olaj looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories. They led 5 points at the halftime, but then hardly escaped with the win. Szolnoki Olaj wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and then won in overtime. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Akos Horvath (193-SG-81) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, college: UNLV) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Szolnok: Marton Bader 20+12rebs, Akos Horvath 16, Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) 11, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 10
Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 21, Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) 10, J.K. Edwards 10



Amicale adds Jones to their roster, ex Soproni - by Eurobasket News

Amicale Steinsel (Diekirch League) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Jeff Jones (193-89, college: Rider, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He just played at Soproni in Hungarian A Division. In only one game this season he recorded only 2 points and 2 rebounds. The last season Jones played at Rider University in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games last year he averaged 13.4ppg and 2.6rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Best players of Hungarian A Division round 16 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Marko Spica (205-C/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kaposvari and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 26-year old had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to beat PVSK Pannon (#5, 8-8) 82-74. Kaposvari maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kaposvari will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Spica turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Spica is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.6ppg. Spica is in league's top in and averages solid 63.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) of Jaszberenyi. Dramicanin impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Jaszberenyi to edge the lower-ranked Szedeak (#11, 5-11) by 6 points 84-78. This victory allowed Jaszberenyi to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dramicanin is well-known by Jaszberenyi fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#6). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bahamas Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Marso NYKK (#9). Davis scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Davis' great performance Marso NYKK lost 71-82 to slightly higher-ranked ZTE KK (#8, 7-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Marso NYKK not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Davis could try to bring Marso NYKK's a little bit higher in the standings. Davis has individually a great season in Hungary. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (2nd best). Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Copeland (177-PG-84) of ZTE KK - 29 points and 7 assists
5. Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Kormend - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) of Atomeromu - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Szedeak - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Norbert Toth (203-F-86) of PVSK Pannon - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Brad Loesing (182-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 28 points and 6 assists
10. Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Kormend - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Pitts' 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old point guard Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for KFI and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 34 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for KFI in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fjolnir (4-9) with 24-point margin 99-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. KFI is placed at 10th position in Icelandic league. KFI is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. In the team's last game Pitts had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be KFI's top player in his first season with the team. Marshall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pitts is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.6ppg. Pitts is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 7.3apg). Worth to mention Pitts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Aaron Broussard (195-F-90) of top-ranked Grindavik. He is American forward in his first season at Grindavik. In the last game Broussard recorded impressive 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Grindavik lost that game 98-106 to the lower-ranked Keflavik (#6, 7-5). Grindavik managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 9-3 record. Broussard is a newcomer at Grindavik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 7.7rpg and 3.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll (#12). Valentine showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Valentine's great performance Tindastoll lost 72-85 to the higher-ranked Skallagrimur (#7, 5-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tindastoll can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Valentine he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Valentine has individually a great season in Iceland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (4th best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 62.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Smith (204-PF-82) of Fjolnir - 24 points and 21 rebounds
5. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of KFI - 26 points and 13 rebounds
6. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Thor Thorl - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Skallagrimur - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
8. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85) of Skallagrimur - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Keflavik - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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 - 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 14

Jan. 16: Pelita Jaya - NSH GMC Riau
Jan. 16: Pacific Caesar - Garuda
Jan. 16: Bimasakti - Dell Aspac
Jan. 16: Satria Muda - Hangtuah


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rachmad UTOMO
  CLS Knights
  (180-SF-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Utomo, CLS Knights16.3 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.4 
 3. Sabara, Pacific14.8 
 4. Regowo, Dell Aspac13.9 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.7 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.4 
 7. Efendi, NSH G.11.8 
 8. Michel, Satria Muda11.1 
 9. Pamungkas, Satya11.0 
 10. Budianto, Stadium10.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sabara, Pacific11.4 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.7 
 3. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.7 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.9.4 
 5. Sucipto, NSH G.7.6 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.3 
 7. Nolland, Garuda7.0 
 8. Thoyib, Dell Aspac7.0 
 9. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.0 
 10. Prasetyo, Hangtu.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.7 
 2. Gerungan, Dell A.4.3 
 3. Sucipto, Satya W.4.3 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.8 
 5. Indra, Pacific3.6 
 6. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.3 
 7. Sartika, Bimasakti3.3 
 8. Wicaksono, Stadium3.0 
 9. Wilopo, Hangtuah2.9 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.4 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.3.0 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda2.5 
 5. Wicaksono, Stadium2.4 
 6. Nolland, Garuda2.4 
 7. Sabara, Pacific2.3 
 8. Pratama, Garuda2.3 
 9. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.1 
 10. Sartika, Bimasakti2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 2. Thoyib, Dell Aspac2.0 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 4. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.1.4 
 7. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.1.3 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Gendro Maryo., Bi.1.1 


NBL Round 12: Pelita Jaya edges Hangtuah by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Hangtuah (4-3) to third ranked Pelita Jaya (6-1) 57-55 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hangtuah. They outrebounded Hangtuah 46-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) who scored 4 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. The former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) who recorded 21 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Satria Muda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Satria Muda (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-5). Satria Muda managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. It was a good game for Vamiga Michel (191-92) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Firdaus Julius Achmad contributed with 16 points for the winners. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for Pacific Caesar. Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hangtuah. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sakti. Local Bimasakti (2-5) was outscored by eighth ranked Stadium Jakarta (4-4) 78-40 on Monday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Anton Sujarwo who helped to win the game recording 5 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah with 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to seventh place. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Tonga BSC.

In the last game of round 12 Garuda crushed Satya Wacana in Bandung 80-49.


Group Jakarta
Bimasakti - Stadium Jak. 40-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sakti. Local Bimasakti (2-5) was outscored by eighth ranked Stadium Jakarta (4-4) 78-40 on Monday night. Stadium Jakarta forced 24 Bimasakti turnovers and outrebounded them 41-25 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stadium Jakarta looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Bimasakti's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Anton Sujarwo (186-84) who helped to win the game recording 5 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta moved-up to seventh place. Bimasakti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Tonga BSC.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 9+2reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 8+6reb+2ast, R.Dwi Purnomo 7+2reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 6+5reb, M.Indra 3+3reb+1ast, A.As'Adi 3
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 19, I.Budianto 15+2reb, D.Leonardo 6+5reb+1ast, D.Iskandar 6+8reb+3ast, Y.Pattikawa 5+10reb+3ast, R.Amrullah 5
gschID: 229995


Group Jakarta
Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda 56-64

The game in Surabaya was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Satria Muda (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-5). Satria Muda managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 47-31 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Satria Muda brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for Vamiga Michel (191-92) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. point guard Firdaus Julius Achmad (179-87) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and center Eko Sasmito (188-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Satria Muda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hangtuah. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: A.Sabara 16+14reb+2ast, E.Sasmito 15+6reb+2ast, G.Nagata 12+5reb+3ast, D.Kurniawan 5, C.Indra 4+1reb+7ast, H.Suharsono 2+5reb
Satria Muda: V.Michel 19+2reb+2ast, F.Julius Achmad 16+3reb+2ast, B.Siregar 7+5reb, G.Gunawan 7+14reb, B.Anggara 5+2reb+4ast, F.Julius Ahmad 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 229998


Group Jakarta
Pelita Jaya - Hangtuah 57-55

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NBL took place in Jakarta. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Hangtuah (4-3) to third ranked Pelita Jaya (6-1) 57-55 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hangtuah. They outrebounded Hangtuah 46-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) who scored 4 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. The former international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) who recorded 21 points and swingman Tri Wilopo (180-86) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Satria Muda. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 21+4reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 8+6reb+1ast, I.Teguh Teguh 8+5reb, H.Hardianus 4+2reb, M.Joni 4+3reb+3ast, T.Wilopo 4+5reb+8ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 13+5reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 10+4reb, A.Poedjakesuma 8+7reb+2ast, S.Kurniahu 7+5reb, D.Wenas 6, P.Indrawan 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 229997


Group Jakarta
Satya Wacana - Garuda 49-80

There was no surprise in Salatiga where 10th ranked Satya Wacana (2-6) was crushed by fifth ranked Garuda (5-3) 80-49 on Monday. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Satya Wacana's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Garuda made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Vinton Nolland (194-82) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Budi Sucipto (169-88) with 8 points and 4 assists and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) scored 11 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Garuda moved-up to fourth place. Satya Wacana lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play against the league's leader Dell Aspac (#1) in Jakarta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 11+1reb+1ast, B.Sucipto 8+2reb+4ast, Y.Sua 7, Y.France Giay 5+2reb+1ast, L.Gunawan 4+6reb, T.Hartanto 3+1reb
Garuda: H.Ramli 17+1reb+1ast, F.Minallah 12+4reb+1ast, V.Nolland 12+8reb+3ast, C.Gideon 11+3reb+3ast, C.Pranatyo 9+4reb, J.Elyaday 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 229996



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 12 - by Eurobasket News

Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 7 points adding fourteen rebounds for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pacific Caesar (#8, 3-5) 64-56. Satria Muda maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Satria Muda will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old shooting guard Mohammad Wicaksono (189-SG-89) of Stadium Jak.. Wicaksono impressed basketball fans with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Stadium Jak. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Bimasakti (#9, 2-5) 78-40. This victory allowed Stadium Jak. to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wicaksono is well-known by Stadium Jak. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Stadium Jak.'s star - Anton Sujarwo (186-G-84). Sujarwo showcased his all-around game by recording 5 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Stadium Jak., helping his team with a 78-40 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Bimasakti (#9, 2-5). Stadium Jak. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Sujarwo has a very solid season. In 7 games in Indonesia he scored 4.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Hendru Ramli (188-G-88) of Garuda - 17 points
6. Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Hangtuah - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Firdaus Julius Achmad (179-PG-87) of Satria Muda - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Airlangga Sabara (190-PF-85) of Pacific Caesar - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 4 points, 7 rebounds and 8 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


Superleague Round 14: Petrochimi beats Zanjan in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bandar Imam. First ranked Petrochimi faced 4th ranked Zanjan. Host Petrochimi (13-1) defeated guests from Zanjan (8-7) 92-75. Petrochimi have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Zanjan at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Petrochimi are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Naft Sepahan (#10) in Tehran in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zanjan will play at home against the league's second-placed Mahram (#2) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. Ninth ranked Petrochimi Mahshahr (4-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Azad (7-6) 76-75 on Monday evening. The former international center Mohammad Shahsavand (210-77) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Povilas Cukinas contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Mousa Nabipour (212-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for Azad. Petrochimi Mahshahr moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Al Badr. Azad at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Petrochimi Mahshahr will play against Esteghlal (#9) in Qeshm in the next round. Azad will play on the road against Al Badr (#8) in Banddar Kong and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Esfahan. Local Foolad Mahan (11-3) outscored 8th ranked Esteghlal (3-11) 93-53 on Monday night. Foolad Mahan maintains third position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Esteghlal lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Naft Sepahan. Foolad Mahan will meet Shahrdari Gorgan (#6) on the road in the next round. Esteghlal will play against Petrochimi Mahshahr and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 14 Al Badr was crushed by Mahram in Tehran 100-66. Naft Sepahan was beaten by Gorgan at home 74-80.


