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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Romeo TRAVIS
  Zadar
  (201-PF-84)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Travis, Zadar15.9 
 2. Capin, Radnicki KG15.7 
 3. Planinic, Siroki W.15.7 
 4. Sutalo, Siroki W.15.1 
 5. Rakocevic, Crvena15.1 
 6. Blazic, Un.Olimpija15.0 
 7. Wright, Cedevita14.1 
 8. White, Radnicki KG13.6 
 9. Jorovic, Igokea13.6 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Crvena Z.
  (210-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Savovic, Crvena Z.8.5 
 2. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 3. Gordon, Partizan8.0 
 4. Travis, Zadar7.5 
 5. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.8 
 6. Baynes, Un.Olimpija6.8 
 7. Planinic, Siroki W.6.1 
 8. Cekovski, MZT S.5.7 
 9. Hamilton, Cibona5.5 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar CAPIN
  Radnicki KG
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Capin, Radnicki KG5.0 
 2. Subotic, KK Split4.8 
 3. Vladovic, Krka4.4 
 4. Simon, Szolnok4.1 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea3.9 
 6. Otasevic, MZT S.3.9 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki.3.5 
 8. Rannikko, Un.Olimp.3.1 
 9. Nelson, Crvena Z.3.0 
 10. Strawberry, Cibona3.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. STRAWBERRY
  Cibona
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strawberry, Cibona2.2 
 2. Otasevic, MZT S.2.1 
 3. Green, Cedevita1.9 
 4. Salin, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 5. Hammonds, Igokea1.7 
 6. Stojanovski, MZT S.1.6 
 7. White, Radnicki KG1.5 
 8. Lucic, Partizan1.5 
 9. Capin, Radnicki KG1.4 
 10. Worthington, Radn.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.3 
 2. Musli, Partizan1.2 
 3. Kraljevic, KK Split1.1 
 4. Planinic, Siroki W.1.1 
 5. Baynes, Un.Olimpija0.9 
 6. Gordon, Partizan0.8 
 7. Bryan-A., Radnicki.0.7 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split0.6 
 9. Lalic, Krka0.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split0.5 



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  APBL   


The Most Schizophrenic Team in the APBL . . . Welcome to NYC 524 - by Mike Lee

Welcome to New York City 524. It is a team named after the birthdate of its owner can you get more egotistical? The team is comprised of a number of New York City streetballers from the likes of James "Stixx" Williams to Kurt "Trini" Cuffy and Aaron "Muff" Collins. They are a group of veterans with streetball championships under their belt. Others may label them as a band of crazy misfits. But for them, winning is all that matters.

But even when they do win, they argue and fight.

From lead trash talker Perry Wilkes (G-80) to the ultimate bench player Floyd Potts, 524 just seems to win. At 7-4 they lead the Eastern Division of the Northern Conference and are geared up for a serious playoff run in the APBL.

At the helm of this organization is league president and team owner, Brian Graham (6'4''-G-83, college: Point Loma). Graham is kind of an aloof character who seems to blend into the woodwork. He sees the madness as what makes the team work so well. Graham says "Most of us don't like each other, but we make it work. We can lose a game to a bunch of bums or beat a great team and in the end we go home knowing we still don't like each other thats just how we roll. Sometimes you just have to realize that its The Catalina Wine Mixer that really matters."

This season, New York City 524 has not lost to a team by more than seven points. The team truly could be undefeated if they were not such a soap opera. But what hurts them at time is also what makes them tick. Local sports critics seemed to push them aside in the beginning saying that guys on this team could not play anywhere other then a YMCA, but the team continues to have success.

Moving forward the team views the Palmieri Jeans Destroyers and the Hudson Valley Kingz as the toughest competition in their conference. The Destroyers are currently atop the Gateway Division of the Northern Conference and are loaded with talent. Despite their .500 record, the Kingz are another team loaded with talent that could make a push in the playoffs.

For more information on NYC 524 contact: Newyorkcity524@gmail.com



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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. Nelson, 9 de Julio18.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 4. Roby, Wuber-Es.17.5 
 5. Lewis, La Union17.4 
 6. Jackson, GECR I.16.8 
 7. DeGroat, Boca Jrs16.2 
 8. Lytch, Argentino15.4 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.3 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.8 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.11.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.8.4 
 5. Seawright, GECR I.7.6 
 6. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 7. Sanchez, Libertad.7.5 
 8. Fierro, Atenas7.4 
 9. Battle, Lanus7.3 
 10. Lewis, La Union7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.0 
 3. Labaque, Atenas4.0 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.4.0 
 5. Cajal, Union Progr.3.9 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.3.8 
 8. Aguirre, Quimsa3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.6 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Pau, Olimpico LB2.2 
 3. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 4. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 5. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 6. Ramirez, Olimpico.1.6 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa1.5 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.5 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.4 
 10. Clancy, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.2.1 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.3 
 3. Humphrey, Obras1.2 
 4. Torres, Wuber-Es.1.0 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 6. Mata, Penarol0.9 
 7. Santiago, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 9. Meyinsse, Sionista0.8 
 10. Meyinsse, Regat.0.8 


LigaA Round 17 (Second Stage): Lanus are defeated by Argentino - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Lanus (19-9) and eighth ranked Argentino (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Lanus was defeated by Argentino in Buenos Aires 88-76. Lanus was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-17 charge of Argentino, which allowed them to win the game. They made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Lanus only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gaston Luchino (183-82) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Argentino moved-up to sixth place. Lanus at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Argentino are looking forward to face GECR Indalo (#10) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Lanus will play at home against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Penarol (18-9) against fifteenth ranked Obras (8-19) on Wednesday night. Host Penarol was edged by Obras in a tough game in Mar del Plata 86-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penarol. International forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Tyler Field accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists for Penarol in the defeat. Obras maintains fifteenth place with 8-19 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the third position with nine games lost. Obras will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play at home against Boca Juniors (#7) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (21-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Quimsa (15-13) in Santiado Estero 85-77. The best player for the winners was Jerome Meyinsse who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Damian Tintorelli produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Regatas Corrientes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-7 record. Loser Quimsa dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Libertad Sunchales (#5) on the road in the next round. Quimsa will play against Sionista in Parana and hope to secure a win.
Fourteenth-ranked 9 de Julio (9-19) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (13-15) in Comodoro R.. GECR Indalo managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. Diego Romero orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. GECR Indalo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. 9 de Julio at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#6) in Junin and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 9 de Julio will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lanus (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Bahia Blanca where higher ranked Boca Juniors (15-12) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (11-15) 75-61 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. Juan Manuel Torres stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 11-15 record. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face Obras (#15) in Buenos Aires in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Atenas destroyed Union Progr. on the opponent's court 97-71. Bottom-ranked La Union unfortunately lost to Olimpico LB in a home game 81-95. Sionista was rolled over Libertad S. on the road 68-91.


Union Progr. - Atenas 71-97

Very expected game in Villa Angela where 13th ranked Union Progresista (9-18) was crushed by ninth ranked Atenas (15-14) 97-71 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-71. Atenas shot 62.7 percent from the field. Power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Diego Guaita (202-83) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Alejandro Lotterio felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Italian center Omar Canton (210-82) scored 12 points. Atenas maintains ninth place with 15-14 record. Union Progresista lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Atenas will face bottom-ranked La Union (#16) in Formosa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Progresista will play at home against Olimpico de La Banda.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Fierro 18+6reb+1ast, D.Guaita 15+8reb, B.Colli 15+2reb+3ast, D.Kante 11+7reb, A.Elsener 9+4reb+7ast, J.Bulfoni 9+4reb+1ast
Union Progr.: C.Avalle 15+2reb, O.Canton 12+4reb+1ast, A.Zago 10+5reb+1ast, G.Laphitzborde 9+1reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 7+8reb+6ast, C.Schoppler 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 189506


La Union - Olimpico LB 81-95

Very predictable result in Formosa where fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-11) defeated bottom-ranked La Union (7-22) 95-81 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Olimpico de La Banda made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. Strangely La Union outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 36-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. La Union was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Hernando Salles (183-79) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). American forward Gregory Lewis (200-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fourth place with 18-11 record. Loser La Union stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Union Progresista (#13) in Villa Angela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play at home against Atenas in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: F.Malara 24+5reb, H.Salles 20+3reb+5ast, A.Pau 17+1reb+3ast, F.Calvi 13+2reb+1ast, A.Eslava 8+8reb+1ast, J.Machuca 7+2reb
La Union: G.Lewis 22+9reb+1ast, T.Shannon 15+7reb, A.Marin 10+3reb+1ast, J.Aprea 10+5reb, R.Wolkowyski 6+1reb, M.Ceruti 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189502


Lanus - Argentino 76-88

The game between second ranked Lanus (19-9) and eighth ranked Argentino (16-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Lanus was defeated by Argentino in Buenos Aires 88-76. Lanus was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-17 charge of Argentino, which allowed them to win the game. They made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Lanus only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gaston Luchino (183-82) stepped up and scored 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and power forward Cristian Amicucci (202-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Argentino moved-up to sixth place. Lanus at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Argentino are looking forward to face GECR Indalo (#10) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Lanus will play at home against 9 de Julio (#14) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Argentino: G.Luchino 32+5reb, C.Amicucci 18+8reb, N.De los Santos 11+5ast, A.Weigand 10+14reb+1ast, F.Funes 8+1reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 4+2reb
Lanus: A.Boccia 23+11reb, L.Perez 11+2reb, P.Prato 11+4reb+5ast, F.Martina 9+8reb+1ast, M.Cuello 9+3reb, N.Laprovittola 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 189505


Penarol - Obras 86-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Penarol (18-9) against fifteenth ranked Obras (8-19) on Wednesday night. Host Penarol was edged by Obras in a tough game in Mar del Plata 86-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penarol. Penarol was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-19 third quarter run of Obras. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Obras outrebounded Penarol 33-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. International forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Tyler Field (205-78, college: San Diego) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International point guard Facundo Campazzo (179-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists and Brazilian center Lucas Tischer (208-83) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Penarol in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Obras maintains fifteenth place with 8-19 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the third position with nine games lost. Obras will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#12) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play at home against Boca Juniors (#7) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Mazzaro 19+2reb+1ast, T.Field 17+7reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 14+10reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 13+6reb, J.Gutierrez 11+3reb+2ast, M.Osimani 11+1reb+6ast
Penarol: M.Mata 16+2reb+1ast, L.Tischer 15+5reb, L.Gutierrez 15+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 12+4reb, F.Campazzo 11+2reb+10ast, D.Teague 9+2reb
gschID: 189504


GECR Indalo - 9 de Julio 88-86

Fourteenth-ranked 9 de Julio (9-19) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked GECR Indalo (13-15) in Comodoro R.. GECR Indalo managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But 9 de Julio won third quarter 29-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Diego Romero (203-82, college: Florida St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) added 13 points in the effort for 9 de Julio. Five GECR Indalo and four 9 de Julio players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. 9 de Julio at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#6) in Junin and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 9 de Julio will play on the road against the league's second-placed Lanus (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: D.Romero 22+8reb+1ast, J.Robinson 21+4reb+1ast, K.Seawright 15+4reb, M.Byro 11+1reb, S.Scala 11+1ast, D.Ciorciari 4+3reb
9 de Julio: E.Nelson 33+7reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 16+3reb, M.Garcia 13+4reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 12+5reb, J.Ayarza 6, G.Torre 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 189501


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Boca Jrs 75-61

An interesting game took place in Bahia Blanca where higher ranked Boca Juniors (15-12) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (11-15) 75-61 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The game was mostly controlled by Wuber-Est.Bahia. Boca Juniors was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International center Juan Manuel Torres (210-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) scored 15 points. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains twelfth place with 11-15 record. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face Obras (#15) in Buenos Aires in the next round.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Manuel Torres 21+13reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 13+1reb+6ast, H.Jasen 10+3reb+3ast, F.Ferrini 8+4reb, J.Manuel Rivero 8+3reb, D.Davis 6+7reb
Boca Jrs: J.DeGroat 15+10reb+3ast, F.Van Lacke 15+3reb+1ast, P.Hopson 14+3reb+1ast, M.Stanic 10+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 3+4reb+2ast, A.Diez 2+3reb
gschID: 189500


Libertad S. - Sionista 91-68

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Sionista (13-16) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (16-11) 91-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Sionista was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sionista was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (200-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and the former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) chipped in 17 points. Five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Matias Sandes (201-84) responded with 7 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Joshua Pittman (195-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place. Loser Sionista dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's leader Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sionista will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: G.Mikulas 18+4reb+2ast, D.Garcia 17+1reb+3ast, J.Treise 13+2reb+5ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 12+4reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 10+8reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 8+7reb
Sionista: J.Pittman 14+3reb, L.Cequeira 12+1reb+1ast, L.Gonzalez 11+2reb+1ast, M.Sandes 7+10reb+2ast, L.Wade 6+1reb, D.Hure 5+5reb
gschID: 189499


Quimsa - Regatas C. 77-85

LigaA top team - Regatas Corrientes (21-7) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Quimsa (15-13) in Santiado Estero 85-77. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. The best player for the winners was American center Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-7 record. Loser Quimsa dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will meet Libertad Sunchales (#5) on the road in the next round. Quimsa will play against Sionista in Parana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: T.Washam 18+2reb, J.Meyinsse 13+8reb+1ast, N.Romano 13+3reb+2ast, J.Martinez 12+3reb+3ast, N.Ferreyra 8+2reb+1ast, F.Kammerichs 7+10reb+3ast
Quimsa: D.Tintorelli 17+7reb+4ast, J.Baxter 14+3reb, N.Aguirre 13+5reb+4ast, S.Vega 10+7reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 9+3reb+1ast, J.Mojica 6+2reb+2ast
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La Union lands Shannon Shorter, ex Gansos - by Eurobasket News

La Union Formosa (LigaA) landed 24-year old American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas). He played recently at Gansos in Mexican LNBP. In 25 games this season he averaged impressive 27.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (10-11) season Shorter played at the University of North Texas in Sun Belt Conference in the NCAA. In 33 games that season he had 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.0apg. He helped them to make it to the final.
Shorters college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in TPBL (Houston B.).
Shorter attended University of North Texas until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ernest Scott signs at Union Progresista, ex Ilysiakos - by Eurobasket News

Union Progresista (LigaA) landed 31-year old American forward Ernest Scott (201-102kg-82, college: Valdosta State). He already started the season at Ilysiakos in Greek A1 league. In 9 A1 games this season he averaged 10.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1spg and 1.2bpg. The last summer he played at Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand NBL. In 12 games he had 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the final. Scott also played at Bighorns in D-League earlier that season. In 10 games last season he had 3.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. The other team he played that season for was Peristeri in A1. In 14 games he had 11.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 (four years after he left the college) Scott was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in second round (30th overall).
The former Valdosta State (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. He received also USBasket.com All-SEBL Metro A-League South Division 2nd Team award in 2012.
Scott won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2010.
Scott is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (TBB Trier), Luxembourg, Switzerland, SEBL (Baseline and Black Monopoly), D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and Japan (Team Japan).
Scotts game is described as: Very consistent on offense and defense, very competitive play, good outside shooter, strong team-player who scorers when needed, very coachable player who gets the job done.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 14-3 
 2. Wildcats 11-4 
 3. Kings 10-8 
 4. Hawks 8-8 
 5. 36ers 6-11 
 6. Tigers 5-9 
 7. Taipans 5-10 
 8. Crocodiles 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Breakers - Hawks 72-71
Jan. 18: Wildcats - Taipans
Jan. 18: Kings - Tigers
Jan. 19: Crocodiles - Hawks
Jan. 20: 36ers - Breakers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Ben MADGEN
  Kings
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Madgen, Kings18.7 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles18.1 
 3. Lisch, Wildcats16.2 
 4. Jackson, Breakers16.2 
 5. Wilson, Taipans15.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers15.5 
 7. Deleon, Hawks14.3 
 8. Knight, Wildcats14.3 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats13.7 
 10. Goulding, Tigers13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles8.3 
 2. Johnson, 36ers7.9 
 3. Lazare, Kings7.4 
 4. Scott, Tigers7.2 
 5. Crosswhite, Kings7.2 
 6. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 7. Vukona, Breakers6.7 
 8. Schenscher, 36ers6.6 
 9. Pledger, Breakers6.4 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers7.4 
 2. Gibson, 36ers4.7 
 3. Ervin, Crocodiles4.5 
 4. Wilson, Taipans3.6 
 5. Martin, Hawks3.3 
 6. Martin, Wildcats3.1 
 7. Henry, Kings3.0 
 8. Cadee, 36ers2.8 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats2.7 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 3. Deleon, Hawks1.3 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Henry, Kings1.2 
 6. Edwards, Taipans1.2 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Williams, Taipans1.2 
 9. Martin, Hawks1.1 
 10. Ervin, Crocodiles1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Breakers1.7 
 2. Scott, Tigers1.2 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats1.1 
 4. Schenscher, 36ers1.0 
 5. Forman, Hawks0.9 
 6. Hudson, Breakers0.8 
 7. Hinder, Crocodiles0.8 
 8. Lazare, Kings0.7 
 9. Martin, Wildcats0.7 
 10. Wagstaff, Wildca.0.7 



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 13-3 
 2. Kapfenberg 13-3 
 3. Gmunden 12-3 
 4. Klosterneub. 11-5 
 5. Gussing 9-7 
 6. Wels 8-8 
 7. Oberwart 6-9 
 8. UBSC Graz 6-10 
 9. Furstenfeld 5-10 
 10. St.Polten 2-14 
 11. Arkadia 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 17: BC Vienna - Kapfenberg 73-78
Jan. 18: Klosterneub. - UBSC Graz
Jan. 18: Wels - Gussing
Jan. 18: Oberwart - Gmunden
Jan. 18: Furstenfeld - Arkadia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  Wels
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Tiedeman, Wels20.2 
 2. Spasojevic, Arkadia18.9 
 3. Shaw, Kapfenberg18.9 
 4. Gilchrese, UBSC G.18.9 
 5. Pearson, Furstenf.18.7 
 6. Grum, Furstenfeld18.5 
 7. Dale, UBSC G.18.0 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.7 
 9. Ray, BC Vienna17.3 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice PEARSON
  Furstenf.
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pearson, Furstenf.12.5 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.3 
 3. Sanchez, Kapfenbe.7.9 
 4. Bortolin, Arkadia7.2 
 5. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.1 
 6. Ray, BC Vienna7.0 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten6.9 
 8. Lamesic, Wels6.9 
 9. Washington, Wels6.5 
 10. Johnson, Oberwart6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giovonne WOODS
  Kapfenberg
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Woods, Kapfenberg6.2 
 2. Boylan, BC Vienna6.1 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 4. Tiedeman, Wels4.4 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 6. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld4.0 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.3.9 
 9. Farokhmanesh, Wels3.9 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Wels3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  UBSC G.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gilchrese, UBSC G.2.6 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna1.7 
 3. Boylan, BC Vienna1.7 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 5. Pryor, Kapfenberg1.5 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels1.4 
 7. Markovic, UBSC G.1.4 
 8. Payton, Klostern.1.4 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden1.3 
 10. Cox, Furstenfeld1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matias BORTOLIN
  Arkadia
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bortolin, Arkadia1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.1.1 
 3. Cresnar, Furstenf.1.1 
 4. Arnold, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Washington, Wels0.9 
 6. Shaw, Kapfenberg0.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden0.8 
 8. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 9. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 10. Pearson, Furstenf.0.6 



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C Africain adds Anderson to their roster, ex Gent Dragons - by Greg

Club Africain Tunis (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise State). He played last season at Gent Dragons in Belgian Ethias League. In 26 games last year he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Anderson graduated from Boise State in 2011. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Anderson played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2011. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Victor Traore, a confident debutant - by Eurobasket News

ANGERS (Afrobasket/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Afrobasket debutant Burkina Faso will look to play like regulars at this summer's tournament and win as many games as possible, according to their standout power forward Jean Victor Traore.
Last summer, Traore averaged 24 points a game to help his national team book a place at the 2013 Afrobasket which will be held in Ivory Coast in August. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Since they convened for a 10-day training camp in Paris last month, Traore cannot wait to compete against the best African teams.
While his athleticism and ability to play near the rim may cause opponents trouble, he prefers to remain humble but still confident.
"We are going to respect our opponents, but play hard," the 27-year-old said to FIBA.com.
"Our team chemistry worked so well in Paris that it looked like we knew each other for so long. This is a good sign for our Afrobasket debut, I think.
"All we need to do is to stay focused and humble when the tournament starts.
"Most of us had never met before. But coming together and representing Burkina Faso, the place of our birth, it is an amazing feeling," the 2.04m player explained.
Burkina Faso's qualification for the Afrobasket has unveiled a hidden passion in the country.
"At first, people did not know who we were. Now we are greeted in the streets by almost everyone," Traore pointed out.
"During the qualifier tournament, we had never seen so many people watching and talking about basketball. Now we are regular reference in the media."
With the Afrobasket still some months away, Traore is playing for French Nationale 1 (N1) - the country's third division - for Angers ABC.
They had a promising start to the season before a four-game losing streak set them back and their current 7-9 mark has them 11th in the league table.
Coach Rabatets view
When the Afrobasket tips off in Abidjan, only one member of the Burkinabe team will have had experience in the tournament.
Head coach Jean Paul Rabatet, a Frenchman who wants to develop basketball in the country, has coached Morocco and Central African Republic on a number of occasions.
He paid tribute to Traore: "He is great offensively. He can defend and think the game. He can play position 3 or 4, and defend big men inside.
"I am surprised he is not playing, at least, in the Pro B," he went on.
In January 2012, the 62-year-old signed on for two years with the countrys basketball federation.
In March he will travel to the USA, with stops in Virginia and Houston, to talk to some Burkinabe players who are playing college basketball there.
Texas Tech big man and Burkinabe Kader Tapsoba may be on Rabatets radar.
The team will need point guards too, the veteran coach believes.
"As a team, one of our concerns is at the playmaker position," he admitted.
"We have been talking to an American player in Pro B, who may get citizenship and play for us. He will be a great help to us.
"We have no more than five players competing at high level.
"Our Objective is not much different to other teams as we want to win as many games as possible.
"Of course we are not as experienced as Ivory Coach, Senegal or Angola, Rabatet said.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  CANADA   

CIS Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 16: UQAM - Laval 88-76
Jan. 16: McMaster - Windsor 77-93
Jan. 16: Brock - Guelph 69-72
Jan. 16: Waterloo - Laurier 67-60
Jan. 16: Bishop''s - McGill 60-63
Jan. 17: Mount Royal - Manitoba


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephon LAMAR
  Saskatch.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Lamar, Saskatch.25.5 
 2. Allin, Laurier24.1 
 3. Dorsey, Cape Bret.21.8 
 4. Perrin, TWU21.3 
 5. Scrubb, Carleton20.9 
 6. Faulkner, Queen''s20.3 
 7. Hill, Toronto Univ.20.0 
 8. Freeman, UFV19.7 
 9. Berhanemeske., Ott.19.4 
 10. Dunn, St.Francis19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harry EZENIBE
  St.Mary''s
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s12.0 
 2. Kamen, UBC11.5 
 3. Allin, Laurier10.5 
 4. Waldner, Lethb.10.1 
 5. Phillip, Windsor10.0 
 6. Salhia, Lakehead9.9 
 7. Dufort, McGill9.6 
 8. Burns, Saskatch.9.4 
 9. Bernard, UQAM8.9 
 10. Faulkner, Queen''s8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew CUNNINGHAM
  Winnipeg
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Cunningham, Winnip.7.7 
 2. York, UFV5.3 
 3. Hebert, Regina5.2 
 4. Daley, New Brunsw.5.1 
 5. Jones, Ryerson5.0 
 6. Pasquale, Laure.4.9 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon4.9 
 8. Walton, Manitoba4.8 
 9. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.7 
 10. Lamar, Saskatch.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.4.0 
 2. Evans, Victoria3.2 
 3. Daley, New Brunsw.3.1 
 4. Hunter, Bishop''s3.0 
 5. Donkoh, St.Franc.2.8 
 6. Baker, Saskatch.2.8 
 7. Perrin, TWU2.8 
 8. Baker, Alberta2.7 
 9. Walton, Manitoba2.5 
 10. Thomas, St.Franc.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s2.0 
 2. O''Brien, New B.1.9 
 3. Duke, UPEI1.8 
 4. Chesson, Laurier1.8 
 5. Moses, Calgary1.8 
 6. Thomas, St.Franc.1.7 
 7. Halpin, St.Mary''s1.6 
 8. Salhia, Lakehead1.6 
 9. Aubertin, UNBC1.6 
 10. Dewar, Alberta1.5 


Canadian CIS round 19 best performance: Maxwell Allin - by Eurobasket News

Guard Maxwell Allin (193-G) had a great game in the last round for Laurier, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The -year old player was the main contributor (43 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to as his team Laurier maintains the 6th position in Canadian CIS. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Allin had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Laurier, through which he has constantly improved. Maxwell Allin has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.3ppg. Allin is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 42.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Brylle Kamen (201-F) of league's leader UBC. Kamen had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for UBC to edge slightly lower-ranked Winnipeg (#3, 8-5) in overtime 96-93. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UBC consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Kamen is a newcomer at UBC, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another UBC's star - American forward Brylle Kamen (201-F). Kamen scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of UBC, helping his team with a 96-93overtime win against #3 ranked Winnipeg. UBC confirms their top position in the standings Kamen has a great season in Canada. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephon Lamar (185-G) of Saskatchewan - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Deontay Smith) of UPEI - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. James York) of UFV - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Awet Abraha (183-PG) of Mount Royal - 33 points and 5 rebounds
8. Nikola Misljencevic (196-F) of Queen's - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Georges Serresse (191-G/F) of Laurentian - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kenneth Otieno (188-G) of Alberta - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CROATIA   


Dino Erceg joins Apollon Patras - by Greg

AS Apollon Patras (A1) agreed terms with 28-year old Croatian power forward Dino Erceg (203-100kg-85). He just played at Rueil Athletic Club in French NM1 league. The last season Erceg played at Miercurea Ciuc (Liga Nationala) in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 28 games last year he had 12.9ppg and 7.0rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Alkar Sinj in Croatian A1. In 31 games that season he recorded 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg.

