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  ALGERIA   


Standings

D1 Standings
Group A
 1. CRB Dar El-B. 8-0 
 2. GS Petroliers 6-1 
 3. O Batna 5-1 
 4. USM Blida 5-3 
 5. Arreridj 4-4 
 6. USM Alger 2-5 
 7. Trefle BB Blida 2-5 
 8. MS Cherchell 2-6 
 9. COBB 1-5 
 10. Annaba 0-5 
Group B
 1. CSMC 7-0 
 2. CSMB 5-2 
 3. Staoueli 5-3 
 4. US Setif 4-3 
 5. WA Boufarik 3-2 
 6. NAH Dey 3-3 
 7. Skikda 3-4 
 8. Sidi-bel-Abbes 2-6 
 9. CRB Temouch. 1-5 
 10. CR Bir Khadem 1-7 


D1 Round 8: Trefle BB Blida edges Arreridj by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Blida. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Arreridj (4-4) to eighth ranked Trefle BB Blida (2-5) 72-69 on Friday evening. Trefle BB Blida moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USM Alger. Arreridj lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Trefle BB Blida is looking forward to face MS Cherchell (#8) on the road in the next round. Arreridj will play against O Batna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked USMB (5-3) against fourth ranked O Batna (5-1) on Friday night. Visiting USMB was defeated by O Batna in a tough game in Batna 75-84. O Batna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place which they share with defeated USMB. Newly promoted USMB keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Staoueli. O Batna will play against Arreridj (#5) in B.B. Arreridj in the next round. USMB will play against COBB and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader CSMC delivered the seventh consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (2-6) 117-67 in Constantine. Undefeated CSMC (7-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Sidi-bel-Abbes at the other side keep the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with MS Cherchell. CSMC will meet CR Bir Khadem (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sidi-bel-Abbes will play against WA Boufarik and hope to secure a win.
Undefeated leader CRB Dar El-B. recorded the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked MS Cherchell (2-6) 92-56 in El-Beida. Undefeated CRB Dar El-B. (8-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Newly promoted MS Cherchell dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. CRB Dar El-B.'s next round opponent will be Annaba (#10) in Annaba and are hoping to win another game. MS Cherchell will play at home against Trefle BB Blida and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Skikda was also quite interesting. Third ranked Staoueli (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Skikda (3-4). Staoueli managed to secure a 8-point victory 80-72 on Friday. Staoueli maintains third position with 5-3 record having just one points less than leader CRB Dar El-B., which they share with USM Blida. Skikda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with four games lost. Staoueli will face league's second-placed CSMB in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Skikda will play against USS (#4) in Setif.

In the last game of round 8 CR Bir Khadem was crushed by CSMB in a road game 69-48.


CSMC - Sidi-bel-Abbes 117-67

Undefeated leader CSMC delivered the seventh consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Sidi-bel-Abbes (2-6) 117-67 in Constantine. CSMC (7-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Sidi-bel-Abbes at the other side keep the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with MS Cherchell. CSMC will meet CR Bir Khadem (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sidi-bel-Abbes will play against WA Boufarik and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 231516


Skikda - Staoueli 72-80

The game in Skikda was also quite interesting. Third ranked Staoueli (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Skikda (3-4). Staoueli managed to secure a 8-point victory 80-72 on Friday. Staoueli maintains third position with 5-3 record having just one points less than leader CRB Dar El-B., which they share with USM Blida. Skikda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with four games lost. Staoueli will face league's second-placed CSMB in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Skikda will play against USS (#4) in Setif.
gschID: 231515


CSMB - CR Bir Khadem 69-48

There was no surprise when 10th ranked CR Bir Khadem (1-7) was crushed on the road by second ranked CSMB (5-2) 69-48 on Friday. CSMB have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader CRB Dar El-B. Newly promoted CR Bir Khadem keeps the tenth place with seven games lost. CSMB will face Staoueli (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CR Bir Khadem will play against the league's leader CSMC (#1) in Constantine.
gschID: 231514


O Batna - USM Blida 84-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked USMB (5-3) against fourth ranked O Batna (5-1) on Friday night. Visiting USMB was defeated by O Batna in a tough game in Batna 75-84. O Batna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place which they share with defeated USMB. Newly promoted USMB keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Staoueli. O Batna will play against Arreridj (#5) in B.B. Arreridj in the next round. USMB will play against COBB and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 231513


Trefle BB Blida - Arreridj 72-69

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Blida. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Arreridj (4-4) to eighth ranked Trefle BB Blida (2-5) 72-69 on Friday evening. Trefle BB Blida moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USM Alger. Arreridj lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Trefle BB Blida is looking forward to face MS Cherchell (#8) on the road in the next round. Arreridj will play against O Batna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231512


CRB Dar El-B. - MS Cherchell 92-56

Undefeated leader CRB Dar El-B. recorded the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked MS Cherchell (2-6) 92-56 in El-Beida. CRB Dar El-B. (8-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Newly promoted MS Cherchell dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. CRB Dar El-B.'s next round opponent will be Annaba (#10) in Annaba and are hoping to win another game. MS Cherchell will play at home against Trefle BB Blida and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 231511



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
 1. Regatas C. 21-7 
 2. Lanus 19-9 
 3. Penarol 18-9 
 4. Olimpico LB 18-11 
 5. Libertad S. 16-11 
 6. Argentino 16-13 
 7. Boca Jrs 15-12 
 8. Quimsa 15-13 
 9. Atenas 15-14 
 10. GECR Indalo 13-15 
 11. Sionista 13-16 
 12. Wuber-Est.Bahia 11-15 
 13. Union Progr. 9-18 
 14. 9 de Julio 9-19 
 15. Obras 8-19 
 16. La Union 7-22 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 17

Jan. 16: Libertad S. - Sionista 91-68
Jan. 16: GECR Indalo - 9 de Julio 88-86
Jan. 16: Penarol - Obras 86-87
Jan. 16: La Union - Olimpico LB 81-95
Jan. 16: Quimsa - Regatas C. 77-85
Jan. 16: Lanus - Argentino 76-88
Jan. 16: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Boca Jrs 75-61
Jan. 16: Union Progr. - Atenas 71-97

Second Stage: Round 18

Jan. 18: Quimsa - Sionista
Jan. 18: Penarol - Boca Jrs
Jan. 18: Lanus - 9 de Julio
Jan. 18: Union Progr. - Olimpico LB
Jan. 18: Libertad S. - Regatas C.
Jan. 18: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Obras
Jan. 18: GECR Indalo - Argentino
Jan. 18: La Union - Atenas


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. Treise, Libertad S.3.7 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.3.7 
 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, Quimsa1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.4 
 10. Ferrini, Wuber-.1.4 
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. Ayarza, 9 de Julio0.8 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Regat.0.8 


TNA round 9 - by Facundo Iatzky

After the christmas and new year break, TNA resumed last weekend with another victory of San Martin Corrientes, that remain unbeaten. They beat Union sunchales easily on the road. Echague got a great victory on the road too against La union. In the south zone, Sport Club and quilmes won their games without problems and they keep in the first positions.
Best performance of the round: Emiliano Correa (189-G-91) of sport club: 26 pts 6 reb 5 ass
other good performances:
Gregorio Eseverri (194-F-87) of Quilmes: 18 pts 13 reb
Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90) of Echague: 20 pts 8 reb
Federico Mansilla (191-G-87) of huracan trelew: 29 pts 5 reb
Mauro Negri (200-C-81) of Banda norte: 15 pts 16 reb



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Jan. 16: Thailand S. - Saigon H. 75-77
Jan. 18: Thailand S. - KL Dragons
Jan. 19: Saigon H. - Satria Muda



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmad IBRAHIM
  (202-G/F-92)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi20.6 
 2. Kozlov, Belent19.0 
 3. Gorgiss, Duhok18.8 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi18.4 
 5. Varda, Mahram15.8 
 6. Battulga, E.R. F.15.0 
 7. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.14.8 
 8. Kamrani, Mahram14.4 
 9. Davaadorj, E.R. F.13.8 
 10. Juginisov, Belent13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi7.8 
 2. Averyanov, Belent7.3 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.8 
 4. Dartez, Duhok6.8 
 5. Hameed, Duhok6.7 
 6. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.6.6 
 7. Juginisov, Belent6.2 
 8. Kardoust, Mahram6.0 
 9. Nabipour, Mahram6.0 
 10. Kozlov, Belent5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.5.4 
 2. Kamrani, Mahram4.8 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.3 
 4. Munkhbayar, E.R. F.3.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.0 
 6. Bayriyev, Belent3.0 
 7. El Turk, Al Riyadi2.8 
 8. Aslani, Mahram2.8 
 9. Davarpanah, Mahram2.5 
 10. Martinez, Al Riya.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ali AL-JUBOORI
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Al-Juboori, Duhok3.5 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Sahakian, Mahram2.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Davarpanah, Mahram2.3 
 6. Kamrani, Mahram2.2 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 8. Afagh, Mahram1.8 
 9. Aslani, Mahram1.6 
 10. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 2. Hameed, Duhok2.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok1.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 5. Kardoust, Mahram1.0 
 6. Purevjav, E.R. F.0.8 
 7. Kozlov, Belent0.5 
 8. Ariunbold, E.R. F.0.5 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram0.4 
 10. Nik Khahbahr., Ma.0.4 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Stage Two Standings
Group C
 1. Rilski Sportist 2-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 2-0 
 3. Teodo Tivat 2-0 
 4. Galil Gilboa 2-0 
 5. Kumanovo 2-0 
 6. Kavala 2-0 
Group D
 1. Djuro Djakovic 1-0 
 2. Kozuv 1-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 0-1 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-1 
Stage One Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

First Six

Jan. 22: Levski Sofia - Rilski Sportist
Jan. 22: Teodo Tivat - Kumanovo
Jan. 23: Galil Gilboa - Kavala

Last Four

Jan. 29: Kozuv - Mornar Bar
Jan. 30: OKK Beograd - Djuro Djakovic



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Top 16: Round 3

Jan. 16: Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau 96-75
Jan. 18: Tarvas - Barsy Atyrau
Jan. 22: Siauliai - Sakalai
Jan. 22: Parnu - Barons kvartals
Jan. 23: Rudupis - Naglis Palangos
Jan. 23: Kalev/Cramo - Jelgava


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Raadik, Parnu20.0 
 2. Gulbis, Barons k.19.4 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas17.6 
 4. Okoye, Tln Kalev17.4 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis16.6 
 6. Akenparg, TTU15.9 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.9 
 8. Leonard, Juventus14.6 
 9. Fredrick, Barsy A.14.5 
 10. Matulionis, Parnu14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.9 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev9.9 
 3. Berzins, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Zelionis, Barsy A.7.5 
 5. Matyukevych, Bars.7.5 
 6. Cipruss, Lietkabel.7.2 
 7. Fall, Kalev/Cramo7.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU7.1 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus6.9 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.7 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis5.7 
 3. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.0 
 4. Maceina, Pieno Z.4.8 
 5. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.6 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai4.5 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.4.2 
 8. Cunda, Valga4.2 
 9. Tamm, Tarvas4.2 
 10. Leonard, Juventus4.0 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.2 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.1 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera1.9 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 8. Tamm, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Sims, Ventspils1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Parnu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.1.7 
 3. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 5. Kupsas, Lietkabelis1.4 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Gates, Pieno Z.0.9 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Zyle, Nevezis0.9 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.8 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 18: M.Hainaut II - Waregem
Jan. 18: CEP Fleurus - Oudenaarde
Jan. 19: Tongeren - Sint-Jan Ant.
Jan. 19: Kangor.-Boom - Point Chaud
Jan. 20: Essor Charleroi - Excelsior
Jan. 20: Gembo BBC - Houthalen
Jan. 20: Giants II - Gent Dragons



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 15

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

Round 3

Jan. 15: Brasilia - Basquete Cearense 92-77
Jan. 14: Flamengo - S.Jose/Unimed 83-75

Round 4

Jan. 15: Palmeiras - Pinheiros/Sky 85-94


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Marquinhos VIEIRA
  Flamengo
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vieira, Flamengo22.0 
 2. Antonio, S.Jose/U.20.3 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.20.2 
 4. Simmons, Vila Velha19.0 
 5. Holloway, Liga S.18.9 
 6. Brown, Palmeiras18.8 
 7. Dos Santos, Brasil.18.7 
 8. Day, Uberlandia18.7 
 9. Nardi Duarte, Min.18.5 
 10. Giovannoni, Brasi.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Guilherme GIOVANNONI
  Brasilia
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Giovannoni, Brasil.9.2 
 2. Rodriguez, Flame.9.2 
 3. Ribeiro, Basque.8.8 
 4. Araujo, Mogi d.8.5 
 5. Agba, Bauru8.2 
 6. Antonio, S.Jose/U.8.1 
 7. Castellar, Limeira7.9 
 8. Teichmann, Franca7.8 
 9. Costa, S.Jose/U.7.5 
 10. Cipolini, Uberlan.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  S.Jose/U.
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. de Assis, S.Jose/U.8.0 
 2. Dos Santos, Brasil.6.1 
 3. Garcia, Uberlandia5.5 
 4. Boracini, Pinheiro.5.3 
 5. Lima, Limeira5.0 
 6. Campos, Suzano4.9 
 7. Pinheiro, Vila Vel.4.9 
 8. Collum, Uberlandia4.7 
 9. Smith, Pinheiro.4.6 
 10. Figueroa, Franca4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vitor BENITE
  Flamengo
  (190-F/G-90)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Benite, Flamengo0.3 
 2. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.2 
 3. Boracini, Pinheiro.0.2 
 4. Froehlich, Franca0.2 
 5. Stallworth, Pinhei.0.2 
 6. Giovannoni, Brasil.0.2 
 7. Ribeiro, Brasilia0.2 
 8. Alves, Brasilia0.2 
 9. Luz dos Sant., Fra.0.2 
 10. Collum, Uberlandia0.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jefferson CAMPOS
  Suzano
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campos, Suzano2.5 
 2. Neto, Liga Soroca.2.3 
 3. Figueroa, Franca2.2 
 4. de Assis, S.Jose/U.2.0 
 5. Nardi Duarte, Min.2.0 
 6. Simmons, Vila Velha1.9 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.8 
 8. Vieira, Flamengo1.8 
 9. Parker, Vila Velha1.7 
 10. Lima, Limeira1.7 



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Olin Edirne welcomes back Videnov - by Eurobasket News

Olin Edirne Basketball (TBL) landed 33-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport). Its actually his comeback to Edirne as he played here before. Videnov played recently at N.Novgorod in Russian PBL league. In 6 games 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 23 TBL 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 had a chance to explore 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 previouslyfor University National Team 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 will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @trendbasket)



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Al Jaysh signs Steve Tchiengang - by Eurobasket

Al Jaysh Army SC Doha (D1) signed 25-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Steve Tchiengang (205-98kg-88, college: Vanderbilt). He already started the season at Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in the U.S.. The last season Tchiengang played at Vanderbilt University in Southeastern Conference in the NCAA. In 35 games last year he had 3.4ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to win SEC Tournament.
Last year Tchiengang was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in fifth round (77th overall).
The former Vanderbilt University staris in his first season in pro basketball. He was also selected to prestigious Basketball Without Borders South African Camp back in 2004, where top African players were invited. It opened him possibility to start career in the U.S.
Tchiengang could be described: 69 forward who is a physical presence around the basket who can step out and hit a perimeter jumpshot to keep defenses honest.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Guangdong ST 19-3 
 2. Beijing Ducks 15-6 
 3. Shandong FB 15-7 
 4. Xinjiang FT 13-9 
 5. Liaoning H. 12-9 
 6. Shanxi Zh. 12-10 
 7. Guangsha L. 12-10 
 8. Bayi R. 11-11 
 9. TianJin S. 10-11 
 10. Zhejiang CB 10-11 
 11. DongGuan L. 10-11 
 12. Foshan LL 10-12 
 13. Jiangsu D. 8-13 
 14. Fujian QB 8-14 
 15. Jilin NE T. 7-15 
 16. Shanghai S. 7-15 
 17. Qingdao E. 5-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 16: Liaoning H. - Qingdao E. 97-99
Jan. 16: Fujian QB - Zhejiang CB 130-114
Jan. 16: Foshan LL - Jiangsu D. 118-110
Jan. 16: Guangsha L. - Bayi R. 113-73
Jan. 16: Shandong FB - Beijing Ducks 109-92
Jan. 15: Guangdong ST - DongGuan L. 107-97
Jan. 16: Xinjiang FT - Jilin NE T. 102-92
Jan. 15: Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S. 102-113

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 18: Jiangsu D. - Bayi R.
Jan. 18: Guangsha L. - Shanghai S.
Jan. 18: Zhejiang CB - Foshan LL
Jan. 18: Shanxi Zh. - Jilin NE T.
Jan. 18: DongGuan L. - Fujian QB
Jan. 18: Xinjiang FT - Liaoning H.
Jan. 18: Shandong FB - TianJin S.
Jan. 18: Qingdao E. - Beijing Ducks


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB32.3 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.32.2 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.9 
 4. Akognon, Liaoning.30.9 
 5. Randolph, Foshan30.4 
 6. Forbes, Guangsha29.6 
 7. Daniels, Qingdao E.29.5 
 8. Marbury, Beijing27.9 
 9. Spencer, Jilin N.27.9 
 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, Foshan13.9 
 4. Abbas, Shandong FB12.9 
 5. Harris, Jiangsu D.12.5 
 6. Wang, Fujian QB12.4 
 7. Li, Liaoning H.12.0 
 8. Daniels, Qingdao E.11.9 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.11.8 
 10. Siler, Jiangsu D.11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  TianJin S.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Daghles, TianJin S.10.6 
 2. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.6 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.6 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB5.6 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.5.2 
 6. Qahwash, Jiang.4.8 
 7. Hudson, DongGuan4.8 
 8. McGrady, Qingd.4.7 
 9. Douby, Zhejiang CB4.6 
 10. Gaines, Fujian QB4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Zhejiang CB
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Douby, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 2. Spencer, Jilin N.2.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 4. Jeter, Shandong FB2.2 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.1 
 6. Co, Xinjiang FT2.1 
 7. Han, Bayi R.2.1 
 8. Ding, Zhejiang CB2.1 
 9. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.1 
 10. Harris, Jiangsu D.2.0 
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.2.3 
 4. Yi, Guangdong ST2.1 
 5. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 6. Haislip, DongGuan.1.6 
 7. Wang, Bayi R.1.5 
 8. Yan, Shanxi Zh.1.5 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Daniels, Qingdao1.4 


Beijing Ducks lose to Shandong Bulls in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jinan. Third ranked host Shandong Bulls (15-7) defeated second-ranked Beijing Ducks (15-6) 109-92. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Beijing Ducks managed to win fourth quarter 39-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 28. They outrebounded Beijing Ducks 49-36 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shandong Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for center HanLin Tao (206-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) helped adding 19 points and 17 rebounds. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Shandong Bulls are looking forward to face TianJin Steel (#9) in Tianjin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles (#17) and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they edged fourth-ranked Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 99-97. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Daniels accounted for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Qingdao Eagles' coach ZhengXiu Jiang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) came up with 38 points (!!!) for Liaoning Hunters in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Qingdao Eagles. They maintain seventeenth place with 5-17 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Qingdao Eagles will play against league's second-placed Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liaoning Hunters will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige and will have a slim chance for a victory.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (19-3) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked DongGuan Leopards (10-11) in Dongguan 107-97. The best player for the winners was Jianlian Yi who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Marcus Haislip produced 43 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the guests. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Loser DongGuan Leopards dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zhejiang CB and TianJin S.. Guandong Tigers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DongGuan Leopards will play against Fujian (#14) in Jinjiang and hope to secure a win.
The game in Hangzhou supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Bayi Rockets (11-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (12-10). Zhejiang Guangsha Lions smashed Bayi Rockets 113-73. Gary Forbes orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Bayi Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#16) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Rockets will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#13) in Nanjing.
An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-11) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Fujian (8-14) 130-114 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Zhelin Wang who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian moved-up to fourteenth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Fujian will face higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Jilin NE T. lost to Xinjiang FT on the opponent's court 92-102. Foshan LL managed to outperform Jiangsu D. in a home game 118-110. Shanghai S. managed to beat Shanxi Zh. on the road 113-102.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Shanxi Zh..