Mahram - Al Badr 100-66

There was no surprise in Tehran where 7th ranked Al Badr (4-10) was crushed by second ranked Mahram (12-2) 100-66 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Mahram. Al Badr managed to win third quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mahram forced 29 Al Badr turnovers and outrebounded them 50-24 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. International point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83) chipped in 22 points during the contest. Four Mahram players scored in double figures. Siamak Torabikhah responded with 16 points and Saman Taherpour scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mahram have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-2 record behind leader Petrochimi. Loser Al Badr keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Petrochimi Mahshahr. Mahram will meet Zanjan (#4) on the road in the next round. Al Badr will play against Azad in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mahram: M.Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 22+4reb, S.Mashayekhi 20+9reb+3ast, F.Zarghi 13+9reb+2ast, F.Aslani 13+2reb+9ast, M.Milic 9+6reb+1ast, V.Hajian 7+2reb+2ast
Al Badr: S.Torabikhah 16+1reb, S.Taherpour 13+4reb, I.Paryab 10+2reb+3ast, N.Farahani 7+3reb, M.Yousefvand 5+2reb, A.Allahverdi 5+2reb
gschID: 231467


Naft Sepahan - Gorgan 74-80

No shocking result in a game in Tehran where seventh ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (5-9) defeated bottom-ranked Naft Sepahan (3-11) 80-74 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naft Sepahan won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Shahrdari Gorgan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Guard Mojtaba Bani Aghil (190-81) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Kaveh Nourafza (180-86) chipped in 23 points and 5 steals during the contest. The former international guard Amir Amini (189-84) responded with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international point guard Iman Zandi (188-81) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Naft Sepahan's coach Mohsen Shah-Ali rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shahrdari Gorgan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Naft Sepahan dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Esteghlal. Shahrdari Gorgan will meet at home higher ranked Foolad Mahan (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naft Sepahan will play against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) in Bandar Imam and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gorgan: K.Nourafza 23+3reb, M.Bani Aghil 16+8reb+3ast, V.Bidroosian 16+5reb+1ast, S.Abramian 10+7reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 8+5reb+2ast, H.Sina 6+2reb
Naft Sepahan: A.Amini 22+9reb+4ast, I.Zandi 20+3reb+1ast, A.Broxsie 12+2reb, M.Bordbar 12+4reb, S.Salimian 4+2reb+2ast, A.Orouji 3+5reb
gschID: 231463


Azad - Petrochimi Mahshahr 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Tehran. Ninth ranked Petrochimi Mahshahr (4-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Azad (7-6) 76-75 on Monday evening. The former international center Mohammad Shahsavand (210-77) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Lithuanian center Povilas Cukinas (210-83) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Petrochimi Mahshahr players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Mousa Nabipour (212-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Hamed Hosseinzadeh (187-87) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Azad. Petrochimi Mahshahr moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Al Badr. Azad at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Petrochimi Mahshahr will play against Esteghlal (#9) in Qeshm in the next round. Azad will play on the road against Al Badr (#8) in Banddar Kong and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi Mahshahr: F.Haghayeghi 24+3reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 20+7reb+3ast, M.Shahsavand 16+15reb+3ast, Y.Lalehzadeh 14+10reb+4ast, A.Amoori 2+1reb, A.Boghlani 0
Azad: M.Nabipour 24+13reb+1ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 19+6reb+5ast, A.Khalilnejad 16+7reb+1ast, M.Mirzaei 7+10reb+1ast, V.Dalirzahan 4+2reb, K.Ghotbi 3+1reb
gschID: 231464


Foolad Mahan - Esteghlal 93-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Esfahan. Local Foolad Mahan (11-3) outscored 8th ranked Esteghlal (3-11) 93-53 on Monday night. Foolad Mahan maintains third position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Petrochimi. Esteghlal lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Naft Sepahan. Foolad Mahan will meet Shahrdari Gorgan (#6) on the road in the next round. Esteghlal will play against Petrochimi Mahshahr and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231466


Petrochimi - Zanjan 92-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bandar Imam. First ranked Petrochimi faced 4th ranked Zanjan. Host Petrochimi (13-1) defeated guests from Zanjan (8-7) 92-75. Petrochimi have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Zanjan at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Petrochimi are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Naft Sepahan (#10) in Tehran in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zanjan will play at home against the league's second-placed Mahram (#2) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231465



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  IRELAND   


Superleague Cup Semi finals / schools fixtures. - by Patrick Maher



UCC Demons 71 (43)

UL Eagles 76 (42)


There was an electric atmosphere last night in a packed Neptune Stadium as bitter Cork rivals UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune fought it out for a precious cup final spot on January 25th in Dublin.

When the final whistle blew there were scenes of unbridled joy as starved-for-success Neptune fans celebrated a famous win for their club.

The win came despite a shaky start from Neptune that saw Demons score ten unanswered points with baskets from Ciaran OSullivan and Kenton Walker before Ger Noonan finally stopped the bleeding with a basket in return.

The score was 15 to 2 before Neptune found any rhythm and settled into the game. By quarters end they had clawed the lead back to just four points with a three-quarter court press proving extremely effective in slowing down the Demons onslaught.

While Demons looked to have regained control in the second quarter as Shane Duggan provided a spark off the bench a crucial third foul for captain Shane Coughlan left the leaders devoid of on-court direction allowing Neptune once again back into the contest.

At halftime the score was 43 42 to Demons as momentum swung between the two sides. Back to back three pointers for Gary Walsh with six minutes left in the third gave Neptune their first lead of the game. By quarters end that lead was ten as Walshs hot shooting continued.

A tense fourth quarter saw limited scoring as both sides fought with everything they had to claim a spot in the final. The stagnated play suited Neptune who were in the lead and it was Michael McGinns layup with just under two minutes to go that sealed it giving his side a nine point advantage.

A late flourish from Demons was not enough, the final score ending

UCC Demons 71 (43) (K Walker 27, C OSullivan 17, S Coughlan 10) Bord Gais Neptune 76 (42) (D Townes 21, G Walsh 20, M McGinn 9)

UL Eagles 58 (28)

UCD Marian 50 (25)


A scrappy, low-scoring but hard-fought second SuperLeague National Cup semi-final saw defending champions UL Eagles advance, just about, against a gamey UCD Marian.

Eagles started the game anything like defending champs with a disjointed first quarter effort that saw them register just ten points on only 25 per cent shooting with Marian doing little better but ahead by five with a score of 15.

While neither team lacked for any effort and there was plenty of superb skill on display, the ball would simply not drop for any player on a regular basis and incredibly neither team managed to break the 30 point mark by half time, the score at the break 28 to 25 in favour of Eagles.

Defence continued to dominate the affair in the second half as a frustrated Scott Kinevane tried to single handily up the game-tempo by pushing the fast break at every opportunity. While the pace quickened, the scoring did not meaning neither side was able to break free of the other, setting up a second grand-stand finish in a row in the Neptune Stadium.

A monstrous block and subsequent score of his own by UL American Rob Taylor indicated that he may take over the game but he was quickly answered by a corner three pointer by Marians Thomas Vigliano that served notice the challengers from Dublin would not be so easily set aside.

With under a minute to go and the teams tied Eagles captain Neil Campbell hit a crucial go ahead basket. Marian had chances to respond but as had been the case missed open looks. Talyor then benefited from a contentious call while driving to the basket on the next play allowing him to seal the contest at the free-throw line.

UL Eagles 58 (28) (N Campbell 15, S Kinevane 14, R Taylor 14) UCD Marian 50 (25) (T Vigliano 14, C Meany 10, N Meany 8)

All Ireland Schools Cup Semi Finals
Wednesday, January 16th 2013

U19A Boys
Templeogue College (Dublin) v St. Josephs Bish (Galway), 13:00

All Ireland Schools Cup Finals

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013
U19B Boys
Colaiste Choilm Tullamore (Offaly) v Palmerstown Community School (Dublin), 12:00

U16C Boys
Colaiste Ailigh Letterkenny (Donegal) v Pobail Scoil Neasain Baldoyle (Dublin), 13:30

U19C Boys
St. Marys Ballysadare (Sligo) v Colaiste Pobail Setanta (Dublin), 15:00

U16B Boys
Cnoc Mhuire Granard (Longford) v Pobail Scoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare (Kerry), 13:30

Friday, January 25th 2013
U16A Boys

St Malachys Belfast (Antrim) v Ard Scoil Rathangan (Kildare), 10:30

U19A Boys
St Malachys Belfast (Antrim) v Templeogue College/St Josephs Bish, 12:00

All Ireland Schools Cup Semi Finals
Wednesday, January 16th 2013

U19A Boys
Templeogue College (Dublin) v St. Josephs Bish (Galway), 13:00

All Ireland Schools Cup Finals

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013
U19B Boys
Colaiste Choilm Tullamore (Offaly) v Palmerstown Community School (Dublin), 12:00

U16C Boys
Colaiste Ailigh Letterkenny (Donegal) v Pobail Scoil Neasain Baldoyle (Dublin), 13:30

U19C Boys
St. Marys Ballysadare (Sligo) v Colaiste Pobail Setanta (Dublin), 15:00

U16B Boys
Cnoc Mhuire Granard (Longford) v Pobail Scoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare (Kerry), 13:30

Friday, January 25th 2013
U16A Boys

St Malachys Belfast (Antrim) v Ard Scoil Rathangan (Kildare), 10:30

U19A Boys
St Malachys Belfast (Antrim) v Templeogue College/St Josephs Bish, 12:00

Courtesy ....Cian Nihill .... www.basketballirelad.ie
Kenton Walker (203-F, college: Creighton)



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Ironi Nes-Ziona 11-2 
 2. Hapoel Afula 10-3 
 3. Ironi Nahariya 10-3 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 9-4 
 5. Hod Hasharon 9-4 
 6. Ironi K-A 8-5 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-5 
 8. Hapoel K/S 5-8 
 9. Hapoel Kazrin 5-8 
 10. Macc.B.Yaakov 5-8 
 11. Kiryat Tivon 4-9 
 12. Elitzur Ramla 3-10 
 13. Maccabi K/G 3-10 
 14. Maccabi K/B 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 15: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi K/G 97-61
Jan. 15: Elitzur Yavne - Maccabi K/B 89-67
Jan. 15: Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel K/S 88-78
Jan. 15: Elitzur Ramla - Macc.B.Yaakov 77-80
Jan. 15: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 76-84
Jan. 15: Hapoel Kazrin - Hapoel Afula 70-95
Jan. 15: Ironi K-A - Ironi Ramat Gan 68-62

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 22: Elitzur Yavne - Kiryat Tivon
Jan. 22: Hapoel K/S - Ironi Nahariya
Jan. 22: Hod Hasharon - Maccabi K/G
Jan. 22: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi Ramat Gan
Jan. 22: Ironi K-A - Macc.B.Yaakov
Jan. 22: Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Afula
Jan. 22: Hapoel Kazrin - Maccabi K/B


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Hapoel A.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Durham, Hapoel A.22.2 
 2. Wright, Maccabi21.7 
 3. Murray, Kiryat T.20.8 
 4. Laing, Macc.B.Y.20.5 
 5. Westbrook, Hapoel20.3 
 6. McCoy, Ironi N.19.9 
 7. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.8 
 8. Benn, Ironi N.19.2 
 9. Walker, Hod H.19.0 
 10. Tamir, Ironi R.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.14.8 
 2. Durham, Hapoel A.13.5 
 3. Jefferson, Elitzu.12.8 
 4. Ramsey, Ironi R.10.8 
 5. Joyner, Maccabi10.2 
 6. Constantine, Hapoe.9.9 
 7. Benn, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.2 
 9. Clemente, Ironi N.9.1 
 10. Kazarnovski, Hapo.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.8 
 2. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.6.4 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.4 
 4. Golan, Ironi Nahar.5.6 
 5. Gordon, Hapoel K.4.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.4.8 
 7. Grinboim, Ironi R.4.6 
 8. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.4.6 
 9. Benn, Ironi N.4.3 
 10. Govens, Ironi K-A4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tomer BER-AVEN
  Kiryat T.
  (196-F/G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.2.8 
 2. Benn, Ironi N.2.4 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.4 
 4. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.3 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 6. Wright, Maccabi2.3 
 7. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.2.2 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur2.1 
 9. Zelkovits, Ironi N.2.1 
 10. Laing, Macc.B.Y.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Elitzu.
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Jefferson, Elitzu.3.8 
 2. Clark, Ironi K-A1.8 
 3. Blair, Ironi N.1.6 
 4. Constantine, Hapoe.1.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.2 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Tamir, Ironi R.0.9 
 9. Buchman, Kiryat T.0.9 
 10. Blayzer, Hapoel A.0.9 