On Erceg: Modern power forward with inside and outside game, very mobile. Has strenght to defend inside players and has quick feet to defend perimetral players. Very agressive rebounder at both ends of floor. Good passing skills, smart player and good outside shooter with 3pt range.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CYPRUS   


Etha inks Avis Wyatt, ex Ikaros - by Eurobasket

Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Avis Wyatt (211-100kg-84, college: Virginia State). He just played at Ikaros in Greek A1 league. In 11 games this season he had 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. The last season Wyatt played at GasTerra Flames Groningen (Eredivisie) in Dutch Eredivisie. In 37 games last year he recorded 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention. Wyatt also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg and 2.0bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol. In 11 Division A games that season he recorded 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 2.1bpg.
In 2007 Wyatt was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall).
The former Virginia State (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Wyatt played in the final of Cyprus League in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team in 2011.
Wyatt has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Etha inks Wyatt - by Chris Mammides

Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Avis Avis Wyatt (211-C/F-84, college: Virginia St.) (211-100kg-84, college: Virginia State). He just played at Ikaros in Greek A1 league. In 11 games this season he had 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. The last season Avis Wyatt played at GasTerra Flames Groningen (Eredivisie) in Dutch Eredivisie. In 37 games last year he recorded 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention. Avis Wyatt also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg and 2.0bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol. In 11 Division A games that season he recorded 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 2.1bpg.
In 2007 Avis Wyatt was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall).
The former Virginia State (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Avis Wyatt played in the final of Cyprus League in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team in 2011.
Avis Wyatt has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



3rd round schedule - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

During the 1st two rounds teams have battled against each other as usual, whereas the 3rd round is based on teams position on the board. The schedule is outlined below:

The 1st six teams will go through the play-offs as usual with the 1st two teams on the board moving automatically to the semifinals. The team finishing at the 7th place will not take part at the playoffs, whereas the team finishing 8th will move to the 2nd division. The 4th will matchup against the 5th and the 3rd against the 6th in a best of 3 games. The winner of 4-5 will then matchup against the 1st on the board and the winner of 3-6 against the 2nd on the board. Semifinals and finals will be in a best of 5 games.

Here is the schedule..

15th week
1-5: Keravnos-Cytavision APOEL
2-6: Petrolina AEK-Proteas AE
3-7: Michelin ETHA-ENAD
8-4: monoia-Forex Time Apollon

16th week
4-5: Forex Time Apollon - Cytavision APOEL
6-1: Proteas AE- Keravnos
7-2: ENAD - Petrolina AEK
8-3: monoia -Michelin ETHA

17th week
1-3: Keravnos -Michelin ETHA
2-4: Petrolina AEK -Forex Time Apollon
5-7: Cytavision APOEL - ENAD
6-8: Proteas AE- monoia

18th week
1-2: Keravnos - Petrolina AEK
3-4: Michelin ETHA -Forex Time Apollon
5-6: Cytavision APOEL -Proteas AE
7-8: ENAD - monoia

19th week
3-5: Michelin ETHA - Cytavision APOEL
4-6: Forex Time Apollon -Proteas AE
7-1: ENAD - Keravnos
8-2: monoia - Petrolina AEK

20th week
1-4: Keravnos -Forex Time Apollon
2-3: Petrolina AEK -Michelin ETHA
5-8: Cytavision APOEL - monoia
6-7: Proteas AE- ENAD

21st week
2-5: Petrolina AEK - Cytavision APOEL
3-6: Michelin ETHA -Proteas AE
4-7: Forex Time Apollon - ENAD
8-1: monoia - Keravnos



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 17-2 
 2. Bakken 15-4 
 3. Horsens IC 15-4 
 4. SISU 11-8 
 5. Naestved 10-9 
 6. Randers 8-10 
 7. Horsholm 5-12 
 8. Vaerlose 5-14 
 9. Aarhus BC 5-14 
 10. Aalborg 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 17: SISU - Naestved 79-76
Jan. 16: Horsholm - Svendborg 77-85
Jan. 16: Vaerlose - Horsens IC 75-95
Jan. 16: Bakken - Aarhus BC 74-65
Jan. 17: Randers - Aalborg 100-85

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 19: Aarhus BC - Horsens IC
Jan. 19: Svendborg - Randers
Jan. 19: Horsholm - SISU
Jan. 20: Vaerlose - Aalborg
Jan. 21: Naestved - Bakken


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, Randers20.4 
 5. Bowlin, Horsens IC20.3 
 6. Willen, Aalborg20.2 
 7. Walker, Naestved19.4 
 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. Washington, Svend.8.3 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.2 
 7. Baker, Vaerlose7.7 
 8. Willen, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Moritz, SISU7.4 
 10. Iversen, Bakken7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel ORTEGA
  Randers
  (188-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ortega, Randers7.3 
 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. Dennis, SISU3.7 
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. Ortega, Randers1.9 
 8. Walker, Naestved1.9 
 9. Rungby, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU1.7 
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. Jukic, Horsholm1.1 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 7. Thomann, Horse.0.9 
 8. Frandsen, Naestved0.9 
 9. Smith, SISU0.8 
 10. Jensen, Vaerlose0.8 


Ligaen Round 22: SISU beats Naestved by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Ligaen took place in Copenhagen. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Naestved (10-9) to fourth ranked SISU (11-8) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. Naestved was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 15-11 charge of SISU, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Naestved turnovers. Strangely Naestved outrebounded SISU 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Naestved helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damon Smith (200-88, college: Mary) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) replied with 20 points for Naestved. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. SISU are looking forward to face Horsholm (#7) on the road in the next round. Naestved will play against the league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Ligaen top team - Svendborg (17-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Horsholm (5-12) 85-77. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) scored 30 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Gregory Washington chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Alexander Bak (193-91) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Svendborg maintains first position with 17-2 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Svendborg will play against Randers (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against SISU in Copenhagen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Vaerlose supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Horsens IC (15-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (5-14). Horsens IC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaerlose. Skyler Bowlin notched 27 points and 8 assists to lead the effort. Even 19 points and 4 assists by Richard Delk did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsens IC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bakken. Loser Vaerlose keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Aarhus BC. Horsens IC will meet Aarhus BC (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against Aalborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Aarhus: Bakken (#2) and Aarhus BC (#9). Bakken (15-4) won against visiting Aarhus BC (5-14) 74-65. Nicolai Iversen fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg, which they share with Horsens IC. Aarhus BC lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Bakken's next round opponent will be Naestved (#5) on the road. Aarhus BC will play against Horsens IC in Horsens.

In the last game of round 22 bottom-ranked Aalborg was beaten by Randers on the road 100-85.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by Bonell Colas of Randers.


SISU - Naestved 79-76

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Ligaen took place in Copenhagen. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Naestved (10-9) to fourth ranked SISU (11-8) 79-76 in the game for the fourth place. Naestved was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 15-11 charge of SISU, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Naestved turnovers. Strangely Naestved outrebounded SISU 37-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Naestved helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damon Smith (200-88, college: Mary) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) replied with 20 points and his fellow American import forward Quinton Doggett (203, college: Southern) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Naestved. Five SISU and four Naestved players scored in double figures. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. SISU are looking forward to face Horsholm (#7) on the road in the next round. Naestved will play against the league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Harder 19+3reb, D.Smith 18+7reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 15+5reb+5ast, Z.Moritz 14+6reb+1ast, M.Dennis 13+3reb+8ast, J.Anderson 0
Naestved: C.Walker 20+3reb+3ast, Q.Doggett 14+10reb, N.Brasas 12+1reb+2ast, A.Murphy 10+6reb+6ast, J.McFarlane 7+5reb+3ast, J.Benjamin 6+6reb
gschID: 195312


Randers - Aalborg 100-85

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Randers (8-10) beat at home bottom-ranked Aalborg (1-15) 100-85. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. Aalborg was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Randers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Five Randers players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Jones (208-89, college: Baylor) produced 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican-American guard Luis Guzman (193-87, college: Temple) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Randers have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Randers maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Aalborg lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Randers' next round opponent will be league's leader Svendborg on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aalborg will play against Vaerlose (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Randers: B.Colas 24+15reb+4ast, C.Nielsen 19+4reb+5ast, D.Ocana 18+3reb+2ast, M.Ortega 18+3reb+6ast, P.Nielsen 13+2reb, C.Jorgensen 5+2reb+1ast
Aalborg: A.Jones 20+7reb+5ast, S.Sorensen 16+4reb+1ast, M.Bjegovic 14+7reb+1ast, N.Andreasen 9+5reb+4ast, L.Guzman 9+5reb+10ast, R.Lauridsen 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195311


Bakken - Aarhus BC 74-65

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Aarhus: Bakken (#2) and Aarhus BC (#9). Bakken (15-4) won against visiting Aarhus BC (5-14) 74-65. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Randy Dezouvre (195-87, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Charles Funches (203-88, college: Hampton) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg, which they share with Horsens IC. Aarhus BC lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Bakken's next round opponent will be Naestved (#5) on the road. Aarhus BC will play against Horsens IC in Horsens.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 23+14reb+3ast, M.Sahlertz 10+3reb, C.Parker 9+6reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 8+2reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 8+1ast, J.Jensen 6
Aarhus BC: R.Dezouvre 19+10reb+1ast, C.Funches 15+6reb+1ast, R.Laier 9+2reb, R.Soby Dalboge 7+2reb+2ast, H.Petkov 4+1reb, G.Valentinusson 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195310


Horsholm - Svendborg 77-85

Ligaen top team - Svendborg (17-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Horsholm (5-12) 85-77. Horsholm was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of Svendborg, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Svendborg forced 20 Horsholm turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) scored 30 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Alexander Bak (193-91) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and Serbian center Bojan Marinkovic (209-84) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svendborg maintains first position with 17-2 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Svendborg will play against Randers (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against SISU in Copenhagen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 30+2reb+5ast, G.Washington 21+11reb+2ast, D.Rutherford 17+6reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 14+6reb+5ast, K.Gertz 3+2ast, R.Christensen 0
Horsholm: B.Butler 17+1reb+3ast, B.Marinkovic 13+10reb+2ast, A.Bak 13+9reb+5ast, A.Kovacs 11+5reb, A.Hansen 7+3reb, R.Fields 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195309


Vaerlose - Horsens IC 75-95

The game in Vaerlose supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Horsens IC (15-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (5-14). Horsens IC did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-75 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vaerlose. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) notched 27 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) supported him with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 4 assists by American guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. Icelandic Axel Karason (194-83) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsens IC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bakken. Loser Vaerlose keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Aarhus BC. Horsens IC will meet Aarhus BC (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against Aalborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 27+4reb+8ast, D.Jukic 25+6reb+2ast, F.Rungby 16+3reb+3ast, L.Varga 12+1ast, K.Thomann 11+8reb, E.Anthonsen-Rahbek 2
Vaerlose: A.Karason 20+5reb, R.Delk 19+3reb+4ast, N.Christensen 11+4reb+2ast, J.Baker 9+9reb, P.Moller 8+2reb, J.Jensen 8+4reb
gschID: 195308



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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. Erie Bay H. 11-8 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 11-10 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 11-10 
 7. Iowa E. 6-13 
 8. Springfield A. 5-13 
West Conference
 1. Bakersfield J. 13-7 
 2. Texas L. 11-8 
 3. Rio Grande VV 11-8 
 4. Austin T. 11-9 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 9-10 
 6. Reno B. 8-10 
 7. Los Angeles D. 6-11 
 8. Idaho S. 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 15: Sioux Falls S. - Santa Cruz W. 99-83
Jan. 16: Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 91-84
Jan. 17: Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 89-104
Jan. 17: Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 134-105
Jan. 16: Iowa E. - Santa Cruz W. 106-109
Jan. 16: Los Angeles D. - Ft.Wayne MA 102-104

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 18: Maine RC - Iowa E.
Jan. 18: Canton C. - Springfield A.
Jan. 18: Tulsa 66ers - Austin T.
Jan. 18: Sioux Falls S. - Texas L.
Jan. 18: Rio Grande VV - Reno B.
Jan. 18: Bakersfield J. - Ft.Wayne MA
Jan. 18: Santa Cruz W. - Los Angeles D.


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. Summers, Maine RC18.8 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.18.7 
 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.9.4 
 7. Wilkerson, Austin9.1 
 8. Johnson, Ft.Wayne.8.9 
 9. Kennedy, Erie B.8.4 
 10. Summers, Maine RC8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Shelvin MACK
  Maine RC
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mack, Maine RC8.0 
 2. Wright, Iowa E.7.3 
 3. Singletary, Texas6.4 
 4. Fortson, Los A.6.1 
 5. Karl, Idaho S.5.5 
 6. Uzoh, Springfield5.2 
 7. Johnson-Odom, Los5.2 
 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. Tyndale, Sioux F.1.9 
 7. Wright, Iowa E.1.9 
 8. Sutton, Tulsa 66e.1.8 
 9. James, Bakersfi.1.8 
 10. Thompson, Erie B.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 


Recap of latest six games in the League - by Eurobasket News

Sioux Falls S. - Santa Cruz W. 99-83
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 99-83 Tuesday night. Sioux Falls shot 57.1 percent from the field (24-of-42) in the first half to take a 52-34 halftime lead and withstood a second-half rally to snap a four-game losing streak. Sioux Falls (11-10) shot 56.0 percent from the field (14-of-25) in the opening quarter to take a 28-16 lead. The hot shooting continued in the second quarter and Sioux Falls led 52-34 at halftime. Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 12 first-half points on a perfect 6-of-6 field goals. Santa Cruz (11-7) trailed by as many as 25 points (65-40) with just under seven minutes to go in the third quarter but went on a 24-7 run to cut the deficit to 72-64 heading into the final stanza. Justin Johnson made a jump shot to get the visitors within three points (74-71) but Nichols scored 11 points down the stretch to help Sioux Falls pick up their first-ever win against Santa Cruz. Nichols scored a season-high 26 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Miami HEAT assignee Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, college: Texas) posted 15 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks while Mychel Thompson scored 13 points in his first start since being acquired from Erie. Daniel Nwaelele (6'5''-G-84, college: Air Force) scored a season-high 21 points behind 4-of-6 3-pointers off the bench. Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, college: Oklahoma St.) tallied a season-high 20 points while Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) added 10. Courtesy of: keloland.com

Iowa E. - Santa Cruz W. 106-109
One night removed from a dismal offensive performance against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Santa Cruz Warriors returned to the hardwood and quickly rid themselves of that disappointing taste. Cameron Jones scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) and Taylor Griffin added 15 points apiece, and the Warriors returned to the win column with a narrow 109-106 victory against the host Iowa Energy on Wednesday night. Daniel Nwaelele and Mickell Gladness scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Santa Cruz shot 48.3 percent from the field. On Tuesday, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors was limited to 38.2 percent shooting in a 99-83 loss to the Skyforce. Wednesday's win against Iowa snaps a five-game road losing streak for Santa Cruz (12-7), which sits just a half-game behind the Bakersfield Jam (13-7) for first place in the West Division. The Warriors host the Jam on Monday at 7 p.m. First, though, the Warriors return to Kaiser Permanente Arena for a three-game homestand beginning Friday against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7 p.m. The game is already sold out. Iowa (6-13), which has now lost two straight, had six players score in double figures, including Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice), who had a game-high 24 points. Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90, college: Kentucky), on assignment from the New Orleans Hornets, contributed 14 points, while Quincy Miller recorded the only double-double of the night with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Santa Cruz led by as much as 16 with 1:04 left in the first half, but Iowa chipped away at the deficit throughout the second half. The Energy came within one point on two occasions within the last 2:07 to play, but each time Moe Baker hit two free throws to extend the Warriors' lead. The Energy had possession at the end of the game, but Darington Hobson blocked a Paul Harris three-pointer to put the Warriors in the win column. Hobson dished out a game-high six assists and added eight points. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com

Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 91-84
The Erie BayHawks lost to the Idaho Stampede 91-84 late Wednesday night despite a game-high 26 points from Erie's D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's). Idaho's Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) turned in a big all-around performance with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots before a crowd of 1,829 at CenturyLink Arena. The BayHawks (10-8) were ahead 30-19 after the first quarter and led by as many as 13 points before the Stampede (6-15) slowly closed the lead. Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) added 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for Erie. The BayHawks' Tirrell Baines (11 points), Mike Singletary (10) and Demetri DeCamey (10) also scored in double figures. The BayHawks played without center Keith Benson, who left the team for personal reasons this week. Cory Higgins joined with the team Wednesday and scored four points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field in 20 minutes of action. The BayHawks will play a second straight game at Idaho today at 9 p.m. Courtesy of: goerie.com

Los Angeles D. - Ft.Wayne MA 102-104
Ron Howard hit a finger-roll layup with 0.6 seconds left to beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders and give the Mad Ants their eighth-straight win. The Ants trailed by 20 points early and were down five going into the fourth quarter, but beat the D-Fenders 104-102 on Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center. The win improved Fort Wayne's record to 11-10. The Ants return to action at Bakersfield on Friday night. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) led the Ants with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Darryl Partin scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, hitting three three-pointers. Milwaukee Bucks assignee, Doron Lamb contributed 12 points and Sadiel Rojas chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. Howard dished out seven assists. Indiana Pacers assignee Miles Plumlee scored nine points with seven rebounds and three blocks. Harangody and Rojas hit back-to-back three-point shots late in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Los Angeles (6-11) was led by Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Courtney Fortson with 23 points and 12 assists and Gary Flowers with 22 points. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com

Idaho S. - Erie Bay H. 89-104
Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado) had 21 points and six rebounds and Sean Evans collected another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Erie BayHawks 104-89. Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) had 18 points, four assists and four rebounds for Idaho (6-16). The Stampede bench was outscored 50-21 and the home team shot just 38.6 percent from the floor, getting outscored 33-22 in the fourth quarter. Mike Singletary led the way for Erie with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tirrell Baines and Erik Daniels each added 17 points, six rebounds off the bench. Erie (11-8) made 9-of-19 three-pointers and 21-of-26 free throws, while they turned it over just 11 times. Idaho committed 18 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the BayHawks. Justin Holiday had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks and Justin Harper added six points and eight rebounds off the bench. There were 15 lead changes and 12 times tied in the game, all of which came in the first three quarters - after three, the Stampede trailed just 71-67. Idaho allowed Erie to make 12-of-20 shots in the final quarter, including 3-of-5 from three-point land, while they made just six field goals in the last 12 minutes. Idaho travels to play the Austin Toros on Friday, Jan. 25 and the Texas Legends on Saturday, Jan. 26. Courtesy of: kboi2.com

Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 134-105
Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) hauled a loose ball from the opening tip - his tip - and romped in for a dunk. Jones then had a steal on the following possession that led to a basket, and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers took off from there, rolling to a 134-105 victory over the Reno Bighorns on Thursday at State Farm Arena. The Vipers (11-9) won for the fourth time in their last five games and improved to 5-1 at home. The Vipers scored a season-high in points, and Jones, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, equaled his season-high with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. 'We just came out real aggressive,' Jones said. 'Everybody was real focused in. We've been having a lot of guys come in that haven't been with us. The chemistry has been real tough. We just wanted to come out and get a nice win.' It's true the Vipers' roster has undergone massive changes in the last two weeks. If chemistry has been an issue for the Vipers, it didn't appear that way Thursday. 'I thought it was the smoothest game we've had, and we never really took our foot off the gas,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'We didn't have any dry spells.' Terrel Harris had 24 points and 11 rebounds. After missing his first four shots from the 3-point arc, Harris finished with 4-of-9 shooting threes. Playing point guard for the first time with the Vipers, Andrew Goudelock had 23 points. 'We're trying to figure out what position to play him,' Nurse said of Goudelock. 'He's good with the ball. He lets the game come to him. He doesn't come out of the gates trying to gun too much. He feels his way through a little bit and then has some explosive spurts through the game.' Other high scorers for the Vipers were Chris Johnson with 19 points. He was 5 of 6 from the arc. Tim Ohlbrecht (6'11''-F/C-88) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. 'We came out with a lot of energy and fed off each other,' Johnson said. Save for a brief tie at 5 just a little more than two minutes in, the Vipers steadily built their momentum sparked by Jones' opening sequence. The Vipers led 29-22 after one quarter. The Bighorns (8-10) got as close as 29-26 with 11:01 remaining in the second quarter, but the Vipers responded with an 8-2 run. The Bighorns tried to keep it close in the second quarter behind the efforts of Texas A&M-product Antoine Wright, who scored nine-straight points to pull Reno to within 54-43 with 3:07 remaining. But, the Vipers carried a 61-51 lead into the half. Wright finished with a team-high 25 points. The Vipers delivered the knockout blow when they scored 10 of the first 12 points of the third quarter to take a 71-53 lead at the 9:34 mark. The Bighorns never got closer than 11 after that. The Vipers held a decisive 46-31 advantage in rebounds. They also scored 70 points in the paint, many of which came as a result of the 27 turnovers they forced. 'We wanted to have some active hands,' Nurse said. 'I thought we created a ton of turnovers just by harassing the passer and staying with the pass the whole way and tipping a bunch of free. Obviously, it fueled a lot of fast break points. We had 70 points in the paint, and a lot of that wasn't because of post-ups. It was off transitions and taking it to the rim.' Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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Standings

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

Top 16: Round 4

E

Jan. 17: Brose Bask. - Anadolu Efes 76-94
Jan. 17: Zalgiris - CSKA 73-87
Jan. 16: ALBA - Panathinaikos 73-79
Jan. 17: Unicaja - Real Madrid 64-72

F

Jan. 17: Besiktas - FCB Regal 59-73
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.17.9 
 3. Langford, EA7 A.17.0 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.8 
 5. Weems, CSKA15.7 
 6. Schilb, Chalon15.5 
 7. Aradori, Cantu15.0 
 8. Jerrells, Besiktas14.8 
 9. Hickman, Maccabi14.2 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu14.1 
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, CSKA7.1 
 6. Mahalbasic, Asseco6.8 
 7. Lasme, Panathin.6.4 
 8. Hines, Olympiacos6.2 
 9. James, Maccabi T-A6.1 
 10. Tomic, FCB Regal6.1 
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, Anadolu4.4 
 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. Gordon, Anadolu1.9 
 3. Jaaber, Zalgiris1.9 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 5. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 6. Green, Cedevita1.6 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA1.4 
 8. Cook, EA7 Armani1.4 
 9. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.3 
 10. Markoishvili, Can.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Panathin.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lasme, Panathin.2.0 
 2. Tomic, FCB Regal1.6 
 3. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 4. Cusin, Cantu1.4 
 5. Ress, Montepaschi1.4 
 6. Vidmar, Besiktas1.3 
 7. Slaughter, Real M.1.1 
 8. Gordon, Partizan1.1 
 9. Falker, Besiktas1.1 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.1 



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Ales Pipan named new FYR Macedonia NT head coach - by Eurobasket News

Ales Pipan has been named the new head coach of the FYR Macedonia National Team. The Slovenian specialist will lead the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He is replacing Marjan Lazovski on the bridge.
Ales Pipan is currently working with MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonia. Previously the Slovenian specialist worked with Maribor, Lasko, Krka, Geoplin Slovan, Anwil and Zadar. He guided the Slovenian National Team in 2004/2008 seasons. Ales Pipan was also at helm of the Polish National Team in 2011/12.