Xinjiang FT - Jilin NE T. 102-92

Very expected game in Urumqi where 15th ranked Jilin Tigers (7-15) were defeated by fifth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (13-9) 102-92 on Wednesday. Xinjiang Flying Tige outrebounded Jilin Tigers 51-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) helped adding 25 points and 9 rebounds. American-Liberian power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-79, college: De Paul, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fourth place. Jilin Tigers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Liaoning Hunters (#5) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu (#6) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: H.Samuel 28+11reb+2ast, Z.Cheng 26+5reb, S.Dewarick 15+1reb+3ast, Z.Biao 10+1ast, L.Yao 6, L.Xudong 2+1reb
Xinjiang FT: W.Von 31+9reb+6ast, T.ZhengDong 25+9reb, J.Darnell 16+14reb+1ast, M.Kan 12+5reb, C.Tal 10+4reb+3ast, Y.Changdong 6+8reb
gschID: 228699


Shandong FB - Beijing Ducks 109-92

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jinan. Third ranked host Shandong Bulls (15-7) defeated second-ranked Beijing Ducks (15-6) 109-92. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Beijing Ducks managed to win fourth quarter 39-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 28. They outrebounded Beijing Ducks 49-36 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shandong Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for center HanLin Tao (206-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) helped adding 19 points and 17 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 26 points and international center YanXi Zhu (209-90) scored 22 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Guangdong ST. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Shandong Bulls are looking forward to face TianJin Steel (#9) in Tianjin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Qingdao Eagles (#17) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 26+2reb+3ast, Z.YanXi 22+4reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 17+7reb+2ast, W.Xiaohui 11+2reb, J.Zhe 7+13reb+3ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 6+7reb+6ast
Shandong FB: T.HanLin 24+12reb+3ast, J.Pooh 19+5reb+11ast, A.Zaid 19+17reb+2ast, Y.Ding 13+3reb+1ast, L.JingYu 11+2reb+1ast, S.Ran 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 228701


Foshan LL - Jiangsu D. 118-110

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Foshan's (10-12) home victory over 13th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (8-13) 118-110 on Wednesday. Jiangsu Dragons trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 31-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 110-118 at the end of the game. Foshan looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Jiangsu Dragons' players. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Guard LingXu Zeng (193-87) helped adding 20 points and 10 assists. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and international Li Yi (203-85) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. Four Foshan and five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Foshan. They maintain twelfth place with 10-12 record. Loser Jiangsu Dragons keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Foshan will face higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#10) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play at home against Bayi Rockets in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: Y.Li 30+6reb+3ast, H.Mike 25+14reb+1ast, S.Garret 18+16reb+3ast, M.Da 16+1reb+1ast, L.Yahui 11+3reb, Q.Imad 6+1reb+1ast
Foshan LL: R.Shavlik 31+11reb+1ast, Z.LingXu 20+1reb+10ast, M.Michel 16+4reb+6ast, R.Junwei 16+6reb+1ast, J.Mingxin 11+5reb+1ast, S.KangMing 10+10reb+1ast
gschID: 228700


Guangsha L. - Bayi R. 113-73

The game in Hangzhou supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Bayi Rockets (11-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (12-10). Zhejiang Guangsha Lions smashed Bayi Rockets 113-73. The game without a history. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Rockets' 26 and made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bayi Rockets 50-24 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Bayi Rockets' players. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Panamanian-American swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. International swingman Bo Zhang (199-89) answered with 26 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and the former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bayi Rockets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Bayi Rockets at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#16) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Rockets will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#13) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: Z.Bo 26+2reb+1ast, H.Shuo 16+1reb+4ast, M.Ke 14+3reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Chen 4+3reb+1ast, L.Shunan 3+1reb
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 22+8reb, F.Gary 21+8reb+8ast, L.Chih-Chieh 15+2reb+3ast, W.Zirui 13+6reb+6ast, S.Ruoyu 10+4reb+1ast, W.Zheng 9+9reb
gschID: 228698


Liaoning H. - Qingdao E. 97-99

Bottom-ranked Qingdao Eagles managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they edged fourth-ranked Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 99-97. Liaoning Hunters were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Qingdao Eagles made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Qingdao Eagles had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Liaoning Hunters were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Tracy McGrady (203-79) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Chris Daniels (211-84, college: Limoges) accounted for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Qingdao Eagles players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles' coach ZhengXiu Jiang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian-American point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) came up with 38 points (!!!) and forward TianJu He (203-90) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Liaoning Hunters in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Qingdao Eagles. They maintain seventeenth place with 5-17 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Qingdao Eagles will play against league's second-placed Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liaoning Hunters will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 38+1reb+2ast, H.TianJu 22+5reb+2ast, J.Solomon 14+8reb, G.Ailun 8+2reb+8ast, Y.Ming 7+4reb, L.XiaoXu 4+15reb+6ast
Qingdao E.: M.Tracy 31+6reb+6ast, D.Chris 24+11reb+4ast, Y.GengLin 19+6reb+2ast, F.Qi 10+6reb+4ast, W.Gang 7+3reb, C.Kai 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 228697


Fujian QB - Zhejiang CB 130-114

An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where higher ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-11) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Fujian (8-14) 130-114 on Wednesday. Fujian outrebounded Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank 57-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international Zhelin Wang (215-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) helped adding 26 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward Eddy Curry (211-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) scored 38 points (!!!). Five Fujian and four Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian moved-up to fourteenth place. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Fujian will face higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: D.Quincy 38+3reb+3ast, C.Eddy 27+14reb+4ast, G.SongLin 18+1reb+3ast, W.Qian 10+4reb+5ast, X.YoBo 6, J.Peng 6+3reb
Fujian QB: M.Will 26+14reb+1ast, W.Zhelin 25+19reb+2ast, Z.TaiLong 24+5reb+2ast, Z.QiXin 21+7reb+3ast, G.Sundiata 14+7reb+6ast, L.Hang 10
gschID: 228702


Guangdong ST - DongGuan L. 107-97

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (19-3) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked DongGuan Leopards (10-11) in Dongguan 107-97. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international Jianlian Yi (212-87) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American power forward Ike Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) produced 43 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Blake Ahearn (188-84, college: Missouri St.) added 24 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 19-3 record. Loser DongGuan Leopards dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Zhejiang CB and TianJin S.. Guandong Tigers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DongGuan Leopards will play against Fujian (#14) in Jinjiang and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: H.Marcus 43+7reb, A.Blake 24+2reb+2ast, Z.Jie 9+1reb+2ast, S.TongLin 8+6reb+1ast, H.Chih-Shan 7+1reb+2ast, S.Zhe 3+4reb
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 40+10reb, D.Ike 21+11reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 17+5reb, W.Terrence 11+4reb+4ast, L.XiaoYu 5+1reb+5ast, Z.FangYu 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 228696


Shanxi Zh. - Shanghai S. 102-113

There was an upset in Taiyuan where higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-10) was defeated by sixteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (7-15) 113-102 on Tuesday. It was a great shooting night for Shanghai Sharks especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shanghai Sharks made 7 blocks. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American guard Gilbert Arenas (192-82, college: Arizona) helped adding 28 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and international forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Shanxi Zhongyu lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 39+15reb+3ast, D.JiangPeng 24+7reb+1ast, X.Jia 16+11reb+3ast, S.TianGui 9+6reb, Z.XueWen 5+2reb+2ast, B.ZhaoBao 4+3reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: L.Wei 37+2reb+5ast, A.Gilbert 28+13reb+2ast, W.D.J. 23+12reb, L.Ziqui 8+3reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 8+12reb+1ast, C.Liang 4+2reb+1ast
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  CROATIA   

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


Tomislav Zubcic could sign at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) is about to tab 23-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) who currently plays KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatia. In four Eurocup games this season he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Zubcic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg.
Zubcic averaged 5.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup last season. He also notched 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in Adriatic League for Cibona.
The previous (10-11) season he also played at Cibona in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Zubcic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games that season he had 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Zubcic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 9.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
Last year Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by? Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic played for Croatian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. Zubcics team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%.
Zubcic has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar and Rudes).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 11-3 
 2. AEK 10-4 
 3. Etha 10-4 
 4. Apollon 8-6 
 5. Apoel 7-7 
 6. AEL 5-9 
 7. ENAD 3-11 
 8. Omonia 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 15: Omonia - Apollon 82-83
Jan. 15: Apoel - Etha 70-71
Jan. 15: ENAD - AEL 68-54
Jan. 15: Keravnos - AEK 67-75


Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Jeremy ALLEN
  Omonia
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Allen, Omonia19.0 
 2. Brown, Apollon18.5 
 3. Pesic, AEL16.6 
 4. Aleksic, AEL16.3 
 5. Outerbridge, AEL16.2 
 6. Fisher, AEK15.8 
 7. Crocker, Keravnos15.4 
 8. Maze, Keravnos14.2 
 9. Diggs, Omonia13.5 
 10. Kapelan, Apollon13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orion OUTERBRIDGE
  AEL
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Outerbridge, AEL9.0 
 2. Pesic, AEL8.0 
 3. Diggs, Omonia7.6 
 4. Aleksic, AEL7.3 
 5. Vaughn, Keravnos6.6 
 6. Brown, Apollon6.6 
 7. Kaskiris, ENAD6.3 
 8. Jefferson, Apollon6.3 
 9. Fisher, AEK6.2 
 10. Wells, Apoel5.8 
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. Demertzis, Kerav.4.3 
 5. Dorsey, Apollon4.0 
 6. Palalas, AEL3.9 
 7. Stiggers, Apoel3.7 
 8. Adegboye, Etha3.2 
 9. Panteli, AEK3.2 
 10. Dixon, AEK2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Palalas, AEL2.7 
 2. Stiggers, Apoel2.5 
 3. Brown, Apollon1.8 
 4. Dorsey, Apollon1.8 
 5. Diggs, Omonia1.8 
 6. Poole, Etha1.7 
 7. Panteli, AEK1.7 
 8. Hamilton, ENAD1.7 
 9. Demertzis, Kerav.1.5 
 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, Keravnos1.6 
 4. Baker, Omonia1.5 
 5. Harrison, AEK1.4 
 6. Brown, Apollon1.4 
 7. Morrison, Apoel1.1 
 8. Chan, Apoel0.8 
 9. Sims, ENAD0.5 
 10. Loizidis, AEL0.5 



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EuroCup: Valencia prove strength in Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Valencia 77:82

Valencia rallied to the second win in a row at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Nymburk for 2-0 record in Group J. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 19 points and 6 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Valencia opened the game with five straight points and dominated throughout the first quarter. They recorded a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Dubljevic opened a double-digit lead early in the second term. However Nymburk used a 12:3 run later in the quarter to gain a 37:34 lead. The hosts eventually finished the first half up by one point 40:39. However the third term turned disastrous for the home team. Valencia went on a stunning 28:11 run to leave the hosts far behind. The Spaniards seemed en route to an easy win when they led by 13 points with 7 minutes remaining however Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed eight points in a row to drag Nymburk within 5 points 66:71. Later Lukas Palyza (201-F-89) drained back-to-back three-pointers as Nymburk levelled things up at 76. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) came up with timely four points for Valencia to stop the rot. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) followed with two free throws and the visitors ran away with a tough win at the end. Justin Doellman netted 18 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel (190-G-85) and Thomas Kelati added 14 points apiece for the winning side. Radoslav Rancik responded with 24 points for Nymburk. Lukas Palyza chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 24, Lukas Palyza 18
Valencia: Bojan Dubljevic 19, Justin Doellman 18, Rodrigo San Miguel 14, Thomas Kelati 14



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 17-2 
 2. Bakken 15-4 
 3. Horsens IC 15-4 
 4. SISU 10-8 
 5. Naestved 10-8 
 6. Randers 7-10 
 7. Horsholm 5-12 
 8. Vaerlose 5-14 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-14 
 10. Aalborg 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 16: Horsholm - Svendborg 77-85
Jan. 16: Vaerlose - Horsens IC 75-95
Jan. 16: Bakken - Aarhus BC 74-65
Jan. 17: Randers - Aalborg
Jan. 17: SISU - Naestved


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colas, Randers24.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.24.0 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC21.8 
 4. Ocana, Randers20.6 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.3 
 6. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.3 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg19.3 
 9. Delk, Vaerlose19.2 
 10. Tomko, Bakken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Randers
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Colas, Randers14.8 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.2 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC9.8 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus8.9 
 5. Walker, Naestved8.4 
 6. Washington, Svend.8.3 
 7. Baker, Vaerlose7.7 
 8. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Moritz, SISU7.5 
 10. Iversen, Bakken7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ortega, Randers7.4 
 2. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.1 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg5.7 
 4. Nielsen, SISU5.2 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.9 
 6. Tomko, Bakken4.5 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 8. Jonsson, Aarhus BC4.2 
 9. Jakobsen, Bakken3.9 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC2.9 
 2. Tomko, Bakken2.4 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.3 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose2.2 
 5. Jukic, Horsens IC2.1 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 7. Walker, Naestved1.8 
 8. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 9. Ortega, Randers1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Washington, Svend.2.8 
 2. Colas, Randers2.6 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.4 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 6. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.0.9 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 9. Smith, SISU0.9 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose0.8 



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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. 12-7 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 11-10 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 11-10 
 6. Erie Bay H. 10-8 
 7. Iowa E. 6-13 
 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. 6-11 
 8. Idaho S. 6-15 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 15: Sioux Falls S. - Santa Cruz W. 99-83
Jan. 16: Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 91-84
Jan. 16: Iowa E. - Santa Cruz W. 106-109
Jan. 16: Los Angeles D. - Ft.Wayne MA 102-104
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. Almond, Iowa E.20.0 
 6. Fortson, Los A.19.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.2 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.19.0 
 9. Summers, Maine RC18.8 
 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. Butch, Bakersfi.10.3 
 4. Harris, Iowa E.10.0 
 5. Jackson, Austin T.9.7 
 6. Evans, Idaho S.9.3 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Summers, Maine RC8.4 
 10. Kennedy, Erie B.8.4 
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.6.1 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.6 
 6. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 7. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 8. Kennedy, Erie B.5.1 
 9. McNeal, Bakersfi.4.9 
 10. Howard, Ft.Wayne.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamario MOON
  Los A.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moon, Los A.2.7 
 2. Scott, Springfield2.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Canton2.1 
 4. Downs, Maine RC2.0 
 5. McNeal, Bakersfi.2.0 
 6. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 7. Holiday, Idaho S.1.9 
 8. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 9. Johnson, Rio G.1.8 
 10. James, Bakersfi.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. Johnson, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Reed, Springfield2.0 
 8. Flowers, Los A.1.9 
 9. Eric, Canton C.1.9 
 10. Foster, Sioux F.1.8 


Plumlee joins Ants again - by Eurobasket News

I'm not sure about Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90), himself, but his car is getting quite the workout. The 6-foot-11 center has once again been assigned to the Mad Ants from the Indiana Pacers. It's the sixth time the Pacers have shipped the former Duke star to play with the Ants of the NBA D-League. Plumlee has played in more Mad Ants games this season (seven) than Pacers games (six). With the Ants, he has averaged 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and a tick over 32 minutes. With the Pacers, his averages are 1.0, 1.3 and 3.7. Plumlee's car got a break this time, since he flew out to Los Angeles to join the Ants for their 10 p.m. game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders tonight. The Ants (10-10) are in search of their eighth consecutive win.
Courtesy of: journalgazette.net



Benson leaves Erie Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Keith Benson (210-104kg-88, college: Oakland) left Erie Bay Hawks. In 17 D-League games he played this season he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5bpg.
The last season Benson played at the Warriors (NBA). But in three games last year he did not score anything and had only 3 rebounds. He also played at Sioux Falls Skyforce that season. In 20 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5bpg. Benson was called during the season by the Atlanta Hawks. The other team he played shortly was Banco di Sardegna Sassari (SerieA) in Italian SerieA. In four games he had 5.5ppg and 5.8rpg.
Two years ago Benson was drafted by Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in second round (48th overall). He attended Oakland University until 2011 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bensons college team won Summit League Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). He received also All-Summit League Player of the Year award and All-Summit League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011.
Bensons game is described as: Hes yet too green to play at professional level, but has a 7-2 wingspan, great leaping ability and athletic skills. Great upside at center position, but needs of some playing time yet.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EGYPT   


Egypt Defeated Qatar In The Friendly Match - by Eurobasket News

The Egyptian national team win over Annabi , 79/66 in the friendly match, which was held yesterday evening At Gharafa in the framework of the three friendly matches played by the Egyptian national team during the camp, in preparation for his participation in the African qualifying tournament .. The meeting was attended by HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani Chairman of the basketball Federation and Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Morsi and Dr. Majdi Abu Vrikhah Prime Egyptian Federation and Muhammad Ali Hobash General Secretary and Ahmed Bokachihh and Khamis Al Shuraim member Board of Directors and Saadoun Kuwari, executive director of the of Basketball Federation.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 13-0 
 2. Tarvas 13-4 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 10-5 
 4. TTU 9-7 
 5. Valga 8-8 
 6. Rapla 6-10 
 7. Parnu 5-10 
 8. Tln Kalev 4-13 
 9. Hito/Johvi 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 16: Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 73-60
Jan. 18: Tln Kalev - Parnu
Jan. 18: TU/Rock - Valga
Jan. 19: Rapla - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Laksa, Tarvas17.1 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas16.2 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas15.7 
 4. Matulionis, Parnu15.6 
 5. Akenparg, TTU15.4 
 6. Okoye, Tln Kalev15.2 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev14.9 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.14.3 
 9. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.2 
 10. Pilk, Rapla13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Raadik, Parnu11.5 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.5 
 3. Lindmets, Tarvas9.4 
 4. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.2 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.1 
 7. Grafs, Valga6.9 
 8. Keedus, TTU6.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga6.7 
 10. Grim, Valga6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Parnu
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Peciukeviciu., Par.5.5 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas5.2 
 3. Keedus, TTU5.0 
 4. Cunda, Valga4.0 
 5. Campbell, Tln Kalev3.8 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.8 
 7. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.7 
 8. Pilk, Rapla2.6 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.2 
 10. Raap, Parnu2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tamm, Tarvas2.6 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 3. Akenparg, TTU2.1 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.9 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 6. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.7 
 7. Campbell, Tln Kalev1.6 
 8. Saare, Hito/Johvi1.5 
 9. Pilk, Rapla1.5 
 10. Lindmets, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew ARNOLD
  TTU
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev0.8 
 3. Saks, Tarvas0.7 
 4. Grim, Valga0.7 
 5. Saarmets, TTU0.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu0.6 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu0.6 
 8. Tambre, Hito/Johvi0.5 
 9. Lindmets, Tarvas0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


BC Tarvas tabs A.J.Stewart - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas, the current nr.2 team in Estonia and Group D leader in Baltic Basketball League TOP16 stage, has added a new player to their frontcourt. A.J. Stewart (205-F-88, college: Texas St.) started the season in BK Iskra Svit (Slovakia) where he averaged 13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg in 18 games.
Tarvas had a former Latvian NT member Raitis Grafs under the basket at the beginning of the season but he moved to another Estonian club, Valga. Since then, Tarvas has basically played without a center, very successfully, though.



BBL: Tarvas beats Barsy to take lead in group D - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas took a firm 96:75 (41:34) against Barsy Aturau to take the lead in Group D of Baltic Basketball League TOP 16 stage. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 21 points, 7 rbs and 4 ast, Maris Laksa (205-F-81, college: Providence) poured 20 points against his former team and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) added 14 points + 6 rbs. For Barsy, who ominate the game in opening minutes, Vadym Matykuevich scored 15 points + 8 rbs.

On Friday, Tarvas and Barsy will meet again.



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

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Montepaschi Siena (11-4) to beat Banco di Sardegna Sassari (12-3). Kangur scored 8 points in 22 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena was crushed 96-66 on the road by the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari. This year Kangur averages: 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 45.3%(24-53) and FT: 84.6% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Reinar Hallik (208-84, currently plays in Romania). Hallik led Craiova to a victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara (4-13) 87-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Tuesday. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. SCM CSU Craiova (12-5) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala. Hallik's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hallik's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 83.3%, 3FGP: 25.0%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Janar Talts (207-83, currently plays in Italy). Talts was not able to help Cimberio Varese (13-2) in their game against Umana Venezia (7-8) in the Italian SerieA. It was not his best game last Sunday. Talts scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. The league leader Cimberio Varese was edged 87-85 in Venezia by the much lower-ranked (#9) Umana. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Talts' overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(18-27), 3FGP: 37.5% in the 15 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #4. Power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for Namika Lahti (5-17) in their game against KTP-Basket (16-6) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Vaino recorded 5 points. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was defeated 82-67 at home by the much higher-ranked KTP-Basket (#4). It was Namika Lahti's eighth consecutive loss in a row. It's Vaino's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 1.7ppg and 1.5rpg. Vaino is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #5. Former international center Viljar Veski (215-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palma (4-8) in their game against Clinicas Rincon (8-4) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Veski recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. Palma lost 61-66 in Malaga to the higher-ranked (#3) Clinicas Rincon. It was Palma's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Veski's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team three years ago.

Kent-Kaarel Vene
Kent-Kaarel Vene
   #6. Shooting guard Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-94, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras to win against the closely-ranked Suduva-Mantinga (15-9) 80-76 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Friday night. Vene scored only 4 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio krepsinio centras (14-10) is placed eighth in the NKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Vene averages just 1.7ppg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90) plays for Rudupis in Lithuanian LKL
Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) plays for Kavala in Greek A1
Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Karl-Robin Jurjens (199-F-96) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Kaspar Kaljula (182-G-89) plays for Sverresborg in Norwegian 1Div.