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

25-year old forward Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Maccabi Ashdod as his team was edged out by Hapoel Holon (#10, 5-8) 107-103. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to the 12th position in the Israeli league. Maccabi Ashdod is bottom ranked team in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 13 games. Simpson turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. Saint Mary's College of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simpson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 55.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Dove (206-F-85) of Elizur Ashkelon. He is American forward in his first season at Elizur Ashkelon. In the last game Dove recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Elizur Ashkelon lost that game 59-80 to the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 12-1). This loss caused Elizur Ashkelon to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Dove is a newcomer at Elizur Ashkelon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#5). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jerome Dyson (191-G-87) of Hapoel Holon (#10). Dyson got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He was a key player of Hapoel Holon, leading his team to a 107-103 win against slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#12, 4-9). The chances of Hapoel Holon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dyson could try to bring Hapoel Holon's a little bit higher in the standings. Dyson has individually a great season in Israel. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dagan Yavzuri (193-SG-85) of Galil Gilboa - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Frank Hassell (203-F-88) of Hapoel Holon - 15 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh Duncan (203-PF-86) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jumaine Jones (203-F-79) of Bnei Hasharon - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89) of Hapoel T-A - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Scotty Hopson (200-G-89) of Hapoel Eilat - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 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)



National League Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

National League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

National League round 13 most important game was a victory of Ironi Nahariya over 4th placed Hod Hasharon 84-76 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Ironi Nahariya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nahariya (10-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G (3-10) in Nes Ziyona 97-61. American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Bilal Benn chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first place with 11-2 record. Maccabi K/G lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against Hod Hasharon (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (8-5). Ironi Kiryat Ata managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. Ivory Clark nailed 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Amit Tamir came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Ironi Ramat Gan in the defeat. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home Beer Yaakov (#10) in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) in Nes Ziyona and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ramla. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-10) to tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (5-8) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. American players dominated the game. Jermaine Hall fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Beer Yaakov's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Beer Yaakov moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel Kazrin. Elitzur Ramla at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Ramla will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Afula (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-8) and Kiryat Tivon (4-9), which took place in Kiryat Tivon. Higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba lost to twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon in a road game 78-88 on Tuesday. It was a very good performance for Greg Murray who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Kiryat Tivon's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kiryat Tivon. They moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 13 Hapoel Afula smashed Hapoel Kazrin on the road 95-70. Elitzur Yavne destroyed Maccabi K/B on its own court 89-67.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 30 points and 14 rebounds by Adam Constantine of Hapoel K/S.


Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel K/S 88-78

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Kfar Saba (5-8) and Kiryat Tivon (4-9), which took place in Kiryat Tivon. Higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba lost to twelfth ranked Kiryat Tivon in a road game 78-88 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kiryat Tivon. Hapoel Kfar Saba was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Kfar Saba 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kiryat Tivon made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Kiryat Tivon's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Raz Elbaz (187-86) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kiryat Tivon. They moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: G.Murray 29+11reb, T.Darby 20+12reb+3ast, S.Farine 13+1reb+6ast, T.Ber-Aven 12+10reb+6ast, I.Buchman 6+10reb+2ast, N.Levy 4+1reb
Hapoel K/S: A.Constantine 30+14reb+2ast, A.Harush 12+2reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 9+3reb+3ast, R.Elbaz 9+4reb+4ast, A.McCoy 8+4reb+2ast, H.Karni 6+2reb
gschID: 197833


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 76-84

National League round 13 most important game was a victory of Ironi Nahariya over 4th placed Hod Hasharon 84-76 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Ironi Nahariya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and forward Offir Hover (198-90) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya (10-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nahariya is looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Maccabi K/G (#13) in Kiryat Gat and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: N.Miller 22+10reb+6ast, R.Clemente 19+8reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 14+4reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 8+3reb, N.Golan 8+1reb+3ast, E.Saudai 6+1ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 22+12reb+1ast, O.Hover 18+9reb, B.Walker 13+1reb+4ast, G.Dotan 10+2reb+5ast, E.Asante Asare 8+9reb+4ast, I.Stolero 3
gschID: 197832


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi K/G 97-61

National League top team - Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Maccabi K/G (3-10) in Nes Ziyona 97-61. The game without a history. Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi K/G's 34. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 44-28 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Yonathan Shtarkman scored 16 points. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains first place with 11-2 record. Maccabi K/G lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against Hod Hasharon (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Blair 20+13reb+3ast, B.Benn 19+4reb+5ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+2reb+7ast, G.Yakobovich 12+3reb+3ast, G.Amitay 12+6reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 7+6reb
Maccabi K/G: M.El Amin 16+8reb+3ast, Y.Shtarkman 16+3reb+1ast, L.Daniel 16+6reb+1ast, E.Knafo 6+4reb+3ast, O.Ron 3+3reb+3ast, T.Pisecki 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 197831


Elitzur Ramla - Macc.B.Yaakov 77-80

A very interesting game took place in Ramla. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 11th ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-10) to tenth ranked Beer Yaakov (5-8) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-23 Elitzur Ramla's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Beer Yaakov forced 22 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Ramla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 18 points and 6 steals. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary, agency: FCM) produced 31 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Beer Yaakov moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel Kazrin. Elitzur Ramla at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Ramla will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Afula (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 23+12reb+1ast, B.Laing 18+4reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 13+5reb+5ast, I.Iram 13+5reb+3ast, I.Simin 8+4reb+2ast, S.Kleinmintz 3+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: V.Teel 31+8reb+7ast, J.Jefferson 22+8reb, O.Zinderman 13+3reb+3ast, A.Guterman 4+3reb, T.Simchony 4, O.Cohen 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 197829


Hapoel Kazrin - Hapoel Afula 70-95

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel Afula (10-3) crushed on the road 9th ranked Hapoel Kazrin (5-8) 95-70 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-70. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Kazrin. Five Hapoel Afula and four Hapoel Kazrin players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula maintains second place with 10-3 record behind leader Ironi Nes-Ziona, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Newly promoted Hapoel Kazrin dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Elitzur Ramla (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kazrin will play against Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (#14).
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: A.Fisher 23+2reb+6ast, A.Durham 16+8reb+5ast, O.Blayzer 15+7reb, E.Eliyah 13+6reb+2ast, S.Brener 10+2reb+8ast, R.Barzilai 9
Hapoel Kazrin: L.Westbrook 20+7reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 18+9reb+3ast, G.Johnson 13+14reb+1ast, A.Gordon 10+2reb+3ast, L.Saraf 3+1ast, R.Sabag 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 197828


Elitzur Yavne - Maccabi K/B 89-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-12) was smashed on the road by fifth ranked Elitzur Yavne (9-4) 89-67 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-67. Elitzur Yavne dominated on the defensive end, holding Maccabi Kiryat Bialik to just 7 points in third quarter. Elitzur Yavne forced 19 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American forward Dallis Joyner (201-90, college: Stony Brook) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Kiryat Tivon (#11) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Kiryat Bialik will play on the road against Hapoel Kazrin.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 18+5reb+5ast, M.McGhee 17+10reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Lioutrine 13+2reb, P.Paelay 9+1reb, B.Shoham 8+1ast
Maccabi K/B: M.Shamis 16+2reb+3ast, S.Labanowski 16+5reb+1ast, D.Joyner 13+14reb+4ast, Z.Tavor 8+3reb+3ast, T.Parselani 6+4reb, A.Barak 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197827


Ironi K-A - Ironi Ramat Gan 68-62

The game in Kiryat Ata was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (8-5). Ironi Kiryat Ata managed to secure a 6-point victory 68-62 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 23 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. American forward Ivory Clark (198-85) nailed 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tom Havkin (202-91, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ironi Ramat Gan in the defeat. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home Beer Yaakov (#10) in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's leader Ironi Nes-Ziona (#1) in Nes Ziyona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: I.Clark 19+7reb, D.Govens 17+6reb+1ast, C.Watson 16+7reb+1ast, K.Izik 8+8reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 7+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 1+3reb+6ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 19+10reb+1ast, T.Havkin 12+7reb+2ast, D.Assaf 10+2reb+4ast, R.Nissim Cohen 5+1reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 5+3reb+2ast, K.Ramsey 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 197830



EuroChallenge: Paris-Levallois roll over Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Hapoel Holon 83:66

Paris-Levallois roll over Hapoel Holon in Group J of EuroChallenge. The French outfit needed a 83:66 win for the initial success.
Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paris-Levallois started with 20-18 and added 19-16 in the second frame. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 17-10 and finished the game with 27-22 in the last stanza. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists.
Sean Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Sean Daniel (197-F-89) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 21, John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) 20, Sean May 16+16rebs, Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) 13
Hapoel Holon: Lawrence Hill 26+14rebs, Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) 15, Sean Daniel 14



Balkan League: Galil Gilboa edge Levski for first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Levski Sofia 72:70

Galil Gilbao withheld a fierce challenge from Levski Sofia to clinch the top position in Balkan League Group A. Kenny Hayes (188-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Miami, OH) delivered 20 points to pace the Israeli to the crucial win in the final round of the regular season.
Levski jumped to an early lead. They entered the second quarter enjoying a narrow lead. But Galil Gilboa quickly surged ahead. They used a 9:2 run to leave the visitors behind. The hosts accumulated a 35:32 halftime advantage. Levski tried to stay within striking distance in the third term. They were able to level things up at 44. But Galil Gilbao finished the period strong enough to secure a 53:46 advantage. Levski came from behind in the fourth term. They grabbed a one-point lead late in regulation. But the hosts erased the deficit and snatched a tough home win at the end. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91) netted 19 points, while Rakim Sanders (193-G-89, college: Fairfield) added 10 points for the Israeli team. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) answered with 15 points for Levski Sofia. Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) and Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Kenny Hayes 20, Nimrod Tishman 19, Rakim Sanders 10
Levski Sofia: Stefan Georgiev 15, Chavdar Kostov 13, Dimitar Dimitrov 13



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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Novipiu Casale
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Green, Novipiu Cas.26.5 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.20.9 
 3. Ware, Novipiu Casa.20.6 
 4. Marigney, Aget S.19.8 
 5. Mays, Givova S.19.0 
 6. Young, Upea CdO18.6 
 7. Hicks, Giorgo T.18.2 
 8. Griffin, Fileni B.18.1 
 9. Thomas, AcegasAp.17.9 
 10. Slay, Givova Scaf.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE13.9 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.9.9 
 3. Slay, Givova Scafa.9.2 
 4. George, Upea CdO9.1 
 5. Todic, LeGanberi FO8.9 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.8.4 
 8. Butkevicius, Novip.8.2 
 9. Mosley, Biancobl.8.1 
 10. Toppo, Giorgo T.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Taurean GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (184-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.5 
 2. Pecile, Biancobl.4.8 
 3. Battle, Upea CdO4.4 
 4. Ware, Novipiu Casa.4.4 
 5. Fernandez, C.de L.4.3 
 6. Gay, Aget S.4.2 
 7. Roderick, LeGanber.3.9 
 8. Marigney, Aget S.3.5 
 9. Mays, Givova S.3.3 
 10. Hoover, Fileni B.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Keddric MAYS
  Givova S.
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mays, Givova S.2.9 
 2. Green, Novipiu Cas.2.8 
 3. Cutolo, Biancobl.2.7 
 4. James, FCM F.2.5 
 5. George, Upea CdO2.5 
 6. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.3 
 7. Battle, Upea CdO2.2 
 8. Fernandez, C.de L.2.2 
 9. Hicks, Giorgo T.2.1 
 10. Forray, Pall.Tren.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 William MOSLEY
  Biancobl.
  (202-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mosley, Biancobl.1.6 
 2. Lawal, Tezenis VE1.5 
 3. Griffin, Fileni B.1.4 
 4. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.1 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 6. Giddens, C.de L.1.0 
 7. James, FCM F.0.9 
 8. Gandini, AcegasAp.0.9 
 9. Roderick, LeGanber.0.9 
 10. Ekperigin, FCM F.0.8 