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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. TuNMKY 11-6 
 4. Jarvenpaa 11-6 
 5. HBA-Marsky 8-9 
 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 70-83
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. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa19.7 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET19.7 
 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. Coleman, ToPo10.8 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.10.5 
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.4.3 
 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. Thomas, SayRi2.3 
 4. Michelsen, HBA-M.2.3 
 5. Corpening, BC Jyva.2.2 
 6. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.1 
 7. Capers, ToPo2.0 
 8. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
 9. Ginty, ToPo1.9 
 10. Richardson, Ura B.1.9 
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. Capers, ToPo1.3 
 7. Young, Porvoon1.3 
 8. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.2 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.1.1 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.1 



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Jerome Sanchez extends deal with Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Bourg and Jerome Sanchez (197-SF-90) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The forward will stay with the team through 2014. Jerome Sanchez joined Bourges back in 2010. This season he averages 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in ProB. Previously the forward had a stint with ASVEL. Jerome Sanchez was the member of French U18 and U20 National Teams.


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Ales Pipan named new FYR Macedonia NT head coach - by Eurobasket News

Ales Pipan has been named the new head coach of the FYR Macedonia National Team. The Slovenian specialist will lead the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He is replacing Marjan Lazovski on the bridge.
Ales Pipan is currently working with MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonia. Previously the Slovenian specialist worked with Maribor, Lasko, Krka, Geoplin Slovan, Anwil and Zadar. He guided the Slovenian National Team in 2004/2008 seasons. Ales Pipan was also at helm of the Polish National Team in 2011/12.



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KMC Win NAYCONF Basketball Tourney - by Eurobasket News

Basse The Kanifing Municipality male basketball team were crowned champions of the NaYCONF basketball trophy after defeating WCR in the finals of the competition played at Bansang Senior Secondary Basketball.
Speaking to Observer Sports shortly after the finals, the head coach of Kanifing Municipality said he was very happy lifting the trophy, adding that this was made possible through the support of their sports coordinator, Mariama Sallah, who has been very supportive to the team.
"The victory is therefore dedicated to Ms Sallah, and I also thank her for making things possible for them. If you are determined and committed, you always can achieve what you want. This was the case with my team. It was difficult to get this achievements, but with the help of Ms Sallah we are able to overcome all our difficulties," he further remarked, while also thanking his fans, players and the entire community of KM for their support during the competition.
For his part, the coach of WCR, Lamin Touray, said: "KM came all out to defeat us and that is what they have done. "We came here to win the basketball trophy as we promised our region, but unfortunately, we could not do it."
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Justin Stommes Heads To The Kirchheim Knights - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The man can shoot out the lights like a gun whirling cowboy from the west, but Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88, college: E.Kentucky) was unable to display his talent in Bremerhaven on a consistent level this season with the Eisbaeren, but he will now showcase his abilities in the Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. The club has announced that Stommes will be added to the lineup. Stommes is a 24 year old 200cm swing man from Cold Spring, Minnesota. He started the season in the Beko BBL with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 12 games averaging 14,4 minutes and 5,8ppg, 1,7rpg and shot 50% form the field and 34,8% from outside. He decided to depart in December from the team. "We welcome Justin and hope that he can help us in our momentary situation", stated the Kirchheim club. Stommes is playing his second professional season and played at Eastern Kentucky from 2007-2011. In his senior year he played 27 games: 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 81.5%. Last season he played for the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA): 29 games: 16.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 72.5%. He shot better than 40% in all four seasons at the NCAA and last season shot 50% from outside in the Pro A.



Source: Kirchheim Knights




Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven)I Am Very Excited To Have A Chance To Win Again - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the 2013 Beko BBL Allstar game in Nurnberg

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are in 8th place at the break. How happy are you with the first half and what will the team have to do better in the second half of the season?

We expected more. We felt like we underperformed in the 1st half, but still nice that we are in the playoff hunt.

Bremerhaven got a great boost by signing Kevin Kruger. He played with New York Knick Chris Copeland in Belgium last season. What has impressed you most about his game so far?

He is a great teammate and brings a lot to the table.

You are going to participate in the 2013 Beko BBL three point shooting contest at the Allstar game. How excited are you about coming back to attempt to win it?

I am very excited to have a chance to win again.

What are your memories from your three point shooting title in 2011 in Trier?

The atmosphere and having fun with the guys

How have you been preparing for the three point shooting contest in Nurnberg? Have you been taking extra shots?

A couple of dry runs with the format but nothing special


What is the secret to being successful in a three point shooting contest?

Make more than your opponent.

You have interesting opponents in the three point shooting contest? Who will be your most difficult opponent? I think Laquan Prowell could get hot.

I think Demond Mallett will be the guy to beat.

Who will come away with the dunk contest? Could Brian Harper meet Larry Gordon in the final or will guys like Sergio Kerush and Tyrone Nash make an impact?

Its anyone contest to win.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Pitch perfect

Thanks Jacob for the chat




EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes keep Brose Baskets Bamberg undefeated in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg - Anadolu Efes 76:94

Anadolu Efes keep Brose Baskets Bamberg undefeated in Top 16. The Turkish side sent the German team to 0-4 record after 94:76 win away from home. Anadolu Efes meanwhile improved to 3-1 record.
Brose Baskets Bamberg started the game with 27-23 but could not win any other period. The guests replied with 24-19 in the second frame and took 1-point advantage at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the Turkish team that posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. They needed 18-13 rally in the third frame and erupted with 29-17 surge in the last stanza.
Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 15. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14, while Lucas scored 13. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) notched 16. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) scored 15, whilst Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) brought 8.

Brose Baskets Bamberg: Bostjan Nachbar 19, Teddy Gipson 16, Maik Zirbes 15, Casey Jacobsen 8
Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 17, Jordan Farmar 15, Dusko Savanovic 14, Lucas 13



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Free Agents news - by Chris Mammides

We are in the middle of January list with the Greek free agents, in more or less on the same paste since some players have been deleted (Theo Papaloukas joined forces for a second time in his career and 5 years after with the Russian power house of CSKA Moscow, while Igor Milosevic replaced Gagaloudis in Kavala while his teammate in Kavala MakisNikolaidis was set free too, right after 40 days with the club. At the same time Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) left the team of Kavala only 2 months after his departure to the team of North Hellas (rumors do bring him very close to a Central European club) while the talented forward Linos Spyridon Chrysikopoulos was let go by Biella since due to his many injuries the last 1,5 years he couldnt play as good as he could, so the Italians let go one of the most talented Greek players of the last 2-3 years. Last but not least, Kolossos let go Dimitris Tsaldaris as the experienced player according to rumors is very close to sign in the ex team of Chrysikopoulos, Biella. At the end, it is possible that by the end of the week the experienced swingman Giorgos Apostolidis to split ways from Ilysiakos.
So, the Free agent list at this stage is as follows:

Guards
Yiannis Gagaloudis (just split ways with Kavala)
Adonis Chatzicharalambous
Dimitris Tsaldaris (set free from Kolosos Rodou)
Gregory Ktistou
Prodromos Nikolaidis (was let go by Kavala too)
Georgios Diamantopoulos
Michael Bizoukas
Nicolas Blanas (183-PG-80, college: Toronto Uni.)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)

Forwards
Linos Chrysikopoulos (just split ways with Biella)
Panagiotis Vassilopoulos
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)
Demtri Harris (198-SF-90, college: St.Marys)
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Milos Sakota (204-F-84)
Marios Skamnakis (200-F-89)

Centers
Dimos Dikoudis
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
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Etha inks Avis Wyatt, ex Ikaros - by Eurobasket

Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia (Division A) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Avis Wyatt (211-100kg-84, college: Virginia State). He just played at Ikaros in Greek A1 league. In 11 games this season he had 5.0ppg and 3.4rpg. The last season Wyatt played at GasTerra Flames Groningen (Eredivisie) in Dutch Eredivisie. In 37 games last year he recorded 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention. Wyatt also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2.5spg and 2.0bpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol. In 11 Division A games that season he recorded 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg and 2.1bpg.
In 2007 Wyatt was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in fifth round (48th overall).
The former Virginia State (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Wyatt played in the final of Cyprus League in 2011. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team in 2011.
Wyatt has played previously professionally in Israel (Ironi Ashkelon) and Holland (ABC Amsterdam).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dino Erceg joins Apollon Patras - by Greg

AS Apollon Patras (A1) agreed terms with 28-year old Croatian power forward Dino Erceg (203-100kg-85). He just played at Rueil Athletic Club in French NM1 league. The last season Erceg played at Miercurea Ciuc (Liga Nationala) in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 28 games last year he had 12.9ppg and 7.0rpg.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Alkar Sinj in Croatian A1. In 31 games that season he recorded 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg.

On Erceg: Modern power forward with inside and outside game, very mobile. Has strenght to defend inside players and has quick feet to defend perimetral players. Very agressive rebounder at both ends of floor. Good passing skills, smart player and good outside shooter with 3pt range.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 18-3 
 2. Leiden 16-4 
 3. Groningen 13-7 
 4. M.Magixx 12-8 
 5. Leeuwarden 11-9 
 6. Den Helder K. 11-9 
 7. Zwolle 10-11 
 8. Weert 7-13 
 9. Amsterdam 2-18 
 10. Rotterdam 1-19 

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 16: M.Magixx - Den Bosch 85-104
Jan. 17: Rotterdam - Leiden 70-82
Jan. 17: Zwolle - Weert 67-77
Jan. 16: Den Helder K. - Leeuwarden 65-52
Jan. 17: Amsterdam - Groningen 60-77

Regular Season: Round 19

Jan. 19: M.Magixx - Groningen
Jan. 19: Weert - Den Helder K.
Jan. 19: Leeuwarden - Leiden
Jan. 20: Amsterdam - Zwolle
Jan. 23: Den Helder K. - Groningen



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 13

Jan. 17: Thor Thorl - IR 87-70
Jan. 17: Snaefell - Grindavik 84-90
Jan. 17: Tindastoll - KR 72-67
Jan. 17: Njardvik - Skallagrimur 107-70
Jan. 17: Keflavik - Stjarnan 107-103

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 31: KFI - Tindastoll
Jan. 31: KR - Keflavik
Jan. 31: Stjarnan - Snaefell
Jan. 31: Grindavik - Thor Thorl
Jan. 31: IR - Njardvik
Jan. 31: Skallagrimur - Fjolnir


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  KFI
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Pitts, KFI31.6 
 2. Palm, IR27.8 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl25.3 
 4. Medlock, Skallagri.24.1 
 5. Broussard, Grind.22.9 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan22.1 
 7. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.1 
 8. Craion, Keflavik21.5 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl21.3 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, Njardvik14.6 
 2. Craion, Keflavik13.5 
 3. Quaintance, Skalla.12.9 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.8 
 5. McQueen, Snaefell10.2 
 6. Spicer, Fjolnir10.1 
 7. Mills, Stjarnan10.0 
 8. Virijevic, KFI9.3 
 9. Jackson, Thor Thorl9.3 
 10. Broussard, Grind.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.7 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan9.2 
 3. Pitts, KFI7.3 
 4. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.0 
 5. Gibson, Tindastoll6.9 
 6. Williams, IR6.0 
 7. Smith, Thor Thorl5.5 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.8 
 9. Valsson, Keflavik4.5 
 10. Hermannsson, KR4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.2.8 
 2. Medlock, Skallagri.2.5 
 3. Moore, Njardvik2.4 
 4. Broussard, Grind.2.4 
 5. Williams, IR2.3 
 6. Viggosson, Tindast.2.2 
 7. Hilmarsson, Thor T.2.2 
 8. Smith, Thor Thorl2.1 
 9. Lewis, Keflavik2.1 
 10. Valentine, Tindas.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Keflavik
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan1.9 
 3. Bradshaw, KFI1.7 
 4. Quaintance, Skalla.1.7 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.6 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.3 
 7. Valentine, Tindast.1.2 
 8. Van, Njardvik1.2 
 9. Acox, KR1.1 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.0.9 


Jakob Sigurdarson's 33 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the league outsider Nassjo (3-18) 101-87 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 3 steals in 32 minutes on the court. Sundsvall Dragons (19-3) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Sigurdarson's fourth season with the team. Sigurdarson is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers with 17.8ppg. He also averaged so far 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 92.7%(89-96) in the 21 games he played so far. Sigurdarson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Baeringsson was the main contributor in a 3-point Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (11-11) 86-83. He was the best player in that game. Baeringsson recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!). Sundsvall Dragons (19-3) is placed first in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Baeringsson is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(96-168), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 76.4%. Baeringsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (16-1) in their last game. Despite Ermolinskij's good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins lost 77-83 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) LF Basket. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Ermolinskij also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Ermolinskij is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 10.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 81.5% in the 18 games. Ermolinskij is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #4. Point guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the closely-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-12) 73-65 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Vilhjalmsson recorded 16 points. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (8-10) is placed 13th in the BBL. Vilhjalmsson has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #5. International small forward Axel Karason (194-83, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in Vaerlose's victory against the league leader SISU (13-0) 79-78 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Karason scored 18 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Vaerlose BBK (6-8) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Karason has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #6. Shooting guard Logi Gunnarsson (192-81, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to help Angers BC 49 (5-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gunnarsson's good performance Angers BC 49 was defeated 67-58 at home by the second-ranked Quimper UJAP. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Gunnarsson also added 3 passes. It's Gunnarsson's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg. Gunnarsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #7. International small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Assignia Manresa (2-15) in their game against Caja Laboral (14-3) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked Assignia Manresa lost in an overtime 95-101 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Caja Laboral. It was Assignia Manresa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Palsson's overall stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg in the 15 games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Gudni Valentinusson
Gudni Valentinusson
   #8. Center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Aarhus BC (5-14) in their game against Svendborg (17-2) in the Danish Ligaen. Valentinusson scored 9 points. But Aarhus BC was crushed 83-61 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. It was Aarhus BC's seventh consecutive loss in a row. This season Valentinusson averages: 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Icelandic U20 national team back in 2005.

Arnar Jonsson
Arnar Jonsson
   #9. Former international guard Arnar Jonsson (183-83, currently plays in Denmark) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gudni Valentinusson and both played together in the last Danish Ligaen game. Jonsson couldn't help Aarhus BC (5-14) in their game against Svendborg (17-2). He scored 8 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Aarhus BC was crushed 83-61 on the opponent's court by the leading Svendborg. This year Jonsson's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team seven years ago.



Dominos League Round 13: Thor Thorl keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Thor Thorl as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thor Thorl defeated 11th ranked IR in Thorlakshofn 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. IR managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by IR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) stepped up and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners and forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) responded with 38 points (!!!). IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Grindavik. IR lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Tindastoll. IR will play next round against Njardvik trying to get back on the winning streak. Thor Thorl will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Grindavik on the road.
Very significant was Grindavik's (#1) 90-84 road victory against their biggest opponent Snaefell. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and Johann Olafsson accounted for 23 points. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 23 points and 9 assists for Snaefell in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Thor Thorl. Snaefell at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Grindavik will play against league's leader Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Snaefell will play on the road against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stjarnan (9-4) against sixth ranked Keflavik (8-5) on Thursday night. Visiting Stjarnan was defeated by Keflavik in a tough game in Keflavik 103-107. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. Michael Craion fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Jarrid Frye produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Keflavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with KR. Loser Stjarnan keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Snaefell. Keflavik will meet KR (#5) in the next round. Stjarnan will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fifth-ranked KR in Sauoarkrokur 72-67. Tindastoll (3-10) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with IR. KR at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Tindastoll's next round opponent will be higher ranked KFI (#10) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KR will play against Keflavik (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Njardvik supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Skallagrimur (5-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Njardvik (5-8). Njardvik smashed Skallagrimur 107-70 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. Agust Orrason stepped up and scored 27 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Skallagrimur. Njardvik will face IR (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round.


Keflavik - Stjarnan 107-103

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stjarnan (9-4) against sixth ranked Keflavik (8-5) on Thursday night. Visiting Stjarnan was defeated by Keflavik in a tough game in Keflavik 103-107. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Stjarnan. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 60-54 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Keflavik made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 7 blocks. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) produced 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) added 25 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Keflavik and five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. Keflavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with KR. Loser Stjarnan keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Snaefell. Keflavik will meet KR (#5) in the next round. Stjarnan will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Craion 29+17reb+2ast, B.Baptist 25+12reb+2ast, D.Lewis 25+4reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 17+3reb+4ast, V.Valsson 8+3reb+10ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 3+1reb
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 25+8reb+2ast, J.Frye 24+9reb+4ast, B.Mills 19+11reb+1ast, J.Shouse 17+3reb+8ast, J.Zdravevski 12+7reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 180235


Snaefell - Grindavik 84-90

Very significant was Grindavik's (#1) 90-84 road victory against their biggest opponent Snaefell. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 30-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Grindavik made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Grindavik outrebounded Snaefell 49-37 including 34 on the defensive glass. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and the former international swingman Johann Olafsson (194-86) accounted for 23 points. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Grindavik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St., agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 23 points and 9 assists and the other American import forward Asim McQueen (203-88, college: Tulane, agency: Pro One Sports) added 22 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Snaefell in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Thor Thorl. Snaefell at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Stjarnan. Grindavik will play against league's leader Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Snaefell will play on the road against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Olafsson 23+2reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 18+3reb+5ast, A.Broussard 15+19reb+6ast, S.Thorsteinsson 12+4reb, S.Zeglinski 9+7reb+5ast, O.Saevarsson 6+6reb
Snaefell: J.Threatt 23+4reb+9ast, A.McQueen 22+12reb, J.Olafur Jonsson 17+5reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 9+4reb+2ast, S.Davidsson 7+4reb+1ast, O.Torfason 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 180234


Thor Thorl - IR 87-70

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Thor Thorl as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thor Thorl defeated 11th ranked IR in Thorlakshofn 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. IR managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by IR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) stepped up and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners and forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) responded with 38 points (!!!) and guard Dandre Williams (177-90, college: UALR) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. IR's coach Jon Arnar Ingvarsson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor Thorl have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Grindavik. IR lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Tindastoll. IR will play next round against Njardvik trying to get back on the winning streak. Thor Thorl will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Grindavik on the road.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 26+7reb+3ast, D.Jackson 18+12reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 15+4reb, D.Flake 14+9reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 6+4reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 6+6reb+1ast
IR: E.Palm 38+3reb+2ast, D.Williams 6+6reb+3ast, N.Sovic 6+4reb+1ast, E.Arnarson 6+3reb+2ast, V.Jonsson 6+6reb, H.Fridriksson 4+5reb
gschID: 180233


Njardvik - Skallagrimur 107-70

The game in Njardvik supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Skallagrimur (5-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Njardvik (5-8). Njardvik smashed Skallagrimur 107-70 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Njardvik forced 20 Skallagrimur turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 21 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Njardvik looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Swingman Agust Orrason (191-93) stepped up and scored 27 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) scored 20 points and 6 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. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Skallagrimur. Njardvik will face IR (#11) in Reykjavik in the next round.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: A.Orrason 27+4reb+2ast, N.Moore 21+7reb+5ast, E.Fridriksson 18+3reb+5ast, O.Jonsson 9+2reb+1ast, M.Van 6+15reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 6+1reb
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 20+1reb+6ast, H.Quaintance 20+16reb+2ast, H.Hreidarsson 19+3reb+2ast, D.Asgeirsson 6, S.Egilsson 3+3reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 2+3reb
gschID: 180232


Tindastoll - KR 72-67

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll managed to get a third victory. This time they won against fifth-ranked KR in Sauoarkrokur 72-67. Tindastoll (3-10) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with IR. KR at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Tindastoll's next round opponent will be higher ranked KFI (#10) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KR will play against Keflavik (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 180236



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  INDONESIA   

Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 16: Pelita Jaya - NSH GMC Riau 73-38
Jan. 16: Satria Muda - Hangtuah 60-49
Jan. 16: Bimasakti - Dell Aspac 53-69
Jan. 16: Pacific Caesar - Garuda 26-67

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 18: Dell Aspac - NSH GMC Riau
Jan. 18: Pacific Caesar - Stadium Jak.
Jan. 18: Garuda - Tonga BSC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andakara Prastawa DHYAKSA
  Dell Aspac
  (177-G-92)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Dhyaksa, Dell Asp.15.8 
 2. Utomo, CLS Knights15.4 
 3. Sabara, Pacific14.2 
 4. Regowo, Dell Aspac13.3 
 5. Prawiro, Dell Aspac13.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.8 
 7. Pamungkas, Satya12.3 
 8. Budianto, Stadium10.6 
 9. Sigar, Hangtuah10.5 
 10. Efendi, NSH G.10.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Pacific .
  (190-PF-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Sabara, Pacific11.2 
 2. Regowo, Dell Aspac9.7 
 3. Gunawan, Satria M.9.5 
 4. Gunawan, Satria M.9.3 
 5. Nolland, Garuda7.3 
 6. Nugroho, Satya W.7.2 
 7. Sucipto, NSH G.6.8 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.5 
 9. Damanik, Pelita Ja.6.4 
 10. Thoyib, Dell Aspac6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.4 
 2. Gerungan, Dell A.4.0 
 3. Sucipto, Satya W.3.9 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.7 
 5. Indra, Pacific3.6 
 6. Ramadhani, Dell As.3.4 
 7. Sartika, Bimasakti3.1 
 8. Wicaksono, Stadium3.0 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights3.0 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.3.6 
 3. Sucipto, NSH G.2.6 
 4. Pratama, Garuda2.6 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda2.6 
 6. Sabara, Pacific2.3 
 7. Nolland, Garuda2.3 
 8. Uneputty, Tonga B.2.3 
 9. Prasetyo, Tonga B.2.3 
 10. Wicaksono, Stadi.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rony GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.1.9 
 2. Thoyib, Dell Aspac1.8 
 3. Teguh, Hangtuah1.8 
 4. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.5 
 5. Prasetyo, Hangtuah1.4 
 6. Nasution, Satya W.1.3 
 7. Gunawan, Satria M.1.3 
 8. Nugroho, Satya W.1.2 
 9. Ruslan, Stadium1.0 
 10. Junaidi, Hangtuah1.0 


NBL Round 14: Top-ranked Dell Aspac wins another game - by Eurobasket News

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (9-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Bimasakti (2-6) in Sakti 69-53. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Bimasakti managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 7 points in first quarter. Dell Aspac looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) replied with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Bimasakti. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Dell Aspac have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Bimasakti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play on the road against CLS Knights (#3) in Surabaya and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Jakarta was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Hangtuah (4-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Satria Muda (5-3). Satria Muda defeated Hangtuah 60-49. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Arki Wisnu chipped in 13 points during the contest. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) responded with 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Tonga BSC.
The game in Surabaya supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Garuda (6-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-6). Garuda smashed Pacific Caesar 67-26 on Wednesday. Vinton Nolland notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by Airlangga Sabara did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-3 record. Loser Pacific Caesar keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 14 NSH GMC Riau was smashed by Pelita Jaya on the road 73-38.