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


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

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
   #1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help one of league's weakest teams Hoverla (14-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hoverla lost 63-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Halychyna. Dykes was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 3 steals in 38 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg in the 26 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Jeral Davis
Jeral Davis
   #2. Jeral Davis (216-C-84, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Shimane Magic (17-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Davis' very good performance the third-placed Shimane Magic was edged 91-90 on the road by the much lower-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) in the Western group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 16 rebounds. Davis also added 5 blocks. Davis is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg and 3.6bpg. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown
   #3. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar., currently plays in Cyprus) led Apollon to a victory over one of league's weakest teams ENAD (2-11) crushing them 103-81 in the Cypriot Division A on Sunday night. Brown was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and made 4 blocks in 28 minutes. Forex Time Apollon (7-6) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Brown is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Brown averages: 18.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4bpg and 1.8spg in the 11 games he played so far. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

James Tyler
James Tyler
   #4. James Tyler (218-C-88, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Chernomorets to a victory over the league outsider U20 (0-12) crushing them 91-70 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Tyler recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 7 blocks. Chernomorets Burgas (4-7) is placed eighth in the NBL. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. It's Tyler's first season with the team. Tyler is ranked second 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. Tyler averages: 18.9ppg, 13.6rpg and 2.8bpg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2010 Tyler attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Dublin.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #5. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LBL could not help Jekabpils (10-8) in their last game. Despite Hill jr.'s very good performance Jekabpils was edged in an overtime 95-93 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) Liepaja. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Hill jr. also added made 3 passes and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Jekabpils' first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hill jr. is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games he played so far. He played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Team Venice.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #6. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) led TBB Trier to a victory over one of league's weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-14) 79-73 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. Linhart was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). TBB Trier (10-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. Linhart has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg. He attended four years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Justin Knox
Justin Knox
   #7. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to a victory over the second-ranked Maliye Milli (13-4) 84-80 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Saturday night's game. Knox was the top player that evening. He scored 31 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Knox's second season in pro basketball. Vestelspor Manisa (11-6) is placed seventh in the TB2L. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Knox is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Knox averages: 19.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg in the 17 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Cologne, Germany in 2011.

Christopher Long
Christopher Long
   #8. Christopher Long (187-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Elon, currently plays in Poland) led Siarka Jezioro to an overtime victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (3-13) 101-96 in the Polish TBL last Saturday. Long recorded 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (6-10) is placed ninth in the TBL. Long's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. He played two years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

Steven Bennett
Steven Bennett
   #9. Steven Bennett (173-PG-88, college: Chaminade, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Spot Up Medien Baskets (6-8) in their last game. Despite Bennett's very good performance Spot Up Medien Baskets (#6) was edged in an overtime 81-80 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) BSV Wulfen in the Group North. He was the top scorer with 35 points. Bennett also added 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 43 minutes. It was Spot Up Medien Baskets' first loss after four consecutive victories. Bennett has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 28.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.0apg and 3.0spg in the three games he played so far. He attended in 2012 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Marcus Arnold
Marcus Arnold
   #10. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Aliaga (6-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Aliaga was defeated 94-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3). Arnold was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Arnold is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 5.7rpg. Worth to mention Arnold played also for Warsaw at the ESL in Chicago five years ago.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Bonn hold their nerve to win Last 16 opening game - by Diamadis Farmakis

Telekom Baskets Bonn hit key free throws in the final minute to continue Okapi Aalstar's disappointing start to 2013 with a 65-60 victory in their EuroChallenge Group L opener. 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.

But when it came to crunch time Bonn scored the final six points of the game to come from behind and take the win inside the final 60 seconds

Christopher Young's dunk had given Okapi a 60-59 lead with 75 ticks left, but they were the last points they would score, while twenty seconds later, Jonas Wohlfarth-Botterman hit a lay-up to put Bonn back in front. Derek Raivio missed a lay-up for Okapi and Benas Veikalas drew the foul to go to the line and add two more points.

Thomas Dreesen then came up empty with a three-pointer and Bonn killed the clock before Kyle Weems (198-F-89, college: Missouri St.) settled it with two more shots from the line.

Weems finished with 15 points for Bonn while Veikalas had 12 and Chris Ensminger 10. Ioana Tofi led Okapi with 15 points while Noah Hartsock had 14 and Raivio 12.



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  EUROCUP   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 2

I

Jan. 16: Banvit BK - Buducnost 89-80
Jan. 16: Triumph - Budivelnyk 84-85

J

Jan. 15: VEF Riga - Gescrap BB 99-76
Jan. 16: CEZ Nymburk - Valencia 77-82

K

Jan. 16: Lokomotiv - Stelmet ZG 96-87
Jan. 16: Spartak SP - Cajasol 78-59

L

Jan. 16: Unics - Ratiopharm 87-95
Jan. 16: Crvena Zvezda - Galatasaray 74-91

Top 16: Round 3

I

Jan. 23: Banvit BK - Triumph
Jan. 23: Budivelnyk - Buducnost

J

Jan. 23: Gescrap BB - Valencia
Jan. 23: CEZ Nymburk - VEF Riga

K

Jan. 23: Stelmet ZG - Spartak SP
Jan. 23: Cajasol - Lokomotiv

L

Jan. 23: Unics - Crvena Zvezda
Jan. 22: Galatasaray - Ratiopharm


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG21.5 
 2. McKee, Triumph20.3 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena20.0 
 4. Pappas, Panionios19.8 
 5. Diener, Banco d.19.2 
 6. Thornton, Banco d.18.7 
 7. Davis, Banvit BK17.9 
 8. Walsh, Spirou17.6 
 9. Ray, Ratiopharm17.6 
 10. Eidson, Unics17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.1 
 2. Landry, Triumph7.6 
 3. Stevic, Stelmet ZG7.6 
 4. Lyons, Budivelnyk7.6 
 5. Maric, Lokomotiv7.5 
 6. Stimac, Banvit BK7.4 
 7. Duncan, Hapoel J-M7.0 
 8. Hervelle, Gescr.7.0 
 9. Fells, Hapoel J-M6.7 
 10. Easley, Banco d.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Travis DIENER
  Banco d.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Diener, Banco d.8.5 
 2. Calathes, Lokom.7.3 
 3. Everett, Cholet6.3 
 4. Greer, Azovmash6.2 
 5. Turner, Trefl Sopot5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.7 
 7. McKee, Triumph5.4 
 8. Markovic, Valencia5.4 
 9. Satoransky, Cajasol5.3 
 10. Wright, Spartak SP5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  Panionios
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pappas, Panionios2.7 
 2. Chatman, Unics2.1 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 4. Kovacevic, Cibona2.0 
 5. Mejia, Banvit BK1.9 
 6. Fells, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 7. Pullen, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 8. Hosley, Stelmet ZG1.8 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
 10. Greene, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit BK
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Davis, Banvit BK1.5 
 2. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.5 
 3. Looby, Trefl Sopot1.2 
 4. King, Art.Dragons1.0 
 5. Booker, Panionios1.0 
 6. Fischer, BC Donet.1.0 
 7. Naymick, CEZ N.1.0 
 8. Ndong, Galatasaray1.0 
 9. Theis, Ratiopharm0.9 
 10. Anisimovas, Budiv.0.9 


Results and Stats from Last 16 Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Group I
Banvit BK - Buducnost 89-80
Banvit clinched the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Buducnost for 1-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 17 points each to pace the Turkish team. Buducnost set ambitions high with a flying first quarter. The Montenegrin side dropped 22 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Banvit matched the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts poured in 30 points in the period to ensure a 48:42 halftime lead. Buducnost kept within striking distance throughout the third term. The visitors got as close as one point after a layup by Dusko Bunic. However Banvit were able to open a 69:65 lead heading into the fourth frame. The hosts opened the fourth frame on a 5:0 run to clear off. Buducnost trimmed the deficit to 4 points midway through the fourth term but Sammy Mejia and Charles Davis made it 88:78 with just over a minute remaining and Banvit never looked back en route to the win. Sammy Mejia and Serkan Erdogan delivered 14 points apiece for the winning side. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 16 points for Buducnost. Cedomir Vitkovac had 15 points in the losing case.

Triumph - Budivelnyk 84-85
Budivelnyk marched to the second straight win in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Kying team snatched a tough road win over Triumph tonight to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group I. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Missouri) scored 26 points including a game-winning jumper with just over a minute remaining in regulation to carry the visitors to the victory. Budivelnyk started the game strongly. They erupted for 26 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 3-point lead. The visitors stayed red-hot offensively in the second term. The Ukrainian team fired 27 points to establish a 53:47 halftime lead. Triumph however turned things around in the third term. The Russian side adjusted defensively to limit Budivelnyk to just 12 points in the third term. It paid off as the hosts surged ahead for a 74:65 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Budivelnyk refused to give up and eventually Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) put the visitors in front 81:80 with under three minutes remaining. Kyle Landry dunked the ball for a narrow Triumph lead but Leo Lyons answered straight back to keep the visitors in charge. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) converted a layup for another lead change however Leo Lyons stepped up again for the Kyiv outfit and sealed the victory Budivelnyk. Sergiy Gorbenko notched 14 points, while Malcolm Delaney finished with 16 points for the winners. Tywain McKee answered with 21 points and 7 assists for Triumph. Sergey Karasev had 17 points in the losing case.

Group J
VEF Riga - Gescrap BB 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 finished with 16 points, while Donatas Zavackas added 11 points for VEF Riga. Kostas Vasiliadis answered with 20 points for Bilbao. Raul Lopez provided 15 points in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Valencia 77-82
Valencia rallied to the second win in a row at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Nymburk for 2-0 record in Group J. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 19 points and 6 rebounds to pace the visitors. Valencia opened the game with five straight points and dominated throughout the first quarter. They recorded a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Bojan Dubljevic opened a double-digit lead early in the second term. However Nymburk used a 12:3 run later in the quarter to gain a 37:34 lead. The hosts eventually finished the first half up by one point 40:39. However the third term turned disastrous for the home team. Valencia went on a stunning 28:11 run to leave the hosts far behind. The Spaniards seemed en route to an easy win when they led by 13 points with 7 minutes remaining however Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) nailed eight points in a row to drag Nymburk within 5 points 66:71. Later Lukas Palyza drained back-to-back three-pointers as Nymburk levelled things up at 76. Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) came up with timely four points for Valencia to stop the rot. Thomas Kelati followed with two free throws and the visitors ran away with a tough win at the end. Justin Doellman netted 18 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel and Thomas Kelati added 14 points apiece for the winning side. Radoslav Rancik responded with 24 points for Nymburk. Lukas Palyza chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Group K
Lokomotiv - Stelmet ZG 96-87
Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances), Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) and Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) teamed up for 61 points to carry Lokomotiv past Stelmet ZG in EuroCup Last 16 round tonight. The Russian thus celebrated the second straight win in Group K. Stelmet ZG fell at 1-1 record after the defeat. It was never an easy affair for the hosts. Lokomotiv eked out a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. But Stelmet ZG exploded with 30 points in the second frame and gained a 49:47 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv picked up the tempo in the third quarter. The hosts went on a 24:11 rally to build a comfortable 71:60 advantage at the final intermission. Stelmet Zielona Gora fought bravely scoring 27 points in the fourth frame but Lokomotiv almost matched the effort and secured the winning outcome at the end. Simas Jasaitis provided 21 points, while Mantas Kalnietis and Nick Calathes added 20 points each for the hosts. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) answered with 22 points for Stelmet Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic had 15 points in the loss.

Spartak SP - Cajasol 78-59
Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched a comfortable home over Cajasol in the second round of EuroCup Last 16 stage. Josh Carter (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 14 points to pace the Russian team to the first win in Group K. Cajasol fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Spartak held the Spaniards to just 13 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. Spartak fired 24 points in the second quarter to boost the lead. They accumulated a 41:28 halftime advantage. Spartak stayed aggressive defensivly after the big break. Cajasol managed just 11 points in the third term to face a massive 15-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spartak unloaded 24 points in the final period to ensure the winning outcome at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) notched 13 points, while Fedor Dmitriev added 11 points for Spartak. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points for Cajasol. Latavious Williams had 12 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Group L
Crvena Zvezda - Galatasaray 74-91
Galatasaray earned the second win at the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade to gain 1-1 record in Group L. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) fired 22 points to pace the Turkish team. Galatasaray dropped 22 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They gained a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Galatasaray stayed aggressive offensively in the second term. The visitors unloaded 27 points in the period and ensured a 7-point lead at the interval 49:42. Crvena Zvezda struggled to get within striking distance throughout the third term. The hosts faced an 11-point deficit at the final break. Galatasaray posted 20 points in the fourth frame and gave no chance for the home team to recover. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) provided 19 points, while Boniface Ndong added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) answered with 16 points for Crvena Zvezda. DeMarcus Nelson chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Unics - Ratiopharm 87-95
Ratiopharm Ulm opened win count in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They shocked Unics in Kazan to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record in Group L. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) stepped up with 20 points to pace the German side to an important victory. Ulm jumped to an early lead. The visitors gained a 24:21 advantage after ten minutes. Unics erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 42:39 lead in the second term. Ulm however managed to draw things level at 46 after twenty minutes. Ulm used a 12:0 run in the third term to take a 58:48 lead. Unics got closer but still faced a 4-point deficit heading into the final term 59:63. Theis and Per Guenther (185-PG-88) (185-PG-88) helped Ulm to an 82:71 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. John Bryant and Per Guenther went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the win for the visitors. Per Guenther provided 19 points and 6 assists, while John Bryant added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) answered with 31 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday had 10 points in defeat.



Rowland's 30-point game gives him (Top 16) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Earl Rowland (188-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked VEF Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds for VEF Riga in his team's victory, helping them to crush Gescrap BB (#4, 0-2) with 23-point margin 99-76. VEF Riga is placed at 2nd position in Eurocup group J. VEF Riga is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Rowland had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team.

Second best performed player last round was Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Unics. He is American forward in his first season at Unics. In the last game Eidson recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Unics lost that game 87-95 to Ratiopharm (1-1). The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Eidson is a newcomer at Unics and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Leo Lyons (206-F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of league's leader Budivelnyk. Lyons scored 26 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Budivelnyk, leading his team to a 85-84 win against #4 ranked Triumph in a game of the week. Budivelnyk has a very good start of the Top 16. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Lyons also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Lyons has a great season in Eurocup. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (4th best). He also has FGP: 55.2% and 3PT: 42.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Lokomotiv - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
5. John Bryant (208-C-87) of Ratiopharm - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Per Guenther (185-PG-88) of Ratiopharm - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87) of Banvit BK - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of CEZ Nymburk - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86) of Lokomotiv - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists

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



Interview: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - by Diamadis Farmakis

Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida), is the leader of Lokomotiv Kuban. He joined Lokomotiv this summer after three years with Panathinaikos to which he helped to win the Euroleague title in 2011 and he targets now to conquer Eurocup with his new team. The Greek international player spoke to the official site of Eurocup Basketball, about the season he is having in Russia and about his team.

Lokomotiv won its regular season group and grabbed a big road win in St Petersburg, but has it been as easy as it looked?

"No, not at all and I think we didn't play well in the beginning but got new players that came to help us. We had some big wins and a tough loss against Galatasaray. We are playing well in the Eurocup and we want to keep the momentum going after the win against Spartak. We have to play in the VTB League, too. The Eurocup is the most important competition for us. It is our goal this season - to win the competition and go to the Euroleague. We have to keep playing well and I think we can do that - play better and better. This team has never been to the Euroleague and want to do this. It is one of the reasons I came to this team - to help Lokomotiv to reach that goal, and hopefully we can achieve it."

Your next game is against Stelmet Zielona Gora. Their best player, Walter Hodge, was your college teammate at Florida for two years. Are you looking forward to seeing him and playing against him?

"Walter is playing very well! He is leading a very tough team. We have to protect our home court but playing against him will be exciting. We know that every game from the Last 16 until the end of the season will be really tough. It will be great to see Walter - we haven't seen each other since we were in college. We will probably have dinner together and stuff like this. Hopefully I will be able to see his family and kids in Poland."

You are seeing more playing time than ever in your professional career. Did you need any kind of adjustment to that?

"No, not at all, I am used to it. I have played this kind of playing time for the best part of my life. I know coming in that I would have a much bigger role in this team. Panathinaikos is one of the best teams in Europe and I was playing behind Dimitris Diamantidis. I am excited to have a bigger role even when I would never take anything out of the years I had with Panathinaikos. This is a new beginning, a new start for me. I had a solid year so far and hopefully I can keep helping this team."

Not a lot of people in Europe know about Lokomotiv and the city of Krasnodar. What can you tell us about it?

"The city is not Athens, but there are things to do. It it just a different city. I have great teammates, which is great. That's always the best part - playing with great teammates. The gym is very nice, I think it holds around 7,000 people. The fans are more calm than in Athens. Overall, it is a different atmosphere than in Panathinaikos, some in a good way. We have good friends, a great organization and a great place. The president wants us to win and that is always interesting. He is doing everything he can to make it happen. It is all you can ask for a club."

Not many players have won the Euroleague and the Eurocup. What would it mean for you to join that list and lead Lokomotiv to the Eurocup title?

"It would be huge - that is our main goal. It would be great for the organization and hopefully we can do it. We can win the Eurocup, go to the Euroleague and play the best competition. We have the team to challenge for the title even when we have to keep getting better and build on each win. We have the players and the coach to do it."



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

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

Top 16: Round 4

E

Jan. 16: ALBA - Panathinaikos 73-79
Jan. 17: Zalgiris - CSKA
Jan. 17: Unicaja - Real Madrid
Jan. 17: Brose Bask. - Anadolu Efes

F

Jan. 17: Besiktas - FCB Regal
Jan. 18: Fener.Ulker - Caja Laboral
Jan. 18: Olympiacos - Montepaschi
Jan. 18: Khimky - Maccabi T-A


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepaschi
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Brown, Montepaschi20.9 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.17.8 
 3. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 4. Weems, CSKA16.9 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.8 
 6. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 7. Aradori, Cantu15.0 
 8. Krstic, CSKA14.6 
 9. Jerrells, Besiktas14.6 
 10. Hickman, Maccabi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Un.Olimpija
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Un.Olimpija9.8 
 2. Bourousis, EA7 A.8.3 
 3. Williams, Chalon7.6 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.5 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.4 
 8. Tomic, FCB Regal6.2 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos6.2 
 10. James, Maccabi T.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.5.9 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.8 
 3. Brown, Montepaschi5.6 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 5. Blassingame, Assec.5.1 
 6. Cook, EA7 Armani5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 8. Farmar, Anadolu4.2 
 9. Tabu-Eboma, Cantu4.2 
 10. Westermann, Parti.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hickman, Maccabi2.0 
 2. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 3. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 4. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA1.6 
 6. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA1.5 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.5 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.4 
 5. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 6. Falker, Besiktas1.2 
 7. Vidmar, Besiktas1.2 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 
 10. Gordon, Partizan1.1 


Bobby Brown's huge offencive skills, shines in this year's EL - by Diamadis Farmakis

The best scorer of the season so far, joined the Turkish Airlines Euroleague record books, as Bobby Brown (188-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) of Montepaschi Siena tied the competition's all-time single-game scoring mark with 41 points in the comeback road win against Fenerbahce Ulker. Read all the details about this impressive achievement.

Only three other players had ever reached 41 points in any Euroleague game since 2000, but none of them did so in the last decade

The late Alphonso Ford had 41 for Peristeri of Greece in 2001, the same year that Carlton Myers reached that total for PAF Bologna. One year later, Kaspars Kambala also scored 41 or Efes Pilsen. Only Kambala's total came in a game that included overtime.

Brown's 41 on Friday in Istanbul also shattered the single-game scoring record for the Top 16 round. The previous record was 37 by Sarunas Jasikevicius with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2004.

Brown made 13 of 13 free throws against FB Ulker, the seventh-most ever converted in a Euroleague game. He also shot 8 for 12 on two-pointers and 4 for 6 on threes. His dunk to finish the fourth quarter, which Siena won 19-29, gave the visitors a 92-98 victory over their former long-time coach, Simone Pianigiani, now with FB Ulker.

Brown also had 7 assists against 2 turnovers and drew 12 fouls for a total performance index rating of 50, which tied for the sixth-best in competition history. His rating matched the highest recorded in a Euroleague game since 2004, along with another 50 by Tomas Van Den Spiegel of Prokom Trefl Sopot in 2007. Brown's 50 was the second-best performance rating in any Top 16 game, behind only Jaka Lakovic's 51 for Panathinaikos in 2004.