D-Fenders welcome back Andrews, ex Sutor MGR - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders inked 28-year old power forward Zachary Andrews (203-102kg-85, college: Bradley). Its actually his comeback to D-Fenders as he played here before. Andrews played recently at Sutor Montegranaro in Italian SerieA. In two games this season he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg. The last season he played at D-Fenders. In 51 D-League games last year he had 8.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the West Conference title. A very good season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Andrews also played at Santa Barbara earlier that season. In 2010/11 season he played for Niigata Albirex in Japanese BJ League. In 42 games that year he had 11.1ppg, 10.8rpg (#5 in the league) and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Andrews has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Spain (Lobe Huesca, CB Guadalajara and Santa Pola) and Turkey (Bandirma Kirmizi).
He attended Bradley University until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Angelico Biella and Nemanja Jaramaz part ways - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) cut 22-year old Serbian ex-international shooting guard Nemanja Jaramaz (201-86kg-91, agency: Beo Basket). In 14 SerieA games he played this season he averaged 7.1ppg and 3.4rpg.
The last season Jaramaz played at Mega_Vizura in Serbian A League. In 13 games last year he had 14.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg. He also played at Partizan in Serbian league that season. But in 26 Euroleague games he had just 1.4ppg. The other team Jaramaz played shortly was Partizan in Serbian 1Liga.
Among other achievements he won Serbian League championship title in 2011. Jaramaz received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention award in 2011.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Jaramaz played for Serbian Senior National Team last year and previouslyfor U18 National Team in 2009. He represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) two years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Niigata Albirex 20-7 
 2. Iwate Big Bulls 19-7 
 3. Yokohama BC 19-8 
 4. Toyama Grouses 16-10 
 5. Akita NH 14-9 
 6. Shinshu BW 13-13 
 7. Chiba Jets 12-12 
 8. Tokyo Cinq R. 10-16 
 9. Sendai 89ers 8-15 
 10. Gunma 5-21 
 11. Saitama Bron. 3-21 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 21-3 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 19-9 
 3. Shimane SM 17-9 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 16-10 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 15-11 
 6. Kyoto Hannar. 14-12 
 7. Takamatsu FA 9-17 
 8. Oita H.Devils 9-17 
 9. Osaka Evessa 5-19 
 10. Miyazaki SS 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 13: Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 98-66
Jan. 13: Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 93-87
Jan. 15: Yokohama BC - Akita NH 92-81
Jan. 13: Yokohama BC - Gunma 79-61
Jan. 13: Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 78-49
Jan. 13: Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 77-50
Jan. 13: Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM 69-99
Jan. 13: Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 68-85
Jan. 13: Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 57-75
Jan. 16: Yokohama BC - Akita NH


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Burns, Yokohama BC20.9 
 3. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 4. Woods, Miyazaki SS20.7 
 5. Jones, Tokyo C.20.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.6 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.2 
 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 Evessa11.8 
 6. Sato, Tokyo Cinq11.0 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets10.8 
 8. Cox, Osaka Evessa10.7 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM10.0 
 10. Yamashiro, Saitam.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 2. Namizato, Okina.5.8 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.8 
 6. Harris, Akita NH4.7 
 7. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
 8. Takushi, Oita H.3.6 
 9. Orr, Saitama Bron.3.6 
 10. Setoyama, Kyoto3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.3 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.2 
 4. Yamauchi, Okina.2.0 
 5. Bell, Chiba Jets2.0 
 6. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 7. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 10. Galloway, Hamamat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.9 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.8 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.1.6 
 6. Newton, Okinawa GK1.6 
 7. Carter, Tokyo C.1.5 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.4 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM1.4 


Jets Defeat Broncos - by Emeka Eke

According to a report monitored by the Japan Times, the Chiba Jets enter the All-Star break on a roll, picking up their fourth straight victory by thumping the Saitama Broncos 98-66 on Sunday afternoon at Funabashi Arena.

The Jets didn't rely on outside shooting an aspect of the game that many bj-league teams struggled with on the day to overwhelm the Broncos; in fact, they were only 1-for-11 from beyond the arc (that shot found the bottom of the net courtesy of Marquin Chandler).

Instead, Chiba found its comfort zone in the lane. That was where the majority of its points came from. And in his post-game interview sessions with reporters, Saitama coach Tracy Williams said he only recalled the Jets attempting three shots outside of the lane in the opening half.

It worked. The Jets, who built a six-point lead after one quarter, had 26 second-quarter points and, in doing so, increased the margin to 47-32 at the break.

Saitama had a dreadful start to the third quarter too many turnovers, too many missed shots, too many missed assignments on defense and Chiba exploited the Broncos' weaknesses, using a 18-0 run to open the half and take a 65-32 lead on a Kensuke Tanaka layup. That was the biggest margin for the hosts, who never let up the rest of the way, as exemplified by Tanaka, who had a pair of blocks, including one on a 3-point attempt in the fourth quarter, to go along with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 intense minutes of court time.

Big man Joe Werner, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse product, scored a game-high 24 points, including an 8-for-10 effort at the charity stripe, and pulled down 11 rebounds for Chiba (12-12). After the game, Jets coach Shinji Tomiyama said he considers Werner the team's MVP for the first half of the season, citing his energy on both offense and defense, and his productivity (19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds).

Commenting on the victory, Tomiyama said, "It was an important game before the All-Star Game. Good overall effort today on offense and defense. The guys played hard today."

Saitama, which has a league-worst 3-21 record, was 15-for-56 from the field over the first three quarters, and in the third, when Chiba pulled away for good, the Broncos were 3-for-19 from the field. They wound up with 53 missed shots out of 73 on the afternoon, including 15-for-54 from inside the 3-point arc.

Forward Chandler, who'll represent Chiba in the Jan. 20 All-Star Game at Ariake Colosseum, had a strong all-around game, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, and Marquise Gray scored 17 points. D'Andre Bell and Hiroki Sato finished with 12 points apiece for the Jets.

Newcomer Wayne Oliver led Saitama with 18 points on 7-for-21 shooting and teammate Yuki Kitamuki scored 14 on a 4-for-18 effort, while Nyika Williams had 13 points.

"Basically, we came out and we rebounded the ball well . . . but we just shot the ball terrible," Williams said after the game.

The Broncos did have more offensive rebounds (23-18 edge) than Chiba, but were outperformed in every key area.

"You can't shoot the ball 26 percent and win," Williams continued. ". . . That right there in itself is the tale of the tape right there. We picked a terrible time to not shoot the ball well, and as well as the fact of not really guarding (them) in front of the basket.

"Werner, he's tough, as well as Chandler, who I think is the best player in the bj-league. He does everything. . . ."

In defeat, the Saitama bench boss chose to focus on the positives.

"But the good thing I just told my team about was Chiba showed us how you've got to play," the coach said. "If I had to pick one play that describes what I just said, I would say it's 1:23 left in the game and they're up by 31 and their player (Tanaka) goes to the corner against Kitamuki and blocks his shot and closes out of it. See, that's how you've got to play to be a winner anywhere. You've got to play hard no matter if you're up by 30 or you're losing by 30.

"So I told my team for this not to be a wasted trip, we've got to take that example that Chiba showed us and learn from it. . ."

Five Arrows 57, Golden Kings 54

In Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Takamatsu edged the defending champions on a day when Ryukyu's outside shooting delivered a big doughnut 0-for-17 from 3-point range.

Floor leader Dexter Lyons scored a team-high 16 points for the Five Arrows (10-16) and Brandon Penn added 13.

Narito Namizato and Anthony McHenry led the Golden Kings (20-4) with 13 points apiece and Jeff Newton had 11 points and 15 boards.

Ryukyu only put four points on the board in the second quarter, and shot 21-for-69 for the entire game. All those missed shots led to nonstop rebounding chances. The Golden Kings collected 26 offensive boards and 70 rebounds on the day, but failed to consistently capitalize on those extra opportunities to put the ball in the basket.

Hannaryz 78, HeatDevils 49

In Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, former NBA center Marcus Cousin and Gyno Pomare both notched double-doubles as the Hannaryz handed Oita its 13th straight defeat.

Cousin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Pomare added 17 points and nine boards and David Palmer scored 18 points for Kyoto (14-12). Yu Okada chipped in with 12 points for the hosts.

Oita (9-17) shot 18-for-63 from the field.

Andre Coimbra had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Taishiro Shimizu scored 13 points for the HeatDevils.

Grouses 85, Big Bulls 68

In Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Jeremy Jacob's 25 points spearheaded a balanced attack to lead Toyama to a bounce-back win over the Big Bulls.

Masashi Joho scored 12 points and Takeshi Mito and Tatsunori Fujie each had 11 for the Grouses (16-10). Big man Ira Brown added 10 points, 11 boards and four assists.

For Iwate (19-7), Carlos Dixon was the leading scorer with 22 points, Reggie Okosa had 19 and Lawrence Blackledge finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.

The Big Bulls were 4-for-19 on 3s.

B-Corsairs 79, Crane Thunders 61

In Yokohama, Draelon Burns scored 22 points and Thomas Kennedy poured in 18 as the hosts salvaged a series split.

Pape Faye Mour contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds and Masayuki Kabaya had an 11-point afternoon for the B-Corsairs (18-8), who play a Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Akita Northern Happinets in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefeture, and Yokohama, respectively.

Lewis Witcher paced Gunma (5-21) with 16 points and Shingo Okada scored 15 for the expansion squad. Jermaine Dixon had eight points and four steals, and was 1-for-10 on 3-point shots.

Phoenix 93, Rizing 87

In Hamamatsu, Wendell White's 23-point, 10-rebound, four-assists effort guided the hosts to their second triumph in as many days over Fukuoka.

Kevin Galloway finished with 15 points, eight boards and eight assists for the Phoenix (19-9), while Jeffrey Parmer scored 14 points and Shoji Nakanishi and Yoshitomo Shiina supplied nine apiece.

Josh Peppers led the Rizing (16-10) with 25 points and Reggie Warren had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jun Nakanishi scored 16 points for Fukuoka and Julius Ashby and Akitomo Takeno added 11 apiece.

The Rizing had 17 turnovers and shot 65.4 percent (17-for-26) at the foul line.

Susanoo Magic 99, Shining Suns 69

In Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Shimane rebounded from an overtime loss in the series opener, thrashing the hosts in the teams' final contest before next Sunday's All-Star Game.

Center big man Jeral Davis scored a team-high 24 points, raked in 14 rebounds and swatted five shots for the Susanoo Magic (17-9). Frontcourt mate B.J. Puckett added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Brandon Freeman scored 18 points, Tatsuhiro Yokoo had a 14-point outing and Edward Yamamoto poured in 13 points with four assists.

Shimane star Michael Parker, the four-time reigning league scoring champion, was sidelined with an injury sustained in Saturday's game. His teammates picked up the scoring slack in his absence.

Ricky Woods led Miyazaki (4-22) with 21 points. The Magic made him work for his points, sending him to the foul line for 12 shots (11 makes). Larriques Cunningham scored 14 points for the Suns, who shot 23-for-74 from the field.

Lakestars 75, Evessa 57

In Osaka, Dionisio Gomez was the tone-setter for Shiga in the series finale, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Lakestars earned a series split.

Wayne Arnold finished with 14 points and Ray Nixon had 12 points and five assists for Shiga (15-11). Veteran guard Jumpei Nakama scored 11 points in the rout.

In short, perimeter shooting cost the Evessa (5-19) the game. They were 2-for-21 on 3-point attempts.