Group Jakarta
Satria Muda - Hangtuah 60-49

The game in Jakarta was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Hangtuah (4-4) played at the court of seventh ranked Satria Muda (5-3). Satria Muda defeated Hangtuah 60-49. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Hangtuah was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hangtuah 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Rony Gunawan (194-80) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) responded with 12 points and guard Mei Joni (188-89) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satria Muda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Hangtuah at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Satria Muda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Tonga BSC.
Top scorers:
Hangtuah: A.Sigar 12+4reb+2ast, M.Joni 11+2reb+3ast, I.Teguh Teguh 10+5reb, A.Prasetyo 4+3reb+1ast, A.Sunarya 2+2reb+1ast, A.Junaidi 2+1ast
Satria Muda: R.Gunawan 14+10reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 13+2reb+2ast, F.Susanto 9+6reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 8+1reb+1ast, F.Julius Ahmad 7+5reb+2ast, B.Anggara 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 230005


Group Jakarta
Bimasakti - Dell Aspac 53-69

NBL top team - Dell Aspac (9-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Bimasakti (2-6) in Sakti 69-53. The game was mostly controlled by Dell Aspac. Bimasakti managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bimasakti to just 7 points in first quarter. Dell Aspac looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (177-92) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) replied with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 15 points in the effort for Bimasakti. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dell Aspac have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record. Bimasakti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with six games lost. Dell Aspac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bimasakti will play on the road against CLS Knights (#3) in Surabaya and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Bimasakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 15+3reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 10+5reb+4ast, M.Indra 8+2reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 7+2reb+3ast, D.Sartika 4+2reb+2ast, H.Julyanggi 4+2reb+2ast
Dell Aspac: A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 20+1reb+2ast, P.Regowo 16+15reb+4ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 8+2reb+5ast, K.Akbar 4+3reb+2ast, W.Jati 4+5reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 230004


Group Jakarta
Pelita Jaya - NSH GMC Riau 73-38

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Pelita Jaya (7-1) crushed 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-8) in Jakarta 73-38 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 7 points in second quarter. Pelita Jaya dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 24. Pelita Jaya forced 19 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Daniel Wenas (188-92) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Even 9 points and 6 rebounds by Reza Israelli (182-82) did not help to save the game for NSH GMC Riau. Center Max Yanto (215-83) added 6 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. NSH GMC Riau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Tonga BSC. Pelita Jaya's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Israelli 9+6reb, M.Yanto 6+6reb+1ast, J.Sucipto 6+2reb+3ast, Y.Efendi 5+5reb, R.Febriyan 4+6reb, I.Husnuzan 3+3reb
Pelita Jaya: D.Wenas 18+6reb+2ast, A.Poedjakesuma 15+4reb+2ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 12+7reb+3ast, P.Indrawan 10+6reb+3ast, F.Yogi Dasilva 6+1reb, F.Damanik 4+7reb
gschID: 230002


Group Jakarta
Pacific Caesar - Garuda 26-67

The game in Surabaya supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Garuda (6-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-6). Garuda smashed Pacific Caesar 67-26 on Wednesday. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. Garuda forced 29 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 53-29 including a 25-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Vinton Nolland (194-82) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Diftha Pratama (186-89) supported him with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by Airlangga Sabara (190-85) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. Center Hery Listiyono (191-86) added 4 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-3 record. Loser Pacific Caesar keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: A.Sabara 10+10reb+1ast, H.Suharsono 4+2reb, E.Subiantoro Hidayat 4+4reb, H.Listiyono 4+5reb+2ast, G.Nagata 2+1reb, C.Indra 2+3reb+3ast
Garuda: D.Pratama 11+7reb+1ast, V.Nolland 11+10reb+3ast, M.Dhiya 10+4reb+1ast, F.Minallah 10+6reb, H.Ramli 8+3reb+3ast, C.Gideon 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 230003



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  IRAN   

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 14-1 
 2. Mahram 12-2 
 3. Foolad Mahan 12-3 
 4. Zanjan 8-7 
 5. Azad 7-7 
 6. Gorgan 5-10 
 7. Petrochimi Mahshahr 5-10 
 8. Al Badr 5-10 
 9. Esteghlal 3-12 
 10. Naft Sepahan 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 17: Al Badr - Azad 91-85
Jan. 17: Petrochimi - Naft Sepahan 91-69
Jan. 17: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Esteghlal 76-74
Jan. 17: Gorgan - Foolad Mahan 49-66
Jan. 17: Zanjan - Mahram 20-0

Regular Season: Round 16

Jan. 24: Mahram - Petrochimi
Jan. 24: Petrochimi Mahshahr - Gorgan
Jan. 24: Azad - Zanjan
Jan. 24: Naft Sepahan - Foolad Mahan
Jan. 24: Esteghlal - Al Badr



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  ISRAEL   


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

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked SAIE3 BO (6-9) 79-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Tyus scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes on the court. Mapooro Cantu (11-4) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Tyus averages: 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 75.6%(62-82) and FT: 62.2% in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Tyus is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Omri Casspi (204-88, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Casspi could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-31) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 124-118 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. Casspi scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Casspi's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 38.8%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 55.6%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland). Rothbart was the major contributor in a 2-point Start Gdynia's victory against one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (4-12) 66-64 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. KS Start Gdynia (5-11) is placed tenth in the TBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Rothbart's first season with the team. Rothbart has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%(77-139) and FT: 61.9% in the 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli. Ex-Hapoel Galil Elyon player is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #4. Guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Energa Czarni (8-8) in their game against Anwil (10-6) in the Polish TBL. He was the second best scorer with 7 points. Brandwein also added 3 passes in 27 minutes. Energa Czarni was crushed 78-57 in Wloclawek by the higher-ranked (#4) Anwil. It was Energa Czarni's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Brandwein's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.9apg in the 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Brandwein used to play for the Israeli U20 national team back in 2008.

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #5. International shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany) managed to help FC Bayern Muenchen to win against the 14th-ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-11) 84-72 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (12-6) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Halperin's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Israeli national team.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #6. Point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup) was not able to secure a victory for Triumph Lyubertsy (0-2) in their game against Buducnost (1-1) in the Eurocup. Naimy cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed Triumph Lyubertsy was crushed 90-69 in Podgorica by the higher-ranked (#3) Buducnost in the group I of Eurocup. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Naimy's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in the eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Jeremiah Kreisberg
Jeremiah Kreisberg
   #7. Former U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Oberlin College (1-1) crushing them 104-39 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kreisberg scored 8 points. The Yale University has conference record this season. Kreisberg has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Tom Maayan
Tom Maayan
   #8. Point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall (1-4) in their game against the Marquette University (3-0) in the NCAA. He recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes. The Seton Hall lost 62-69 in Milwaukee, WI to the Marquette University. It was Seton Hall's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Maayan has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.5apg and 1.3spg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Israeli U18 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (14-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Thomas' good performance Boras Basket was defeated 92-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Solna Vikings (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Thomas has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Joshua Reisman (188-G-82, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Lechugueros (12-28) in their game against Panteras (28-12) in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Reisman cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Lechugueros lost 90-98 in Aguascalientes to the much higher-ranked (#5) Panteras. It was Lechugueros' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Reisman has averaged so far 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Reisman used to play for Hapoel Holon in Israeli league.

   #3. Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Finke Baskets Paderborn to win against the closely-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-11) 97-85 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Aud scored only 3 points. Finke Baskets Paderborn (7-10) is placed 12th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Aud belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.5apg and 1.3spg. Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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  ITALY   


Cesare Pancotto is the new head coach of Avellino - by Antonello Varallo

After the defeat against Pesaro, Avellino has decided to call again Cesare Pancotto, in order to avoid an unexpected relagation. So, Pancotto, 58 years old, is the new head coach of Sidigas Scandone Avellino. The veteran coach takes the place of Gianluca Tucci, who had been promoted head coach after the sacking of Giorgio Valli. Tucci, 2 win in 8 games, should remain in Avellino as assistant coach. During his long career, Pancotto (almost 900 games in 30 seasons) worked with Siena, Roma, Fortitudo Bologna, Trieste and Udine, winning 3 times the award of best coach of the year (1984 with Sangiorgese, 1996 with Siena, 2006 with Udine). He returns to Avellino after 3 seasons: he coached "biancoverdi" during 2009-2010, with a record of 13-15.


San Severo hires coach Corpaci - by Eurobasket News

Mazzeo San Severo (Nazionale A) agreed on terms of contract with 44-year old coach Luca Corpaci. He coached most recently at Latina Basket (Nazionale A). Corpaci won A dilettanti Cup Semifinals in 2011.
He has coached previously another Italian team Agrigento.

By Eurobasket Data Center



San Severo waived coach Millina - by Eurobasket News

Mazzeo San Severo (Nazionale A) waived coach Piero Millina.
Millina has coached previously for Modena and and Forli. The decision was made after San Severo won just six out of 17 games played in DNA this season. They are currently placed in the woeful 16th position in the ladder. 

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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  IVORY COAST   


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

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

Souleyman Diabate
Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Souleyman Diabate (183-87, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France). He led Sluc Nancy to a victory over the 14th-ranked Poitiers (5-10) 72-66 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Diabate was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 7 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals in 40 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (7-8) is placed ninth in the ProA. Diabate is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 85.5% in the 15 games he played so far. Diabate has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. He is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Adjehi Baru
Adjehi Baru
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Baru could not help the Charleston (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Charleston lost 57-62 at home to the Samford University. Baru had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 37 minutes. This year Baru averages: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(45-80) and FT: 74.1% in the 15 games. He is in the roster of the Ivorian senior national team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in France). Amagou was the major contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against one of league's weakest teams STB Le Havre (5-10) 80-67 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 18 points and added 5 assists. Chorale de Roanne Basket (7-8) is placed 12th in the ProA. Amagou has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 70.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #4. Guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to help Saint Vallier (7-11) in their last game. Despite Craven's very good performance Saint Vallier was edged 84-83 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) SPO Rouen. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 40 minutes. It's Craven's first season with the team. Craven is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year he has very good stats: 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 7.0apg and 2.6spg in the 18 games. Craven has both American and Ivorian nationalities. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2011.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #5. International forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in Boncourt's victory against one of league's weakest teams BBC Nyon (3-11) 83-78 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. N'Diaye scored 21 points and had 3 steals. BC Boncourt Red Team (6-7) is placed sixth in the LNA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. N'Diaye's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #6. Swingman Charles Abouo (195-89, college: BYU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Lobe Huesca (6-8) in their game against River Andorra (12-2) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Abouo scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Lobe Huesca lost 72-80 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked River_Andorra. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.7spg in the 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team three years ago.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #7. Former international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leyma Basquet (6-8) in their game against Planasa NV (7-7) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Kale scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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. This season Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg and 6.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Kale used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #8. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the league outsider Boulazac Basket (4-11) 82-65 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (7-8) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Zerbo's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.7rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #9. An experienced international swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Blois (8-6) in their game against Orchesien BC (11-3) in the French NM1 (third division). Aka cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Blois was edged 76-73 on their home court in Blois by the leading Orchesien BC. Aka has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-6) 64-60 in the French ProA last Monday. Koffi scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (10-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Koffi averages: 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Concordia University's victory against the Redmen (5-2) 83-65 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS on Thursday night. Eyitayo scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Concordia University has 4-3 record this season. Eyitayo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Concordia University's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #3. Patrick Konan (198-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the New Hampshire (0-4) in their last game. Despite Konan's very good performance the New Hampshire lost 57-68 on the road to the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. So far New Hampshire lost all four games in the conference This year Konan has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3bpg in the seven games he played so far.



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Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). He led Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (9-29) crushing them 103-76 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Hibbert was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his eight free throws) in 27 minutes on the court. The Indiana Pacers have 24-16 record this season. It's Hibbert's fifth year with the team. Hibbert is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 2.7bpg. He also averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 41.1% and FT: 67.7% in the 40 games he played so far. Hibbert is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico). He was the major contributor in Pioneros' victory against the 11th-ranked Correcaminos (16-24) 93-87 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Scott scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. It's Scott's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(150-272), 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 75.2%. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is in the roster of the Jamaican senior national team.

Ronald Yates
Ronald Yates
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA. He could not help Fribourg (12-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Yates' very good performance the league leader Fribourg was crushed 102-72 on the road by the second-ranked Geneve Lions. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Yates also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Yates has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 63.3%. He is a naturalized American. Yates played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #4. Power forward Ryan Reid (203-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams STB Le Havre (5-10) 80-67 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (7-8) is placed 12th in the ProA. This year Reid averages: 5.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2011.

Vashil Fernandez
Vashil Fernandez
   #5. International forward Vashil Fernandez (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (0-3) crushing them 76-52 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points. The Valparaiso University has 3-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fernandez's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Fernandez plays currently for the Jamaican national team.

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

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

   #2. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a TBB Trier's victory against one of league's weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-14) 79-73 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He scored 16 points in 23 minutes. TBB Trier (10-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. It's Bucknor's first season with the team. This year Bucknor averages: 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #3. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St., currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Antranik (1-10) 91-75 in the Lebanese Division A last Wednesday. Williams scored 26 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. Bejjeh (4-7) is placed seventh in the Division A. The Regular Season already ended. Williams is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Williams averages: 23.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.9apg and 2.9spg in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in an overtime Le Portel's victory against the tenth-ranked Aix-Maurienne (9-9) 83-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Gay was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (12-6) is placed fifth in the ProB. Gay is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Abejas (19-21) in their last game. Despite Mattis' very good performance Abejas lost 86-92 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Soles. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Mattis also added 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Abejas' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Mattis is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg in the 33 games. Mattis is a naturalized American.

   #6. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Maccabi Rishon (6-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 74-80 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat. Uter recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Uter is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in the 13 games. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #7. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Timisoara in their game against CSM Bucuresti in the Romanian Liga Nationala. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 87-72. Gallimore's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite Gallimore's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #8. Bryan Bailey (185-SG-80, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help BBC Bayreuth (8-11) in their last game. Despite Bailey's good performance BBC Bayreuth lost 72-84 in Muenchen to the much higher-ranked (#4) Bayern. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 25 minutes. Bailey has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.7apg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Brahe Basket's victory against the leader IK Eos 92-82 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Robinson recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. Robinson is currently first on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2bpg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Ourense in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). McDermott scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team was edged 75-73. McDermott belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 6.8rpg. He also averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 14 games. McDermott is a naturalized American.



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Standings - BJ League

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Jan. 13: Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 98-66
Jan. 13: Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 93-87
Jan. 15: Yokohama BC - Akita NH 92-81
Jan. 16: Yokohama BC - Akita NH 83-51
Jan. 13: Yokohama BC - Gunma 79-61
Jan. 13: Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 78-49
Jan. 13: Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM 69-99
Jan. 13: Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 68-85
Jan. 13: Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 57-75
Jan. 13: Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 54-57

Regular Season: Round 29

Jan. 26: Akita NH - Iwate Big Bulls
Jan. 26: Sendai 89ers - Tokyo Cinq R.
Jan. 26: Shinshu BW - Chiba Jets
Jan. 26: Gunma - Toyama Grouses
Jan. 26: Saitama Bron. - Niigata Albirex
Jan. 26: Shiga L-Stars - Okinawa GK
Jan. 26: Osaka Evessa - Miyazaki SS
Jan. 26: Shimane SM - Hamamatsu P.
Jan. 26: Fukuoka Rizing - Kyoto Hannar.
Jan. 26: Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique KELLER
  Miyazaki.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Keller, Miyazaki.21.3 
 2. Chandler, Chiba J.20.9 
 3. Burns, Yokohama BC20.8 
 4. Woods, Miyazaki SS20.7 
 5. Jones, Tokyo C.20.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM19.6 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets19.6 
 8. Kennedy, Yokohama.18.1 
 9. Thomas, Hamamats.17.7 
 10. Woodbury, Okina.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.6 
 2. White, Oita H.13.5 
 3. Warren, Fukuoka12.5 
 4. Willard, Sendai 89.12.0 
 5. Bell, Osaka Evessa11.8 
 6. Sato, Tokyo Cinq11.0 
 7. Werner, Chiba Jets10.8 
 8. Cox, Osaka Evessa10.7 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM10.0 
 10. Blackledge, Iwate10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Hamamats.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Galloway, Hamamats.6.0 
 2. Namizato, Okina.5.8 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.8 
 4. Kensuke, Chiba Je.5.7 
 5. Burns, Yokohama BC4.9 
 6. Harris, Akita NH4.6 
 7. Tomori, Gunma4.0 
 8. Orr, Saitama Bron.3.6 
 9. Takushi, Oita H.3.6 
 10. Lyons, Takamats.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Draelon BURNS
  Yokohama BC
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burns, Yokohama BC2.3 
 2. Masato, Iwate B.2.3 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.1 
 4. Bell, Chiba Jets2.0 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.2.0 
 6. Yamauchi, Okina.1.9 
 7. Bell, Osaka Evessa1.9 
 8. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Lyons, Takamats.1.8 
 10. Woods, Miyazaki1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Iwate2.9 
 3. Marshall, Shins.2.0 
 4. Fairley, Miyazaki.1.8 
 5. Brown, Toyama G.1.6 
 6. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK1.5 
 8. Carter, Tokyo C.1.5 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM1.4 
 10. Bell, Osaka Eves.1.4 


Sendai 89ers waive Coble - by Eurobasket News

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) waived 26-year old American forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern, agency: Priority Sports). In 23 BJ League games he played this season he recorded 12.9ppg and 5.3rpg.
Coble was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team back in 2009 at his college time.
Coble has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
He attended Northwestern University until 2010 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maurice Hargrow is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers - by Eurobasket News

Sendai 89ers (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-91kg-83, college: Minnesota, agency: Top Notch Sports). He played most recently at Chiba Jets (BJ League). In 49 games last season he recorded very impressive stats: 21.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention.
The previous (10-11) season Hargrow played at Qatar Sports Club (D1) in Qatari D1.
His team made it to the Qatar Emir Cup final in 2008.
Hargrow is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Luxembourg (Amicale), United Kingdom (Cheshire Phoenix), Qatar (Al Arabi) and ABA (Minnesota R.).
Hargrow attended University of Minnesota until 2006 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An outstanding athlete who has great quickness and can explode to the goal, also a good on-the-ball defender.
Can play in the 1, 2 and 3 positions, his main strength is his ability to get to the basket and draw fouls
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By Eurobasket Data Center



Iwate Big Bulls are defeated by Toyama Grouses - by Eurobasket News

BJ League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 28 rounds left.

The most important game in the last round took place in Iwate between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (19-7) and fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (16-10) on Sunday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Toyama Grouses at home 85-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Toyama Grouses is looking forward to face Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. Second ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (19-9) defeated 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-10) 93-87. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Kevin Galloway supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (9-17) 77-50. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Anthony McHenry fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Dexter Lyons produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils. Okinawa GK will meet Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) crushed at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) by 32 points 83-51, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for Draelon Burns who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 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. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Akita NH lost to Yokohama BC on the opponent's court 81-92. Miyazaki SS was outscored by Shimane SM in a home game 69-99. Oita H.Devils was rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 78-49. Yokohama BC defeated Gunma on its own court 79-61. Saitama Bron. was smashed by Chiba Jets in a road game 98-66. Osaka Evessa lost to Shiga L-Stars at home 57-75.


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 83-51

Third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) crushed at home 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) by 32 points 83-51, which is the biggest margin this round. Yokohama BC dominated on the defensive end, holding Akita Happinets to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 51-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) added 10 points in the effort for Akita Happinets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: D.Fitzgerald 12+13reb+1ast, D.Harris 10+1reb+2ast, M.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 5+3reb, K.Shoji 5+3reb, Y.Kato 4+2reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 20+10reb+6ast, M.Kabaya 16+3reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 15+12reb+2ast, L.Malloy 12+12reb, P.Faye 7+6reb, O.Kimura 7+1reb
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Yokohama BC - Akita NH 92-81

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Akita Happinets (14-10) were defeated on the road by third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) 92-81. Yokohama BC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 34 and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Quite impressive performance for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) replied with 26 points and 6 assists and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Brown 26+4reb+6ast, D.Fitzgerald 10+7reb, D.Harris 8+3reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 7+6reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 7+3reb+4ast, Y.Yamaguchi 7+1reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 27+13reb+8ast, T.Kennedy 25+11reb+3ast, K.Yamada 16+2reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 9+2reb+2ast, P.Faye 8+2reb+1ast, L.Malloy 5+7reb
gschID: 200596


Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 93-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mikawa. Second ranked host Hamamatsu Phoenix (19-9) defeated 4th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-10) 93-87. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fukuoka Rizing's 34. Hamamatsu Phoenix brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 25 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Toyama Grouses. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Shimane Magic (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 25+6reb+2ast, R.Warren 19+12reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 16+3reb+3ast, A.Takeno 11+1reb+6ast, J.Ashby 11+9reb+1ast, J.Johnson 3+1reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.White 23+10reb+4ast, K.Galloway 15+8reb+8ast, J.Parmer 14+8reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 9+4reb, Y.Shiina 9+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 8
gschID: 200591


Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 77-50

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Takamatsu FA (9-17) 77-50. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Takamatsu FA to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 53-38 including a 45-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Takamatsu FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Oita H.Devils. Okinawa GK will meet Shiga L-Stars (#5) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: D.Lyons 19+10reb, P.Williams 11+11reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 9+2reb+2ast, M.Kita 4, Y.Kodera 3+1reb, Y.Kishimoto 2+2ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 21+9reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 13+6reb+4ast, J.Newton 11+14reb, Y.Sugawara 8+6reb, D.Larkai 8+10reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 200595


Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM 69-99

Very predictable result when third ranked Shimane Magic (17-9) smashed on the road 10th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (4-22) 99-69. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 46-28 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Quite impressive performance for center Jeral Davis (216-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Five Shimane Magic and four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shimane Magic maintains third position with 17-9 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the tenth place with 22 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play on the road against Osaka Evessa (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: R.Woods 21+5reb+2ast, L.Cunningham 14+3reb+5ast, T.Fairley 13+5reb, A.Kuso 10+8reb, Y.Kojima 4+3reb, T.Toyoda 3
Shimane SM: J.Davis 24+15reb+2ast, B.Puckett 21+11reb+5ast, B.Freeman 18+3reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 14+5reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 13+6reb+4ast, K.Park 6
gschID: 200594


Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 78-49

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (9-17) were rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (14-12) 78-49. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 44-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Quite impressive performance for American center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 13 points in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 14-12 record. Oita Heat Devils lost thirteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Kyoto Hannar.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Oita Heat Devils will play against Takamatsu FA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 20+11reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 13+4reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 6+6reb+3ast, Y.Taka Kura 4, I.Kersulyte 3+2reb+1ast, D.Hayakawa 2+2reb
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 20+12reb+1ast, D.Palmer 18+9reb, L.Pomare 17+12reb+3ast, Y.Okada 12+1reb+7ast, H.Kantake 5+3reb+1ast, T.Murakami 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200592


Yokohama BC - Gunma 79-61

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Yokohama BC (20-8) beat at home 10th ranked Gunma (5-21) 79-61. The game without a history. Yokohama BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yokohama BC outrebounded Gunma 46-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese center Pape Faye (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Gunma keeps the tenth position with 21 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Gunma will play at home against Toyama Grouses (#4).
Top scorers:
Gunma: L.Witcher 16+6reb+2ast, S.Okada 15+5reb, D.Keller 8+9reb+3ast, J.Dixon 8+4reb+3ast, K.Tomori 6+3reb+7ast, N.Williams 5+6reb
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 22+8reb+4ast, T.Kennedy 18+6reb+1ast, P.Faye 14+13reb, M.Kabaya 11+4reb+5ast, K.Yamada 6+2reb+4ast, S.Hisayama 6+1reb
gschID: 200590


Chiba Jets - Saitama Bron. 98-66

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-21) were outplayed on the road by seventh ranked Chiba Jets (12-12) 98-66. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 30 and made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Chiba Jets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Quite impressive performance for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Shinji Tomiyama felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Wayne Oliver (201-80, college: W.Hills JC) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Takuma Yamashiro (167-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-12 record. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the eleventh place with 21 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano and it may be quite challenging game. Saitama Broncos will play at home against the league's leader Niigata Albirex (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: W.Oliver 18+6reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+4reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 13+10reb+1ast, D.Baker 9+4reb, M.Haraguchi 6+1reb, Y.Nobihura 4+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: J.Werner 24+11reb, M.Chandler 19+8reb+7ast, M.Gray 17+3reb+2ast, H.Sato 12+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 12+4reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 9+4reb+6ast
gschID: 200589


Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 57-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (15-11) won against on the road 9th ranked Osaka Evessa (5-19) 75-57. Quite impressive performance for Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 15-11 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's leader Okinawa GK at home and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: D.Cox 19+9reb+2ast, M.Bell 19+15reb+1ast, N.Walkup 9+3reb+5ast, S.Watanuki 3, S.Konno 3+2reb+1ast, S.Takeda 2+1reb+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 24+10reb, W.Arnold 14+4reb+2ast, R.Nixon 12+4reb+5ast, J.Nakama 11+2reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 4+5reb+5ast, D.Terashita 4+2ast
gschID: 200593


Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 68-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Iwate between second ranked Iwate Big Bulls (19-7) and fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (16-10) on Sunday night. Iwate Big Bulls were defeated by Toyama Grouses at home 85-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremy Jacob (203-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) scored 22 points. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Toyama Grouses is looking forward to face Gunma (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: C.Dixon 22+2reb+1ast, R.Okosa 19+10reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 8+13reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 6, D.Sneed 6+6reb, K.Takahashi 5+4ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Jacob 25+11reb, M.Joho 12+8reb+1ast, T.Fujie 11+1ast, T.Mito 11+2reb+4ast, I.Brown 10+11reb+4ast, B.Cole 7+8reb
gschID: 200588



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  KENYA   


KCB withdraws basketball team sponsorship - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Commercial Bank has withdrawn its financial support of basketball club KCB Lions who finished third in last years Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League season. The club has been under the company support since 1976 when the Lions was formed.
Michezoafrika.com can exclusively report that the sponsors KCB have already written a letter to the local Federation (KBF) informing them of the latest development. KBF officials have acknowledged receipt of the letter.
Other teams supported by Kenya Commercial Bank include Rugby Lions, KCB soccer team that participates in the Kenya Premier League and the KCB volleyball team that has for the last three years finished 3rd behind Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline at both the domestic Kenya Volleyball Federation Leagues and African competitions. All the other teams were formed after the Basketball team which served as the flagship sports team for the bankers.
KCB Lions is one of the best performing clubs in the Kenyan Premier League and has won four titles in the past 8 years. Apart from finishing within the top three brackets in the past three seasons, KCB Lions basketball team has represented Kenya in regional Zone 5 competitions in Kampala, Burundi and Rwanda.
Last season , KCB led the KBF league standings for the better part of the season going unbeaten throughout the first leg. They however failed to reach the finals after losing to defending champions Coop Bank in the play offs semi finals but went ahead to take a Bronze finish after defeating KPA 88-69 in 3rd and 4th play offs.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



KBF appeals for reverse of Lions sponsorship withdrawal - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Basketball Federation officials say the withdrawal of sponsorship for one of its leading club in the league -KCB Lions- is a big blow to the growth of the basketball league in Kenya.
Joseph Amuoko a long serving official at the Kenyan Federation has called on the officials to rescind the decision considering KCB is the first club to be supported by the Bank and also the club with the highest number of followers in the local league.
I confirm that we at the Kenya Basketball Federation have received a letter informing us of the decision by the bank to withdraw sponsorship and pull the team out of the league. This is for sure a big blow to all of us in the basketball fraternity. Amuoko says.
Last season witnessed one of the most competitive leagues and though they finished in third place behind winners Cooperative bank and runners up USIU Tigers, KCB Lions dominated the better part of the season going unbeaten throughout the first leg.
KCB is one of oldest basketball clubs in Kenya and withdrawing the sponsorship is partly killing the game and the competition that comes with it. He adds,
We know that the basketball team was the first ever club to be formed and supported by the bank in the 70s long even before Football, Rugby and volleyball. This is like killing your first born and it is our humble appeal to the decision makers to reverse the decision. Amuoko concludes.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Garnett arrives to Peja - by Dren Shporta

American center Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) has arrived in Peja today. After agreeing terms with BKT Superligas leaders, Peja, the american has joined the club and will play under the Rudolf Jugos orders.