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 18-5 
 2. Nilan Bisons 17-5 
 3. Kataja 17-5 
 4. KTP 17-6 
 5. Kauhajoki 15-8 
 6. LrNMKY 12-11 
 7. Kouvot 11-12 
 8. Salon Vilpas 7-16 
 9. Korihait 7-16 
 10. Lapua 6-17 
 11. FoKoPo 5-18 
 12. Namika Lahti 5-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Jan. 16: LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas 98-69
Jan. 16: Lapua - Pyrinto 80-90
Jan. 16: Kouvot - KTP 76-86
Jan. 16: Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki 72-74
Jan. 16: Korihait - FoKoPo 105-98

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 18: Pyrinto - KTP
Jan. 19: Salon Vilpas - Lapua
Jan. 19: Kouvot - Namika Lahti
Jan. 19: FoKoPo - LrNMKY
Jan. 19: Kauhajoki - Nilan Bisons
Jan. 20: Kataja - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  LrNM.
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Conley, LrNM.22.3 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.3 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.21.7 
 4. Clavell, Kouvot19.5 
 5. Logins, LrNM.17.7 
 6. Haanpaa, Lapua17.7 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.17.3 
 8. Bullock, Kauhajoki17.0 
 9. Flowers, Kataja16.8 
 10. Tolbert, Lapua16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. McDade, Nilan B.10.4 
 2. Conley, LrNM.9.5 
 3. Giles, KTP8.6 
 4. Ford, Kauhajoki8.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.5 
 6. Thornton, FoKoPo8.2 
 7. Logins, LrNM.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Namika L.8.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
 10. Thorpe, FoKoPo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.9 
 2. Coleman, Lapua5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 4. Smith, Kataja4.9 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.5 
 7. Watson, Kauhajoki4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.2 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.0 
 10. Virtanen, Kataja3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Kataja
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Flowers, Kataja2.7 
 2. Smith, Kataja2.5 
 3. Coleman, Lapua2.4 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.1.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 6. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.8 
 7. Holloway, Namika L.1.8 
 8. Conley, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Watson, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Williams, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 3. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 4. Jones, LrNM.1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Dyer, Korihait0.9 
 9. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto0.9 
 10. Taft, Korihait0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 18

A

Jan. 18: SayRi - BC Nokia
Jan. 19: Oulun NMKY - ToPo
Jan. 20: Pyrinto II - Tapiolan Honka
Jan. 20: Ura Basket - Porvoon Tarmo

B

Jan. 16: BC Jyvaskyla - JyWe 84-60
Jan. 17: HBA-Marsky - TuNMKY
Jan. 20: Kerava ET - TuNMKY
Jan. 20: Espoo Basket - HBA-Marsky
Jan. 20: KaU Koris - Jarvenpaa


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Richardson, Ura B.26.5 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia26.1 
 3. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.23.1 
 4. Pederson, SayRi22.6 
 5. Mays, Huima22.1 
 6. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.20.3 
 7. Tate, Porvoon19.9 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET19.7 
 9. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa19.7 
 10. Coleman, Oulun N.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael CORPENING
  BC Jyvas.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Corpening, BC Jyva.14.8 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia14.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET13.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris11.9 
 5. Stephens, Huima11.7 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.6 
 7. Capers, ToPo11.5 
 8. Young, Porvoon11.2 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.10.9 
 10. Coleman, ToPo10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lauri JARVINEN
  KaU Koris
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jarvinen, KaU Koris5.6 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.4.5 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.4.5 
 4. Hanninen, Jarvenp.4.2 
 5. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.2 
 6. Ginty, ToPo4.1 
 7. Mays, Huima3.9 
 8. Viita, Jarvenpaa3.9 
 9. Russell, Oulun N.3.8 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto3.8 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Little, Kerava ET3.1 
 2. Ricks, BC Jyvasky.2.9 
 3. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.4 
 4. Thomas, SayRi2.3 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.1 
 7. Capers, ToPo2.0 
 8. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
 9. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
 10. Ginty, ToPo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.6 
 2. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.2.1 
 3. Woods, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Mua, Kerava ET1.8 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.1.7 
 6. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 7. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 8. Salminen, TuNM.1.1 
 9. Stephens, Huima1.1 
 10. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.1 


Back on a roll - by Greg Logins

Hello basketball world. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying all of this great basketball, that is being played all over the world. Well for our team, we are finally back on a roll with things. After the Christmas break, we struggled a little bit, due to the fact that we had one of our key players out with a shoulder injury. Even though we knew it was going to be tough, we had to find a way as a team to play without him and have others contribute to try to get us a victory. We fell short a couple of games, but we improved on some things that we needed to as a team, and learned how to execute without one of the key factors, and vocal leaders being on the court. Our other key player made his come back last week, after missing 5 games in league play. I must say, competing against top teams in the league without one of your key players was hard, but we did not go down without a fight. Now that he is back, we are back on a roll. we won our last two games, and are playing well as a team. When we play well as a team, and have our swag on the court, we are a hard team to beat. I believe we can compete, and challenge any team in the league. As for myself, I have taken my game to another level since the Christmas break. When I was home, I told myself when I returned to Finland, it is about to be a new Greg Logins, and for the people and fans that have been following our team and myself, they can see that I have changed as a player. I have taking everything to another level, and I am ready to continue to help my team rise to the top and continue to compete hard each night for the victory. That is all I have for now. I hope everyone is enjoying this great game of basketball. I will continue to keep my blogs updated and I am happy that you take the time to read them. Have a blessed day.

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KORISLIIGA: Giordan Watson scored at the buzzer - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 23: The second half of the regular season got started tonight. Karhu (Kauhajoki) visiting at Lahti and beating local YMCA by two 72-74 (33-38). The winning bucket was made by American G Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cent.Michigan), who scored a 2-pointer at the buzzer. Jussi Eskola (189-G-87) led Karhu (15-8) with 18 points. Eskola was 6/8 from behind the arc. Emmanuel Holloway (183-G-86, college: Illinois St.) (YMCA Lahti) was back in action leading his team with 21 pts.
Another thriller at Uusikaupunki, where UU-Korihait defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 105-98 (45-50) after 15 lead changes and 14 ties. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) led again Korihait with 28 pta. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) added 22 pts. Korihait (7-16) was 21/22 at the FTline. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) scored 29 pts for FoKoPo (5-18). TV-game Kouvot (Kouvola) vs KTP (Kotka) had two chapters. Kouvot was better during the first half and KTP a lot better during the second half. KTP (17-6) won 76-86 (41-31). KTP made 27 FTs out of 32, Kouvot (11-12) had only 10 FTs/seven made. Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.) led Kouvot (20 pts) and Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) KTP (25 pts). Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) added 21 pts.
Korikobrat (Lapua) lost by 10 vs Top League leader Pyrinto (Tampere) 80-90 (31-37). Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) netted 22 pts for the hosts and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) 26 pts (treys 4/6) for Pyrinto (18-5). YMCA Lappeenranta crushed Vilpas (Salo) 98-69 (40-32). YMCA LPR (12-11) got 73 points from three American players, Vilpas (7-16) got 33 pts help from their foreigners.

YMCA Lahti - Karhu 72-74 (33-38). (Emmanuel Holloway 21, Louis Johnson 16/10, Cedric Latimer 15 - Jussi Eskola 18, J'Nathan Bullock 15, Giordan Watson 11/5a. A: 694).
UU-Korihait - FoKoPo 105-98 (45-50). (Mikko Jalonen 28, Alain Laroche 22, Demond Watt 16/9 - Jahmar Thorpe 29, Sami Ikavalko 22, Charlie Burgess 19. A: 687).
Kouvot - KTP 76-86 (41-31). (Gilberto Clavell 20, Antto Nikkarinen 13/7a, Lamarr Greer 13 - Sefton Barrett 25, Jukka Matinen 21, Devonne Giles 15711. A: 1113).
Lapua - Pyrinto 80-90 (31-37). (Dwight Tolbert 22, Trey Hampton 19, Samuel Haanpaa 16/10 - Antero Lehto 26/5a, Lamonte Ulmer 14/9, Antti Nikkila 14/8. A: ).
YMCA LPR - Vilpas 98-69 (40-32). (Greg Logins 29/8, Matt Gibson 28/8a, Jason Conley 16 - Shawn Atupem 20/6, Troy Barnies 13, Jukka Kataja 12. A: 641).



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the tenth-ranked PGE Turow (2-9) 91-72 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. BC Khimky Moscow Region (8-3) is placed third in group A. This year Koponen averages: 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 54.5%(12-22) in the nine games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Adriatic League). Rannikko was the major contributor in Un.Olimpija's victory against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (6-11) 88-81 in the Adriatic League last Sunday. He scored 17 points and added 4 assists. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (9-8) is placed fifth in the Adriatic League. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16), 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 88.1%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Eurocup). Lee contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (0-2) crushing them 90-69 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded 13 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (1-1) is placed third in group I. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Lee has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(32-54) and FT: 75.0% in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #4. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Teemu Rannikko and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Sulejmanovic contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (6-11) 88-81. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Un.Olimpija this season. Sulejmanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team, Sulejmanovic is currently in the Finnish U16 national team roster.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Solna Vikings' victory against the closely-ranked LF Basket (9-12) 84-75 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Ahonen scored 25 points and added 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 28 minutes. Solna Vikings (14-8) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. This year Ahonen has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.1apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Vanoli Cremona to win against one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella (3-12) crushing them 92-59 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Kotti scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Vanoli Cremona (5-10) is placed 12th in the SerieA. Kotti's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 6.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #7. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) could not help Blois (8-6) in their last game. Despite Kaunisto's good performance Blois was edged 76-73 at home by the leading Orchesien BC. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds in 33 minutes. Kaunisto belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 17.9ppg, 11.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #8. Small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tuukka Kotti and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Huff contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Angelico Biella (3-12) crushing them 92-59. He scored only 4 points. Huff's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Joonas Caven
Joonas Caven
   #9. U20 international power forward Joonas Caven (211-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Prat Juventud (7-5) in their game against Oviedo CB (8-3) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Caven recorded 9 points (made all of his six free throws) in only 14 minutes. But Prat Juventud lost 63-69 on their home court in Prat to the second-ranked Oviedo_CB. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. This year Caven's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg in the 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #10. Forward Alex Murphy (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Clemson University (1-2) crushing them 68-40 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Murphy scored only 2 points. The Duke University has 2-1 conference record this season. Murphy's total stats this year are: 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is U20 international player who is currently on the Finnish National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #11. Former University international forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Fisher College crushing them 95-49 in the NCAA last Saturday. Toivonen scored 6 points and added 3 assists in only 14 minutes. This year Toivonen's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.5rpg in the 11 games. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Finnish passport:

   #1. Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help AEL (5-8) to beat Etha (10-4). Mantovani cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. AEL was defeated 86-71 on the road by the second-ranked Etha. Mantovani's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Mantovani's first season with the team. This year he averages just 1.2ppg. Mantovani has a dual citizenship: Finnish and Cypriot.



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Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ryan ZAMROZ
  Sorgues
  (192-G/F-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Zamroz, Sorgues19.3 
 2. Herard, Challans17.9 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.9 
 4. Hill, Angers BC 4917.2 
 5. Petrovic, Orchy17.2 
 6. Inglis, CFBB17.1 
 7. Raji, Quimper17.1 
 8. Pene, Rennes16.6 
 9. Cole, La Rochelle16.4 
 10. Ocokoljic, Rueil15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.6 
 2. Raji, Quimper8.5 
 3. Inglis, CFBB8.4 
 4. Calasan, Monaco8.4 
 5. Caskill, Cognac8.1 
 6. Diame, Rueil8.1 
 7. Sall, Rennes7.8 
 8. Cole, La Rochelle7.1 
 9. Hill, Angers BC 496.9 
 10. Pasut, Sorgues6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony CHRISTOPHE
  Monaco
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Christophe, Monaco7.2 
 2. Cherry, Quimper6.3 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.6.1 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.4 
 5. Fellah, Angers B.5.1 
 6. Thomas, Vichy4.8 
 7. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 8. Saounera, Rueil4.3 
 9. Mouillard, Cognac4.2 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rida EL AMRANI
  Vichy
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. El Amrani, Vichy3.1 
 2. Bennett, Monaco2.1 
 3. Saounera, Rueil2.1 
 4. Lonzieme, Angers B.2.0 
 5. Lessort, Vichy2.0 
 6. Pene, Rennes2.0 
 7. Mouillard, Cognac1.9 
 8. Herard, Challans1.8 
 9. Gueye, Sorgues1.7 
 10. Desespringal., Ru.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Moise DIAME
  Rueil
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Diame, Rueil1.6 
 2. Davis, Blois1.6 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 4. N''Diaye, Souffel1.4 
 5. Inglis, CFBB1.3 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Kolb, Quimper0.9 
 10. Ben Driss, Rennes0.8 


Tony Parker's 30 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (29-11) in their last game. Despite Parker's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were edged in an overtime 101-98 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Parker also added 5 passes (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 42 minutes on the court. It's Parker's 12th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Parker averages: 19.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.1apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 82.6% in the 38 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA). Batum led Portland Trail Blazers to a 2-point victory over the Miami Heat (24-12) 92-90 in the NBA last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Batum scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 20-18 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 86.4%. Batum is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Atlanta Hawks (21-16) crushing them 97-58 in the NBA on Monday night. Noah scored 9 points, had 16 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 21-15 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Bulls' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 12.3ppg, 10.6rpg, 4.1apg, 2.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.3% and FT: 80.3% in the 35 games. Noah is a naturalized American. He played for the French national team two years ago. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #4. Center Kevin Seraphin (206-89, currently plays in NBA) led Washington Wizards to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (13-24) crushing them 120-91 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 7-28 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Seraphin has very high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg and 5.3rpg. Seraphin is also French national team player.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #5. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an Indiana Pacers' victory against the New York Knicks (24-13) 81-76 in the NBA last Thursday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 24-15 record this season. This year Mahinmi's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 4.1rpg in the 39 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #6. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-3) crushing them 77-51 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Heurtel scored 6 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-0) is placed first in group F. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. Heurtel's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.0apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the French team four years ago.

Florent Pietrus
Florent Pietrus
   #7. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Valencia Basket (12-5) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (3-14) in the Spanish ACB. Pietrus scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 68-76 in San Sebastian to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Lagun Aro GBC. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.9rpg in the 17 games. He is also French national team player.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #8. Forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) led Asefa Estudiantes to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (9-8) crushing them 88-66 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Kirksay scored 13 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (9-8) is placed seventh in the ACB. Kirksay is currently third on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team back in 2008. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #9. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (29-11) in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (24-12). He scored 6 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs were edged in an overtime 101-98 in Memphis by the Grizzlies. It's Diaw's first season with the team. Diaw has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg in the 40 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Amath M'Baye
Amath M'Baye
   #10. Forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oklahoma to a victory against the Oklahoma State University (1-2) 77-68 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The The University of Oklahoma has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. M'Baye has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg in the 40 games. He is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Poland couldn't help PGE Turow (2-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite Cel's good performance the tenth-placed PGE Turow was badly defeated 91-72 in Khimki by the much higher-ranked Khimky (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Cel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3. This season he has very good stats: 10.5ppg and 7.1rpg. Cel used to play for the French U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Causeur contributed to an overtime Caja Laboral's victory against the league outsider Assignia Manresa 101-95. He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Causeur has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 1.9rpg in the 15 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Florent Pietrus and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Gelabale couldn't help Valencia Basket in their game against Lagun Aro GBC. He scored 6 points. His team was defeated 76-68. Gelabale has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He is also French national team player.

   #14. U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Partizan in their game against HKK Siroki WWin in the Adriatic League. Westermann scored 6 points in 26 minutes. His team lost 80-87. He has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in the 17 games. Westermann plays currently for the French U20 national team.

   #15. International center Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Los Angeles Clippers to win against the Memphis Grizzlies crushing them 99-73 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored only 3 points and blocked 2 blocks. Turiaf has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led N.Mexico St. to an overtime victory against the Seattle University (0-5) 83-82 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Sy recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. 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. Sy has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently studies in the States) led N.C.Central to an easy victory against the Virginia University of Lynchburg (24-12) crushing them 97-28 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Galaya scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The N.Carolina Central has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Galaya has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and French.

   #3. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Palencia Baloncesto (8-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ott's very good performance Palencia Baloncesto was edged 75-73 on the road by the much lower-ranked Ourense (#11). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ott has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #4. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams B&W Opava (6-15) crushing them 75-51 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. USK Praha (17-1) is placed first in the NBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Meno is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 17.0ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 22 games he played so far. He has both Congolese and French nationalities.

   #5. Mari Konate (203-F-88, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania was not able to help Naglis Palangos (0-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Konate's good performance Naglis Palangos (#4) was defeated 84-75 in Tallinn by the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo in the group F of Baltic League. He recorded 12 points. Konate has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #6. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help UCAM Murcia in a victory against the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 81-75 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Tillie has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.8rpg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #7. Experienced David Fergerson (185-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked SAV Vacallo crushing them 101-80 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. Fergerson scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Fergerson has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Fergerson used to play for Reims Champagne Basket in French league.

   #8. Stephane Raquil (208-F-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Grambling State University crushing them 80-46 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Raquil has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in the 11 games.

   #9. John Wilkins (206-G-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Illinois St. in their game against the Drake University in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 82-77. Wilkins has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Wilkins has never played in France.

   #10. Yoni Deri (178-PG-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Ironi Nes-Ziona 88-72 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in only 8 minutes. Deri has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.5apg in the two games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.



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

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

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (2-1) 82-76 in the Euroleague last Friday. Sanikidze scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (3-0) is placed second in group F. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. This season Sanikidze averages: 5.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.0%. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zaza Pachulia (210-84, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Utah Jazz (21-19) 103-95 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Pachulia scored 12 points. The Atlanta Hawks have 21-16 record this season. Pachulia's overall stats this year are: 6.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 75.9%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy). Markoishvili contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-9) 79-64 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Mapooro Cantu (11-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Markoishvili's fourth season with the team. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 92.6%(25-27) in the 15 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #4. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 2-point FIATC Joventut's victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-8) 89-87 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Fisher scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. FIATC Joventut Badalona (8-9) is placed 11th in the ACB. Fisher belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #5. International point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK (1-1) 76-69 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Tsintsadze recorded 12 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Budivelnyk Kyiv (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Tsintsadze has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #6. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiacos (1-2) to beat Regal FC Barcelona (2-1). Shermadini scored 6 points. It was his first game for Olympiacos this season. The fifth-placed Olympiacos was defeated 76-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (#4) in the group F of Euroleague. Shermadini is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #7. International point guard Jacob Pullen (185-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-8) 98-83 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Pullen's second season in pro basketball. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (7-6) is placed fifth in the Winner League. Pullen is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.7apg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 13 games. Pullen is a naturalized American. He is also Georgian national team player. Apparently Pullen has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #8. Power forward Tornike Shengelia (203-91, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Brooklyn Nets to win against the Phoenix Suns (13-27) crushing them 99-79 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored only 4 points. The Brooklyn Nets have a solid 23-15 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Shengelia's first year with the team. This season Shengelia averages just 1.4ppg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #9. International power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Omegna's victory against the closely-ranked Chieti (4-7) 92-90 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. Metreveli had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds in 34 minutes. Paffoni Omegna (9-8) is placed eighth in the Nazionale A. Metreveli has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg and 12.0rpg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #10. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (203-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cajasol's victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-9) 81-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Burjanadze scored only 3 points. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (6-11) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Burjanadze averages just 1.8ppg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) contributed to Rueil's victory against the 14th-ranked Union Rennes 82-69 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mdivani recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. This year Mdivani's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 5.0rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Georgian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Turkey) led Karsiyaka to a victory over the closely-ranked TED Kolejliler (8-7) crushing them 87-66 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (12-3) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Thomas averages: 9.6ppg and 5.0rpg in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Poland could not help Stelmet ZG (1-1) in their last game. Despite Hosley's very good performance the third-placed Stelmet ZG lost 87-96 on the road to the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. He was the top scorer with 22 points in 25 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Hosley's first season with the team. Hosley has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos victorious in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - Panathinaikos 73:79

Panathinaikos clinched the third win in EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They upset ALBA in Berlin for 3-1 record in Group E. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) exploded with 28 points for the winners.
ALBA and Panathinaikos stayed on level terms throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 23:23 at the end of the first quarter. The Hellenes pulled ahead in the second frame. The Athens team held ALBA to 16 points and raced to a 45:39 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos kept ALBA at bay throughout the third term. The Greek team extended the margin to as many as 9 points at the final break. ALBA tried to put together a comeback rally. Foster and Morley dragged the hosts within four points with 31 seconds to go. But Banks went deadly from the penalty stripe and Panathinaikos eventually ran away with victory. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) had 14 points, while James Gist (205-F-86) provided 10 points for Panathinaikos. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points for ALBA. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points in the loss.

ALBA: Nihad Djedovic 21, Deon Thompson 16
Panathinaikos: Jonas Maciulis 28, Roko-Leni Ukic 14, James Gist 10



Dirk Bauermann to coach Polish NT? - by Eurobasket Center

According to our sources, Slovenian Ales Pipan will be released as a head coach of Polish National Team. He will be replaced by a German specialist - Dirk Bauermann , who recently parted ways with FC Bayern Muenchen. There is still no official confirmation of Polish Federation.


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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to an overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings (14-24) 117-112 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Nowitzki scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 16-23 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 72.2% in the 12 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss led his Spanish team Caja Laboral to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Besiktas (0-3) crushing them 77-51 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-0) is placed first in group F. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.7% and FT: 91.7%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Kaman led Dallas Mavericks to an easy victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (24-12) crushing them 104-83. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 16-23 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kaman has very impressive stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 79.4% in the 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Kaman played for the German national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Christian Standhardinger
Christian Standhardinger
   #4. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams Hawaii (2-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Hawaii lost 64-68 on the road to the University of California-Irvine. Standhardinger had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg and 1.7apg in the 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German. Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2009.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (10-7) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (7-10) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points. But CAI Zaragoza was defeated in an overtime 93-88 in Valladolid by the much lower-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#13). Toppert's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #6. Forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States) led Gonzaga to a victory against the Saint Mary's College of California (7-10) 83-78 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Harris recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Gonzaga University has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Harris has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the 17 games. Harris is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Sebastian Koch
Sebastian Koch
   #7. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to Elon's victory against the Western Carolina University (4-1) 80-67 in the NCAA on Monday night. Koch scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Elon University has 2-2 conference record this season. This year Koch has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago.

Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
   #8. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt (0-2) in their game against the The University of Mississippi (2-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night Bright scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's Bright's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. Bright plays currently for the German U20 national team.