Mike Bell and Rick Rickert paced Osaka with 19 points apiece, and Rickert hauled in 15 rebounds.




Yokohama edges past Akita. - by Emeka Eke

The Japan Times can authoritatively report that Draelon Burns and Thomas Kennedy both made 9 of 14 shots from inside the 3-point arc and led the Yokohama B-Corsairs to a 92-81 victory over the Akita Northern Happinets in their bj-league series opener on Tuesday.

Burns, who'll play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Ariake Colosseum, scored a game-high 27 points, adding 13 rebounds and eight assists off the bench. Kennedy poured in 25 points and grabbed 11 boards. Kenji Yamada finished with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for Yokohama (19-8 overall, 10-5 home contests), Masayuki Kabaya contributed nine points and Senegalese big man Pape Faye Mour added eight.

The B-Corsairs held the visitors to 15 points in both the second and fourth quarters, outscoring them 51-30 in that span in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Marshall Brown led Akita (14-9) with 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting overall, and knocked down 3 of 6 3-pointers. Dan Fitzgerald added 10 points and seven rebounds and Dion Harris had eight. Ryosuke Mizumachi, Shigehiro Taguchi and Yuki Yamaguchi all scored seven points apiece for the Happinets, who led 27-21 entering the second quarter.

The C-Corsairs are 3-0 against the Happinets this season.

Akita attempted more 3s (13-for-37) than 2s (17-for-34).

The series shifts to Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium for Wednesday's rematch at 7 p.m.

89ers acquire Hargrow

High-scoring guard Maurice Hargrow has joined the Sendai 89ers, the bj-league team announced Tuesday.

Hargrow fills a roster spot vacated by forward Kevin Coble, who was released on Monday.

As a Chiba Jets standout in 2011-12, Hargrow, a University of Minnesota product, and ex-Rizing Fukuoka star Kevin Palmer shared the league's No. 2 scoring spot among all players (21.6 points per game).

"Maurice Hargrow brings us veteran leadership and experience," Sendai coach Bob Pierce told The Japan Times on Tuesday. "His ability to create his own shot, and to create shots for others, will be extremely valuable during the second half of the season."

Coble, who attended Northwestern University, appeared in 24 games for Sendai, averaging 13.0 points. He shot 31.1 percent on 3-pointers and 40.4 from inside the arc.

Sendai (9-15) is currently in ninth place in the 11-team Eastern Conference, with three less wins than the East's current sixth-place team, the Jets (12-12).

Six teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.




Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata - by Emeka Eke

Kimitake Sato lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 32 points, including 5 of 10 3-pointers, to lead the visiting Niigata Albirex BB to an 88-72 victory over the Sendai 89ers on Thursday in the opener of a three-game bj-league series according to reports by the Japan Times.

The series was originally scheduled to begin on Friday, but Thursday's contest was a makeup game that was postponed due to a Dec. 7 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.

Sato also converted 8 of 9 shots from inside the arc for Niigata (19-7), which led 46-30 at halftime. Forward Rodney Webb scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Nile Murry added 11 points, 10 boards and four assists. Sato and Hirotako Kondo each had five assists, while Yuichi Ikeda dished out four.

Niigata big man Chris Holm raked in 12 rebounds. Reserve forward Taj Finger scored nine points, with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 20 minutes.

The Albirex had 26 assists and five turnovers.

Forward Takuya Komoda paced the 89ers (8-14) with 16 points and Sam Coleman scored 14. Hikaru Kusaka had 10 points and Kevin Coble finished with nine. Sam Willard added eight points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Sendai.

The 89ers' offense was out of sync throughout the game, as they shot 27-for-73 from the field. Forward T.J. Cummings, who has averaged 23.7 points in six games since joining Sendai in mid-December, sat out the game.

"T.J. sprained his ankle near the end of Sunday's game at Saitama," 89ers coach Bob Pierce said. "He warmed up with the team today, but by tipoff he still wasn't comfortable trying to cut or jump, so we decided to let him rest."

"We got a good performance from Taku (Komoda), who finally looks recovered from his ankle sprain that took place Dec. 24," Pierce added, "but we really needed a few other guys to step up in the second quarter when Sam Coleman had to sit with foul trouble.

"We made a few runs at them in the first, third, and fourth quarters, but our guys need to be mentally and physically tougher. They also need to understand that they have to make plays at both ends of the floor."




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Lorain Community College Cancels Remainder of Season!! - by Vance Marbury

Lorain Community College, in Lorain Ohio has canceled the remainder of the season supposedly due to not enough eligible players. "Without enough returning eligible players for the spring semester, we unfortunately had to cancel the remainer of the season," LCCC Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green said in a statement.

The school also noted a turnover in coaches in December after the resignation of coach Mice Cruz.

I find this hard to believe that an entire team is ineligible, and we most definitely will be doing a follow up story to confirm this story.



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Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 15: Kvele - VeA 82-81
Jan. 16: Gulbene - RSU
Jan. 16: Ridzene - Saldus
Jan. 17: Jelgava/LLU - BK VEF-LSPA
Jan. 17: Ogres - Livani
Jan. 17: ViA - DSN
Jan. 17: Kvele - VEF skola
Jan. 18: Liepaja-2 - Gulbene
Jan. 18: VeA - Valmiera BSS


EuroChallenge: Kataja surprise Ventspils in Joensuu - by Eurobasket News

Kataja - Ventspils 80:78

Kataja surprise Ventspils in Joensuu in front of almost 2000 fans. The Finnish side grabbed an 80:78 win for 1-0 record in a newly created Group I.
The Latvian side won the first period 27-18 and led 8 points at the halftime. They failed however in the third period and could not catch up with the opponents. Kataja erupted with a 23-13 burst and took 63:61 advantage after 30 minutes. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the last period as Sandis Valters (193-G-78) later tied it all at 78:78. Johnell Smith (180-PG-80, college: New Orleans) however made 2 out of 4 free throws at the very end for the final victory.
Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) paced all the winners with 22 points. Johnell Smith notched 16, while Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) scored 15. Folarin Campbell (192-G-86, college: George Mason) posted 19 in defeat, while Martins Meiers (208-C-91) added 18. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) followed them with 11 points and Sandis Valters scored 10.

Kataja: Petri Virtanen 22, Johnell Smith 16, Jonte Flowers 15
Ventspils: Folarin Campbell 19, Martins Meiers 18, Donald Sims 11, Sandis Valters 10



Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC waived Rihards Kuksiks - by Eurobasket News

Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ACB) waived 25-year old Latvian ex-international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, college: Arizona State). In 15 ACB games he played this season he recorded 5.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The last season Kuksiks played at Valencia Basket. In 17 ACB games last year he averaged just 2.4ppg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Kuksiks also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 6.7ppg and 1.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team was regular season runner-up in Pac-10 in 2010. Kuksiks received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2011 at his college time.
Kuksiks was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008. Kuksiks represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 43.9%.
Kuksiks graduated from Arizona State in 2011 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroCup: VEF Riga powers past Bilbao in Latvian capital - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Bilbao 99:76

Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) put on a scoring show in Riga dropping 30 points and leading local VEF to a comfortable victory over Bilbao in the second round of EuroCup Last 16. VEF Riga improved at 1-1 record, while the Basque team slipped at 0-2 in Group J.
VEF Riga set the tone early. The hosts stayed aggressive offensively throughout the opening quarter. VEF drained 25 points to take a 4-point lead. The gap grew at 9-point mark in the second term. But Bilbao stuck around. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) capped the half with a long three-pointer to put the visitors within 6 points 44:50. The Spaniards opened the second half on a 7:0 run to take the lead. VEF Riga stopped the rot midway through the quarter and answered with the run of their own. The hosts regained the lead and entered the fourth frame up by as many as 14 points 75:61. The home team dominated in the fourth term and capitalized on the collapse of Bilbaos defence to stretch the gap to 23-pointmark at the end. Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) finished with 16 points, while Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 11 points for VEF Riga. Kostas Vasiliadis answered with 20 points for Bilbao. Raul Lopez (183-PG-80) provided 15 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Earl Rowland 30, Gatis Jahovics 16, Donatas Zavackas 11
Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 20, Raul Lopez 15



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RKL Standings

RKL Standings
Division A
 1. Traku Trakai 18-1 
 2. Taurages 16-3 
 3. Alytus 15-4 
 4. Raseiniai 14-5 
 5. Telsiu 13-6 
 6. Kursenai 12-7 
 7. Panevezio B-A 9-10 
 8. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2 9-10 
 9. Klaipedos LCC 8-11 
 10. Neringos 6-13 
 11. Kauno Radijas 4-15 
 12. KM Tornado 4-15 
 13. Kretinga 3-16 
 14. Siauliu 2-17 
Division B-A
 1. Akmenes 11-3 
 2. Pasvalio 9-5 
 3. Birzu 7-7 
 4. Kupiskio 7-7 
 5. Kelmes 6-8 
 6. Panevezio O-I 2-12 
Division B-B
 1. Vilniaus KM-Perlas 12-3 
 2. Prienu 11-5 
 3. ZSM-Mantinga 10-5 
 4. Anyksciu 10-6 
 5. LKSK 7-8 
 6. Jonavos 2-13 
 7. M.Kadis 2-14 


Tsmoki-Minsk II tabs Vytautas Kamarunas - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk 2nd team (Premier League) inked 24-year old Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-78kg-89). He played recently at Svisloch (Premier League). In 12 games this season he recorded 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season Kamarunas played at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian LKL. But in 7 games last year he averaged just 0.9ppg. He also played 9 games in Baltic League where he averaged only 2.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg. Kamarunas also played at Klaipedos LCC TU in Lithuanian RKL earlier that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Sumskis' double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old center Vilius Sumskis (213-C-84, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Zanavykas and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Delikatesas (#11, 10-14) with 20-point margin 85-65. Zanavykas is placed at 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zanavykas will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. Sumskis turned to be Zanavykas' top player in his first season with the team. Vilius Sumskis averages this season 14.3ppg and 6.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet. He is a forward in his second season at Triobet. In the last game Linkevicius recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Triobet was edged by the higher-ranked Olimpas (#3, 17-7) 80-77. This loss caused Triobet to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Linkevicius is well-known at Triobet and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Suduva-Mantinga (#7). Valukonis got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Valukonis' great performance Suduva-Mantinga lost 71-97 to Statyba (15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Suduva-Mantinga needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Valukonis has a very solid season. In 6 games in Lithuania he scored 23.3ppg. He also has 8.5rpg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija - 20 points and 18 rebounds
5. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Statyba - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lukas Lekavicius (180-G-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 28 points and 7 rebounds
7. Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) of Birstono - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Donatas Norkus (196-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tomas Dimsa (195-G/F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)



Tsmoki-Minsk adds Ginevicius to their roster, ex Lietkabelis - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) added to their roster 35-year old Lithuanian ex-international guard Vidas Ginevicius (194-88kg-78, agency: Interperformances). He just played at Lietkabelis in Lithuanian LKL league. In 10 games this season he recorded 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg. Ginevicius also played 11 games in Baltic League where he averaged 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. The last season he played at Nevezis Kedainiai (previous name Kedainiai) in LKL. In 20 games last year he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Ginevicius also played 17 games in Baltic League where he averaged 6.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He also played at Volukte in Lithuanian KKML - A Lyga earlier that season.
The previous (10-11) season Ginevicius played at Olin Edirne in Turkish TBL. In 35 games that year he averaged 5.8ppg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. Ginevicius was also voted Eurobasket Lithuanian League All-Defensive Team back in 2005. He represented Lithuania at the European Championships in Belgrade eight years ago.
Ginevicius has played previously professionally in Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at Tsmoki-Minsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Lietuvos rytas add Palacio to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) added to their roster 35-year old Belizean ex-international guard Milton Palacio (193-78, college: Colorado State). He already started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 6 games this season he recorded 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg. The last summer Palacio played at Quebradillas in Puerto Rican BSN. In 8 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as His team made it to the Spanish ACB Semifinals in 2011. Palacio was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention in 2011. He represented Belize at the COCABA Championships in Cancun (Mexico) four years ago. Palacios team won Silver.
He is quite experienced player. Palacio has played also in Russia (Khimky), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors), Spain (Caja Laboral and Blusens Monbus) and Greece (Kavala).
He is close to retirement age as a player. Its very possible he may end his playing career at Lietuvos rytas.
Palacio attended Colorado State until 1999 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Amicale adds Jones to their roster, ex Soproni - by Simas