Garnett who played first part of the 2012 season in Thailand for Thailand Slammers is 32 year old experienced player who made a carrier in Asia mostly.

He is Peja's first enforcement of the second part of the season after yellows have separated the roads with montenegrin center Vladan Jocovic. Peja is leading kosovan Superleague this year with 13-1 record, same as former champions Sigal Prishtina in the second place.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 12-6 
 2. Barons kvartals 11-7 
 3. Jekabpils 11-8 
 4. Ventspils 9-1 
 5. VEF Riga 9-1 
 6. Jelgava 9-9 
 7. Jurmala 9-10 
 8. LU 8-11 
 9. Liepaja 6-13 
 10. Turiba 5-14 
 11. U18 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 17: Barons kvartals - Turiba 98-68
Jan. 16: Valmiera - Liepaja 87-62
Jan. 16: LU - Jelgava 86-108
Jan. 17: Jekabpils - Jurmala 81-63
Jan. 18: Ventspils - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.20.6 
 2. Peiners, LU19.4 
 3. O''Brien, Jekabpils16.8 
 4. Hill jr., Jekabpils16.1 
 5. Porzingis, Valmiera14.1 
 6. Berzins, Valmiera14.1 
 7. Brown, Jurmala14.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.13.8 
 9. Apsitis, Turiba13.8 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Jekabpils
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 2. Dargais, LU8.5 
 3. Butjankovs, Valmi.8.2 
 4. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.8.1 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava7.8 
 6. Mednis, Jurmala7.8 
 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., Jekabpils3.8 
 4. Metra, Barons k.3.8 
 5. Bergmanis, Barons3.4 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Kanbergs, Jelgava3.3 
 8. Plavnieks, U183.1 
 9. Brown, Jurmala3.1 
 10. Miezis, Barons k.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matiss RUDMIEZIS
  Turiba
  (190-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rudmiezis, Turiba1.9 
 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. Virsis, Jekabpils1.4 
 10. Ate, Liepaja1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Barons k.
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Barons k.1.6 
 2. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 4. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 
 5. Aleksejevs, Jekabp.1.0 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.8 
 8. Mizis, Jelgava0.7 
 9. Mednis, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Leiteris, Liepaja0.7 


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

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Russia. He could not help Spartak St.Petersburg (1-1) in their last game. Despite Strelnieks' good performance the second-placed Spartak St.Petersburg lost 70-84 on the road to the leading Lokomotiv in the group K of Eurocup. He recorded 11 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. This year Strelnieks averages: 6.8ppg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(14-22) and FT: 71.4% in the eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Davis Bertans (203-92, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia. Bertans was not able to help Partizan (11-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Partizan was defeated 87-80 in Siroki Brijeg by the much lower-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (#12). Bertans scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bertans' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 45.5%(30-66) and FT: 71.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Maris Laksa
Maris Laksa
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Maris Laksa (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Baltic League). Laksa was the major contributor in a BC Rakvere's victory against the fourth-ranked Barsy Atyrau (0-3) crushing them 96-75 in the Baltic League on Wednesday night. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. BC Rakvere Tarvas (2-0) is placed first in group G. There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. Laksa has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 73.7% in the 12 games. He played for the Latvian national team ten years ago.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #4. Point guard Kaspars Vecvagars (193-93, currently plays in Baltic League) led his Lithuanian team Lietkabelis to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked KK Parnu (0-1) 98-93 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game. Vecvagars scored 20 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Panevezys Lietkabelis (1-1) is placed third in group E. There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be important. It's Vecvagars' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. Vecvagars is also Latvian national team player.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #5. International guard Armands Skele (192-83, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Estonian team Kalev/Cramo to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked BC Donetsk (4-7) 61-60 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Skele scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (3-8) is placed eighth in group A. This year Skele's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg in the five games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #6. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (4-13) in their game against Buducnost (10-7) in the Adriatic League. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Kalve was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Kalve's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team three years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #7. Former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-13) in their game against UCAM Murcia (7-10) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Valters was the top scorer with 21 points in 26 minutes. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 75-81 in Murcia to the higher-ranked (#12) UCAM. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Valters' total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #8. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79, currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maris Laksa and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Umbrasko led his Estonian team BC Rakvere to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Barsy Atyrau (0-3) crushing them 96-75. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Umbrasko has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

Ivars Timermanis
Ivars Timermanis
   #9. Former international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-82, currently plays in Romania) led Ploiesti to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CS Farul Constanca (2-15) crushing them 97-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Timermanis recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (12-5) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Timermanis has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team six years ago.

Zintis Plivda
Zintis Plivda
   #10. Center Zintis Plivda (206-88, currently plays in Belarus) couldn't help Rubon (8-6) in their game against Tsmoki-Minsk II (7-7) in the Belarusian Premier League. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Plivda recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Plivda has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 10.0rpg. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. International point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against LF Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Jeromanovs scored 9 points, had 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 4 steals in 32 minutes. His team lost 77-83. Jeromanovs is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.3apg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5spg in the 20 games. Jeromanovs plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Ourense in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance on Friday night He was the top scorer with 17 points. Porzingis also added 3 steals. He averaged so far 14.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5spg. Porzingis used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former international center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Valga in their game against TTU in the Estonian KML, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 68-49. Grafs belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 6.9rpg. He also averaged so far 10.6ppg and 1.4apg in the 14 games. Grafs used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Raitis Grafs. But that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which we would like to mention. Cunda led Valga to a victory against the closely-ranked Rapla 72-59. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Cunda is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. Cunda used to play for the Latvian U18 national team back in 2002.

   #15. Former U20 international center Davis Rozitis (213-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Hawaii in their game against the University of California-Irvine in the NCAA. Rozitis scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 68-64. Rozitis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. Rozitis used to play for the Latvian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, currently plays in Hungary), who plays in the Hungarian A Division could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Marso NYKK (6-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Marso NYKK lost 71-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) ZTE KK. Berkis recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Horsens IC in a victory against the closely-ranked Vaerlose (6-8) crushing them 95-75 in the Danish Ligaen in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 19 minutes. Horsens IC (15-4) is placed third in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Sakne has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 17 games.

   #3. Martins Abele (216-C-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Duquesne (0-2) in their game against the Fordham University (1-2) in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Abele scored only 2 points and blocked 3 shots. The Duquesne was defeated 82-75 in Bronx, NY by the Fordham University. Abele has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Edmunds Tukiss (200-SF-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point Dragons Rhoendorf's victory against the sixth-ranked Licher Baeren (7-7) 67-66 in the German ProB (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Dragons Rhoendorf (13-1) is placed first in Group South. Tukiss has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 2.8rpg.

   #5. Ugis Promolds (190-G-88, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for SISU (13-0) in their game against Vaerlose (6-8) in the Danish Ligaen. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Promolds scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The league leader SISU was edged 79-78 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Vaerlose. Promolds has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 12 games.



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Sagesse to face Riyadi Aramex in the Semis of Dubai Tournament - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the absence of Julien Khazzouh , Elie Estephan and Philipp Tabet Sagesse played the semi final of the Dubai International Tournament against Smart Gilas, due to the injures coach Fouad Abou Chakra had a small rotation but he managed to bring the best from his players.
Sagesse had a rocket start with a 10-0 run which obliged Smart Gilas coach to take a quick time out , the Pilipino team scored its first points in the game after 4 minutes of action , the big supremacy continued and the quarter finished at the score of 28-12. The 2nd quarter saw the same tempo and Sagesse never looked back this situation gave the chance to Coach Abou Chakra to rest its key players , the score at the half was 48-30.
The 3rd quarter saw a big comeback from Smart Gilas through many successful 3pointers and decreased the difference to 11 points ,this situation obliged Sagesse to regroup and to retake the control of the game through its trio Deshawn Sims, Aaron Harper and Chudney Gray who made Sagesse finish the 3rd quarter leading 68-51. In the 4thquarter Sagesse had a big show and cruised into a big win in the end on the score of 95-65.
Aaron Harper led Sagesse with 27 points, as for Deshawn Sims he had 20 and Chudney Gray 14.

Sagesse will play the semi against Riyadi Aramex from Jordan as for Riyadi Beirut they will meet the home team al Ahly from UAE. The two semis are excepted to be very explosive ones.



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

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (199-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Greek team Panathinaikos to a victory over the eighth-ranked ALBA Berlin (0-4) 79-73 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Maciulis was MVP of the game. He recorded 28 points (!!!) in 21 minutes on the court. Panathinaikos Athens (3-1) is placed fourth in group E. It's Maciulis' first season with the team. Maciulis has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.2%(29-49), 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 74.2% in the 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (207-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in VTB United League). Kavaliauskas was the main contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-10) 94-89 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Kavaliauskas recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. VEF Riga (8-3) is placed third in group B. This season Kavaliauskas averages: 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(41-66) and FT: 71.4%. He is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup). Kalnietis contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the third-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-1) 96-87 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 20 points and added 9 passes in 37 minutes. 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 critical. This year Kalnietis has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.3apg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16), 3FGP: 63.6% in the three games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Simas Jasaitis
Simas Jasaitis
   #4. Small forward Simas Jasaitis (202-82, currently plays in Eurocup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kalnietis and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Jasaitis contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the third-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-1) 96-87. He was the top player that evening. Jasaitis scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Jasaitis has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila
   #5. An experienced international power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Ukraine could not help BC Donetsk (4-7) in their last game. Despite Songaila's very good performance the seventh-placed BC Donetsk was edged 61-60 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Kalev/Cramo in the group A of VTB United League. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Songaila is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 2.1spg in the 10 games. Songaila plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #6. Power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (5-6) 89-72 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Krasnie Krilya Samara (8-3) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lydeka's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Lithuanian senior team seven years ago.

Egidijus Dimsa
Egidijus Dimsa
   #7. Former University international center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Siauliai (0-2) 84-68 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game. Dimsa scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (2-0) is placed first in group H. There are only three games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This year Dimsa's overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 5.6rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #8. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Zavackas contributed to a VEF Riga's victory against the ninth-ranked Neptunas (1-10) 94-89. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Zavackas averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #9. International point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the sixth-ranked Olympiacos (1-2) 76-68 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Jasikevicius scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (3-1) is placed third in group F. This year Jasikevicius' total stats are: 4.2ppg and 1.5apg in the 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #10. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Budivelnyk (19-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Anisimovas' good performance the league leader Budivelnyk was edged 80-78 at home by the one of league's weakest teams BC Odessa (#13). He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Anisimovas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Budivelnyk's roster. Anisimovas has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former university international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Cherkasy win their game against the 12th-ranked Dnipro 90-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Sunday. Delininkaitis was the top player that evening. He recorded 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) in 30 minutes. Delininkaitis' stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 crushing them 90-54 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Pocius scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 1.8rpg. Pocius is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former U21 international guard Gediminas Navickas (180-84, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the seventh-ranked Timisoara 77-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Navickas recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. He averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the six games. Navickas used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (191-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Stelmet ZG edge in an overtime the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot 108-106 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points (made all of his six free throws) in 25 minutes. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former University international forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Estonia was not able to secure a victory for KK Parnu (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance KK Parnu (#4) was defeated in an overtime 98-93 in Panevezys by the higher-ranked Lietkabelis (#3) in the group E of Baltic League. Matulionis was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. Matulionis averaged so far 14.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led Telekom Baskets to a victory against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-12) 74-64 in the German BBL last Saturday. He recorded 15 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (8-10) is placed 12th in the BBL. Veikalas averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Michigan's victory against the University of Minnesota (3-2) 83-75 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Stauskas scored 11 points and added 3 passes. The University of Michigan has 4-1 conference record this season. Stauskas has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian. Despite Stauskas' Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.

   #3. Experienced Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Belgium could not help Okapi Aalstar (0-1) to beat Telekom Baskets (1-0). Young recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Okapi Aalstar (#3) lost 60-65 on the road to the leading Telekom Baskets in the group L of EuroChallenge. Young has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 6.8rpg in the six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Young has never played in Lithuania.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rubon (8-6) 82-64 in the Belarusian Premier League on Tuesday night. Kamarunas recorded 15 points, 9 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Tsmoki-Minsk II this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed fourth in the Premier League.

   #5. Gabas Maldunas (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an Dartmouth's surprising victory against the Colby-Sawyer College (8-6) crushing them 80-42 in the NCAA last Thursday. Maldunas scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was his first game for Dartmouth this season. His team has 0-1 conference record this season.

   #6. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta in their game against Trenkwalder RE in the Italian SerieA. Jonusas scored 7 points in 29 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 91-72. Jonusas has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg in the 14 games.

   #7. Deividas Busma (212-C-87, agency: Two Points, college: Idaho St., currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for CB Clavijo (6-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance CB Clavijo was edged 76-75 in Alicante by the higher-ranked Meridiano (#3). Busma was the top scorer with 12 points. Busma has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #8. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against FCB Regal II in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance last Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 35 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 75-58. Leonavicius has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg in the 14 games.

   #9. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Naestved in their game against SISU in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his good performance on Thursday night He recorded 12 points. Brasas has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #10. Evaldas Juozapaitis (189-G-84, currently plays in Sweden) led Hoganas to a victory over the ninth-ranked Talje Knights 90-80 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Juozapaitis scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Juozapaitis averaged so far 13.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg in the 14 games.



EuroLeague: CSKA shock Zalgiris in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - CSKA 73:87

CSKA made it look easy as they cruised past Zalgiris in Kaunas tonight. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) exploded with 24 points to lead the Moscow powerhouse to the fourth straight win in Top 16.
It was an intense start for both teams. CSKA got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 9:2 lead. But Zalgiris slowly cut the deficit and got within one at the first break 15:16. Lafayette and Popovic put the Lithuanian team in front early in the second term. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the quarter. However CSKA capped the half with seven straight points to take a 38:31 lead. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic teamed up for 16 points in the third term as CSKA opened a comfortable 65:51 lead at the final intermission. The visitors opened the fourth term with four points in a row to gain an 18-point lead. Zalgiris were able to cut the margin to 10 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Kaun and Vladimir Micov connected for important points and CSKA rolled to the victory in the final minutes. Vladimir Micov knocked down 20 points, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 15 points for the winning team. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points for Zalgiris. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) netted 12 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 16, Tremmell Darden 12
CSKA: Milos Teodosic 24, Vladimir Micov 20, Viktor Khryapa 15



Lietuvos rytas sign Tomislav Zubcic, ex Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 23-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket). He just played at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. In four Eurocup games this year he had 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Zubcic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2011/12 season Zubcic averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per EuroCup game, he also delivered 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per Adriatic League appearance.
His team won Croatian Supercup.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Cibona (A1) in A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Zubcic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games he recorded 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 recorded 9.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 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).
He could be described: A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Justin Caldwell left Bascharage - by Eurobasket News

American guard Justin Caldwell (187, college: Glenville State) left BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs (N2).
The previous (10-11) season Caldwell played at Glenville State College in West Virgina Intercollegiate Conference in the NCAA2. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-WVIAC 2nd Team.
He graduated from Glenville State in 2011 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Khimik welcomes back Zvezdan Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) hired 43-year old Montenegrin coach Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Alti Sport). He coached most recently at Budivelnyk (Superleague). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It is actually his comeback to Yuzhny as he worked here in 2002/2007 seasons.
Among other achievements Mitrovic won Ukrainian UBL championship title in 2009. He was selected to Ukrainian All-Star Game back in 2010. Mitrovic used to coach Montenegrin B National Team back in 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Ibar and Roberson parted ways - by Darko Pekic

Brandon Roberson (180-PG, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: Missouri Baptist) is no longer member of Ibar Rozaje. The unexpected news arrived this morning and surprised Ibar's fans. According to the League Top scorer's agent (21.7 ppg), the player left the team due to poor financial situation in the club from Rozaje and already has offers from neighbouring countries. The deadline for signing players in Montenegro expires today so its unlikely that Roberson will join a club in Erste Basketball league.

Roberson, native of Rosharon (Texas) has started his career at the University Texas A&M - C.C. (NCAA) but later moved to Missouri Baptist (NAIA) where he was awarded All-NAIA D1 Honorable Mention in 2010. Before coming to Rozaje he played in Germany and a semi professional league in United States.



Rickey Young joined Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

Danilovgrad announced today that Rickey Young (205-F/C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, college: W.Virginia Tech), the League leading rebounder (9.8 rebounds per game) and 4th scorer (16.8 points per game) had agreed terms with the team coached by Borivoje Stanisic . Young will be a huge addition for the team from Danilovgrad as he already has planty of experience in Montenegrin league. He played last season in Ulcinj and Centar, and started 2012-2013 season in Centar.

Young was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). He spent his college career at the University West Virginia Tech (NAIA). Last year in Centar Bijelo Polje he averaged 12.7ppg, 9.8 rpg and 1.3bpg.



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 25-13 
 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. 20-18 
 4. Detroit P. 14-25 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 26-12 
 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. 16-20 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Clippers 31-9 
 2. Golden St.W. 23-14 
 3. LA Lakers 17-22 
 4. Sacramento K. 15-24 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-28 
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 78

Jan. 17: Phoenix Suns - Milwaukee B. 94-98
Jan. 17: LA Lakers - Miami Heat 90-99
Jan. 17: Detroit P. - New York K. 87-102
Jan. 17: Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 77-90

Regular Season: Round 79

Jan. 18: Boston C. - Chicago B.
Jan. 18: Philadelph.76 - Toronto R.
Jan. 18: Orlando M. - Charlotte B.
Jan. 18: Indiana P. - Houston R.
Jan. 18: Brooklyn N. - Atlanta H.
Jan. 18: Memphis G. - Sacramento K.
Jan. 18: San Antonio S. - Golden St.W.
Jan. 18: Denver N. - Washington W.
Jan. 18: Dallas M. - Oklah.City T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-SG-78)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers29.7 
 2. Anthony, New Y.29.2 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.7 
 4. Harden, Houston R.26.3 
 5. James, Miami Heat26.3 
 6. Irving, Cleveland23.3 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..22.4 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.20.6 
 9. Curry, Golden S.20.5 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anderson VAREJAO
  Clevelan.
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Varejao, Clevelan.14.4 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 3. Howard, LA Lakers12.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 5. Asik, Houston R.11.2 
 6. Vucevic, Orlan.11.1 
 7. Hickson, Portland.11.0 
 8. Chandler, New Y.11.0 
 9. Lee, Golden St.W.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. Holiday, Philadel.8.8 
 5. Nash, LA Lakers8.8 
 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. Lin, Houston R.2.0 
 5. Harden, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Jennings, Milwauke.1.9 
 7. Walker, Charlott.1.9 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Kidd, New York K.1.8 
 10. Irving, Cleveland1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Larry SANDERS
  Milwauke.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sanders, Milwauke.3.1 
 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 


The 76ers add Mack to their roster to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Philadelphia 76ers added to their roster 23-year old guard Shelvin Mack (190-94kg-90, college: Butler). He just played at Maine Red Claws. In 14 D-League games this season he recorded very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 8.0apg and 1.4spg. Mack was called during the season by the Washington Wizards. In 7 NBA games this year he averaged 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Washington Wizards in second round (34th overall). The former Butler University standout is in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as his college team won Horizon League Tournament for two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Mack was also voted NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team in 2011. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand four years ago. Macks team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 5.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 35.2%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 22.2%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nbatransactions)



Curry out indefinitely with sprained ankle - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) is out indefinitely with a sprain of his right ankle that was sustained in Wednesday's shootaround. "I haven't had a sprain in two-and-a-half months, so my ligaments are as probably the healthiest they've been," Curry said. "Just have to wait and see how they recover. " "I haven't been in this situation for a while. I don't know if it will be a fast or slow kind of deal just because after two surgeries and all that process, it finally had the time to cool down. So we'll see tomorrow." X-rays came back negative. Curry's ankle had been a nonissue the first 36 games of the season.
Courtesy of: basketball.realgm.com



Heat edge Lakers in LA among four games on Thursday - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Miami Heat 90-99
LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had 39 points and eight assists, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 27 points on his 31st birthday and the Miami Heat held off the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 Thursday night to finish their six-game road trip with three wins. Ray Allen scored seven of his nine points in the final 5 minutes as the defending NBA champions repelled a late charge by the Lakers, who lost for the seventh time in nine games. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which rallied for a brief lead midway through the final period before James and Allen secured the Heat's second win in their last eight road games against the Lakers. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 16 rebounds, but missed two key free throws with 1:51 left while Miami pulled away, capping the All-Star starting center's 5-for-13 effort at the line. Metta World Peace (6'7''-G/F-79, college: St.John's) scored 16 points for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers and didn't score in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Pau Gasol had 12 points and four rebounds in his return from a five-game absence with a concussion for the Lakers, who had hoped to build on consecutive victories following a six-game losing streak that knocked them well out of the Western Conference playoff picture. Instead, James and Wade demonstrated why they're the champions and the Lakers are in 11th place in the West. James and Wade got little help until Allen's late flurry, but they didn't need it. Chris Bosh had just seven points and six rebounds in 35 minutes for Miami. Bryant scored at least 20 points in his 23rd consecutive game, but the NBA's leading scorer missed 14 of his first 17 shots. Miami held a narrow lead for most of the first three quarters until Bryant hit two 3-pointers and two jumpers during a 14-3 Lakers run to an 84-81 lead in the fourth quarter. Allen put the Heat back ahead with a 3-pointer with 4:55 to play, but Bryant tied it with his third 3 of the quarter with 2:33 left. After Wade hit a jumper, Howard missed two free throws - airballing the first - and Allen hit a high-arching jumper in the paint before James iced it with a short bank shot with 49 seconds left. The game featured four of the 10 starters in next month's All-Star game, with Bryant edging James by roughly 7,800 votes as the top vote-getter in the final results announced earlier in the day. Wade and Howard also will start in Houston. Bryant is headed to his 15th All-Star game in 17 NBA seasons, starting a record 15 consecutive times, while Howard will be a seven-time All-Star. While Bryant's popularity and success are undeniable, even Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was somewhat surprised Howard had been voted to a starting spot. "When you're under .500 and you have two guys on the All-Star (team), that's kind of like, 'Really?'" D'Antoni said before the game. "He's coming back from injury, and he's played at the All-Star level the last two or three games." Earl Clark stayed in the Lakers' starting lineup on his 25th birthday, but Gasol played well off the bench in his first game since Denver's JaVale McGee elbowed him in the face Jan. 6. Miami had lost everywhere except Northern California on its West Coast trip, but the Heat's blowout win over Golden State on Wednesday night allowed James, Wade and Bosh to rest for the entire fourth quarter. Miami then got off to a ferocious start with dunks on its first four shots while forcing five Lakers turnovers in the first 3 1/2 minutes. Los Angeles settled down and got back into the game with balanced scoring and good rebounding despite continuing to turn the ball over at an alarming rate. James and Wade combined for 31 points in the first half, but their seven teammates managed just 13 points on 4-for-21 shooting. The Lakers committed 16 turnovers, but minimized Miami's second-chance points, allowing just two offensive rebounds in the first half after Milwaukee grabbed 21 offensive boards against them two nights earlier. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com