Dennis Ogbe
Dennis Ogbe
   #9. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Tenn Tech's victory against the Eastern Illinois University (0-5) 77-73 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 32 minutes. The Tennessee Tech University has 2-3 conference record this season. This year Ogbe's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Mario Blessing
Mario Blessing
   #10. Point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the USC Upstate (2-2) in their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University (4-2) in the NCAA. Blessing recorded 6 points and added 4 assists. The USC Upstate was edged in an overtime 72-71 at home by the Florida Gulf Coast University. Blessing has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped E.Washington win their game against the Northern Arizona University crushing them 82-59 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Reuter recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 31 minutes. Reuter has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the Wake Forest University in the NCAA. Heckmann scored 9 points. His team was edged 75-72. Heckmann has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

   #13. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) helped Polonia win their game against the league outsider UMKS Kielce 77-73 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Machowski scored 9 points in only 10 minutes. This year Machowski averages only 2.5ppg in the 13 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Monmouth University to win against the St.Francis College (PA) 65-60 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Dileo recorded only 3 points. This season Dileo averages just 2.5ppg. He is a naturalized American. Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

   #15. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the University of Louisville in the NCAA. Giffey scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 73-58. This season Giffey averages just 2.5ppg. He is also in the roster of the German national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory over the sixth-ranked Antwerp Giants (6-6) 78-65 in the Belgian Ethias League in Friday night's game. Stojic was MVP of the 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 has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.

   #2. Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a 2-point Regatas Corrientes' victory against the eighth-ranked Argentino (15-13) 82-80 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Kammerichs scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. Regatas Corrientes (20-7) is placed first in the LigaA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kammerichs is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 10.7ppg and 1.7apg in the 27 games he played so far. Kammerichs is another player who holds two passports: German and Argentinian.

   #3. Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Maine (2-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Maine was defeated 68-61 on the road by the University of Hartford. Mesghna scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It's Mesghna's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg and 1.7apg. Mesghna has both German and Eritrean nationalities.

   #4. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) contributed to a Dongbu Promy's victory against one of league's weakest teams Samsung Thunders (13-19) 59-55 in the South Korean KBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 16 points, had 8 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots. Dongbu Promy (13-19) is placed eighth in the KBL. It's Sensley's first season with the team. This year Sensley has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.

   #5. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala was not able to help Timisoara (12-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Timisoara lost 67-77 at home to the much lower-ranked (#11) Targu Mures. Sarovic was the second best scorer with 12 points in 32 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year Sarovic has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 17 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and German.

   #6. Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for LF Basket in their game against Solna Vikings in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Igbavboa had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 75-84. Igbavboa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 7.2rpg in the 21 games. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #7. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Tel-Aviv in their game against Hapoel J-M in the Israeli Winner League. Timor recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 98-83. Timor's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Israeli and German passports.

   #8. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against the closely-ranked GreenTops Netanya 86-83 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Rice recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Rice has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 13 games. He has Israeli and German nationalities.

   #9. Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently studies in the States) helped E.Washington win their game against the Northern Arizona University crushing them 82-59 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Seiferth recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Seiferth has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg.

   #10. Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Vaerlose crushing them 95-75 in the Danish Ligaen last Wednesday. He recorded 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. This year Varga's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He holds both German and Slovakian passports.



Blake Poole: Delivering Double-Doubles Daily - by Moritz Korff

Blake Poole (195-C-88, college: St.Martin's) was well on his way to another double-double season, when the rebounding machine suddenly had to cease its activity. Only three minutes into the derby against BSV Wulfen in early December the 24-year-old was struck by bad lack again, after suffering a broken foot during the summer, which kept him from turning out for the Topstar Kangaroos Leitershofen/Stadtbergen, the Pro B team he initially had signed with for the 2012-13 campaign. In late October he returned to BG Dorsten and registered an impressive double-double (18 points, 22 boards) in his comeback game. However, that joy didn't last long. Only in his seventh encounter Poole's season ended in frustration. To make matters worse, it was another foot injury which forced him to stop the action. "I just think it was an unfortunate setback", he says, "I was ready to come back, but landing wrong on the same foot just caused another injury. It doesn't cause much pain, but my X-rays clearly showed a slight fracture in my 5th metatarsal." Do the back-to-back foot injuries put his basketball career in danger? "No, I wouldn't say my career is in jeopardy, just another setback", the Eugene, Oregon, native told Eurobasket.com. "I'm sure my foot will heal and I will be able to return to the game." For the time being, however, rehabilitation will have to be done as he is aiming to do some damage in the IBL once he is cleared to return to game action. "I'm just going to rest it for a little bit and see family while staying in the gym so I can go in my summer IBL season healthy."

Dorsten coach Torsten Schierenbeck had no other choice but to move forward without his inside dominator and to reshuffle his formation. He signed Justin Eller (203-C-87, college: Sacramento St.) hoping to have found a suitable replacement as his team is getting to the business end of regular season in which it will be determined whether BG is capable of clinching a second straight playoff berth. "I think they will do well, they have great players still there and Torsten will continue to provide good coaching as well. That along with the Dorsten community, they should continue to have success", he says.

Poole has produced impressive numbers at every level he has played at throughout his career. In fact, ever since his sophomore year at St. Martin's he has tallied double-digit averages in points and rebounds without exception. The 2011 NCAA D2 All-American helped the Bellingham Slam win the 2012 IBL championship, averaging 18.7 points, 13.2 rebounds per outing en route to USBasket.com IBL Center of the Year honors. In his first season in Germany he scored 14.9 points and pulled down a league-high 12.9 boards a game, which would land him a spot on the 2011-12 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro B Second Team. Standing 6'5'' tall Poole is certainly not the longest post player you will find - that's something he had to deal with at every stage of his career. "Too many to count", he replies to the question of how many times he has been told being not tall enough to play in the post. "It has always been nice to see the reactions when someone sees me play because I always surprise them." As a rebounder, Poole is as good as is gets, using his strong body to hold off taller opponents and his knack of anticipating and getting to the right position to corral the ball off the rim. He might not be the tallest center around and he might not jump over people, but he gets the job done.

"A good rebounder gets every rebound in his area, a great rebounder gets those rebounds and the rebounds out of his area that someone else should have had. That's what Blake does", Keith Cooper, St. Martin's Men's basketball head coach, said in an article posted in local newspaper The Olympian in 2011.
"I like the feeling of getting the ball for my team. An offensive rebound allows my team to take more time off of the clock and get another chance at scoring and a defensive rebound means we got another stop as a team. Points will come playing within the team system, but rebounds take an extra effort to put yourself in the right spot", Poole added, who's mother was among the influences who helped him to become a workhorse in the paint. "Growing up she has always kept my stats, so with rebounds she would always encourage me to get 10 rebounds a game. After awhile, that became a habit", he says.

"He's just a very intelligent basketball player. He has a tremendous low-post-game", Rob Ridnour, Bellingham Slam coach and father of NBA guard Luke Ridnour (188-PG-81, college: Oregon), told The Olympian in another feature. In his 2012 IBL championship season with the Slam, Poole also dished out 4.1 assists a game besides the inevitable double-double. As a senior at St. Martin's he averaged 2.8 assists and accomplished the same tally in his first year with BG Dorsten. "I think my passing is looked over sometimes. I love setting up my teammates and I think I do a good job of distributing the ball", Poole says.

As he continues recuperating to be ready to play by the time the IBL season gets underway in spring, it will be exciting to follow, where Poole will go to work in the next European season.



Cory Abercrombie is leaving Nuernberg - by Moritz Korff

Cory Abercrombie (201-PF-85, college: Independence CC) leaves 2. Bundesliga Pro A team Nuernberger BC, effective immediately. The contract has been terminated by mutual consent, the club announced today. "Cory was unhappy with his role on the team. He did not see the playing time as of late, which he demanded. Therefore it's better for both parties to go seperate ways", NBC head coach Martin Ides said. Abercrombie was in his second season with Nuernberger BC. Last year he averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds through 26 Pro A contests, in this current season his playing dropped to 13:31 minutes per game (compared to 22:10mpg in 2011-12) and he averaged 6.7 points and 3.9 boards per outing.


Hamburg On The Way Of Getting A Beko BBL Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


According to numerous newspapers reports, the historic beautiful city of Hamburg will get a Beko BBL team. The last time, Hamburg played in the first division in Germany was 11 years ago as it was called the BCJ Tigers. It is no secret that basketball teams are missing in big German cities and having one in Hamburg would surely help getting the sport more popular in Germany. Munich added a team last season which has helped get more exposure. A man that is helping this project is German basketball legend Pascal Roller who played 11 years in Frankfurt and helped win their only two titles in the Beko BBL in 2000 and 2004. He works as an advisor for a sport marketing company that has the project Hamburg Towers which is trying to get a first division team to Hamburg. The team hopes for a wildcard for next season and Pascal Roller could become sport director. "It isnt a question anymore if Hamburg will get a team, but only when", warned Pascal Roller (180-G-76)

Source: www.sport1.de



Dirk Bauermann To Coach Polish National Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to www.sportando.net, it has been reported by GPK Sports Management LTD that Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) will take his coaching talent east of Germany to Poland. It has been reported that the German will coach the Polish national team and help the team at the 2013 European championships. Bauermann has mostly coached in Germany except for short stints in Belgium and Greece. Away from club teams, he has only coached the German national team and Poland would be his second national team. Bauermann won numerous German league titles in the 90s with Bayer Leverkusen and won two Beko BBL titles with Bamberg. He coached the German national team to a silver at the 2005 European championships. His hiring still hasnt been confirmed by the Polish basketball federation.


Robin Benzing To Miss 2013 Beko BBL Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


It is something that fans never want to see, but each season during the Beko BBL allstar game there are always players that have to decline playing on account of an injury. 24 hours ago Artland Dragon Bryce Taylor had to withdraw from the Beko BBL allstar game on account of an injury and today another player had to decline playing with German Robin Benzing (209-SF-89). Benzing cant play on account of knee problems. However the German will be in Nurnberg at the 2013 Beko BBL allstar game to meet the fans and take part in that aspect. It is unknown when Benzing will be able to play again.

Source: FC Bayern Munich



EuroCup: Ulm embarrass Unics in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan - Ratiopharm Ulm 87:95

Ratiopharm Ulm opened win count in the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They shocked Unics in Kazan to catch up with their opponents at 1-1 record in Group L. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) stepped up with 20 points to pace the German side to an important victory.
Ulm jumped to an early lead. The visitors gained a 24:21 advantage after ten minutes. Unics erased the deficit and surged ahead for a 42:39 lead in the second term. Ulm however managed to draw things level at 46 after twenty minutes. Ulm used a 12:0 run in the third term to take a 58:48 lead. Unics got closer but still faced a 4-point deficit heading into the final term 59:63. Theis and Per Guenther (185-PG-88) helped Ulm to an 82:71 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and Per Guenther went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the win for the visitors. Per Guenther provided 19 points and 6 assists, while John Bryant added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Chuck Eidson (203-F-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina) answered with 31 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday (191-G-79, college: BYU) had 10 points in defeat.

Unics Kazan: Chuck Eidson 31, Terrell Lyday 10
Ratiopharm Ulm: Allan Ray 20, Per Guenther 19, John Bryant 15+13 boards



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Angelico Biella inks Dimitrios Tsaldaris, ex Kolossos - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) agreed terms with 33-year old Greek ex-international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80). He just played at Kolossos in Greek A1 league. In 10 A1 games this season he had 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg.
Tsaldaris managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He ended the last season at Umana Venezia. But the most of that year Tsaldaris spent at Aris (A1) in A1. In 18 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season Tsaldaris played at Banco di Sardegna Sassari. In 34 SerieA games that season he recorded 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2007 and 2009. Tsaldaris was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2009. He was a member of Greek Senior National Team in 2009.
Tsaldaris has played previously professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Panellinios and Alimos) and Italy (Napoli J.News and Sutor Montegranaro).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



EuroLeague: Panathinaikos victorious in Berlin - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - Panathinaikos 73:79

Panathinaikos clinched the third win in EuroLeague Top 16 stage. They upset ALBA in Berlin for 3-1 record in Group E. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) exploded with 28 points for the winners.
ALBA and Panathinaikos stayed on level terms throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 23:23 at the end of the first quarter. The Hellenes pulled ahead in the second frame. The Athens team held ALBA to 16 points and raced to a 45:39 halftime advantage. Panathinaikos kept ALBA at bay throughout the third term. The Greek team extended the margin to as many as 9 points at the final break. ALBA tried to put together a comeback rally. Foster and Morley dragged the hosts within four points with 31 seconds to go. But Banks went deadly from the penalty stripe and Panathinaikos eventually ran away with victory. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) had 14 points, while James Gist (205-F-86) provided 10 points for Panathinaikos. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points for ALBA. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points in the loss.

ALBA: Nihad Djedovic 21, Deon Thompson 16
Panathinaikos: Jonas Maciulis 28, Roko-Leni Ukic 14, James Gist 10



Interview: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - by Diamadis Farmakis

Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida), is the leader of Lokomotiv Kuban. He joined Lokomotiv this summer after three years with Panathinaikos to which he helped to win the Euroleague title in 2011 and he targets now to conquer Eurocup with his new team. The Greek international player spoke to the official site of Eurocup Basketball, about the season he is having in Russia and about his team.

Lokomotiv won its regular season group and grabbed a big road win in St Petersburg, but has it been as easy as it looked?

"No, not at all and I think we didn't play well in the beginning but got new players that came to help us. We had some big wins and a tough loss against Galatasaray. We are playing well in the Eurocup and we want to keep the momentum going after the win against Spartak. We have to play in the VTB League, too. The Eurocup is the most important competition for us. It is our goal this season - to win the competition and go to the Euroleague. We have to keep playing well and I think we can do that - play better and better. This team has never been to the Euroleague and want to do this. It is one of the reasons I came to this team - to help Lokomotiv to reach that goal, and hopefully we can achieve it."

Your next game is against Stelmet Zielona Gora. Their best player, Walter Hodge, was your college teammate at Florida for two years. Are you looking forward to seeing him and playing against him?

"Walter is playing very well! He is leading a very tough team. We have to protect our home court but playing against him will be exciting. We know that every game from the Last 16 until the end of the season will be really tough. It will be great to see Walter - we haven't seen each other since we were in college. We will probably have dinner together and stuff like this. Hopefully I will be able to see his family and kids in Poland."

You are seeing more playing time than ever in your professional career. Did you need any kind of adjustment to that?

"No, not at all, I am used to it. I have played this kind of playing time for the best part of my life. I know coming in that I would have a much bigger role in this team. Panathinaikos is one of the best teams in Europe and I was playing behind Dimitris Diamantidis. I am excited to have a bigger role even when I would never take anything out of the years I had with Panathinaikos. This is a new beginning, a new start for me. I had a solid year so far and hopefully I can keep helping this team."

Not a lot of people in Europe know about Lokomotiv and the city of Krasnodar. What can you tell us about it?

"The city is not Athens, but there are things to do. It it just a different city. I have great teammates, which is great. That's always the best part - playing with great teammates. The gym is very nice, I think it holds around 7,000 people. The fans are more calm than in Athens. Overall, it is a different atmosphere than in Panathinaikos, some in a good way. We have good friends, a great organization and a great place. The president wants us to win and that is always interesting. He is doing everything he can to make it happen. It is all you can ask for a club."

Not many players have won the Euroleague and the Eurocup. What would it mean for you to join that list and lead Lokomotiv to the Eurocup title?

"It would be huge - that is our main goal. It would be great for the organization and hopefully we can do it. We can win the Eurocup, go to the Euroleague and play the best competition. We have the team to challenge for the title even when we have to keep getting better and build on each win. We have the players and the coach to do it."



Oita H.Devils tab Verdell Jones III, ex Peristeri GS - by Kasia

Oita Heat Devils (BJ League) inked 24-year old American guard Verdell Jones III (195-88kg-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports). He already started the season at Peristeri GS Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Jones III played at Indiana University in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he had 7.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg. He helped them to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Jones III received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention award back in 2010 at his college time. He scored 1,000 points at Indiana University!

By Eurobasket Data Center



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

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

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-31) 98-91 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Koufos scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 24-17 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Koufos has relatively good stats this year: 8.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5bpg and FT: 57.7% in the 40 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Koufos played for the Greek senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. Mavrokefalidis could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (1-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg was defeated 84-70 on the road by the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. Mavrokefalidis was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This season Mavrokefalidis has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 71.4%. He played for the Greek national team in 2011.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Spain. Vasiliadis was not able to help Gescrap BB (0-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gescrap BB (#4) was crushed 99-76 in Riga by the second-ranked VEF Riga in the group J of Eurocup. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 20 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 37 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Vasiliadis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 86.7% in the six games. Vasiliadis is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #4. Point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in Eurocup) led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the third-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-1) 96-87 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes. Calathes also added 6 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-0) is placed first in group K. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be important. It's Calathes' first season with the team. Calathes is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 7.3apg and 1.1spg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He is also Greek national team player. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Eurocup) contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (1-1) 80-74 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Unics Kazan (1-1) is placed fourth in group L. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be extremely important. Vougioukas has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Kaimakoglou
Kostas Kaimakoglou
   #6. Power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Kaimakoglou was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (1-1) in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (1-1). He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. But Unics Kazan (#4) was defeated 95-87 in Ulm by the second-ranked ratiopharm in the group L of Eurocup. Kaimakoglou has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #7. An experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the seventh-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-3) 90-83 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Papaloukas scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes. CSKA Moscow (3-0) is placed second in group E. So far his team won all three games in the Top 16. This year Papaloukas' overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 2.0apg in the two games. He used to play for the Greek national team five years ago.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #8. Small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Cimberio Varese (13-2) in their game against Umana Venezia (7-8) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. But the league leader Cimberio Varese was edged 87-85 in Venezia by the much lower-ranked (#9) Umana. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Sakota's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 2.6rpg in the 14 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #9. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Zisis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the 14th-ranked CB Canarias (6-11) 78-70. He scored 5 points in 23 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (11-6) is placed fifth in the ACB. Zisis is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 3.7apg. He also averaged so far 7.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 17 games. Zisis is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #10. Forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) helped Armani Milano win their game against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-7) 83-76 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 8 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (8-7) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Fotsis has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, another player represented by FCM, currently plays in Sweden) helped Solna Vikings win their game against the closely-ranked Boras Basket 92-88 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Toutziarakis scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Toutziarakis is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.7ppg and 1.2apg in the 21 games. Toutziarakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help SAV Vacallo (9-4) in their last game. Despite Kakiouzis' very good performance SAV Vacallo was crushed 101-80 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Lugano Tigers. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Kakiouzis also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Kakiouzis' stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former U18 international swingman John Sinis (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Loyola Marymount University 78-70 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Sinis recorded 12 points in 20 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in the 10 games. Sinis used to play for the Greek U18 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80, currently plays in Spain) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the third-ranked Valencia Basket 76-68 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Papamakarios scored 10 points. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. Papamakarios used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #15. U18 international swingman Ioannis Papapetrou (203-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Texas (0-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Texas were badly defeated 82-62 in Ames, IA by the Iowa State University. Papapetrou scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 17 games. Papapetrou is also in the roster of the Greek U18 national team.

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

   #1. Corey Petros (208-F/C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Oakland (2-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Petros' very good performance the Oakland was defeated 81-74 on the road by the South Dakota State University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Petros' total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Petros has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nick Paulos (201-G/F-91, currently studies in the States) led NC-Greensboro to an easy victory against the Lees-McRae (7-8) crushing them 86-47 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Paulos scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of North Carolina, Greensboro has 2-3 conference record this season. It was NC-Greensboro's first victory after three consecutive loses. Paulos has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Paulos has never played in Greece.

   #3. Experienced Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (4-7) crushing them 75-54 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (7-4) is placed fourth in group B. Savrasenko has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg in the 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian.

   #4. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Maccabi Haifa (8-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calathes' good performance Maccabi Haifa was badly defeated 91-74 in Rosh Pina by the one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa (#11). He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Calathes is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.5ppg, 9.6rpg and 2.5apg. Calathes is a naturalized American. He used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #5. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in an overtime Chalons-Reims' victory against the eighth-ranked Saint-Quentin (9-9) 93-87 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Chalons-Reims (13-5) is placed fourth in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tsagarakis' stats this season are: 14.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #6. Giannis Demertzis (194-PG-83, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Keravnos' victory against the closely-ranked Etha 65-54 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. Demertzis recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals. Demertzis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. He has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Alex Hill (196-G-90, college: Cornell, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS was not able to secure a victory for the University of Toronto (5-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the University of Toronto (#4) was crushed 91-57 in Ottawa, ON by the Ravens. Hill was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Hill is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill averages: 20.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He has both Greek and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Peter Pappageorge (183-G, is currently at the American university) led Long Beach St. to a victory against the University of Hawaii 76-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Pappageorge scored 15 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 20.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. Pappageorge is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #9. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Akropol's victory against the seventh-ranked Fryshuset 87-79 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 37 minutes. Kalpakas averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #10. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Crailsheim Merlins 83-66 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Tzakopoulos scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.3apg. Tzakopoulos holds both Greek and Australian passports.