Amicale Steinsel (Diekirch League) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Jeff Jones (193-89, college: Rider, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). He just played at Soproni in Hungarian A Division. In only one game this season he recorded only 2 points and 2 rebounds. The last season Jones played at Rider University in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games last year he averaged 13.4ppg and 2.6rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Hublart's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old swingman Julien Hublart (192-F/G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Sparta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 33 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Sparta in his team's victory, helping them to beat Black Star (#10, 1-16) 88-78. It allowed Sparta to consolidate first place in the Luxembourg league. Sparta have a solid 15-2 record. Hublart has many years of experience at Sparta, through which he has constantly improved. Julien Hublart averages this season 15.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Mychal Green (193-G-83) of Soleuvre. He is American guard in his first season at Soleuvre. In the last game Green recorded impressive 34 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Soleuvre lost that game 99-106 to the higher-ranked Amicale (#2, 12-5). Soleuvre is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Green is a newcomer at Soleuvre and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.1rpg and 4.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Eric Jeitz (191-G-86) of league's second-best Amicale. Jeitz got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Amicale, leading his team to a 106-99 win against the lower-ranked Soleuvre (#8, 6-11). Amicale needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Jeitz has a very solid season. In 16 games in Luxembourg he scored 14.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Soleuvre - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Leon Powell (200-F-88) of Contern - 21 points and 17 rebounds
7. Anthony Simpson (203-C/F-87) of Etzella - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan Sharry (203-F-89) of T71 - 22 points and 12 rebounds
9. Lawrence Wright (194-F-84) of Basket Esch - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kasey Ulin (181-PG-82) of Sparta - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 24-13 
 2. Brooklyn N. 23-15 
 3. Boston C. 20-17 
 4. Philadelph.76 16-23 
 5. Toronto R. 14-24 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 24-15 
 2. Chicago B. 21-15 
 3. Milwaukee B. 19-18 
 4. Detroit P. 14-24 
 5. Cleveland C. 9-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 24-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 21-16 
 3. Orlando M. 13-24 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-29 
 5. Washington W. 7-28 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 30-8 
 2. Denver N. 24-16 
 3. Utah Jazz 21-19 
 4. Portland TB 20-18 
 5. Minnesota T. 16-19 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 30-9 
 2. Golden St.W. 23-13 
 3. LA Lakers 17-21 
 4. Sacramento K. 14-24 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-27 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 29-11 
 2. Memphis G. 24-12 
 3. Houston R. 21-18 
 4. Dallas M. 16-23 
 5. N.Orleans H. 12-26 

Regular Season: Round 76

Jan. 15: Philadelph.76 - N.Orleans H. 99-111
Jan. 15: Charlotte B. - Indiana P. 76-103
Jan. 15: Denver N. - Portland TB 115-111 OT
Jan. 15: Brooklyn N. - Toronto R. 113-106
Jan. 15: Houston R. - LA Clippers 109-117
Jan. 15: LA Lakers - Milwaukee B. 104-88

Regular Season: Round 77

Jan. 16: Toronto R. - Chicago B.
Jan. 16: Orlando M. - Indiana P.
Jan. 16: Atlanta H. - Brooklyn N.
Jan. 16: Boston C. - N.Orleans H.
Jan. 16: Oklah.City T. - Denver N.
Jan. 16: Dallas M. - Houston R.
Jan. 16: San Antonio S. - Memphis G.
Jan. 16: Sacramento K. - Washington W.
Jan. 16: Portland TB - Cleveland C.
Jan. 16: Golden St.W. - Miami Heat


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers29.9 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.3 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.9 
 4. Harden, Houston R.26.4 
 5. James, Miami Heat26.0 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.0 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.2 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.8 
 9. Curry, Golden S.20.5 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers12.6 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.1 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.0 
 7. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.9 
 9. Lee, Golden St.W.10.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 3. Vasquez, N.Orlean.9.1 
 4. Nash, LA Lakers8.9 
 5. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 7. Calderon, Toron.7.7 
 8. Williams, Brooklyn7.6 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.3 
 10. Parker, San A.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 4. Lin, Houston R.2.1 
 5. Jennings, Milwauke.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. World Peace, LA L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.8 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 5. Howard, LA Lakers2.6 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Lopez, Brooklyn N.2.1 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.2.1 
 9. McGee, Denver N.1.9 
 10. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 


Rockets recall Patrick Beverley from D-League - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) from Houston's single-affiliation NBA D-League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Beverley (6-1, 185, Arkansas), who was signed by the Rockets on Jan. 7 and assigned Rio Grande Valley, averaged 13.7 points, 7.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.00 steals in three starts with the Vipers. He came to the Rockets from Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia, where he earned Eurocup MVP for the 2011-12 season and 2012 All-Eurocup First-Team honors. He originally played two seasons at Arkansas before leaving school to sign a professional contract with BC Dnipro of the Ukrainian UBL for the 2008-09 season. Beverley was then drafted by the L.A. Lakers in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft and later traded to the Miami Heat. He decided to stay in Europe and signed with Olympiakos in Greece on Aug. 26, 2009. He again joined the Heat for the 2010 NBA Summer League and was signed by Miami on Aug. 2, 2010. Beverley was waived by the Heat at the end of training camp on Oct. 25, 2010. Courtesy of: yardbarker.com



Six games around the League on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Milwaukee B. 104-88
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) also scored 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-88 Tuesday night for their second straight win after a six-game skid. Metta World Peace added 12 points as the Lakers prepared for Thursday's visit from the NBA champion Miami Heat with an impressive effort against the Bucks, who lost for the second time in five games under interim coach Jim Boylan . Bryant and Howard both had 30-point games for the second time in their brief tenure together, and the Bucks couldn't cope with Bryant's outside game or Howard's inside dominance. Monta Ellis scored 17 points for Milwaukee, while Brandon Jennings was held to 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting largely by Bryant's defense. Courtesy of: http://www.newser.com

Denver N. - Portland TB 115-111 OT
DENVER - Wilson Chandler hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-111 Tuesday night for their season-best sixth consecutive victory. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-SF-88, agency: Players Group) added 25 points, including a key 3-pointer in the extra period. Ty Lawson had 24 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who are 2-0 in overtime this season. Portland, which lost for the first time in six OT games this season, was led by LaMarcus Aldridge's 28 points. Nicolas Batum had 22 points, J.J. Hickson 19 and Damian Lillard 16. Gallinari hit his third 3 of the game for an overtime lead but Aldridge responded with a turnaround jumper that tied it 109-all with 51.8 seconds left. Lawson then lobbed a pass to JaVale McGee for an alley-oop dunk. Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com

Houston R. - LA Clippers 109-117
HOUSTON - If it wasn't Willie Green (6'3''-PG-81, college: Detroit Mercy) throwing down an emphatic dunk in the third quarter that turned the game in the Clippers' favor, it was Blake Griffin overpowering the Houston Rockets. If it wasn't Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) taking over in the fourth quarter, it was Matt Barnes closing the door in the same quarter. If it wasn't Eric Bledsoe running the show all game, it was Lamar Odom controlling the backboards. In a game full of season highs in which five Clippers scored in double figures, Los Angeles turned its 117-109 victory over Houston around by playing strong defense in the third quarter Tuesday night at Toyota Center. Green had 11 of his season-high 15 points in the third quarter, which included two for two on three-point shots and a big-time dunk. Griffin had 19 points and a season-high eight assists. Jamal Crawford had 15 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter. Barnes had eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. Bledsoe had a season-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Odom had a game-high 11 rebounds. And the Clippers did this with Chris Paul (bruised right knee cap) sitting out his second straight game. "It was evident tonight that it's a matter of us just going out collectively as a team and everybody doing their part," said Green, who was five for six from the field, two for three from three-point range. "When we're able to do that, we can produce results." The first thing the Clippers had to do was put forth a better defensive effort in the third quarter. They trailed, 59-58, at the half and allowed the Rockets to go eight for 20 (40%) from three-point range. But in the third quarter, the Clippers outscored the Rockets, 32-18, and held them to 38.9% shooting, just 14.3% (one for seven) from three-point range. "I think that we've shown over the course of the season that we can take a punch and get back up," said Jamal Crawford, who was 11 for 20 from the field, five for seven from three-point range. "We gave up a lot of points at halftime. That's kind of uncharacteristic of what we want to do." The game seemed to turn when Green took a pass from Bledsoe on a three-on-one fastbreak and dunked over James Harden, who fouled the Clippers guard. Green made the free throw for a three-point play and an 81-65 lead midway through the third quarter. Green's teammates leaped off the bench after his emphatic dunk, chanting "Willie ... Willie ... Willie." That was part of a 25-6 Clippers run that pushed their lead to 83-65 after Bledsoe scored following Green's exciting play. If the Rockets had any thoughts about rallying, Jamal Crawford and Barnes made sure that didn't happen. Jamal Crawford took the controls in the fourth, scoring the first five field goals in the fourth, pushing the Clippers' lead to 102-83. Barnes made two of three three-pointers in the fourth, the last one gave the Clippers a 15-point lead late. "It's been that kind of season for us," Barnes said. "We've had key guys down all season and guys have been ready to step up and do what they need to do to help this team win." Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com

Brooklyn N. - Toronto R. 113-106
As the captain for three seasons for Spain's Caja Labarol, Mirza Teletovic (6'9''-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) grew accustomed to talking constantly on the court, calling out screens or bad shots, orchestrating an offense with his vocalizations. He kind of mumbles the calls aloud now, in his jerky first months in the N.B.A., although lately they have been growing more forceful and pronounced, a nice parallel to the progressions in his play. By next week, if he continues playing as he did on Tuesday, his may be the loudest voice in the arena. Teletovic, in his first action since Jan. 8 after missing two games with the flu, scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, a steal and nonstop energy (legs and lips) off the bench, helping the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 113-106, at Barclays Center. It was Brooklyn's seventh win in a row, yet another that required a strong second-half effort to complete. The Nets (23-15) did not make it easy on themselves, but they improved to 15-0 against teams with losing records. It was not to be without Teletovic, who hit all three of his shots in the second quarter, but added key rebounds, assists and a defensive presence late in the game in a career-high 22 minutes. 'Mirza's floor game was good,' Coach P. J. Carlesimo said. 'He had, I thought, four or five assists, and they were good assists.' Toronto (14-23) was aggressive on the offensive glass and began 11 of 21 from the field. The Raptors know the Nets well, having played them twice earlier this season, and thus calculated precisely where to attack. Forwards Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) were aggressive early, and the Raptors out-rebounded and outscored the Nets on second-chance opportunities in the first half. The Nets, prone to not finding the necessary intensity until the second half, again fell into an early hole. They began the second quarter 0 for 6 from the field and dropped behind, 40-32, with some stagnant offensive sets. But they woke up just before halftime, scoring 9 points in the final two minutes, including two deep 3-pointers by Teletovic. The Nets closed the half on a 12-4 run in taking a 54-50 lead. By late in the third quarter, the ball started moving again and the Nets' offense began to flow. The Nets committed only six turnovers, after turning the ball over 35 times against Toronto in the prior two meetings. Carlesimo said the defense played just well enough to win. 'We gave up 106 points and every one of their percentages is high, so you say, man, we didn't defend well,' Carlesimo said. 'But we found a way to win. We had two really big spurts when we needed them.' Teletovic infused the Nets with the offensive spark off the bench that Kris Humphries or Andray Blatche usually provide. Teletovic had been sick the previous two games, which could explain the voracity with which he attacked his precious minutes Tuesday. Or he is simply easing into his role as a reserve in the N.B.A., after years of being a focal point on strong teams throughout Europe. That adjustment, Teletovic said, has taken some time. 'I wasn't prepared to adjust to everything this team expects from you,' Teletovic said. 'Different rules on defense, different rules on offense, just a lot of new stuff. You need a month or two just to get used to it a little bit.' He had already begun demonstrating signs of progress in practices. Teammates remark about his shooting touch. 'He'll have practices where he won't miss a shot,' guard Keith Bogans said. 'What you saw from him today is what we've seen from him in practice.' It was a matter of putting it together in a game, in the limited minutes he is normally allotted. On Tuesday, he earned the extra opportunities he got, helping the Nets add another link to their chain of wins. 'He stayed patient,' Deron Williams said. 'He was in a tough position where he wasn't getting much playing time, getting thrown out there for a few minutes and having to produce. That's tough for anybody to do.' Williams added: 'Now he's getting a little steadier minutes. You can see what he can do for this team. He can be a huge part of this team.' REBOUNDS Gerald Wallace (ribs) missed his second consecutive game. P.J. Carlesimo said Wallace remained questionable to return Wednesday against Atlanta. ... That game will mark the first time Joe Johnson faces his former team, the Hawks, who traded him in the off-season after seven years with the club. Johnson said he harbored no ill will toward his former team. 'I'm glad they traded me and put me in a great situation,' he said. Courtesy of: http://www.nytimes.com