Phoenix Suns - Milwaukee B. 94-98
Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) hit a 3-pointer with 57.4 seconds left to cap a 10-0 run and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away to beat the Suns 98-94 on Thursday night, snapping a 24-game losing streak in Phoenix. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 24 points and Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, college: VCU) added 19, while Dunleavy and Brandon Jennings had 16 apiece for the Bucks, who had not won in the Valley since Feb. 21, 1987, at the old Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Milwaukee has won four of six since interim coach Jim Boylan replaced Scott Skiles on Jan. 8. Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 20 points off the bench and Luis Scola added 16 for the Suns, who have lost four straight at home for the first time since 2004 and have dropped 13 of 15 overall. Courtesy of: Associated Press

Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 77-90
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 22 points, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 20 and the Los Angeles Clippers hardly broke a sweat in cruising to a 90-77 victory over the free-falling Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Lamar Odom grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists, and the Clippers outscored Minnesota's bench 45-23 to overcome Chris Paul's third straight missed game because of a knee injury. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) scored 21 points and Ricky Rubio had four points and six assists in his first start of the season for the Timberwolves, who lost leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Pekovic to a bruised right quadriceps in the third quarter. The Timberwolves shot just 35.7 percent and missed 15 of their 19 3-pointers in losing their fifth straight game. Even without their MVP candidate out there to steer the ship over the last few games, the Clippers have been humming right along. Backup Eric Bledsoe clearly has been watching how Paul goes about his business because the third-year Kentucky point guard has played with a maturity and explosiveness that has allowed the Clippers to not miss a beat. Bledsoe picked up two quick fouls in the first 3 minutes on Thursday night, but that was no problem for the deepest team in the league. Coach Vinny Del Negro went to the super-sub Crawford, who scored 12 points in the first half to help Los Angeles muddle through an uninspired start. "We should come into every arena feeling we should get the W," Caron Butler said at the morning shootaround. "That's not being cocky or overconfident. That's having enough confidence in our ability and ourselves and the personnel we have out there and the system that we run." The Clippers looked a little too overconfident early in the game, seemingly playing on cruise control against a team they knew was undermanned and overwhelmed. Los Angeles turned the ball over 17 times in the first three quarters and coasted offensively to allow the Wolves to hang around. Minnesota trailed by just five going into the fourth quarter, but the Clippers simply wore down the Timberwolves with their depth. Bledsoe scored only two points, but Crawford's 3-pointer with 5 minutes to go gave Los Angeles a 13-point lead and the short-handed Wolves simply faded away. Pekovic was injured while getting tangled with Griffin under the basket in the third quarter and Alexey Shved rolled his left ankle midway through the final period, the latest in an incredible pile of injuries for the Wolves this season. Kevin Love is out for two months with a right hand that is broken for the second time this season, Brandon Roy may not play at all this season with recurring knee problems, Chase Budinger is out until March with a knee injury and Josh Howard and Malcolm Lee are both lost for the season with injuries. Head coach Rick Adelman missed his sixth straight game while tending to his sick wife. Courtesy of: http://www.newsobserver.com

Detroit P. - New York K. 87-102
LONDON- Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) went right back to his winning ways. The Knicks star was the main attraction at the O2 Arena on Thursday, five months after he helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal at the same venue. This time, he led the New York Knicks over the Detroit Pistons, 102-87 in the third regular-season NBA game played in the British capital. 'It felt good out there,' said Anthony, who scored 18 points in the first half as the Knicks (25-13) jumped out to a big early lead. 'I definitely had some flashbacks out there. Running out there on the court, just being in the O2 Arena.' Part of Anthony's strong showing against the Pistons (14-25) may be attributed to his diet. He recently ended a two-week fasting period, and definitely seems to be getting his strength back. 'I felt better than I was the last couple of games,' Anthony said. 'I'm back eating right, eating what I'm supposed to be eating.' Anthony has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, extending the longest such streak of his career. 'He got off to such a hot start, and then he just kind of played as the game came to him,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. 'He was getting double-teamed and I thought he did a great job in sacrificing the basketball, which he has to do.' Anthony's hot start was no surprise for Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. 'You know going in, there's no secret, he's the best first-quarter scorer in the league,' Frank said. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum (5'11''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) led the Pistons with 22 points. The Pistons were the home team at the O2 Arena, but the crowd certainly favored the Knicks and Anthony. It helped. 'This goes to show you, our sport is global, there's no doubt about that,' Woodson said. 'The fans tonight were fantastic both ways, especially for us.' After Tayshaun Prince netted a pair of free throws for the opening points of the game, the Knicks went on tear. Tyson Chandler started it off with a dunk, and Anthony soon followed with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched between Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California)'s 3-pointer and Chris Copeland's layup. Iman Shumpert, in his season debut after recovering from knee surgery, nailed another 3-pointer soon after to complete the 16-0 run and put the Knicks in control. 'The Knicks got off to a great start,' Bynum said. 'We were kind of playing catch up from then on.' Trailing 56-41 at the half, the Pistons mounted a third-quarter comeback. They scored 10 straight points midway through the period amid their own 16-2 run to cut the lead to 67-63. Anthony ended the run with a pass rather than another basket. The Knicks forward drilled a pass across the baseline to Steve Novak, who nailed a jumper. Stoudemire then sank a free throw before Smith hit a jump shot after running the court with his own rebound. Anthony finished off the third quarter with a lay-in to make it 75-63. In the fourth, the Pistons briefly cut the lead to single digits when Bynum scored seven straight points to make it 83-75, but the Knicks pulled away again - this time for good. 'We came here to win a game, so it's very, very disappointing,' Frank said. 'This is not a vacation. We're not tourists. We came here to play a competition on an international stage, which is a privilege and an honor to be selected, so it's disappointing that we came up short and didn't play our best.' The Knicks had won only three of their last eight games heading into Thursday's action, but they now have won two straight and next host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. For the Pistons, who next host the Boston Celtics on Sunday, it's their second loss in a row. But they have still won five of the last eight. The crowd at the O2 cheered loudly at times, but there were stretches of silence during some portions of the game. There was even a quiet moment before the game started, though it appeared to be an accident. With Stoudemire and Prince on the court before the game speaking to the crowd with a microphone, the sound went out just as Prince was thanking the fans for their support. The fans let out a round of boos, but they soon started cheering again as the game got under way. In the second quarter, the referees had to resort to the video replay to make a flagrant foul call on Pistons forward Austin Daye. With Chandler driving toward the hoop, Daye hit him hard and knocked him to the ground. Chandler made both free throws and Smith added a 3-pointer about 10 seconds later to make it 44-24 midway through the quarter. Courtesy of: Associated Press



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 21-2 
 2. Summerside S. 14-9 
 3. Oshawa P. 13-10 
 4. Moncton M. 13-15 
 5. Halifax R. 11-13 
 6. St.John M.R. 11-14 
 7. Windsor Exp. 10-13 
 8. Montreal J. 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 16: Oshawa P. - Halifax R. 127-124 OT
Jan. 17: Moncton M. - Montreal J. 111-96
Jan. 17: St.John M.R. - Summerside S. 104-112
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 4-1 (16-1) 
 6. N.Carolina St. 3-1 (13-3) 
 7. Kansas 3-0 (15-1) 
 8. Duke 3-1 (15-1) 
 9. Syracuse 4-0 (16-1) 
 10. Florida 3-0 (13-2) 
 11. Arizona 3-1 (14-1) 
 12. N.Carolina 1-2 (11-5) 
 13. UCLA 5-0 (15-3) 
 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 4-0 (17-1) 
 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 69

Jan. 18: Vermont - Stony Brook
Jan. 18: N.Florida - Jacksonville
Jan. 18: Iona - Fairfield


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Kwame VAUGHN
  CS Fulle.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Vaughn, CS Fulle.18.7 
 2. Seeley, CS Fulle.18.3 
 3. Williams, UCSB18.1 
 4. Hawkins, Cal-Davis17.9 
 5. Hicks, CS North.17.3 
 6. Ennis, Long B.16.6 
 7. Yeager, CS Fulle.15.8 
 8. Eversley, Cal P.15.4 
 9. Joaquim, Hawaii14.6 
 10. Sypkens, Cal-Dav.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WILLIAMS
  UCSB
  (201-C-93)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Williams, UCSB10.3 
 2. Joaquim, Hawaii8.6 
 3. Howley, Cal-Davis7.9 
 4. Maxwell, CS North.7.9 
 5. Hicks, CS North.7.8 
 6. Standharding., Haw.7.5 
 7. Ennis, Long B.7.0 
 8. Eversley, Cal P.6.9 
 9. Fotu, Hawaii6.8 
 10. Folker, Cal-Irvine6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jace TAVITA
  Hawaii
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Tavita, Hawaii4.8 
 2. Johnson, Cal P.4.6 
 3. Caffey, Long B.4.4 
 4. Seeley, CS Fulle.4.1 
 5. Greene, CS North.3.9 
 6. Young, Cal-Irvine3.9 
 7. McCloud, Pacific3.8 
 8. Mancasola, Cal-Dav.3.8 
 9. Garth, UCSB3.8 
 10. Vaughn, CS Fulle.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. SEELEY
  CS Fulle.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Seeley, CS Fulle.2.4 
 2. Hicks, CS North.2.0 
 3. Harriel, Cal-Rive.1.8 
 4. Harris, CS Fulle.1.8 
 5. Greene, CS North.1.8 
 6. Vaughn, CS Fulle.1.7 
 7. Ennis, Long B.1.6 
 8. Caffey, Long B.1.6 
 9. Hawkins, Cal-Davis1.6 
 10. Standharding., Ha.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan WILLIAMS
  UCSB
  (201-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Williams, UCSB2.4 
 2. Ii, Cal-Irvine2.2 
 3. Ennis, Long B.1.8 
 4. Adenrele, Cal-Davis1.3 
 5. Joaquim, Hawaii0.9 
 6. Rozitis, Hawaii0.9 
 7. Brown, UCSB0.9 
 8. Perry, CS North.0.9 
 9. Jennings, Long B.0.9 
 10. Ryan, Cal-Irvine0.9 


After upset of Duke, No. 14 NCSU falls to Terps - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- There might come a time in the near future when Maryland fans won't feel compelled to storm the court after a home win over the 14th-ranked team in the country.

There was no holding them back on Wednesday night, however, because this celebration was long overdue.

Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving the Terrapins a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State.

Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave at the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd poured onto the court after the final buzzer to mark Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.

Now in his second season at Maryland, coach Mark Mark Turgeon is still trying to take the program to the level it enjoyed under its predecessor, Gary Williams. This win, despite being rather ugly, was a significant step in the rebuilding process.

"I didn't come here to be mediocre," Mark Turgeon said. "I came here to do great things. We haven't done many great things since I've been here. This is a great thing."

It was lucky, too.

As Howard threw up his shot from the left side, it quickly became apparent it was going to be short.

"When he shot it, I said, 'Oh no!' Then I saw the big guy go up," Mark Turgeon said. "Alex was in the right place at the right time."

Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len's basket to end NC State's 10-game winning streak.

Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five straight at home. The Terrapins had previously lost 17 straight against ranked teams.

We hadn't won a big game since Greivis (Vasquez) was here, Mark Turgeon said.

Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for N.C. State and C.J. Leslie had 13. The Wolfpack came in leading the NCAA with a 52.8 shooting percentage, but in this one they shot a miserable 31.1 percent.

"We were offensively pretty bad," coach Mark Gottfried said. "We bobbled balls, we had shots around the rim we couldn't make and it wasn't one guy. That was one of those nights. You're going to have those and we haven't had a lot of them this year.

Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 points with 9:34 left. Brown hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining to put North Carolina State up 50-49, and neither team scored again until Len's game-winner.

"I thought our defense and our effort was phenomenal and our fight to get back in the game a couple of times was unbelievable," Gottfried said. "We started the game off 10 down, we were down nine or 10 in the second half and fought right back and put ourselves in a position to win."

Down 45-43, the Wolfpack pulled even on a follow shot by Richard Howell and took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Scott Wood with 4:37 to go. But N.C. State never found its shooting touch - Wood finished 3 for 13, including 3 for 11 from beyond the arc.

"They played really good defense, and when we had opportunities to knock down shots we usually make, we didn't," Wood said.

Asked if this negated the win over Duke, Gottfried said, "They all count as one. We're going to move on."

Maryland led 30-21 early in the second half before Brown made two baskets - including a driving dunk - during a 9-2 run that cut the margin to one point.

James Padgett then scored for the Terrapins and Jake Layman popped a 3-pointer to make it 37-30. Minutes later, a 3-pointer by Howard put Maryland ahead 40-31, and a driving layup by teammate Dez Wells made it a 10-point game.

The Wolfpack went 6 1/2 minutes without a basket before a driving layup by Leslie cut the deficit to 42-35. That was part of an 8-0 spurt that got N.C. State to 42-40.

A horrid first half ended with Maryland leading 22-16 despite shooting 30 percent, going 0 for 6 from 3-point range and committing seven turnovers.

The Wolfpack needed more than 7 minutes before getting onto the scoreboard and shot 23 percent (7 for 31) in its lowest-scoring half of the season.

Maryland got off a solid start, getting two baskets apiece from Seth Allen and Shaquille Cleare in going up 10-0. The Wolfpack opened 0 for 6 with three turnovers.

Howell ended N.C. State's scoring drought with a layup at the 13:52 mark, and then the Wolfpack missed their next six shots. Maryland also went cold, missing 16 straight field-goal tries over a span of nearly 12 minutes. Howard snapped the dry spell with a driving layup to put the Terrapins ahead 16-13.



Bulldogs Win A-10 Home-Opener - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Andrew Smith (6'11''-C) scored a game-high 15 points and sophomore Roosevelt Jones (6'4''-F) added his second double-double of the season to lift Butler to a 62-47 victory over visiting Richmond in the Bulldogs' Atlantic 10 Conference home-opener on Wednesday (Jan. 16). The win was the 12th straight for the No. 13-ranked Bulldogs.

Butler (15-2, 3-0 A-10) played its first home A-10 game without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke, who was injured in the Bulldogs' victory at Dayton on Saturday (Jan. 12). Clarke, who stands third in the A-10 in scoring with a 16.3 average, suffered a severe neck sprain and is sidelined indefinitely.

Without Clarke, the Bulldogs turned to Smith, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, and Jones, and both players delivered. The 6-11 Smith hit six of nine shots and added three free throws, seven rebounds and three assists. Jones chipped in with 10 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Bulldogs also picked up 11 points from freshman Kellen Dunham (6'6''-G), who took Clarke's spot in the starting lineup, and eight points and seven rebounds from sophomore Kameron Woods in a reserve role.

"I'm really proud of these guys. That was a great win," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens after the game. "That's a hard team to play against. It's a hard team to prepare for. They're unique in many ways. I'm glad we scheduled Northwestern and Vanderbilt, because they run similar stuff."

Richmond (11-7, 1-2 A-10) scored the first basket of the game, and that wound up being the Spiders' lone lead in the contest. The game was tied twice in the early going, the last coming at 8-8. The Bulldogs scored the next seven points, three by Jones, a three-point field goal by junior Erik Fromm and a free throw by Smith, to grab the lead for good.

Sophomore Alex Barlow nailed a three-point field goal with five seconds remaining in the first half to give the Bulldogs their biggest first half margin, a 33-21 halftime lead.

That lead grew to as many as 20, 46-26, on a three-point field goal by sophomore Andrew Smeathers with 12:41 left in the game. The Spiders did make a late run and cut Butler's lead to nine, 50-41, but the Bulldogs finished with a 12-6 run in the final 8:23 for the 15-point win.

Fueling Butler's win was a commanding advantage in rebounds. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the conference foe, 53-20. Butler's 20 offensive rebounds led to a 21-6 advantage in second chance points.

"We needed that. That was our advantage tonight," noted Stevens. " (Richmond's) guards can really go and score the ball, but they're small with (Derrick) Williams out. So that was going to be a major emphasis for us. We talked all week about getting on the glass."

Williams, a 6-6, 275-pound forward and the Spiders' leading rebounder, missed his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle.

Darien Brothers, the top three-point field goal shooter in the A-10, led Richmond with 12 points, but he only hit one of seven shots from beyond the three-point arc.

Butler will step out of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 19, to host No. 8 Gonzaga. The match-up of the two nationally-ranked teams will start at 9 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Courtesy of: http://www.butlersports.com



McGruder Nets 21 in 16/18 K-State's 67-54 Win Over TCU - by Eurobasket News

FORT WORTH, Texas Senior Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91) collected a game-high 21 points, as No. 16/18 Kansas State ran its season-long winning streak to seven games with a 67-54 win over TCU on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The seven-game winning streak is the longest by K-State (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) since the squad also won seven in a row from Feb. 2-27, 2010. The Wildcats have now won six consecutive road games, including five in a row in Big 12 play, dating back to last season. The road winning streak is the longest since the school also rattled off six straight road wins (all in Big 12 play) from Jan. 16 to Feb. 23, 2010.

K-State is 3-0 in Big 12 play for just the second time since the leagues inception in 1997 and for the first time since the 2007-08 team won its first five conference contests.

McGruder, the lone Wildcat to score in double figures, scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half, as the Wildcats climbed out of an early 10-5 deficit with an 8-0 run capped by a Will Spradling 3-pointer at the 10:15 mark. McGruder has now scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and has at least 17 points in four of the last five games.

The lead grew to as many as 13 points in the first half, including halftime, as senior Martavious Irving earned a lay-up at the buzzer to give K-State a 38-25 lead at the break. The Wildcats connected on 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field, including 50 percent (5-of-10) from 3-point range.

K-State maintained a double-digit lead for the entire second half, including ballooning to as many as 25 points (67-42) on a lay-up by sophomore Thomas Gipson with 6:19 remaining. The Wildcats did not score the rest of the game, as the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-4 Big 12) scored the final 12 points in a 67-54 decision.

McGruder was 9-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and earned his 17th 20-point game of his career, including the fourth this season. Fellow senior Jordan Henriquez had a near double-double with eight points and game-high 10 rebounds, while Irving and sophomore Adrian Diaz also added eight points. Irving led the Wildcats with five assists and three steals.

Senior Adrick McKinney (6'8''-F) posted a near double-double for TCU with team-highs in both scoring (18) and rebounding (nine), while sophomore Kyan Anderson added 10 points.

K-State connected on 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the field, including a season-best 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range, and posted 17 assists on 27 made field goals. The Wildcats were able to score 20 points off of 12 TCU turnovers and are now 13-1 on the season when out-scoring its opponents in points off turnovers. The squad grabbed the rebounding edge, 34-31, and now are a perfect 14-0 this season when out-rebounding an opponent.

The Wildcats continued to excel on the defensive end, holding the Horned Frogs to 54 points on 37.5 percent shooting (18-of-48), including just 30 percent (3-of-10) from 3-point range. The team has now held 12 of its 16 opponents to 65 points or less, including eight to 55 points or less, while seven have been held to under 40 percent shooting from the field.

Kansas State returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats welcome former player and head coach Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners (12-3, 3-0 Big 12) for a 3 p.m. tipoff on the Big 12 Network.
Courtesy of: http://www.kstatesports.com



UNLV Defeats No. 15 San Diego State, 82-75 - by Eurobasket News

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The way UNLV lost at New Mexico last week helped the Runnin' Rebels pull off an upset at No. 15 San Diego State.

Anthony Marshall scored a season-high 20 points, and Justin Hawkins (6'7''-SF-85, college: N.Mexico St.) and Khem Birch scored off rebounds on consecutive possessions over the final 1:18 to help UNLV beat the Aztecs 82-75 on Wednesday night.

"We showed a little more toughness than we had in New Mexico," Birch said. "This win gives us confidence."

Said Marshall: "We knew it would come down to the last couple of possessions, so it was nice to get a win."

Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 14 points and Birch had 12 for the Runnin' Rebels (15-3, 2-1 Mountain West Conference), who fell out of the AP Top 25 on Monday after losing at New Mexico and going to overtime against Air Force before winning.

The taller Runnin' Rebels were in better position all night and outrebounded the Aztecs 43-31.

The Aztecs' loss left No. 19 New Mexico as the only team with a perfect league record at 3-0. The Lobos beat Boise State 79-74 in overtime.

Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G) had a game-high 27 points while freshman Winston Shepard had 18 and Chase Tapley 16 for the Aztecs (14-3, 2-1).

San Diego State hadn't lost at home since a 77-67 defeat to New Mexico on Feb. 15.

"I'm proud of our fight and effort, especially in the second half, and we need now to clean up what we didn't do well, but leave it on the doorstep," said coach Steve Fisher, whose Aztecs have earned a share of the regular-season MWC title the last two seasons. "I told our players, one of the fibers of this program has been the ability to be resilient and not lose back-to-back games. Before I could say anything, Jamaal Franklin made the comment, 'Nobody's going to go undefeated in this league.'"

Marshall had five straight points for UNLV, including his second coast-to-coast layup and a drive up the key for a 73-70 lead with 4:05 left before Franklin made a layup and was fouled by Marshall - his fourth - and converted the three-point play to tie it.

"I was just trying to read what they were giving me," Marshall said. "Khem did a great job of setting picks for me. Anytime I got in the lane, I was just trying to get to the rim."

UNLV went back ahead 76-73 when Dejean-Jones made one of two free throws and Birch had a putback.

On SDSU's next possession, Franklin and Tapley both missed 3-point shots and the Aztecs missed two close-range shots.

UNLV rebounded, called a timeout and Dejean-Jones missed a long 3-pointer. However, Hawkins grabbed the rebound and put it back for a 78-73 lead with 1:18 to go.

Shepard made a bank shot with 1:05 left. Marshall missed for UNLV but Birch grabbed the rebound and scored to make it 80-75.

"We kept in the back of our mind, North Carolina we were up and then they made a run," Marshall said, referring to a 79-73 loss at Chapel Hill on Dec. 29. "We weren't tough enough. Then also the same thing at the Pit. I think this is a good start for us to be mentally tough and physically tough. Guys made some big plays down the stretch for us."

UNLV coach Dave Rose said Marshall asked out of the game a few times, "so I relented and gave him about 20 seconds of rest. But he is just so good off the high ball screen when he has space."

Anthony Bennett, UNLV's leading scorer at 19.6 points per game, was held to nine points.

"We got beat tonight by a really, really good basketball team," Fisher said. "They had the ability to change shots when you think you're going to get one at the rim. They came over to either block or come over so hard that we rushed a couple of them that looked like they were going to go in. You never like to lose. But we need to say that the fight we had and the mental play we had in the second half, is how you have to play."

UNLV led 48-42 at halftime and quickly extended the lead to 10 points in the opening 3:25 of the second half. Bennett made a reverse layup and a fallaway jumper, and Marshall had a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup for a 56-46 lead.

UNLV's lead was 60-51 when the Aztecs went on a 12-0 run. Franklin made two free throws, Skylar Spencer had a tip-in, Shepard made an inside shot, JJ O'Brien made a layup on a nice pass from Shepard out near the 3-point arc, Tapley had a layup and Shepard made a bank shot for a 63-60 lead with 9:50 to go.

The Runnin' Rebels regained the lead at 64-63 with consecutive field goals by Marshall, a bank shot and a basket off a rebound.

Bennett had two slam dunks early to help the Runnin' Rebels take a 16-8 lead. He also was whistled for a technical foul after his second dunk, apparently for saying something.

San Diego State made 15 of 19 free throws in the half but shot only 40 percent from the field. UNLV shot 57.6 percent.
Courtesy of: http://www.unlvrebels.com



Maryland Knocks Off #14 NC State, 51-50 - by Eurobasket News

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - There might come a time in the near future when Maryland fans won't feel compelled to storm the court after a home win over the 14th-ranked team in the country.

There was no holding them back on Wednesday night, however, because this celebration was long overdue.

Alex Len (7'1''-C-93) dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving the Terrapins a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State.

Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave at the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd poured onto the court after the final buzzer to mark Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.

Now in his second season at Maryland, coach Mark Turgeon is still trying to take the program to the level it enjoyed under its predecessor, Gary Williams. This win, despite being rather ugly, was a significant step in the rebuilding process.

"I didn't come here to be mediocre," Turgeon said. "I came here to do great things. We haven't done many great things since I've been here. This is a great thing."

It was lucky, too.