Herb Pope joins Kolossos, ex Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Herb Pope (203-107kg-89, college: Seton Hall). He already started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 7 games this season he had 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1spg. The last season Pope played at Seton Hall University in Big East Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the NIT Sweet 16. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-Big East 3rd Team.
Pope played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2008.
He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 18-3 
 2. Leiden 15-4 
 3. Groningen 12-7 
 4. M.Magixx 12-8 
 5. Leeuwarden 11-9 
 6. Den Helder K. 11-9 
 7. Zwolle 10-10 
 8. Weert 6-13 
 9. Amsterdam 2-17 
 10. Rotterdam 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 16: M.Magixx - Den Bosch 85-104
Jan. 16: Den Helder K. - Leeuwarden 65-52
Jan. 17: Rotterdam - Leiden
Jan. 17: Zwolle - Weert
Jan. 17: Amsterdam - Groningen



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Szolnok tabs James Florence, ex Kryvbasbasket - by Eurobasket News

Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) inked 25-year old American guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports). He played recently at Kryvbasbasket in Ukrainian Superleague. In 25 games this season he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.3apg and 2.0spg. The last season Florence played also at Kryvbasbasket (Superleague) in Superleague. In 27 games last season he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (10-11) season he was tested by the 76ers (NBA) in NBA.
Three years ago Reno Bighorns selected him as first overall pick in D-League draft.
He attended Mercer University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Florences team won Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season in 2011. He received also NABC Division I All-District 3 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Florence has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Peter Lorant selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Peter Lorant
Peter Lorant
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, currently plays in Italy). He led Lottomatica Roma to a 2-point victory against the 13th-ranked Sutor Montegranaro (4-11) 86-84 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Lorant scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Acea Virtus Roma (10-5) is placed fifth in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Lorant averages: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 92.3% in the 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adam Hanga (200-89, agency: TSS Management, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Hanga could not help Assignia Manresa (2-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa was defeated in an overtime 101-95 on the road by the second-ranked Caja Laboral. Hanga scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks. Hanga's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 71.2%. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obie Trotter
Obie Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in VTB United League). Trotter contributed to a 1-point BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the tenth-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (0-11) 55-54 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-5) is placed fifth in group B. Trotter is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year his other stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 72.2% in the 10 games. Trotter is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Trotter used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Gergely Somogyi
Gergely Somogyi
   #4. Center Gergely Somogyi (216-89, college: UCSB, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Leyma Basquet (6-8) in their game against Planasa NV (7-7) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Leyma Basquet was defeated 74-70 in Pamplona by the higher-ranked Planasa NV (#6). It was Leyma Basquet's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Somogyi's first season with the team. Somogyi's overall stats this year are: 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0bpg. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help Horsholm (8-6) in their last game. Despite Kovacs' good performance Horsholm lost 77-85 at home to the leading Svendborg. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Horsholm's first loss after four consecutive victories. Kovacs has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Rosco Allen (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Stanford (1-3) in their game against the The University of Washington (4-0) in the NCAA. Allen scored 8 points. The Stanford was defeated 65-60 on their home court in Stanford, CA by the The University of Washington. This season Allen has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Gyorgy Kinter (213-C-88) plays for Oviedo CB in Spanish LEB Silver
Attila Vajda (204-C-81) plays for CSU Sibiu in Romanian Liga Nationala
Daniel Deri (91) plays for Gussing Knights in Austrian A Bundesliga
Laszlo Dobos (220-C-93) plays for El Olivar in Spanish EBA
Tamas Markus (180-G-89) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Mate Kovacs (190-G/F-96) plays for GC Zurich in Swiss LNB
Tamas Halmai (202-F/C-87) plays for Oberelchingen in German Regionalliga
Bojan Sormaz (187-G-86) plays for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in German Regionalliga
Bence Supola (84) plays for Muenchen DJK in German 2.Regionalliga
Andras Fekete (84) plays for Siggiewi in Maltese Powerade League

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



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 15: Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana 80-57
Jan. 15: CLS Knights - NSH GMC Riau 68-54
Jan. 15: Stadium Jak. - Tonga BSC 68-53

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: CLS Knights - Bimasakti
Jan. 17: Hangtuah - Satya Wacana
Jan. 17: Tonga BSC - Satria Muda
Jan. 17: Stadium Jak. - Pelita Jaya


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rachmad UTOMO
  CLS Knights
  (180-SF-85)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Utomo, CLS Knights15.4 
 2. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.3 
 3. Sabara, Pacific14.8 
 4. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.3 
 5. Regowo, Dell Aspac13.0 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.4 
 7. Pamungkas, Satya12.3 
 8. Efendi, NSH G.11.1 
 9. Michel, Satria Muda11.1 
 10. Budianto, Stadium10.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sabara, Pacific11.4 
 2. Gunawan, Satria M.9.7 
 3. Gunawan, Satria M.9.4 
 4. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.0 
 5. Sucipto, NSH G.7.4 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.2 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.0 
 8. Nolland, Garuda7.0 
 9. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.9 
 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.4.1 
 3. Sucipto, Satya W.3.9 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.7 
 5. Indra, Pacific3.6 
 6. Sartika, Bimasakti3.3 
 7. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.1 
 8. Wicaksono, Stadium3.0 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights3.0 
 10. Wilopo, Hangtuah2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.4 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.6 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.2.8 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda2.5 
 5. Nolland, Garuda2.4 
 6. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.2.4 
 7. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.3 
 8. Pratama, Garuda2.3 
 9. Sabara, Pacific2.3 
 10. Uneputty, Tonga2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.2.0 
 2. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.9 
 3. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.6 
 4. Teguh, Hangtuah1.6 
 5. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.4 
 6. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 7. Nasution, Satya W.1.3 
 8. Nugroho, Satya W.1.2 
 9. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.1 
 10. Gendro Maryo., Bi.1.1 


NBL Round 13: Top-ranked Dell Aspac wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Satya Wacana (2-7) in Jakarta 80-57. Dell Aspac forced 20 Satya Wacana turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 steals. Guard Handri Santosa (182-92) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 21 points for Satya Wacana. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Dell Aspac have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Satya Wacana lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Dell Aspac are looking forward to face Bimasakti (#9) in Sakti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#7) and Tonga BSC (#12). Stadium Jakarta (5-4) won against visiting Tonga BSC (1-8) 68-53. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Yohanes Saputra chipped in 7 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Stadium Jakarta. They moved-up to fifth place. Tonga BSC lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 13 NSH GMC Riau was beaten by CLS Knights on the road 68-54.


Group Jakarta
Stadium Jak. - Tonga BSC 68-53

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#7) and Tonga BSC (#12). Stadium Jakarta (5-4) won against visiting Tonga BSC (1-8) 68-53. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stadium Jakarta forced 19 Tonga BSC turnovers and outrebounded them 47-22 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Yohanes Saputra (182-88) chipped in 7 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Richardo Orlando Uneputty (163-87) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Stadium Jakarta. They moved-up to fifth place. Tonga BSC lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 19+11reb+2ast, M.Ferdiansyah 15+2reb+1ast, I.Budianto 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Saputra 7+12reb+3ast, A.Sujarwo 5+2reb, E.Hadi 5+4reb
Tonga BSC: H.Kurniawan 16+5reb+2ast, R.Orlando Uneputty 11+4reb+4ast, J.Ingutali 9+5reb, A.Prasetyo 5+2reb+1ast, M.Hardian Wicaksono 3+1reb, P.Susanto 2
gschID: 230001


Group Jakarta
Dell Aspac - Satya Wacana 80-57

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Satya Wacana (2-7) in Jakarta 80-57. Dell Aspac forced 20 Satya Wacana turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 steals. Guard Handri Santosa (182-92) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 21 points and center Firman Nugroho (201-90) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Satya Wacana. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Satya Wacana lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Dell Aspac are looking forward to face Bimasakti (#9) in Sakti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 14+4reb+3ast, H.Santosa 13+6reb, X.Prawiro 11+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 9+1reb+2ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 7+1reb, P.Regowo 7+4reb+2ast
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 21+3reb+1ast, Y.Sua 9+2reb, F.Nugroho 9+7reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 6+3reb+2ast, T.Hartanto 4+4reb+1ast, Y.France Giay 4+4reb
gschID: 229999


Group Jakarta
CLS Knights - NSH GMC Riau 68-54

No shocking result in a game when third ranked CLS Knights (7-2) beat 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-7) in Surabaya 68-54. CLS Knights forced 22 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) stepped up and scored 9 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Wijaya Saputra (184-85) chipped in 11 points. At the losing side center Max Yanto (215-83) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CLS Knights moved-up to second place. NSH GMC Riau lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play on the road against Pelita Jaya (#3) in Jakarta to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: W.Saputra 11+4reb+1ast, A.A. Ngurah Budidharma 10+3reb+1ast, R.Utomo 9+3reb+6ast, T.Agus 8+4reb, A.Bintoro 7+2reb, D.Heryadi 6+6reb
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 13+8reb+2ast, R.Febriyan 11+6reb+1ast, J.Sucipto 9+6reb+4ast, Y.Efendi 7+1reb+2ast, A.Amier 7+1reb+1ast, A.Prakoso 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 230000



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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. Petrochimi Mahshahr 4-10 
 8. Al Badr 4-10 
 9. Esteghlal 3-11 
 10. Naft Sepahan 3-11 

Regular Season: Round 14

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

Regular Season: Round 15

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



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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. Iram, Macc.B.Y.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.9.5 
 8. McGhee, Elitzur9.2 
 9. Kazarnovski, Hapoe.9.1 
 10. Clemente, Ironi N.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon BROOKS
  Hapoel K/S
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brooks, Hapoel K/S6.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.4 
 3. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.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.2.5 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.4 
 4. Hofman, Elitzur2.3 
 5. Wright, Maccabi2.3 
 6. Gordon, Hapoel K.2.3 
 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.1.7 
 4. Constantine, Hapoe.1.5 
 5. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.2 
 6. Odiakosa, Hod H.1.2 
 7. Durham, Hapoel A.1.1 
 8. Buchman, Kiryat T.0.9 
 9. Tamir, Ironi R.0.9 
 10. Blayzer, Hapoel A.0.9 


Allstar South beat Allstar North in National League - by Netanel Dahan

Allstar North-Allstar South 111:119

Allstar South beat Allstar North in National League All Star Game. Arena Lev HaMoshava enjoyed the show from the best players tonight.
Allstar South started with 36:21 lead and enjoyed the lead for a long time. North team replied with 36-31 in the second frame and reduced to 10 points at the halftime. Moreover the latter won the third quarter 33-28 and trailed 5 points with 10 minutes to go. Allstar South needed however a 24-21 finish to seal the victory.
Tal Dan top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Tyrone Kent (196-G/F-86, college: Toledo) as well as Bilal Benn had 19 each. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80, college: Wagner) followed them with 18 points in a win. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St.) answered with 18 points in defeat, while Raviv Pitshon (202-PF-89, agency: Ronsport) and Greg Marry delivered 16 each. Allen Drahem poured in 15, whilst Adam Constantine (206-F-88, college: Elon) notched 12.

Allstar North: Ramon Clemente 18, Raviv Pitshon 16, Greg Marry 16, Allen Drahem 15, Adam Constantine 12
Allstar South: Tal Dan 22, Tyrone Kent 19, Bilal Benn 19, Jermaine Hall 18



At the Slam Dunk contest, Tyrone Kent won trophy, after winning Greg Murray in the finals.


At the 3pt shotout contest Jonathan Baze from Nahariya won Liraz Ariely from Hapoel Afula in the finals.


*The next round will be taken place on Wednsday.



Herb Pope joins Kolossos, ex Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

VAP Kolossos Rodou (A1) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Herb Pope (203-107kg-89, college: Seton Hall). He already started the season at Bnei Hasharon in Israeli Winner League. In 7 games this season he had 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1spg. The last season Pope played at Seton Hall University in Big East Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the NIT Sweet 16. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-Big East 3rd Team.
Pope played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2008.
He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Leon Radosevic is officially back to Milano - by Giovanni Bargna

After an half-season spent with Lietuvos Rytas on loan Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) is officially back to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.
The center from Croatia was born in Sisak on the 26th of February 1990 and grew-up with Cibona Zagreb. Radosevic had his first great season in 2010/11 when averaged 12.9 ppg, 6.3 rebounds in the euroleague with Cibona.
He firstly joined Milano in 2011 and played 14 games in the euroleague (3.5ppg) and 39 in the italian league (4.1ppg) then was sent on loan to Lietuvos Rytas at the end of last season.
He played the euroleague with the lithuanians averaging 9.8 points per game in the regular season while he was averaging 11.2ppg and 5 rebounds in the lithuanian league.
Radosevic will join his teammates soon and should be available for the next league game against Caserta. He will wear the jersey number 43 as when he was with the team last season.



Brian Chase joins Cremona - by Giovanni Bargna

As anticipated a couple of days ago here on eurobasket Brian Chase (178-PG-81, college: Virginia Tech) has been officially announced by Cremona.
Chase, a combo guard born in 1981 and out of Virginia Tech where he played with the Hokies, was undrafted in 2003 and played in the ABA, CBA, USBL and D-League until he flew to Europe for the first time in 2008 signing with Besiktas in Turkey.
Then found an agreement with Le Mans and played in the Euroleague with the french team averaging 12.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.4 apg in 10 games.
Brian Chase moved to Russia in 2009 joining Dinamo Moscow and then played in the ACB with Valladolid the following season.
He was with Igokea (Bosnia) in season 2010-2011, then with Cibona (Croatia) before completing last season in Russia with Enisey Krasnoyarsk.




Angelico Biella inks Dimitrios Tsaldaris, ex Kolossos - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella (SerieA) agreed terms with 33-year old Greek ex-international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (194-80). He just played at Kolossos in Greek A1 league. In 10 A1 games this season he had 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg.
Tsaldaris managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). He ended the last season at Umana Venezia. But the most of that year Tsaldaris spent at Aris (A1) in A1. In 18 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. He also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (10-11) season Tsaldaris played at Banco di Sardegna Sassari. In 34 SerieA games that season he recorded 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his team made it to the League Semifinals in 2007 and 2009. Tsaldaris was selected to Greek League All-Star Game back in 2009. He was a member of Greek Senior National Team in 2009.
Tsaldaris has played previously professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Panellinios and Alimos) and Italy (Napoli J.News and Sutor Montegranaro).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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Oita H.Devils tab Verdell Jones III, ex Peristeri GS - by Eurobasket Center

Oita Heat Devils (BJ League) inked 24-year old American guard Verdell Jones III (195-88kg-89, college: Indiana, agency: Edge Sports). He already started the season at Peristeri GS Athens in Greek A1 league. The last season Jones III played at Indiana University in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 31 games last year he had 7.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg. He helped them to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Jones III received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention award back in 2010 at his college time. He scored 1,000 points at Indiana University!

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  JORDAN   


Riyadi reach Dubai Tournament semis - by Omar Shafaamri

AMMAN - Riyadi Aramex have reached the semifinals of the 24th Dubai International Tournament after an impressive first round at the tournament.

Playing in Group B, Riyadi beat Ahli Dubai 67-64, lost 81-67 to Lebanons Muttahed after a 20-point lead, but came back to beat Philippines Smart Gilas 75-65 to move directly to the semis after Kazakhstans Almati pulled out of the event.

In the quarters starting Wednesday, Lebanons Muttahed will play compatriot Riyadi Beirut, while Smart Gilas take on Lebanons Hikmeh (Sagesse) and UAEs national team go up against Ahli Dubai.

Riyadi will face the winner of the Smart Gilas vs. Hikmeh match on Friday.

We have the youngest team, probably the smallest budget, but biggest hearts playing for the love of the game, Riyadi Secretary General Fadi Sabbah told The Jordan Times. We are happy with what we have achieved and look forward to a very bright future.

Before leaving to Dubai, Riyadi played three friendlies, beating Orthodoxi 92-70, 94-77 and Applied Science University (ASU) 73-62.

Riyadi beat ASU 80-79 to win the 10th Jordan Basketball Cup for the second consecutive year. Sabbah had noted the Dubai event would be a good competition for the line-up ahead of the Premier League.

Jordanian teams have never won the Dubai Tournament title. Riyadi first competed in 1990. Jordans Fastlink came in third in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Zain came in second in 2008 and 2009 and were eliminated from the quarters in 2010 when ASU also took part. No Jordanian teams took part in 2011.

Riyadi have signed Darin Dorsey, Alpha Bangura and Ashraff Dabbas and will have Sani Sakakini join as well for the local league.

Riyadis rising star, Ahmad Duweiri, who led the team to the U-19 title, has boosted the line-up with the return of Seif Amer leading the ambitious line-up along with Ali Jamal, Mohammad Jamal and Isa Kamel.

This season, Riyadi came second in the U-13 and U-17 boys and U-15 girls. They are currently playing the womens league and U-15 boys matches.

Jordan Times



Al Gharafa lands Rasheim Wright - by Eurobasket

Al Gharafa Doha (D1) landed 32-year old Jordanian ex-international guard Rasheim Wright (192-91kg-81, college: of District of Columbia). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Wright played most recently at M.H.Ahvaz in Iranian Superleague. In 10 games last season he averaged impressive 24.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 3.0apg. He also played at Anibal (Division A) in Lebanese Division A that season. In two games last year he had 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (10-11) season Wright played at Philippine Patriots (ASEAN League) in Filipino league. In three games that year he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg. Then he moved to Lebanon joining Anibal (18.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 12 games).
Among other achievements he won Jordanian League championship title in 2009. Wright received also Africabasket.com All-Pan Arab Games 1st Team award in 2011. He represented Jordan at the Pan Arab Games in Doha (Qatar) two years ago. Wrights team won Silver and his stats at that event were 7 games: Score-3 (21.7ppg), 5.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 65.4%.
Wright is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina, Bosnia, Mexico, Turkey (Beykoz), Egypt (Zamalek), Lebanon (Sagesse and Al Moutahed), Jordan (Zain).
Wright attended of District of Columbia until 2005 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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LBL Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 16: Valmiera - Liepaja 87-62
Jan. 16: LU - Jelgava 86-108
Jan. 17: Barons kvartals - Turiba
Jan. 17: Jekabpils - Jurmala
Jan. 18: Ventspils - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.21.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.4 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.8 
 4. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.4 
 5. Apsitis, Turiba14.3 
 6. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera14.1 
 8. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 9. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.13.8 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils8.9 
 2. Dargais, LU8.5 
 3. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.3 
 4. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.2 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala8.0 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava7.8 
 7. Berzins, Valmiera7.4 
 8. Gulbis, Barons k.6.5 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.3 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Ventspils
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sims, Ventspils4.2 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 3. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.9 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.5 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.5 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.3 
 8. Plavnieks, U183.1 
 9. Miezis, Barons k.3.1 
 10. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba2.0 
 2. Miezis, Barons k.1.8 
 3. Peiners, LU1.8 
 4. Mizis, Jelgava1.8 
 5. Brown, Jurmala1.8 
 6. Sims, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.6 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja1.5 
 9. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
 10. Slesers, Jurmala1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.5 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 5. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.0.9 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Mednis, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 9. Mizis, Jelgava0.7 
 10. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Saldus 15-2 
 2. Jelgava/LLU 13-3 
 3. BK VEF-LSPA 12-3 
 4. RSU 12-5 
 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 5-11 
 12. Ridzene 4-11 
 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: Ridzene - Saldus 70-101
Jan. 16: Gulbene - RSU 62-80
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



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Riyadi in the Semi Final of the Dubai International Tournament - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The quarterfinal round in the Dubai International Tournament this year joined two Lebanese teams, Riyadi and Moutahed,Riyadi finished first of group A as for Moutahed finished 4th in group B.
Moutahed missing 3 key players to injuries , Erci Chatfield,Larry Cox and Bassel Bawji had a great start especially on defense , the zone defense created lot of problems to Riyadi players who failed to deal with it and trailed at the end of the first quarter 21-11. The second quarter was another story , Riyadi minute after minute knew how to strengthen their defense and how to adapt their offense, Through the 3 pointers made by Rashad Anderson and Amir Saoud, this factor brought back Riyadi to the game and gave them the lead at the half on the score of 29-35.
The third quarter both teams played their basketball and the tempo was an equal one and no team had the big supremacy , the 3rd quarter finished at the score of 47-54. The Last quarter saw Riyadi doing a run to lead by 13 points by Moutahed was always answering back and keeping the pressure on Riyadi but in the end the experience pravailed and Riyadi managed to win the game at the score of 65-73.
Rashad Anderson led all scorers in the game with 20 points , Ismal Ahmad with 12 as for Roy Samaha he had a very good game with 17 points , Marc Salyers with 12 and Rony Fahed with 10.