Charlotte B. - Indiana P. 76-103
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 13th straight home loss with a 103-76 victory Tuesday night. The Pacers bounced back from Sunday's 11-point defeat to the Brooklyn Nets and won for the fifth time in six games. With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row. They've dropped 24 of 26 since Thanksgiving. Indiana won this one going away behind some dominant inside play, outrebounding the Bobcats 60-31 and outscoring them 52-22 in the paint, once again exposing Charlotte's problems down low. Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while David West added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers. George Hill chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds. All five Pacers starters had at least seven rebounds. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 15 points, while Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions each had 13. The Central Division-leading Pacers (24-15) have not lost consecutive games since Dec. 9. The Pacers led by 10 at halftime and broke it open in the third quarter as George scored eight quick points to set the tone. By the time the fourth quarter arrived, the Pacers had extended their lead to 26 and the Bobcats appeared completely demoralized knowing they simply had no answers for Indiana's frontcourt. By the midway point of the third quarter the Pacers had taken complete control of the boards, outrebounding the Bobcats 47-20. Things were so bad for the Bobcats they only took 16 shots in the entire third quarter and made just seven. As has often been the case this season, the Bobcats got off to a slow start, falling behind 20-9 early. The Pacers, led by Hibbert and West, dominated the paint from the outset, outscoring the Bobcats 18-2 in the first quarter. With Byron Mullens still out with a lingering ankle injury, the Bobcats started Bismack Biyombo at center and Hakim Warrick at power forward. However, they combined for just seven rebounds in 37 minutes of action. It didn't help that the Bobcats shot just 34 percent from the field. As for Jordan, he made a quick exit early in the fourth quarter after the Pacers pushed the lead to 30. The Bobcats looked very much like a team playing its fourth game in five nights, showing little to no emotion or enthusiasm. The Pacers seemed to take advantage of that lack of energy early and the game was never out of their control. NOTES: North Carolina coach Roy Williams had courtside seats to watch former Tar Heels star Tyler Hansbrough. ... Walker left in the second quarter after tweaking his ankle but returned in the third. Courtesy of: http://www.sacbee.com

Philadelph.76 - N.Orleans H. 99-111
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - January 15, 2013 (WPVI) -- Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Tuesday night. Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry (6'6''-G-91, college: Kansas) scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 - including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists. Nick Young and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) added 14 points each while Thaddeus Young scored 12. The Sixers have been inconsistent all season and this game was further proof following a resounding 107-100 victory Saturday over Houston. Philadelphia still hasn't won consecutive games since a three-game streak from Nov. 25-30. The Sixers began a stretch of 12 of 13 at home with the victory over the Rockets, and appeared to have a good chance to string together a winning streak - especially with sub-.500 teams New Orleans and Toronto (Friday) coming to town. Plus, Philadelphia received a dose of good news Monday when All-Star center Andrew Bynum took shots during practice with the coaching staff. Bynum, who has yet to play a game for his new team this season, is currently on a six-step rehabilitation process that he hopes will get him back into the lineup around the Feb. 15 All-Star break. Bynum has been lifting weights, and he began running on Monday while saying his knees were pain-free. But the lift from seeing Bynum work out didn't transfer into this game against New Orleans. The Hornets outscored Philadelphia 33-21 in the third quarter, extending a six-point halftime lead to 86-68. New Orleans pushed its lead to 20 following Henry's dunk with 11:26 remaining and the fans vehemently displayed their displeasure with a cascade of boos throughout the arena. Sixers coach Doug Collins tried to jump-start his team by putting Nick Young in the lineup to open the fourth. Young was benched against the Rockets and sat for the first three quarters against the Hornets. But Young sparked the Sixers with 14 points in the fourth and they got within eight on a 3-pointer by Dorell Wright with 5:25 left. The Hornets responded and quickly pushed the lead back to 105-91 after a 3-pointer by Vasquez. New Orleans was strong throughout the first half and took a 53-47 halftime lead thanks to 57-percent shooting (24 for 42). NOTES: The Hornets shot 16 of 21 (76.2 percent) in the first quarter. . The Sixers knocked down six 3-pointers in the first, a team high for any quarter this season. . Holiday recorded his 10th double-double of the season. Courtesy of: Associated Press



66ers fall short with strong performance from Dominique Sutton - by Allen Waters

The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 92-80, on Sunday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif. Andy Rautins and Dominique Sutton lead the 66ers with 16 points apiece. Sutton collected his fourth double-double of the season by adding 12 rebounds. Sutton performance in the showcase has shown teams his leadership and energy on the court has shown there are a few teams that need his energy. The Dleague slam dunk champion looks to keep his team heading in the right direction.
The nine 66ers players who saw action all scored at least six points each including Hollis Thompson who posted 12 points and four boards.
The 66ers (9-10) outrebounded Santa Cruz 36-33 and forced 18 Warriors turnovers.
Santa Cruz (11-6) was led by Stefhon Hannah with 25 points and four assists.
Tulsa looks to bounce back next weekend.

Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central)



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Sweetney's 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Moncton M. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 36 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Moncton M. in his team's victory, helping them to beat St.John M.R. (#6, 11-13) 116-105. Moncton M. is placed at 4th position in NBLCanada league. Moncton M. 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 12-15 record. In the team's last game Sweetney had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Moncton M.'s top player in his first season with the team. St.Francis College (PA) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sweetney is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg. Sweetney

Second best performed player last round was Jushay Rockett (197-F-84) of Oshawa P.. He is American forward in his first season at Oshawa P.. In the last game Rockett recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Oshawa P. lost that game 109-115 to slightly higher-ranked London L. (#1, 21-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Oshawa P. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-10 record is not bad at all. Rockett is a newcomer at Oshawa P. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of St.John M.R. (#6). Anderson scored 28 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Anderson's great performance St.John M.R. lost 105-116 to slightly higher-ranked Moncton M. (#4, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St.John M.R. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Anderson could help St.John M.R. to bring them higher in the standings. Anderson has a great season in NBL. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (2nd best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Isaac Butts (208-C) of Moncton M. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elvin Mims (196-F-79) of London L. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kevin Loiselle (198-F) of Windsor Exp. - 12 points and 14 rebounds
7. Jermaine Blackburn (200-G/F-83) of London L. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Nick Okorie (185-PG-88) of Oshawa P. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tim Ellis (193-G-81) of London L. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marvin Phillips (201-F-83) of London L. - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Top 25 - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 66

Jan. 15: Vanderbilt - Mississippi 79-89 OT
Jan. 15: Creighton - N.Iowa 79-68
Jan. 15: Kentucky - Tennessee 75-65
Jan. 15: Stony Brook - Boston U. 75-48
Jan. 15: De Paul - Cincinnati 70-75
Jan. 15: Bradley - S.Illinois 69-66
Jan. 15: George Mason - JMU 68-57
Jan. 15: St.John''s - Notre Dame 67-63
Jan. 15: Clemson - Wake Forest 60-44
Jan. 15: Indiana - Wisconsin 59-64
Jan. 15: E.Michigan - Cent.Michigan 58-52

Regular Season: Round 67

Jan. 16: George Mason - JMU
Jan. 16: Akron - Ball St.
Jan. 16: High Point - Liberty
Jan. 16: Boston Coll. - Miami, FL
Jan. 16: NC-Greensboro - Wofford
Jan. 16: Northeastern - Hofstra
Jan. 16: Radford - Longwood
Jan. 16: Villanova - Pittsburgh
Jan. 16: W.Michigan - Toledo
Jan. 16: Miami, OH - Bowling Green
Jan. 16: Gardner-Webb - Co.Carolina
Jan. 16: Buffalo - Kent St.
Jan. 16: New Hampshire - Albany
Jan. 16: Delaware - Towson
Jan. 16: Penn St. - Michigan St.
Jan. 16: G.Washington - Temple
Jan. 16: Vermont - Binghamton
Jan. 16: Winthrop - Presbyterian
Jan. 16: Army - Lafayette
Jan. 16: Navy - Holy Cross
Jan. 16: Georgia St. - William & Mary
Jan. 16: La Salle - Dayton
Jan. 16: UMBC - Hartford
Jan. 16: Butler - Richmond
Jan. 16: NC-Wilmington - ODU
Jan. 16: Colgate - Bucknell
Jan. 16: Ohio - N.Illinois
Jan. 16: E.Carolina - Houston
Jan. 16: Georgetown - Providence
Jan. 16: VMI - Campbell
Jan. 16: Maryland - N.Carolina St.
Jan. 16: Indiana St. - Missouri St.
Jan. 16: Charleston So. - NC-Asheville
Jan. 16: American - Lehigh
Jan. 16: Charlotte - Fordham
Jan. 16: St.Bonaventure - Xavier
Jan. 16: Boise St. - N.Mexico
Jan. 16: SMU - S.Mississippi
Jan. 16: Ill.-Chicago - Loyola, IL
Jan. 16: LSU - S.Carolina
Jan. 16: Oklahoma - Texas Tech
Jan. 16: Wichita St. - Illinois St.
Jan. 16: Arkansas - Auburn
Jan. 16: Missouri - Georgia
Jan. 16: Rice - Memphis
Jan. 16: Drake - Evansville
Jan. 16: Tulsa - UTEP
Jan. 16: Mississippi St. - Alabama
Jan. 16: Marquette - Seton Hall
Jan. 16: Nebraska - Purdue
Jan. 16: Colorado St. - Air Force
Jan. 16: TCU - Kansas St.
Jan. 16: Iowa St. - W.Virginia
Jan. 16: Washington St. - Utah
Jan. 16: Fresno St. - Wyoming
Jan. 16: San Diego St. - UNLV
Jan. 16: BYU - St.Mary's, CA
Jan. 16: Washington - Colorado