As Howard threw up his shot from the left side, it quickly became apparent it was going to be short.

"When he shot it, I said, 'Oh no!' Then I saw the big guy go up," Turgeon said. "Alex was in the right place at the right time."

Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len's basket to end NC State's 10-game winning streak.

Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five straight at home. The Terrapins had previously lost 17 straight against ranked teams.

"We hadn't won a big game since Greivis (Vasquez) was here," Turgeon said. Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for N.C. State and C.J. Leslie had 13. The Wolfpack came in leading the NCAA with a 52.8 shooting percentage, but in this one they shot a miserable 31.1 percent.

"We were offensively pretty bad," coach Mark Gottfried said. "We bobbled balls, we had shots around the rim we couldn't make and it wasn't one guy. That was one of those nights. You're going to have those and we haven't had a lot of them this year.

Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 points with 9:34 left. Brown hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining to put North Carolina State up 50-49, and neither team scored again until Len's game-winner.

"I thought our defense and our effort was phenomenal and our fight to get back in the game a couple of times was unbelievable," Gottfried said. "We started the game off 10 down, we were down nine or 10 in the second half and fought right back and put ourselves in a position to win."

Down 45-43, the Wolfpack pulled even on a follow shot by Richard Howell and took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Scott Wood (6'6''-F) with 4:37 to go. But N.C. State never found its shooting touch -- Wood finished 3 for 13, including 3 for 11 from beyond the arc.

"They played really good defense, and when we had opportunities to knock down shots we usually make, we didn't," Wood said.

Asked if this negated the win over Duke, Gottfried said, "They all count as one. We're going to move on."

Maryland led 30-21 early in the second half before Brown made two baskets -- including a driving dunk -- during a 9-2 run that cut the margin to one point.

James Padgett then scored for the Terrapins and Jake Layman popped a 3-pointer to make it 37-30. Minutes later, a 3-pointer by Howard put Maryland ahead 40-31, and a driving layup by teammate Dez Wells made it a 10-point game.

The Wolfpack went 6 minutes without a basket before a driving layup by Leslie cut the deficit to 42-35. That was part of an 8-0 spurt that got N.C. State to 42-40.

A horrid first half ended with Maryland leading 22-16 despite shooting 30 percent, going 0 for 6 from 3-point range and committing seven turnovers.

The Wolfpack needed more than 7 minutes before getting onto the scoreboard and shot 23 percent (7 for 31) in its lowest-scoring half of the season.

Maryland got off a solid start, getting two baskets apiece from Seth Allen and Shaquille Cleare in going up 10-0. The Wolfpack opened 0 for 6 with three turnovers.

Howell ended N.C. State's scoring drought with a layup at the 13:52 mark, and then the Wolfpack missed their next six shots. Maryland also went cold, missing 16 straight field-goal tries over a span of nearly 12 minutes. Howard snapped the dry spell with a driving layup to put the Terrapins ahead 16-13.
Courtesy of: http://www.umterps.com



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Florida Tech Pulls Out Hard Fought Win over Lynn, 62-60 - by Eurobasket News

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Mens Basketball) Coming off a tough loss late in the game to Eckerd on Saturday, Florida Tech staged a 16-point comeback and scored the go-ahead basket with 27 seconds left in a 62-60 victory over Lynn Wednesday night at the Clemente Center. The Panthers are now 7-6 overall and 1-3 in Sunshine State Conference play, while the Fighting Knights drop to 9-5, 2-3 SSC.

Trailing by eight points with 5:22 to play, the Panthers tightened up on the defensive end of the floor. They shut down the Fighting Knights offense the rest of the way by forcing four turnovers and surrendering just one offensive rebound, which came with six seconds to play.

Jermaine Jackson (6'4''-G) connected on back-to-back field goals with his last being a three-pointer to cut Lynns lead to two at the 3:17 mark. Julius Reid then tied the game for the fourth time, and the Fighting Knights head coach Scott McMillin immediately called a 30-second timeout.

With Lynns Jeremy Lampkin penetrating to the basket, Terrance Tubbs took an offensive foul with 1:03 to play. FIT head coach Billy Mims then drew up a play and it resulted in Reid hitting the go-ahead bucket with 27 seconds remaining.

Pavle Raickovic had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but the Panther defense caused him to miss the jump shot in the lane and Reid corralled the rebound.

We trailed by 16 points in the first half and could have quit, Mims said. In one of the last timeouts, we stressed slowing the game down, defending on every possession, getting stops, executing and getting it under 10. In the locker room, we said Lynn could not outwork us in the second half. We need to get all the loose balls, win the 50-50 rebounds and make plays on the defensive end of the floor. We did just that in the second half.

Reid led all scorers with 18 points. The nations steals per game leader had four steals and is now averaging 4.6 a game. Chris Carter finished with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. David Usic provided great defense throughout his 36 minutes on the floor. He ended with four points, seven rebounds, a block and two steals.

Tubbs came off the bench and provided seven points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists in 22 minutes.

Tubbs is just a player, Mims said. He knows how to play basketball. Hes still learning our system, so hes not quite sure of what were doing yet. He makes big plays, big decisions. He had a couple turnovers, but he tried to create some scoring opportunities for us late in the basketball game.

The Panthers will travel to Saint Leo on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest against the SSCs preseason favorite. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available at FloridaTechSports.com.
Courtesy of: http://www.floridatechsports.com



Lions Use Big Second Half to Beat Missouri Western on the Road - by Eurobasket News

The Lindenwood men's basketball used a dominating night shooting the ball and rebounding to roll to a conference road win 78-69 over Missouri Western on Wednesday night.

The Lions shot 55 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc in the win. The second half the team shot 68 percent and missed one seven shots on 22 attempts. Lindenwood also outrebounded the Griffins 38-24.

To start the game, Missouri Western jumped out to a 12-2 run to lead by 10 in the early going. The Lions would slice into the lead but could not get in front of the home team. The Griffin lead teetered between one and four until the Lions took their first lead of the game after an 11-2 run.

Lindenwood extended its lead to six after a Tyler Ressel (6'1''-PG) three with 47 seconds left to play in the half. But just 20 seconds later, Missouri Western grabbed some momentum with a three of its own to cut the deficit to three at the end of the first half.

The Griffins sustained the momentum they got at the end of the first with a 10-0 run to start the second half and took a four-point lead just 1:20 in. Right back came the Lions though with a 9-1 run of their own regaining the lead by four.

Over the next four minutes, the two teams swapped the lead back-and-forth three times. With eight minutes to play Brett Thompson connected on a layup that gave Lindenwood the lead by one and the visitors never trailed again.

Missouri Western got within one on three separate occasions but could not tie the score or take the lead. The Lions closed the game in the final two minutes going seven-for-seven from the free throw line to hold on for the win.

Alex Bazzell (6'2''-G-90) led the way for Lindenwood scoring 20 points grabbing six rebounds, dishing out seven assists, and was 15-for-16 from the free throw line. Brett Thompson scored 12 points and Richie Thompson compiled a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Darris Smith also scored in double digits with 11.

With the win the Lions improve their record to 10-4 overall and 3-3 in MIAA play. Lindenwood will be back on its home court Saturday afternoon against the Lincoln Blue Tigers.
Courtesy of: http://www.lindenwoodlions.com



No. 19 Barton holds off the Abbey, 100-96 - by Eurobasket News

BELMONT, N.C.-Senior point guard Gerald Boston (5'10''-PG) hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:48 left and then made four clutch free throws in the final 10 seconds to lead 19th NABC/Division II ranked Barton College to a 100-96 Conference Carolinas men's basketball victory over Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday night in the Wheeler Center.

Barton (11-2 Overall, 6-1 Conf.) had five double digit scorers and made a season-most 13 three-pointers en route to its fourth consecutive victory. The Bulldogs shot 55% from the field including 59% from behind the arc to deny Belmont Abbey (10-5, 3-4) a third straight win.

Boston scored a team-high 25 points that featured 9-of-10 free throw precision in the second half.

Eight different Bulldogs made a trey with freshman Tristan Thomas pacing the sharp shooters with three bombs. Thomas and junior guard Brian McNair each finished with 13 points. Reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Jon Hart supplied 11 points and freshman Chris Flemmings totaled 10.

Senior guard Aaron Brown added eight points and seniors Jarrett Jernigan (6'3''-G) and Keith Manley came off the bench for six points apiece as Barton reached the century mark for a second time this season. Brown dished out four assists and Jernigan made three steals.

Tyshawn Good ranked fourth in the nation in scoring poured in a game-high 39 points and Darryl Durham posted a dominate double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds to keep the Abbey in striking distance.

Manley's first basket in his first game back after missing six games due to injury at the 8:48 mark of the first half gave Barton its largest lead of the night at 30-18. The Crusaders outscored the Bulldogs, 24-16, for the rest of the period to close the halftime score to 46-42. Good scored 14 of the Abbey's 24 points during the rally.

Ten of the showdowns 11 ties and eight of the contest nine lead changes occurred in a back-and-forth second half.

Belmont Abbey grabbed its largest lead at 64-58 with 12:39 to go but both teams stayed within a half dozen points of each other throughout the final frame. A trifecta by Good at the 4:50 mark put the Crusaders ahead by five, 85-80, before Boston scored eight consecutive points to leapfrog Barton in front. Boston sandwiched a pair of made free throws between a pair of three-pointers in his mini-run. The Abbey pulled to within two points on six different occasions in the final two minutes but the Bulldogs made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 30 seconds to remain on top.

Barton's bench tripled up Belmont Abbey's reserves, 33-11, with Thomas topping the list with a career-high 13 points. The Crusaders held a 36-28 rebounding edge but committed more turnovers, 23-19.

Barton next entertains league rival Pfeiffer University on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: http://bartonbulldogs.com



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Kyle Payne Baldwin Wallace University Junior is now apart of the 1,000 Pts Club - by Vance Marbury

Junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a game-high 24 points and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau as the Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team won its ninth straight game as it defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 75-65.

With its victory, BW improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the OAC. In addition to Payne for BW senior Academic All-OAC forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) had 10 points. With his 24 points today, Payne now 1,016 career points to become the 37th member of the BW 1000-Point Club.





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Anwil and Energa Czarni losing point guards - by Maciej Paszyn

Within a few last days, two top teams of Polish TBL were lost their PG players for undefined time.

On last Wednesday Anwil Wloclawek beat in easy way WKS Slask Wroclaw in a Polish Cup game. Unfortunately, second team PG - Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-PG-82, college: American) received an injury of shoulder joint. According to team medic stuff case is serious: At the moment Arvydas cannot participate in the training process. The preliminary diagnosis is quite pessimistic and even need to conduct the operation treatment is establishing. However we must support it with more analyses said Dominik Narojczyk team athlete and biological regeneration coach. At this moment there is no info from team management about looking for any reinforcements on this position.

More complicated case is in Energa Czarni Slupsk. Team first PG - Todd Abernethy (185-PG-84, college: Mississippi) is going to United States for couple weeks because of family problems (player wife is suffering from the serious virus disease). We suspended the contract with Abernethym for 4 weeks. After this time, or even earlier, is supposed to come back to us said team chairman Andrzej Twardowski. Suspended was given at the request of player.
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Cruz signs with Guaynabo - by Luis Modestti

Alvin Cruz (186-PG-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) signed a one-year deal with Mets de Guaynabo. The deal has a team option for a second year.

Cruz has 13 seasons in BSN and last year played with Piratas de Quebradillas averaging 4.81 points and 3.2 assists.

He is an explosive guard with the ability to score consistently using his mid-range floater and is also a good defender. His international experience includes stops in Hugary, Poland, Germany and Mexico.

The 30 year old guard has already practiced with Guaynabo and is expected to back up Christian Dalmau.



Wilkinson and Maye to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon: - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros de Bayamon signed two imports for next season and they are Gary Wilkinson and James Maye.

Wilkinson was with Bayamon last season during the playoffs including Round Robin and also in the semifinals. He is in Estonia with Kalev putting 15.3 points per game.

Maye has a Dominican passport acquired in 2012. He played last season with Mets and scored 15.2 points in 29 games. He has four seasons in BSN including stints in Humacao and Mayaguez.

Both are forwards that can score from the perimeter and can help the offense of Bayamon that already lost some important weapons on that side.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 10-2 
 2. Al Jaysh 10-3 
 3. Al Sadd 9-3 
 4. Al Arabi 9-3 
 5. Al Gharafa 8-5 
 6. Al Wakrah 4-9 
 7. Qatar 3-9 
 8. Al Shamal 2-10 
 9. Al Ahli 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Jan. 15: Al Rayyan - Qatar 87-75
Jan. 16: Al Jaysh - Al Ahli 75-73
Jan. 15: Al Gharafa - Al Wakrah 66-58
Jan. 16: Al Shamal - Al Arabi 54-80


D1 Stats

Points Per Game
 Chauncey LESLIE
  Qatar
  (183-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Leslie, Qatar25.7 
 2. Jalloh, Al Arabi25.4 
 3. Ayeni, Al Wakrah24.4 
 4. Nwigwe, Al Shamal21.1 
 5. Musa, Al Rayyan19.6 
 6. Byrd, Al Arabi18.0 
 7. Watson, Al Rayyan17.8 
 8. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa17.6 
 9. Seck, Qatar16.9 
 10. Mofunanya, Al Ar.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oumar SECK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Seck, Qatar16.4 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.14.3 
 3. Byrd, Al Arabi13.6 
 4. Ayeni, Al Wakrah13.5 
 5. Moliva, Qatar11.1 
 6. Egona, Al Shamal10.6 
 7. Southall, Al Sadd10.5 
 8. Mpondo, Al Sadd10.3 
 9. Adako, Al Gharafa10.0 
 10. Zaidan, Al Ahli9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Boney WATSON
  Al Rayyan
  (183-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Watson, Al Rayyan6.6 
 2. Williams, Al Shamal6.1 
 3. Belton, Al Gharafa5.4 
 4. Leslie, Qatar5.3 
 5. Obazuaye, Al Wa.5.0 
 6. De La Rosa, Al Sa.5.0 
 7. Abilmoni, Al Jaysh5.0 
 8. Jalloh, Al Arabi4.8 
 9. El Hadary, Al Arabi4.3 
 10. Nwigwe, Al Shamal4.0 
Steals Per Game
 William BELTON
  Al Gharafa
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Belton, Al Gharafa3.3 
 2. Saad, Al Sadd2.8 
 3. Abilmoni, Al Jaysh2.8 
 4. Leslie, Qatar2.7 
 5. Jalloh, Al Arabi2.6 
 6. Musa, Al Rayyan2.5 
 7. N''Diaye, Al Gharafa2.2 
 8. Moliva, Qatar2.0 
 9. Ayeni, Al Wakrah2.0 
 10. Williams, Al Sham.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 William BYRD
  Al Arabi
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Byrd, Al Arabi3.6 
 2. Southall, Al Sadd2.6 
 3. Souleye, Al Wakrah1.6 
 4. Yembo, Al Shamal1.5 
 5. Sarr, Al Ahli1.3 
 6. Seck, Qatar1.1 
 7. Ali Saeed, Al Ra.1.0 
 8. Moliva, Qatar0.9 
 9. Marone Ngom, Al Ja.0.9 
 10. Ayeni, Al Wakrah0.9 


El Jaish escape Al Ahli, Arabi crush Shamal - by Eurobasket News

Muhammad Yussuf canned a long bomb in the last 20 seconds of the extra period and lifted Jaish to a pulsating 75-73 victory over a stubborn Al Ahli squad last night in the Qatar Men's League at the Al Gharafa Indoor Arena.
Back-up pointguard Narwan Salah took over from the ailing Fadi Abilmona and ran the plays for Jaish with flying colors.
Army took the first half but Al Ahli kept them within striking distance at 31-27.
Al Ahli came out strong in the third quarter and grabbed the lead momentarily at 37-36 with 6 minutes remaining in the period.
Salah piloted Jaish' counter offensive thereon starting of with a 10-4 run to peg a 46-41 advantage before yielding to Ahli's 4 straight points to close the quarter still ahead at 46-45.
Michael Cook would however lead Al Ahli to a 15-9 assault to rally his team to 59-55 upperhand with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
Both teams fought it out in the dying seconds of the regulation and got locked-up at 63-all to send the game into overtime.
Meanwhile, Al Arabi had an easy time against Al Shamal winning handily, 80-54, in the first game to pick-up their ninth win in twelve outings and tie Al Saad in the team standings.
Abdulai Jalloh scored 24 points, hauled down 8 rebounds and swiped the ball 7 times to cap another sterling performance for Al Arabi.
Games resume tomorrow as Al Arabi go up against Qatar Sports Club in the opener at 4pm while Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa slug it out in the main game at 8pm following the QML sidelight match between forerunning teams in the Pinoy Basketaball Qatar League.
Courtesy of: http://www.qatarbasketball.qa



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  RUSSIA   


EuroLeague: CSKA shock Zalgiris in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - CSKA 73:87

CSKA made it look easy as they cruised past Zalgiris in Kaunas tonight. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) exploded with 24 points to lead the Moscow powerhouse to the fourth straight win in Top 16.
It was an intense start for both teams. CSKA got to a slightly better start as they grabbed a 9:2 lead. But Zalgiris slowly cut the deficit and got within one at the first break 15:16. Lafayette and Popovic put the Lithuanian team in front early in the second term. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the quarter. However CSKA capped the half with seven straight points to take a 38:31 lead. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic teamed up for 16 points in the third term as CSKA opened a comfortable 65:51 lead at the final intermission. The visitors opened the fourth term with four points in a row to gain an 18-point lead. Zalgiris were able to cut the margin to 10 points with just over three minutes remaining. However Kaun and Vladimir Micov connected for important points and CSKA rolled to the victory in the final minutes. Vladimir Micov knocked down 20 points, while Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) added 15 points for the winning team. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points for Zalgiris. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) netted 12 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Marko Popovic 16, Tremmell Darden 12
CSKA: Milos Teodosic 24, Vladimir Micov 20, Viktor Khryapa 15



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  SERBIA   


Eagles add Latinovic to their roster - by Pervin Elgin

Serbian forward, Marko Latinovic is a new addition to basketball club White Eagles Stockholm (Basketligan). 203cm tall forward from Serbia, has signed a contract on the 14th of January that will last for the rest of the season. Latinovic has a very interesting career behind his back. First he played in the NCAA league in US. According to South Carolina News Paper:
"Marko is a very fast, quick and athletic wing player, with long arms. Has ability to post up if necessary, but would rather drive to the basket and finish it strong at the rim with great dunking skills or pull up the jump shot. He is a very good 3 point shooter (42.8%). According to Mark Peeler, his college coach, Marko is the best defender that he has had in a long period of time. He is very smart, reads the offence, and understands the game of basketball very well.?
However, after graduating college, he was invited to NBA Summer League with Miami Heat. But due to NBA lockout, he signed in Asia. He played in South East Asian Team from Male averaging 32.4 PPG and 14.8 RPG. Those incredible stats got him a MVP award for the South East Asia region. After that he joined the club from Iceland -Thor Thorl, where he averaged 14.8 PPG and 7.9 RPG. However he finished that 2011/2012 season in Basket Esch from Luxembourg averaging 14.2 RPG and 5.2 RPG. During the summer 2012, he was part of Club Africana in Tunis, Tunisia. Since that did not work out, Latinovic?s journey continued in Thailand, where he averaged 26.8 PPG and 15.8 RPG. From worm Thailand, he continued his career in cold Slovakia, wearing BK Iskra Svit jersey. But as we found out, he left the club after couple of games due to financial problems. Will Latinovic?s journey end in Stockholm for this season, or is it going to continue at some other part of the world?

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVENIA   


Khimik waives coach Zoran Martic - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) released 48-year old Slovenian coach Zoran Martic.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Martics team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals in 2012. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2008.
Martic was coaching Slovenian U22 National Team between 1997 and 2001 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He has coached previously professionally in Cyprus and Slovenia (LTHcast Mercator and Rogla).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SOUTH KOREA   

Standings

KBL Standings
 1. SK Knights 26-6 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 23-10 
 3. ET Land 20-12 
 4. Anyang KGC 17-15 
 5. Sonic Boom KT 15-17 
 6. LG Sakers 14-18 
 7. Goyang Orions 14-18 
 8. Dongbu Promy 14-19 
 9. Samsung Th. 13-19 
 10. KCC Egis 5-27 

Regular Season: Round 25

Jan. 17: Dongbu Promy - ET Land 76-73
Jan. 16: SK Knights - Goyang Orions 72-60
Jan. 16: KCC Egis - LG Sakers 68-79
Jan. 15: Samsung Th. - Mobis Phoebus 63-69
Jan. 17: Mobis Phoebus - Anyang KGC 60-61
Jan. 18: LG Sakers - Sonic Boom KT
Jan. 18: Goyang Orions - Samsung Th.



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  SPAIN   


EuroLeague: Barcelona Regal survive Turkish challenge - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas JK Istanbul - Barcelona Regal 59:73

Barcelona Regal survive Turkish challenge in Round 4 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Besiktas JK Istanbul 73:59 for 3-1 record in Group E. The hosts remained winless and dropped at 0-4 record.
Besiktas JK Istanbul had nothing to lose in the game and showed a great first half in the court. Although they lost the first period 10-15 they managed to reply with 22-19 in the second frame. Barcelona Regal managed to grab 3-point lead entering the last stanza and proved their ambitions only in it. They erupted with 22-11 burst for the final 14-point win.
Ante Tomic (217-C-87) led the way with 15 points, whilst Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 11. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed them winners with 9 points each. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) top-scored for the hosts with 17 points and Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) netted 14. Damir Markota (209-F-85) delivered 13, while Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) had 9.

Besiktas JK Istanbul: Curtis Jerrells 17, Gasper Vidmar 14, Damir Markota 13, Daniel Ewing 9
Barcelona Regal: Ante Tomic 15, Erazem Lorbek 11, Sarunas Jasikevicius 9, Pete Mickeal 9



EuroLeague: Real snatch win in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - Real Madrid 64:72

Real Madrid sneaked past Unicaja in Malaga tonight. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) fired 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. Real exploded with 29 points in the fourth frame to come from behind for the win.
Real opened the game with six points in a row to gain control. Unicaja soon cut the deficit but Real stayed in front throughout the first term. They arrived at the first intermission up by three points 19:16. Unicaja tipped off the second term with six straight points to spur ahead. Soon Andy Panko made it 34:25 for the hosts. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) dragged the visitors within six points at the big break 30:36. Unicaja used a 7:1 run at the start of the second half to accumulate a 43:31 advantage. They kept Real at bay throughout the period posting a 50:43 buffer into the fourth quarter. Real answered with a 10:0 rally to open the final period. The Madrid outfit extended the margin to as many as 7 points 59:66 with under three minutes remaining. Sergio Rodriguez and Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) made it 70:63 with just over a minute remaining in regulation and Real hung on to clinch win at the end. Sergio Rodriguez netted 14 points in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for Unicaja. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Unicaja: Krunoslav Simon 16, Fran Vazquez 12
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 15, Sergio Rodriguez 14, Jaycee Carroll 9



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 19-3 
 2. Uppsala 15-6 
 3. Boras 15-7 
 4. Sodertalje 14-5 
 5. Solna 14-8 
 6. Norrkoping 12-8 
 7. 08 11-11 
 8. LF Basket 9-12 
 9. Jamtland 6-15 
 10. Eagles 5-16 
 11. Eco Orebro 4-17 
 12. Nassjo 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Jan. 15: Sundsvall - 08 86-83
Jan. 17: Boras - Nassjo 101-83
Jan. 18: Jamtland - Solna
Jan. 18: Eagles - Uppsala
Jan. 18: Norrkoping - Eco Orebro
Jan. 19: Sodertalje - LF Basket


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Miller, Boras23.6 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket20.0 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall19.5 
 4. Palm, Boras17.9 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.8 
 6. Oglesby, Boras17.5 
 7. Hudson, Jamtland16.7 
 8. Cuffee, Sundsvall16.3 
 9. Ruach, Nassjo16.1 
 10. Castle, Eco Orebro16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.4 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje10.2 
 3. Palm, Boras9.9 
 4. Walker, Nassjo8.7 
 5. McKnight, Boras8.2 
 6. Toutziarakis, Solna7.9 
 7. Wright, Uppsala7.8 
 8. Johnson, Solna7.7 
 9. Santee, Eco Orebro7.4 
 10. Igbavboa, LF Bas.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Miller, Boras5.7 
 2. Castle, Eco Orebro5.1 
 3. Ermolinskij, Norrk.4.6 
 4. Levin, Solna4.6 
 5. Ilunga, 084.4 
 6. Dugat, LF Basket4.4 
 7. Jeromanovs, Norrk.4.3 
 8. Ahonen, Solna4.1 
 9. Carter, Uppsala4.1 
 10. Stefanovic, Eagl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  Jamtl.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.3 
 2. Dugat, LF Basket2.1 
 3. Castle, Eco Orebro2.0 
 4. Stefanovic, Eagles2.0 
 5. Ruach, Nassjo1.9 
 6. Jackson, Uppsala1.8 
 7. McKnight, Boras1.8 
 8. Carter, Uppsala1.8 
 9. Ilunga, 081.6 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.9 
 2. Augustus, 081.7 
 3. Hughes, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Wright, Uppsala1.6 
 5. Palm, Boras1.4 
 6. Henderson, LF Ba.1.3 
 7. Brown, 081.0 
 8. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 9. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.8 
 10. Toutziarakis, Sol.0.8 


Eagles add Latinovic to their roster - by Pervin Elgin

Serbian forward, Marko Latinovic is a new addition to basketball club White Eagles Stockholm (Basketligan). 203cm tall forward from Serbia, has signed a contract on the 14th of January that will last for the rest of the season. Latinovic has a very interesting career behind his back. First he played in the NCAA league in US. According to South Carolina News Paper:
"Marko is a very fast, quick and athletic wing player, with long arms. Has ability to post up if necessary, but would rather drive to the basket and finish it strong at the rim with great dunking skills or pull up the jump shot. He is a very good 3 point shooter (42.8%). According to Mark Peeler, his college coach, Marko is the best defender that he has had in a long period of time. He is very smart, reads the offence, and understands the game of basketball very well.?
However, after graduating college, he was invited to NBA Summer League with Miami Heat. But due to NBA lockout, he signed in Asia. He played in South East Asian Team from Male averaging 32.4 PPG and 14.8 RPG. Those incredible stats got him a MVP award for the South East Asia region. After that he joined the club from Iceland -Thor Thorl, where he averaged 14.8 PPG and 7.9 RPG. However he finished that 2011/2012 season in Basket Esch from Luxembourg averaging 14.2 RPG and 5.2 RPG. During the summer 2012, he was part of Club Africana in Tunis, Tunisia. Since that did not work out, Latinovic?s journey continued in Thailand, where he averaged 26.8 PPG and 15.8 RPG. From worm Thailand, he continued his career in cold Slovakia, wearing BK Iskra Svit jersey. But as we found out, he left the club after couple of games due to financial problems. Will Latinovic?s journey end in Stockholm for this season, or is it going to continue at some other part of the world?