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 11-0 
 2. Neptunas 9-3 
 3. Zalgiris 6-0 
 4. Siauliai 6-4 
 5. Nevezis 5-6 
 6. Juventus 5-6 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 5-6 
 8. Lietkabelis 5-7 
 9. Lietuvos rytas 4-2 
 10. LSU-Baltai 3-8 
 11. Sakalai 3-9 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 17

Jan. 16: Lietkabelis - Neptunas 65-81
Jan. 19: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Rudupis
Jan. 19: Nevezis - Sakalai
Jan. 19: Siauliai - Naglis Palangos
Jan. 19: Juventus - LSU-Baltai


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis18.9 
 2. Samenas, Siauliai16.0 
 3. Gailius, Neptunas15.8 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.15.7 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas13.6 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.5 
 7. Butkevicius, Lietk.13.3 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai12.5 
 9. Gates, Pieno Z.12.4 
 10. Dia, Siauliai12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Kieza, Siauliai10.3 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.4 
 3. Sarakauskas, Nept.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.6 
 5. Sinica, Sakalai6.4 
 6. Vene, Rudupis6.3 
 7. Varnelis, Juventus6.1 
 8. Dia, Siauliai6.0 
 9. Mikalauskas, Neptu.5.7 
 10. Gates, Pieno Z.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis JACKSON
  Siauliai
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jackson, Siauliai5.3 
 2. Stasys, LSU-Baltai4.5 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis4.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas3.7 
 5. Viskontas, Juvent.3.7 
 6. Broadus, Neptunas3.6 
 7. Gintvainis, Sakalai3.6 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietka.3.1 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Parrish BROWN
  Naglis P.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brown, Naglis P.2.4 
 2. Butkevicius, Lietk.1.8 
 3. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.8 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietka.1.7 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.7 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis1.6 
 7. Broadus, Neptunas1.6 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.6 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai1.6 
 10. Dambrauskas, Saka.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai2.9 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 4. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.1 
 5. Kieza, Siauliai1.0 
 6. McClure, Neptunas1.0 
 7. Kupsas, Lietkabelis0.9 
 8. Valeika, Rudupis0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Siauli.0.8 
 10. Cepukaitis, Pieno0.8 


Tomislav Zubcic could sign at Lietuvos rytas - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) is about to tab 23-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket) who currently plays KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatia. In four Eurocup games this season he averaged 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Zubcic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg.
Zubcic averaged 5.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup last season. He also notched 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in Adriatic League for Cibona.
The previous (10-11) season he also played at Cibona in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Zubcic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games that season he had 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Zubcic also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 9.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he had 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.
Last year Zubcic was drafted by Drafted by? Toronto Raptors (NBA) in second round (56th overall). Zubcic was selected to Croatian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. Zubcic played for Croatian Senior National Team in 2009 and previously for U19 National Team in 2009. He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia three years ago. Zubcics team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 73.3%.
Zubcic has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zadar and Rudes).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Eurobasket.com Honors Luxol's Stephen Shackleford Player of the Week - by Steve Dolan



Stephen Shackleford (198-F-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: UTSA) has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week for his performance against Siggiewi this past weekend. Shackleford helped lead his club past the #2 team in the league Siggiewi with an impressive performance; Shackleford finished the game with 32pts, 17rebs, 4ast,4stls, 1blk. Shackleford currently has Bupa Luxol in a spot to make a run at a playoff spot in 2013 with his impressive season up until this point. Shackleford is avg 27.8ppg (2), 16.6rpg (1), 3.3spg (2nd),3.6apg (4) for the season. Shackleford has played right into the middle of the Player of the Year talks.

Stats are supplied to Eurobasket.com by Mr.Schembri on a weekly basis



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EuroCup: Banvit prevail against Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Buducnost 89:80

Banvit clinched the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off visiting Buducnost for 1-1 record in Group I. Charles Davis (205-C-84, college: Alabama) and Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 17 points each to pace the Turkish team.
Buducnost set ambitions high with a flying first quarter. The Montenegrin side dropped 22 points in the first ten minutes to take a 4-point lead. Banvit matched the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts poured in 30 points in the period to ensure a 48:42 halftime lead. Buducnost kept within striking distance throughout the third term. The visitors got as close as one point after a layup by Dusko Bunic. However Banvit were able to open a 69:65 lead heading into the fourth frame. The hosts opened the fourth frame on a 5:0 run to clear off. Buducnost trimmed the deficit to 4 points midway through the fourth term but Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) and Charles Davis made it 88:78 with just over a minute remaining and Banvit never looked back en route to the win. Sammy Mejia and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) delivered 14 points apiece for the winning side. Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) answered with 16 points for Buducnost. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points in the losing case.

Banvit: Charles Davis 17, Vladimir Stimac 17, Sammy Mejia 14, Serkan Erdogan 14
Buducnost: Aleksa Popovic 16, Cedomir Vitkovac 15



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 24-13 
 2. Brooklyn N. 23-16 
 3. Boston C. 20-18 
 4. Philadelph.76 16-23 
 5. Toronto R. 14-25 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 24-16 
 2. Chicago B. 22-15 
 3. Milwaukee B. 19-18 
 4. Detroit P. 14-24 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 25-12 
 2. Atlanta H. 22-16 
 3. Orlando M. 14-24 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-29 
 5. Washington W. 7-29 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 31-8 
 2. Denver N. 24-17 
 3. Utah Jazz 21-19 
 4. Portland TB 20-19 
 5. Minnesota T. 16-19 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 30-9 
 2. Golden St.W. 23-14 
 3. LA Lakers 17-21 
 4. Sacramento K. 15-24 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-27 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 30-11 
 2. Memphis G. 24-13 
 3. Houston R. 21-19 
 4. Dallas M. 17-23 
 5. N.Orleans H. 13-26 

Regular Season: Round 77

Jan. 16: Orlando M. - Indiana P. 97-86
Jan. 16: Sacramento K. - Washington W. 95-94
Jan. 16: Portland TB - Cleveland C. 88-93
Jan. 16: Boston C. - N.Orleans H. 78-90
Jan. 16: Golden St.W. - Miami Heat 75-92
Jan. 16: Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 117-97
Jan. 16: Atlanta H. - Brooklyn N. 109-95
Jan. 16: Toronto R. - Chicago B. 105-107 OT
Jan. 16: Dallas M. - Houston R. 105-100
Jan. 16: San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 103-82

Regular Season: Round 78

Jan. 17: Detroit P. - New York K.
Jan. 17: Minnesota T. - LA Clippers
Jan. 17: Phoenix Suns - Milwaukee B.
Jan. 17: LA Lakers - 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.28.7 
 4. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 5. James, Miami Heat26.0 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.3 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.4 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 9. Curry, Golden S.20.5 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat19.9 
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.11.6 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.2 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.1 
 7. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 8. Lee, Golden St.W.10.9 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.7 
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.9.0 
 4. Nash, LA Lakers8.9 
 5. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 7. Calderon, Toron.7.7 
 8. Williams, Brooklyn7.7 
 9. Nelson, Orlando M.7.2 
 10. Parker, San A.7.2 
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..2.0 
 4. Jennings, Milwauke.2.0 
 5. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 7. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 8. World Peace, LA La.1.8 
 9. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.9 
 3. Duncan, San A.2.8 
 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.2.0 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix1.9 
 10. McGee, Denver N.1.9 


Hawks suspend, fine forward Josh Smith - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks suspended forward Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for "conduct detrimental to the team," the Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement Wednesday. Smith will miss Wednesday's home game against the Brooklyn Nets. "Josh and I discussed the issue and he understood and accepted this course of action," Ferry said. "We are confident that he will respond positively, learn from this experience and come back with a renewed sense of purpose to the team moving forward." The Hawks (21-16) are struggling, especially offensively, in their past nine games, seven of which were on the road. The Hawks were 2-7 in that stretch, losing four in a row and have lost to the Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. Before the losing seven of nine games, the Hawks were 19-9 and had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Two weeks into January, Atlanta is in sixth place, just a game ahead of the surging Boston Celtics. The low point might have been Monday when the Hawks were beaten 97-58 by the Chicago Bulls in a game in which they scored five points in the second quarter and 20 in the first half. "Clearly I am competitive and was frustrated by our recent losses," Smith said in a statement. "I understand and respect the team's actions and just want to get back on the court to do whatever is necessary to help my teammates. I apologize for letting them down and apologize to our fans for not being available for tonight's game." Smith is averaging 16.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals this season.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 21-2 
 2. Summerside S. 13-9 
 3. Oshawa P. 13-10 
 4. Moncton M. 12-15 
 5. Halifax R. 11-13 
 6. St.John M.R. 11-13 
 7. Windsor Exp. 10-13 
 8. Montreal J. 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 16: Oshawa P. - Halifax R. 127-124 OT
Jan. 17: St.John M.R. - Summerside S.
Jan. 17: Moncton M. - Montreal J.
Jan. 18: Summerside S. - Montreal J.
Jan. 18: St.John M.R. - Oshawa P.
Jan. 18: Windsor Exp. - Halifax R.



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  NCAA1   

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. 3-1 (13-3) 
 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. 4-1 (15-2) 
 15. Creighton 4-0 (15-1) 
 16. Memphis 3-0 (13-3) 
 17. Missouri 2-1 (13-3) 
 18. Baylor 3-1 (11-5) 
 19. UNLV 2-1 (15-3) 
 20. San Diego St. 2-1 (13-2) 
 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 67

Jan. 16: E.Carolina - Houston 89-78
Jan. 16: Arkansas - Auburn 88-80 OT
Jan. 16: Drake - Evansville 83-69
Jan. 16: Radford - Longwood 82-72
Jan. 16: Ohio - N.Illinois 81-63
Jan. 16: Oklahoma - Texas Tech 81-63
Jan. 16: Missouri - Georgia 79-62
Jan. 16: W.Michigan - Toledo 79-56
Jan. 16: Colorado St. - Air Force 79-40
Jan. 16: San Diego - Loyola Mary 78-70
Jan. 16: High Point - Liberty 77-72 OT
Jan. 16: Army - Lafayette 77-54
Jan. 16: VMI - Campbell 76-57
Jan. 16: San Diego St. - UNLV 75-82
Jan. 16: Boise St. - N.Mexico 74-79 OT
Jan. 16: Charleston So. - NC-Asheville 74-68
Jan. 16: Charlotte - Fordham 74-68
Jan. 16: Georgetown - Providence 74-65
Jan. 16: Wichita St. - Illinois St. 74-62
Jan. 16: LSU - S.Carolina 73-82 OT
Jan. 16: Penn St. - Michigan St. 72-81
Jan. 16: La Salle - Dayton 72-70
Jan. 16: Akron - Ball St. 71-64
Jan. 16: NC-Greensboro - Wofford 71-52
Jan. 16: SMU - S.Mississippi 70-74
Jan. 16: UMBC - Hartford 70-57
Jan. 16: BYU - St.Mary''s, CA 69-70
Jan. 16: Iowa St. - W.Virginia 69-67
Jan. 16: Marquette - Seton Hall 69-62
Jan. 16: Buffalo - Kent St. 68-80
Jan. 16: Indiana St. - Missouri St. 68-60
Jan. 16: Gardner-Webb - Co.Carolina 66-65
Jan. 16: St.Bonaventure - Xavier 64-66
Jan. 16: Miami, OH - Bowling Green 63-60
Jan. 16: New Hampshire - Albany 62-68
Jan. 16: Winthrop - Presbyterian 62-51
Jan. 16: Butler - Richmond 62-47
Jan. 16: Ill.-Chicago - Loyola, IL 61-59
Jan. 16: Vermont - Binghamton 61-37
Jan. 16: Colgate - Bucknell 59-73
Jan. 16: Boston Coll. - Miami, FL 59-60
Jan. 16: American - Lehigh 57-63
Jan. 16: Nebraska - Purdue 56-65
Jan. 16: TCU - Kansas St. 54-67
Jan. 16: G.Washington - Temple 53-55
Jan. 16: Rice - Memphis 51-77
Jan. 16: Maryland - N.Carolina St. 51-50
Jan. 16: Fresno St. - Wyoming 49-36
Jan. 16: Navy - Holy Cross 47-62
Jan. 16: Tulsa - UTEP 45-42
Jan. 16: Mississippi St. - Alabama 43-75
Jan. 16: Villanova - Pittsburgh 43-58
Jan. 16: Washington St. - Utah 75-65
Jan. 16: Georgia St. - William & Mary 74-58
Jan. 16: Delaware - Towson 66-69
Jan. 16: Northeastern - Hofstra 65-60
Jan. 16: NC-Wilmington - ODU 65-60
Jan. 16: Washington - Colorado 64-54

Regular Season: Round 68

Jan. 17: Niagara - Siena
Jan. 17: Portland - Gonzaga
Jan. 17: USF - Santa Clara
Jan. 17: San Diego - Loyola Mary
Jan. 17: Texas A&M - Florida
Jan. 17: Minnesota - Michigan
Jan. 17: Cent.Conn.St. - Wagner
Jan. 17: IUPUI - N.Dakota St.
Jan. 17: Detroit Mercy - Valparaiso
Jan. 17: Fair Dickinson - LIU Brooklyn
Jan. 17: Bryant - Mt.St.Mary's
Jan. 17: Georgia South - Charleston
Jan. 17: Louisiana Tech - Idaho
Jan. 17: Canisius - Manhattan
Jan. 17: Oakland - UMKC
Jan. 17: Elon - Furman
Jan. 17: Florida Atlantic - Troy
Jan. 17: St.Francis, PA - Sacred Heart
Jan. 17: Chattanooga - Appalachian St.
Jan. 17: Mercer - E.Tenn.St.
Jan. 17: IPFW - S.Dakota
Jan. 17: Dartmouth - Colby-Sawyer
Jan. 17: Kennesaw St. - USC Upstate
Jan. 17: St.Francis, NY - Monmouth
Jan. 17: Stetson - N.Kentucky
Jan. 17: Massachusetts - Duquesne
Jan. 17: Citadel - Davidson
Jan. 17: Robert Morris - Quinnipiac
Jan. 17: Florida Gulf Coast - Lipscomb
Jan. 17: FIU - N.Texas
Jan. 17: Loyola, MD - Marist
Jan. 17: NJIT - Pennsylvania
Jan. 17: Samford - W.Carolina
Jan. 17: N.Dakota - E.Washington
Jan. 17: Green Bay - Youngstown St.
Jan. 17: SE Missouri St. - Morehead St.
Jan. 17: Tennessee St. - Jacksonville St.
Jan. 17: Middle Tenn.St. - UALR
Jan. 17: W.Kentucky - La-Lafayette
Jan. 17: Murray St. - E.Illinois
Jan. 17: W.Illinois - S.Dakota St.
Jan. 17: Belmont - E.Kentucky
Jan. 17: Texas Arlington - Seattle
Jan. 17: Austin Peay St. - SIU Edwardsville
Jan. 17: Wisc.-Milwaukee - Cleveland St.
Jan. 17: S.Alabama - La-Monroe
Jan. 17: Illinois - Northwestern
Jan. 17: St.Peter's - Rider
Jan. 17: Texas A&M-CC - ORU
Jan. 17: Northwestern St. - Nicholls St.
Jan. 17: Sam Houston St. - Cent.Arkansas
Jan. 17: SF Austin - SE Louisiana
Jan. 17: VCU - St.Joseph's
Jan. 17: N.Mexico St. - Utah St.
Jan. 17: Denver - San Jose St.
Jan. 17: UCLA - Oregon St.
Jan. 17: Rutgers - S.Florida
Jan. 17: Duke - Georgia Tech
Jan. 17: Montana - S.Utah
Jan. 17: Weber St. - N.Arizona
Jan. 17: Idaho St. - Sacramento St.
Jan. 17: Cal-Riverside - Long Beach St.
Jan. 17: Portland St. - N.Colorado
Jan. 17: CS Northridge - Cal-Davis
Jan. 17: USC - Oregon
Jan. 17: CS Fullerton - Cal-Irvine
Jan. 17: Hawaii - Pacific


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Allen CRABBE
  California
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Crabbe, California20.1 
 2. Wilcox, Washington19.4 
 3. Motum, Washingt.19.4 
 4. Muhammad, UCLA18.2 
 5. Carson, Arizona St.17.1 
 6. Adams, UCLA16.4 
 7. Nelson, Oregon St.15.4 
 8. Felix, Arizona St.15.1 
 9. Cobbs, California14.9 
 10. Powell, Stanford14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre ROBERSON
  Colorado
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Roberson, Colorado11.8 
 2. Moreland, Oregon S.11.1 
 3. Kazemi, Oregon9.4 
 4. N''Diaye, Washi.9.4 
 5. Huestis, Stanford9.0 
 6. Anderson, UCLA8.9 
 7. Simmons, Washi.8.4 
 8. Felix, Arizona St.8.1 
 9. Dedmon, USC7.6 
 10. Powell, Stanford7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ii Larry DREW
  UCLA
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Drew, UCLA8.1 
 2. Fontan, USC5.2 
 3. Carson, Arizona St.5.0 
 4. Cobbs, California3.9 
 5. Gaddy, Washington3.6 
 6. Anderson, UCLA3.6 
 7. Artis, Oregon3.6 
 8. Dubois, Utah3.4 
 9. Lyons, Arizona3.3 
 10. Burton, Oregon St.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Oregon
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kazemi, Oregon2.4 
 2. Johnson, Arizona2.3 
 3. Artis, Oregon2.0 
 4. Roberson, Colorado2.0 
 5. Adams, UCLA1.7 
 6. Felix, Arizona St.1.7 
 7. Anderson, UCLA1.6 
 8. Gordon, Arizona St.1.5 
 9. Randle, Stanford1.5 
 10. Martin, Utah1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan BACHYNSKI
  Arizona .
  (218-C-89)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bachynski, Arizona4.5 
 2. Moreland, Oregon S.2.7 
 3. Huestis, Stanford2.2 
 4. Dedmon, USC2.0 
 5. Washburn, Utah1.8 
 6. Oraby, USC1.6 
 7. Kravish, California1.6 
 8. Roberson, Colorado1.4 
 9. Felix, Arizona St.1.4 
 10. N''Diaye, Washi.1.4 


Assembly Haul: Badgers grab 11th-straight win over 2nd-ranked IU - by Eurobasket News

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Since taking over the program at Wisconsin in 2001-02, head coach Bo Ryan has been careful not to bask in any win too long. He has even adopted the Next mentality in order to always keep his team focused on its upcoming opponent.

Its hard to believe the Badgers wont take their time in savoring their 64-59 upset win over the 2nd-ranked Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

If you're going to beat a team like this, you have to have a lot of things go well and I thought we took pretty good care of the ball considering (Indiana's) pressure and athleticism, Ryan said. I really liked how hard our guys played and the adjustments they made.

Ryan Evans (6'6''-G/F) had 13 points and seven rebounds and Traevon Jackson added 11 points as Wisconsin defeated a top-two team on the road for the first time in program history. UW now sits atop the conference standings as the Big Tens only undefeated team.

The Badgers (13-4, 4-0) have won seven straight and beat two top-15 opponents in four days. The win was also the teams 11th straight over Indiana and its fifth straight in Bloomington.

UW held Indiana to a season-low 59 points on 37.0 percent shooting from the field, including a 3-for-12 (.250) performance from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin, as usual, dictated the tempo by running down the shot clock and forcing the nation's highest-scoring team into a precious possession-by-possession slugfest where baskets were scarce.

It was the perfect recipe for Wisconsin, which committed only eight turnovers and took advantage of seemingly every opportunity they had, especially in the second half as the Hoosiers struggled with missed shots and errant passes.

"We knew that if they got it going in transition they can score in bunches because all you have to do is look at their game films, Ryan said. So our goal was to not (commit turnovers) but saying it and doing it, having it as a plan, are two different things. It just so happened to work today."

After Indiana opened the second half with a three-point play, it managed only six points over the next 6:34, a drought that allowed the Badgers to take control.

Wisconsin scored seven straight points to take a 38-37 lead with 15:58 to play. A 3-point play from Jackson began a 9-0 run for UW, which culminated in the Badgers largest lead of the game, 51-41, with 10:08 remaining in the contest.

Indiana answered with four straight points, and after Evans made 1 of 2 free throws, the Hoosiers scored six straight to pull to 52-51 on Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer with 4:40 to play.

But the Hoosiers would not get any closer as Wisconsin sealed the game with smart play and great use of its timeouts, as they only allowed Indiana to record one made field goal in the final four minutes of action.

"You know if you just play the game and have the right attitude about it, you make good things happen, Ryan added. If you're a nervous nelly or whatever term you use, you can't antagonize about every little thing when you play. Players have to play."

Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half to lead Indiana (15-2, 3-1), which had a six-game winning streak and an 18-game home winning streak both end. Christian Watford added 11 points for IU.

Wisconsin remains on the road as it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 19, to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Courtesy of: http://www.uwbadgers.com



St. John's Bounces Back Big With 67-63 Victory Over No. 20/20 Irish - by Eurobasket News

NEW YORK (AP) - With his well-documented, historically young team, St. John's head coach Steve Lavin has no idea how work is going to be every day.

Just three days after playing one of its worst games of the season, the Red Storm came up with a stalwart effort in a 67-63 victory over No. 20/20 Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

It was hard to believe St. John's was the same team that lost 67-51 to then-No. 19/22 Georgetown Saturday on the same Madison Square Garden court.

"I told you expect the unexpected," Lavin said of his roster that has only one active scholarship upperclassman. "Buckle up and enjoy the roller coaster ride with this young team, that at times is maddening. But they balance it out with some brilliant play."

Playing man-to-man rather than a zone defense as they have all season, St. John's opened the game strong, unlike the previous contest, and held a 32-31 lead at halftime.

"We came out very intense today," forward Amir Garrett (6'6''-F) said. "Against Georgetown that definitely wasn't the way we played. Tonight we came out hard, with intensity, very fierce."

The Red Storm (10-7, 2-3 BIG EAST), which had lost two straight and four of five, had a 12-point lead midway through the second half and despite giving it all up, they managed to score the game's final six points for the win, the third-straight over the Fighting Irish and fifth-straight over Notre Dame at The Garden.

The victory marked the ninth over a ranked team during the Lavin Era, and the eighth with the third-year head coach on the sidelines. St. John's is now 2-2 on the year against Top 25 opposition, having won at then No. 14/15 Cincinnati, 53-52, on Jan. 5.

"We knew they were going to make a run,'' Garrett said of the Irish. ''In the last minutes we had to find a way to sustain the lead."

St. John's did just that, using the Red Storm's mode of choice this season: the blocked shot.

St. John's entered the game leading the nation in blocked shots at 8.56 per game. The Red Storm finished with nine for the contest, the two biggest on two of Notre Dame's last three possessions in the final 20 seconds.