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Adrien COLEMAN
  Beth.-Co.
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Coleman, Beth.-Co.17.9 
 2. Ingram, N.C.Cent.16.2 
 3. Kidd, N.C.Central15.4 
 4. Tate, Delaware St.15.3 
 5. Jackson, Morgan S.14.3 
 6. Middleton, N.Car.13.9 
 7. Hezekiah, S.Caro.13.9 
 8. Adams, Florida A&M13.7 
 9. Black, Morgan St.13.5 
 10. Willis, N.C.Cent.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael MURRAY
  Coppin St.
  (196-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Murray, Coppin St.9.3 
 2. Hezekiah, S.Caro.8.3 
 3. Louis, Savannah S.7.1 
 4. Coleman, Beth.-Co.7.1 
 5. Kidd, N.C.Central7.1 
 6. Maxwell, Hampton6.7 
 7. Smith, Beth.-Co.6.6 
 8. Phillips, Howard6.5 
 9. Witter, N.Car.6.4 
 10. Gaston, Norfolk S.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel CHAPMAN
  N.C.Cent.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Chapman, N.C.Cent.5.8 
 2. Fuentes, Norfolk5.4 
 3. Toombs, S.Caroli.5.2 
 4. Powers, Hampton4.5 
 5. Frazier, Howard4.3 
 6. Dukes, Beth.-Co.4.1 
 7. Black, Morgan St.3.8 
 8. Blackman, Savanna.3.4 
 9. Adams, S.Caroli.3.1 
 10. Coleman, Beth.-Co.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Morgan S.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Morgan S.2.6 
 2. Franklin, Coppin S.2.4 
 3. Snyder, Md-E Shore2.1 
 4. Adams, Florida A&M1.9 
 5. Dukes, Beth.-Co.1.9 
 6. Frazier, Howard1.8 
 7. Powell, N.Car.1.8 
 8. Oliver, Delaware S.1.8 
 9. Okoroh, Howard1.8 
 10. Chapman, N.C.Cent.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall GRAY
  Delaware St.
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gray, Delaware St.3.5 
 2. Witter, N.Car.2.9 
 3. Maxwell, Hampton2.8 
 4. Duncan, Morgan St.2.4 
 5. Smith, Savannah.2.4 
 6. Smith, Beth.-Co.2.1 
 7. Oliver, Delaware S.1.9 
 8. Palmer, S.Caroli.1.6 
 9. Goode, Norfolk St.1.4 
 10. Leary, Howard1.4 


NJIT Takes FDU's Best Shot and Prevails on the Road, 66-63 - by Eurobasket News

HACKENSACK, NJNJIT, which built a 39-25 lead by halftime, fell behind by a point with 6:07 left in the game. But the resilient Highlanders, who began a 6-0 run with 1:07 left, pulled out a 66-63 non-conference road victory at Fairleigh Dickinson Monday night.

Monday's win was the third in a row for NJIT, which is 9-8 on the season, while Fairleigh Dickinson falls to 7-10 on the season. NJIT head coach Jim Engles , who is in his fifth year leading the Highlanders, picked up his 50th career win.

Both teams have been in their share of close games (five points, or less, in regulation and/or overtime). NJIT is now 4-4 in such games, while FDU sustained its first tight loss after winning its first four close ones.

NJIT's Ryan Woods (6'5''-G-90) (20 points) led all scorers, as he had his second straight stellar performance from beyond the arc, connecting on 5-of-7 3-point tries against FDU after a 6-for-12 game from distance two days earlier in a triple overtime win over Chicago State. Woods has made 52 3-pointers this season, already the fifth-highest total in the Division I era with 11 regular season games, plus the Great West Conference Tournament still to be played (the DI record is 62, set by Chris Flores last season). Woods and Flores were also two four NJIT starters (with Daquan Holiday and Sean McCarthy) to grab six rebounds in Monday's win.

Flores, like Woods, a senior, added 19 points, plus the six boards, as he scored nine in the first half and 10 in the second half. Flores' jumper with 1:07 left in the game put NJIT on top to stay, 62-60)

Freshman Ky Howard (6'3''-G) added 10 pointsseven in the second halfin 25 clutch minutes coming off the bench. The 10 points for Howard matched his career high vs. a Division I opponent, as the poised rookie from Philadelphia also netted 10 vs. South Carolina State in November.

Fairleigh Dickinson featured a balanced attack, with four double-figure scorers, topped by 14 from senior pivot Kinu Rochford, who also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Rochford, a burly 6-foot-6 with quick feet, came in averaging a double-double (16.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg).

Senior guard Melquan Bolding added 13 points, while senior forward Lonnie Robinson finished with 11 points and the Knights got 10 points in 15 minutes from junior sub Mathias Seilund.

Both teams shot exceptionally well on 3-pointers, with NJIT making 10-of-17 from downtown and Fairleigh shooting 9-for-17. In a game ultimately decided by three points, the Highlanders were also a shade better at the foul line, hitting 12 on 15 tries, while the Knights also made 12, but on 16 attempts.

Things couldn't have gone much better for NJIT in the opening 20 minutes, as the Highlanders shot 7-for-10 on 3-pointers, topped by Woods' 4-for-5. They also dominated the rebounding, 21-10, including nine offensive rebounds, while FDU was one-and-done on every possession, failing to get an offensive rebound in the half. Not surprisingly, the Highlanders had a 12-0 advantage in second chance points for the half.

However, home teams rarely go quietly and the Knights were no exception on Monday, scoring 10 of the first 11 points in the second half and holding NJIT without a field goal until Howard, just into the lineup, drove through traffic for a difficult twisting layup that gave the Highlanders a 42-35 advantage with 13:21 remaining.

Even with that bucket from Howard, NJIT had seen its 14-point halftime lead cut in half in less than seven minutes. And Fairleigh Dickinson continued its surge, finally taking what would be its only lead of the night, 52-51, on two Bolding free throws with 6:07 left.

The freshman Howard answered on the next possession, however, scoring a wide-open layup off of a feed from NJIT's 6-foot-10 senior big man, Sean McCarthy.

With the ball having been knocked loose earlier in the possession, McCarthy hustled to save it near the sideline and about 10 feet from the midcourt stripe. Sensing that McCarthy is not accustomed to handling the ball against pressure, three FDU defenders swarmed him. But McCarthy countered that defensive move that left four Highlanders to be guarded by the remaining two Knights and the senior big man passed to Howard, who didn't have a defender within 10 feet of him on the go-ahead bucket with 5:49 left.

After the Howard score, Flores and PJ Miller each hit a pair free throws, stretching the Highlander lead to 57-52 at the 4:13 mark, but FDU came right back with a Rochford layup and then a triple from Seilund that knotted the score at 57 apiece with 3:24 remaining.

Howard answered with a 3-pointer of his ownthe sixth of his freshman season20 seconds later to help prevent the Knights from building any decisive momentum.

Ky gets better every game, said NJIT coach Jim Engles of his young backup point guard. He has a lot of poise and he played tough with the game on the line and made great decisions with the ball all night.

There would be one more tie, however (60-60), but NJIT used a 6-0 run that included a pull-up jumper by Flores that gave NJIT the lead for good with 1:07 left, followed by two free throws each from Flores and Woods.

The Woods free throws came with just 3.7 seconds left, when he pulled down the defensive rebound on a long 3-point try from FDU's Mustafaa Jones, the third straight miss in a Knights flurry that began with 11 seconds left.

The foul shots by Woods made the score 66-60 for the Highlanders before Lonnie Robinson of the Knights threw in a 3-pointer from near halfcourt ahead of the final buzzer.

It was a good road win against a good team that really came after us, Engles said. We toughed it out in the second half; you know when you're on the road against a good team they're going to make a run and that's exactly what FDU did. Chris (Flores) and Ryan (Woods) made some big shots for us and helped us right the ship.

NJIT will continue its stretch of three non-conference games on Thursday at 7:30, when the Highlanders host the University of Pennsylvania in the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center. After that, NJIT will visit first-time opponent New Orleans on Monday night.
Courtesy of: http://www.njithighlanders.com



No. 4 Kansas Stifles Baylor to Series-Low Score, 61-44 - by Eurobasket News

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- An ESPN Big Monday meeting saw No. 4 Kansas hold Baylor to both its lowest scoring output of the season, and in the all-time series, as the Jayhawks used 17 points from redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore (6'5''-G) to defeat the Bears, 61-44, inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Voted to finish first and second in the Big 12, No. 4 Kansas (15-1, 3-0) smothered the Baylor (11-5, 3-1) offense, allowing six field goals in the first half and seven in the second to total a season-low 23 percent mark (13-for-56) from the field. The defensive push helped the Jayhawks overcome their own season-low 37.7 shooting percentage (23-for-61).

The league's No. 1 and No. 2 scorers also faced off Monday evening in Baylor's Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG-91) and Kansas' McLemore. With both on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 list, as well, McLemore came out on top, leading all scorers with 17 points. He also paced his team with eight rebounds and a career-high three steals before leaving the game late in the second half with an injury. In his press conference following the game, head coach Bill Self announced the injury as an ankle sprain and listed McLemore as day-to-day.

His counterpart, and the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, Jackson scored 10 points in the first half, but was silenced in the final 20 minutes to finish the night on 2-of-12 shooting. Freshman center Isaiah Austin led the Bears with a double-double, chalking up 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Seniors Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford joined McLemore in double-figures, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively, but it was the defense that impressed. Kansas racked up 10 steals and 13 blocks as a team in the win, marking the first time this season that KU has tallied double-figures in both defensive categories in the same game.

To start the night, Johnson intercepted a Baylor pass and converted it to a dunk on the other end as the Jayhawks put together an 8-0 run heading into the first media timeout. While Baylor missed eight of its first nine shots, the Jayhawks climbed in front, 12-5. After Austin hit a jumper just 15 seconds into the game, Kansas would hold the Bears without a field goal until the 12:58 mark.

Meanwhile, Kansas climbed to 50 percent shooting midway through the half via transition layups and driving the lane. Slashing to the basket, McLemore made the layup and drew the blocking foul for a three-point play, handing KU its first double-digit lead of the evening, 20-9.

A 9-1 Baylor run, capped by a three-pointer from Austin, pulled the Bears within five, 23-18. Three-straight buckets from senior forward Kevin Young, Johnson and Releford however, quickly curbed any momentum the Bears tried to gather. In less than 90 seconds, Kansas resumed control, climbing to a 29-18 lead as the final media timeout approached.

The Bears weren't able to secure much more leverage by halftime as KU held the visitors to season-lows in a half with 20 points, six field goals and a 21.4 field goal percentage (6-for-28) to take a 33-20 lead to the break.

A three from Johnson, which tied him with former teammate Tyshawn Taylor for 17th on KU's career list (120), sparked the Jayhawks' 9-3 run to open the second half. Although KU's shooting cooled significantly, the offense benefitted from a focused defense. The Jayhawk defenders forced Baylor to expire its shot clock for the second time on the evening to hold the Bears at bay despite their own shooting woes. Midway through the final frame, neither team was shooting above 30 percent.

In need of a spark to stop a 6-0 Baylor run, McLemore hit a runner through the lane for his first basket of the half. Moments later, he drilled his second to keep KU sizably in front, 53-36, but it was Johnson who reenergized the crowd. With less than six minutes on the clock, Johnson made his way through the Baylor defense and fired off a behind-the-back layup. He drew the foul in the process, bringing the quieted crowd back to life, ready for the final stretch.

Following a three from McLemore, Johnson got them fired up again when he found the Big 12 Player of the Week under the basket for an alley-oop dunk to seal the win. Although McLemore would leave the game moments later with an injury, Baylor would score just two more points out of the last media timeout as Kansas collected its 14th-straight victory, 61-44.

UP NEXT
No. 4 Kansas will play at Texas on Saturday, Jan. 19, in a 1 p.m. contest on CBS. The Jayhawks will continue on the road at Kansas State the following Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. on the Big 12 Television Network.
Courtesy of: http://www.kuathletics.com



No. 1 Louisville Beats Connecticut for 11th-Straight Win - by Eurobasket News

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Louisville waited 20 minutes to prove the Cardinals deserv