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TANZANIA   


TBF Picks Zone V Basketball Final Teams - by Eurobasket News

THE final squads that will represent the country in this year's Zone Five Basketball championship to be staged in Dar es Salaam was revealed with a blend of new and old guards.
The players have been picked after a mini-event in which they played amongst themselves for the past three days. Speaking during a press conference held at the Don Bosco in Dar es Salaam, coaches Bahati Mgunda (men's team) and Evarist Mapunda (women's team) said the selection strictly observed talent, discipline, commitment as well as winning mentality.
Mgunda said his provisional team that had 32 players started training some two weeks ago, in which he trimmed his squad to remain with 18 players by Sunday. He said three more players will be chopped from the Tanzanite kings list on Wednesday to remain with only 15 players, whose names will be sent to FIBA for registration ahead of the tournament, which will start on January 21, this year.
On his side Mapunda said the women's team (Tanzaniate Queens) had initially included 25 players, but the number has now been reduced to 18 on Sunday. Three more players will be dropped from the team by Wednesday, he said.
Mgunda named Tanzanite kings as Point Guards: Ladislaus Ikungura, Gerald Baru, Abdalah Ramadhani (Dulla) and Henry Mwinuka (kidume). Shooting Guards are Sudi Abdulrazak, Sylivian Yunzu (Maige), Mussa Chacha, Frankline Simkoko.
Small Forward: Mohamed Ally (Dibo), Amir Muhidin Saleh, Lusajo Samwel (captain), Anthony Jeikanga and Erick Kahagwa. Post Player/Centre are Gilbert Batungi, Juma Kisoky, Fadhil Abdalah, Mwalimu Kheri and Murshid Mudricat. Tanzaniate Queens squad has Centre/Post Player: Veronika Kubilu and Penina Igwe. Power Forwad: Jackline Shemeza, Jasmin Mamdali Bablia and Diana Mwaka.
Small Forward: Imelda Hango, Amina Lyamaiga and Veronica Patric. Off guards: Sajda Lymaiga, Zakia Kondo and Husna Alphan. Point Guards: Semeni Abeid, Jokha Suleiman, Rehema Silomba and Lucy Agustino. The reserve list has Marium Mangara, Bahati Kanafunzi and Maureen Sizya. Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Assistant Secretary General, Michael Maluwe said that they will on Monday move into residential training at Traventine Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
He said hired coach Albert Sokaitis from Post University in the US will not be able to join the team, but he will send his assistant Jacques Sconiers for the task. Maluwe said Sconiers is set to jet in Dar es Salaam tomorrow. The Zone Five championship will attract 12 countries including Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan and hosts Tanzania.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  TUNISIA   


C Africain adds Anderson to their roster, ex Gent Dragons - by Greg

Club Africain Tunis (Division I) added to their roster 24-year old American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise State). He played last season at Gent Dragons in Belgian Ethias League. In 26 games last year he recorded 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg.
Anderson graduated from Boise State in 2011. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Anderson played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2011. He was also voted All-WAC 1st Team in 2011 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  TURKEY   


EuroLeague: Barcelona Regal survive Turkish challenge - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas JK Istanbul - Barcelona Regal 59:73

Barcelona Regal survive Turkish challenge in Round 4 of Top 16 in EuroLeague. The Spanish team overcame Besiktas JK Istanbul 73:59 for 3-1 record in Group E. The hosts remained winless and dropped at 0-4 record.
Besiktas JK Istanbul had nothing to lose in the game and showed a great first half in the court. Although they lost the first period 10-15 they managed to reply with 22-19 in the second frame. Barcelona Regal managed to grab 3-point lead entering the last stanza and proved their ambitions only in it. They erupted with 22-11 burst for the final 14-point win.
Ante Tomic (217-C-87) led the way with 15 points, whilst Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) notched 11. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed them winners with 9 points each. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) top-scored for the hosts with 17 points and Gasper Vidmar (211-C/F-87) netted 14. Damir Markota (209-F-85) delivered 13, while Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) had 9.

Besiktas JK Istanbul: Curtis Jerrells 17, Gasper Vidmar 14, Damir Markota 13, Daniel Ewing 9
Barcelona Regal: Ante Tomic 15, Erazem Lorbek 11, Sarunas Jasikevicius 9, Pete Mickeal 9



Beko All Star 2013 - by Baha Kurtulus

"BEKO ALL STAR 2013" organisation will be held in Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena - Istanbul on 20th January 2013

Turkish Stars

PG

Ender Arslan

Galatasaray Medical Park

PG

Kenan Sipahi

Tofas

SG

Omer Onan

Fenerbahce Ulker

SG

Sinan Guler

Anadolu Efes

SF

Emir Preldzic

Fenerbahce Ulker

SF

Serhat Cetin

Besiktas

PF

Ilkan Karaman

Fenerbahce Ulker

PF

Kerem Gonlum

Anadolu Efes

PF

Izzet Turkyilmaz

Banvit

PF

Furkan Aldemir

Galatasaray Medical Park

C

Semih Erden

Anadolu Efes

C

Ersin Dagli

Galatasaray Medical Park

Head Coach : Ufuk Sarica


Foreign Stars

PG

Bo McCalebb

Fenerbahce Ulker

PG

Jordan Farmar

Anadolu Efes

PG

Robert Dixon

Pinar Karsiyaka

SG

Aleksander Vujacic

Anadolu Efes

SG

Kirk Penney

TED Ankara Kolejliler

SF

David Hawkins

Galatasaray Medical Park

SF

Bojan Bogdanovic

Fenerbahce Ulker

PF

Dusko Savanovic

Anadolu Efes

PF

Charles Davis

Banvit

PF

Jermareo Davidson

Antalya BSB

C

Joey Dorsey

Royal Hali G.Antep BB.

C

Alade Aminu

Pinar Karsiyaka


Head Coach : Orhun Ene



Slum Dunk Contest Participants
John Edward Prince (Mersin Byksehir Belediyesi)
Keith Simmons (Banvit)
Ilkan Karaman (Fenerbahce Ulker)
Jermareo Davidson (Antalya BSB)
Rodney Carney (Antalya BSB)

Three-Point Contest Participants
Lionel Chalmers (Aliaga Petkim)
Jon Diebler (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Melih Mahmutoglu (Erdemir)
Daniel Harris Brown (Turk Telekom)
Ogn Sevinc (Hacettepe Universitesi)
Patrick Christopher (Besiktas
)



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes keep Brose Baskets Bamberg undefeated in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg - Anadolu Efes 76:94

Anadolu Efes keep Brose Baskets Bamberg undefeated in Top 16. The Turkish side sent the German team to 0-4 record after 94:76 win away from home. Anadolu Efes meanwhile improved to 3-1 record.
Brose Baskets Bamberg started the game with 27-23 but could not win any other period. The guests replied with 24-19 in the second frame and took 1-point advantage at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the Turkish team that posted two victories in the third and the last quarters. They needed 18-13 rally in the third frame and erupted with 29-17 surge in the last stanza.
Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) netted 15. Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14, while Lucas scored 13. Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) notched 16. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) scored 15, whilst Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) brought 8.

Brose Baskets Bamberg: Bostjan Nachbar 19, Teddy Gipson 16, Maik Zirbes 15, Casey Jacobsen 8
Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 17, Jordan Farmar 15, Dusko Savanovic 14, Lucas 13



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Poland). Hodge led Stelmet ZG to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot (11-5) 108-106 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Hodge recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 6 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (11-5) is placed third in the TBL. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 82.7%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Gregory Washington
Gregory Washington
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Denmark). He was the major contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Horsholm (8-6) 85-77 in the Danish Ligaen on Wednesday night. Washington had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Washington's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (17-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. It's Washington's first year with the team. Washington is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2.8bpg, 2FGP: 62.7%(121-193), 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 58.8% in the 19 games he played so far. Washington is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Jerome Gumbs
Jerome Gumbs
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Cheshire Phoenix to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked London Lions (7-13) 88-87 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Gumbs recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Cheshire Phoenix (7-11) is placed eighth in the BBL. This season Gumbs has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.8% and FT: 66.7%. Gumbs played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.

Cuthbert Victor
Cuthbert Victor
   #4. Forward Cuthbert Victor (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (9-6) 64-60 in the French ProA last Monday. He scored only 3 points in 24 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (10-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Victor's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.7apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team back in 2011.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #5. International forward Ivan Aska (200-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (3-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Aska's good performance the bottom-ranked Leuven Bears was edged 79-77 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. It's Aska's first season with the team. Aska is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg. Aska is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Experienced Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (24-13) crushing them 103-82 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Duncan scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 5 blocks in 31 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 30-11 record this season. It's Duncan's 16th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Duncan averages: 17.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.8bpg in the 40 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Antonin Galaya (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help N.Carolina Central in a victory against the Florida A&M University (1-2) crushing them 85-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Galaya scored 5 points in 9 minutes. The N.Carolina Central has 3-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all three games in the conference. Galaya has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in the 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and French.

   #3. Rakeem Christmas (206-F/C-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to Syracuse's victory against the Villanova University (2-2) 72-61 in the NCAA last Saturday. Christmas scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Syracuse University has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Christmas has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg.

Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76) plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA
Julius Hodge (201-G-83) plays for Paris-Levallois in French ProA
Frank Elegar (208-C-86) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian KML
Dane Rawlins (193-G/F-87) plays for Tampa Bay Rain in the ABA
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81) plays for Nacional in Uruguayan LUB



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URBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Derrick ALLEN
  (195-G/F-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Allen, Georgia P.23.3 
 2. Briggs, Cleveland19.7 
 3. Bryant, Texas C.19.7 
 4. Crain, Georgia P.19.0 
 5. Lusane, Georgia P.18.3 
 6. Smith, Cincinnati18.0 
 7. Turner, Texas C.17.0 
 8. Turner, Georgia P.16.7 
 9. Bray, Georgia P.15.0 
 10. Brewster, Cincinn.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rahshon TURNER
  (201-F/C-75)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Turner, Georgia P.11.3 
 2. Johnson, Texas C.11.0 
 3. Briggs, Cleveland9.3 
 4. Nunn, Texas C.7.3 
 5. Smith, Cincinnati7.3 
 6. Green, Cincinnati7.3 
 7. Allen, Georgia P.7.0 
 8. Lusane, Georgia P.7.0 
 9. Waters, Georgia P.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Georgia P.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bray, Georgia P.10.5 
 2. Lusane, Georgia P.5.0 
 3. Bolick, Cincinnati4.7 
 4. Crain, Georgia P.4.5 
 5. Turner, Texas C.4.3 
 6. Brown, Clevelan.4.0 
 7. Bryant, Texas C.3.3 
 8. Williams, Clevelan.3.0 
 9. Smith, Cincinnati2.7 
 10. Turner, Georgia P.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Richard LUSANE
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lusane, Georgia P.3.7 
 2. Bray, Georgia P.3.0 
 3. Thomas, Georgia P.1.5 
 4. Crain, Georgia P.1.5 
 5. Waters, Georgia P.1.3 
 6. Jackson, Georgia P.1.0 
 7. Smith, Cincinnati1.0 
 8. Green, Cincinnati1.0 
 9. Allen, Georgia P.1.0 
 10. Briggs, Cleveland0.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ed JOHNSON
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Texas C.2.0 
 2. Turner, Georgia P.1.7 
 3. Briggs, Cleveland1.7 
 4. Green, Cincinnati1.3 
 5. Lusane, Georgia P.1.3 
 6. Thomas, Georgia P.1.0 
 7. Smith, Cincinnati1.0 
 8. Waters, Georgia P.1.0 
 9. Jackson, Georgia P.1.0 
 10. Allen, Georgia P.0.7 



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Zone 5 to Decide Soro's Fate - by Eurobasket News

UGANDA'S hopes of success at the 2012 FIBA Africa Zone Five national championship are in danger of being injured by an on-going issue over the eligibility of Geoffrey Soro.
The participation of the highly talented youngster, who has just been named the 2012 FUBA men's top division MVP, hangs in the balance due to a mix-up regarding his date of birth.
The Zone Five Secretariat has asked FUBA to clarify the two different dates of birth of Soro in their system.
The first one was submitted when Soro represented Uganda's U-18 basketball team in 2008. The second one was handed in for the upcoming regional tournament in Tanzania.
FUBA have explained the situation and are now hoping the Secretariat is going to clear the player, whose energy is desperately needed in Uganda's frontcourt. Inevitably, the issue has stalled the confirmation of the men's final squad, as head coach Mandy Juruni explained.
"We are waiting for some players to be cleared before we can officially release the team," said Juruni.
The coach said 'some players' simply to conceal the identity of the affected party but in actual sense it is only Soro's eligibility under the spot light. Juruni is positive Soro will be cleared because this is the senior team where there are no age restrictions.
Yet there is the potential -- gross as it might sound -- that Soro could incur a ban if the Secretariat determines that he falsified his age to play for Uganda U-18 all those years ago.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Khimik waives coach Zoran Martic - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) released 48-year old Slovenian coach Zoran Martic.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as Martics team made it to the Hungarian League Semifinals in 2012. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2008.
Martic was coaching Slovenian U22 National Team between 1997 and 2001 and coached also U21 National Team in 2001.
He has coached previously professionally in Cyprus and Slovenia (LTHcast Mercator and Rogla).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Khimik welcomes back Zvezdan Mitrovic - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Superleague) hired 43-year old Montenegrin coach Zvezdan Mitrovic (agency: Alti Sport). He coached most recently at Budivelnyk (Superleague). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It is actually his comeback to Yuzhny as he worked here in 2002/2007 seasons.
Among other achievements Mitrovic won Ukrainian UBL championship title in 2009. He was selected to Ukrainian All-Star Game back in 2010. Mitrovic used to coach Montenegrin B National Team back in 2011.
He has coached also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Knicks win in London, beat Pistons 102-87 - by Eurobasket News

Back in London and back on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) went right back to his winning ways.

The Knicks star was the main attraction at the O2 Arena on Thursday, five months after he helped the United States win the Olympic gold medal at the same venue.

This time, he led the New York Knicks over the Detroit Pistons, 102-87 in the third regular-season NBA game played in the British capital.

It felt good out there, said Anthony, who scored 18 points in the first half as the Knicks (25-13) jumped out to a big early lead. I definitely had some flashbacks out there. Running out there on the court, just being in the O2 Arena.

Part of Anthonys strong showing against the Pistons (14-25) may be attributed to his diet. He recently ended a two-week fasting period, and definitely seems to be getting his strength back.

I felt better than I was the last couple of games, Anthony said. Im back eating right, eating what Im supposed to be eating.

Anthony has now scored at least 20 points in 25 straight games, extending the longest such streak of his career.

He got off to such a hot start, and then he just kind of played as the game came to him, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. He was getting double-teamed and I thought he did a great job in sacrificing the basketball, which he has to do.

Anthonys hot start was no surprise for Pistons coach Lawrence Frank.

You know going in, theres no secret, hes the best first-quarter scorer in the league, Frank said.

Amare Stoudemire (208-F-82) added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum (180-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) led the Pistons with 22 points.

The Pistons were the home team at the O2 Arena, but the crowd certainly favored the Knicks and Anthony.

It helped.

This goes to show you, our sport is global, theres no doubt about that, Woodson said. The fans tonight were fantastic both ways, especially for us.

After Tayshaun Prince netted a pair of free throws for the opening points of the game, the Knicks went on tear.

Tyson Chandler started it off with a dunk, and Anthony soon followed with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched between Jason Kidds 3-pointer and Chris Copelands layup.

Iman Shumpert, in his season debut after recovering from knee surgery, nailed another 3-pointer soon after to complete the 16-0 run and put the Knicks in control.

The Knicks got off to a great start, Bynum said. We were kind of playing catch up from then on.

Trailing 56-41 at the half, the Pistons mounted a third-quarter comeback. They scored 10 straight points midway through the period amid their own 16-2 run to cut the lead to 67-63.

Anthony ended the run with a pass rather than another basket.

The Knicks forward drilled a pass across the baseline to Steve Novak, who nailed a jumper. Stoudemire then sank a free throw before Smith hit a jump shot after running the court with his own rebound. Anthony finished off the third quarter with a lay-in to make it 75-63.

In the fourth, the Pistons briefly cut the lead to single digits when Bynum scored seven straight points to make it 83-75, but the Knicks pulled away again this time for good.

We came here to win a game, so its very, very disappointing, Frank said. This is not a vacation. Were not tourists. We came here to play a competition on an international stage, which is a privilege and an honor to be selected, so its disappointing that we came up short and didnt play our best.

The Knicks had won only three of their last eight games heading into Thursdays action, but they now have won two straight and next host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

For the Pistons, who next host the Boston Celtics on Sunday, its their second loss in a row. But they have still won five of the last eight.

The crowd at the O2 cheered loudly at times, but there were stretches of silence during some portions of the game. There was even a quiet moment before the game started, though it appeared to be an accident.

With Stoudemire and Prince on the court before the game speaking to the crowd with a microphone, the sound went out just as Prince was thanking the fans for their support.

The fans let out a round of boos, but they soon started cheering again as the game got under way.

In the second quarter, the referees had to resort to the video replay to make a flagrant foul call on Pistons forward Austin Daye. With Chandler driving toward the hoop, Daye hit him hard and knocked him to the ground.

Chandler made both free throws and Smith added a 3-pointer about 10 seconds later to make it 44-24 midway through the quarter.

Notes: Knicks fan and movie director Spike Lee made the trip to London to see his team and sat courtside as usual, wearing a blue suit with an orange tie. The Knicks game against the Nets on Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Madison Square Garden will mark the 14th consecutive year in which the team is playing on a holiday, and 27th overall. Several soccer players came to the O2 to watch, including former Arsenal great Thierry Henry. Former NBA players Bill Laimbeer and John Starks were also at the game.
Courtesy of: http: Associated Press



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Standings - LUB

LUB Stage Two Standings
Serie 1
 1. Aguada 0-0 
 2. Bigua 0-0 
 3. Bohemios 0-0 
 4. Defensor 0-0 
 5. Hebraica 0-0 
 6. Malvin 0-0 
 7. Trouville 0-0 
 8. Un.Atletica 0-0 
Serie 2
 1. Montevideo 0-0 
 2. Olimpia 0-0 
 3. Sayago 0-0 
 4. Allavena 0-0 
 5. Lagomar 0-0 
 6. Maldonado 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Regular Season: Round 31

Jan. 18: Un.Atletica - Bigua
Jan. 18: Aguada - Montevideo
Jan. 18: Bohemios - Trouville
Jan. 18: Sayago - Defensor
Jan. 18: Larre Borges - Tabare
Jan. 18: Nacional - Malvin
Jan. 18: Trouville - Hebraica


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Keenan, Trouville27.2 
 2. Garcia Moral., Agu.27.0 
 3. Clarkson, Larre B.26.1 
 4. Woodward, Welcome25.9 
 5. Baxley, Defensor25.0 
 6. Danridge, Monte.24.6 
 7. Taboada, Un.Atlet.22.1 
 8. Elliott, Olimpia21.8 
 9. Johnson, Bigua21.0 
 10. Figueroa, Cordon19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Martin, Nacional15.6 
 2. Faber, Welcome12.5 
 3. Shellman, Sayago11.6 
 4. Passos, Hebraica11.3 
 5. Curtis, Bohemios11.1 
 6. Hamilton, Defensor10.7 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.10.4 
 8. Blankson, Un.Atlet.10.1 
 9. Johnson, Bigua10.0 
 10. Wilkerson, Tabare9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Barrera, Hebraica7.4 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.7 
 3. Bavosi, Un.Atletica6.3 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome6.2 
 5. De Gouveia, Tabare5.7 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.4 
 7. Vidal, Bigua5.3 
 8. Gonzalez, Aguada5.2 
 9. Jeffries, Bigua4.7 
 10. Trelles, Bohemios4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kristian CLARKSON
  Larre B.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.0 
 3. Rovira, Tabare1.9 
 4. Trelles, Bohemios1.9 
 5. Garcia Moral., Agu.1.9 
 6. Shellman, Sayago1.9 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville1.9 
 8. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 9. Figueroa, Cordon1.8 
 10. Silveira, Montevi.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory DILLIGARD
  Aguada
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dilligard, Aguada2.5 
 2. Hunt, Olimpia2.1 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.1 
 4. Cage, Tabare1.7 
 5. Johnson, Bigua1.4 
 6. Bravo, Defensor1.4 
 7. Faber, Welcome1.3 
 8. Calfani, Malvin1.2 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.1 
 10. Clarkson, Larre B.1.1 



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Lietuvos rytas sign Tomislav Zubcic, ex Cibona - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 23-year old Croatian international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, agency: Beo Basket). He just played at Cibona in Croatian A1 league. In four Eurocup games this year he had 9.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Zubcic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2011/12 season Zubcic averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per EuroCup game, he also delivered 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per Adriatic League appearance.
His team won Croatian Supercup.
The previous (10-11) season he played at Cibona (A1) in A1. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Zubcic was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games he recorded 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 recorded 9.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He also played 25 games in Adriatic League where he recorded 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).
He could be described: A very talented frontcourt player who seems not ready to bang inside, due to skinny frame and poor fighting mentality. Has great mid-range shooting and passing skills, his future could be at the 4 position.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Magic Shines At ZBA National Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News

MAVERICK Matero Magic kept up with its bullish mood by sweeping aside military teams during the Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) national championship play-offs played at the National Sports development Centre (NASDEC).
Tasked to fend off stiff competition from two military sides in the quest to reclaim the national title, Matero Magic kept their nose in front after beating Zambia Army's Green Buffaloes and then Zambia National Services (ZNS)'s Green Eagles.
First up for the Lovemore 'Potterfield' Sikaale coached Matero Magic was fierce rivals Green Buffaloes, who they fought tooth and nail to eventually beat 80-72 in an enthralling match that could have passed for a play-offs final.
Then after subduing Green Buffaloes, their magic went into another spellbinding match, this time against another ZNS team in Green Eagles whom they overpowered to take the game with a much tighter 66-62 scoreline.
For the Zambia Army teams in the basketball league it was a bad outing especially that the Green Buffaloes women team went on courts against the UNZA Honeys losing 62-58.
As the Zambia Army teams were licking their wounds on day one, the University of Zambia teams were on cloud nine as the male team (UNZA Pacers) recorded an easy 67-49 victory over the Mazabuka Comets in a lope sided match. The championship continues this weekend.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com




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