D'Angelo Harrison, a 6-3 guard, blocked a shot by 6-10 Tom Knight and JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws with 19.7 seconds left. Chris Obekpa, who leads the nation with 5.13 blocks per game, got his second of the game when he blocked Pat Connaughton's drive off his head and out of bounds with 7.6 seconds left.

"Chris got the block after me when he blocked it off his head," said Harrison, who totaled a career-high three rejections. "He said 'I got your back.' I felt like I was a shot blocker today."

Freshman forward Sampson scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half for St. John's while Phil Greene IV had 13, four rebounds and two assists, and Garrett totaled 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with three boards and three blocks.

St. John's, which came into the game last in the conference in free throw shooting at 61.4 percent, made 12-of-15 from the line with Sampson going 7-of-9.

Eric Atkins had a season-high 21 points for Notre Dame (14-3, 2-2), which used an 18-4 run to wipe out the double-digit deficit and take a 61-59 lead with 4:27 to play.

Notre Dame's last lead came at 63-61 on a drive by Jerian Grant with 2:50 left.

After a delay in play to stop a bloodied nose, Harrison, the second-leading scorer in the BIG EAST with a 20.6 average, hit a 3-pointer with 2:32 left to give the Red Storm the lead for good at 64-63. Harrison took just three shots in the first half. His only field goals of the game were 3-pointers and he finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists to go along with the three swats.

Grant had 14 points for Notre Dame and Jack Cooley, who was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble, added 10.

"They did a good job of pressuring the ball," Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman said. "We really couldn't get any offensive rhythm in the last two minutes just because of their ball pressure."

Irish head coach Mike Brey agreed.

"They really guarded the heck out of us with their speed and over the course of time it wore on us," he said.

The teams play again March 5 at Notre Dame. Next, however, the Red Storm opens a home-and-home season series at DePaul on Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon on SNY.
Courtesy of: http://www.redstormsports.com



Creighton Improves To 17-1 For First Time - by Eurobasket News

OMAHA, Neb. -- Junior Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) had 31 points to help the Creighton men's basketball team become the nation's first squad to 17 wins this year after a 79-68 win over Northern Iowa on Tuesday night.

Ranked 10th by the coaches and 12th by the Associated Press, Creighton (17-1, 6-0 MVC) has now won 11 straight games, matching its longest streak under Greg McDermott, and the third-longest active streak nationally. This is Creighton's first 17-1 start in program history, and it is the first MVC team to do so since Drake in 2007-08.

UNI fell to 9-9 (2-4 MVC) with the setback, alternating wins and losses for the fifth consecutive contest.

Creighton scored on its first two trips to build a 4-0 lead, only to see UNI answer with the next nine points to take a five-point lead at the first media timeout. Jake Koch scored five of those points for the Panthers.

The Panthers led by as much as seven (14-7) in the first half before CU slowly responded. Two three-pointers by Austin Chatman and another by Ethan Wragge made it 16-13, and the Jays would knot the score at 18-all on a knifing lay-up by Jahenns Manigat (6'1''-G-91). CU took its first lead since 4-2 on a Grant Gibbs three-pointer that was part of a 9-0 run that also included four points from Will Artino.

Creighton's lead reached as large as seven on three occasions in the first half before Anthony James capped a big half (15 points) with a jumper to beat the halftime buzzer with CU up 37-32. Creighton was paced by 10 points from McDermott in the first half, while James led all players with 15 on 7-of-13 shooting. CU made 15-of-28 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 three-pointers in the opening stanza.

UNI got as close as 39-36 early in the second half, but the Jays answered with a 12-5 run to go up by double-digits for the first time as McDermott completed it a personal 6-0 run. The Panthers would get no closer than seven the rest of the night. CU's biggest lead on the evening was 16, done three different times.

In addition to McDermott's 31 points, he also had four rebounds and three assists. Chatman finished with 12 points and four assists, while Gibbs had an impressive all-around evening with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Creighton shot 55.4 percent from the field (31-56), and made half of its 12 three-point attempts. The Jays were also 11-for-14 at the line (78.6 percent), dished 21 assists, and outrebounded UNI 31-27.

UNI was paced by 25 points from James, who also added six rebounds. Jake Koch had 19 points in what his coach later called the best all-around performance of his career. Both point totals were season-highs.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday with a 3 pm game at Wichita State (15-2, 4-1 MVC).

NOTES: Doug McDermott has made a three-pointer in an MVC-best 16 straight games ...Creighton moved over 200,000 home fans on the season for the seventh time at 202,303. No other MVC team has done it even once ...The crowd of 17,391 was the fourth straight sellout and 13th-largest in school history ..Doug McDermott (1,814 points) passed UNI's Ben Jacobson (1,787), Drake's Josh Young (1,789) and Creighton's Kyle Korver (1,801) to move into 27th all-time on the MVC scoring list. By passing Korver, McDermott moved into fifth in Creighton history in scoring as well ...Creighton has won its sixth MVC game in 18 of the last 19 seasons ...Creighton has started 6-0 in MVC play for just the second time since rejoining the MVC in 1977-78 (7-0 in 2002-03) ...Creighton has made 50 percent of its three-pointers or better in six straight games for the first time ever.
Courtesy of: http://www.gocreighton.com



Eagles Throw Block Party in 58-52 Win Over Chippewas - by Eurobasket News

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team ended its losing skid and earned its first Mid-American Conference win over Central Michigan University, 58-52, Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at the Convocation Center. The Eagles (8-9; 1-2 MAC) avenged a pair of losses from last season against the Chippewas (8-8; 1-2 MAC).

EMU's defense posted a season-high eleven blocks and was anchored by forward Glenn Bryant (6'8''-F-90) (Detroit, Mich. Oak Hill Academy) who denied a season-high five shots. Jalen Ross (5'11''-G-93) (Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro Day School) led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points and was one-of-three EMU players to hit double figures.

As a team, EMU shot 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the floor and CMU went 19-of-59 (32.2 percent). The Eagles also shot a blistering 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from long range including a 5-of-6 showing in the opening 20 minutes.

The Green and White struck first with a deep three pointer from Ross. The Eagles' stingy defense held Central scoreless until 16:33 when Blake Hibbitts answered with a three of his own.

The Chippewas went on a 6-0 run before Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich. Detroit Country Day) slammed one down, followed by a J.R. Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind. Snider) three pointer to recapture the lead to make it a 12-9 game. Ross and Bryant energized the Convocation Center with a fast break alleyoop to shift momentum and kick start a 12-4 run for the Eagles.

At halftime the Eagles led the Chippewas, 30-19, shooting 11-of-19 (57.9 percent). Ross led with eight points and six from beyond the arc. The Eagles hit 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) three pointers in the first half. The Green and White's zone defense appeared hard to crack for Central as the Chippewas shot just 7-of-20 (35 percent).

Senior Jamell Harris (6'9''-F) (Euclid, Ohio Euclid) set the tone for the Eagles, opening the second half with a block and a steal on the same defensive stop. It was the Chippewas who scored first in the second half though, with an Oliver Mbaigoto jumper.

Both defenses pressed effectively as each team went scoreless for a five-minute stretch mid-half. Scoring picked up when Central's scoring threat, Kyle Randall, got it going with a jumper in the paint and followed with a three-pointer to cut EMU's lead to 11.

With five minutes remaining EMU went on a 6-3 run to push the score to 49-36, giving them their largest lead of the night. Central then fouled on every possession in an attempt to chip away at EMU's lead. The Eagles' final 11 points were scored from the charity stripe.

The Eagles continue their mini home stand Saturday, Jan. 19, when they host the RedHawks of Miami University. The game will begin at 2 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://www.emueagles.com



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Nanooks To Take On Seawolves On Saturday - by Sanjey Noriega

From: alaskananooks.com

FAIRBANKS, Alaska Following last week's home sweep, the Alaska men's basketball team rounds out its three-game home stand when it takes on in-state rival Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. inside the Patty Center.

The Nanooks (10-4, 5-1 GNAC) have won six straight games, including the five consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference victories, while the Seawolves (10-4, 3-3 GNAC) have won two in a row.

Alaska was named GNAC Team of the Week on Monday after a pair of dominant performances at home against Saint Martin's (81-58) and Western Oregon (89-56). The Nanooks won by an average of 28 points after limiting their opponents to a combined 36 percent shooting while allowing a total of six three pointers.

Senior guard Dominique Brinson (6'2''-G-90) was named GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points per game. He scored a season-best 28 points against WOU after he drained a career-high six threes. He shot better than 60 percent for the week and had nine triples to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Entering the weekm five players rank in the GNAC's top 10 in eight separate categories. Junior forward Sergej Pucar leads the league with 8.5 rebounds per game while junior guard Pat Voeut is second with 5.2 assists per game. Brinson places third in free throw percentage (.889) while Voeut is seventh in the same category (.829).

Brinson is also fifth in three pointers per game (2.4) and eighth in scoring (15.0 ppg). Voeut and junior forward Andrew Kelly are tied for sixth in steals (1.5) and Kelly also ranks ninth in blocks (0.9). Pucar is seventh in three-point percentage (.485) while junior forward Stefan Tica is eighth with two treys per outing.

Alaska averages 78.4 points per game and ranks third defensively as it only allows 67.9 points to its foes. The Nanooks rank second in field goal percentage defense (4.09) while also placing third in scoring margin (+10.5 ppg), rebounding margin (+8.7 rpg) and assists (18.3 apg).

Game 15: Alaska vs. Alaska Anchorage Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
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Alaska Anchorage enters Saturday's match-up with a 10-4 overall record with a 3-3 mark in GNAC play following a pair of home wins over Western Oregon and Saint Martin's last week.

UAA scores 76.8 points per game while holding opponents to 68.6 per contest. The Seawolves are second in the GNAC in both assists (19.2 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4) while ranking third in free throw percentage (.718), three-point percentage (.400) and offensive rebounds (12.8 rpg).

Kyle Fossman is fourth in the league with 15.9 points per game this season after draining a league-leading 3.1 treys per game. He is also second from the free throw line (.895), eighth in three-point percentage (.467) and tied for ninth in steals (1.4 spg).

Other key contributors include, Collin Spickerman, Christian Leckband and Liam Gibcus. Spickerman leads the GNAC with 1.5 blocks per game, Leckband is tied for second in three-point percentage (.567) and Gibcus is fourth in shooting percentage (.600).



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Mitchell Cruises to Win at Wheelock - by Eurobasket News

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. Junior forward Joshua Ford posted a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Mitchell College men's basketball team in 94-61 rout over host Wheelock College on Tuesday night in a New England Collegiate Conference contest on Brunelli Court.

Mitchell shot 53.7% (36-67) from the floor for the game. The Mariners improved to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Wildcats fell to 2-11 and 1-4.

The Mariners sailed out to a 12-2 lead in the first four and a half minutes of play and later maintained a 16-6 margin with 13:57 to play in the opening half. Wheelock then put together a torrid 14-2 stretch, fueled by six points from Bashir Hudson, to take a 20-18 lead with just over eight minutes left in the period. It proved to be the home team's last lead of the contest as Mitchell closed out the half on a 25-9 run, led by seven points from junior Anthony Epps and six from Ford, to take a 43-29 advantage at the intermission.

The Mariners began the second half with a 14-4 run to put the game away and took a 57-33 cushion with 15:33 to play in the game. Sophomore Michael Pellegrini dropped in six points during the stretch.

Paul Coucci later knocked down a three-pointer at the 14:27 mark to pull the Wildcats to within 60-41, but that would be as close as they would get for the rest of the night. Mitchell put together a 16-4 stretch to increase its lead to 76-45 with 9:39 remaining in the contest and later took its biggest lead of the evening following a three-pointer from freshman Winston Wilcenski to take a 94-58 advantage with 44 seconds left in the game.

Ford was 10-for-16 from the floor and added two assists and a steal while Epps finished with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field in addition to five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Freshman Devonta Mosley also contributed 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Hudson led the Wildcats with a double-double of his own consisting of 22 points and 12 rebounds and added a pair of steals. Sean Semerjian netted a career-high 15 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot, while Nico Cantu chipped in with a personal-best nine points to go with a rebound and an assist off the bench.

Mitchell will look for its third straight win when it hosts Lesley University on Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Lakeland men lock down, overwhelm Edgewood in second half - by Eurobasket News

MADISON, Wis. The Lakeland College men's basketball team held Edgewood College scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half, turning a close game into a convincing 73-56 win Tuesday night at the Todd Wehr Edgedome.

The Muskies went on an 18-0 run, turning a two-point deficit into a 58-42 lead and ripping away momentum in a game that through just more than 20 minutes featured seven ties and 15 lead changes. Lakeland gained a sweep of two regular season games with the Eagles and continues to stay undefeated in the Northern Athletics Conference at 8-0, and also now at 15-2 overall has the best record in school history through 17 games.

The Muskies dominated the second half, holding the Eagles to 17.6% shooting and posting a 27-18 rebounding advantage in the final 20 minutes. Edgewood made just six of 33 shots from the field after halftime and shot just 29.5% for the game (18-of-61).

Lakeland shot well the entire game, finishing at 56.9% (29-of-51) from the floor, and took over in the second half with good shooting and after cutting down on its turnovers. The Muskies took the lead for good on a three-pointer by James Oshkeshequoam (6'3''-G) (Jr.-Keshena,Wis.) to make it 45-42 with 17:10 to play. Oshkeshequoam made five of his seven shots on the night and also shot 4-for-4 from three-point range.

The Muskies also got a lift from Justin Ward (Jr.-Wisconsin Dells, Wis.), who had a game highs of 19 points and eight rebounds. Ward shot 9-of-12 from the field for the game, carrying the offense along with Oshkeshequoam on a night when star forward Jake Schwarz (Sr.-Sheboygan, Wis.) was relatively quiet.

Schwarz finished with 14 points, hitting several big shots in the second half as the Muskies pulled ahead but finishing more than 10 points below his season scoring average. Schwarz did move into second on Lakeland's all-time scoring list by passing the 1,974 points of Waymon Stewart (1965-69). With 1,986 career points, Schwarz is now 22 points from tying the school record of 2,008 points set by John Koslowski (1980-84).

The Muskies' second half burst came after a first half in which the Eagles (4-13 overall, 3-5 NAC) hung tough. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half, with Lakeland capping an 8-0 run by going ahead 21-16 on a dunk by Ward, and Edgewood responding with a 6-0 burst for a 29-25 lead.

The Eagles went to halftime leading 36-35, leading Lakeland at halftime for the second time this season. Edgewood scored just eight points in the first 13 1/2 minutes of the second half, though, and the Muskies led by as many as 22 points in the second half.

Joe Klocek led Edgewood with 10 points. The Eagles made 6-of-13 three-point tries in the first half but were just 3-for-13 from behind the arc in the second half.

Schwarz will take aim at the school scoring record Thursday night as Lakeland hosts Milwaukee School of Engineering at 7 p.m. at Woltzen Gymnasium. The game will be available to watch and listen to live online at http://www.lakeland.edu/muskieslive.
Courtesy of: http://d3hoops.com



Bonelli, Nighthawks Power Past Blazers - by Eurobasket News

The Newbury College men's basketball team snapped Elms College's three-game winning streak with a 69-62 victory, Tuesday evening. Junior forward Anthony Bonelli (Narragansett, R.I.) dominated the post late in the game ripping down an individual career single-game high 15 rebounds while sealing the game from the charity stripe knocking down four-of-four with under 22 seconds remaining in the contest.

Senior guard Andre French (5'9''-G) (Torrington, Conn.) helped the Blazers jump out to the early 7-1 advantage forcing two of three Newbury turnovers to start the contest. However, Nighthawk junior guard Kwame Thompson (Brockton, Mass.) came off the bench and penetrated the Blazers full court press defense, ignited a 10-5 run, netting eight points in four minutes to pull within one of the lead, 12-11.

Elms continued to keep the pressure on offensively but Newbury was not going away and continued to hang around. With just under eight minutes left in the half, senior center Peterson Bernard (Boston, Mass.) knotted up the contest at 20 before senior guard Tim Young (Brockton, Mass.) found fellow Brockton native, Thompson open at the perimeter, two possessions later to give the Nighthawks the 23-20 lead.

For the remainder of the half, the two teams battled back-and-fourth before Thompson led the Nighthawks into the locker room with a half-high 13 points and a slim, one-point, 34-33 lead.

When the teams returned to the hard-court at the start of the second half, Elms senior center Carson Miller (New Oxford, Pa.) re-gained the lead for the Blazers opening up the half with jumper. But the lead was short-lived as Thompson sparked another long, 10-2 run that gave the Nighthawks their largest lead of the game, 44-37, three minutes into the half.

The Nighthawks held a firm grasp onto the lead and exchanged baskets every time the Blazers tried to chip away at the deficit. Midway through the half Elms senior forward Jamal Hulum (Norfolk, Va.) knotted up the contest at 50. Two possessions later after sophomore guard Piere Simpson (Middletown, Conn.) tied up the contest for the fifth time on the night, senior guard James Black (Baltimore, Md.) hit one of two from the charity to give the Blazers their first lead since the start of the second half.

However, the Blazer lead was gone in a New York minute when Bernard knocked down a lay-up with just over six minutes. The Nighthawks did not look back. With five minutes remaining in the contest and Bernard in foul trouble, Bonelli came off the bench and provided the spark they needed defensively. Ripping down five boards in two minutes, the Rhode Island native sealed the deal, rejected a lay-up by French that would have brought the Blazers to within one.

Newbury jumps over .500 on the season improving to 7-6 and remains the only undefeated team in the conference at 5-0 while Elms falls to 6-7 and 5-1 in the NECC. The Nighthawks look to make it six straight conference victories when they return to hard-court on Thursday January 17th for a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Daniel Webster College.

Game Notes:
Senior center Peterson Bernard registered his sixth double-double on the season notching a game-high 18 points while ripping down 13 boards.Junior guard Kwame Thompson followed up with 17 points while senior guard Tim Young rounded out the Nighthawk trio in double figures with 13.
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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 13-3 
 2. Centrum 12-5 
 3. Baerum Basket 9-8 
 4. Gimle BBK 8-12 
 5. Froya Basket 7-9 
 6. Asker Aliens 7-9 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 16: Gimle BBK - Froya Basket 78-75
Jan. 19: Gimle BBK - Ammerud Bskt


BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Jones, Tromso22.9 
 2. Westerlund, Asker22.1 
 3. Thompson, Baerum22.0 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK20.1 
 5. Timus, Ammerud19.6 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.18.4 
 7. Silavs, Froya B.18.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso18.3 
 9. Stien, Asker Aliens18.2 
 10. Ble, Centrum17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Jones, Tromso14.8 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK10.2 
 3. Thompson, Baerum9.2 
 4. Mostafa, Froya B.8.2 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens7.7 
 6. Timus, Ammerud6.8 
 7. Lepovic, Centrum6.4 
 8. Ble, Centrum6.4 
 9. Nyborg, Centrum6.2 
 10. Harto, Baerum B.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.6 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens4.0 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK3.5 
 5. Holm, Baerum B.3.5 
 6. Mahnin, Centrum3.4 
 7. Timus, Ammerud3.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso3.1 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.2.9 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.1 
 2. Gabrans, Froya B.2.3 
 3. Timus, Ammerud2.3 
 4. Silavs, Froya B.1.9 
 5. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 6. Wallace, Tromso1.7 
 7. Thomas, Gimle BBK1.4 
 8. Amoikon, Asker Ali.1.3 
 9. Ble, Centrum1.3 
 10. Nzeyimana, Froya1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Delano THOMAS
  Gimle BBK
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.5 
 2. Thompson, Baerum2.1 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.0 
 4. Bakken, Gimle BBK0.7 
 5. Nyborg, Centrum0.7 
 6. Sorensen, Ammerud0.5 
 7. Lepovic, Centrum0.4 
 8. Mostafa, Froya B.0.4 
 9. Austgulen, Centrum0.4 
 10. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.4 


Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 10-0 
 2. Hoybraten 5-4 
 3. Persbraaten 4-4 
 4. Fyllingen BBK 4-6 
 5. Varden 4-7 
 6. Sverresborg 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Jan. 19: Hoybraten - Fyllingen BBK
Jan. 19: Persbraaten - Sverresborg
Jan. 20: Varden - Persbraaten


1Div. Round 10: Miners beat Persbraaten in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Kongsberg. Top-ranked Miners faced their biggest opponent Persbraaten. Host Miners (10-0) defeated guests from Oslo (4-4) 85-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Persbraaten. Undefeated Miners have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Miners will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Persbraaten will play on the road against Varden in Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Trondheim was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hoybraten (5-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Sverresborg (3-9). Hoybraten defeated Sverresborg 75-60. Hoybraten moved-up to second place. Sverresborg at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Hoybraten will play against Fyllingen BBK (#4) at home in the next round. Sverresborg will play against Persbraaten in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.



Sverresborg - Hoybraten 60-75

The game in Trondheim was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hoybraten (5-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Sverresborg (3-9). Hoybraten defeated Sverresborg 75-60. Hoybraten moved-up to second place. Sverresborg at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Hoybraten will play against Fyllingen BBK (#4) at home in the next round. Sverresborg will play against Persbraaten in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Miners - Persbraaten 85-77

An exciting game was played in Kongsberg. Top-ranked Miners faced their biggest opponent Persbraaten. Host Miners (10-0) defeated guests from Oslo (4-4) 85-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Persbraaten. Miners have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Miners will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Persbraaten will play on the road against Varden in Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game